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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

Capsule reviews from CL's writers


Wed/4

MOSE ALLISON WITH NEAL STARKEY At 81, pianist and singer Allison has nothing left to prove, but he still tours and entertains like someone half his age. His eccentric jazz-blues hybrid sound is unique and magical, and every show is a celebration of his amazing work. Repeat show THUR/5. $20. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com. -- James Kelly

FLOGGING MOLLY, THE AGGROLITES This Celtic septet blend traditional Irish instrumentation like violin and mandolin with punk rock and a love of the stage that produces rousing, heart-filling music sung passionately. Keen Los Angeles ska/dub enthusiasts the Aggrolites open. $26-$29. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. -- Chris Parker

PLANTS & ANIMALS, STREZO This Canadian outfit blends rootsy shamble, baroque warmth and elegance, sounding like a cross between Polyphonic Spree, the Beatles and Flaming Lips. Last year's debut LP features well-crafted tunes with sizable melodies, suggesting a freakier Band of Horses. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CP

Thur/5

BRITNEY SPEARS, THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS Don't call it a "comeback," Brit Brit never left us. She just went on a tabloid vacation for a year or so, but she's back and big as ever. Pop music for now people. Plus, the Pussycat Dolls! Wwwrrrrooowwwwr... $39.50-$754. 8 p.m. Philips Arena.404-878-3000. www.ticketmaster.com. -- JK

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS Jennifer Higdon's "The Singing Rooms" and Alvin Singleton's "Praisemaker" are new music highlights in a program that includes Scriabin's "Poem of Ecstasy" and Wagner's "Prelude and Liebestod." Jennifer Koh is violin soloist, Robert Spano conducts. Repeats FRI/6 and SAT/7. $16-$73. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

Fri/6

RICHARD THOMPSON RT's early years with Fairport Convention morphed into an illustrious and incredibly productive solo career, and he has maintained a level of creative excellence and respect that few artists ever achieve. I don't have to tell you to be there. $22.50-$25. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- JK

TERELL STAFFORD QUINTET Versatile jazz trumpeter Stafford loves expressive melody and adventuresome edges. A well-chiseled personal style that draws inspiration from great jazz precursors, Stafford is director of jazz studies at Temple University, and this is his quintet's Spivey debut. $40. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. -- MG

Sat/7

MODEST MOUSE, MIMICKING BIRDS For 15 years, Modest Mouse has forged quirky, shambling, stubbornly obdurate yet catchy rock. The band didn't lose its identity going from indie to the majors, even with the addition of the Smiths' guitar hero Johnny Marr. $32.50. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. -- CP

NEW TRINITY BAROQUE French Baroque music for voice, period instruments and organ, from the era of Louis XIV. Features works by François Couperin, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers. NTB is noted for its "historically informed" performances. $29-$39. 8 p.m. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. 404-547-5775. www.newtrinitybaroque.org/. -- MG

SUN/8

WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE, SAMANTHA CRAIN With a crusty voice and stripped-down instrumentation seemingly out of the Civil War -- and a beard to match -- Whitmore sings of death, redemption, salvation and despair. In other words, perfect music for the current economic climate. $8-$10. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- Hal Horowitz

Mon/9

THE POGUES, DAN SARTAIN Ah, the big questions ... will Shane MacGowan make it through a whole set without falling down, and does he have a single tooth left in his mouth? It's the f'n POGUES, man! Sartain opens. Sold out. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. -- JK

TUES/10

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, KITTY SNYDER Steve's son honors C&W traditions but stays rooted in a more folksy/swinging/bluegrass style than his edgier father. His new sophomore album's lone nod to contemporary music is a sizzling unplugged cover of the Replacements' "Can't Hardly Wait." $13-$65. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- HH

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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