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For eight years, Little Rock based Thick Syrup Records has done its share to make sure that at least a corner of the music world remains fiercely weird, loud, perplexing and fun.
So this was in 2010, and bassist/singer Zac Hale, guitarist Trent Whitehead and guitarist/singer Dylan Vernon, who would become three-fourths of the band Swampbird, met while living at Front Street Apartments in Conway.
After releasing an EP in 2010 followed by a digital single and a 45 (7-inch record) last year, Little Rock-based indie rock band Whale Fire has released its first long-player, Before You Run.
Strange that a band with just a single official release from nearly 20 years ago should get the full on reissue treatment with bonus tracks, a live disc and a concert DVD.
When thinking about a mountain bike race, it’s common to envision cyclists dicing furiously through the woods on single-track trails, hopping their bikes over rocks and logs and trying to avoid a collision with the trunk of some firmly entrenched oak or pine tree.
They’ve known each other since junior high, and though they’ve been bandmates in the past this time around these two are following their own vision.
The February afternoon is blustery and cold in downtown Little Rock, but Greg Wagnon is working up a sweat.
During each March since the beginning of time every band on earth has descended upon Austin, Texas, so that they may strum their guitars, pummel their drums, sequence their beats and occasionally make skronking noises on horns and harmonicas for crowds of dazed hipsters during the South by Southwest Music Festival.
There will be a double dose of honky-tonk queen Bonnie Montgomery tonight at the White Water Tavern in Little Rock. The Searcy-born, Little Rock-based singer will perform two sets, one solo acoustic and another with her band.