Whatever you thought you were doing on the night on April 19, drop it: Todd Rundgren has added a Little Rock stop to his "Global Tour 2015," and is playing at the Rev Room. Didn't know Rundgren was still making music? Never liked his music in the first place? Doesn't matter — this is too important to be left up to issues of musical taste.
With a name like Duckstronaut your brain may not want to take this band seriously but when you sink your ears into their debut album, "Tabanid Camisade," you'll quickly get it over it. This Little Rock four-piece has the rhythmic attack of The Talking Heads, hooks and dynamics reminiscent of The Pixies, and the biting wit and humor of Primus or Frank Zappa. The album plays like a lingering dreamscape in a post-apocalyptic world. They have originality and honesty.
Talib Kweli appeared in Little Rock in November to give a lecture as part of Philander Smith College's Bless the Mic series. Times contributor James Murray spoke to him afterward to get his thoughts on voting, racism and current trends in hip-hop.
While serving as hosts for the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards in December, Florida Georgia Line – the twosome of Brian Kelley from the Sunshine State and Tyler Hubbard, pride of the Peach State – turned the two-hour televised show into a party.
Wakarusa, which previously announced The Roots, STS9, Young the Giant and others for their 2015 festival, set to be held from June 4-7 at Mulberry Mountain, announced more of its lineup last week and this morning. The group includes Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Thievery Corporation, Umphrey's McGee, Slightly Stoopid, Portugal. The Man and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
After weeks of deliberation, violent debate and black magic, we’ve come up with our final and definitive list of semifinalists for the 2015 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. If you’ll notice, there are 20 of them. Also, this is one of the strongest lineups we’ve ever had, with great artists in a variety of genres from all over the state.
With a brand new cassette-only release and a full-length LP on the way, Little Rock band Bombay Harambee is about to have a busy year. Members include Spaceman Dave on bass, Jason Griswold on drums, Alexander Jones on vocals and guitar and Trent Whitehead on guitar and vocals.
Recent L.A. transplant Kari Faux, who made our shortlist for Arkansan of the Year this week, released a new video this morning for her single, "Gahdamn," the opening track from her 2014 tape, "Laugh Now, Die Later." The clip features Childish Gambino, who gave her a huge boost with his remix of her song, "No Small Talk" (excerpted at the beginning here), and her frequent collaborator and fellow Little Rock native BLACK PARTY.
Brantley Gilbert kicks off the Walmart AMP's summer 2015 lineup, released this morning, with a performance on May 1 — tickets go on sale Friday Feb. 27. Chicago plays on May 3, the Steve Miller Band on May 16, the Dave Matthews Band on May 19 and Kenny Chesney's "Big Revival Tour" comes through town on July 30. Check their website for ticketing information and more.
Wakarusa Music Festival, scheduled to be held from June 4-7, announced the first part of of their 2015 lineup this afternoon, a group that includes The Roots, STS9, Rebelution, Young the Giant, The Devil Makes Three and more. Two more releases are on the way (more suspenseful that way).
I’ve followed the musical career of David Slade since 1994, when I saw him in a band of young upstarts called Halo 8 at a Fresh Blood Night show at Vino’s Brewpub (before they even added the Brewpub part). I think they also opened for one of my first bands. He’s been one of the forces behind American Princes, along with Matt Quin, from their beginning in 2001.
For anyone trying to catch up on new music released over the holidays, the late-December output of Little Rock rap collective Young Gods of America should be at the top of your list. First up is Goon des Garcons' new tape, "YOUNGDIRTYBASTARD," mostly produced by the crew's resident spaced-out visionary Mach Soul.
I first saw The Moving Front live over seven years ago, their album release show (also at White Water) during the first day of “Towncraft” week, a group of events commemorating the documentary’s release. I remember running into Scott Cook that night and him asking me, "Why are you not still playing music?" I took his advice, and now Scott plays guitar and sings back up as one of the newest members of The Moving Front.
I arrived at The Rev Room Friday at 7:15 p.m., as a bartender was setting up for a busy night. I saw Mark Colbert (soundman) and Mark Sadler (lighting) and we talked shop a while. I saw Samantha "Sam" Allen (venue manager) and we caught up as well. Soon I met and interviewed Richie Barnard, the website coordinator for the Little Rock Scene, whose 10 Year Anniversary we were here to celebrate.
Here are the Little Rock albums we listened to more than any others this year, the ones that meant the most to us and that we’d push on any out-of-towners who asked what was new in the Little Rock music scene.
Last night, dozens of friends of TC Edwards, the Little Rock musician and man on the scene who was found murdered Dec. 7, marched in his memory, chanting "Justice for TC" and "TC is metal" as they walked from Pizza D' Action up Kavanaugh.
Wynton Marsalis visited Pine Bluff yesterday to pay a visit to the 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry, currently in the hospital (and accepting donations for his medical care). Terry, born in St. Louis and mentored by Louis Armstrong, played in bands with icons like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Quincy Jones, and was a stated influence on trumpeters like Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie (who considered Terry the greatest jazz trumpeter in the world).
Hot Springs wants a radio station, and they're asking for our help in raising their very specific goal of $9,790. KUHS 97.9 will be a community station and, incidentally, will be the only solar-powered radio station in the state. Station manager Zach Smith presents a familiar argument against corporate radio in the video above, complaining that the FCC helped turn music into "goo."
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
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.
Matt Campbell, a Little Rock lawyer, said he filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit today against the Little Rock School District for its failure to provide personnel records of Teresa Gordon, a media specialist at Jefferson Elementary.
Ann Clemmer tells the Democrat-Gazette she's given "background information" in the federal probe into Mike Maggio and illicit campaign contributions. This naturally raises questions for others who benefitted from money raised by a state senator implicated in the scandal, including Supreme Court Associate Justice Rhonda Wood.
Blue Hog Report has mined another interesting report out of public record. He's found a copy of the doctoral dissertation of Dexter Suggs, interim superintendent of the Little Rock School District, and compared it with another writer's work and found verbatim similarities.
Whitewater alert: Larry Nichols endorses Hillary Clinton for president. Mother Jones mines some comedy gold in looking for overlooked opposition research in Arkansas on the 2016 presidential candidate.