Denton's Trotline in Benton brings a big show to Saline County when country and western star Daryle Singletary cranks it up on the back porch; he's joined by the steadily-gigging country young gun, Ryan Couron, 9 p.m., $30.
Capi's hosts singer-songwriter night with Courtney Sheppard and Mare Carmody, 8:30 p.m.
Voodoo Sauce, the local bar-rockers formerly known as Whoop Ass, can be found at Town Pump, 10 p.m., $5.
He's leaving the George Jonestown Massacre behind this time, but Josephus returns to the Midtown Billiards corner stage for a solo show, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members.
One part country, three parts punk, Joe Buck returns to Little Rock to either rock or scare the dog shit out of you at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.
Omnipresent party band Tragikly White soundtracks a Friday night party at Sticky Fingerz, 10 p.m., $5 early admission.
You've had today marked on your calendar for months now, so we don't need to remind you that this Saturday marks the Hogs' anticipated Little Rock opener. The Arkansas Razorbacks run the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks through the abattoir beginning at 6 p.m.
In Hot Springs, lauded experimental-ambient heroes Hammock (above) return for a much-anticipated show at Maxine's; local slow-core duo Blue Screen Skyline provide support, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.
There's a new weekly party in town: "Luxe" (as in "de-luxe") debuts at the Bill St. Grill and Pub; trumpet-driven soul/R&B act Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers join soulstress Jeron and DJ Mike Blaze to provide the night's soundtrack, 9 p.m.