Winter is the perfect time to explore the natural stone shelters where native Arkansans once lived
Hendrix is bringing another big national act to its little Conway campus. Pittsburgh producer Gregg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, will perform at the Hulen Ballroom on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 p.m., for free. Last year's “Night Ripper” drew rave reviews for Gillis' ability to mix and mash-up songs by virtually any artist from any genre to create catchy, danceable tracks. Gillis sampled 167 artists on that album, and in the liner notes, he thanks everybody from 2 Live Crew to ABBA, Chicago to Dinosaur Jr., Fleetwood Mac to Folk Implosion, and George Michael to Mike Jones. Local indie rock band Grand Serenade will open the show, which has the makings of being the biggest dance party of the year. But, ah, the catch: To get in, you must be the plus one of a Hendrix student or staffer.
North Little Rock rapper XXzotic, who's lately been living in Houston, is featured in a write-up in the latest issue of the Southern hip-hop magazine Ozone (self-dubbed “Your favorite rapper's favorite magazine.”) Her debut album, “First Among Equals,” has been long anticipated. The remix of lead single “Caught Up” features Pimp C of UGK and has been receiving sporadic local airplay since late last year.
For newbies to local music, Ho-Hum, one of the essential Little Rock bands over the last decade, is offering easy access to a sampling of their music. On their homepage, playdel.com, you can stream 20 of their “Greatest Hits,” including “St. Street,” “I Love You Like I Love Me” and “Runaway.”
Smoke Up Johnny, the much-esteemed local garage-rock band, has just finished recording its debut album. Travis McIlroy, head of Thick Syrup Records, says the album will come out Oct. 26, when the band will celebrate with a show at White Water Tavern, with singer/songwriter Drexel opening.
Backyard Enterprises continues to tirelessly promote its film “Supa Tight,” a laugh-out-loud-funny drama about a hip-hop superhero named Sly. Ron Mc, who conceived the project and stars as Sly, will screen the movie again at 8 p.m. at Cornerstone on Saturday. At 10 p.m., dozens of local artists will perform, including 607, Big Drew, Grim Muzik, Conduit Fam, Rockst*r, Playa Mone and, of course, Ron Mc and Razormack.