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Year in Review

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011 - 05:43:56

Friday To-Do: Alpha Rev

MOR radio rockers Alpha Rev land in Stickyz this Friday night.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:27:21

A for 'Antiquities'

Local filmmaker Daniel Campbell, 29, proved Arkansas-made film is in good hands with his deadpan, quirk-fueled "Antiquities."

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:26:11

B for Brother Andy

"You'll know him when you see him." In some Little Rock music circles, it's a bit of a joke about Andy Warr, the giant, neckbearded young rocker who toes that line between backwoods Syd Barrett and a "foretold" musical Moses for the Little Rock Sound.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:25:39

C for Country Music

This year, when it came to contemporary country, you'd think we were Nashville for the concerts we got.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:25:10

D for Dude-tats

Also known as "bro-tats," this local tattoo phenomenon picked up steam in 2010 as more and more local musicians got tattooed variations of Thick Syrup Records head honcho Travis McElroy's bearded silhouette.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:24:48

E for Elise Davis' 'Trouble'

"Trouble," the highlight of Elise Davis' new album, "The Same Vein," is our favorite song to come out of Little Rock all year.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:24:12

F for Film

Arkansas is on the ascent as an unexpected, Southern mecca for movie appreciation.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:23:32

G for Gone, but not forgotten

RIP Lisa Blount, Herb Ellis, Dale Hawkins, Luke Hunsicker, Calvin Leavy, Charles B. Pierce

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:21:49

H for Hendrix College, music venue

This year, Hendrix might've been Central Arkansas's hippest venue.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:21:14

I for Isaac Alexander

Alexander stood out this year when "See Thru Me," a soft-spoken album he released in 2007 to fervent acclaim in small circles, landed in our Greatest Arkansas Albums poll, sitting right alongside Louis Jordan and Al Green as a contemporary spoiler of the highest degree.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:20:32

J for Johnny Cash

Even seven years after his death, Dyess' favorite son is still making headlines, with his induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame; the release of his final collaboration with Rick Rubin in February to unsurprisingly near-universal acclaim; Grammy recognition for the crowd-sourced, eerily animated video for "Ain't No Grave" (available at thejohnnycashproject.com), and with the famous jumpsuit he wore while recording "Live at San Quentin" auctioned off for $50,000 — over 10 times its original projected price.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:20:11

K for King Biscuit

The Biscuit's back, y'all.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:19:41

L for Luke

It's hard to think of a more beloved figure in the Little Rock arts world than Luke Hunsicker, who passed away this year at age 29, after a long battle with brain cancer.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:19:25

M for Miss Arkansas

Yes, pageants are tired and vapid. But let's forget that next year. Because Fort Smith native Alyse Eady, crowned Miss Arkansas last July, is surely the best contender our state's sent to the Miss America Pageant since, well, ever.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:19:05

N for New...

Wherein, we stick odds and ends.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:18:40

O for Opera

The opera world focused its attention on Central Arkansas when Bonnie Montgomery and Britt Barber staged a well-received workshop debut of their long-anticipated folk opera, "Billy Blythe," this November.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:18:20

P for Portis

It was a big year for a novelist who hasn't put out a book in 20 years.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:18:01

Q for Quotes

Ubiquitous last year, Arkansas's most famous pop stars continued to give amazing quotes to the national press.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:17:39

R for Reunions

Little Rock bands can be a fickle bunch, disbanding and reuniting at string-shredding speed, but 2010 saw two of our town's most beloved bands reform.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:17:22

S for 'Seagulls'

A close second for our local song of the year, this effervescent single from Greers Ferry is the only song the new yacht-rock-geared local super group (featuring members of Big Silver, The Easys, The Good Fear and The Salty Dogs) released this year.

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