Down at Juanita's 

WEDNESDAY 5/23

DOWN

8 p.m. Juanita's. $25.

Down's bruising stoner riffage is the ideal soundtrack for when you're rollin' down a back highway at a steady 42 MPH in a primer-covered '86 Monte Carlo SS, burnt jernt in the ashtray, 24-oz. Mountain Dew in the cup holder, some Popeye's trash over in the passenger floorboard, softball bat in the back seat, on your way to go break a bunch of some jerkoff's expensive property. I suppose before I go too much further I should point out the whole supergroup element of Down (members of Crowbar, Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Eyehategod). That's cool and all, but Down has its own identity separate of those other, admittedly awesome, bands. That said, if you dig those groups and somehow haven't checked out Down, well you'd better just get on it, hoss. Begin at the beginning, with 1995's "NOLA." But anyways, whereas a lot of your doomy longhairs primarily focus on channeling only the most crushing and heavy elements of Black Sabbath (and to be clear, I'm way into that), Down is the rare band that says, "Hey dudes, wait a minute. Remember 'Planet Caravan'? Remember 'Solitude'? How they'd get all cosmic 'n shit? Let's go for a little of that for a sec." And then they do, and it's awesome and then they go back to that groove-heavy Southern Sabbath-worship that so many of us love, and it's awesome again. The opening act, haarp (all lowercase and with two "a"s like that) traffics in ultra-pained sludgy crushingness. The group's forthcoming album was produced by Down's Phil Anselmo. There's a video online of Anselmo and haarp performing Pantera's classic "Walk." No telling if such a thing might happen at Juanita's. It could've been a total one-off, but who knows? There's only one way to find out for sure. RB

WEDNESDAY 5/23

TY SEGALL, WHITE FENCE

9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $10.

These two dudes are primo practitioners of contemporary garage-pop, though on opposite poles on the fuzz-continuum. Ty Segall is pure blonde buff-ness, all bludgeoning fun in the weird California sun. White Fence — the solo handle of one Tim Presley — is more like that squirrelly nervous guy who spends a bit too much time in-of-doors, tinkering on a four-track machine and biting his nails while crafting perfect little psychedelic petits fours. They got together for an excellent collaborative album, "Hair," released back in April via the good ship Drag City. It's a major rager all right, a sweet-n-sour blend of Presley's spindly jangle and Segall's fuzz-ified overdrive. There's a total guitar meltdown on the track "Scissor People" that's awesome and then before you know it, the whole thing takes a jarring turn into some weird cut-up territory. The rest of the album is great, too. "Time" is an easy-rydin' anthem with some soulful jamming that evokes Crazy Horse, but man, "Scissor People" is a compellingly weird lil' gem. Segall was last at the White Water back in 2010 and put on a furious set of originals and a couple bravura covers. This here'll be a good'n. Opening act is Useless Eaters, outta Tennessee ("Tennesseein' is Tennebelievin' "). The band makes twitchy power-pop for the unhealthy set, maybe like if Crime had been inclined to try out melodies every once in a while. RB

THURSDAY 5/24

EPIPHANY

9 p.m. Revolution. $10.

Our man 'Piph has always been tireless — putting out mixtapes and singles, emceeing all kinds of shows and parties and performing live regularly. He's been on a roll in recent months, though, releasing his long-awaited long-player "Such is Life," as well as some excellent videos for "Untouchable," and "Something to Tell Ya." He's been taking his show on the road lately too, playing dates around the region, including Fayetteville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Jackson and Hattiesburg, Miss., Memphis and Texarkana. This show represents a reunion of sorts, as Epiphany will be performing again with the band Tomorrow Maybe, which you probably saw providing that rock-solid live backing on the video for "Untouchable Unplugged." Also performing with Tomorrow Maybe will be Bijoux and Dee Dee Jones. Openers include JWhite, Bully Gang and Duke Stigall, with host Sean Fresh. RB

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Lindsey Millar

  • Photos from March for TC

    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.
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • The Everybody Is Invited Edition

