Friday’s Music

Joe Nichols.

Giving you the music a day early:

Here’s what country musician Joe Nichols says about his new work It’s All Good, his sixth studio album released in November: “Yes, this is about commercial success, but if you want to make something that lasts, it’s about art, too. I want to bring a traditional sound into 2011 and 2012, to keep it faithful and make sure we’re still connecting with today’s listener.” Nichols connects with listeners on No. 1 country hits such as “Gimmie That Girl” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” It’s all those new and old tunes Nichols brings to Shooter’s Sports Bar & Grill. The music starts at 10:30 p.m. with tickets $25 in advance and $30 day of for the 21-and-up show.

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus got back to what they are good at with their last record, the August 2011 release Am I the Enemy. And by what they are good at we mean some raging post-hardcore music. Not that there isn’t room for a little emo or polished pop punk in their sound, because there is. The band, with some new members since their last visit, come to Downtown Music. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Opening the show is Magnolia-based, faith-inspired alternative rockers belair.

Speaking of a local artist who has been on the road touring (and I was yesterday with Audrey Dean Kelley), Little Rock hip-hop all-star Epiphany has been out and around the region, including playing a St. Patrick’s Day show in Oklahoma City. And he is off to Tulsa, Okla., next weekend, promoting his great, new hip-hop album Such Is Life. But a The OD show finds him back at Cornerstone Pub where he’ll be part of a night of real rap and some of the best hip-hop around. The music gets going at 9 p.m.

Little Rock’s own Thick Syrup Records is turning 6 and throwing a two-night party Friday and Saturday at White Water Tavern to celebrate. (A Thursday night show is also being held at Maxine’s in Hot Springs.) The music starts at White Water at 9 p.m. each night and will include appearances by The See, The Alpha Ray, Browningham, Androids of Ex-Lovers and more. All the shows are being filmed for an upcoming documentary.

Here’s Joe Nichols with his “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”:

Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off