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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Seal

THURS/24

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Michael Gandolfi's complete "Garden of Cosmic Speculation," inspired by the landscape-sculptural creation of the same name by architect Charles Jencks, receives its long-awaited premiere. Music director Robert Spano, who conducts the program, has paired Gandolfi's postmodern "Garden" with the lushly landscaped "Pastorale Symphony (Symphony No. 6)" by Ludwig van Beethoven. $28-$65. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

BUBBAPALOOZA Bubbapalooza has endured a few stylistic changes over the years just as its host venue, the venerable Star Bar, continues to evolve and survive. The club readies for a new owner, but one constant remains: the 16th annual 'Palooza is a celebration of music, life and rednecks in honor of the feisty spirit of late musician Gregory Dean Smalley. Tonight, the Voodoo Organist gets the event in gear at 7, followed by the A-Sides (8 p.m.), Mic Harrison and the High Score (9 p.m.), the Downer Brothers (10 p.m.), Jason Ringenberg (of Jason & the Scorchers, 11 p.m.), Bitch (12:30 p.m.). Sass Parilla the Singing Gorilla will offer bad jokes and odd cover tunes between acts. $10. Thurs.-Sat., 5 p.m. (doors). Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. -- LVS

FRI/25

CLIFF EBERHARDT A near-disastrous car accident sidelined this veteran folksy singer/songwriter, but the resulting recovery time only sharpened his already impressive skills. Even the title of his first new album in five years, The High Above and the Down Below, references a sense of mortality typically felt by those who experience life-altering events. A jazz-trio backing adds fresh musical elasticity and a heightened sense of carpe diem hones his dramatic yet warm vocal and lyrical touch. $12-$60. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- Hal Horowitz

DEFTONES A pioneering alt-metal act, Sacramento's Deftones laid the foundation for metal's commercial rise in the mid-'90s with their first two discs, blending melodicism and floor-shaking bottom end before diving deeper into the atmospheric on 2000's career-making White Pony. Last year's Saturday Night Wrist recalls the textured early-'90s sound of Smashing Pumpkins and the British shoegazers, retaining only an echo of their former agro selves, as they continue to mature and court an (arguably) more sophisticated audience. $32. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. -- Chris Parker

SAT/26

ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL The AJF celebrates its 30th year, culminating with these three days of free jazz in Piedmont Park. Thirty-seven national and local artists are featured on two outdoor stages and one indoor venue, starting in the afternoon and continuing into the late evening. Produced by the city of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. Free. Sat.-Mon., 2-10 p.m. Piedmont Park. 404-875-7275. www.atlantafestivals.com/atlantajazzfestival. -- MG

GEORGIA MUSIC FEST With more than a dozen performers on the bill, the Georgia Music Fest may be Atlanta's first major reggae and Caribbean music event. The lineup features international stars such as Luciano, Tanya Stephens, Marcia Griffiths, Rupee, Mighty Sparrow, Turbulence, David Rudder, Bob Andy, Kelly Love Jones, Erica Newell and many others. Atlantans Ras Kofi and Little Pinchers round out this huge Memorial Day jamboree. $35. 1 p.m. Georgia International Horse Park. 770-860-4190. www.georgiamusicfest.com. -- Mosi Reeves

MASTODON, AGAINST ME!, CURSIVE, THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES A smorgasbord of metal, hardcore, punk and indie rock, this lineup represents the best of its respective genres. There's no one more anthemic and rousing than Against Me!, whose roots-punk roar suggests the Clash if it had been as influenced by the Byrds as much as reggae. Cursive's latest, Happy Hollow, is a canny enough dissection of religion to stand among Fugazi's best in the pantheon of passionate post-punk. Mastodon's thundering ferocity suggests a mystical metal beast sired by Rush and Entombed, but raised by rhythmic rebels Coalesce. Spastic post-core kids These Arms are Snakes open. $22.50-$25. 7 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. -- CP

PEVEN EVERETT Peven Everett is an enormously talented singer and musician. He's released several CDs over the years, including the excellent Studio Confessions in 2001 and, more recently, last year's Power Soul. His penchant for live improvisation, however, will destroy your misconceptions about what a soul artist should sound like, as he often delves into ferocious rhythms from Afro-beat to hard funk. Everett arrives courtesy of Sweat, a monthly house music party; Michael Alan and Calvin Morgan will DJ before and afterward. $20-$25. 9 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. -- MR

SUN/27

"NO-COUNT GARAGE ROCK'N'ROLL THROWDOWN!" High-flyin' surf guru and all 'round American patriot Jet Powers leads the notorious instrumental gang called El Capitan and Thee Scallywags. He calls their mutinous stampede, "Link Wray/Spaghetti Western Surf with a little attitude." Powers, backed by his able minions, has assembled a night-before-Memorial-Day bill that kicks off with a rare performance from Southern Surf Syndicate favorites the Penetrators. The party continues with some loud garage rock from the Cogburns, followed by the good Capitan. Thee Crucials conclude the event with a double-e-licious set of shambling rock 'n' roll. DJs will play '60s vintage songs (not jams) between sets. $7. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

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