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Arkansas musicians form POPULUXX, play UUCLR’s Coffee House opener.

IT'S FRESH, IT'S NEW: It's POPULUXX.
  • IT'S FRESH, IT'S NEW: It's POPULUXX.

Arkansas-based musicians Keith Destry and Chris Thomson have formed the group POPULUXX, which has been described as “fresh” and “something new.” They recently released a CD titled “War of the Worlds,” referring to the various musical backgrounds they both bring to the pairing as well as the clash of their 1960s influences with 21st century digital compositions.

The duo will open the second year of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock’s Coffee House season on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door for adults, and $5 anytime or youths 17 and under. Call 228-9999 or 225-2891.

UUCLR is at 1818 Reservoir Road. The Coffee House is held the third Saturday of each month.



Fayetteville-based Wooden Stares plays the White Water Tavern on Saturday, Sept. 16, with Brighter Later and singer-songwriter Brian Frazier.

This marks the last local show for Wooden Stares before the group heads out for an extended tour through Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and North Carolina.

Wooden Stares has a myspace page (www.myspace.com/woodenstares) that gives a good sampling of the band’s work.

The opening acts are familiar to the Arkansas Times, having made Musicians Showcase earlier this year — Frazier fronting San Paolo, and Brighter Later, also from Fayetteville, bringing a solid pop-rock sound.



Ramona Smith brings her powerful voice and her band, the Soul Rhythms, to Cajun’s Wharf on Friday, Sept. 15. Definitely check out this “Temptress of the Blues,” as her bio describes her.

Smith has performed before alongside some of the biggest names in blues and jazz, including B.B. King, Otis Clay, Johnny Otis, Ray Charles, James Brown and Etta James.

She’ll bring a six-piece band to Cajun’s for the 9 p.m. show: Carl Mouton on keyboards, Gerald Johnson on sax, Ivan Yarbrough on bass, Michael Wiley on guitar, Ken Doss on percussion and Cliff Aaron on drums.

The cover charge is $5.



Other shows to catch: Conway’s young rockers Anxiety headline a Juanita’s show Friday with Ocean and Muddlestudds (10 p.m., $5) … The melodic rock group Nada Surf is back this way for a Monday show, with the excellent Heber Springs band Grand Serenade getting an opening slot (9 p.m., $15) … Sticky Fingerz has a solid blend of jam — Jonesboro’s Starroy — with otherworldly jam — Little Rock’s The Munks — on Friday, Sept. 15 (9:30 p.m., $5) … Local band Brothers With Different Mothers is getting quite a buzz lately, and they play Sticky’s on Saturday (9:30 p.m., $5) … Looking ahead, Juanita’s is going certain to be packed for Memphis-based Saliva and heavy rocking Drowning Pool on Friday, Sept. 22 (10 p.m., $20 in advance on www.ticketalternative.com or Area 51). It’s another good show being sponsored by The Edge, 100.3 … Texas singer-songwriter (via Hendrix College) Hayes Carll is in town Saturday, Sept. 23, at Juanita’s.

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