Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
The American Princes fourth record is in the can. Tentatively titled “Other People,” the new album is set for a February release on Yep Roc Records. Chuck Brody, a musician and producer who's worked with artists like Peter, Bjorn and John, Wu-Tang Clan and Jennifer Lopez, handpicked the band to produce after last year's CMJ Festival in New York. This is the Princes' first record featuring third guitarist Will Boyd, formerly of Evanescence. After a big show on Sept. 28 at Juanita's, with J. Roddy Walston and the Business and the Good Fear, and a concert in Fayetteville the next night, the band will head out for a fall tour through the East Coast and Midwest.
Further proof that being born in small town Arkansas doesn't preclude hobnobbing with celebrities: Clark Duke, the fledgling actor, writer and director from the tiny Pike County berg of Glenwood, has started a band with Kristen Bell, A.K.A. “Veronica Mars,” A.K.A the apple of every self-respecting fan's eye since Buffy slayed her last vampire. It's called Kung-Fu Professor. The 22-year-old told New York magazine that he'd be playing keyboard and guitar and Bell would be playing keys and singing. For more on Duke, see his much-adored web sitcom “Clark and Michael” (www.clarkandmichael.com), his supporting role on the ABC Family comedy “Greek” (as Christian rocker “Dale”) and his one line in “Superbad” (“Fogel's a badass!”).
North Little Rock rapper XXzotic has been nominated for two Southern Entertainment Awards (SEAs). She's on the ballot for “Female Mixtape Artist” (even though she didn't put out a new mixtape this year) and “Song of the Year” for the remix to “Caught Up,” featuring Pimp C of U.G.K. We're still keeping our fingers crossed that her long delayed debut album, “First Among Equals,” will get released sometime this year. The title track is streaming on her MySpace page now (www.myspace.com/xxzotic).
Spoon, the increasingly popular Austin, Texas, indie rock band, comes back to Arkansas to play another college show. On Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., the band will play the Chi Omega Greek Theatre in Fayetteville. Admission is free and open to the public. Apostle of Hustle, the post-rock offshoot of Broken Social Scene, opens.