CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/29
FELICE BROTHERS, WILLY MASON Mining a similar vein as the popular Avett Brothers, the Felices tend to be a little moodier at times, but just as raucous. They have a brand new CD out. Dark folkie Mason opens. $12-$15. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — James Kelly

THUR/30
GEORGE JONES, CONWAY TWITTY MUSICAL PREVIEW One of country music’s greatest singers is still touring in his 70s, and the voice has lost a little range. But there is no excuse to go through life without seeing a Jones show. A Twitty tribute opens. $29.75-$53.75. 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre. 404-249-4600. www.foxtheatre.org. — JK

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Violinist Itzhak Perlman makes his conducting debut with the ASO, leading symphonies by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms, and soloing in a violin concerto by J.S. Bach.  Repeats SAT/2 and SUN/3. Sold out. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham

FRI/1
CURSIVE, MAN MAN Cursive’s tone has evolved over the years, progressing from Fugazi-biting post-punk to the ambling, smoky, late-night vibe of its latest, but the group is always emotional taut and theatrical. Man Man plies gypsy, carnival-esque rock reminiscent of Tom Waits. $16-$18. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — Chris Parker

SAT/2
BILAL, YAW Despite Interscope's decision to shelve Bilal's 2006 sophomore joint, Love For Sale, the leaked version — in conjunction with his 2001 debut, 1st Born Second — continues to stoke the fires for the Philly soul singer's proper return. Hopefully, he'll preview material from his follow-up, Air Tight's Revenge, scheduled for an ’09 release. $20-$25. 9 p.m. Sugarhill. 404-658-0068. www.sugarhillatl.com. — Rodney Carmichael

NEW TRINITY BAROQUE Swedish tenor Leif Aruhn-Solen is NTB's guest in a “historically informed” performance of trio sonatas, suites and arias commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of German-English Baroque composer George Frideric Handel. $9-$39. 8 p.m. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. 770-638-7574. www.newtrinitybaroque.org. — MG

WINDY & CARL, BENOÎT PIOULARD, LAMBS LAUGHTER, LYONNAIS Don’t expect any sharp edges on sound with this lineup of dreamy, droney atmospheric noise and resonance. Windy & Carl come all the way from Michigan to create an evening of sheer bliss and head–cleaning space. The rest of the acts on the bill set the stage. $8-$10. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — Chad Radford

HERMON HITSON, NOOT D'NOOT Hitson is an old-school Georgia soul, rock and R&B man. He has played songs with everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Santana and the Allman Bros. to the Mighty Hannibal. For this show, he will be playing with his band the Buckboard Express and focusing primarily on songs from his ’68 rock/soul LP Too Much for the Human Heart. Local space funk all-stars Noot d’ Noot also perform. $10. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

SUN/3
MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP, COCO ROBICHEAUX & DAVE EASLEY Now that it’s cool to be progressive in bluegrass, bassist Raines and her boys take the freedom to heart on their great new release, Inside Out. Robicheaux & Easley open with their spooky Cajun goth sound. $12-$60. 7:30 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — JK

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, ZAZA, SEALIONS Fey and fragile as tissue paper, Brooklyn’s the Pains of Being Pure of Heart resurrect the lo-fi jangle of British twee, sounding like Belle & Sebastian awash in flurries of fuzz comparing pained memories with Morrissey. $8-$10. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Chris Parker

STONE SOUL PICNIC Atlanta's annual summertime cook-out mixes the city's best soul, funk, Afrobeat and classic hip-hop DJs with sun, grills and grass. Sound providers include DJs Tabone, Dave Soul, Frances Jaye, Applejac, Nabani, Ausar, Salah Ananse and Jaminson Cassette — plus acoustic soul and poetry. Free. noon-8 p.m. Perkerson Park. 404-756-1859. — RC

TUE/5
ATLANTA SINGERS Since 1976, this 18-voice choral ensemble has been a consistent mainstay of Atlanta's choral music scene, performing
repertoire from Renaissance masters to notable living composers of our
time. David Morrow conducts. Free. 7:30 p.m. Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church. 404-255-4023. www.atlantasingers.org. — MG

GASLIGHT ANTHEM, HEARTLESS BASTARDS, GOOD OLD WAR From frontman Brian Fallon’s throaty vocals to the lyrical fascination with dispossessed youth, New Jersey’s Gaslight Anthem channels the spirit of Bruce Springsteen wedded to a chunky pop-punk sound that recalls Hot Water Music. $13. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.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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