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DANA FALCONBERRY/ CHRIS DENNY
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
It's a bill of voices of such strength and oddness to jar even the drunk chatterers in the back into attention. Hendrix alum Dana Falconberry, who's currently carving out a name for herself in the Austin, Texas, indie-folk scene, sings in a voice that's delicate but capable of great, sweeping dynamism. With one EP under her belt, Falconberry's promising a full-length sometime this year. If “Love Will Never Leave You Alone,” the album's bewitching debut single, is any indication, she's soon likely to be known well beyond Austin and Arkansas. Maybe a little farther on a similar trajectory, Chris Denny and the Old Soles return home after a two-week swing through Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. With the addition of guitar whiz Judson Spillyards to the line-up and marathon daily practice sessions, Denny and the Old Soles lately seem to be less the Chris Denny show — though Denny's preternatural voice is still a highlight — than a band pursuing the Allman Brothers model, playing Southern rock graced with a touch of blue-eyed soul: music that's jam-y in the best way. LM.
DAMN BULLETS/BRIAN MARTIN AND THE CIRCULATORS
10 p.m., Juanita's. $6.
Of all the Arkansas groups who try to channel that old, weird Americana (and there's a surprisingly sizeable contingent), perhaps none tap into it with more skill and unhinged joy than the Damn Bullets and Brian Martin and the Circulators. The Bullets, who started in Conway but now call Little Rock home, return to Juanita's after being selected as one of four finalists in DigitalCafeTour.com's national independent talent search. That honor landed the band in New York for the early part of the month, where they performed several gigs that were filmed by DigitalCafeTour.com and will be available for viewing sometime down the road, they promise. On Friday, look for sneak peeks from the group's forthcoming album, which promises to be as frenetic and scattershot as the Bullets you've come to know and love. Musicians' Showcase runners-up Brian Martin and the Circulators play a swinging folk-blues that touches on all the central barroom themes — dancing, drinking, Southern women. They've inspired quite a following in the Spa City, particularly among the ladies. They often travel. LM.
9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.
After a decade's absence, Vallejo returns to Little Rock to deliver its striking blend of modern rock grooves, potent guitar work, Latin percussion and soulful lyrics, a recipe that's made the band one of the most popular in Austin, Texas. Raised in the small Texas town of El Campo, the band was formed by the three Vallejo brothers: A.J. (vocals, guitar), Alejandro (drums) and Omar (bass). Growing up in their household of Mexican and Guatemalan descent, the boys were introduced to the array of sounds of their parents' record stash. Bypassing college to try their hand at making a living with music, the brothers added a rhythm guitarist and conga player and entrenched themselves in the local club circuit before hitting the road with bands like Fuel, Stone Temple Pilots, 3 Doors Down, the Foo Fighters, Matchbox 20 and Los Lobos. Their numerous awards include being named best rock band two years in a row at the Austin Music Awards. After such a long time away, look for their show at Sticky Fingerz to be well received. PP.
POP! IN THE PARK
6 p.m., History Pavilion in Riverfront Park. Free.
It's like Movies in the Park for music. Or at least that seems to be the aspirational vibe of Pop! in the Park, the summer concert series ongoing at the History Pavilion (the brick arbor-kind-of-structure, where the Indian Head lives in Riverfront Park). Kids are welcome, and were in abundance the first go-round, as are coolers, lawn chairs and blankets. And it's free! Like most of the concerts he promotes, organizer TJ Deeter has pulled together a diverse range of local acts. To wit, Saturday's line-up includes club phenoms Dre and Jontai, famous region-wide for the dance cut “Jump Rope”; visceral, always engaging post-punk band the Moving Front; prolific local rapper Rockst*r; and new-wave favorites the Reds (who've recently expanded their fan base to Brazil). The show is over by 9 p.m., so there's no showing up late. LM.
THE APPLES IN STEREO
7 p.m., Revolution. $10-$12.
The Apples in Stereo ooze indie credibility. But endearingly, not sad-sacky, Conor Oberst-y. Let's count the ways: 1. The band's a founding member of the now-defunct Athens, Ga.-based Elephant 6 collective, an awesomely derivative group of Brian Wilson lovers, who put out a flood of indie releases in the '90s. The core group behind the collective, including Apples front man Robert Schneider, came from Ruston, La., which, for local aspirants, isn't too far removed from small town Arkansas. Also, Schneider produced Neutral Milk Hotel's “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” surely one of the greatest albums of the '90s. 2. Fifteen years grinding it out on the road and putting out albums and still relevant! 3. Schneider, whose chief interest outside of music is mathematics, claims to have invented a new musical scale. 4. The band's “comeback” record, “New Magnetic Wonder,” which was released last year after a five-year hiatus, was the first album released on actor Elijah Wood's new label. 5. This year, the band released a rarities compilation, “Electronic Projects for Musicians,” that includes a loving tribute to everyone's favorite fake-news commentator, Stephen Colbert. It goes, “Stephen, Stephen, he's a handsome man, his name is Stephen” and so on in similar fashion. 5. They're still really, really fun. LM.
SCHOOL BOY HUMOR
9 p.m., Juanita's. $TBA.
Chances are you don't know who School Boy Humor is. But there are people younger than you who are watching, with great interest, every time SBH, say, posts a video on MySpace of themselves buying water balloons at Wal-Mart and then surreptitiously throwing them at West Little Rock cars, and who, in response to said video, post comments like “Ha yall are amzing =] i love walmart lol.” Those text-speakers attended enough School Boy Humor shows here — and later, once the band got a little ways into their high school years, all across the country — that the band recently signed to Vagrant Records, one of the biggest indie labels around, and, certainly, one of the choicest spots for a young emo-pop band to land. That debut is slated to come out later this summer. Until then, the band is touring hard all across the country, stopping over in Little Rock long enough to, undoubtedly, pack Juanita's to the brim. It could be your last chance to say you saw them back when. LM.
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