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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 14:15:00

New music from Kari Faux, Ginsu Wives, Solo Jaxon, Country Florist and more

Any new Kari Faux is a cause for celebration, and the Little Rock expat recently announced she had a new album finished and forthcoming, "Lost En Los Angeles. " Here's the great first single, produced by longtime collaborator bLAck pARty. I interviewed the two of them a couple of years ago, when they left  town — seems like a long time ago now.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:24:00

New music from Fresco Grey, Doctor Nod, Daniel Moody, Beedy and more

Fresco Grey is so good he makes me proud to live in Little Rock. How often can you say that? "I'm just sitting back doing algebra," he says at one point, because why not? My only problem with this song is that it should be about twelve times longer.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 13:23:00

New music from Chris Maxwell, Liquid Skulls, Pepperboy, Bombay Harambee and more

Former Gunbunnies front-man and Little Rock expat Chris Maxwell has a new album coming out March 4, "Arkansas Summer," and Paste premiered the great title track this week. Pre-order the record at Pledge Music.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 11:50:00

New music from Goon des Garcons, John McAteer and Gentlemen Firesnakes, Solo Jaxon, Young Spielberg and more

From my perspective, Goon des Garcons did more than anyone else in 2015 to make Little Rock look like a fun place to make art, and that accomplishment alone demands respect. He also happens to be an almost compulsively ambitious rapper, continually raising the bar for the production value and reach of his and his friends' work. Arkansas tends to prefer a kind of modest, slacker self-effacement from its artists, and so Goon's loud pride might seem initially misplaced or uncouth; but the guy is explicitly attempting to start a movement, to get some momentum going. And look at what he did.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 11:55:00

New music from bLAck pARty, The Body, Love Ghost, The Wandering Lake and more

Fayetteville's The Wandering Lake — the recording project of Brian Kupillas — released a new set of songs on Bandcamp this week and they are predictably great. The EP, "From James' Garden" comes after, Kupillas says, "what felt like a long drought of spirit." Find him on Tumblr, where he posts new music plus photos of elephants and body-builders.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 12:12:00

New music from The Uh Huhs, John Willis, JONA$, Cellophane Garden and more

Kind of like the Buddy Holly song, but more ambivalent and tense and anyway louder. “Holly looked for space in the noise,” Greil Marcus wrote of Holly once. “He built his music around silences, pauses, a catch in the throat, a wink.” Little Rock's The Uh Huhs are up to something similar — space in the noise, a wink. You can find this song on their debut 7", which will presumably be available soon (will updated when I know).

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:42:00

New music from The Hacking, Saeuce Millz, Bad Match, Billy Von and more

I'm pretty sympathetic toward any attempt at making a Little Rock anthem, and this one isn't bad as far as it goes. "Bangin' in the Rock ain't dead," Ekko Muzic says, which is both an obvious gesture and a deeply subversive one — to point out that the past isn't the past, the city's old issues and tensions and divisions remain urgent and troubling, which seems inarguable and worth mentioning occasionally. Local anthems are necessary and positive by definition — it's good to talk about your surroundings, even if "try not to get shot" is the message you come up with.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 11:10:00

New music from Express Rising, Sister Fox, Keshawn, Yung Envy and more

Express Rising was originally the recording moniker of Chicago's Dante Carfagna, a record collector and producer associated with the great archival label Numero Group. With his new release, "Fixed Rope," Carfanga has added William Suran and Fayetteville's Kevin Blagg, who also records under the name Cellophane Garden; the trio recorded the album somewhere in "rural Arkansas" with synths, pedal steel, banjo and a wash of reverb, loose atmosphere and mysticism. It's an ambient record with a real sense of place, and it's one of my favorite Arkansas releases in months.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:36:00

New music from Gold, St. Jermaine, Liquid Skulls, Solo Jaxon and more

I talked to Liquid Skulls for the paper a couple of weeks ago, and he explained that the recording project "was formed out of cobwebs, boredom, sloppiness, euphoria, joblessness, fleeting moments, liquid curses and lost responsibilities." All of this comes through in his new track "Rituals," which sounds like a computer projection of a pop song wrapped in bubble-wrap and stomped on.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 14:29:00

New music from Goon des Garcons, Ten High, Pockets, Wolfy Mane and more

The latest from Little Rock's Goon des Garcons — lately of Foredise Records and always of Young Gods of America — is a moody, energetic industrial anthem about pride and roots. Also check out his most recent tape "YOUNGDIRTYBASTARD."

