LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES
9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.
You've probably heard the name if you haven't seen Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires — the Birmingham and Atlanta-based quartet does a brisk touring trade with a zeal befitting its messianic moniker. More importantly, the band also comes through on the name musically, with a shaft of gospel-like sincerity animating its throwback rock. With the band's new LP, "Youth Detention," just a week old, look for even more Springsteen-like fervor at the band's Thursday show at the venerable White Water Tavern. The album is an ever-timely rumination on the white power structure in the U.S.A. from a demographic heard from often within these pages but rarely in the media at large — young white males who crave more diversity and a more equitable distribution of resources. That message is great; but again, more importantly, musically, the band — called "Birmingham punks revved up by the hot-damn hallelujah of Southern rock" by NPR — comes through. SK
- 'GOD'S PROBLEM CHILD': Willie Nelson joins Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price and others at the Walmart AMP for the Outlaw Music Festival on Thursday night.
OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL
6 p.m. Walmart AMP, Rogers. $46-$156.
Willie Nelson is 84 years old, and when a folk hero gets to be that age, you start to get a little nervous when you turn on the radio and the station is in the middle of playing one of his songs. Look, making mention of the braided sage's inevitable passing from this earthly realm might be a faux pas for the more superstitious among us if Willie didn't bring it up all the time himself. His new single, "Still Not Dead," ends with the lines "Last night I had a dream that I died twice yesterday/And I woke up still not dead again today." He'll bring that zen credo — and other time-honored bits of wisdom and revelry — to the Walmart AMP this Thursday. He's bringing a few friends, too: Sheryl Crow; Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, who are on the heels of an acclaimed new record, "The Nashville Sound"; Aledo, Ill., country darling Margo Price; and California rockers Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. SS
SANDWICHING IN HISTORY TOUR: ALBERT PIKE HOTEL
Noon. 701 Scott St. Free.
Of all the myriad things in Arkansas with Boston native Albert Pike's name attached to it, downtown Little Rock's Albert Pike Hotel is surely the loveliest. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, the 175-room Albert Pike operated as a hotel for decades after its opening in 1929. In 1971, the adjacent Second Baptist Church bought it for $740,000 and turned it into a residential facility. Built for $1 million in 1928 dollars, you can see this Italian- and Spanish Revival-style gem in detail as part of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program's long-running "Sandwiching in History" tour. (The AHPP is part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.) It's just a shame the tour is not at night to better see the exterior's classic swank neon light. Though now a bit overlooked, the Albert Pike has long been a Little Rock landmark, even rating mention in Arkansawyer Charles Portis' 1966 novel "Norwood": "She claimed descent from the usurper Cromwell and she read a long paper once on her connections at a gathering of Confederate Daughters, all but emptying the ballroom of the Albert Pike Hotel in Little Rock. This was no small feat considering the tolerance level of a group who had sat unprotesting through two days of odes and diaries and recipes for the favorite dishes of General Pat Cleburne." Look for Friday's free tour of the Albert Pike to be much more exciting. SK
- 'AS WE GROW': Atlanta-based quintet Little Tybee lands at South on Main Friday night.
9 p.m. South on Main. $10.
One could be forgiven for — at a glance — assuming the bespectacled, bearded and flannel-friendly members of Little Tybee were in town to start a new craft brewery, or perhaps an artisan cheese collective. I happily imagine their tour bus floor to be littered with vintage transistor radios, obscure haiku collections and a growing collection of flea market 45s. Late-night discussions of the importance of Yukio Mishima, perhaps. Maybe I'm right about all that, maybe I'm wrong, but one thing is certain: Little Tybee's music is unexpected and utterly captivating. The quirky six-piece outfit makes a sound that defies easy categorization. Are they folk? Yes. Kinda jazzy? Uh-huh. Maybe a little psychedelic, too. Oh, and while we're at it, their sound is simultaneously twee, complex and captivating. Do I have your attention? Anchored by the eight-string guitar of Josh Martin and the haunting vocals of Brock Scott (imagine a quieter Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses), Little Tybee constructs impressively intricate and intimate aural compositions rounded out by virtuosic cello, violin, xylophone and other surprises. Their songs are invitations to lean in and drink deeply. Expect to be more than a little bit enchanted. Now on the road in support of their self-titled fourth album, Little Tybee has toured over the last eight years with such diverse groups as Man Man, Macy Gray and Of Montreal. You'd be well-advised to get tickets to this show early. GH
10 p.m. Four Quarter Bar.
What makes a good bar band? Is it volume? Musicianship? Atmosphere for our conversations? Playing that one song our ladyfriend likes, which gives us an excuse to get on the dance floor? Or maybe it's just a bunch of musicians onstage who do it well, make it look effortless and amplify our fun. Local favorites Good Foot fit the bill, man. Bringing a savory mix of rock, jam, a little reggae, all seasoned with funk, these guys make your average night good and your good night even better. They embrace the "jam band" vibe, sure, but there's a lot more going on here. Good Foot is kind of an all-star collective of local talent (folks like Brian Oman, Matt Treadway and Nick Matson, for instance), so the lineup is ever-evolving and may change from night to night. If you still find yourselves on the fence about attending, consider this: How often do you get to hear a band that proudly proclaims G. Love as an influence while also mixing in Grateful Dead covers when you least expect them? Not often enough! Whaddya say? I think it's a pretty damn good reason to assemble your crew and head on down to Argenta on the 7th. GH
- 'INSTRUMETAL': Austin's Eagle Claw joins locals Tempus Terra for a heavy rock show at Revolution Friday night.
