Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
8 p.m., Vino's. $7.
You know, I'm just dying for a snack. Maybe not a full meal. Something I can pick at. Oh, I'm sorry, this is a band! Specifically, a young and newish libertarian rap band from Pittsburgh. They've recently completed tours with Of Montreal and equally newish pop band MGMT, and have now struck out on their own, in advance of their due-to-drop album “King Vision.” Catch them now, before their inevitable appearance on “Yo! MTV Chicken Wraps.” Sorry, still hungry. Ginsu Wives and Futuro Boots open. FB.
BEN NICHOLS AND FRIENDS
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $14.
One of the great challenges of this occupation is coming up with something fresh to say about Lucero, a Lucero-related act, or a group that sounds like Lucero every other week. It's getting a bit ridiculous, folks. At the beginning of the new year we'll publicly announce our frivolous antitrust lawsuit against the band members for their stranglehold on the local music scene. In the meantime, warm up your hollerin' voice and take a visit to White Water for the obligatory sing-a-long. The Friday night Lucero show is sold out, but a second night — featuring Lucero lead-man Ben Nichols, singer-songwriter Cory Branan, Lucero keyboardist Rick Steff and pedal-steel player Todd Beene — has been added in order to temporarily sate the city's unquenchable thirst for twang rock. Tickets will be limited to 125. JW.
8 p.m., Revolution. $10.
What's a roots-rock-loving Hendrix alum to do? While Ben Nichols plies rough-hewn songs of drink and women across town at White Water, Hendrix's other alt-country hero offers his take on the Great American Songwriting Themes at Revolution. Hayes Carll returns to what's more or less become his adopted hometown as part of his short year-end tour, or as he's calling it, “End of the Year Rock 'n' Roll Jamboree and Toga Party.” The Texas native comes to town riding high. Stephen King named Carll's “Down the Road Tonight” his second favorite song of the year in his Entertainment Weekly column. The singer/songwriter also comes fresh from the recording studio, where he's working on an album due on esteemed indie Lost Highway in March of next year. He's sure to preview at least a couple tracks for Little Rock. LM.
‘MURDER & MAYHEM CHRISTMAS' BURLESQUE
8 p.m. and 11 p.m., Easy Street Cabaret Room. $5.
In what's becoming a holiday tradition, Little Rock's “Finest Assettes” once again present a scintillating night of burlesque, i.e. scantily clad ladies doing subversive sketch comedy. I've heard tell of some sort of “reverse Norman Bates” shower scene, and a femme fatale tribute to film noir. Usually, “feminist” is a modifier thrown in before local burlesque. Take it for what you will that it's nowhere to be found on this year's posters. Hideous Kinky, a local photographer whose name gives you an idea of her work, has documented this year's event since its inception. She'll kick off the weekend with a photography show at the ACAC space at 1419 S. Main on Thursday, 5-10 p.m. In addition to the two shows on Friday, the troupe will reprise their act at 9 p.m. Saturday, also at Easy Street. LM
9 p.m., the Village. $8 adv./$10 d.os.
For sake of illustration, let's say that hard house and trance DJs live in a world not far removed from Dungeons & Dragons enthusiasts. Sure, one is all trolls and 12-sided dice and amphetamines and the other is glowsticks, yellow-tinted sunglasses in the dark and E, but they're both insular, fairly nerdly boys' clubs (we see your spiky Mohawk, DJ Irene). So it's not a small deal that Gianna Lavarda, a techno DJ from Nashville who surely has been or will be in the pages of Maxim, is headlining the third annual Prismation, the pre-New Year's party at the Village. Lest she's actually some Lonelygirl15 creation of a blonde-tipped, pencil-thin mustache-sporting trance MySpace geek, she's going to kill. At least eight other DJs from local crews PyroTekniques Productions and Digital Blend will also offer up an array of electronic offerings. LM