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Gettin’ out tonight? April 16, 2008

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Rev Room:  Ivan Neville’s DUMPSTAPHUNK, 9 p.m. $12.  From the Rev room site: 

“A legend in the New Orleans funk scene, Ivan Neville has also been a pivotal member in Rufus, Keith Richard’s Xpensive Winos, The Spin Doctors, and Bonnie Raitt’s band.  this is a funky funky man, with a funky funky band.  Dumpstaphunk tore the roof off the sucker on their last visit here in Feb 2007…we’ve made repairs and we are ready to rock out with them again.  BTW, if you are a 70’s funk/soul fan…Stevie Wonder-type stuff, then BE HERE FOR THIS SHOW.  Wow, they’re awesome.”

Sticky Fingerz:  Chris Knight w/Mando Saenz.  9 p.m., $10.  From the Stickyz site:  “it’s no crime to do a Steve Earle impersonation, particularly when you’ve been doing Steve Earle better than Steve Earle over the past four or five years — Paste Magazine August 2007

 

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AT Musicians Showcase: ROUND 2 TONIGHT February 7, 2008

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Sticky Fingerz is hosting Round 2 of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase tonight.  Starts at 9–you won’t want to miss tonight.  Why, you ask?

Because The Reds are on the bill!  Their Economy of Motion album (Max Recordings, 2007) was the pop soundtrack to the last half of the year for me.   I dig the hooks, dig the echo-y timbre of Johnny Mac’s vocals, I dig the glittery schwank of Graham Cobb’s guitar work, all backed up by Jason Thompson’s outstanding drum work.  I’m not going to be impartial tonight, so it’s good that I’m not judging.   Word around the campfire is that The Reds play at 10 p.m. sharp.

 Not that the rest of the bill is lacking.   Notion (energetic, rowdy rock), Bryan Frazier (perfectly crafted, subdued, lyrical songs) with Action Figures, and Epiphany (slow Southern rap/hip-hop) & One Night Stand.  Give their stuff a listen at the links–promises to be a great night. 

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!!

Thoughts on Powering Through January 29, 2008

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So last night I left Pizza D around 10 and hit the third installment of Thick Syrup’s Monday night local music series at Sticky Fingerz.  Solid, entertaining sets from The Weisenheimers, San Antokyo, and Loch Ness Monster.  Good bands, good setting, but the audience was almost completely gone.  Maybe everybody was still breathless from watching Bush’s last State of the Union speech earlier?  Or sick?  Were all the cool kids somewhere and forgot to tell me?

A tip of the hat to these bands for powering through with almost no crowd support.   The Weisenheimers clearly brought some folks with them (good thinking), but those folks scattered immediately after the set.  San Antokyo is always a treat–I dig the interplay between The Brothers Kerby–but they played to no fewer than 12 people in front and a few more back at the bar.  By the time Loch Ness Monster brought their sludgy scream-of-consciousness selves to the stage, they were preaching to five of us.    To give you an idea of how sparse things were:  Brother Sulac lost his balance and fell off the edge of the stage during a verse and free-fell to the floor.   Give the man some credit.  He didn’t miss a beat, finishing the song from a prone position.

 I’ve never been in a band, but I’ve often wondered how you summon up the gumption to go for it when there’s virtually no one watching .  The answer came last night–these guys aren’t playing for us, they’re playing for themselves.   Why is Kevin Kerby playing topless at midnight in front of almost no one on a Monday night?  Because he wants to.  How can Sulac put on a white lab coat/broken sunglasses and squeeze out an endless river of lyrics when there are no adoring fans hanging on his every nonsensical syllable?  Because it’s way more fun than singing into his hairbrush in the comfort of his bedroom.

Much love to the guys who play for no one, just because they can.

Question:  Who is your favorite local (Arkansas) band?

All this Thick Syrup is giving me Sticky Fingerz, man…. January 28, 2008

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If it’s Monday, it’s time for some Thick Syrup again.  Come on out tonight to Sticky Fingerz for Loch Ness Monster, San Antokyo, and The Weisenheimers.  It’s a 9 p.m. lo-do-show ($4). 

Loch Ness Monster seems to give Sean Sulac (of Hector Faceplant) and Scottish Brian (who’s poured you many a pint at Vino’s) a chance to explore some heavier, darker riffs worthy of the fabled sea serpent, but Hector keeps managing to poke his head out of the sludgy stuff and say hello. 

Betcha 5 Old Styles that San Antokyo brings it hard, fast, and maybe topless tonight.  Watch out for the Kerby boys (Kevin and Josh), Brian, and Bryce to show up with a fun, loose set, maybe written on Josh’s back. 

I haven’t seen The Weisenheimers yet, but their MySpace tunes sound kind of power pop.  Maybe a flexed-out, sped-up Material Issue (and I mean that in a good way.)

 Come on out tonight.  I haven’t seen you in a long time. 

Sibilance,

Glen 

Thick Syrup/Stickyz Monday TONIGHT January 21, 2008

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Tonight is the 2nd installment of Thick Syrup Records’ Monday night local music series at Sticky Fingerz.   The lineup:  Damn Bullets  , Justin Carr, & Ghost Co.  9:oo p.m., $4 cover.

This will be my first successful attempt to see Damn Bullets  put on their rockabilly/bluegrass/psychobilly jam band show, and I’m looking forward to it.  According to their peace-sign-adorned website, Damn Bullets is “a statement on non-violence.”  These guys have Conway roots (1 straight outta Hendrix, three from UCA), and have developed a strong following after some success in the Arkansas Times showcase last year.    Word around the campfire is that I should expect a foot-stomping good time from these guys.

Come on out–$4 cover charge leaves you enough for one of the dollar beer specials.  Try and beat that on a Monday night.

Sibilance,

Glen