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House show venue the Treehouse, at 109 S. Cedar St., finds itself in a unusual position even if it were a full-on live music joint. Thursday, March 8, is the first big day of 14 consecutive shows the venue is playing host to, delivering such big names as Kiss Kiss (March 11), Matt & Kim, Pony Pants and the Mathematicians (all on March 12), who are on their way to and from Austin’s annual South-by-Southwest music and film festival.
Though there’s hardly enough space here to break down the over-packed madness to come during the next two weeks, tonight’s show (10 p.m., $3) will feature Floridian ambient rap artist Astronautalis along with Tennessee indie pop rockers Mermaid Police, industrial hip-hop group Mad Trucker, and cute nerdy-voiced indie rock-pop with the Lone Tiger, Daniel Craig.
Popular Houston-area Americana folk singer/songwriter Hayes Carll will perform at the White Water Tavern on Friday, March 9. The Hendrix grad is currently touring to promote his sophomore release, “Little Rock,” the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Flowers and Liquor.”
The title cut from the new album finds Carll in the midst of a search for “a piece of this Earth for my peace of mind” — a place he seems to have found in his old college stomping grounds, Little Rock. The show starts at 9 p.m., and the cover is $10.
The Revolution Music Room has a big Sunday show, bringing in Seattle’s reverberating indie rock-pop one-man outfit Aqueduct, psychedelic pop/Flaming Lips-esque group Annuals, and local Sugar and the Raw spin-off band Big Boots on March 11.
Aqueduct calls his music “quintessential bedroom rock stuck somewhere between lo- and hi-fi,” a description that gives it a great deal more credit than the pop label inevitably stamped across the sound. Aqueduct cites ’50s and ’60s pop, the Pixies, Black Sabbath and Beulah as influences.
Annuals is no shrinking violet either, though. The five-piece has recently received critical acclaim in the New York Times, breaking features in Rolling Stone and Spin, as well as numerous NPR and late-night TV appearances. The show starts at 7 p.m. with a $10 cover.
The music keeps on revving on Monday, March 12, with what may be one of the most anticipated shows in town: electro dream hip-hop artist RJD2 alongside Busdriver and indie pop group Happy Chichester (8 p.m., $10).
Now for the rest of the week, starting with Thursday, March 8: At Vino’s, it’s Floridian alterna-pop-rock group the Dark Romantics with up-and-coming indie electro popsters Discover America and Little Rock hipster-hip-hop artists Futuro Boots (9 p.m., $7) … the Rev Room revs it up with thoroughly country group Jason Boland and the Stragglers alongside guest Jackson Taylor (9 p.m., $10) … Juanita’s brings on the darkness with an all metal/heavy rock show featuring Cleveland’s Mushroomhead, Los Angeles’ progressive hardcore group the Human Abstract, industrial black metal band Psyclon Nine, Black Flood Diesel and Marazene (9 p.m., $17 advance/$20 day of show) … And at Cajun’s Wharf, the show is “art rock” with local group Notion (8:30 p.m., $5).
On Friday: Fayetteville’s dreamy, dissonant folk rock group Woolly Mammoth, monotone ambient band Holy Ghost Children, and the Pasties play the Treehouse (10 p.m., donations) … the Rev Room leads with an all-female hip-hop showcase, Divas of the Rock, featuring Alicia, Heavon Scent, Spice Sheamarie, Pink, Maria V., and Goldie (9 p.m., $10) … Local hardcore metal group Ashes of Augustine holds a Tour Kickoff Show with Dryline, Benison and Arcane Fire at Vino’s (8 p.m., $7) … Donna Massey and Blue-Eyed Soul bring “Southern-fried R&B” flavor to your old favorites at Cajun’s (8:30 p.m., $5)… It’s gritty country rock with Austin Allsup and local rocker Allyn Ross at Juanita’s (10 p.m., $7). Allsup’s been making Little Rock a frequent stop … and Nashville working class rocker Will Hoge plays with the Sterns at Sticky Fingerz (9 p.m., $8 advance, $10 day of show).