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Austin transplant Andrew Anderson has fast established himself as one of (if not the) alt-country upstarts to keep an eye on thanks to his keen ear for melodies and his mind-boggling guitar prowess; he plays a free show at Maxine's, 8 p.m. Director of guitar studies at the University of Arkansas Michael Carenbauer runs everything from Bach to The Beatles though his classical guitar techniques at Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. If rough-edged Red Dirt Country is more your speed, the Mike McClure Band brings a dose of mud pit swagger to Revolution, 9 p.m., $5 general admission, $10 for those under 21. For the lounge set, the Dr. Rex Bell Jazz Trio offers a night of piano-driven jazz at The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. The Rep's acclaimed production of "Hamlet" enters its final weekend with a Thursday night performance at 8 p.m., $20-$40. Ditto for the Broadway tour of "Wicked," housed at the Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 p.m., $39-$140.
No stranger to the smoky Midtown Billiards corner stage, Josephus and the George Jonestown Massacre returns to Little Rock's infamous late-night bar, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. White Water Tavern hosts a riff-heavy night of local bar rock from Little Rock supergroups Wicked Good and Sweet Eagle, 10 p.m. Acoustic singer/songwriters abound this Friday night with Chris Henry holding down Grumpy's, 9 p.m., free; Dayton Waters at Markham Street Grill & Pub, 9 p.m.; Grayson Shelton at Cregeen's, 8:30 p.m., free; and Shannon McClung performing at Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. "Dog Sees God" returns to satirize the "Peanuts" gang for a second weekend at The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $14.
Known nationwide for his mastery of the clarinet, Robert Spring gives a recital at the University of Central Arkansas's Snow Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. White Water Tavern goes hard and heavy with a night of metal from local heroes Rwake, New York hardcore outfit Story of the Eye and sludge metal psychedelia from Pallbearer, 10 p.m.
Acoustic blues and soul duo Brown Soul Shoes play the hits at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. And, as always, Discovery brings out the clubbers with music from radio favorite Kramer in the lobby, Lydia Prim in the techno room and DJ g-force spinning in the club's new hip-hop level, 10 p.m., $10.