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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

Bottle Rockets, Slick & Rose, Athfest

click to enlarge Tony Monaco plays the Blue Room Fri.-Sat., June 23-24.
  • Tony Monaco plays the Blue Room Fri.-Sat., June 23-24.

THURS/22

BOTTLE ROCKETS, BARE JR. Touring in support of the new CD Zoysia the BRox will once again blow the roof off the place with their energetic and rocking tunes. They know exactly what they can do, and they do it well. Bare Jr. brings his own unique and virtually undefinable country-rock style to open the show. $12. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- James Kelly

CORNDOGORAMA OPENING PARTY FEAT. BAND OF HORSES As the posters say, "Ten Years of Mud, Sweat and Beers" are coming to a head as the Corndogorama -- Atlanta's indie event of the summer -- rings in a decade of celebrating local music. Seattle's aching Americana rockers Band of Horses headline the show. Pro-skater Travis Graves' mannered songwriter project, Mt. Egypt, is also on the bill. The Can't See opens. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chad Radford

PAUL VAN DYK I don't think I've ever seen DJ Paul van Dyk wearing a black turtleneck, but that doesn't make him any less German to me. I mean, the man is a trance/tech mainstay since the Berlin Wall came down, and delivers expansive but never stereotypical "epic" selections. I'm not trying to be unnecessarily grandiose, but van Dyk IS reunification; and resurrection, because God is a DJ; and because sometimes you wonder how in God's name any human can survive doing six-, 10- or 14-hour sets. So according to the transitive property, God is German, which means that image of him in all white isn't quite right. I bet God wears something much more subdued and slimming as he sways to uncluttered urgency for three-plus hours. Jerry Bonham adds friskiness to prog pump. $30. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com.

-- Tony Ware

RADNEY FOSTER, STAYTON BONNER You get two Texans for the price of one tonight. Foster is well-known for his stint in '80s country duet Foster & Lloyd, and is a songsmith of the highest order with an excellent solo career. Bonner is an up-and-coming artist, with musical roots in Austin, Texas. $15. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- JK

SLICK & ROSE Atlanta's lauded hip-hop soul duo Slick & Rose celebrate the release of a new mix tape, The Winter Spells Vol. 1, with a big soiree. So be sure to drop by, take a listen to tracks from the new project and purchase a copy of the CD to rock at home. Free. 8 p.m. The Royal. 404-653-1644. www.theroyalatlanta.com. -- Carlton Hargro

FRI/23

ATHFEST MAIN STAGE AthFest 10's free entertainment begins today on two stages. The main stage, near the 40 Watt Club on West Washington Street features Five Eight (7 p.m.), the Fountains (8 p.m.), and Modern Skirts (9 p.m.). Just up the street, the second stage includes sets from Blake Guthrie (5:40 p.m.) and Summer Hymns (8:40 p.m.). Free. Downtown Athens. www.athfest.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

click to enlarge Sister Hazel plays the Roxy, Sat. June 24.
  • Sister Hazel plays the Roxy, Sat. June 24.

DJ SABO "Mushroom jazz" is not my phrase for what I do when in Amsterdam. Because what happens in Amsterdam stays in Amsterdam. No, mushroom jazz is a deep psychedelic hip-house hybrid with facets of funk, Afro-beat and dub. It's like an organic kaleidoscope of sound, man (maybe it is like Amsterdam, hmm). And DJ Sabo from tha NYC drops a sound akin to San Francisco's mushroom hybrid like it's haute. Or at least sun-warmed. Sabo tha Sol Selecta might even drop some favela funk. Anything, 'long as it's funky. $5. 10 p.m. 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com. -- TW

HARROWER SUMMER OPERA WORKSHOP Performance by hopeful, emerging opera singers including excerpted scenes from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Menotti's The Consul, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Britten's The Turn of the Screw, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus, Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, and more. $10-$20 (free for GSU students with ID). 7:30 p.m. Balzer Theatre at Herren's. 404-651-1326. www.music.gsu.edu. -- Mark Gresham

PRIDE FESTIVAL The theme this year is "Pride 365: Live. Love. Be." And the music schedule is a rainbow of delights. The highlight of the bill is "American Idol's" Kimberley Locke, Clay Aiken's former roommate and a pretty incredible vocalist, as well. She performs at 7:15 p.m. on the Coca-Cola Stage, and sets from Lindsey Hinkle (7:15 p.m.), Heidi Hensley (8:30 p.m.) and Michelle Malone (10 p.m.) are set for the Friends of Pride Stage. See schedule for full list of performers. Free. Piedmont Park. 404-929-0071. new.atlantapride.org. -- LVS

TONY MONACO Carrying on in the spirit of the late Jimmy Smith and the Hammond B3 organ, Monaco was recognized in the 2005 Downbeat critic's poll. Smith honored Monaco with a telephone call on his 16th birthday and their relationship blossomed from there. Monaco began to gig around his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and continued to pick up pointers from Smith in telephone conversations. When Monaco was 20, Smith invited the prodigy to perform with him in California. Monaco took the lessons he learned from the master to heart, and he carries forward the legacy with a fluid, bluesy style that would make Smith proud. $20. 9 p.m. The Blue Room. 404-844-2583. www.atlantablueroom.com. -- Scott Freeman

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