9 p.m. Revolution. $7.
If you've ever cued up a new track from a metal band, dug it for the first eight or 12 bars and then been turned off by the style of the vocals, you're 100 percent safe at this show. There might be some mike stands on the stage for Austin-based Eagle Claw's show at the Rev Room this Friday, but they won't need 'em. The band's "instrumetal" set comes to you courtesy of drums, guitar and more guitar, all played at an artery-rattling volume, a la The Body or Manowar. The quartet's been playing together for a decade now, and the band's 2012 release "Timing of the Void" features slow-build, violent tracks like "Uzamaki Vortex" — which, though you'd never know it from the guerilla party music video, is inspired by a 1645 text on martial arts from swordsman Miyamato Musashi. Local heavy rockers Tempus Terra, featuring Drew Skarda (of Sumokem) and bassist Tracey Lynn Gregory, open the show. SS
8 p.m. Vino's Brewpub. $10.
It's only halfway through 2017, and Terminal Nation has already joined its fellow Little Rock native and sludge behemoth Pallbearer on Metal Injection's "Our Picks for the Top Metal Albums of 2017 (So Far)." The album, which Metal Injection's Christopher Luedtke calls "delicious old-school hardcore powerviolence," is called "Absolute Control," and the cover features a skeletal Lady Liberty strangled and submerged by throngs of snakes, tentacles and skulls. That's a pretty accurate picture of where the band stands on the current state of affairs in the U. S. of A.: Check out its Facebook page for any of its tirades against police brutality, most recently a video subtitled "Justice for Philando Castile." And, if that wasn't transparent enough, its latest merch includes a line drawing of Trump's decapitated head hung from barbed wire. These guys get classified in the metal genre, and that's totally fair; their guitars are heavy as hell, and the riffs are speedy, angular and biting. Their live vibe, though, is more akin to Downtown Boys or Black Flag — it's anger with a specific, political direction, and it feels like it could pivot and morph into a coup at any moment. The quintet's EP came out on Deep Six Records June 9, and this Vino's show is the official release. It is going to get loud, it is going to get sweaty, people are probably going to slam themselves into each other with gusto, and you are probably going to leave pretty pissed off at the leader of the free world. Evidently, they've opted out of the obvious opening act, Kathy Griffin, and will headline the evening with support from Oklahoma City's Shame; Kansas City's Spine; Time Walk of Springfield, Mo.; and locals Squatch Dweller. SS
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN NETWORK TALK: JEFF SHANNON
5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture, Arkansas Arts Center. Free.
University of Arkansas architecture professor Jeff Shannon, who has edited a collection of essays by colleagues, clients and friends of famed Fayetteville architect Fay Jones, will give a talk about the book as part of the Architecture and Design Network's series. "Shadow Patterns: Reflections on Fay Jones and His Architecture" includes writings by Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa; Washington University architecture professor Robert McCarter; Shannon's colleague Ethel Goodstein-Murphree; journalist Roy Reed; novelist Ellen Gilchrest and others on the modernist architect, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright and winner of the American Institute of Architects' Gold Medal. Shannon, a former dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture, will give another talk at 6 p.m. July 20 at the Fayetteville Public Library as part of the UA Press Spotlight Series. LNP
MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENT SYMPOSIUM
6 p.m. Comfort Inn & Suites. Free.
The temptation is to start with an overdone joke about weed, Mary Jane or the lauded sticky-icky. But, here's the rub: Getting the health care you need in this country is a bureaucratic nightmare, getting potentially even worse. If you need medical cannabis, this event is an opportunity to learn how to jump through the proper hoops. You'll get a step-by-step breakdown about Arkansas's process for getting a medical cannabis card from experts. Note: While the state Department of Health's website started taking applications for medical cannabis cards June 30, we're still a bit away from the full rollout of medical marijuana. Dispensaries are going to likely open this winter, Storm Nolan of Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association says, and the cards will not be issued until 30 days before dispensaries open. But, Nolan says, you can still apply now, learn whether or not you're approved and get a card from the health department when it starts sending them out. If you're worried about your physician not giving you the prescription, there's also a new doctor locator on ACIA's website. Just type in a ZIP code to find a doctor who will provide the Rx pot. The event is open to everyone and will offer some motivation, too. Folks from Colorado — including Coltyn Turner, a 17-year-old patient who uses marijuana to treat Crohn's disease, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis — will share their stories about receiving care. JR
- 'MUDDY ROOTS': Liz Brasher and her band, the Gentlemen of Rhythm, play the White Water Tavern Wednesday night.
9 p.m. White Water Tavern.
Sometimes a band doesn't wear its influences on its sleeves, and sometimes it does. With a set of originals slated for release in October, according to Brasher's website, and covers like "It's a Man's World" and "Jolene," Liz Brasher and her Atlanta-based band, the Gentlemen of Rhythm, channel strains of Lesley Gore and Dick Dale — and they look the part. Brasher's a crooner, but her range is huge (dig "Starry Night" or "Maybe"). As for her rockabilly(ish) guitar style, think: Brian Setzer's badass niece decides she's going to follow in her uncle's genre-bending footsteps. SS