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SAVE THE DATE: Eclipse Glasses, 3/13 March 2, 2009

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Regular readers may know that I’ve become enamored of ECLIPSE GLASSES BANDA over the last year, an extremely funky project of Andrew Morgan, Lorenza Harrington, Collin Miles, Kyle Carpenter, and Zach Reeves.  Think afro-beat, bank heist, smooth mo-fo, fly hustler, soundtrack to the coolest version of you on the coolest day of your life.  Horns, keys, drums, guitar, bass, no vocals.  Love me some Eclipse Glasses.

If you’ve seen them before, then you’ll be excited to know that they play a benefit for Dreamland Ballroom on Friday March 13th, 9 p.m., $5.  If you HAVEN’T seen them before, then it’s high time you did.  Trust CheckOneTwo on this.  You should be here.   Unlike any other Lotta Rock band.  Makes even the cool kids try out a new move besides the subtle head bob. 

Get out there for this one.  I’ll be seeing you there.


BONNAROO ’09 LINEUP: WHOA!! February 3, 2009

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Nice!!  Ticket info at www.bonnaroo.com

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello Solo
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov’t Mule
Andrew Bird
Band of Horses
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Del McCoury Band
of Montreal
Allen Toussaint
Coheed and Cambria
Booker T & the DBTs
David Grisman Quintet
Lucinda Williams
Animal Collective
Neko Case
Jenny Lewis
Robert Earl Keen
Citizen Cope
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The Ting Tings
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Kaki King
Grizzly Bear
King Sunny Adé
Okkervil River
St. Vincent
Zac Brown Band
Raphael Saadiq
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Crystal Castles
Tift Merritt
Brett Dennen
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
Toubab Krewe
People Under the Stairs
Alejandro Escovedo
Vieux Farka Touré
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Todd Snider
Portugal. The Man.
The SteelDrivers
The Knux
The Low Anthem
Delta Spirit
A.A. Bondy
The Lovell Sisters
Alberta Cross

NYE in Lotta Rock: Where da Music at? December 31, 2008

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Gusano’s, 9 p.m.:  607 (CHECKONETWO RECOMMENDS)

Whitewater Tavern, 9 p.m., $10:  Cory Branan, Blair Combest, The Quiet Life

Starlite House – 7th and Brown, 8:30 p.m.: ATTRACTIVE AND POPULAR

Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m.:  Free Verse, Weakness for Blondes

The Village, 8 p.m., $10/$15:  New Year’s Eve with Vicious Vic (trance, electronica, all-night dance party)

Help Luke Hunsicker December 29, 2008

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American Princes bassist LUKE HUNSICKER recently underwent emergency brain surgery, to remove what turned out to be a benign tumor.   Princes frontman David Slade reports that Luke is doing very well and is resting at home. 

The worse news:  huge medical bills on the horizon.  If you’d like to help out wih a donation, please go here

You can also come to the American Princes/Big Cats show tonight at Whitewater Tavern (9 p.m.) to make a donation or buy a limited edition t-shirt.  Proceeds from the shirt sales go toward Luke’s medical bills. 

Hope to see you out,


Where to be tonight: DMZ Flashback December 22, 2008

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CheckOneTwo has a long and sordid history with the building currently known as Vino’s (and previously known as DMZ, and previously known as The Annex).  It’s where he and the other Gravel Ridge skater kids used to hang out and be sullenly, deliciously cool.  It’s where he and his future ex-wife had their first date.   It’s where his kickball team hangs out post-game, where his kids have played pinball like little madmen all through their formative years, and where he first saw bands like Sick of It All, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Ghoultown, Trusty, Rocket From the Crypt, Green Day, Teenage Bottlerocket…too many to name.

So tonight:  a reunion of sorts, for the folks who grew up at the short-lived DMZ.   The return of Trusty!  The return of Matt Besser–comedian for such insanely funny troupes as the Upright Citizens BrigadeLink Springs!  Ticket price is $10 (a little steep!) but the nostalgia trip is worth the fare.

Memories of Trusty are rich.  When I was just a little mustachioed skate rat hanging out with other wannabe hooligans (we, of course, still managed to keep our Honor Society memberships current), we fell in with Bircho and his lot.  Our central gathering location was a little blue house on Highway 89  right off 107 outside of Gravel Ridge, home to Andy Hancock and his parents.   Attendees would be folks like Ritchie Baker, Lyndel Roe, Michelle Henderson, Pat Tillman, Larry Busbea, Mart Averitt, Liz & Pam…pretty much the same group who skated Paige’s ramp out at Skateboards Plus in Levy.  Every single time I’d leave Andy’s house on a weekend, the police would be at the corner of 89/107, pull me over, and toss the car.   Since I was straight-edge (read:  too scared to drink), it never amounted to more than a hassle but it still pisses me off to this day. 

