Thursday’s Music

Whiskey of the Damned.

Giving you the music a day early:

Ever had absinthe? It might be a spirit, but it could be known as the whiskey of the damned. But absinthe is not the alcoholic beverage Milwaukee’s Whiskey of the Damned had in mind when naming their band. Since the band is known for their high-energy, raucous combination of Irish rock with American rock and a little punk, one has to imagine Whiskey of the Damned was named after Jameson, Bushmills or some other famed Irish whiskey. And when the band — a five piece complete with fiddle, bagpipe and accordion — takes the stage at Stickyz perhaps the whiskey will be flowing. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for the 18-and-up show.

The Salty Dogs have landed a regular gig on Tales from the South through the month of January, which is a good thing for music fans because this outfit is one of the best acts in Arkansas. For an appearance at Live at Laman, the honky-tonk country act — Brad Williams, Nick Devlin, Brent LaBeau and Bart Angel — takes the stage at North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Public Library at 7 p.m. for a free, hour and a half set of their Bakersfield country sound mixed with Chuck Berry rock ‘n’ roll, rural-living ballads and Texas swing. The band’s latest release was the 2010 release Brand New Reason, but the band is also working on new tunes. It’s winter so the performance is inside in the library’s auditorium.

Here’s Whiskey of the Damned with their “Dock Boy”:

Dock Boy