Congrats to Little Rock's Open Fields, who won the first round of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase last night with an awesome set of sunshine pop, jagged psych-rock and all-around good vibes. Their singer at one point paused to thank "God and the devil and 'My Dog Skip' and 'That Darn Cat' and all manner of highs and lows," and for a moment there it was as though we all understood and also didn't understand, and either way it was good.
A full review with notes from the judges panel will be in next week's issue. Round 2 will be next Thursday, Feb. 5, featuring Big Still River, The Federalis, Ghost Bones and Black Horse. Here is Open Fields, setting a mood: