9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.
The guys in Little Rock’s Bombay Harambee (David Aspesi, Alexander Jones, Trent Whitehead and Kurt Alaska) have been at it for several months now, honing their guitar-centric brand of indie rock with several shows across the state.
They’re gonna be hitting it hard for the release of their debut EP, “You Know Better,” with dates at White Water Tavern, Maxine’s in Hot Springs on Friday, JR’s Lightbulb Club in Fayetteville on Saturday and The Buccaneer Lounge in Memphis on Jan. 18.
The EP boasts some satisfying shredding on “Hopscotch” and the title track. The sound reminds me a bit of the icy, echoing guitar tone of Interpol. On several tracks (opener “Now You Know,” “Millionaire”), the guitarists nail the sound of the meandering six-string excursions of probably their most pronounced influence, indie rock legends Pavement. “Boulevard” is an uptempo rocker that comes off like a punker-sounding Pixies. The band recorded “You Know Better” at Wolfman Studios, and it sounds fantastic, particularly the drums, but the mix is also right on. It’s well worth your time.