FRIDAY 11/1. 8 p.m. CALS Ron Robinson Theater. $10.
There are a few especially delicious byproducts to having a stellar heavy music scene in Arkansas. First, there’s the sheer accessibility; having band members of Pallbearer and Sumokem and Terminal Nation as neighbors means metalheads and heavy music fans get to partake of That Which Shall Always Be Earplugged more often than we deserve, at ticket prices we can afford. Second, the ground is fertile for inventive pairings of music with venue — thanks largely to Christopher Terry (CT, of Rwake and Deadbird), a tireless advocate for heavy genres who’s always on the hunt for a new set of walls to fill with dark and dystopian sounds. Take this slam dunk of a bill, for one, wherein Central Arkansas Library System’s flagship theater will be home to sets from experimental drums/synth duo Pinkish Black; Arkansas expats/darklords of drone Chip King and Lee Buford’s project The Body; sludge sages Deadbird; and stoner doom purveyors Sumokem. If this lineup were anywhere else besides Arkansas, it would probably be dubbed a mini-festival on account of the sheer strength of the roster; here, it’s just a perk of living in the same town as folks who see the aesthetic value in giving metal genres the high-art treatment. Get tickets at cals.org.