J. RODDY WALSTON AND THE BUSINESS/SWEET EAGLE9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $7.J. Roddy Walston and the Business
might not yet have name recognition nationally, but in the Little Rock club world, the Baltimore four-piece is a big deal. Justifiably. Think Thin Lizzy channeling Jerry Lee Lewis, with big riffs, big beats and a front man — J. Roddy — who plays rock 'n' roll keyboard like he's trying to break the keys. Plus, unless they've gotten haircuts, there's usually a lot of rocktastic long-maned thrashing. The band comes to town just after SXSW, where it's playing several high profile gigs, including Rachel Ray's annual showcase (along with Dr. Dog, Neko Case and Jakob Dylan). SXSW, paired with the band's forthcoming release on national indie Vagrant Records, could pretty easily propel the band into the next level of indie-stardom, which would be awesome, though perhaps not for folks who've gotten used to seeing J. Roddy and the Biz in town every couple of months. So make this one count, I'm saying. Even more, this marks the return of Sweet Eagle
, easily the most buzzed about local band to come along in months. It's made up of current and former members of the American Princes, Smoke Up Johnny and Jonathan Wilkins and the Reparations. Recent Showcase winner Brother Andy shares vocal and guitar duties with former SUJ front man Alan Disaster. See them.
UPDATE. Check out, exclusively on Rock Candy, a track off J. Roddy and the Biz's forthcoming album."Brave Man's Death"