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9 p.m., Revolution. $6.
Rarely has bedroom pop been so expansive. Several years ago, during a prolonged health scare, Vince Griffin composed a wealth of new material from the confines of his bedroom. After he recovered, the Little Rock singer/songwriter took the project to 11 musician friends scattered in disparate spots across the globe. The members of Bear Colony (or Brothers + Sisters as they were first known) traded parts over the web, honed and passed them back again. Early this year, the Jackson, Miss., record label Esperanza Plantation released “We Came Here to Die.” As the title suggests, there's a fair amount of desolation in Bear Colony. Griffin's voice is naturally plaintive and songs like “Holidays/No Feelings” (“the city will swallow us all tonight”) and “Hospital Rooms Aren't for Lovers” don't exactly sun up the material. Still, even though the densely orchestrated music relies largely on electronic blips and bleeps, there's enough low-key warmth to it to leaven the woe. Against all geographic odds, Bear Colony has toured sporadically behind its release. Thursday's show kicks off a short tour that will take the band on through the East Coast and Midwest. The Barons, an angsty indie-rock outfit from Dallas, open the show.
THE CRYSTAL METHOD
9 p.m., Revolution. $20 adv./$25 d.o.s.
Hey, remember electronica? The beat-driven movement that happened around the time of the dot-com money bubble, that promised us occasional spiritual transcendence in a cornfield near the airport? Yeah, me neither. But Los Angeles club overlords and American propagators of the originally Euro trend the Crystal Method certainly do, and haven't stopped recording since their 1997 debut. They have in fact, remained pretty busy, scoring soundtracks and releasing the occasional DJ mix on top of a regular album schedule. The Method perform less as spacesuit-clad DJs in a box (see: Punk, Daft) and more as charismatic, spinning rock stars, responsible for some of the most omnipresent rock remixes (Filter, Nine Inch Nails) of the '90s and early double aughts, so expect high energy and improvisation on the decks. The concert comes as part of Revolution's monthly DJ series, Zodiac.
MUSIC MY WAY BENEFIT
8 p.m., River Market pavilion. $10.
With music education steadily being phased out of elementary and middle school curriculums, Shaun Hartman, the lead singer of the local rock act Notion, has taken steps to bring musical instruction to kids after school. Through his day job with the Boys and Girls Club, Hartman earlier this year created “Music My Way,” a program where young folks ages seven to 17 can create and perform music. Kids can focus on singing, lyric writing, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums and production. Together, participants record material that, at the end of the class, is released on a CD. So far, the program has produced two albums. Friday's benefit will help cover the cost of producing the CDs and allow the program to purchase more instruments. Hartman's freewheeling rock band Notion provides the entertainment for Friday's benefit show. Stylistically diverse — the band's latest album featured a hip-hop guest spot and moments of old-school country twang — Notion is fast becoming a local act not to miss. Further incentive: $1 beers.
SHOW YOUR SHORTS NIGHT
5 p.m., ACAC Arts and Resource Space. $5.
After years of hosting art and fashion shows and putting together concerts, the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative finally has a space of its own. Located at 1419 S. Main St., the new ACAC headquarters is open seven days a week with an art library and soon, the group promises, free wi-fi access. Also up is the “10+10” art show, a mix of work by established and emerging local artists that opened when the space did a month ago. This Friday, the ACAC hopes to draw Little Rock's film community with a night of short films. The selection is billed as “random,” which ACAC's Alex Moomey clarified as assorted favorites from members' collections. Moomey said the cooperative hopes Friday's event will spark interest in using the space for film clubs or discussion groups. Ultimately, Moomey said, ACAC hopes the community will dictate the cooperative's mission. Community: Put on your thinking cap.