Four (to see/hear) for Friday

Little Rock’s live music scene is just about right for me. Certainly, most of the bands and musicians I enjoy don’t find their way to Central Arkansas, but that is probably a good thing. I really don’t have the time or money to go see some live music once or twice a week. As it stands, I probably end up seeing about half a dozen or so shows a year.

That being said, this fall, Little Rock will be graced with the musical talent of no less than four artists that receive my stamp of approval. It is rare that everything works out for me to actually make it to these shows, but if any of you are interested, I might make a special effort.

Blind Pilot – Keep You Right / October 8th – Stickyz / Saw these folks a couple years ago in Chicago. Really great. Brand new song off an album being released soon. This is a can’t miss show.

Mutemath – Odd Soul / October 11th – Rev Room / These guys are some pretty creative dudes. Need proof? Head over HERE and see how they have put the wonderful world of the internets to use.

Generationals – Ten-Twenty-Ten / October 30th – Rev Room / They are appearing with Mates of State, which ain’t so bad either.

AA Bondy – The Heart Is Willing / November 11th – Stickyz / A perennial favorite is back again. This new track is a bit darker than some of his previous work. But no matter, I’m still looking forward to going.


Ben Rector – Autumn / October 26th – Juanita’s / All my college friends are nuts about this guy. I like him too. He has a new album out that you can DOWNLOAD for whatever amount you would like to donate… even free.

Happy Friday!

Four (Daytrotters) for Friday

If you unfamiliar with the music site Daytrotter, I’d like to commend it to you.   I actually don’t know all that much about it myself other than they regularly put up some great music from the artists you I love.  I believe the way it works is that a different band comes into their studios everyday, they play a mini-set, and then Daytrotter makes it available to the rest of us.  I love it…  both the idea and the music.  Below are some samples of what you might find.

Freelance Whales – The Great Estates (Daytrotter Sessions)

AA Bondy – A Slow Parade (Daytrotter Sessions)

Iron & Wine (with Rosie Thomas) – Naked As We Came (Daytrotter Sessions)

Blitzen Trapper – The Tree (Daytrotter Sessions)

One other thing…  they have a pretty slick app for all you iPhone users.  Non-iPhoners – don’t hate.

Happy Friday!