If your pre-holidays partying typically includes some crunchy emo rock, Juanita's can help you out, with Framing Hanley, 10 p.m. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Downtown Music Hall has a local showcase, with That's No Moon, Crooked Roots, Indian Summer and Population Zero, 8 p.m., $6. The UALR Women's Trojans take on Seattle, Jack Stephens Center at UALR, 7 p.m., $4-$35. Nashville hypnotist and comedian The Sandman comes to The Loony Bin to make audience members laugh at other audience members, as they do embarrassing things onstage while under The Sandman's spell, 8 p.m., $8-$12, with additional shows Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Stickyz hosts an 18-and-older show with local folk-rock luminaries Free Micah, with Whale Fire and James Lepine & The Chasers, 9 p.m., $6. Down in the Spa City, Maxine's hosts a showcase for Thick Syrup Records. The indestructible rock juggernaut that is Smoke Up Johnny headlines, with the garage-rock demolitionists in Bloodless Cooties and The Good Kids, which is the new version of The Walking Lawsuits, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Over at Browning's Mexican Grill, you can be serenaded by sausage enthusiasts The Swinging Franks, 8 p.m. Jazz guitar virtuoso Ted Ludwig is at Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m. At Cajun's wharf, check out Covershot, with happy hour tunes courtesy of Mayday by Midnight, 5 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Much-loved Memphis song-man Cory Branan plays what's sure to be a packed house at White Water Tavern with David Hause, 10 p.m.
Triniti Nightclub has performances from Dominique, Gi Gi Galore and Whitney Paige, 9 p.m., $5 for 21 and older, $10 18-20. The Toneadoes tear it up at Fox and Hound, 10 p.m., $5-$10. Over at Shooter's Sports Bar & Grill, The Larry Lee Cheshier Band brings the rock 'n' ruckus, 9 p.m., $5. Gold Diggin' Mothers pay tribute to indie Southern rockers Kings of Leon, at an 18-and-older show, Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $6. Come on, you know you want to legalize it, so go to "Legalize It," a concert to promote medical marijuana, featuring performances from Tim Anthony, Changus B, GrOOvMeant, Darril Harp Edwards and Charlotte Taylor, Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m.