Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
Screamo-core band A Change of Pace headlines an all ages show at Juanita’s on Thursday, May 18, with Spoken, the Classic Crime, Run Kid Run and It’s Like Love. The music starts at 8 p.m.; cover is $10.
Screamo-core is loud and moody punk (though diehards would argue with that), expressing life’s tragedies as understood by musicians just barely out of high school.
Two all-ages, pop-rock shows follow on Tuesday, May 23, when As Tall as Lions with Junior Varsity and Cassino play Juanita’s at 9 p.m. ($5) and on Wednesday, May 24, with June headlining and supporting acts This Day and Age, This Providence and the Forecast (7:30 p.m., $8).
L.A.-based identical rock twins with a penchant for T. Rex and Jet? Color me there, at the Cornerstone on Saturday, May 20. Ben and Steve Tegal of the Vacation are on tour with their Echo label album “Band from World War Zero.” It’s hook-laden, fist-pumpin’ rock, especially in the leading track, “White Noise,” and “Destitute Prostitutes.” It’s more poppy than punk. Nonetheless, Ben has obviously studied and loved the vocals Marc Bolan, and for that alone it’s worth checking them out. They start at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.
I wanted my mommy when we listened to the download of “Imbedded” from local metal band Rwake’s myspace page. It’s soul-wrenching and earsplitting; earplugs will be necessary for all those green of horn at Rwake’s show at Downtown Music on Saturday, May 20.
The group signed with Relapse Records in January. The song “Woodson Lateral” on their website reminded me of that verboten site and its illicit parties, which sometimes included a hunt for the Woodson witch. Also appearing: Dreading Sundown and Hobbs End. Admission is $5 for the 8:30 p.m. show. All ages.
Ah, I’ve unwrapped the mystery behind the downtown club called “the Net” that’s open only on Sundays at 7 p.m. at the old Sim’s Barbecue location on Main. It’s a sort of Christian rock ministry coffee house, according to Mitch Tapson, who said he’s a Baptist minister. Tapson said he hopes to bring in folks from the neighboring Block Two Apartments and the downtown area. I expressed a little concern, just remembering my personal days of revivals and being scared into getting saved or giving money, but he assured me that that wasn’t the mission.
Rehearsing on stage Sunday was KATV Daybreak co-host Jason Harper, who was singing and playing keyboard with his wife, Leslie. “The Net” doesn’t refer to cyberspace but to a Bible verse — Luke 5:4 to be exact. See, all those years in Sunday school didn’t go to waste. Word. For more information, call 920-5740.
Loco Macheen emerged from the college town of Emporia, Kan., with multiple personalities: As strange electronica-rock and funk Loco, it plays songs like “Gorillas” and “Nite Lites.” As jar-drinkin’ Dwayn Brothers, they’re a bluegrass band. Get two for one at Midtown Billliards late Saturday night, May 19. The show looks promising for a wee-hours prowl. Private memberships are available at the door for $10. Members pay $3.
They are not going to perform live, but the Munks will appear for a CD release party at the Fountain Dive on Thursday, May 18. I spoke briefly to the drummer, Brooks Browning (remember him in Raudive Voices?), who supplied me with the album, “Heartbreak Numbers.” A great debut album, more on the country side of rock than I was expecting (a lot of great lap steel). All of the songs were written by soft-spoken pianist and lead vocalist Aaron Grimm. There’s no charge to get in, party starts around 8 p.m. The Munks will play June 22 at the White Water Tavern.
Texas red dirt country music for the Crown drinkers: Bleu Edmonson appears with Jarrod Birmingham at Sticky Fingerz at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18. Cover is $6.
Jazz, blues and ballads: The Suzanne Michelle and Uncle Fred Wilson show that was canceled due to the ice storm in February has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 20, in Thomson Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road. Tickets in advance are $5 by calling 228-9999 (Capitol Keyboard). Tickets at the door are $10 ($7 for ages 17 and under). For more information, call 225-2891.
Two Bogies: My eyes weren’t deceiving me; there are two bars named Bogies in North Little Rock, within a couple of miles of each other. What’s the deal? Our calls have been left unanswered.