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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thursday To-Do: J. Roddy Walston and the Business

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J. Roddy Walston and Zach Westphal (sporting "the Shalit")

J. RODDY WALSTON AND THE BUSINESS
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.

Hirsute and hyper, J. Roddy Walston and the Business bring their long manes and Muppet mustaches to Sticky Fingerz for their first show in Little Rock since May. Which is a long time for the Baltmore-based rawkers, who've become one of the scene's most beloved acts in the last several years. Introduced to Little Rock by the American Princes, J. Roddy and the Biz have played probably a dozen shows here since 2007. Their shtick is almost instantly infectious: no-frills rock ‘n' roll played with the kind of heedless passion seen ... well, almost nowhere. J. Roddy, who sings lead and bangs, hands pumping, on a keyboard, strikes a Jerry Lee-like blur of a stage presence. Bassist Zach Westphal looks like a cartoon — lanky with crimped hair down to his back and a mustache known within the band as the “Shalit” — and usually spends most of the show thrashing his hair with force not seen since W.A.S.P.'s heyday. And so it goes from there. Local kings of barroom rock and vets of a Green Day tour, Smoke Up Johnny, open with Magic Hassle, a new-ish band featuring members of American Princes.

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