Saturday’s Music

The Salty Dogs.

Giving you the music a day early:

It’d be easy for us to tell you simply look at our Thursday night description of The Salty Dogs playing Live at Laman and understand what the band is all about. But this Little Rock honky-tonk country band is worth another mention, and the guys playing at Live at Laman are different than the guys playing at White Water Tavern, where you can find them tonight. How so? Well, one has to imagine that inside the welcoming confines of White Water Tavern the band will be a little more rowdy, which is good news for fans of real country music. The music starts at 10 p.m.

It’s Zero Knight’s birthday. Who or what is Zero Knight? Not sure. But Zero Knight’s Birthday Bash at Downtown Music is bringing some of the best metal and punk in the area together for a hell-raising night of music. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting soon afterward. Cover is $7. The lineup of bands includes central Arkansas death metal band Wraith (formally known as Raccoon-Snake Hybrid), Hot Springs industrialized and glammed-up rock band Jessica Seven, White Hall metalcore act Decay Awaits, Conway metal outfit A Traitors Funeral, Little Rock horror punk act The Kill Crazies and Little Rock hard rock, kind-of heavy metal quartet Let Them Be Buried.

Little Rock rock band The Year of the Tiger has a new EP out: Midnight Hands. The five-track EP is over in just more than 21 minutes, but the tunes are some of the best rock music that Little Rock has produced lately. It’s concise and punchy and fiery, but with a melodic heart and the addition of synths which gives it a little bit of a dance-y bounce. The Year of the Tiger is holding an EP release party for Midnight Hands at Stickyz, and the cover is only $5. The opening acts include local rock band Falcon Scott and the lo-fi, avant-pop of the-always-on-the-road The Binary Marketing Show kicking off the music at 9 p.m. It’s an 18-and-up show.

Here’s The Salty Dogs with their “Starting Now”:

Starting Now