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Blues Traveler, Valentine on way 

Blues Traveler, which was the opening act for the 600-person-capacity Revolution Music Room last June, returns to the venue on Sunday, April 15. It’s just one of several big acts coming through Central Arkansas this weekend.

Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine is the headliner in a show Saturday, April 14, at the Village, the 900-seat venue at Asher and University avenues. Bullet will be joined by Las Vegas’s fashionably post-hardcore group Escape the Fate and The Confession starting at 8 p.m.

Also, the buzz among the younger music founds is all about New Orleans-based alt-pop band MuteMath, which plays the Rev Room on Friday, April 13, with Scottish alterna-rock group the Cinematics and Springfield, Mo.-based indie pop act Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of show.

And the hot pop-rock group the Whigs out of Athens, Ga., plays the Rev Room on Wednesday, April 18, with the local act Poeboy Society opening the show. Call the club at 823-0090 for ticket prices.

Tickets for Sunday’s Blues Traveler show are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

Bullet for My Valentine played Juanita’s several months back, but the excitement over two big hits — “Tears Don’t Fall” and “All These Things I Hate” — by the dark, heavy group coupled with nonstop touring in the U.S. has led to a surge in fan support around the country.

“Over this last year and a half, this will be our eighth time on tour in America, so yeah, we’ve been over here mostly. We cover a big country,” said Bullet’s drummer, Michael “Moose” Thomas. “It’s cool to come back over and be a bigger band that the last time. Our touring is starting to work.”

BFMV will spend the next six months in the U.S. before returning to the United Kingdom. “We’re pretty established in the U.K. now,” Thomas said. “We’re spreading out and playing where we’re less known. Back home, the last time, we played before 5,000 people, a pretty big show.” BFMV toured mostly with U.S. metal dynamo Chimaira.

Thomas admits that heavy metal was one the wane in recent years, “but it’s nice to be bringing it back. It was still there a little, but to be a British band and bringing it back feels special.”

The band’s recent videos detail the group’s darkside, influenced by vocalist Matt Tuck’s lyrics. “We don’t want to be all flowers and butterflies,” Thomas said. “We are a metal band. Though we have a few poppy-sounding, heavier songs, we don’t want to go down that road.”

The band has been touring several months on its album “The Poison.” The next release, which was recorded in El Paso, Texas, is in August. Expect a couple of new songs in Saturday’s show here, but 80 percent will come from “The Poison,” Thomas said. “I’d tell the folks in Little Rock, just come out and see a real show, real bands playing real music. That’s where we shine is live on the stage.”

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