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CL's Picks for the week's best shows 

WED/28

JUNIOR LEAGUE BAND Banjo-strummin' singer/frontwoman Lissy Rosemont works her bluegrass roots into edgy folk that both honors tradition while dragging it into contemporary times with a rock and roll attitude. Cool, sassy, and although electrically acoustic, philosophically plugged in. $8. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- Hal Horowitz

VON IVA, SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS, NICO VEGA Dubbed the Hell on Heels Tour, this triple whammy of women-fronted bands packs a serious estrogen wallop. All of 'em owe a debt to Joan Jett, whose feisty, no-bull rocking is shared by these bad grrrls. $10. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- HH

Thurs/29

JOHN DOE, KAITLIN JONES & THE COUNTRY FAIR Since punk-rock pioneers X commenced its 13-year recording hiatus, Doe concentrated on his solo identity with seven albums exploring country, folk, and blues with a dash of rawk, and similar wayward, struggling characters. $10. 9 p.m. 40 Watt Club, Athens. 706-549-7871. www.40watt.com. -- Chris Parker

Fri/30

TIM KREKEL ORCHESTRA Departing from the usual format, the Swallow welcomes the immensely talented Krekel to the stage. He's had a slew of hot cuts, but keeps the good ones. It's technically not an orchestra, but a great band nevertheless. Continues Sat., Jan. 31. $17.50. 10 p.m. Swallow at the Hollow. 678-352-1975. www.theswallowatthehollow.com. -- James Kelly

THE KILLERS, M83 The Killers' lush, outsized pop is long on pretension and theatricality, short on lyrical depth. Their latest continues to expand beyond their debut's '80s new wave sound. Gifted, dreamy, electropop pastiche-smiths M83 open. $40-$75. 8 p.m. Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. 404-523-6275. www.atlantaciviccenter.com. -- CP

SAT/31

BENT FREQUENCY A new film score by Atlanta composer Brian Mitchell is live accompaniment to Sergei Eisenstein's unfinished film project ¡Qué Viva México! which was reconstructed according to the director's vision by Grigory Alexandrov and released in 1979. Free. 8 p.m. Kopleff Recital Hall, Georgia State University. 404-413-5900. www.bentfrequency.com. -- Mark Gresham

GEOFF ACHISON AND THE SOULDIGGERS The ex-Atlanta resident has moved back to Australia but is in town for a few gigs. This one, with a full band, promises to be a soul-blues celebration with plenty of old friends in attendance. $10. 9:30 p.m. Shorty's Pizza, Tucker. 770-414-6999. shortys-pizza.com. -- HH

PAT GREEN Texas party boy Green returns to the big ol' honky-tonk in support of his newest and more mature release, What I'm For. All attendees will get a free copy of the CD. $10. 9:30 p.m. Wild Bill's. 678-473-1000. www.wildbillsatlanta.com. -- JK

MON/2

ST. OLAF CHOIR Directed by Anton Armstrong, the St. Olaf Choir has long been one of the nation's premiere a cappella choruses, setting remarkably high performance standards ever since its founding in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen. $10-$40. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center, Emory University. 404-727-5050. arts.emory.edu. -- MG

SONIC GENERATOR WITH MARC MELLITS Rock-influenced post-minimalist composer Mellits joins Sonic G as guest keyboardist to perform his "Paranoid Cheese." Program includes John Cage's "Four2" performed on four iPhones, and works by Panayiotis Kokoras, Randall Woolf, and Terry Riley. Free. 8 p.m. Georgia Tech Alumni House. 404-385-7257. www.sonicgenerator.gatech.edu. -- MG

JAMES HUNTER, THE LEGENDARY JC'S Wear your dancing shoes tonight, as both acts will definitely make you shake that thing. Mix a little Otis, a dose of Jackie Wilson, and a taste of the Bar-Kays to make it all right tonight. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- JK

Wed/4

ANDREW BIRD, LONEY, DEAR Terrific violinist-turned-singer/songwriter, Bird established himself as one of the genre's finest during the last decade. Baroque without being fussy, his elegant, keenly crafted arrangements abet smart, emotionally acute sketches. Sweet Swedish orchestral twee-poppers Loney, Dear open. 8:30 p.m. Sold out. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- CP

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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