Thursday’s Music

The Sword.

Giving you the music a day early:

Texas heavy metal outfit The Sword returns to central Arkansas, with a show at Juanita’s. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with the music of Little Rock hard rock band Iron Tongue and West Virginia stoner metal band Karma to Burn kicking off the music. Cover is $10. The Sword opened for Metallica in November 2008 at what was then Alltel Arena, but before that, heavy metal worshipers got to see the band storm Vino’s in June 2008. For fans who missed the shows, The Sword — guitarist and singer J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo — is classic heavy metal, with tunes filled with hard-hitting, powerhouse rhythms, mythical imagery and blazing guitar solos. The Sword released their third album, Warp Riders, in August.

The boisterous, beer-raising roots rock of Jonathan Wilkins and the Reparations returns for a hometown show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for the 21-and-up show.

Here’s The Sword in action with their “How Heavy This Axe”: