Dallas-based Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights are back in town with their swaggering, Black Crowes-inspired take on classic rock, with opening act The Revivalists. It's an 18-and-older show, Revolution, 9 p.m., $10.
White Water Tavern has rowdy country rockers Swampbird up in the house. They've got a ragin' new single out now called "Johnny Alabama." They're playing with Ezra Lbs., 9:30 p.m., $5.
Arkansas singer/songwriter William Blackart brings his haunting country/folk songcraft to Maxine's, with The Mercies, 8 p.m., free.
Veteran comic Bobcat Goldthwait is at UARK Bowl in Fayetteville with Carlos Valencia, 8 p.m. and Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $18.