On the evening of May 6th, 2018, Austin, Texas based bands The Cuckoos and Swimming With Bears graced Stickyz in Little Rock with two exciting performances.

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Austin is a city known for its creativity and local music scene, so I was ecstatic to learn that these bands would be hitting Little Rock on their current tour. The first band, The Cuckoos, is one that reminded me so much of The Doors, which is totally not the first time they have heard that before. With their psych rock style and sound that just made you feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the 60s, this band is one that will be making headlines in the near future. Listen to “Heartbreak Paradise.”

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Closing out the night was Swimming With Bears, a band with this fresh sound and burst of energy that just grabs your attention. Also, as an Aerosmith obsessed music fan, I feel it’s necessary to point out that Swimming With Bears’ vocalist and bassist is named Joe Perry. How can you not enjoy a band with a Joe Perry in it?! They played an array of songs including their newest single, “French Girls,” which you can hear by clicking on the link.

Catch one of the remaining dates of tour:
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The Cuckoos

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Swimming With Bears

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Photos and review by Dominique Benedict.