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 10:49:00

New Music from Pepperboy, Bigwig, The Gebharts, itsjusbobby and more

This is from Little Rock rapper itsjusbobby's latest record, "Anybody But Bobby," which I missed last month. Maybe not the obvious stand-out, but it's moody and confessional and desperate-sounding and good.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 15:08:00

New music from Voodoo Phaser, Bad Boyfriends, Yung Kiri, Dyl and more

"Tropical Scenario" is the great new LP from art-rock recording project Voodoo Phaser, which is the moniker of Fayetteville's Riede Faires. It is full of light-headed psychedelic sunshine pop and odd, jangly space-rock — this song sounds like "Doldrums"-era Ariel Pink and the whole thing is genuinely, consistently good.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:21:00

New music from Rodney CoLe, Midwest Caravan, PZA, Big Piph and more

Pine Bluff's Goines was one half of Suga City, the only Arkansas rap duo ever to be featured in both the Oxford American magazine and the soundtrack to "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2." This is from his new LP "Success Vol. 1," which he describes as the "highly anticipated follow up to Goines' already extensive catalog of greatness."

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 11:01:00

New music from Pagiins, ESide Shawty, Ghost Bones, Fresco Grey and more

Here's something new from Fayetteville indie rock band Pagiins, who are offering a preview of their forthcoming album "Opium Den Pool Party" (great title) at Bandcamp. It's an especially good offering from the sometimes over-familiar and under-ambitious Fayetteville college rock circuit — somehow easy-going and propulsive, bright and angry. Also the album cover is cool.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:18:00

New music from Teenagers, DMP, Liquid Skulls, Yuni Wa and more

Here's something new from Fayetteville band Teenagers' new EP "Wheezin' The Juice." I'd love to say something sharp and coherent about it, but nothing comes to mind. To free associate instead: San Diego, Rickenbacker, The Strokes, Capri Sun, longboards, mezcal.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 10:23:00

New music from The Uh Huhs, Country Florist, The Wandering Lake, Osyrus Bolly and more

I'm late to this, but Osyrus Bolly and producer Manic the 17th teamed up on this track from Manic's compilation "T.I.M.E." "My words are like nature sounds," Bolly says, also calling himself the "young Malcolm X" and taking shots at Tyler Perry.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 09:29:00

New music from Tral Wayz, The See, Big Piph, headcold and more

More great stuff from Fayetteville label Let's Talk Figures. This is from an excellent new EP by production duo TAPE.SET, a.k.a. Hutch Landfair and Andrew McClain. It's the ideal soundtrack for a bike ride on the International Space Station, or for dying on the beach.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 15:49:00

New music from Yuni Wa, Marvin Berry, CUZ, Careful Creature and more

Yuni Wa is 17-year-old Little Rock native Princeton Coleman, a talented, omnivorous producer who makes beats, frenetic dance music and Paradise Garage-ready disco edits. Watch this space, etc.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 16:59:00

New music from Love Ghost, Liquid Skulls, Kidd B, Livesosa and more

Love Ghost has been around for several years but is rarely seen, could even be considered elusive. Helmed by Jason Weinheimer, of Fellowship Hall Sound and a thousand beloved local records, the band also includes — or has, in the past — Jesse Aycock and Jeff Matika and Eric Ardnt and Dylan Turner and Dave Easley. Here's a great preview of their forthcoming album, "Skies Are Grey," which you can expect sometime this spring.

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