One night, Bircho came to the Blue House in a van he used for transportation and living quarters.  About an hour or two into the night’s festivities we stepped out into the carport and saw the van on fire.  For no particular reason–it wasn’t the engine, it was the interior.  All of Bircho’s belongings burned up but, for some reason, none of us could do anything but point and laugh while Bircho scurried through the smoke and flames.    We all made it better, though, by giving him t-shirts once the blaze was extinguished. 

Come out tonight to hear Trusty, especially if you were too young to be part of the scene (that means you, Reid Hanna).  You’ll be glad that you did.



Lucinda Williams in Memphis!! December 19, 2008

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Love it….Lucinda Williams!!  Tuesday, February 24th, at Minglewood Hall in Memphis.   Touring in support of her new album Little Honey

Speaking of Little Honey, you can download it here for only $8.99. 

And speaking of Minglewood Hall:  March 18th, Cardinals!!  (Ryan Adams, Neal Casal, Chris Feinstein, Jon Graboff, Brad Pemberton)

WAKARUSA’S NEW HOME: ARKANSAS!!! December 16, 2008

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Well, hot DAMN!!  I’m a big fan of the hippie music festivals, so you know I’m kinda stoked that the Wakarusa festival is leaving Lawrence, KS and making a new home in Ozark, AR!!  Wakarusa has been growing in recent years and has been a pretty strong lead-in to Bonnaroo.  Now it’s rat cheer in the Natural State, up ‘err at Mulberry Mountain!

This is a big dadgum deal.  Congrats to the Arkies that pulled this’un off.  Woo hoo!!

Last year’s Wakarusa festival had some 70 bands, including everyone from Flaming Lips to Del tha Funkee Homosapien to Emmylou Harris to Mickey Hart to the Old ’97s to…well, just a tonna folks.  This year’s lineup will be announced in January. 

Mark it down–see you’uns there,


Tonight in Lotta Rock December 16, 2008

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Whitewater Tavern, 9 p.m.:   The See, Frown Pow’r, and Big BootsFREE SHOW

Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8:   Hana Pestle (Montana)w/Ben Moody (you know, from Evanesence?), Stars Go Dim (Oklahoma)


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As you may know, a group of us enviro-types are working to build Little Rock’s first wind turbine.  The windmill will power the greenhouse at Dunbar Community Garden, a place where hundreds of kids go to learn about agriculture, sustainable living and–soon–clean, renewable energy.  It’s a pretty great project, funded by small donors who care about making a big statement.

Our friend Benton Anderson of Treehuggers Consulting has been putting on a series of windmill benefit shows over the last couple of months (thanks, Benton!).  The next one is tomorrow night at Whitewater and features THE  SEE, JEFF GRIMMETT, and FULL FLAVOR MENTHOL

One lousy fivespot.  You can do that.  Show starts at 9 p.m.  Come on out and help the cause.



MUSIC & ACTIVISM: What’s Not to Like? October 13, 2008

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Like most of us, I’m a citizen of two worlds:  Work World and Music World.  The lucky among us get to have those world collide once in a while. 

Saturday is one of those days for me.  I’d like for you to be part of it.

I work for Sierra Club, and my job is to stop dirty, coal-fired power plants from being built.  Two such plants are being proposed for rat-cheer in The Natural State.  That just ain’t right.  I don’t need my state being polluted by literally millions of metric tons of CO2, poisionous mercury, and dozens of other hazardous air pollutants.  I don’t need my kids growing up breathing nasty nonsense and eating tainted fish.   We are going to stop this thing, but only if we get enough Arkansans rising up and saying NO.

Please join us at the NO NEW COAL rally on the State Capitol steps this Saturday at 1 p.m.  Great entertainment by socially-aware Arkansas acts: hip-hop from EPIPHANY, the folkie stylings of DAMN BULLETS, and the indie rock love from  MAGIC HASSLE.  Speakers educating us all on the harmful effects of dirty coal.  This is an event where YOU can stand up and lend your voice.  Come see us–tell Governor Beebe and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to use their power to stop dirty coal.

CheckOneTwo would consider this a personal favor if you’d attend.  And bring your friends, family, dogs, bikes, neighbors, whatever.  It’ll be very much worth your while.

Thanks–see y’all on Saturday!