Category Archives: Listen Here First

Concert review: Tim McGraw, Aug. 7 at the Walmart AMP

August 8th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Tim McGraw, you old charmer. Old is relative, of course. He’s 47, and he’s in fitness magazine shape, although he hid his physique underneath a Rush World Tour 1987-88 T-shirt. (Aside: Tim, you kinda won me over with that shirt). … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: The Ben Miller Band, Aug. 7 at Gulley Park

August 7th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Longtime local favorites the Ben Miller Band will close out the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series with an event Thursday (Aug. 7) at the park in Fayetteville. The Ben Miller Band plays a blend of Delta blues and Ozark stomp. … Continue reading

Welcome to the Toadies’ kingdom

August 1st, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Remember the song “Possum Kingdom?” You know, the strange but strangely catchy song by The Toadies? That song and the album it came from turn 20 years old later this month, and the recently reunited band is in a celebratory … Continue reading

A lost Cate Brothers EP sees the light of day

July 30th, 2014 at 9:57 am

The Cate Brothers made it in the music industry. The band from Springdale recorded a Top 25 national hit, toured with Queen and released several major-label albums. But success, particularly in the music industry, is a fleeting notion. Seeking a … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: Julie Byrne, July 29 at Backspace

July 28th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

If an upcoming show at Backspace is anywhere near as intimate as this video (and it might be), Fayetteville is in for a treat. The video is by Julie Byrne, who performs in town Tuesday. Chicago songwriter Julie Byrne‘s national … Continue reading

The steely resolve of Steely Dan

July 22nd, 2014 at 1:19 pm

In the midst of remarkable success in the mid-1970s, Steely Dan stopped touring. They didn’t stop making music, of course. The album largely considered to be their masterpiece, 1977′s “Aja,” came after the tour hiatus. But cracks were bubbling under … Continue reading

Joe Crookston takes over FPL

July 11th, 2014 at 10:23 am

I watched the first time Joe Crookston took over the Fayetteville Public Library. It was during the 2013 Fayetteville Roots Festival, and despite following icons Del McCoury and Iris Dement, he wowed the audience then. The town likewise wowed him, … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: Everyone is Dirty, July 8 at Lightbulb Club

July 7th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Everyone is Dirty performs “I’m Ok.” Note: There’s an instance of rock-star language in the video clip that follows the song. Oakland, California band Everyone is Dirty will bring their blend of noise rock, punk and classical music to the … Continue reading

Dan Tyminski on unions — Union Station, and one with Avicii

July 4th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Dan Tyminski did not know what to make of Swedish EDM act Avicii. That’s to be expected — Tyminski is a wildly talented multi-instrumentalist who operates in the bluegrass world, and Avicii is one of the most popular draws in … Continue reading

Scott Stapp: Sober, solo and saved (and coming to Arkansas tomorrow)

July 1st, 2014 at 1:31 pm

It’s a oft-repeated tale in the music industry. A big star crashes hard, and they are usually to blame. But the magnitude of those rises and subsequent falls are rarely as great as those experienced by Scott Stapp, former lead … Continue reading