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Some great shows are on tap for club music during the next several days — Tuesday, July 25, is unusually hopping for a weekday, with Blues Traveler’s show at the Revolution Room the highlight.
Inspired by Muse, the band — and perhaps by the muse of melancholy as well — Lovedrug appears at Juanita’s on Tuesday, July 25. Often compared to Muse and Straylight Run, the band has a raw, emptive epic feel. “Pretend You’re Alive” is the group’s most recent album, released two years ago. North Little Rock indie-rockers Knox Hamilton appear along with Traveler and India. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and admission is $8.
Also Tuesday: Some of us like-minded females are looking forward to Jucifer headlining at Downtown Music. Like bubble gum holding a couple of crumbling granite walls together, the husband-and-wife duo turn it up to 11 with a fuzzy mix of guitar, drums and 15 amps. Motorhead meets Portishead.
Recently, Jucifer signed on Relapse Records, and its fifth album, “If Thine Enemy Hunger,” will be out soon.
Opening acts are Sleep Today and Fire to Reason. The all ages show starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $7.
The Format, playing Saturday, July 22, at Juanita’s, is a band out of the desert area of Arizona that doesn’t need no stinking record label. After stints on Elektra and then Atlantic, the idea that making it big meant signing with a major label was squashed, says member Nate Ruess.
“Having to deal with some of the B.S. that goes on, after signing up with Atlantic, we were begging them to drop us,” he said.
Well, their wish was granted, and after a spell of going it alone and having some time to breathe and think, not to mention a stint in a bad relationship, “Dog Problems” was written and released on the band’s own vanity label, named the Vanity Label.
“It’s crazy,” Ruess said. “The album is getting downloaded, and we’re happier.”
“Dog Problems” was inspired by an attempt to use canines to patch things up with his ex, Ruess said.
The Format’s official lineup consists of Ruess and Sam Means, but the duo sometimes adds other musicians for live gigs, and on Saturday the Format will be a 10-piece, according to Ruess.
The show Saturday also will include Rainer Maria from Brooklyn (which has just released “Catastrophe Will Keep Us Together”), rock orchestral marching band Anathallo, and the Floating World. It’s all ages, starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $14.
Sticky Fingerz goes green: Traditional Irish music, some in Gaelic, straight from West Cork, Ireland, will be on the stage Saturday, July 22. Members of the four-piece Fuchsia Band travel worldwide to play the ditties and tunes of their motherland, with a little bit of storytelling thrown in.
Support will be provided by Something for the House, a group of three multi-instrumentalist Arkansans — Scott Moye, Judi Warner and Kevin Kiley. They start at 9 p.m., and admission is $7.
The show is sponsored by the Arkansas Celtic Music Society, which has held its shows throughout town for the past few years. They’re hoping Sticky Fingerz, a new stop for the ACMS, will be a permanent venue and help attract a crowd from the River Market District.
And: A metal band called Horse plays at Vino’s Brewpub on Wednesday, July 26. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $8.
At Midtown Billiards, Memphis-based jam band Yamagata returns on Friday, July 21, and country-slayers Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre play Saturday. Heads-up for Thursday, July 27: Jason Boland and the Stragglers are at the Revolution Room.
You can get your mug on the big screen: A documentary entitled “(Punk) Rock N’ Roll” will make a stop at White Water Tavern on Tuesday, July 25.
The movie follows two bands, Babies with Rabies and the Revelevens from Washington, D.C., to their destination in Las Vegas, Rollercon 2006 on Friday, July 28. In between the two cities, they’ll make various stops to record the various punk scenes on the way.
Check out the web site at www.roadtosincity.com. Also appearing is Clicking Beetle Bad Omen at 10 p.m. No cover charge, but usually they pass a jar around to help the band with gas and such.