    The repeal of Fayetteville’s civil rights ordinance, the new ethics amendment, why Dustin McDaniel joined a meaningless lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order on immigration and the Arkansas Supreme Court and same-sex marriage — all discussed on this week's podcast.
    • Dec 12, 2014
  • More »

More by Robert Bell

  • A Q&A with Pallbearer

    Little Rock’s leading harbingers of doom return with a new album, “Foundations of Burden.”
    • Aug 21, 2014
  • Thursday To-Do: KEN mode

    You've got to figure that a band from frozen-ass Winnipeg is just gonna be way gnarlier and tougher than a band from some sun-kissed tropical clime where people wear tank tops and flip-flops year-round.
    • Feb 6, 2014
  • Bob Schneider at Juanita's

    Also, KEN Mode at Vinos', Red Octopus' 'Trysts and Turns' at the Public Theatre, Mothwind at Maxine's, Patty Griffin at George's Majestic, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Weekend Theater and Ash at Juanita's.
    • Feb 6, 2014
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Photos from March for TC

    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.
  • Psych of the South: The Mercenaries' 'Things Found Here'

    Recently, a trove of band business cards from the golden era of Arkansas garage bands was discovered and put on eBay. I was able to purchase some of them, including one by a little known 1960s garage band from Little Rock named The Mercenaries. Their record, on the cult favorite MY records label based in Little Rock, was released in early 1967. Their songs, including the atmospheric and heavy “Things Found Here” along with the psychedelic tinged “Take It All” are obscure even by garage rock standards. They were not featured on the 1999 Butler Center MY records compilation and their story has not been told before
  • Good policies, bad politics

    Democrats are like Republicans in one way. One party or the other suffers devastating losses at least every eight years and then engages in a noisy search for blame and atonement.
  • Women's work in the House

    The new Republican majority in Arkansas came with the support of female majorities in some key races.
  • The Duggar clan provides big boost, unintentionally, for gay kids

    Still more good news for Lucie's Place, the small Little Rock nonprofit that works to help homeless LGBT youths. It's added a $10,000 grant to $30,000 raised in a symbolic response to the Duggar family's support for discrimination against gay people in Fayetteville.

Latest in To-Do List

  • "Blue Velvet" at Ron Robinson Thursday

    Also, 'Texas Love Letter' Listening Party at South on Main, Celebrity Karaoke at Verizon Arena, Jimbo Mathus at White Water, Improv at the Public Theater and Rick Ross at Barton Coliseum.
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Kindred the Family Soul at Juanita's

    Also, "Mythbusters" at Walton Arts Center, 2nd Friday Art Night, Garth Brooks at Verizon Arena, "Art of the Bar" at South on Main and Th' Legendary Shack Shakers at White Water Tavern.
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • Rodney Crowell comes to South on Main

    Also, Aaron Carter at Juanita's, Arkansas Craft Guild Showcase at the Statehouse Convention Center, the Holiday Hangout at White Water Tavern, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Verizon, Royal Blood at Juanita's and Christmas at the Quarter in the Quapaw Quarter.
    • Dec 4, 2014
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

December

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31  

Most Viewed

  • Q&A: Let's Talk Figures

    The warped visionaries behind the Fayetteville record label open up (sort of).
  • "Blue Velvet" at Ron Robinson Thursday

    Also, 'Texas Love Letter' Listening Party at South on Main, Celebrity Karaoke at Verizon Arena, Jimbo Mathus at White Water, Improv at the Public Theater and Rick Ross at Barton Coliseum.
  • Old Testament in CGI

    'Exodus' wows, but skimps on storytelling.
  • Portis must carry Hogs

    Arkansas basketball is such a weird, aggravating thing. I don't know if the karmic tradeoff for one blissful year of "40 Minutes of Hell" was two ensuing decades of purgatory, but it sure seems that way.
  • Amasa Hines at the Afterthought

    Also, Jim Mize at Vino's.
 

© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation