• THURSDAY 8/5
Thursday nights in the River Market are set to blow up again with "Posh" holding it down in the Ernie Biggs loft, 9 p.m., and "In Too Deep" across the street in Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. Markham Street Grill gets a dose of reggae with the steel drum sounds of Darril "Harp" Edwards, 8:30 p.m., free. Little Rock favorites Matt Stell and the Crashers play their brand of roots Americana at Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $5. The feel-good boogie-woogie hill trio of Sad Daddy takes to Maxine's in Hot Springs for its weekly Thursday night stand, 9 p.m., free. And, as always, the Ted Ludwig Trio jazzes up the Capital Bar and Grill with its deft brand of guitar jazz, 5 p.m., free.
• FRIDAY 8/6
Teen-emo outfit Boys Like Girls brings its pop-punk stylings to Magic Springs' Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $29.99-$49.99. The acoustic family duo of Team Lieblong takes to Khalil's Pub, 7 p.m. Local bar rockers Third Degree man the proudly smoky West End Smokehouse and Tavern stage, 10 p.m., $5. Afterthought brings the lady-killing soulman William Staggers to Hillcrest, 9 p.m., $7. Monte Montgomery, the acoustic guitar wizard named as one of the "50 All-Time Greatest Guitarists" by Guitar Player magazine, heads to Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. Cornerstone Pub in Argenta brings in its regular "The O.D." Hip-Hop Night 9 p.m. Singer/songwriter about town, Shannon McClung plays across the street at Cregeen's Irish Pub, 9 p.m., free.
• SATURDAY 8/7
Downtown Music Hall houses a metal triple-bill with relentless Texan death metal from Mammoth Grinder, local psych-doom outfit Pallbearer and new, experimental local act Gathering of Holy, 8 p.m., $6. Discovery lights up for yet another Saturday night with Brandon Peck spinning in the lobby, Justin Sane in the disco and a long list of entertainers strutting their stuff while emceeing the theater, 10 p.m., $10. Downtown offers a night to those ready to shake their asses, too, with Revolution hosting Sub Kulture 3 with DJs Wolf-E-Wolf, Sleep and Psymbionic, 9 p.m. Rodney Block and Co., the Little Rock trumpet player extraordinaire and his band, bring their groove to Kavanaugh at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. Fayetteville gets a dose of Little Rock as local representatives Jonathan Wilkins and Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth play Smoke and Barrel Tavern, 9 p.m., $5.