COPELAND: Emo from Atlanta.
Though it’s often been labeled “emo,” “ambient” may be a better term for Atlanta-based indie-rock group Copeland, which is scheduled to appear at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Thursday, June 9.
Copeland has been a favorite on the college-rock scene and is touring in support of its new CD on the Militia Group label titled, “In Motion.”
Lead man Aaron Marsh writes the majority of the group’s songs, keeping a stripped-down, poetic approach to lyrics that cover a range of emotive themes such as love, life and relationships. Copeland’s lineup is completed by Jon Bucklew (drums), Bryan Laurenson (guitar) and James Likeness (bass).
Two indie-emo acts will open the show, starting at 9 p.m. with Philadelphia-based musician Denison Witmer, followed by Rainer Maria, a trio named for the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, which has been together for 10 years. Admission to Thursday’s show is $12.
The timing is just perfect for the Reverburritos, a tight trio of local instrumental surf-rockers who put the whammy bar to good use. Tim Moritz, the group’s founder, tells us that they’ve put the finishing touches on a nine-song CD at Blue Chair Studio and will make the recording available soon. Meanwhile, they have a show on Saturday, June 11, at Vino’s Brewpub. Joining Moritz in the Reverburritos are two other Little Rock musicians, Bruce Hulsey and Paul Shell. Cover for Saturday’s show is $5.
A smaller, metalhead answer to Lillith Fair comes through town Monday, June 13, at Vino’s Brewpub, appropriately named “Killith” Fair. The roster of performers is led by M.O.D (Method of Destruction) with king-sized frontman Billy Milano — formerly of S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death) — with the CD “Rebel You Love To Hate” in tow. He uses growling, grinding metal to not only entertain, but take potshots at politicians, popes and even fellow metal musicians like Rage Against the Machine. His act recalls the first installments of MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball.”
Also appearing will be Crisis, headed by vocalist Karyn Crisis, who puts many of her male counterparts to shame with her brutal, guttural, demonic vocals, evidenced on such albums as “8 Convulsions,” “Deathshead Extermination,” “The Hollowing,” and “Like Sheep Led to Slaughter.”
Starting it all at 7 p.m. will be Jackknife, a Greenville, Miss., based hardcore band that will release its first full-length CD, “Moment of Reckoning,” in mid-July.
Admission is $10 and showtime is 8:30 p.m.
The Monday Jazz Project is celebrating 10 years of its weekly music offerings at the Afterthought, and up June 13 is the jazz and cabaret-style chanteuse i.j. routen starting at 8 p.m.
Routen is not only a talented vocalist, but is also an educator. She took a turn as a music specialist at Rockefeller Elementary, taking the school’s show choir to Carnegie Hall. Currently, she is an academic/faculty coordinator for the Little Rock School District and an instructor at UALR.
Backing up routen will be Buck Powell on piano, David Higginbotham on bass and Brian Brown on drums. Admission is $5. Continuing the series in June will be Blind Boy White (Chris Thomson) and the Trolley Jazzman on June 20, and the end-of-the-month Monday Jazz Project Jam Session on June 27. All shows have a $5 cover charge and start at 8 p.m.
Sticky Fingerz has a great acoustic funk-pop act on Tuesday, June 14: Chicago-based 56 hope road, which got its name from the address of Bob Marley’s residence in Kingston, Jamaica. Like Marley, the group uses optimistic vibes throughout its funk-infused performance. The band also approves the taping of its shows for fans to trade. Currently 56 hope road has two CDs, “All Points Connect,” and “Drop It All.” The show starts at 8 p.m. Cover is $5.
The Thing That Always Explodes never ceases to tell us what’s going on with them, so it would be fair to call the group one of the hardest self-promoters in the local scene. They mish and mash a variety of mediums, instruments and forms of musical expression and, like the name entails, they are rather boisterous when it comes to noise level.
They’ll be part of the lineup at Vino’s on Friday, June 10, with headliner Richmond Bread Riot. Also appearing: Ninth Scientist and Anti-Christ Sperm Donor. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m., and the cover is $5.