Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
'SLOW SOUTHERN STEEL,' HAIL!HORNET, ZOROASTER
8 p.m. Market Street Cinema. $10.
If you have even a passing interest in heavy metal and/or Southern culture and you've not yet seen "Slow Southern Steel," then you won't soon get a better opportunity than this show. The film — the work of CT (of Rwake and Iron Tongue) and David Lipke — documents the vibrant underground metal scene in the South, and features Eyehategod, Down, Deadbird, Hank Williams III, Music Hates You and many other folks discussing everything from music history to religion to perceptions of the South to the tight-knit community that's arisen around this crusty, sludgy, louder-than-hell music. CT's currently on a 17-date tour with Hail!Hornet and Zoroaster, screening the film. As far as vibe goes, Hail!Hornet's got a real raw, nasty, bruising quality. The band is often described as a supergroup, understandably so considering the musical pedigrees involved (Sourvein, Bongzilla, Buzzov*en, Alabama Thunderpussy, Weedeater). But as good as those bands are, Hail!Hornet stands fully on its own raging, bludgeoning, misanthropic merits. The band's 2011 album, "Disperse the Curse" is 11 songs suffused with the groove inherent in a lot of Southern metal and always, always bowing at the altar of the bitchin' riff. Even the faster songs swing in a way that's unmistakable for fans of sludgy Southern metal. Zoroaster's spacy doom metal sounds like some sort of hybrid of Pink Floyd and Pentagram, beamed in from an alternate '70s where everything was way more awesome than it was in the actual '70s. If you were going to blast off to the furthest reaches of the cosmos in a shag-carpeted space shuttle loaded with a lifetime supply of Plutonian Nyborg, Zoroaster would be the exact right soundtrack. RB
6 p.m. Downtown Music Hall. $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.
Knuck Fest returns this year for another weekend-long extravaganza of sounds that are 100 percent crushing, heavy, brutal and/or raging. Friday kicks off with Fire to Reason, Crankbait, The Muddlestuds, Kill Crazies, Wraith, Sol Inertia, Story of the Eye and Holy Angell. On Saturday, you can catch Fallen Empire, Legions Await, Mainland Divide, Poisonwood, A Darkend Era, Auricle, Distiller, Veridium, Decay Awaits and Strange as Fiction. Sunday's lineup includes locals as well as several touring acts, including Stray from the Path, Cruel Hand, Structures, Betrayal, Counterparts, Snakedriver, Motives, Jungle Juice, God City Destroyers and Pose No Threat. The Saturday and Sunday shows start at 2 p.m., and the cover is $10 adv., $12 d.o.s., or you can get a weekend pass for $25. RB
Jan. 27-March 28, Arkansas Arts Center, free
"9 Zen Nuns," a sculpture by Oxford, Miss., artist Rod Moorhead, is the Grand Award winner in the 54th annual "Delta Exhibition," the Arts Center's highly anticipated juried show of work by regional artists. This year's Delta includes 54 works by 50 artists in all media; to be eligible, artists must have been born or work in Arkansas and its contiguous states. Juror Tom Butler, executive director of the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Ga., waded through 900 works to make his selections; 31 of the artists whose works will appear in the show are Arkansans. Two Arkansans, David Bailin and Keliy Anderson-Staley, won Delta Awards, and locals scooped up honorable mentions as well. LNP
9 p.m. Revolution. $20.
Pat Green is one of the giants of contemporary Texas singer/songwriters. Over the course of the past decade and change, Green graduated from self-released albums and small bars and dancehalls to major labels and much larger venues. He built his considerable fan base on the strength of his roots- and rock-tinged country, though his more recent albums have quite a bit more polish on them than those early DIY recordings. Expect a packed house for this one. Green also plays at Shooter's Sports Bar in Texarkana Thursday night and at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on Saturday night. The opening acts are Brent Cobb and The Lost Trailers. RB