To-do list, April 23 





9 p.m., Revolution. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.


Man Man has played Little Rock enough over the years that a lot of folks know the score. The five-piece, whose members go by names like Pow Pow and Chang Wang, usually sports Wimbledon whites, handlebar mustaches and face paint. Their music sounds like a carnival as imagined by Tom Waits. Front man Honus Honus' barks and pounding organ steer the way through antic, campfire-style harmonies and an instrumental mishmash of out-of-tune horns fighting for space with clavinets, euphoniums and melodica. Lately, Honus Honus has been lovesick in his lyrics. Expect a pile of young folk to be dancing to lines like, “People claim I'm possessed by the devil/But Mama, I know I'm possessed by your daughter!” Comedian Andrew Wright and local post-punk heroes the Moving Front open. LM.




9 p.m., Juanita's. $10.


A band that titles its debut release “Reinventing Axl Rose” has moxie. Since 1997, Gainesville, Fla., punk-folk rock outfit Against Me has grown from relative obscurity to supporting Foo Fighters' American tour last year. They've also been hailed by Rolling Stone as “Best Punk Band” on a list titled “The 125-Plus People, Places and Things Ruling the Rock & Roll Universe.” With four full-length albums under its belt, a live release, a handful of EPs and a sterling reputation as a live act, the group shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Minimalist Minneapolis punk band Off With Their Head opens along with popular roots rockers Glossary, from Murfreesboro, Tenn. PP.




7 p.m., Alltel Arena. $15-$45.


Parents, get ready to see your kids geek out as bulbous-headed cartoons come to life and hit the ice. Just about everyone from their video library will represent. Mickey and Minnie, of course. The Little Mermaid, far removed from her preferred mode of travel. Peter Pan, Tinker Bell. And less time-tested characters like Lilo and Stitch (huh?). Six performances remain: 7 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. LM.






9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.


It's easy to forget the particular roots of the Lee Boys. That the band features the pedal steel, with all of its bent notes and riffs, certainly distinguishes it. But because of the band's tendency to latch onto a groove or a guitar solo, it's easy, too, to lump it into the jam band scene. A bluesier, rawer version of the Allman Brothers maybe. But in actuality, the band represents the fourth generation of a strange strain of gospel that came out of the House of God Church in southern Florida in the 1930s. One that borrows equally from the Hawaiian steel guitar tradition, the driving beat of the blues and the fervor of gospel. It's music the Lee Boys — that's Alvin Lee on guitar, Derek Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) and their nephews Roosevelt “The Doctor” Collier on pedal steel, Earl Walker on drums and Alvin Gordy on bass — learned from family. Uncles, brothers, grandfathers. In fact, the Lees grew up under the guidance of their preaching and steel-guitar-playing grandfather, Rev. Robert E. Lee. He taught them it was music to move your feet to. LM.




10 p.m., Downtown Music. $5.

In certain circles, there's been a steady refrain among folks old enough to drink and unselfconscious enough to dance (or at least watch people dance): “Cool Shoes sucks. Too. Many. Kids.” Even after the monthly dance party moved from all ages to 18 plus. Well here you go teen-hating young adults: Cool Shoes is now open only to those 21 and up. On Friday, you'll be able to grind age appropriately to a stellar bill. Casey S., a vet of electronic projects like W/O and Western Meds, works the decks with Wolf-e-Wolf, an active and progressive DJ from Conway who drove the crowd bananas last time he played the party, and Luminfire, a Fayetteville DJ who runs the music blog Ants in My Trance (aimt.us) and, at least based on what I've seen, easily fits among the state's best DJs. And, as he typically does, Cameron Holifield provides trippy video installations to go with the music. LM.



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