Friday’s Music


Those Darlins.

Giving you the music a day early:

Middle Tennessee act Those Darlins started off as a punk meets alt country act, at least on their 2009 debut album. But with the spring 2011 release Screws Get Loose, the Darlins have embraced their live show, where the quartet turns the amps up and create pure rock ‘n’ roll with traces of garage, punk, country and ’60s girl pop. Those Darlins come to Stickyz with tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door for the 21-and-up show. Local rock ‘n’ roll act Spero, Vanhoose, Quin & Dodson is on the bill along with Nashville, Tenn., rock group Denney and The Jets. The music starts at 9 p.m.

It’s not the kind of show one usually finds at Cajun’s Wharf, but the high-octane country and rock ‘n’ roll of Good Time Ramblers will be heard up and down the Arkansas River as the band takes the stage. The band creates music that would make Johnny, Waylon and Willie smile: a rollicking and rambunctious, high lonesome and fatigued collection of music about hard living, being drunk, living in the jailhouse, broken hearts, God and cowboy dreams. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover after 8:30 p.m.

Texas blues guitarist Wes Jeans makes a return to Little Rock with a show at Juanita’s, delivering what he likes to call a “soul-drenched mix of high voltage, rockin’ Texas blues.” The music starts at 9:05 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. The opening acts are Trey Hawkins Band, a southeast Arkansas band known for their rowdy and ready country rock, and Cody Ives Band, a Little Rock alt country and Southern rock-flavored sextet.

And so it ends. But at least this summer’s Peabody Rivertop Party series ends with a bang with an appearance by Poptart Monkeys, one of the country’s top party rock bands. It’s only four guys, but Poptart Monkeys know how to party and host a party, with their crazy live show and high-energy modern rock sound with a touch of comedy. As with every Peabody Rivertop Party this year, the night will be hosted by Epiphany as he emcees the night and spins as well. The party starts at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 21-and-up show that goes until after midnight.

Here’s Those Darlins with their “Be Your Bro”:

Be Your Bro