Friday’s Music

Smoking Popes.

Giving you the music a day early:

If you know the movie Clueless (Yes, that 1995 Alicia Silverstone movie. Bear with me.) you know the work of Chicago-based pop punk group Smoking Popes. That oh-so-catchy tune “Need You Around”? That’s them. Fame didn’t quite work out for them the first time around, and they broke up, but have since reformed, recording new albums and touring behind new albums such as March’s This Is Only a Test, a collection of hook-y pop punk. The Smoking Popes come to Stickyz, and the music starts at 9 p.m. with Girl in a Coma and their all-female Texas-based indie rock, and tickets are $10 for the 21-and-up show.

While he’s performed with artists such as String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band, and occasionally plays with guitarist Gibb Droll and drummer Jeff Sipe, Keller Williams is better known as a one-man jamband. On stage, Williams utilizes a looping unit to construct his backing music that includes touches of bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, electronica, jazz, funk, lounge and Afrobeat, allowing Williams to alternate between instruments in creating his off-the-wall music. Of course, sometimes Williams is joined by Droll and Sipe so who knows what you might get when Williams visits Rev Room. Heck, his latest album is Kids, an album for adults and the under-10 crowd, so he’s kind of out there in the best way possible. There’s no opening act and the music starts at 9:30 p.m. with tickets $19 in advance and $25 day of for the all-ages show.

Party overlooking the overflowing Arkansas River as the Peabody Rivertop Party returns for its usual Friday night gig with dance-rock cover band TaylorMade. Comprised of members from Mister Meaner, XLR8 and Bush Dog, the band plays a collection of high-energy covers spanning decades. As long as it rocks and people can dance to it, TaylorMade plays it. The event starts at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 21-and-up event that lasts till midnight. As with every Peabody Rivertop Party this year, the night will be hosted by Epiphany as he emcees the night and spins as well.

So celebrating a 13th anniversary on a Friday the 13th might be the ultimate in back luck, if you are superstitious and all. Luckily, Flying Saucer is not, and why should it be? It’s a beer emporium and party center that was one of the pioneering establishments in the River Market and 13 years later it’s still going strong. To celebrate, Saucer, known for offering more beer than anywhere else, is tapping several new beers for beer fans in Arkansas for the night, including Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Stout, Sierra Nevada Olivia Abbey Ale, New Belgium La Folie and Boulevard Harvest Dance Wheat Wine. The party starts at 5 p.m. with music at 9 p.m. from Embrace the Crash. Admission is free for U.F.O. Club members and $3 for non-members after 9 p.m.

Here’s Smoking Popes with their “Need You Around”: