At Sticky Fingerz, New York singer/songwriter Joey DeGraw mixes pop hooks with roots rock and shares the bill with Atlanta singer/songwriter Michael Tolcher, 9 p.m., $10. Rex Bell and Company play jazz at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. At the J-One-produced Thursday Night Open Mic at Juanita's, local diva Nicky Parrish headlines and, as always, there's live band karaoke, 9 p.m., $5. Local party band Typhoid Mary returns to Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. At Thirsty Thursday at On the Rocks, King Akeem and Deja Blu pack 'em, 9 p.m., $5.
Cameron Holifield's Cool Shoes spin-off Spectrum returns to Star Bar in its second month with g-force, Michael Inscoe, Cameron Holifield and Risky Biz DJing and Dandiwer manning a photo booth, 10 p.m., $5. The Greg Spradlin Outfit, a revolving door of whoever's around and local guitar god Spradlin, returns to White Water Tavern, where its brand of blues-inspired rock 'n' roll should sound right at home — especially with Memphis vets Al Gamble and George Sluppick (The City Champs) playing keys and drums, respectively, 10 p.m., $5. Southern rockers Bleu Edmondson returns to Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $10. Thick Syrup's Androids of Ex Lovers hail from Jacksonville and specialize in a jagged brand of post-punk. They come to Juanita's with the See's Joe Yoder, who offers a rare solo performance, 10 p.m., $5. Rising local country star Ryan Couron plays an acoustic set at the Town Pump, 9 p.m., free. Downtown Music hosts Synfest, a two-day metal showcase that kicks off with the likes of Wishtribe and A Darkened Era, 8 p.m., $7.
Local maniacs Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth share a bill with rough-edged rockers Drunken Angels at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Now that the Natives are free from Chris Denny, they've revived their experimental jazz-prog instrumental act, Mammoth Orange; they come to the Town Pump, 9 p.m., free. The second edition of Mo Betta Jazz/Rhythm and Blues features jazz standouts Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers along with special guests, SpeakEasy, 9 p.m., $10-$15. At the Afterthought, local rocker Jeff Coleman leads his band the Feeders, 9 p.m., $7. Synfest continues at Downtown Music with acts like Iron Tongue and Shitfire, 8 p.m., $7.