The Rockin Pig Saloon welcomes Daryle Singletary with special guest, Brian Odle and Hillbilly Underground. Click the poster for more details.
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Alternative rock band Queens of the Stone Age is stopping in Northwest Arkansas as part of their international tour! Touring in support of their long-awaited album, …Like Clockwork, the band will perform hits like “No One Knows,” “Go With the Flow,” “Sick, Sick, Sick,” “My God is the Sun,” and more!
Queens of the Stone Age, based around singer-songwriter and guitarist Josh Homme, is one of the most interesting and critically acclaimed hard rock bands of the 2000s. The band’s eclectic approach to rock produced arty, blues-based albums that wandered stylistically from gentle acoustic songs and Delta blues stomps to Black Sabbath-like metal and the thick, sludgy garage rock characteristic of early-Nineties grunge bands. Their latest album, …Like Clockwork, debuted at #1 earlier this month and includes guest contributors like Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Sir Elton John and more.
with special guest Sky Ferriera
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Vampire Weekend consist of Ezra Koenig (vocals, guitar), Rostam Batmanglij (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Chris Baio (bass) and Christopher Tomson (drums). They met while attending Columbia University.
The four guys started the group in 2006 and worked on their first studio project as indie artists while working full-time jobs. The result is a self-titled mini album which was released after they graduated from college.
One of their songs “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” was ranked at No. 67 on Rolling Stone’s 2007 100 Best Song of the Year despite the fact that it hadn’t been released yet. The track was then dropped in 2008 as the band’s fourth single and was once covered by Genesis‘ former vocalist Peter Gabriel.
In 2008 also, they released their first major-label debut album “Vampire Weekend” via XL Recordings. It debuted at No 17 on Billboard Hot 200 and has sold more than 450,000 copies in the U.S. by the end of August 2009. Moreover, it was named the 5th best album of 2008 by Time and 56th Best Album of the Decade by Rolling Stone.
The band’s second full-length album, Contra, came in 2010 to critical acclaim. Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend’s third album was released in May of this year.
Special guest Sky Ferreira is an American singer-songwriter, model, and actress. Her first EP, As If!, was released in 2011 and her second EP, Ghost, was released in 2012 to positive reviews. Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing” was named one of the best songs of 2012 by publications such as Pitchfork Media, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, and Spin.
Damn Arkansan hails from Northwest Arkansas and specializes in Alt-Country Indie-Rock music. Now on the heels of their third studio release, Save Yourself, Damn Arkansan has drawn comparisons to acts ranging from Wilco and the Jayhawks to Pavement and Ben Kweller. For free streaming visit damnarkansan.com.
“The music of alt-country heroes like Dawes and early Wilco flows through the veins of Damn Arkansan along with a little bit of Ben Kweller’s pop sensibility. The result is a breed of music that bridges the gap between Americana and indie rock.” – Wyndham Wyeth, pastemagazine.com
Born in 1986 in the south side of Chicago, Shawn James had a hardworking, kind mother and a gambling, abusive, drunk father. He grew up singing in church and was drawn to the emotional and ethereal power that music could have over people. It was there that he found his escape and learned how to harness his unique, soulful voice.
Shawn now lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and plays a mix of haunting folk and hard-hitting soulful blues. You might catch him playing on the street in the rain some night, rockin at a bar while you get rowdy, or you might just find him performing an intimate set for friends at a house show. No matter where you see him, just make sure you have your eyes and ears open, his performance will be one you won’t forget.
2013 will be busy for Shawn.
The Wolf is the first in a set (The Shapeshifter Trilogy) of 3 concept EPs that Shawn James is releasing in 2013 under the name Shawn James & the Shapeshifters.
The Wolf is a haunting, folk story of a man who was raised by wolves. Shawn’s unique, powerful songwriting mixed with the beautiful, orchestral layers of the Shapeshifters makes for an unforgettable musical experience.
He plans to release The Bear in the springtime and says that it will have more of an old, rowdy, blues sound with swampy, slide guitar.
The Hawk is planned for the fall of this year and will be written on piano.
Shawn James is definitely one to watch in 2013.
Formed around 2006, the band, then called Molten Lava, started as an outlet for members of several established local bands to showcase the prowess as performers and their skill as musicians.
The reception in their joint hometowns of Fayetteville and Little Rock Arkansas was warm as fans of their former bands flocked to see the brand new conglomerate cover new wave 80’s hits with stage rattling energy.
It wasn’t long that the members’ backgrounds in songwriting and recording would come calling, begging for an outlet in the band’s ever growing fan base and, soon, the band would emerge again, reinvented and renamed Boom Kinetic to release their first EP featuring all original music taking the stage with white-suited front men sporting sunglasses and working the crowds into a frenzy.
One EP wouldn’t satiate the band’s need to create and another EP was release featuring a more somber music, culminating in what might become the group’s signature sound. A new birth for the band is almost traceable right down to a song called “Math and Science”. A song both epic and intimate, it would serve as harbinger of the band’s new identity.
Boom Kinetic would shuffle off the idea of a cover band and, bringing their resounding success in awing crowds and setting records in their own states biggest venues, be reborn, yet again, as a powerhouse of original music with the 2010 release of their first full-length album, “Part Gray/Part Bright Light”.
The two part album would serve as a symbol of Boom Kinetic’s dichotomy as a band and, at the same time, solidify their position as a group of accomplished songwriters.
As the band continues to work on new music, they have grown the areas the reach performing in Memphis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas, New Orleans and many places in between bringing their high-energy alternative pop music to more and more people every week.
Voted Northwest Arkansas’ Best New Artist of 2012, i do declare™ has a sound that you will want to put on repeat. Distinct vocals, heart-pounding rhythms, and chilling guitar riffs create a melodic wonderland so comforting and so relative, you are only left lingering for more. The band’s driving beats are sure to get you dancing, and the lyrics tell a story that you will not soon forget.
IDD’s first album, an independent release titled, ‘A Rebel’s Chance’ was written and produced by Pat Ryan Key. Over the course of five months, Mr. Key spent his time at a home-based studio laying down each track, one instrument at a time. You can hear every bit of the blood, sweat, and tears he put into this project when you listen to this album.
The first single, “Stabbed” has garnered the band much success in which the EP in its entirety discusses relationships and fosters the importance of trust, loyalty, and growth that each of us can relate to. The album was released in Jan. of 2011 and IDD has since performed at many of the local hotspots in NWA as well as performing in Missouri and Kansas.
Describing IDD’s sound is diverse. The band strives for a fresh new sound, an interesting mix that draw comparisons to artists and acts across all genres. Ultimately dubbed as Alternative Rock, IDD is compared to Chris Cornell, Jack White, and The Black Keys to name a few. It is easy to find a sense of familiarity when listening to IDD yet their sound keeps you guessing in hopes of finding a style or band you can categorize them under.
To declare something means to “make known” or “state clearly”. IDD is a solid declaration of staying true to yourself and your dreams whether it is writing new music and playing shows, or bettering yourself in any way. The band is currently working on a brand new, full length album with production beginning in July of 2013. Be on the lookout! They plan to play many of the tricks they have hiding up their sleeve.