CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/25
ANDRÉS DÍAZ
Born in Santiago, Chile, and raised in Atlanta,
violoncellist Díaz won the the Naumburg International Cello Competition in 1987, subsequently earning a reputation for his intense, charismatic performances. Elizabeth Pridgen is collaborative pianist. Free. 7:30 p.m. Kopleff Recital Hall, GSU. 404-413-5901. www.music.gsu.edu. — Mark Gresham

PHOSPHORESCENT, DEER TICK, MAGIC APRON Former Athens singer/songwriter Matthew Houck found a band and new home in NYC, while his shuffling folk goes country on his new tribute to Willie Nelson. Deer Tick auteur John McCauley's rootsy compositions boast gentle, unabashed charm. $8-$10. 10 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chris Parker

THE QUEERS, THE CUTE LEPERS, POISON ARROWS, WRISTER Expect some high-energy pop-punk. The Queers have played their goofy, nerdy, spirited sing-alongs for more than 25 years. The Cute Lepers feature two-thirds of the Briefs, but favor more power-pop and mod sounds. $10-$12. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. — CP

ROCKSPLOITATION, LET'S GET SMALL, AND THE MONEYNOTES Atlanta duo Rocksploitation plays strict, Lou Reed-style rock and roll — recommended if you like the Cramps, Chuck Berry and good music in general. Let's Get Small and And The Moneynotes also perform. $7. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. — Chad Radford

THU/26

ASO WITH GILBERT VARGA AND LEONIDAS KAVAKOS Guest conductor Varga, son of famous Hungarian violinist Tibor Varga, makes his ASO debut. Greek violin virtuoso Kavakos is soloist. Music of Kodaly, Sibelius and Brahms. Repeats FRI/27 and SAT/28. $16-$73. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — MG

DARRELL SCOTT, CAROLINE HERRING With a slew of mainstream country hits, Scott is an edgy, master storyteller with a compelling performance style. Joined by Atlanta-based songstress Herring, this will be an impressive show. $20-$100. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — James Kelly

KRAAK & SMAAK, FUTURESHOCK, THE DANCEFLOOR DINOSAUR Dutch breakbeat trio Kraak & Smaak come Stateside to unleash their futuristic brand of fluid, electronic funk. Atlanta punk-funkers Futureshock and rural Georgia white-rap weirdo act the Dancefloor Dinosaur open. $10-$12. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

FRI/27

THE FORTY-FIVES, THE WOGGLES, THE PENETRATORS, DRAGLINE, THE ELECTRIC CYLCES, THE SURGE Resident dirty-garage revivalists the Forty-Fives shake and rattle amid a promise of new material, while the Woggles' stripped-down ’60s stomp is incendiary live. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. — CP

PUNCH BROTHERS When former Nickel Creek mandolinist Chris Thile joins with ex-Infamous Stringduster Chris Eldridge, acoustical magic ensues. Partly traditional, partly experimental, the band is loaded with virtuosity, but the soul shines through. $20-$22.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JK

WALE, B.O.B. D.C. native Wale and Decatur native B.o.B. (who recently introduced alter-ego Bobby Ray) were both featured on the cover of XXL magazine's hip-hop freshmen "Class of '09" issue. If these two imaginative MCs are the future, even Chris Rock has reason to start defending rap again. $20. 8 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. — Rodney Carmichael

SAT/28

BOB MARGOLIN Muddy Waters' former guitarist is a relentlessly touring and talented second-generation blues man who mixes sharp originals with a few nuggets from his old boss — all basted in the rugged Chicago sound. $12. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com. — Hal Horowitz

PETER KARP & SUE FOLEY, DENICE FRANKE
Roots/blues, guitarist/vocalist couple Karp and Foley strip down — metaphorically — for a celebrated "He Said, She Said" dramedy built around songs derived from letters they exchanged about art, love, music and more. $12-$60. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — HH

RAPHAEL SAADIQ Former Tony! Toni! Tone! lead Saadiq hit the bull's eye on his recent soul release by writing songs so strongly influenced by Motown, Philadelphia International and Stax, only experts can tell they aren't obscure covers. $22.50-$25. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — HH

SUN/29

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC The world-renowned 22-piece period instrument group performs all six of the Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach, led by harpsichordist Richard Egarr, as the first of Spivey's 2009 Spring Bach Festival concerts. $60. 3 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. — MG

CHICK COREA & JOHN MCLAUGHLIN FIVE PEACE BAND A pair of jazz fusion legends (both former sidemen for Miles Davis) get together for the first time. $42.50-$45. 5 and 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JK

TUES/31

JERKAGRAM, DUET FOR THEREMIN & LAPSTEEL Jerkagram is a noisy, improv/psych-rock group from NYC that bashes out ramshackle clusters of art-rock rhythm and dirge. Local act Duet for Theremin & Lapsteel builds sonic waves of ambiance and dreamy drones that resonate with hypnotic cool. $7. 9 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. — CR

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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