CL's picks for the week's best shows 

Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts this first program in a festival of South American music using the ancient Inca Empire as its centralizing multimedia theme, with guest solo flutist Jessica Warren-Acosta. Repeats SAT/30. $18-$73. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. — Mark Gresham

THE BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES, KINJAC, OCHA LA ROCHA, ATTRACTIVE EIGHTIES WOMEN The Black Diamond Heavies come all the way from East Nashville to play a set of dirty, lo-fi Southern soul and blues. Asheville's Kinjac plays a set of twitchy electro-damaged beats and glitch atop emotionally wrought, post-industrial wailing. Local bands Ocha La Rocha and Attractive Eighties Women also perform. Free. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. — Chad Radford

Led by the Lisbon, Portugal-based guitarist Luis Lopes, the Humanization 4tet is a jazz monster whose members are spread out throughout Texas and Portugal. The group's lineup — featuring tenor sax, bass and drums — creates a concise, sometimes aggressive whir of dark jazz akin to hard bop, but rooted in the avant-garde. $7. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. — CR

JAKE SHIMABUKURO The once lowly ukulele gets a major overhaul in the hands of Shimabukuro, who uses it to play classical pieces, traditional Japanese folk songs and Michael Jackson's "Thriller." A bell-clear tone and restrained dynamics leave dropped jaws following his revelatory live shows. $15. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Red Light Cafe. 404-874-7828. — Hal Horowitz

NIC FANICULLI The U.K. beatmaker is one of the most sought after remixers and producers around. But tonight he returns to his house roots with an intimate and propulsive set. Kos and Ian James also spin. $15. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. — Jonathan Williams

PACKWAY HANDLE BAND, BETHANY DICK The Packways have made  a decent ripple in the regional bluegrass scene with good picking and original material, even though they tend to venture a bit too far into jam band turf. Hot fiddler Dick opens. $12-$60. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. — James Kelly

UNKNOWN HINSON His hillbilly vampire shtick runs a bit thin, but hot guitar picking never disappoints. Hinson, a man of many talents, knows how to entertain a drinking crowd. Part honky-tonk and Hendrix, a lot of fun is guaranteed. $17-$20. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — JK

The tripped-out, retro-futuristic party celebrates its third year with a Where the Wild Things Are theme. More than a dozen DJs spin in two rooms with a headlining set from Rabbit in the Moon's DJ Monk. $15. 10 p.m. Jungle. 404-844-8800. — JW

THE SELMANAIRES, THE COATHANGERS Two staples of the Atlanta punk/indie-rock scene fill this bill. The Selmanaires' songs are a complex affair of dense percussion and catchy rhythms pressed into danceable, post-punk numbers. Atlanta's first ladies of punk rock, the Coathangers, play rousing anthems of three chords, noise and girl punk dirge. $8. 10 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — CR

STONE MOUNTAIN BARBERSHOP CHORUS Close harmony with a scent of sasparilla best describes the barbershop sound of the 60-man chorus led by Drew McMillan. Their resident vocal quartet, State Line Grocery, is also featured in this Harmony Collage program. $10-$15. 3 p.m. Mountain Park United Methodist Church. 770-978-8053. — MG

YOUNG ANTIQUES, THE GOLDEST, STOVALL One of the best rock bands in town, the 'Tiques are a power trio that delivers a full frontal attack with more energy and melodic ability than five other acts combined. The Goldest and Stovall open. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — JK

TONY FURTADO, SHAUN HOPPER A dream lineup of guitar pickers kicks off with Hopper's Leo Kottke-styled instrumental excursions, followed by Furtado's acclaimed banjo-and-guitar-driven folk rock. The headliner tours behind a terrific new album featuring his rootsy slide work and evocative, dusky vocals. $12-$60. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. — HH

Smooth-styled Atlanta trumpeter and vocalist Grandsen performs originals plus classics made famous by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Count Basie and Ray Charles. Formerly known as Orchestra Atlanta, JOA recently revamped its name, mission and musical emphasis. $5. 8:30 p.m. Cafe 290. 404-256-3942. — MG

An early start allows plenty of time for this unlikely pairing to strut its stuff. Matisyahu's Hasidic Jewish take on reggae, dancehall and dub seems like an unusual companion for Primus bassist Claypool's sexually suggestive, funhouse funk and rubbery experimental rock. $24-$36. 6 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. — Hal Horowitz

PJ HARVEY, JOHN PARISH Harvey's eerie, evocative songs are experimentalist provocations that challenge the senses. Her new album's collaboration with Parish continues to explode preconceptions, offering music darkly graceful and aggressive. $34. 8 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. — Chris Parker



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