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Local troubadour Isaac Alexander plays at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. Athens, Ga.'s Ponderosa brings some crunchy southern indie rock to Juanita's, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. Little Rock piano maestro John Willis takes the stage at the White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Ol' Puddin'haid plays all your favorites at the Thirst n' Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. For some skull-crushing, Christian metallic hardcore, Run With the Hunted, Words Within and Something to Stand For mosh it up at Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $7. The Hitchcock whodunit "The 39 Steps" returns to The Rep, 8 p.m., $20-$40. The Ted Ludwig Trio plays jazz at the Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free.
The Weekend Theater opens its production of "Gypsy," the Steven Sondheim musical based on the memoirs of famed striptease Gypsy Rose Lee, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through July 10, $16-$20. Egypt Central, Madam Adam, Abused Romance and Candlelight Red offer a night of dark modern alternative rock at Juanita's, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. San Antonio's Pop Pistol and Fayetteville pop-punkers Dreamfast roll into Maxine's, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 d.o.s. The Salty Dogs get down with their Bakersfield-style country at the White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Thomas East tickles the ivories at Sonny Williams' Steak Room, 7 p.m. June 17 and 18. Local faves The Wicked Good and Iron Tongue welcome Russellville post-rockers The Sound of the Mountain at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5. Riverflicks screens "Coraline" at North Shore Riverwalk, 7 p.m., free. Just can't get enough Christian metalcore? Get a fix with Inhale/Exhale, To Speak of Wolves and Even the Dogs at Vino's, 8 p.m., $10.
Ahead of some out-of-town dates later this month, The Elise Davis Band brings its catchy, sturdy folk rock to the stage of the White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Anyone in the mood for some moody punk rock should check out Embrace the Crash at Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. Those afflicted with '80s Hits Nostalgia Syndrome (8-HNS) might find relief via the slick covers of Members Only at Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $5. Shannon Boshears plays blues-inflected rock at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 9 p.m., free.