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CL's picks for the week's best music shows in Atlanta 

WED/12

DEREK LYN PLASTIC, THE N.E.C., ABBY GO GO. Local punk rock tormentor Derek Lyn Plastic kicks off a month-long residency with a set of jittery and awkward punk spazz anthems. The N.E.C. lays down dense, psychedelic rock grooves. Abby Go Go offers a more subdued, but no less affecting take on psychedelic waves of bliss. $3. 9 p.m. The Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. -- Chad Radford

THURS/13

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Evelyn Glennie is soloist for the world premiere of John Corigliano's "Percussion Concerto." Donald Runnicles conducts. Also, Gershwin's "A Cuban Overture" and Dvorak's "Symphony No. 9." Repeats 8 p.m. FRI/14 and 3 p.m. SUN/16. $16-$73. 8:00 p.m., Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

NEW MASTERSOUNDS This predominantly instrumental UK quartet left mouths gaping last time through with cracking funk workouts that merged sweaty New Orleans grit with tight jazz-fusion chops and rugged soulful tunes. Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights open. $12-15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- Hal Horowitz

THE RESCUES Adrianne, Gabriel Mann, Rob Giles and Kyler England are four accomplished, under the commercial radar singer/songwriters who recently joined forces under the Rescues banner. $12-15. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- HH

FRI/14

PAULA NELSON, SHANE BRIDGES Yeah, she's Willie's daughter, and her thing is very typical Texas country-blues. The girl can sing, but we've heard most of this before. If you dig the blues, be there. Macon's Americana guy Shane Bridges opens. $6, 8PM. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- James Kelly

SAT/15

BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES, DEX ROMWEBER DUO, PEARLENE The Heavies latest is produced by Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who coats their howling, keyboard-driven gutter-soul blues with an extra coat of grime. Guitarist Dex Romweber helmed trailblazing '80s two-piece, Flat Duo Jets, keying their rockabilly-country-surf-blues. $8. 9 p.m. Saturday, November 15. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. -- Chris Parker

DEL McCOURY BAND, DOYLE & DEBBIE SHOW The McCourys have ruled Bluegrass for the last 15 years, and there just ain't none better. They are tight as ticks, and their onstage single-mike ballet is a sight to behold. Doyle & Debbie open. $22.40-$38. 8PM. Ferst Center of the performing arts at Georgia Tech. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu. -- JK

ELECTRIC SIX, LOCAL H, GOLDEN DOGS You can expect plenty of high voltage from these exceptional live acts. Chicago duo Local H brings sardonic humor and hard rock chunk, while Detroit's Electric 6 are absurdists favoring over-the-top disco-garage romps. $12. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- CP

OPHELIA'S GAZE World premiere of a chamber opera by Atlanta composer Steven Everett, based upon poetry by Natasha Trethewey, itself inspired by E. J. Bellocq's photographs of prostitutes in the Storyville red light district of New Orleans. $20; $15 under 18/over 65. 8:00 p.m., Emerson Hall, Schwartz Center, 404-727-5050 www.arts.emory.edu. -- MG

THE WRIGHTS Atlanta ex-pats the Wrights return to the area for an intimate house concert. This will be a perfect setting for Adam & Shannon's rich harmonies and incredible country songs. Nashville doesn't know what it's missing. $20. 8PM. Bowman House. 323 Wilcrest Drive, Lawrenceville, 30044. 770-979-1314. www.myspace.com/bowmanhouseconcerts. -- JK

SUN/16

PARKER BURTON III A recital drawing from a variety of classical styles, sung by countertenor Burton, best known for his performances with companies such as Harlem Opera Theatre, New York Chamber Opera, and Atlanta's own Americolor Opera Alliance. $20; $18 students/seniors. 3:00 p.m., Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 404-872-5338. www.callanwolde.org. -- MG

TUES/18

BAD FLIRT, THE BLACK, RAFTER Rafter Roberts is a San Diego strummer who writes quirky, noise-afflicted indie pop tunes for college kids. Local band the Blacks churn out lo-fi Weezer-esque rock songs. Bad Flirt from Montreal QC plays catchy indie rock that evokes a classic '90s sound. $8-$10. 9 p.m. All Ages. The Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- CR

CARRIE RODRIGUEZ Folk, pop, bluegrass and country combine with Rodriguez's lovely vocals and accomplished fiddle to yield surprisingly edgy music that skirts genre boundaries with lyrics that touch the heart, mind and soul. Romantica also appears. $15-18. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- HH

WED/19

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, LAND OF TALK Eclectic Canadian cooperative BSS's noisy intricacies and dreamy shimmer had hipsters on their knees long before TV on the Radio. They helped launch several careers, including, most prominently, Feist's. $22.50-$25. 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 19. Variety Playhouse. 404 524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- CP

SKELETONS New York City experimental weirdoes Skeletons are touring in support of their third full length Money. Chiming guitars, thumps and minor key mantras subtly percolate for this beautifully haunted dirge of warped virtuosity. $7. 10 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR

Bands/performers/venues wishing to be included in Sound Menu's noted-acts boxes may send recordings, press material and schedules two weeks in advance to Creative Loafing c/o Rodney Carmichael, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: rodney.carmichael@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Thursday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Wednesday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com.

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