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Saturday To-Do: Blacklist Royals

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BLACKLIST ROYALS
9 p.m., Low Key Arts Building, Hot Springs. $7.

Nashville's punk ‘n' roll poster boys are bypassing Little Rock this time around, but for a good cause. With March just around the corner, it's time to grind the fund-raising gears for the annual Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival, and the Blacklist Royals are forgoing the night's wages in true Tennessee Volunteer fashion. Certainly among the heaviest of acts with actual sing-along, country-fried punk-ish anthems, this crew brings the heat every time it plugs in. Survivors of endless touring, lineup changes and terminal illness, their attitude speaks long and loud with numbers such as “Fuck It, Let's Roll,” especially with the splashes of freewheeling harmonica and piano licks. As with anything VOV-related, there's always an added dose of character to shows at the Low Key. Along with the Fayetteville pop-punk quintet Dreamfast, a karaoke free-for-all shares the bill.

Paul Peterson

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