Friday’s Music

American Aquarium.

Giving you the music a day early:

Red Dirt country rockers Jason Boland and the Stragglers have released a new album, Rancho Alto, the follow-up to the band’s 2008 release, Comal County Blue, an album that hit the Top 40 of the country music album charts. Rancho Alto‘s first single “Mary Ellen’s Greenhouse” hit No. 1 on The Texas Music Chart, and the band is on the road promoting the album and single, including a stop at Rev Room. The opening act is worthy of headlining their own show — and the band has in Little Rock often — as North Carolina act American Aquarium kicks off the music at 9 p.m. with their hard-charging, gritty, country-flavored rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

Pop punk band All Time Low kicks off the weekend by bringing their high-energy, fun-loving music to Juanita’s, including the new music from the band’s fourth album Dirty Work, released earlier this year. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25 day of show. Also on the bill is Washington State indie pop band He Is We, and singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist The Ready Set, the irresistibly danceable pop music of 21-year-old, Indiana-born musician Jordan Witzigreuter who is touring in support of his newest release, the EP Feel Good Now.

The new album from Texas-based Christian hardcore act A Bullet for Pretty Boy is titled Revision: Revise so it makes perfect sense the five piece is on The Revision: Revise Tour, which stops at Downtown Music. Joining A Bullet for Pretty Boy in their local stop is California “heavy worship” act The Great Commission, and Ohio metal band The Plot In You and New Jersey metalcore group The Air I Breathe, two bands that most recently played Downtown Music as supporting acts on The Circle of Friends Tour with headliners Thick as Blood. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Jerry Don O’Neal, who goes by the name of just plan ol’ Jerry Don when he’s playing his Arkansas-bred country music, comes to Cornerstone Pub. There’s a $5 cover at the door with the music for the 21-and-up show starting around 9 p.m. Growing up in the self-described “simple, down-home country life,” Jerry Don got his first guitar at age 10 and soon started learning the tunes of his idols, men such as Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and Don Williams. Jerry Don is currently working on an album and will play some of those down-home country tunes during his Argenta stop.

The social commentary theatrical play of Thomas Meloncon, The Diary of Black Men, will call Robinson Center Music Hall home for a Friday and Saturday night showing. Subtitled How Do You Love a Black Woman, the play deals with the issues of love, trust, black family values, and relationships between men and women though six male stereotypes: The Player, a Blue Collar Worker, a Militant, an Urban Professional and Intellect, a Black Muslim, and a Pimp. The play starts at 7:30 p.m. each night with tickets $27.95, $34.10 and $39.20 with all those nasty little Ticketmaster extra charges included.

Here’s American Aquarium with their “Ain’t Going to the Bar Tonight”:

Ain’t Going to the Bar Tonight