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CHECKONETWO: A Year in Pics (Part One) December 31, 2008

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Some of CheckOneTwo’s favorite moments in music this year were (happily) documented by my little ol’ digital camera.    Here are a few for you.


Blood on the Keys (above) and MicEater (below):   Jeremy Brasher of The Moving Front


Sean Sulac of Loch Ness Monster, goin’ all one-eyed



“Evil” Mark Wyers of The Weisenheimers (above)

The patented Chicklettes snarrrl (below)



Above:  From the Matt Floyd Benefit Show (to pay off traffic tickets and let Smoke Up Johnny go on tour)


Above:  Graham Cobb of The Reds, gettin’ busy with the tambo


Above:  Josh Kerby of San Antokyo, flashing the ink


Above:  Scott Cook of Kyoto Boom (hiyaa, hiyah!!)


Above:  Epiphany throws it down at Sierra Club’s “Energy Shift” concert


Above:  Dave Raymond of Kyoto Boom at Sierra Club show


Above:  John Jeremy George & Ringo:  Jeremy Brasher (The Moving Front) at Pizza D


4×4 Crew


Maxx, @ Maxximum Impact


Miggy of Teenage Bottlerocket:  Extreme Power Stance, at Vino’s


The Moving Front, @ big ole sweaty mid-week house party on Schiller


Lorenza Harrington & Andrew Morgan of Eclipse Glasses (Ark Flag & Banner)


CheckOneTwo and some guy named Andy Rourke, from some band called THE SMITHS!! 


Ashtray Babyhead reunion show


CheckOneTwo with the one and only CHUCK D (at Philander Smith)


The Reverend works in mysterious ways, kna’mean?


Damn Bullets play the NO NEW COAL show at the State Capitol

Part two uploading soon.




TONIGHT: Sean West Brings It August 23, 2008

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Some weekends are for punk, some are for Americana, some are for indiefests, and some, blessedly, are for something smooth & mellow. 

Following up on Friday night’s visit with Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers:  Saturday night is a big night for our R&B soulful crooning friend Sean West.  He’s headlining his first show at Crush Wine Bar, and it’s going to be niiiiiiiice.  Joining Sean:  Epiphany & One Night Stand, Solefud, and Crystal Hayes. 

I’d suggest showing up looking fresh, clean, stylish, but don’t try to compete with Sean West.  I’m going half for the music and half for some sartorial tips.  I can’t pull off everything Sean pulls off, but maybe I’ll scoop up a crumb or two. 

Show is at 9, doors open at 8, cover is $10. 

The competing show, in my book, is Pop in the Park:  Kyoto Boom, 4 X 4 Crew, and Browningham, down at the river.  Free show, GREAT bands.  Starts at 7.  CheckOneTwo is gonna try and catch a little of this before hitting Crush. 

I’m-a see you out, right?


The Way-ay-ting. Yeah, it’s the Hardest Part August 21, 2008

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Dagnabbit–is it only Thursday?  Yours truly is visibly itching for some good shows coming up over the next few days.  If you were me, here’s where you’d be:


Time to doll it up, get swanky, and take a journey to Conway, for the Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers show.  I’m talking about nifty jazz/hip-hop/gospel with one of the finest hornblowers around.  I’ve seen him a few times playing mad trumpet with Epiphany & One Night Stand, but this is the first time I get to see him with his own crew.The setting?  Michelangelo’s, one of those membership joints ($5–I can drink in Conway!!) which looks to be far too posh for Faulkner County.  I predict a night of well-dressed folks sippin’ grappa and gettin’ they jazz on. 


Saturday is just a dadgum embarrasment of riches.  I must have overloaded on good karma, because there are two super shows within walking distance of each other. 

7:00 p.m. kicks things off with Pop in the Park. 


Saturday’s selection:  Kyoto Boom, 4×4 Crew, and Browningham.  (Word around the campfire is that Suga City ain’t gonna make it after all).  You never quite know what Browningham is gonna pull out, but you can count on some falsetto good times.  4×4 Crew brings the positive energy and Kyoto Boom, well, can I just say that they blew me away a coupla weeks ago when they shared a stage with The Moving Front?  Kyoto Boom is poised to take over in a big way.  You heard it here.   Don’t miss the chance to see these guys.

9:00 p.m.

at Crush Wine Bar:  Sean West and Solefud the Band, plus Epiphany & One Night Stand.  Are you kidding me?  Love these little club sets.  CheckOneTwo has seen Sean West a lot of times, but this will be his breakout solo gig.  A night of crooning and, according to Sean, “church announcements.”  If there’s an altar call, you might just see me rolling down for some salvation.   You might need to get there early for this one, b/c seating is limited.  I also strongly suggest you dress to impress.