In the warm spring before I was born, my mother told me that she would sit on the porch with a washbasin of cherry tomatoes in her lap and eat the entire bowl, staring out onto bleak Tutwiler Street, missing her parents, trying to fit into her new life.
My parents were poor, and during her pregnancy my mother had only two dresses that fit. When I was born, my mom’s younger sister, my Aunt Sylvia, came straight from her high school graduation in San Antonio to help out. She said that there was so little money that she had to use her graduation money to pay for groceries.
Everything changed so drastically in the next three years that my parents, only twenty-one and twenty-three years old, must have been dizzy from trying to understand their own lives. Our little family grew quickly. When my mother went to the doctor for her six-week checkup after giving birth to me, she was already pregnant with Kathy, who came along ten months and twenty-three days after me. Cindy was born two years later. Meanwhile, my father had a hit record on his very first release and was suddenly a sensation, performing around the South, gathering fans, including, to my mother’s great alarm, hordes of young women who fawned and swooned from his very first performance at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis. By 1958, my dad, with his sultry good looks, had offers to appear in movies, so we left Memphis for Southern California. Three years later, Tara was born.
Dear judge, I'm a brother
If they commit a crime against me, make em suffer
Before you hire a cop see what they made of, cuz they ain't gone protect the people they afraid of
THE BLACK CROWES
Arkansas Music Pavilion Walton Arts Center. $32-$77. UPDATE: This concert has been moved to the decidedly more indoors Walton Arts Center.
UPDATE II:The Walton Arts Center just announced that this show has been canceled because of "a family emergency in the band’s home town of Atlanta." Dang. The press release further states that "although best efforts have been explored to reschedule, based on the band’s current schedule, there are no dates available at this time. Therefore, this is a cancellation as opposed to a postponement. All tickets will be refunded in full. Box office representatives will be calling ticket holders to issue refunds in the next 36 hours."
Is there a shaggier, stoned-er, more hippie-fied, genre-defying, consistently great, loveable, frayed-but-not-torn bunch of rock 'n' roll survivors than The Black Crowes? I think not.
Seriously, what other band can come close to The Crowes' streak of fantastic albums over the course of the last nearly 25 years? They started out as a bell-bottomed, Stones-'n'-Faces-loving blues-rock swagger machine and evolved over the years into an all-encompassing amalgam of rock, soul, blues, folk, country and R&B, all wrapped up comfortably in a wooly jam-band vibe that fits like a perfectly broken-in denim jacket.
Sure, they took a couple of hiatuses here and there, being that brothers will sometimes get to feuding with one another. But they always seem to work it out and answer the call of the road, and of their devoted fanbase. You know this is gonna be a great show.
Whoa. One of the greatest soul divas OF ALL TIME is coming to Little Rock next month. Christ Church Little Rock is hosting Mavis Staples in concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Tickets, which range from $20 to $35, go on sale
Sunday, Sept. 22 Monday, Sept. 23.
The Staples Singer great has hardly slipped into the nostalgia circuit in her golden years. In June, she put out "One True Vine," her second collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy (the first won a Grammy). Both find her mostly interpreting other people's songs. Check out her cover of Funkadelic's "Can You Get to That" and footage from The Staple Singers at Wattstax doing "Respect Yourself" on the jump.
Nice! The Little Rock Film Festival's Argenta Film Series returns this month with "Searching for Sugar Man," the highly acclaimed documentary about the cult folk-pop artist known Rodriguez.
A native of Detroit, Sixto Rodriguez released two albums in the early '70s — "Cold Fact" and "Coming from Reality" — both of which sank like a stone on release (at least stateside), both of which are excellent. But somehow, he became enormously popular in South Africa. Like, bigger than Dylan or Neil Young big. His records were re-released in that country and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. But in that pre-internet era, rumors of the singer's on-stage suicide were widely accepted. Some enterprising fans began trying to unearth clues about the mysterious figure.
I haven't seen the film yet, but I really dig the records. Reviews of the documentary have been pretty much uniformly positive. The late Roger Ebert gave it four stars, calling the ending "miraculous and inspiring." As with last season, the Argenta Film Series will be free thanks to the William F. Laman Library. "Searching for Sugar Man" screens Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at Argenta Community Theater. RSVP here.
Check out the trailer after the jump.
For the next three Wednesdays, you can check out some free live music at MacArthur Park, and if you're so inclined, you can enjoy some food from food trucks and/or beer and wine for a donation, which will benefit the park. Don't bring any coolers, but dogs and lawn chairs are A-OK.
Here are the dates:
* Sept. 11 — Fire & Brimstone bring the reggae sounds, with Caribbean fare available from Bryant's BBQ.
