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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
GINSU WIVES, THE THING THAT ALWAYS EXPLODES,
CINEMA HURT

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)

In England, it’s 5 p.m. on Friday right now September 19, 2008

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…and it’s gettin’ there here.  Sweet Mother Love Bone, I’m ready to call it a week.  It’s been a busy few days for the enviros ’round here, and next week doesn’t look any easier. 

But we’ve got tonight.  Who needs tomorrow?  I do.  Here are some places you might just see your Ol’ Pal CheckOneTwo:

FRIDAY

Whitewater Tavern, 10 p.m., $5:  John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives (outta Memphis), with Mat Mahar

Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $10 :  Wade Bowen (outta New Braunfels, TX)  and Sean McConnell

Rev Room, 10 p.m., $12:  Divas in the Rock (Nicky Parrish & special guest Pinky)

Vino’s, 7 p.m., $6:  PLU * LAST SHOW! * w/ Sean Michel, Farewell Flight & Futuro Boots

Cornerstone Pub, 9 p.m., $5:  The Eoff Brothers (Blues/Rock from Springdale)

Downtown Music, 8 p.m., $6:  Seahag CD release show, with Vore and Bloodletting Device 

Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $5, 18+:  Notion, w/Flash LaRue and Joey Farr & Friends

The Village, 7 p.m., $8:  Livid, Sufferkate, Finding Jimmy Hoffa, Land of Mines

SATURDAY

Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m., $6:  The return of ASHTRAY BABYHEAD, and THE MOVING FRONT, and SMOKE UP JOHNNY.  CHECKONETWO RECOMMENDS

Pop In the Park (Riverfront Park, 7 p.m.):  Grand Serenade, Chase Pagan, Epiphany, and 607.  FREE SHOW, coolers allowed, how could CHECKONETWO not recommend this?  Go here, then go to Juanita’s.

Whitewater Tavern, 10 p.m.:  Go Fast’s record release show

Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $6:  Brothers and Sisters

Vino’s, 8 p.m., $6:  18TH ANNIVERSARY w/ King Don, Gino Delray, The Reds, Loch Ness Monster & Underclaire

Cornerstone Pub, 9 p.m., $5:  Sean Rock and the Toltecs

Downtown Music, 8 p.m.:  Hoodtech productions hip-hop show (acts TBA)

The Village, 7 p.m., $12:  Bleeding Through, The Handshake Murders, Tristan Betrayal, and tba

Cowboy Mouth in LR this Friday June 12, 2008

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I haven’t seen anything at all about this, but…Cowboy Mouth is scheduled to play the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock this Friday!  It’s on Pollstar.com, it’s on the Cowboy Mouth MySpace page, it seems to be everywhere…right on!  Cowboy Mouth is terrific.  I’m not sure that I can stomach the Peabody Rivertop Party, but Cowboy Mouth is a real temptation.

This Friday is shaping up to be a good’un.  Some early tidbits to get your palate salivatin’: 

Rev Room:  latest edition of The Chill, with Suga City, 607,  Epiphany & One Night Stand

Whitewater:  The Drams, Glossary, Kevin Kerby & Battery

Bleary O’Leary, Reporting for Duty May 27, 2008

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CheckOneTwo managed to cram two cookouts and three days/nights of Riverfest into a Memorial Day weekend.  My own personal salute to the men and women of our armed forces.  I hope they feel properly saluted.   Holy frijoles, I’m tired.

Highlights:

Epiphany & One Night Stand.  Could this bunch be any tighter?  Sweet Fancy Moses, they put on a ridiculous show Saturday night in the Arkansas Music Tent.  I’m talking about Big Piph, Gina Gee, the whole band, guest spots by Sean West, Rodney Block and Rockst*r…for about an hour and a half in the thick thick heat.  A sweaty show, fo sho, you know, but it was outstanding.  Hats off.  This may be the last year that these guys get small-staged at Riverfest.  Intensely good set.

The Moving Front blew it out on Friday night in the same tent, in even more formidable heat, and played just about every song they have in their repertoire.  I’m tellin’ ya, kids, if you weren’t there you shoulda been.  Old stuff, new stuff, and a big ole pile o’ sweaty folks.  Look out for TMF’s new CD sometime soon.

Kyoto Boom.  4:30, Saturday afternoon, in the steaming grass,after the rain…gotta call that love.  I love these guys, and they did not disappoint.  They had a pretty good crowd of emo-looking kids who were waiting for the next band and got an unexpected treat.  Best moment was when a love-struck mother-daughter act (not 7 and 27, more like 37 and 57) hopped up onstage and nearly assaulted lead singer Scott Cook.  Too much.  Scott, yer a rockstar. 

Also seen at KB:  my new true love.  She was the full hot order in the front row.  Camo shorts?  Check.  Over a bathing suit?  Ubetcha.  Gap-toothed grin?  Uh-huh.  One baby on hip, another tugging at her shorts? Right on.  Tramp stamp peeking out over the shorts!?  YES.  Cig?  Si.  Big ole jug of lemonade?  Flip flops?  Say it ain’t so…it’s SO!  My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun, boyeeee.

ZZ Top.  Yes, CheckOneTwo acquiesced and took CheckOneTwo jr out to see the big show on Sunday night.  An ocean of shirtless dudes and half-shirted gals with babies on hips, Marlboro Reds, and baby bottles full of Coke.  Arkansas, you run deep in me. 

