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Thursday To-Do: The Reparations release 'Ride or Die'

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THE REPARATIONS ALBUM RELEASE
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $6.

Apart from having one of the bitingly best names in the history of Central Arkansas rock music, The Reparations (formerly Jonathan Wilkins and the Reparations) have maintained their reputation as top-tier Arkansas bar rockers. Since sharpening its pointed folk sound with Matt Floyd (Smoke Up Johnny) on bass and Will Boyd (American Princes) on drums, the trio has doled out rough-hewn, sharp-tongued American music about, well, just about everything worth singing about: immoral wars, truck payments, the perks of having a steady girl and, on their latest album, "Ride or Die," "Mrs. Huxtable" and "Jewish Girls." Ever political, Wilkins even gives a whiskey-wetted finger to a former Republican senator from New Hampshire on "John Sununu." It's that anything-goes songwriting that pairs so well with the Reparations' primitive roots-punk and keeps our hometown trio a few steps ahead of its sonic peers. And it keeps their CD plugged in my car stereo, too.

The night opens with sets from the Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth and The See, which is taking a break from recording its debut album to hit the stage.

Take a look: the awesome promo video for "Ride or Die"

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