In the Clubs

Get in the spirit

As we ride the rough final days into Christmas vacation bliss, let us soothe our wounds and overworked ears not with the soul-sucking sounds of Christmas songs, but with the smoky heat of punk and the riff of a guitar.

No cheatin’ here

Amid the Christmas lights and mass consumer spending, let’s take a moment to appreciate the “roots” of things in the local clubs this week. For example, traditions that convinced a 25-year-old from Columbus, Ga., to sing like and stylistically imitate cou

Black Sheep returns

Hip-hop masters Black Sheep bring their modern version of their jazz-influenced sound to the Revolution Room on Wednesday.

Shows with big buzz

The anticipation of good music after a weekend of avoiding awkward conversations with relatives whom you know only via drunk stories has left the masses clamoring for a night crammed full with good music.

Dark on Skid Row

The mention of “skid row” brings to mind the famous black-and-white images of the “Bowery Bums” in endless bread lines amidst vast urban structures and smoky, filthy streets. But the phrase “skid row” can have very different connotations. For anyone who i

A winner in the bunch?

Many times I find myself saying, “Well it’s good, but …” This week you’ll find several of those “good” shows around Little Rock. The music, with a determinedly “gonna make it” mindset, includes several bands that hover at the “decent” or “amazing” crossro

A Sugarcult high

Is the winter weather getting you down? Have no fear, Sugarcult is here.

A Cricket’s son

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and country singer Austin Allsup, son of famed Crickets guitarist Tommy Allsup, are part of cool weekend acts.

Lucero inaugurates the new Village

Friday marks the grand opening of The Village, the old Cinema 150 on University and Asher avenues that has been remodeled into a nightclub.

An eclectic storm

Though the weather seemed a bit stormy earlier in the week, there are some bright spots on the horizon for music in Little Rock. With jazz and acoustic artists (boasting multi-page bios of experience) heading into town, it’s a good week to appreciate the

Relax a little

This week in Little Rock we’re “taking it easy” (but not too easy, mind you). With a great lineup of laid-back country/folk rock bands, it will be hard not to get your fill of whiskey inspired/heartbreaking/sin-toting/woman-chasing songs — some of the tra

Flipping Whigs

The Whigs, hailing from Athens, Ga., have been called the “best unsigned band in America” by Rolling Stone. With their Elvis Costello-esque pop rock, they’re distinctly on the road to bigger and better things. They will return to Sticky Fingerz this Thurs

Rocking Cowboy, cowboy rock

Friday offers an ironic setup in Little Rock club music, with New Orleans rock by Cowboy Mouth at Juanita’s and cowboy rock (if you will) with Jack Ingram at the Revolution Room.

Don’t cry over spilt show

The long anticipated Built to Spill show happens at Vino’s Brewpub on Friday, Sept. 22.

Worlds collide

Arkansas-based musicians Keith Destry and Chris Thomson have formed the group POPULUXX, which has been described as “fresh” and “something new.” The duo will open the second year of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock’s Coffee House season on

Heading to Helena?

Bluesy rock fans can never go wrong with a couple of guitarists making their way back to Sticky Fingerz in the next few days, plus some Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival hopefuls who will be showcased next Wednesday.

New Orleans reggae band reunites at Cornerstone

Hurricane Katrina a year ago sent the members of the New Orleans reggae band Higher Heights in different directions, and only one group member returned to the Crescent City. Friday’s show by the band at Cornerstone Pub in North Little Rock will be one of

Beyond the norm

This weekend is going to be interesting, with some entertainment that goes beyond the norm and some perfect choices for all you freaks, geeks and lovers of quirky live acts. There’s also some good rock ’n’ roll and mellow listener-oriented acoustic guitar

Releasing the Rock

Clarendon native Sean Rock is well known to local music followers who like his Americana folk and rock music — a style that sounds as if it was crafted from a fine sawdust of heartache, intuition and Southern romanticism. He has completed his first solo C

Legendary folk poet, guitarist returns to Acoustic Sounds Cafe

It would be fair to call contemporary acoustic finger-style guitarist Jack Williams a bona-fide beatnik, considering he was playing trumpet and speaking words at a Seattle coffeehouse in the late 1950s. But Williams, who is headlining the show Friday, Aug