Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans
WAKA FLOCKA FLAME
10 p.m., Juanita's. $40.
Despite what has to have been a tough few weeks, Atlanta MC Waka Flocka Flame is soldiering on. Waka's younger brother and fellow rapper Kayo Redd took his own life back in late December. Waka told Washington, D.C., radio station WKYS, "That boy had a lot of stress on him. It's a lot of things that go on behind doors that people don't know about," he said. But it's important to keep going on even in the face of tragedy: "Life goes on," he said. "That's the motto for me, life goes on." So he's still touring, still working on new music, including his third studio album, "Flockaveli 2," which is scheduled to be released this year along with an electronic album he's got in the works as well. He also said he still performs plenty of his numbers from a couple years ago, including plenty from "Flockaveli," like the hit "Hard in da Paint," "Grove St. Party," and others. "I can't dodge 'em," he said. In addition to all that, the whole beef with Gucci Mane is settled. They've moved on, so we should too, so don't ask about it, all right? Also on this bill: WKiddB & Wayne' D and Kodak.
9:30 p.m., White Water Tavern.
Put this one on your weekend list if you dig extremely tasteful and well-executed pop music with stick-in-your-head melodies and a dusty American edge to it, informed in equal part by The Beatles as by The Band. If that description makes your ears perk up, then by all means check this out. But the odds are good that if you dig that sound and have lived in Central Arkansas for longer than 10 minutes, you're already aware that Big Silver is among the finest practitioners of such fare. Frontman Isaac Alexander is one of the region's keenest songwriters (evidenced by his many bands and his excellent solo albums, including 2012's ace "Antivenin Suite"), so don't miss this one.
MULEHEAD, BRENT BEST
9:30 p.m., White Water Tavern.
This here will be what you could reasonably call a foregone conclusion for a good many White Water regulars and maybe a good number of irregulars, too. First up you've got the formerly erstwhile Mulehead, long-time torchbearers for the country-rock sound in Arkansas. And then you've got your Brent Best, one of the founders of Texas stalwarts (and WWT faves) Slobberbone. Add it all up and you've got what promises to be a hell of an evening of live music.
9 p.m., Stickyz. $10.
I guess folks get into certain things and then one day they're not so into those things and they're on to some different thing. Maybe one day it's all the thing to be wearin' cowboy boots and cloggin' and singin' songs about a-drankin' and a-hell-raisin' while donning all manner of twangy, old-timey affectations. Then a little while later that's not so much the thing, and they get into different things like, for instance, early rock 'n' roll and those ghostly, reverb-slathered girl-group hits of the early '60s and maybe The 13th Floor Elevators. Then later on they move away from that somewhat and they get real into The Ramones but also artsier stuff, and they make videos with all their friends shakin' their asses to an upbeat tune that sounds like something off the first Donnas album, and it's the kinda thing that makes cynical, jerkwad music critics go, "Aw man, who cares about the lineup changes and the stylistic 180s, that's some pretty excellent ass-shakin' right there." And then you think, "Hey, that's a pretty good song even it there wasn't any ass-shakin' video." You follow? So go see Those Darlins doing their thing, because even though it's not the thing they were doing a couple of years ago, it's a real good thing right now. Also performing at this 18-and-older show: Darlins tourmates Bully and sultry electro-pop maestros Collin Vs. Adam.
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE
8 p.m., Revolution. $10.
OK, so at first I got kinda excited when I saw this was coming up because I misread it as African Head Charge, the experimental dub/sound collage outfit that's been crafting vertigo-inducing reggae deconstructions since the early '80s (check out their recent album "Vision of a Psychedelic Africa" to get your head rearranged). But this is actually an industrial/ Nu metal band from Minneapolis called American Head Charge. Weird coincidence. According to ye olde Wikipedia, co-founder Chad Hanks said, "It turns out that there is actually a band called African Head Charge; it's so hard to be original these days." Ain't that the truth. Anyways, no sticky dub jams here. American Head Charge should appeal to masochistic folks whose ears require chugging, screaming, amp-abusing heaviness. Recommended if your smartphone/MP3 player/Walkman is full of the likes of Slipknot, System of a Down, maybe later period Ministry, and so forth. Also on the bill of this all-ages mosh-fest, Christian headbangers Righteous Vendetta.
10:30 p.m., Revolution. $10-$25.
All right all you '90s hip-hop heads, check this out: Layzie Bone, of Cleveland legends Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, is stepping out on what's billed as The Perfect Timing solo tour. Few who were around back in those olden times could forget the horrorcore-pioneering, Grammy-winning outfit behind such hits as "1st of tha Month," "East 1999" and "Tha Crossroads," a tribute to their late mentor Eazy-E. So Layzie's stopping by Revolution for a performance with Mo Thugz N Harmony, Howse Entertainment, Julius CZR, Country Boyz, 870 Underground and Rozay Thrower.
8 p.m., Vino's.
My buddy John had this deal where if you were in, he'd say you were "from the farm." Basically, it was his shorthand for indicating that somebody was a solid dude. I don't know these guys in Pontiak from Adam, but man, it just seems like they're from the farm. And not just because they're three brothers who play in a band together and are actually from farms in Virginia. They also make some righteous and refreshingly unpretentious psychedelic rock music as well. They've released several discs via Chicago tastemakers Thrill Jockey. I checked out some tunes off of 2012's "Echo Ono," which included heroic doses of Midwest heavy psych a la The MC5 ("Lions of Least"); throbbing drone dirges ("Left with Lights," "Royal Colors"); blissed out folk ("The Expanding Sky") and various points in between. The brothers have a new album out this year, called "Innocence," and it promises another step out into uncharted territory, including the triumphant acoustic ballad "Wildfires." Super killer stuff, do not skip this. Also performing: local bruisers Peckerwolf and Black Horse.
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