The show was pretty routine, but the crowd was worth the effort.  I also got a bang out of CheckOneTwo jr looking at me and hollerin’ out “LA GRANGE!” when those first few notes rang out. 

Kevin Kerby & Battery, 607, Silverton.  What were these dudes doing way over in BFE, at the extreme end of Riverfest?   These are super-Arkansas acts, that need to be on a bigger stage or in the Arkansas Music Tent.  Please, for the love o’ God, don’t stick ’em over in Siberia.  I caught ’em all, but had to do some serious logistics and hoofin’ to make it.

I needs a weekend to recovers froms my weekend.

See y’all out tonight?

QUESTION:  WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE RIVERFEST MOMENT?

Riverfest is Some Kinda Wonderful This Year May 25, 2008

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Lawdy…this has been a heapin’ mess-a-goodness.  For one ticket, I can see Silverton, 607, The Moving Front, Kyoto Boom, Epiphany & One Night Stand, Chris Denny & The Old Soles, Kevin Kerby & Battery…and somehow miss Greg Spradlin Outfit, Smoke Up Johnny, and Ted Ludwig just in the name of sheer logistics.   I haven’t hit any of the big acts yet, but I felt the presence of Huey Lewis.  

Kudos to Riverfest folks for putting a big ole focus on local music this year.  I’ll post some good pics later on.

ZZ Top and Fireworks later–hoo-ahh!!

Glen

Your Official CHECKONETWO Riverfest Planning Guide May 21, 2008

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Sweet Fancy Moses!  Riverfest is almost upon us, and it’s time to get all logistical-like.  Lots of great bands, plenty of stages, and some decisions must be made.

The full Riverfest music schedule is available right cheer.  As a public service, CheckOneTwo has sifted through the schedule and humbly offers this handy guide as a resource for the discerning Riverfest attendee.  Click the hot links for more information about each of the bands.

NOTE:  the Arkansas Music Tent is a gold mine, and is located on the NLR side on the east end of the park. 

Highlights that I see:

FRIDAY

6:15 SILVERTON (Triple-S Alarm Stage)–upbeat, old-school folk/country

7:30 607 (Triple-S Alarm Stage)–smart rap

9:30 THE MOVING FRONT (Arkansas Music Tent)–guitar/keyboard-driven post-punk

SATURDAY

1:30 P.M.  SMOKE UP JOHNNY (Budweiser Stage, NLR)–rowdy barroom punk

3 P.M.  KEVIN KERBY & BATTERY (Triple-S Alarm Stage)–lyrical good ole Americana rock

4:30 P.M.  RUNAWAY PLANET (Acxiom/Miller Lite Amphitheatre Stage)–killer bluegrass

4:30 P.M.  KYOTO BOOM (Budweiser Stage, NLR)–80s-themed bass driven hypnotic new wave goodness

6 P.M.  CHRIS DENNY & THE OLD SOLES (Acxiom/Miller Lite Amphitheatre Stage)–country/americana with surprising vocals

6 P.M.  GREG SPRADLIN OUTFIT (Triple-S Alarm Stage)–Arkansas’s best guitarist leads Americana rock

7:30 P.M.  BETTER THAN EZRA (Budweiser Stage/NLR)–New Orleans party rock

9:30 P.M.  EPIPHANY & ONE NIGHT STAND (Arkansas Music Tent)–don’t miss this hip-hop/soulful show with a crack backing band

SUNDAY

2:30 P.M.  RODNEY BLOCK (Acxiom/Miller Lite Amphitheatre Stage)–masterful jazz trumpet

3:30 P.M.  DAMN BULLETS (Triple-S Alarm Stage)–folk/country that gets ya movin’

6:30 P.M.  BOONDOGS (Arkansas Music Tent)–laid-back ambient indie folk rock

9:30 P.M.  FIREWORKS!!

Come on out–and bring me some sunscreen, willya?

      –Glen

DON’T F**K AROUND & MISS THIS, AIGHT? May 15, 2008

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Things happen.  People forget.  Dogs die, Grandma gets outta the yard, whatever.  No excuses this time.

Get your act together and come out this Saturday for the very 1st Arkansas Music Video Awards.  We’ve got some great clips from the past year heading your way, and some soopah music.  You like hip-hop?  Check?  Punk?  Check?  Like it a little more mellow?  Check.   You’re not down with today’s bands and rock nothing past the 90s?  We got you covered.  Look at that poster and tell me that the LRFF on Saturday night ain’t the place for the cool kids.  You can’t! 

Saturday.  Rev Room.  $10.  Awwwyeahhhh…..

Save the Date: May 17/Rev Room April 28, 2008

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The local music video scene has had a banner year, what with numerous local acts A-gaming it outside the studio and bringing a sleek visual complement to their sound.  The 1st Annual Arkansas Music Video Competition was perhaps inevitable–and irresistible to those of us who witnessed the birth of MTV.

May 17th–come see the finalists on video, crown the winner, hear The Moving Front, Epiphany, and Ace Spade & The Whores of Babylon, and 607.  Plus–YEP–the triumphant return of Techno-Squid Eats Parliament. 

You’re going to be there, right?

Glen

Tonight: Round 1/Ark Times Musicians Showcase/Sticky Fingerz/9 PM January 31, 2008

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The lineup for Round 1:  607   (rap) vs. The Running Back ( lush indie) vs. Riverboat Crime  (indie-pop) vs. Justin Bank (alt-country solo).

Question:  Who do you predict will win Round One?

UPDATE:  ROUND ONE WINNER IS 607!!