The champ, 607. Photo by Brian Chilson.
pulled out all the stops last night — drama mask, the palingraph, "Toxic" sample and lots of standing tall on the risers. The crowd ate it up. It was a unanimous decision by the judges, including some random girl who sat down next to the judges and filled out a form. She didn't like "Fukyo Friend," but liked the Brit and Arkansas referencing. More judges commentary coming up.
The Running Back. Photo by Brian Chilson.
The young Arkadelphia-based indie rock band the Running Back
kicked everything off admirably. Lead singer Alan Thomas had been battling a cold, but his vocals came through full and clear. Definitely a band to keep your eye on.
Second place finishers, Riverboat Crime. Photo by Brian Chilson.
, out of North Little Rock, followed impressively. Lead singer Josh Stoffer is sick on the slide guitar, and he's got really big, bright pop vocals. The band, which has only been together five months, played it fast and loose and loud. The crowd dug it. Look for Riverboat Crime to be out and about more after this gig.
Nick Devlin and Justin Banks. Photo by Brian Chilson.
Justin Bank went on third with a solid set of rollicking songs about girls. Nick Devlin, as usual, played virtuosic guitar. Maybe this is a pairing that can happen regularly?
More pics after the jump.
607 as he opened the show. Photo by Brian Chilson.
607 doing his palingraph, a rap that goes normal, then backwards. Photo by Brian Chilson.Nick Devlin and Justin Banks. Photo by Brian Chilson.
Riverboat Crime. Photo by Brian Chilson. The Running Back. Photo by Brian Chilson.