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Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 09:38:00

Review: Dolly Parton at Verizon Arena

If you’ll recall a moment (and there are many) when a Disney princess is dancing through the air and just when her foot is about to make contact with ground that isn’t there, a “step” (or lilypad, or cloud, or what have you) appears beneath her feet, then you know what it looks like when Dolly Parton floats around the stage at Verizon Arena — or any large arena, for that matter.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 13:07:00

Live Review: Luke Bryan at Verizon Arena

Like the girl in his ode to a short-lived summer love, country music’s reigning Entertainer of the Year had a crowd of 13,312 Friday evening at Verizon Arena twisting all night long like that old beach “Roller Coaster": Twisting and swaying and dancing and singing along.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 10:09:00

Little Rock web series 'The Deck' features Country Florist

"The Deck" is a new web series created by Lenny Bryan and hosted by Kara Bibb and Jeff Matika, dedicated to highlighting local songwriters and their creative process.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 15:11:00

Wakarusa announces it will 'take 2016 off'

An email from the folks at Wakarusa, the annual music festival at Mulberry Mountain, claims they'll be taking 2016 off due to financial problems. The letter makes reference to pending legal actions against "partners" who "lied" to festival management. So far, they're calling it a "hiatus" rather than a complete shut-down, so there's some good news.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 10:45:00

Bonnie Montgomery nominated for Ameripolitan Awards

Searcy native Bonnie Montgomery has been nominated for Outlaw Female in the 2016 Ameripolitan Awards, an Austin, Texas-based award show that honors musicians whose work doesn’t match with today’s notions of country music. The awards ceremony will be held in Austin on Feb. 16, 2016.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:30:00

National Endowment for the Arts honors Pharoah Sanders

North Little Rock native and free jazz legend Pharoah Sanders has been named as one of the recipients of a 2016 Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, along with vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Archie Shepp and Wendy Oxenhorn, director of the Jazz Foundation of America. Sanders, who turned 75 last week, will receive "a $25,000 cash award and perform a free concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on April 4 that will be streamed live on arts.gov."

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Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:17:00

Live Review: The Polyphonic Spree at Stickyz

This fall The Polyphonic Spree is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut, "The Beginning Stages of ...", with a tour of Europe and North America. The Dallas, Texas band formed in July 2000, born from the sparkling mind of lead vocalist Tim DeLaughter. Tim and his band — a group of about 20 musicians — are currently on tour and performing their entire debut along with other originals and a few surprises. Returning from their stint in Europe, they came through Little Rock with a blazing performance at Stickyz Tuesday night.,

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 12:45:00

Watch a new Amasa Hines session on Audiotree Live

Here's Little Rock's Amasa Hines playing at the Chicago-based concert series Audiotree Live, one of the best recordings yet of the band's always-gripping live show. You can also purchase a four-song EP of the session. Watch it for the new songs, and for the shout outs to locals Big Piph, Osyrus Bolly and Bonnie Montgomery.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 13:36:00

R.I.P. Darnelle Barnes

Darnelle Barnes, a Little Rock native well known as a member of the local rap group DMP, died earlier this morning in a car accident near his home, friends say. DMP's Khaliq Slater said that Barnes lived in the Emerald Mountain neighborhood with his mother, and was driving up a hill around the corner from his house when the accident occurred. He was 18 years old.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 16:36:00

Ask Lucero Anything (on Reddit)

Lucero will be doing a Reddit AMA this afternoon, for anyone interested. It was supposed to be from 5-7 p.m. EST, but they're apparently running late.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 10:11:00

Have you seen these instruments?

Arkansas Times' Art Director Bryan Moats was robbed this week. You can help!

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 10:03:00

New episode of 'My Favorite Guitar' with Amy Garland Angel

The new episode of Gerard Matthews' local web series "My Favorite Guitar" features Little Rock singer-songwriter Amy Garland Angel. Previous clips have featured John Willis and American Aquarium's BJ Barham.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 10:11:00

Signal Media responds to Heartbeat 106.7 feedback: Not about 'playing great music'

There has been an overwhelming response to the loss of Heartbeat 106.7 FM since the station changed formats last week, renaming itself 106.7 The Ride and shifting to a New Country format. As we noted Friday, a Facebook group had been started in protest, "Bring Back Heartbeat 106.7." When I spoke to program director Mike Kennedy, he seemed unconcerned about this perspective — noting that the group had only "58 likes."

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 13:27:00

Stevie Wonder is coming to Verizon Arena

Mark your calendars: THV reports that Stevie Wonder will be stopping in North Little Rock on his fall tour, on November 6. No word yet from Verizon Arena, but the date has been announced online. Until then, here's a haunting video of Wonder on the talkbox:

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 11:58:00

Grand Funk Railroad, Naughty By Nature, Styx and more to headline 2015 Arkansas State Fair

The Arkansas State Fair, which will be held October 9-18, has announced its musical headliners for this year's event: Montgomery Gentry, Eddie Money, Silk, Styx, Toni! Tony! Tone'!, Pop Evil, Grand Funk Raildroad, Joe Diffie and Naughty By Nature.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 10:36:00

What happened to Heartbeat 106.7?

My favorite radio station died this week, and I didn't even notice. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Heartbeat 106.7 FM, "The Beat of the City," switched over to a New Country format, and was re-branded as 106.7 The Ride. Anyone expecting The Isley Brothers or Bill Withers or  Michael Jackson or The SOS Band will have to settle for Luke Bryan. And the format shift occurred so suddenly — with only the above message, perverse-seeming in its simplicity ("WE HAVE DECIDED TO SWITCH OUR FORMAT TO NEW COUNTRY. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING."), as explanation. A Facebook group has already been created so that old fans can vent their outrage. To find out what happened, I called 106.7's owners, Signal Media, and spoke to Mike Kennedy, program director for the new station (and for The Point 94.1).

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 16:43:00

Harrison store Ashley Music to close after 70 years in business

Ashley Music Store, a longtime institution in Harrison, announced on Facebook yesterday that they'll be closing their doors in September after 70 years in business. Founder Hugh Ashley, a former state representative and mayor of Harrison — as well as a successful songwriter who penned records for Bill Monroe, Porter Wagoner, Brenda Lee, Jim Reeves and Dinah Shore — passed away in 2008. (For more on Ashley, read our feature obit.) Ashley's daughter Robin explained the store's closing in a Facebook note passed on by a reader:

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 10:36:00

New Song of the Summer from Kari Faux, 'Supplier'

L.A. (via Little Rock) rapper Kari Faux returns with a new video, "Supplier," a single from her forthcoming EP "Lost En Los Angeles." Aside from being far and away one of the best Arkansas-related songs of the summer, "Supplier" comes with a sultry, atmospheric video that evokes late '70s boogie, complex facial hair and warm VHS nostalgia. "You know I got that futuristic fire," as she puts it.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 09:07:00

New music from Pepperboy and Main Attrakionz, 'Puttem On'

Here's something new from Little Rock's Pepperboy featuring Main Attrakionz, his colleagues in the Bay Area rap collective Green Ova. If you didn't spend 2011 listening to "808s & Dark Grapes II," it's never too late. As Pepperboy puts it, "History Has Been Made."

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 12:27:00

New episode of 'My Favorite Guitar' with American Aquarium's BJ Barham

Here's the new episode of Gerard Matthews' web series "My Favorite Guitar," starring BJ Barham of American Aquarium and filmed at White Water. Also check out the previous clip, which starred John Willis.

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