by Robert Bell
8 p.m. Maxine's. $5 adv., $7 door.
Frown Pow'r got started bashing around in a garage down in Arkamadelphia before moving on over to rampage in the Capital City. The band cut "Don't Doubt It, Shout It!" for Thick Syrup Records, an album that will satisfy that burning question that many people (well, maybe just me) have been pondering: What might it sound like if the Sic Alps had been from Memphis?
That is to say, the band plays messy roots-psych-pop with enough WTF?-ness to keep your ears on their toes. At 2:40, "Keep the Bores at Bay" is a tasty little jangle-pop petit four that would work wonders on a mix tape sandwiched in between, say, The Byrds and The Soft Boys. Or Missing Foundation and Dagmar Krause. Who knows? Get crazy.
Also playing are Little Rock acts Bloodless Cooties and Ezra Lbs. The former is a long-running outfit that shoves all your fave garage rock classics through a blender made out of squealing feedback and broken glass, while the latter band traffics in rock that could loosely be described as Pavement-esque, with hints of Mascis-ian guitar loudness.