So that was Christmas. Now that the Big C has come and gone, I have a sincere urge to hibernate from now until Jan. 1 (perhaps I’ll emerge momentarily on New Year’s Eve) I bring you what post-holiday cheer I can. Though most of you will be stuffed with food, friends, relatives and visions of gift exchanging, there’s plenty to do leading up to New Year’s Eve:
On Thursday, the boys are back in town. American Princes and The Moving Front are together at Sticky Fingerz, along with Big Boots (9:30 p.m., $5) in a show featuring some of Central Arkansas’s best musicians.
It’s been a big year for American Princes touring in support of their mid-2005 Yep-Roc label release “Less and Less.” Yep-Roc then re-released an earlier band CD that originally was on Max Recordings, “Little Spaces.” The band is made up of Collins Kilgore, Matt Quin, David Slade, Luke Hunsicker and Will Boyd, who previously played with Evanescence.
Catch the band’s version of Big Star’s “Don’t Lie to Me” on their MySpace page, as well as their “Never Grow Old” from the “Less and Less” album.
The Moving Front say on their website (www.movingfront.com) that they are “attempting quite genuinely to bring informed danceable pop back to a troubled political climate in a manner that is reminiscent of early New Model Army or the Jam.”
Big Boots are made up of members of Sugar and the Raw, the versatile rock band that played its last show last week.
Friday’s lineup of music is highlighted by Hayes Carll, the Texas singer with an affection for Arkansas (he graduated from Hendrix College), who will be playing at the Revolution Room, 300 President Clinton Ave.
Carll came to escape the suburbs and found something charming in the semi-isolation and unique social scene of Conway and Little Rock. His songs are more country than rock, and though he claims he wants to avoid the song “Flowers & Liquor” as his anthem, his drinking, heartbreaking reflective tunes are without a doubt his trademark. The show starts at 9 p.m.
Here’s the rest of a big week, starting with Thursday: Juanita’s features a little bit dark and dirty rock with DVNT, Dirty Fingerz and electronic/trance with Another Theory (9 p.m., $5) … At Vino’s on Thursday, check out some hardcore religion with Choices Made, Looking Up and metal with The Tristan Betrayal (8 p.m., $5) … At Cajun’s Wharf, the choice is funk with reggae and jazz influences from The Roots Rock All Stars ($5, 9 p.m.).
On Friday: Indie/experimental rockers at The Localist-sponsored rock show at Downtown Music, featuring Tel Aviv (making waves with their brand new CD Underwaters), High Tension House and An A+ Set-Up. (8 p.m., $5) … At Juanita’s its rock/blues with Anxiety, Brash and Trainwreck (10 p.m., $6) … At Vino’s, hear indie acoustic with Chase Pagan and So There We Stood from Cabot (8:30 p.m., $5) … Local groove band Weakness for Blondes is at Sticky Fingerz (9:30 p.m., $5) … See 2006 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase finalist Starroy at Midtown (12:30 a.m., $5) and Ben Zephyr, a hot rock band out of Denton, Texas, at West End Smokehouse (10 p.m., $5).
On Saturday: The West End has Ally Katz (10 p.m., $5) … There’s 30-something rock with Ho-Hum, The Contingencies and Loch Ness Monster at Vino’s (8 p.m., $7) … Downtown Music has a party before THE party with a Pre-New Year’s Eve show featuring hip-hop and rock with Natural State Killaz, Splitform, 870 Underground and 1000 Points of Pain (8 p.m., $5). At Juanita’s, it’s the Pimp Slap Album Release Party (9 p.m., $10 and you better believe it’s 18 and up). The Treehouse will feature music inspired by fiction with Paragraphic from Alexandria, La., plus more bands to be announced (8 p.m., free).
There’s a full lineup of New Year’s Eve music and fun in the wrap-up starting on page 34, but there’s also a lineup of eight bands scheduled for the Treehouse Sunday night, though they’ve yet to be identified. The Treehouse is at 109 S. Cedar, and the free show is scheduled to start at 9 p.m.
Pending your New Year’s full recovery (and mine), check out the “Cat on the Prowl” blog for news on upcoming shows next week. The Natives Guide will be published on Jan. 4 in place of a regular Times issue, and thus the clubs report takes a week’s hiatus. But here are some upcoming shows to keep in mind: The Honkies play Juanita’s on Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. … Benjamin Del Shreve returns to Juanita’s on Jan. 9 (9 p.m., $6) … Bowling for Soup brings its rocking show to The Village on Jan. 11 ($8 p.m., $13-$15) … The Underground Pub has changed up its midweek schedule and on Wednesdays offers a “Back in the Day” hip-hop night, sponsored by KOKY-FM and KIPR-FM “Power 92.” It starts at 8 p.m. and the cover is $5 … Alesana will headline at Vino’s on Jan. 6 (8:30 p.m., $7).
Please see the events calendar, starting on page 36, or Cat’s blog at www.arktimes.com at for prices, times and more about the local club scene.