Friday’s Music

Frightened Rabbit.

Giving you the music a day early:

Scottish quintet Frightened Rabbit‘s record label describes the band’s first single, “Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” from their newest album as “a hugely anthemic song that is perfect as a first indicator of the new album.” While the lyrics are a little heavy (“It’s about losing your mind in order to reset the mind,” said band founder and singer Scott Hutchison.) the second track from The Winter of Mixed Drinks is summery, tranquil indie rock, with soaring strings and shakers. It’s one of several tunes the indie rock/folk outfit will possibly play during a visit to Revolution Music Room. Local loudish indie rock outfit The See and folkish Australian outfit The Middle East open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance for the all-ages show.

With influences ranging from Neil Young to Widespread Panic to Lucinda Williams, the Fayetteville folk rocking Sarah Hughes Band plays White Water Tavern. No word on the opening act, cover or the like. Hughes delivers a rocking version of folk music that has earned her several awards in northwest Arkansas, including Northwest Arkansas Music Awards’ 2008 Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year and Roots/Americana Band of the Year along with a 2009 Northwest Arkansas Music Awards Hall Of Fame induction. Born in Memphis, raised in Forrest City, with time spent in Conway and a brief sojourn in New York City, Hughes now calls Fayetteville home, playing her version of folk, rock and country along with her full electric band.

According to Nobel Rust‘s Facebook page, the Atlanta band specializes in a mixture of doom metal and punk — the perfect ingredients for a band playing Downtown Music. The trio, which interweaves electronics into their storming sound, will be joined by The Witches Ti … well, a name for a part of the female anatomy we can’t print here. They play Little Rock branded death metal. Also, Little Rock down-tempo metal band Pallbearer and Memphis, Tenn., black metal outfit The Unbeheld are on the bill. Music starts at 8 p.m. with a $6 cover.

Greenville, Miss., singer/songwriter and guitarist Steve Azar scored a couple of Top 40 country hits in the first decade of the 21st century, including the No. 2 tune “I Don’t Have to Be Me (‘Til Monday),” but his music has always been more muddy Mississippi Delta than polished, Nashville big-city lights. The rootsy country musician (chiefly influenced by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band) visits Wildwood Performing Arts Center to deliver his homegrown Delta tales powered by Americana music. The concert is a fundraiser sponsored by the Little Rock Christian Academy Fine Arts Council. Tickets are $35 with the music starting at 7z;30 p.m.

Little Rock pop-fueled folk rocker Elise Davis plays the Town Pump, with the music starting at 10 p.m. with a $5 cover. Expect a night of angelic vocals mixed with acoustic-powered rhythms. Her 2008 release, Another Lonesome Romance, is 11 pastoral tracks recorded at Blue Chair Studios marrying folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll, and features the sublime, heartbreaking, Lucinda Williams styled “Traveling Man.” Davis will be joined by her band members Jordan Trotter, Trevor Ware and Joshua Tate. (Trotter and Ware are both former members of Little Rock indie rock act Grand Serenade.) Davis was nominated by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist for 2010 with the winner to be announced at the 15th annual awards ceremony April 29.

Here’s Frightened Rabbit with their tune “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”: