Liz Blackwell fronts Castle, a metal band stopping through Little Rock on its "Graveyard Tour," with an opening set from Little Rock's Mainland Divide, 9 p.m., $6. Kevin Kerby and Mark Edgar Stuart pair up on a bill at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. "James and the Giant Peach" opens at The Studio Theater, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. through Aug. 21, $25-$35. The Block Party music series features Courtney Shepard and Friends, 7:30 p.m., $10. David Bazan (formerly of Pedro the Lion) comes to Stickyz with Michael Nau, 9 p.m., $15. Dogtown Film Series screens "The Color Purple," 7 p.m., Argenta Community Theater.
Acclaimed songwriter Jimmy "Daddy" Davis plays at South on Main, 9 p.m., $10. Rapper Jelly Roll shares a bill with Whitney Peyton at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $12-$15. CosmOcean holds down the late-night Argenta scene at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Ed Bowman plays for the night owls at Midtown Billiards, 2 a.m. Self-described "gentlefolk" of The Great Nothing Yet play a set at King's Live Music, with opener Taylor Nealey, 8:30 p.m., $5. Markham Street Grill and Pub hosts a show from Psychedelic Velocity, 8:30 p.m., free. Splendid Chaos takes the stage at West End Smokehouse, 10 p.m., $7.
Burlesque troupe Foul Play Cabaret accompanies Frontier Circus in "The Circus Variety Show" at Maxine's, Hot Springs, 9 p.m. The Rev Room hosts a tribute to Sting, "The Homage of Sting & The Police," featuring Ryan Jackson and Charlie Askew, 8 p.m., $10-$20. If "The Hook" brings you back, check out Blues Traveler at Magic Springs' Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $55-$65. Liberty Bridge plays Hibernia Irish Tavern, 8 p.m., free. "Sweeney Todd" continues at Hot Springs' Pocket Theater, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. through Aug. 14, $5-$15. Sean Fresh & the Nasty Fresh Crew join Soulution and Dazz Brie at White Water, 9:30 p.m.
French black metal quartet Plebeian Grandstand and Brooklyn's Pyrrhon share a bill with Throne of Pestilence, 7 p.m., $6, Vino's.
KUAR-FM, 89.1, and KLRE-FM, 90.5, host an open house with music from Gray A.M., Zakk & Big Papa Binns and The Uh-Huhs, 5820 Asher Ave., 5 p.m. DeFrance plays at Conway's Bear's Den Pizza, 10 p.m.