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Riding in on a Mule 

Haynes’ blues group Govt. Mule, Little River Band, Honeytribe are in town.

 

Power-packed shows with major artists are featured at area clubs tonight and Friday, May 4.

Warren Haynes’ Govt. Mule stops in for a long-awaited return to Little Rock, playing the Revolution Music Room at 9 p.m. today (May 3). Bring ear plugs. If any tickets remain, they are $25.

Friday features a show for all the classic rock ’n’ rollers out there: late 1970s Australian group Little River Band, appearing with local Beatles-meet-rockabilly group Damn Bullets at the Village (8 p.m., $26 advance, $31 day of show). Certainly, the tickets are pricey, but the group that’s toured extensively with the Doobie Brothers, Supertramp and the Eagles certainly deserves a little love and “Reminiscing” on this 30-year-anniversary tour.

Also on Friday, Devon Allman’s jam band Honeytribe steps into town for a show at Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack. As the surname suggests, Devon is indeed the son of jam band god Gregg Allman, and from what we’ve heard, Honeytribe manages to live up to the name (9 p.m., $10).

n Los Angeles underground superstar power pop rock group Sugarcult will be bouncing into Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom for a high-powered rock show with Fayetteville’s no-coast rock ’n’ roll group Dreamfast and Oh No Stereo on Wednesday, May 9.

Sugarcult’s fall 2006 junior-effort, “Lights Out,” has set the group up with exponentially expanding notoriety and a foaming-at-the-mouth fan base, so expect the mid-week show to be a rocker in spite of its hump day slot and early evening time (8 p.m., $10 advance, $12 day of show).

Looking for something outside mainstream margaritas and mariachi on Cinco de Mayo? Hidey Friends Underground (HFU!) and the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative have come together to play host to an all-evening ACAC benefit show at the Arkansas Sustainability Network’s home base, the Space (209 S. Victory) on Saturday, May 5, starting at 6 p.m.

The lineup features quirky electro popster Nathan Browningham, post rockers Wooly Mammoth, and the Berenstein Band alongside opening acts Underclaire, the Johnny Depp Experience, Margot and Oh Sees. Piñatas, prizes, and organic salsas will abound, and a fiesta-themed costume will get you a discount at the door ($5 with costume, $6 without).

The rest of the best, May 3-9:

Thursday: At the Easy Street Piano Bar it’s a little something for the 20-somethings with Queens, N.Y., experimental mod noise pop group Skeletons and the Girl Faced Boys (10 p.m., donations) … At Cajun’s Wharf, the Battle of the Bands seeks a group to open for the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winner, Cooper’s Orbit, on the opening night of Riverfest (8:30 p.m., $5) … Conway hardcore group Fire to Reason plays at Juanita’s (9 p.m., $5) … At the Village, Area 51 and 7th St. Tattoo present Thursday Night Live with local indie rockers Big Boots, Conway Southern rock group Cyprus Creek and more (7 p.m., $6) … Cover group the Libras plays on Tom Petty Night at the White Water Tavern (9 p.m., $5) … and Land of Mines shows up with Medionide at Vino’s Brew Pub (8:30 p.m., $6).

Friday: At Vino’s, New Jersey six-piece group the Number Twelve Looks Like You rocks out with Strike the Choir (8 p.m., $8 advance, $10 day of show) … Sexy R&B crooner William Staggers will play Friday and Saturday evening at the Afterthought (9 p.m., $6) … At Cajun’s, it’s rock group Crisis (8:30 p.m., $5) … Little Rock’s alt-metal Pattern Fall plays with darker rock/metal group Around the Six at Downtown Music (9 p.m., $5).

You’ll find us celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5, and while we tip our tequila shots to Mexican culture in America, we aren’t so unhappy to note the absence of full-on mariachi bands on the lineup. Instead, catch roots funk punk Jonathan Wilkins with his Dissenters at the White Water Tavern as they open for Memphis’ “orchestral funkabilly” rock group Giant Bear (10 p.m., $5) … Alternately, feminist girl punk group the Chicklettes, garage punkers the Crisco Kids, Midnite and Russellville’s punk metal Four Knuckle Shuffle play Downtown (9 p.m., $5) … ’80s party rock pop band Big Stack does Cajun’s (9 p.m., $5) … Local country-fried rock group the Gringos give what they’ve got at Sticky’s (9 p.m., $5) … Sharp Dunaway and the Blue Meanies play Juanita’s (9:30 p.m., $6) … The battle for the opening spot at Static-X rolls on at the Village with alt-metallers Drop Dead Syndicate, Southern hardcore group Sychosys, Colossus Bound and more (6 p.m., call for cover) … And experimental rock duo The Prox’e and Ocean come to Vino’s (8 p.m., $6).

Monday: Dallas poppy alt-rock group the Afters will be at Cajun’s Wharf (8:30 p.m., free) … While the Afterthought’s Monday Jazz Project features pianist Chris James with the jazz house band (8:30 p.m., $10).

Tuesday: An unusually active night awaits the restless. First, big time Los Angeles indie industrial rock Godhead plays with Minneapolis metallers American Head Charge and Phoenix hard rockers Opiate for the Masses at Juanita’s (8 p.m., $10 advance, $12 day of show) … At the Village, Temple, Texas’s female-fronted, hard-rock-heals alt-group Flyleaf shows up with Kill Hannah, Sick Puppies, Resident Hero and the Frail Division (7 p.m., $20) … Relapse Records Presents Canadian grindcore group F*** the Facts with death metal group Entropy Principle and Malvern metallers Turdy Jones at Downtown Music (9 p.m., $6) … The infamous Arkansas Rockers Revue continues at the White Water Tavern, and Fayetteville’s Dreamfast headlines the night before its big Sugarcult show (10 p.m., free).

Wednesday: At Easy Street, Bird Names and Fayetteville post-rock group Wooly Mammoth play for a pittance (10 p.m., free) … And Open Mic Night debuts at the White Water Tavern (9 p.m., free, call to sign up).

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