Kevin Gordon, who's been giggin' around town over the last several months more than a lot of local acts, returns on Thursday to White Water Tavern to perform what he calls “indie swamp,” likely including material from his full-length due later this year, 9 p.m., $5. At Satellite, Jonathan Wilkins offers literate, aggro-folk for free at Satellite, 9 p.m. Vino's continues to host a Battle of the Bands, with acts This is Jacob, Rigby Fawkes, She Is The Antagonist, Danger Ready and Eve's Descent squaring off, 8 p.m., $5. At Afterthought, Thurman and Nesbitt specialize in gypsy and hot jazz, 8 p.m., $5.
At Downtown Music, the Tom Sweet Band and its masked front man celebrate the release of its new CD, bound to be a strange collection of ribald garage-folk, with help from the groove-laden, mostly instrumental collective Eclipse Glasses and bizarre industrial rap duo Pyscho Syntax, 8 p.m., $7. From Cork, Ireland, the Fuchsia Band plays traditional Celtic folk music at Studio Joe, 7:30 p.m., $5-$15. As they do fairly often lately, party bands Tragikly White and the Gettys team up to form the super cover group Tragikly Getty at Revolution, 9 p.m. Pop-y singer/songwriter Bryan Frazier comes to Satellite Cafe at 9 p.m. for a free show. Soul shouter Big John Miller headlines at Cajun's Wharf, 9:30 p.m., $5.
The Little Rock Wind Symphony offers its annual “Stars and Stripes Celebration” at MacArthur Park, 7 p.m., free. Popular roots-y jam band Parachute Woman plays a long set at Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Juanita's hosts sleight-of-hand artists Dr. Jon, who specializes in “comedy stage hypnosis,” and illusionist Michael Wilkinson, 9:30 p.m., Juanita's.
The Clinton School and Movies in the Park collaborate to host “Sunday at the Movies,” a double feature of two sure-to-be crowd pleasing documentaries. The first, “US vs. John Lennon,” begins at 2 p.m. and chronicles the late Beatle's anti-war activism in the late '60s and '70s and the government's attempt to silence him. “We Believe: Chicago and its Cubs” follows at 5 p.m. and should draw an audience of those banded together by the sadism that is following the Cubs year in and year out, though this new film promises a hopeful spin. Both are free.