BUCK 65: Rap from the north.
Buck 65, a Nova Scotian-bred, internationally known rapper and turntablist, has drawn comparisons to Tom Waits for his growling voice and to the poet-drunk Charles Bukowski for his style of imagery that denotes a sort of “from the trenches” urban picture.
Buck 65 and his band will appear at Sticky Fingerz on Thursday, March 3.
He’s traveled all over performing a hip-hop street-poet thing that’s, yes, distinctly Caucasian — but not in a Vanilla Ice way. Buck 65 is said to take on a self-aware, sometimes sober, sometimes satiric approach instead of simply trying to imitate black rap artists.
He received a Juno Award (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy) last year for best alternative album for “Honky Talkin’ Blues (the same year, we note, that 50 Cent won the Juno in the best international album category for his “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” debut).
The rapper, whose real name is Rich Terfry, is up for another Juno this year for songwriter of the year for his singles “Wicked and Weird,” “Sore” and “463.” His latest album, “This Here Is Buck 65,” was released in late January.
Admission is $8, and the show starts at 9 p.m.
We can’t imagine why anyone would want to miss the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase on Friday, March 4, but just in case you arrive too late for a notoriously sold-out, big, big show (10 p.m. at Juanita’s, see page 23), and because we’re all about equal opportunity, here are a few club events to explore that same evening:
For those in Little Rock, 2nd Place Cafe will have acoustic bluegrass and folk by the local act Acousticatz. The show begins at 7:15 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for seniors and children ages 12 and under. For more information, call 374-9284. 2nd Place is at 8th and Cumberland streets (in Second Baptist Church downtown).
Those in the Conway area will want to see the Kat Hood Trio open for lauded long-haired New Orleans blues and porch-folk artist Owen Tufts at Advent Arts and Acoustic Cafe, at 900 Farris Road (the Advent Lutheran Church).
Tufts comes highly recommended by several Louisiana-area music publications, which praise his 2003 debut, “That’s How Strong My Love Is.” We don’t know if he got the name from the Rolling Stones cover of an Otis Redding tune, but that album came after 35 years of Tufts playing on his back porch, in tiny bars and on the French Quarter streets. It contains all covers (except one) of unusual but well picked songs that venture from “modern” works —“Spider and the Fly” by the Rolling Stones and “Gertrude” by Jerry Jeff Walker — to old-timey, with renditions of “Fishing Blues” by Henry Thomas and “Hesitation Blues,” a traditional ditty.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students, with children under 12 admitted free. Also, free childcare is available.
Also on Friday, NYC metalhead group Merauder will appear at Vino’s Brewpub, Seventh and Chester streets, beginning at 8 p.m. Merauder was a comtemporary of Motorhead and Morbid Angels back in the late ’80s and early ’90s with a sound that has influenced many current metalcore bands. Merauder is still murder to listen to, as its 2003 album “Bluetality” demonstrates. Friday’s show will be a long night of head bashing with Agents of Man, The Risk Taken and Cut the Tension also scheduled to appear. Admission is $10.
Pop and emo laced with melancholia and punk would describe Vino’s Saturday lineup when Northstar, The Honorary Title and Communique play starting at 8 p.m. March 5. All three bands are on a current tour with Lucero, but nothing indicates that the Memphis rockers with a Little Rock connection will be on the bill (but they are scheduled to be at the club on Friday, March 25).
We liked the mp3 selections that we heard online of Honorary Title off its new album, “Anything Else But the Truth.” It’s a strong, pensive, snappy pop album produced by Roger Moutenot, who has also worked with such acts as Yo La Tengo.
We’re giving a heads up for the long-awaited return of Texas underground country music hero Robert Earl Keen, who will appear at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Thursday, March 10. Tickets are $24 in advance ($26 the day of show) and showtime is 9 p.m. Call 1-877-725-8849 or visit the websites www.juanitas.com or www.ticketalternative.com.
And on Friday, March 18, Jay Farrar will bring his newest version of the alt-country band SonVolt to Sticky Fingerz for an 8 p.m. show, with Anders Parker opening. Tickets are $15. Call 372-7707 or call Ticketalternative at 877-725-8849 or online at www.ticketalternative.com.