Category Archives: Listen Here First

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

The weekend in music, with Jail Weddings and more

June 27th, 2014 at 5:03 am

There are no World Cup games today (June 27). Or matches. Whichever. I’m kind of new at this. What ever will you do? Let me suggest watching some live music. A band from Los Angeles visits here tonight, and it … Continue reading

Soon in tunes — The Winery Dogs, May 20 at the Rib Room

May 19th, 2014 at 9:09 am

Combining talents from bands such as Poison, Dream Theater and Mr. Big, the new classic rock super group The Winery Dogs has released an album and launched a tour. The trio will visit Neumeier’s Rib Room in Fort Smith on … Continue reading

A jazz tribute to Nat King Cole

April 25th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Ramsey Lewis is an icon of the jazz world. He hosts a long-running radio program, “Legends of Jazz,” and he’s released more than 80 recordings in his extensive career. He’s earned multiple Grammy Awards. John Pizzarelli is a respected talent … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: Backroad Anthem, April 17 at Powerhouse

April 17th, 2014 at 9:31 am

Country pop band Backroad Anthem, back in the area fresh off a regional tour, will open the Party on the Patio season at Powerhouse Seafood and Grill with a 7:30 p.m. show today (April 17). The outdoor Thursday night series … Continue reading

Big Bad Gina celebrates five years as a band

March 21st, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Big Bad Gina are celebrating a half decade together. Here’s a performance of “Amazon Warrior Princess” from their early days. Bands are often like restaurants, in that as soon as you find one you like, they’re gone. But Northwest Arkansas … Continue reading