Category Archives: Listen Here First

The weekend in live music, with The Airplanes and more

September 12th, 2014 at 5:03 am

The Airplanes, from Fayetteville, perform the song “Paper Hearts.” They perform this weekend at George’s Majestic Lounge. The video is pretty cool, too, creating a little paper art along the way. Art is everywhere. That’s the theme of a story … Continue reading

The Top 7 shows at the upcoming Fayetteville Roots Festival

August 28th, 2014 at 9:39 am

The Fayetteville Roots Festival is great on many levels, not the least of which is how little competition is present. What do I mean by that? Aside from after about 11 p.m. each evening, there isn’t much in the way … Continue reading

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