The Little Rock-based Oxford American magazine released the cover of its Kickstarter-funded Texas Music Issue this afternoon, featuring a 1975 portrait of Guy and Susanna Clark. They also released details about the magazine and the accompanying CD /more/
Globetrotting Little Rock rapper-activist Big Piph has announced the release of a new, five-part, autobiographical documentary series focusing on his music and his education and relief efforts abroad and locally, through his organization Global Kids Arkansas. The series will premiere tomorrow and was directed by Arkansas Times Visionary Kenneth Bell. /more/
Here's something new from Little Rock's Peckerwolf, finalists at this year's Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase and long-time purveyors of brash, riff-heavy stoner rock (or as they call it, "precious metal"). The song was the opening track on their self-titled EP, released in July, and the video was directed by Aaron Sarlo (Duckstronaut, The Dangerous Idiots, etc.). /more/
Olympia, Washington record lable 20 Buck Spin has announced the vinyl-only release of Pallbearer's "Demos," previously only available on limited edition CD-R and cassette, on December 9. The demos date back to 2010, before the Little Rock doom metal group's now-classic debut, "Sorrow and Extinction." /more/
Here's the latest from Little Rock's Rodney CoLe, who you should really be listening to, another track from his upcoming tape, "CIGARELOTIVE," which he says to expect early next year. He has an infectious voice, and he's a bright, sensitive writer: "I heard memory lane was just a mile long / I dial on my friends but all I ever get is dial tones." /more/
Here is Adam Faucett playing a new song at an orchard in Charlottesville, Virginia, courtesy of the Garage Video Sessions. He looks very much at home in an overgrown, abandoned house, which I mean as more or less a compliment. Buy his great new album, "Blind Water Finds Blind Water," via Last Chance Records, and check out the Guest Mix he made for us last month back in September. /more/
I try to listen to music constantly. I don't listen to as much creepingly heavy metal as one would think, and when I do it's an entire album at a time instead of mixed up. Any mixtape I make usually has Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin on it. I also LOVE soft rock hits. I have entire comps put together of this stuff, I can't make a comp without some. /more/
Here we have it: The first serious challenger to Lo Thraxx's "Deep Waters" for best local album cover of the year (This is an actual contest, by the way). Also, more importantly, it's 607's 40th album (40!), "GrowTivation," and easily one of his most ambitious yet, with references to Goodie Mob and Lime-A-Ritas (in the same song) and 16 tracks of aggressive, technically impressive rap. He calls out the LRPD for jamming it's scanners on "10-4" and even pulls out some Auto-Tune on "I See You." /more/
For the first time in 23 years, Garth Brooks is coming to Arkansas on his World Tour with Tricia Yearwood. He'll play two shows at Verizon Arena: 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 12 and Saturday Dec. 13. Tickets go on sale Friday Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. (or as the press release puts it: "10 a.m. sharp!") and will be available at ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are $73.25. /more/
Though he's most often associated with Memphis, Panther Burns frontman Tav Falco grew up in rural Arkansas, out in the country between Gurdon and Whelen Springs. Falco has announced that he'll be releasing a new album, "Command Performance," in February, and a photography book, "Tav Falco's Wild & Exotic World Of Musical Obscurities," as well, but he's also just premiered his new feature film
Also, Knox Hamilton at Juanita's, John Kilzer at South on Main, Third Friday Argenta Artwalk, The Idle Class release party at Vino's, Arkansas Arts Center museum sale at Clear Channel Metroplex, Big Piph at Ron Robinson and Chase Bryant at Revolution.
Jean Gordon, who's worked a half-century in just about every social justice and peace movement you can name, will receive the Arkansas Community Institute's 2014 Community Truth Teller Award at a program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the library's Darragh Center
It was inevitable. The long crusade against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has pivoted from a battle against socialism to a populist war against big business: The program known as Obamacare is now supposed to be merely a feed trough for the captains of industry, not a government program to force health care on the undeserving poor.
The University of Arkansas will be fined $25,000 by the SEC because Hog fans stormed the football field after Saturday's victory over LSU snapped a long SEC losing streak. It was a second offense by the UA of the conference's "access to competition area" policy.
While there is much more diving into numbers from exit polls and vote tallies from Election 2014 to be done, it is clear that Arkansas's voters went beyond merely turning a page on the state's electoral past and instead created a wholly new chapter. In the process, three distinguishing elements of Arkansas's political tradition — its provincialism, its personalism and its populism — all shifted from the present to past tense in an election that served as the exclamation point for an era of dramatic change in the state's politics.