* Sept. 18 — Kirk Anderton & Quentin May offer up some Southern rock, with food served by Clyde & Kiddo's.
* Sept. 25 — The Steve Giles Jam Band, with beer & brats served up by MacArthur Park Group. The concert is free but the food and drinks are $7-$15.
7:30 p.m. Arkansas Music Pavilion, Fayetteville. $39 adv., $42 day of.
If there's a relevant rock band out there right now that shot to the top of the game with a speedier quickness than the Alabama Shakes, I haven't heard of them.
This young outfit had been together for about 15 hot seconds when they were all of a sudden being hailed as the next big thing in retro-inspired rock 'n' roll, heirs to the likes of The Black Keys and The White Stripes. They very quickly went from playing dingy, beloved dive-bars to headlining big festivals and hitting up the late-night stages, including Conan and The Late Show with David Letterman.
The band's 2012 debut album "Boys & Girls" earned mostly positive reviews, with the only consistent criticism being that it didn't quite capture the power of the band's live show. Arkansas fans will now get a chance to see for themselves if that's a legit concern.
Opening the show will be Nashville up-and-comers Fly Golden Eagle.
9 p.m.-5 a.m. Discovery Nightclub. $10-$15.
Wanna get hella hedonistic this Labor Day Weekend? Here is your surest bet: Three 6 Mafia co-founder DJ Paul's gonna be at Discovery Saturday, doing a set of Triple 6 classic hits as well as an extended DJ set.
Now, as you might've noticed, despite the rumblings about a reunion of the groundbreaking Memphis outfit, we've still yet to see anything for certain. Vibe caught up with Paul last month to chat about the album he's working with Yelawolf. At this point, it looks like the Three 6 reunion will happen sans Juicy J (who you'll likely recall was in town a few weeks back for a show at the Metroplex).
He told Vibe: "For the reunion, it's going to be Lord Infamous, Gangsta Boo and Crunchy Black. That's the main group. We have just been recording records so I just got to see what direction I'm going to take it but it'll definitely be something that will come out within the year."
Dude stays very busy, so don't miss this chance to catch him. He'll probably go on around late-ish o'clock.
9 p.m. Stickyz. $6.
There are far, far too many bands out there that decide on a name, write a handful of songs and then release their debut album or EP approximately 30 minutes after their first practice.
Not The Bloodless Cooties. This Dogtown crew has been honing its off-kilter racket off and on for 20 years, gleefully rampaging through the history of rock 'n' roll like a screaming drunk dude in a record shop, stumbling all over the place and sweating and bleeding all over the rare garage rock 45s.
The trio is made up of father-son duo Jerry and Jeremy Colburn on drums and guitar, respectively, and bassist Louisa Rook. The Colburns were also in Psychotic Car Woman and Jerry does solo and experimental music under the banners of Herding Kittens and Empty Boat People. Rook played guitar for my all-time favorite Little Rock band, The Stranger Steals.
The Cooties mostly play cover tunes, ranging from '60s pop hits to '50s country weepers to rockabilly rave-ups to garage-psych classics to obscure numbers from the oddest of oddball outsiders. While it took 20 years to arrive, this album-release show will no doubt prove to have been worth the wait. Oh yeah, the cover art for the album was created by none other than Raymond Pettibon, who created some of the most iconic punk album covers ever for the likes of Black Flag, Minutemen and Sonic Youth. Pretty awesome.
Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth open this 18-and-older show, and Selector Fast Weapons helms the steel wheels to crank out the jams.
THE HOOD INTERNET
9 p.m. Revolution. $15.
Were you ever, like, listening to a song while you were walking to class or Pinterest-ing or raging at a killer party or something and you thought, "Dog, this whole thing would be so much more mega if it was like, another song, but while also still being the first song, like for instance if this Vampire Weekend song had Ghostface rapping over it instead of dude singing whatever, it'd be more, uh, dope? Or whatever?"
Yeah, me neither. Call me old-fashioned, but I still like to listen to one song at a time. BUT, and this is important: It does not matter if this whole mashup thing is vexing to you or me (and it is to me, primarily because I'm skeptical of nearly all music recorded after about 1993 and also, "Damn kids! Get off my lawn!"). If you too find mashups to be, like, huh?, then all that probably means is that you're most likely 31-35 years old or older (this is not always the case, only most of the time). So face it, Gramps, your time is over! Now step aside!
For the record, that Girl Talk guy is largely responsible for this whole situation, so you can blame him in your angry letter to the editor about how they're not even making their own songs anymore. (Side note: remember that Album Tacos Tumblr that was a thing a while back? These dudes in The Hood Internet, that's their thing.) It's 18-and-older, by the way.
agree 100% with Cosmo. the movie experience was horrible there in every way imo
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