Lex Porter, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and Frown Pow'r 


7 p.m. Porter's Jazz Cafe. Free.

Here's a great way to kick off the holiday season as well as a chance to witness the continuation of a musical legacy. Lexington "Lex" Porter, the grandson of Art Porter Sr. and the nephew of Art Porter Jr., the two Little Rock jazz legends, is a senior at North East School of Arts in San Antonio, and he began playing violin in third grade. He's been a member of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio since 2005, and in June 2010, he traveled to China to play with the YOSA Philharmonic, performing in Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai and several other cities. Though there is no cover charge, donations will be accepted to benefit the Art Porter Music Education Inc. Scholarship. There's an early-bird special at 5 p.m. with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. Lex will perform with a variety of local musicians.

8:30 p.m. Revolution. $5 for ages 21 and up, $8 under 21.

This young quartet out of McAllen, Texas, takes the tenor of what one might call, for lack of a better term, "emo," and weds it to the discordant din of the post-punk revivalists of the early aughts. That means lots of tight, syncopated beats, thumping bass and jagged wedges of angular guitar reminiscent of the spikier moments of Les Savy Fav. The band's on tour for its debut full-length, "Errorrs." While a lot of the record hews pretty close to The Rapture's '01-'04 playbook, The Young Maths sound more convincing and less contrived than their once-buzzed-about predecessor. The title song on "Errorrs" veers into some PiL-type weirdness there for a sec, and the album's last one, "Practicing Invisibility," features some interestingly repetitive pluckin' and strummin' on the acoustic guit-box, amid booming synth drums and swaths of squelchy feedback. The opening acts at this all-ages show are Vitamin Overdose and Mainland Divide.

FRIDAY 11/25

1:30 p.m. LSU Tiger Stadium. $50.

With the death of Arkansas tight end and Little Rock native Garrett Uekman, this game will no doubt be freighted with even more significance for the Razorbacks, who tragically lost a friend and teammate last Sunday. As the team members mourn, they also prep for the biggest game of the year in hostile territory. Already, there was a lot riding on this year's Arkansas-LSU game. Not to get too worked up, but if Arkansas wins (and especially if Alabama loses on Saturday against Auburn), the Razorbacks could be headed to the BCS Championship Game. Or to translate that into stiff sportscaster lingo, this is a game with divisional, conference and national implications. Now, the inner workings of the BCS are widely considered arbitrary and capricious, and it's entirely possible that, no matter what happens Friday, the Hogs will end up in Orlando or even Dallas come January. But however that shakes out, Arkansas-LSU is an exciting match-up every year, even if the rivalry is a newer one compared to some of the other age-old annual SEC grudge matches. But it will only get better with each passing year, and with new addition Missouri slated to play in the SEC East, there's no danger of "The Battle for the Golden Boot" ever mutating into "The Cluster%&¢! for the Golden Hip-Wader." Anyways, WPS! The game is on CBS.

FRIDAY 11/25

9 p.m. Stickyz. $10.

You probably already know the story with Mulehead: 'long about the late '90s, Kevin Kerby, the poet-philosopher and chronicler of youthful languor, departs Ho-Hum, one of the best and best-loved bands to come out of Little Rock in the last 20 years. Along with rock yeomen Dave Raymond, Brent LaBeau and Geoff Curran, Kerby starts Mulehead, which, with a bit of luck, a lot of talent and (probably) a not insignificant amount of JB Weld, proves to be another one of the best and best-loved bands to come out of Little Rock in the last 20 years. Mulehead proceeds to cut several albums' worth of superb country rock 'n' roll as good as nearly any by its peers (and a damn sight better than most). Our heroes record their third album, "Finer Thing," and then break up just afterward. Then a few years later, they get back together and start playing the odd show here and there, which is excellent. The opening act is the venerable Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth.



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