HELLRAISER: Josh the Devil at Juanita's.
With a name like Josh the Devil and the Sinners, it’s no surprise that frontman Josh Smith names the punk/gore rock bands HorrorPops and Necro Tonz as cohorts and influences. Smith and his iniquitous bunch will be headlining a show at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Friday, July 29.
Smith uses the term “punk-a-billy” — a mix of punk and rockabilly — to describe the gruesome threesome, whose other members are Sean Causey on bass and Karle Johnson on drums. This is the group’s first Friday night booking at Juanita’s. The Sinners are almost finished with their new 13-track CD, “Wicked Souls and Rock ’n’ Roll,” which includes selections that make us want to pinch their cheeks — “Bloodbath and Bodyworks,” for one, and “Stab You in the Face” (an audience favorite, according to Smith).
Though it may not sound like a show you’d want to take your mother to, it certainly reeks of local originality, and the band is a favorite among the Stifft Station punk kids.
Jeff Coleman, one of those White County native rock ’n’ rollers, will open at 10 p.m. with the latest incarnation of his band, now called the Feeders. Backing up Coleman are Mark Chiarro, Stan James and Jerry Cordova, all of whom have been in various band throughout the years, including Gas Can and Chupacabra. Coleman has fronted several acts during the past decade, including Sweetland in the late ’90s. Admission is $6.
Josh and his sinning crew also play at the Boathouse, at 24th and Martin Luther King, on Saturday, July 30, with the C*NTS and the Idle Rejects. Admission to that all-ages show is $5.
A good alternative to the Sinners’ Friday night show is indie-Europop rock band Radiant at Sticky Fingerz. The Dallas-based band’s sound is sonically pretty, with uplifting, hopeful tunes. Radiant’s song “World” was recently tapped as the theme for a new FX pilot, “Over There.”
Also appearing on the bill is the local high-energy, brass-influenced band Sugar and the Raw — which we assume needs no introduction to regular club-goers — and the well established, much followed local rock band Underclaire. The show starts around 9:30 p.m., and admission is $6.
Jimbo Mathus, skinny as a rail and musically as stealthy as a pole-cat, brings his band, the Knockdown South, to Sticky Fingerz on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Mathus has delved into many musical caches, including serving as side man to blues legend Buddy Guy, frontman of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, producer to North Mississippi Hills blues artist Jesse Mae Hemphill, and host of Elvis Costello at his Delta Recording Studios in Clarksdale, Miss. The Mathus we know is sly as a fox — his simple country boy demeanor belies his shrewd business and music sense. Spookie Daly Pride, a quirky ragtime rock quartet from Beantown, will open at 9 p.m. Admission for this 18-and-up performance is $5.
Vino’s Brewpub has a long lineup of metal bands, headlined by Chicago-based Pelican, an instrumental/doom metal act, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 1. Pelican’s latest release is “The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw.” “Last Day of Winter” starts off the seven-track compositional album that progressively grows in musical and seasonal intensity, continuing with “Autumn Into Summer, ““March to the Sea,” “Untitled” and “Red Ran Amber,” ending with “Sirius.”
Also appearing are Big Business, Breather Resist and Har Meggido. Admission for the 7 p.m. show is $10.
It’s official, and we reported this on the Times’ “Little Rocking” blog late last week, but the Cornestone Deli and Pub on Main Street in North Little Rock’s Argenta district has lost its lease and must be out by July 31. Cornerstone’s last night of business in that space will be Saturday, July 30, with a “Battle of the Ad Bands” contest that night.
We spoke with Mike Kent, who plans on re-opening the club next door with his brother, Chris. That space currently houses the Hive, an art gallery and recording studio. Kent says plans are to have the same lunch and dinner service as well as nightly entertainment, but it will take two to three months to remodel the Hive space.