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Congratulations to the Ozark Blues Challenge winners

September 18th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

For the second time in three years, I helped judge the Ozark Blues Society‘s Ozark Blues Challenge. It’s crowns the best local blues solo or duo act and the best band. But it’s no mere battle of the bands — … Continue reading

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

Concert review: Fayetteville Roots Festival’s opening day

August 29th, 2014 at 11:32 am

The Fayetteville Roots Festival has always billed itself as a blend of music and food. And at no time is that better proved than the Thursday night (Aug. 28) preview party at the Garner Farm in east Fayetteville. An entire … Continue reading

Concert review: Boston, Aug. 15 at the Walmart AMP

August 16th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Boston is a ‘Rock & Roll Band’ that came to ‘Party.’ They left a crowd of about 5,000 at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion ‘Feelin’ Satisfied. I’ll drop the puns now, but only because Boston provided many of their own … Continue reading

Young but ‘composed’: The annual Composer’s Showcase

August 8th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

How new is the newest band performing at the Composer’s Showcase on Saturday (Aug. 9) at George’s Majestic Lounge? So new they don’t yet have a name (or at least, didn’t have one at my deadline, that is). A group … Continue reading

On the way: Foster the People, Oct. 9 at the AMP

August 4th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

This song, “Coming of Age,” is by indie rockers Foster the People. The Walmart AMP is a very young venue still, but it managed to book this band for an October show. I’ve heard it 100 times. At least. ‘When … Continue reading

Concert review: Steely Dan, July 24 at the Walmart AMP

July 25th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

There are many bands on the “least cool” list. I’m not talking about the bands you avoid talking about in casual conversation. You know the ones — You’d never publicly declare fandom for Creed, Nickleback or, for a more contemporary … Continue reading

Miranda Lambert: “Platinum” album, “Platinum” tour, (almost) platinum sales

July 11th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Everything is coming up Platinum for Miranda Lambert. That’s the name of her most recent album, which currently sits at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart. It’s also the color of her hair, as she discusses in the title … 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

Concert review — Darius Rucker, June 20 at the AMP

June 23rd, 2014 at 11:17 am

If you count a Hootie & the Blowfish song performed by the modern incarnation of Darius Rucker as a cover song, then nearly half of his 20-song set was not his own material. Of course, if you consider them a … Continue reading