by John Tarpley
Downtown Music Hall hosts a night of heavy local rock with iced out (no, not diamonds) punkabilly by Ace Spade and the Whores of Babylon, melodic punk from the masked locals in The Kill Crazies and The Nasties, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.
Hot Springs gets a night of some of the best Little Rock has to offer when local singer/songwriter J.R. Top brings down his Missouri-based band, Sweetwater Abilene, to Maxine's for a night of Southern sounds alongside Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth and Big Silver, 9 p.m., $5.
Former New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Kyle Turley trades in his helmet for a guitar tonight at Revolution, 9 p.m., $7.
Americana troubadour Kevin Gordon lands in White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.
Some permutation of doo-wop demigods The Platters head to the RayLynn Theater in Hot Springs for the first of a three-night stand in the Spa City, 7:30 p.m., $18.50.
UCA creative writing professor Mark Spitzer tells stories about his days translating Jean Genet and Céline in the famous Shakespeare and Co. bookstore in his new memoir, "Writer in Residence: Memoir of a Literary Translator," 7 p.m.
Oh, and ICP is coming to The Village. I'm tired of talking about them, you're tired of hearing about them, so watch this instead. 8 p.m., $28. Really. $28.