Thursday’s Music

Band of Heathens.

Giving you the music a day early:

Taking their musical cues from the greats of Americana music, including The Band, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Townes Van Zandt, Austin, Texas, quintet Band of Heathens return to Little Rock for a show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is Americana act Matt Stell & The Crashers, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Cover is $7 for the 21-and-up show. The Heathens’ second album, One Foot in the Ether, invokes the sordid side of Hunter S. Thompson’s higher-publicized literary tales with “L.A. County Blues,” a slow-burning country rocker with a bluesy guitar solo. The band plays about 250-plus shows a year, taking their stomping roots rock and dusty country ballads with soulful vocals and cowboy poetry to the masses.

The last time Little Rock favorites and Last Chance Records artist American Aquarium visited White Water Tavern it was for a recording of the Last Chance Records produced Live From the White Water series. This time around the magic will only be witnessed by the North Carolina alt country band and their fans in attendance. The band’s latest album is Dances for the Lonely, a collection of hard-charging, Bruce-Springsteen-gone-country-rock (“Katherine Belle”) and cautionary, acoustic-strummed ballads fueled by weeping pedal steel (“Downtown Girls”) that serves as a follow-up to 2008’s The Bible & The Bottle. Expect gritty alt country, rustic back-porch numbers and hopefully the rollicking piano and bluesy guitar workout of “Ain’t Going to the Bar Tonight.”

Pop melody-powered rockers Eisley have finished recording their “exciting, brutally honest, catchy-as-hell” third record, but after negotiating in February an exit from their deal with Warner Music after two albums, the Tyler, Texas, band is currently discussing with several labels the release of their third album. In the meantime, the quintet of siblings and a cousin is on their Mild Mild Midwest Tour, including a visit to The Village. Joining the band will be fellow Tyler, Texas, band The Lion & The Sail with their epic, progressivelike indie rock, and singer-songwriter Christie DuPree (younger sister of Eisley’s siblings). The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $13 advance and $16 at the door.

Here’s Band of Heathens with their “L.A. County Blues”: