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John Prine

The man of the night moseyed around stage stiff-legged, unassuredly, a tad twitchy. When he spoke, he did so a bit nervously, eyes darting about, unable to settle his hands. He wore a sharp suit, all black and with the best of intentions, but ended up looking like an antebellum Kim Jong-Il.

Riverfest 2010

Did that just happen? Was this year's installation of Riverfest about as close to ideal as they come?

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George Strait -Reba McEntire, Verizon Arena, March 6

George Strait couldn't pack all his hits all into his concert Saturday night at Verizon Arena, but in a 30-song set that ran past 11:30, he gave it his best shot.

Review: Exene Cervenka and the Dexter Romweber Duo

Though it was a brief encounter in a night of three, Exene Cervenka’s visit to White Water proved to be a charmingly intimate set. Exene, like someone’s spunky aunt bedecked in multiple rosaries and a silk apron, grinned and chatted the whole time, engaging in banter with even the youngest and the drunkest present.

Martina McBride-Trace Adkins

I can officially say that I have been mooned by Martina McBride.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne may be the best rapper alive, but that doesn’t mean he can charge $51 (or $66 or $76 for premium seats) in Arkansas and expect much of a crowd.

Alejandro Escovedo

About halfway through his set at Juanita’s Wednesday night, Alejandro Escovedo told a story about asking his son what he thought of dad’s music.


Chris Daughtry has been a much bigger winner than almost all of the real winners of “American Idol.”

The Dutchess and the Duke

After two sets of understated coffeehouse-caliber strummers, it was a little difficult to keep my head up when Seattle’s The Dutchess and the Duke took the stage.

Insane Clown Posse

For the uninitiated, the Insane Clown Posse is a contemporary, impossibly dumbed-down rap version of Alice Cooper.

Billy Joe Shaver

In his latest, most ubiquitous publicity photo, Billy Joe Shaver gazes knowingly into the horizon.

Kris Allen

It’s hard to imagine this panning out any other way. Think about it; this time last year, Kris Allen was a Conway kid with a glimmer of hope at getting more than a few seconds of airtime on “American Idol.”


It’s not often that Little Rock has a chance to showcase its rave kids, an underground cult of disaffected vampires who congregate among the living at Discovery or the occasional midweek DJ set before slinking back to their glowstick-lit coffin chambers.

Loudon Wainwright III

On Friday, along with a friend, I took an impromptu drive up the entire length of our state to sit in a cozy auditorium that wasn’t even a third full.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s performance Saturday at the Robinson Center under the direction of guest conductor George Hanson proved to be unique and memorable despite the standard all-German program.

The Meat Puppets

Once upon a time, two blue-blooded, musically gifted brothers from Arizona started a band.


Early in the Gossip concert last Friday night, Beth Ditto asked her family and close family friends to raise their hands. Half the arms in the club shot up.


Torrential rain wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of three generations of Kiss fans —10,453 in all — who celebrated through an 18-song concert in an atmosphere that resembled some unholy combination of Halloween and the Fourth of July.

Dave Matthews Band

The ticket stub read, “Jam Presents: Dave Matthews Band with Gregg Allman.”

The Beach Boys

You’ve never seen such unabashed joy on the faces of so many boomers. They sang. They danced. They got hit in the head with beach balls.