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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday To-Do: Ha Ha Tonka

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HA HA TONKA
8:30 p.m. Stickyz. $6.

From the Ozark Hills of southern Missouri comes Ha Ha Tonka. The quartet’s name is a nod to a state park up there, a bucolic wonderland on Lake of the Ozarks. In the video for “Usual Suspects” we find the band members hanging around the train tracks and playing their drums and guitars and mandolin, drinking beer, throwing stuff and generally engaging in revelry. Actually, that’s what this band’s music is very well-suited for: carousing with pals while consuming beers. In a broad sense, Ha Ha Tonka’s sound hails from the Kingdom of Leon — it’s catchy and propulsive, but rooted in country and southern rock. Or as whoever wrote the bio feature on the band’s website put it, “They sit at the crossroads of Americana and indie, where Alabama meets Arcade Fire — shakes their hand and takes them out for a drink.” Of the band’s latest Bloodshot Records album, the Washington Post said “the Missouri quartet is not only authentically scruffy, it tears at the heart of American roots music with every chord like Mumford [& Sons] only pretends to, and its new record, “Death of a Decade,” basically oozes passion for the craft.” The opening act is Green Corn Revival out of Oklahoma. If you’re north of Little Rock and want to see Ha Ha Tonka, the band plays Lyon College in Batesville Oct. 22 and Harding University in Searcy Oct. 24.

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