CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/26

DR. MUTULU SHAKUR TRIBUTE/FUNDRAISER The tribute precedes a profile of Tupac Shakur's stepfather, political prisoner Mutulu Shakur, scheduled to air on BET's third season of its popular series "American Gangster." Featured performers: Dead Prez producer/RBG Crew member Tahir, Mike Flo, Ishues and Melaphyre. $10. 10 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-457-7838. www.fivespot-atl.com. -- Rodney Carmichael

THUR/27

TURKEY DAY ROCK NIGHT The Tripple D's rock and roll DJ alliance set up shop in the front room at the Earl to spin a few rounds of cool and eclectic platters spanning the 1950s on up to the here and now. Free. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chad Radford

FRI/28

ANTHONY SMITH, CHRIS WALLIN, BRETT JONES Between these three tunesmiths, there's a lot of musical macho going around. Smith is a personal favorite who writes a bit left of center but tells some great stories. The other guys are good, too. Repeat show Saturday. $17.50. 10 p.m. Swallow at the Hollow. 678-352-1975. www.theswallowatthehollow.com. -- James Kelly

LAST WALTZ ENSEMBLE, OLIVER WOOD & JOE MCGUINNESS The annual Thanksgiving tribute to the Band's final concert has turned into a year-round event. But this time it's the 30th anniversary of the original concert, which brings increased gravitas. The rootsy opening duo adds to the atmosphere. $20 and two canned goods. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- Hal Horowitz

SAT/29

BROKE & BOUJEE Fadia Kader's monthly underworld club banger serves as Def Jam/Rocafella's official album release in Atlanta for Kanye West's new 808s and Heartbreaks CD. Alien Wreck and Dibiase man the wheels. Ian Ford hosts. $.99-$9.99. 10 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.fivespot-atl.com. -- RC

DUKE SPIRIT, EULOGIES, SPRING TIGERS, BLACK FORTYS Singer Liela Moss' soulful, sinewy croon provides bloozy, atmospheric veneer to Duke Spirit's collision of Brit-pop and post-punk. Terse, jagged guitar spikes a stylish strut that's catchy and clanging, like Idlewild with a Northern soul. $5. 9 p.m. 40 Watt Club, Athens. 706-549-7871. www.40watt.com. -- Chris Parker

SHAWN MULLINS The annual homecoming gig from Atlanta's favorite folkie also promotes his new live album (and DVD), recorded at the same venue last year at this time. Like that gig, this will likely feature solo acoustic and full band sets played to an audience full of longtime friends. $20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- HH

SUN/30

ATLANTA WIND SYMPHONY Patrick Camey leads the AWS in holiday music from pops to barn-burners. A highlight for fans of symphonic band music is Alfred Reed's "Russian Christmas Music." Discounts for seniors, students and children with adults. $10. 3 p.m. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. 770-641-1260. www.atlantawindsymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

MON/1

KRISTIAN BUSH, ELLIS PAUL, LISA CARVER Taking a moment off from the multiplatinum road, Bush of Sugarland (without Jennifer Nettles) performs with fellow songwriters Paul ("The Dragonfly Races") and Lisa Carver ("Bullets") in the Attic's in-the-round format. $25. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- MG

ROSEBUDS, LOVE LANGUAGE, THE PREAKNESS The Rosebuds covered plenty of stylistic ground before settling into the shadowy darkwave synth -- including peals of guitar chime -- of their last two releases. Warmer and more luxurious, their latest release, Life Like, is evidential assurance. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CP

TUES/2

EMORY JAZZ ENSEMBLE Pianist/composer Gary Motley directs Emory's 18-piece big band and four combos: young jazzsters honing their chops under his watchful eye and ear. Motley's own solo piano CD, Majestic Piano, was released in 2007. Free. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. -- MG

O'DEATH, THOSE DARLINS, VORTEX PARK Moribund gypsy abandon like Gogol Bordello surviving an Appalachian plane crash by eating their own, O'Death's high-energy performances imbue ramshackle murder ballads with manic punk intensity. Female trio Those Darlins deliver catchy, harmony-rich, gospel-tinged Appalachian rock. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CP

RAY DAVIES, LOCKSLEY One of the godfathers of rock, Davies could easily coast on his amazing Kinks catalog. But he makes great new music today, and his perceptive and entertaining tunes resonate with contemporary relevance. Locksley's retro-rock opens. $32.50-$35. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- JK

WED/3

JOHN NEMETH One of the brightest up and coming bluesmen is a killer harpist and an almost better soul singer with a strong Ray Charles fixation. His vibrant original material is retro-styled yet contemporary enough to relate to younger listeners. Call for price. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com. -- HH

SCOTT H. BIRAM, GHOSTRIDERS CAR CLUB Most solo acoustic acts are pretty mellow, but Biram will scream the paint off the walls if you let him. The Ghostriders are Atlanta's newest country music big band, featuring four vocalists you already know and love. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- JK

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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