CL's picks for the week's best shows 

Black Crowes, Randy Travis and Peter Frampton with the ASO

THURS/6

BLACK CROWES, ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND, DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS If you're a popular band like the Black Crowes that tours constantly and wants to bring out fans for the next go-round, what do you do? Hire a pair of sterling opening acts. As a result, Georgia's favorite rock band, the Drive-By Truckers, and sacred steel dynamo Robert Randolph and his Family Band are supporting the long-running Crowes, and they're worth the price of admission alone. $24.50-$49.50. 6:30 p.m. HiFi Buys Amphitheatre. 404-443-5090. www.hob.com. -- Mosi Reeves

TRANSIT TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Over the past two years, the Transit biweekly has really drummed up a fan base. But that's not why they call it drum 'n' bass. No, they call it drum 'n' bass because of an ancient tradition passed down from the Druids through the Winstons Bros. to Meat Beat Manifesto and finally to breakbeat 'ardkore producers in early '90s inner-city London. The newly darkcore dancehall soundsystem underwent deeply phantasmagorical changes under the auspices of producer/DJs including Transit headliners Optical. Joining the techstep troops are the Upbeats, MC Armanni, Evol Intent vs. Mayhem, Deco vs. Sorted and MC Race One. The only thing missing from this night is a miniature replica of Stonehenge. Guys, $15; ladies, free. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. -- Tony Ware

FRI/7

CASEY DRIESSEN, RISSI PALMER It's five-act Friday again, but only two spots were filled at press time. Fiddle virtuoso Driessen, who has performed with Steve Earle, Tim O'Brien, and Bela Fleck, makes his solo Atlanta debut tonight, featuring songs from his excellent Sugar Hill CD 3D. Palmer is a mainstream country vocalist with a gorgeous voice. Consider the other three acts a grab bag. $10. 7 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- James Kelly

DROPSONIC, TRAINDODGE Tonight, Atlanta's Dropsonic celebrates the release of Xerxes, its unique new split EP with fellow rockers Traindodge, pals from Oklahoma City. But what's so different about this split EP? It includes two songs where the bands split, swapping rhythm sections to totally meld their sounds. Sounds interesting. Go see the great exchange in person. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- Lee Valentine Smith

HOT TUNA (ELECTRIC) Jorma and Jack have often been pegged as remnants of the original Jefferson Airplane, but their history as a duet goes all the way back to the '50s. Even approaching the unheard of 50-year mark in their collaboration, the duo shows no signs of aging, as its classic blues-rock sound is as fresh and compelling as it was in the old days. $20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- JK

MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS After descending into an inconsistent haze for most of the '90s, Ministry mainstay Al Jourgensen returned in 2003 with Animositisomina, and has since been putting out Psalm 70, Psalm 71, etc., in reference to albums similar in constitution to Ministry's 1992 breakthrough Psalm 69. These albums -- including the latest, Rio Grande Blood -- heap a barrage of Bush bashing atop bile-eroded industrial thrash. Additionally, Jourgensen wins an award for music's most unrelenting album title puns (Houses of the Molé, Greatest Fits, Dark Side of the Spoon, Side Trax B-sides collection, the Sphinctour live album). Porno pun-heavy Revolting Cocks, meanwhile, are like Ministry giving the donkey punch to My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult -- all sleazy sneer over steely grind. Animal Filter and Pitbull Daycare also appear. 7 p.m. $25. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. -- TW

TAMMY ALLEN AND THE COLORS OF JAZZ A vocalist who blends smooth jazz, R&B and Latin influences, Allen left the grind of L.A. and Vegas clubs behind her to make the Atlanta area her musical home. The outdoor concert on the Callanwolde lawns, blanket and picnic basket style, will move to the indoor courtyard if it rains. $15. 7:30 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. 404-872-5338. www.callanwolde.org. -- Mark Gresham

TENEMENT HALLS, GENTLEMAN JESSE & HIS MEN Celebrating another year of indie-rock excellence, the Earl hosts its seven-year anniversary party, headlined by Atlanta's indie-rock heirloom, Tenement Halls. Fronted by former Rock*A*Teens singer/guitarist Chris Lopez, Tenement Halls craft noisy and melancholy pop driven by a songwriter whose words are as spectral and Southern as William Faulkner or Erskine Caldwell. Gentleman Jesse & His Men open. Free. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chad Radford

SAT/8

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Laura Jackson conducts the ASO in the first of two concerts of "Great Film Music," both music written for films (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Mission Impossible) and concert classics used in film that help make the blockbusters leap off the screen and into your face. $27. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

KRS-ONE They say there are four pillars of hip-hop. I'm still waiting for someone to tell me if they are Ionic, Doric or Corinthian. Until then, I'll just assume they mean MCing, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti. That's certainly what is meant at Dropbombz.com's "This Is Hip-Hop," an event headlined by "The Teacher" KRS-One, straight outta tha Bronx. Joining in the boogie down boom-bap are Mars Ill, Intellekt and Dirty Digits and Dres tha Beatnik. Will there be B-Boys and B-Girls? You betcha! A Needle to the Record DJ Battle? Check! A drum 'n' bass room featuring Evol Intent, Corrupt Souls, Mayhem and 180 Degrees? They invented wearing that pastel camo shit! I just wish someone would be there dropping mad science on the impact of Greek architecture, because then I could yell, "When I say frieze you say frieze one time, when I say frieze y'all stop on a dime!" $20-$25. 8 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. -- TW

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