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'The Full Monty' at Weekend Theater 

WEDNESDAY 7/11

EDEN'S EDGE

10 p.m. Shooter's Bar & Grill. $10.

Waaaay back yonder, in the hazy days of 2006, a little country/bluegrass combo from Russellville called Eden's Edge won the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, edging out singer/songwriter Chris Henry for the top spot. "Lucky us that the five acts who made the Showcase finals all still make their homes in Arkansas and grace us with their music, though they should be eyeing a future in Nashville or New York or Los Angeles, if they haven't already," wrote Jim Harris, then entertainment editor at the Times. It was certainly a prescient observation in the case of Eden's Edge, as the band decamped to Nashville the next year. According to the group's online bio, they caught the ear of country songwriter and Fort Smith native Kye Fleming ("I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool," "Smoky Mountain Rain," "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed"). Fleming convinced the trio to make the move to Music City, where they signed with Big Machine Records. They've toured with the likes of Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley (with whom they got into The Great Door Mat Spat of 2011). Their debut album was released last month and they'll soon hit the road with Rascal Flatts on the "Changed Tour," so here's your chance to see the home state kids done good in an intimate setting.

WEDNESDAY 7/11

KING TUFF

8:30 p.m. Stickyz. $8.

On "King Tuff," the latest elpee from the King himself — King Tuff, a.k.a. Kyle Thomas, of Vermont — there's a sweetly twisted pop feel that reminds this listener of the sound that the late, great Jay Reatard spent the last year or so of his life mining. The opening song, "Anthem," is no lie, friends. It lives up to the billing with a truly bitchin' loopy guitar part and some sassy handclaps, and when the second guitar track kicks in with the triumphant harmony, it's like, "Yes, this is an Anthem." The second track, "Alone & Stoned," cements the King Tuff M.O. thusly: "There's nothing better than alone and stoned / listening to music on your headphones." Judging by the Internet's reaction, that's the lyric that jumped out the most on the whole album. But who is anyone to argue with the song's core logic? "Bad Thing" is primo garage-pop — as good as any West Coast thing by your Ty Segalls or your Sonny and The Sunsets or your The Fresh and Onlys. Album closer "Hit & Run" is a bouncy rave-up that sounds like T. Rex all hopped up on goofballs and true love. Alas, these are but the album highlights as selected by me. Who knows what treats await the intrepid concertgoer inside the vault of King Tuff? The opening band at this 18-and-older show is Natural Child, a rock 'n' roll trio that hails from Nashville.

FRIDAY 7/13

'THE FULL MONTY'

7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $16-$20.

Judging from the volume and pitch of the shrieking laughter the mere mention of the film "Magic Mike" elicited from a gaggle of ladies here at the office, there is a market for watching dudes take their clothes off. Of course, actor and former male stripper Channing Tatum is a good bit more chiseled than your average Joe. But perhaps the ladies might also be inclined to watch average Joes disrobe while gyrating to dance music. That's the central premise of "The Full Monty," a musical based on the 1997 hit British film. The stage version is in Buffalo, N.Y., but the story is similar: a group of unemployed blue-collar guys get their grooves back and earn a little scratch by taking it all off. According to director Bob Bidewell, the cast of The Weekend Theater's production won't be totally in the buff. "By law we can't 'bare all' due to ABC regulations. They do remove all garments but are covered by their police hats and a blinding light cue at the very end," he wrote, "exactly as it was done at The Rep." The show's themes about unemployment, economic hardship and how these struggles affect the male psyche are certainly relevant, given the prolonged economic doldrums the country can't seem to escape. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 4.

FRIDAY 7/13

TWISTA

8 p.m. Revolution. $20 adv., $25 day of.

Chicago rapper Twista has been in the business for more than two decades now. His original handle was Tung Twista, which was appropriate considering how blazingly, mind-blowingly fast this guy can rhyme. Most rappers have to work for years to get as good as he was right out of the gate. Exhibit A is "Mr. Tung Twista," one of his first singles, from 1991. It's a vintage nugget of old school hip-hop that showcases a 19-year-old Twista spitting out syllables like a machine gun. The years haven't slowed him down, either. In fact, his career really started gathering speed in the mid-'00s. His scene-stealing turn on the 2004 tune "Slow Jamz," with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, is another notable example. "Do it faster baby, do it faster!" a woman pleads with Kanye. "Damn, baby. I can't do it that fast, but I know somebody who can." Cue Twista, who gets the song's best line: "Lemme get your sheets wet, listenin' to Keith Sweat." Twista's latest album, "The Perfect Storm," finds the rapper in fine form, with guest spots from Chris Brown, Waka Flocka Flame, Raekwon, Yo Gotti and others. Opening the show are Rod D, Mob Money, TGE, 4X4 Crew and Epiphany.

FRIDAY 7/13 and SATURDAY 7/14

MOLE.FM SHOWCASE

9 p.m. Vino's. $6.

Music Online Entertainment — known by its web address, Mole.fm — is the brainchild of Butch Stone, the longtime Arkansas concert promoter, band manager (he managed classic rock legends Black Oak Arkansas and the Swiss headbangers Krokus) and all-around music industry veteran. Stone's latest venture — described as a digital record label — finds him back in the role of artist management. Mole.fm features a diverse, all-Arkansas roster and this weekend, Stone is showcasing six of the bands on the label. Friday night's lineup is heavy on the hip-hop, with K-Dro, 4X4 Crew and Fayetteville's genre-defying Revolution Butterfly. Saturday's slate includes Little Phoebe, Northwest Arkansas Southern rock outfit Amsterdam and the pulsing, Lady GaGa-esque electro pop of Dylan Dugger.

SATURDAY 7/14

SWITCHFOOT

7:30 p.m. Magic Springs' Timberwood Amphitheater. $30-$65.

San Diego Christian rock band Switchfoot has evolved over the years, from the scrappy, sincere post grunge of their early albums to the big statement grandiosity of their 2004 breakthrough "The Beautiful Letdown" and its follow-up, "Nothing is Sound," to The Weezer-y "Oh! Gravity," which found the band cranking the "quirk" dial to 11, with lots more bleeps and bloops and keyboard squiggles and reverbed everything. That well-received album was their last for Columbia Records. The group formed lowercase people records and released an EP and two more albums, the latest of which, "Vice Verses," finds the band playing a much louder, crunchier brand of earnest rock.

SUNDAY 7/15

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND

7:30 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $35-$67.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band seems like a natural outlet for renowned blues artists (and married couple) Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. The band's debut album, 2011's "Revelator," has a warm, classic '60s/'70s sound and a soulfulness absent from a lot of trad blues acts. Of course, it doesn't hurt when your band is stacked with nine other straight-up badasses, though. Oteil Burbridge (who, along with Trucks, also plays in The Allman Brothers Band) is one of the finest bass players around. As Allmusic's Thom Jurek wrote, "Revelator" "showcases Tedeschi as one of the finest vocal stylists in roots music, and Trucks has become the only true heir of Duane Allman's bell-like slide guitar tone, his taste and restraint."

Editor's note: The print version of this story misidentified the actors in The Weekend Theater's production of "The Full Monty."
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