CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/8


GLADYS KNIGHT, SMOKEY ROBINSON Classic soul doesn’t get much classier than these two one-time Motown label mates. Robinson has a new album dropping soon but he can fill two shows with the songs he's written for other acts. Atlanta’s Knight brings sophisticated Southern grit to a terrific double bill. $25-75. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-4949. www.classicchastain.com.  Hal Horowitz

SCARAB, BURY ME BREATHING, VEGAN COKE It's an evening of prog metal, prog metal and prog metal as Scarab churns out brutal, Middle Eastern-infused complexities that segue seamlessly into the slick metallic structures and aural grind of Bury Me Breathing. Vegan Coke plays dense, dark, post-hardcore riffs that arc and bend with precision and ingenuity. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404.522.0655. www.eyedrum.org. — Chad Radford

THURS/11  

CHRISSAKES, AIROES, BENARD, GRIDS Athens' Chrissakes makes the trek down Hwy. 316 to play a show of dirty, heavy, AmRep-inspired rock jams. Spectacular art weirdoes Airoes, along with Benard and Grids, open the show. $3. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. Chad Radford

FRI/10

GREG LASWELL, ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT, ROSI GOLAN Here's a triple bill that pushes folk into the realm of rock and somewhat retro pop. Grey’s Anatomy-approved, smoky voiced pianist/guitarist Laswell headlines with his introspective musings and big choruses. But arrive early for E&TC’s quirky yet enchanting songs. $10-$13. 7:30 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — HH 

RACCOON CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL Ten bluegrass bands in two days, including NewFound Road, Lizzy Long & Friends, Papa’s Prayer and Heartfelt, perform at this 35-year-old rural bluegrass-and-gospel festival venue. Free-$25. Repeats SAT/11. Raccoon Creek Music Park (Dallas, GA). 770-943-2721. www.raccooncreekmusic.com.
— Mark Gresham

WALLFLOWERS, WILDLIGHT His own music is unlike dad's, but Jacob Dylan has managed to forge a decent and respectable career on his own. Folks may have initially tuned in because of the name, but stayed because of the talent. Wildlight opens. $31.50-$35. 8 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Gardens. 404-876-5859. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.orgJames Kelly

WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY, GENTLEMAN JESSE
Britain’s answer to Jonathan Richman, Eric’s heart-on-the-sleeve naïveté and sloppy power pop/bar rock coalesce in charming, no-frills rockers suffused with self-deprecating wit. Newly betrothed, Eric joins lyrical sharp, folk rocking wife Amy Rigby on his latest. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. Chris Parker
 

SAT/ 11

ABE VIGODA, TALBOT TAGORA, CARNIVORES San Diego quartet Abe Vigoda explores clamorous, contrapuntal undercurrents that cut across their pop sensibilities. Their clanging chaotic arrangements race downhill after insistent hooks producing a heart-racing rush, though their new EP explores smoother, less calamitous environs. $8. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — CP

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 
Nine days before the 40th anniversary of humanity's first Moon landing,  Mei-Ann Chen conducts Holst's The Planets with high-resolution NASA space imagery, plus music from Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey. $21-$59. 8 p.m. Verizon Amphitheatre. 404-733-4800. www.atlantasymphony.org. MG

BONOBO In the only Southeast performance of his ten-city tour, London’s Bonobo brings his soulful chill-out music to town with the help of an eight-piece band. Bluetech, Ott and Nosaj Thing provide similar dub and downtempo opening sets. $20-$25. 9 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. Jonathan Williams

DIANA KRALL WITH ASO In the grand scheme of things, Krall is a fairly talented artist who has found a nice niche with her easy listening sorta jazz. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but nothing to hate either. Elvis Costello likes her.… $35-$96. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-733-4949. www.classicchastain.com. — JK

SUN/12

CHOJO & BILLY, STOP DROP & ROLL An odd couple who will pick and grin their way into your heart.  C&B are master musicians who love what they do, and their rootsy bluegrass tinged sound is sweet as sugar. Atlanta's SD&R open. $10-$12. 8PM. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — JK

DAVID BERKELEY Performing as part of 99X's Unplugged in the Park, Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Berkeley has most recently been promoting his much delayed Strange Light album in the UK following some national touring with Katie Melua. Free. 8 p.m., Park Tavern. 404-249-0001. www.parktavern.com. — MG

ELI KESZLER, ASHLEY PAUL, POCKETFUL OF CLAPTONITE Eli Keszler balances a myriad of percussive sounds and sparse drones with rapid-fire rhythms carved out by an arsenal of symbols, bells, bows and a Fender Rhodes. Ashley Paul wields reeds, strings, electronics and her own voice to craft long, sometimes angelic, but oftentimes aggressive droning attacks. Pocketful of Claptonite opens. $8. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. — CR

JAY-Z, CIARA, FABOLOUS Just shy of turning 40 in six months, Jay-Z recently dropped what’s quickly becoming rap’s summer anthem, “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-tune).” These young bwoys in the game oughta be ashamed. The Chastain concert is his first since striking a 360-deal with Live Nation. Atlanta R&B starlet Ciara, and rapper Fabolous open. $53-$253. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-733-4900. www.livenation.com. — Rodney Carmichael

TUES/ 14

HANDSOME FURS, DRI, THE CINNAMON BAND
The indietronic side project of Wolf Parade guitarist Dan Boeckner, Handsome Furs blends new wave romanticism with knotty post-millennial art rock full of mannered samples and indomitable beats. Neither particular dancey nor hokey, it’s a prickly unconventional beast. $10-$12. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. CP
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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