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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

ASO, Gary Pfaff, Tyfl, others


ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Robert Spano leads the ASO in its 15th annual musical celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The concert features a triptych from Richard Danielpour's 2005 opera "Margaret Garner," the tragic story of a fugitive Kentucky slave who helped spark unrest in pre-Civil War America. Terrence Wilson is the piano soloist for George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." The Spelman and Morehouse College Glee Clubs join the ASO forces, along with solo vocalists Cynthia Haymon, Pamela Dillard, Vinson Cole and Alfred Walker, for the "Ode to Joy" finale from Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9." $12.50. 8 p.m. King International Chapel, Morehouse College. 404-733-5000. -- Mark Gresham

GARY PFAFF The Obsession Day guy has a new solo album out and he intends to celebrate its release tonight. White Stars finds Pfaff in fine voice, in a subdued set of warm singer/songwriter observations, co-produced by Tim Delaney. $8 (advance). 8 p.m. Andrews Upstairs. 404-467-1600. -- Lee Valentine Smith

TYFL Break out those No. 2 pencils, it's time to get standardized on that azz! Well, actually, the test is to see who can stand out the MOST. That's right, it's the finals of the TestYourFuckingLocals drum 'n' bass DJ competition. 180 Degrees, and Abstract Logic Recordings have spent the last couple months at the Mark presenting you with the top dnb Ds 'n' Js n the ci-ty. Sonar, Truform and Disciple13 compete to be your champion in the camo-decked, hoodie-speckled arena of riddim. Emak, Ployd, Corey von Waters, REL1 and Bright all contribute additional infotainment. All I wanna know is are there enough bubbles for "SELECTAH REEEWIND!?" Free. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050., -- Tony Ware

THE VENUS IN FURS, MORNING STATE Atlanta's newest psych-rock space travelers the Venus in Furs embrace a grand history of rock legacies, taking nods from everyone from Jim Morrison to Syd Barrett to Thom Yorke. Morning State plays bounding rock numbers carved out of minimal arrangements. The group doesn't throw any surprise punches, just places a well-crafted blend of classic-era alternative rock influences into a modern rock context. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. -- Chad Radford


GLENN TILBROOK In the late '70s and throughout the '80s and '90s, Tilbrook and writing partner Chris Difford created a wealth of remarkable British pop with their now-legendary band Squeeze. Known for his mastery of melody, hooks and pop perfection, his clever songcraft continues in this decade with his solo work, low-key and delightful pop creations. Tonight, he'll showcase his recent compositions as he inevitably looks back to his early-'80s period of pub-rock hits. Singer/songwriter Nathan Angelo opens. $22. 8:30 p.m. Five Spot. 404-223-1100. -- LVS

STACY EARLE & MARK STUART, WISHING CHAIR, ROBERT KELLY Don't let the familiar last name fool you; Stacy Earle is an outstanding artist in her own way, who just happens to have a very famous brother. Her husband Mark Stuart is a perfect foil for their wonderful and entertaining folky, twangy duet sound. Wishing Chair brings a very unique and rootsy combination of sounds and songs to the show. Robert Kelly (no relation) is 19, so give him a serious listen. He might be the next big thing. $13. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. -- James Kelly

THE MIGHTY HANNIBAL (W/ THE BLACK LIPS), REIGNING SOUND, GENTLEMAN JESSE & HIS MEN The Mighty Hannibal is an artifact from the 1960s-'70s Atlanta soul scene. His songs embrace humorous though socially conscious themes that stem from conflicts with religion, drug addiction and Vietnam-era songwriting. Atlanta garage punks the Black Lips back him up. Memphis, Tenn., rockers Reigning Sound and locals Gentleman Jesse and His Men open. $12. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- CR

HEMATAVORE, CELEPHAIS, TUALATIN Auburn, Ala.-based instrumental quintet Hematavore plays a blackened and precise thrash and chug that combines equal parts indie-rock sneer and black-metal power. Atlanta's Celephais crafts psychedelic stoner-rock riffage. Fellow Atlanta metal act Tualatin features former members of Ocelot and blasts a monolithic art metal dirge that tempers the traditions of '80s thrash metal (Slayer, Celtic Frost) with a stark and stoic allure. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. -- CR


DJ GREYBOY San Diego producer DJ Greyboy represents an era in music history when acid jazz and hip-hop merged to form a peculiarly West Coast sound. His debut album, Freestylin', was an influential underground hit in the mid-90s; more recently he scored with a smart cover of Cymande's "Genevieve." DJ Greyboy just reunited with his onetime group, the jazz-funk combo Greyboy Allstars, and completed a new album, What Happened to TV? It comes out in March. But first, he'll spin funky dance records at the Apache Café; Yancy's Breakneck Quartet and DJ Jamal Ahmad open. $10-$12. 9 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. -- Mosi Reeves

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