ISAAC ALEXANDER FLAT-TOP TONY AND THE PURPLE CANOES
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
Updated: Isaac's grandfather in-law passed away last night, so he's off the bill. Looks like Flat-top Tony will headline. I'm waiting to hear from Matt White on the rest of the bill.
One of Little Rock's finest singer/songwriters takes a solo turn on Thursday. As the lead singer of Big Silver and the Easys, Alexander starts with a solid base of the Beatles and builds — a hearty dose of the Band in the former, the likes of Elvis Costello and Jellyfish in the latter. While Beatlesque melodies are pretty much a given, who knows what Alexander's latest solo foray will yield? Last year, the singer/songwriter traveled to Nashville a half dozen or so times to record a solo record. I hear tell that Max may put it out in thick vinyl in the not-too-distant future. Keep your fingers crossed. In the meantime, from the demos on his MySpace page (myspace.com/isaacalexander), it sounds like he's using this album to experiment — different pacing, more vocal acrobatics. It sounds good. A side project of members of the Global Test, Flat Top Tony and the Purple Canoes, opens. It sounds like the Global Test gone gonzo. The shadow of Andrew W.K. looms large, as does, if the band's “influences” section on its MySpace page is to be trusted, Molten Lava, Alexander's college band. Maybe we'll get some covers.