AMERICAN AQUARIUM/JONATHAN WILKINS AND THE REPARATIONS 10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5. Last Chance Records
head honcho Travis Hill is teaming with White Water Tavern for a new project. On Friday, Hill's arranged to have this double-bill recorded for release as live albums on his imprint. The headliner, Raleigh's American Aquarium
, specializes in big gesture roots rock 'n' roll; think the Boss by way of Lucero. Hill hopes to put out American Aquarium “Live at White Water Tavern” this spring. Like we said in this space a few weeks back, Wilkins and the Reparations
have lately emerged as one of the strongest local acts in town. You'll have to listen closely to catch Wilkins' folk-rock roots these days. A talking-blues-style phrasing here, a pithy political jab there — otherwise he and his mates, Matt Floyd
and Will Boyd
, are barroom rock at its best. Should make for a good live album down the road. At press time, Hill was unsure about a release date.