CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/16

EX HUMANS, BARRERACUDAS, PREDATOR, STOLEN HEARTS Former Carbonas/Beat Beat Beat guitarist Josh Martin returns from New York for a set of fast, raw, punk rock melody and catharsis. Think Buzzcocks, the Saints and the good Undertones singles and you’re in the right neighborhood. Local acts Barreracudas, Predator and the Stolen Hearts also perform. $5. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — Chad Radford

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE Power-pop mavens Adam Schlesinger, Chris Collingwood and Co. unplug for this performance, which will hopefully find them in a more convivial mood than the last time they played Atlanta, where they phoned in their short set. Perhaps the more intimate concept will encourage the wry humor evident in their best songs. $20-$22.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — Hal Horowitz 

SLEEP CREEPS, CLAY REED, SOCIAL STUDIES Crafting a subdued, goth-tinged pop skulk, Sleep Creeps build quiet tension around spacious and mostly keyboard, synth and drum-centric arrangements. Subsonics vocalist and guitar player Reed plays a rare solo set. San Fran’s indie-rock foursome Social Studies also perform. $7. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

 

THURS/17

TOBY KEITH, TRACE ADKINS Tonight's show will be filled with lots of good ol' boy posturing and flag waving, as Keith and Adkins swing their tools all over the stage. The twangtosterone will be flowing from these two honky-tonk donks. $29.75-$59.75. 7:30 p.m. Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood. 404-443-5000. www.hob.com/venues/concerts/lakewood/. — James Kelly

 

FRI/18

MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD With the third entry in the trio’s wildly ambitious Radiolarians trilogy just released, MM&W are primed with great new material that pushes even their elastic definition of jazz. The group’s explorations into folk, blues, gospel and funk are colored by the experimental tendencies that expand their improvisations and make each show unique. $25-$27.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — HH

TELEFON TEL AVIV Joshua Eustis’ Telefon Tel Aviv, a solo act after January’s death of creative partner Charles Cooper, creates a somewhat darkly textured IDM sound. The Race, also featuring Eustis, also performs with an opening set by Romeo Spike. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Jonathan Williams

 

SAT/19

INDIGO GIRLS, MATT NATHANSON The darlings of Decatur come home once again for another evening of their thoughtful, melodic and uplifting music. Amy and Emily just keep cranking it out, and their fans keep soaking it up. Nathanson opens. $33.50-$58.50. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-249-6400. www.livenation.com. — JK

PAUL BURCH Burch demonstrates a deep, abiding affection for vintage country with stops at rockabilly, Western swing, ragtime and even sample Latin rhythms on Still Your Man, his seventh and best release of his career. $15-$75. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — Chris Parker

TONY DEMARCO, PADDY O'BRIEN, PAT EGAN Traditional Irish music by three notable names in the genre: O'Brien, a master of the two-row button accordion who boasts a repertoire of more than 3,000 tunes, seasoned Sligo fiddler DeMarco, and folk guitarist/vocalist Egan. $15-$10. 7 p.m. Riverwood High School auditorium. 404-847-1980. www.atlantairishmusic.com. — Mark Gresham 

YO LA TENGO, ENDLESS BOOGIE Led by former music critic Ira Kaplan, Yo La Tengo seamlessly shifts from delicate, sonorous textures to ragged, distortion-spiked guitar, proving comfortable with both the plaintive minimalist and unhinged roaring extremes of noise pop. $20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404 524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com — CP

 

SUN/20

GALILEO 400TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT This first of two “Galileo” concerts in one week features trumpeter David Kuehn, violinist Liesl McWhorter, organist/harpsichordist Calvert Johnson, and sopranos Andrea Love, Ruth Reveal and Laura Baker performing music from the Baroque era. Free. 3 p.m. Julia Thompson Smith Chapel, Agnes Scott College. 404-471-6043. www.agnesscott.edu. — MG

PEELANDER-Z, STILL FLYIN', EXCALIBRAH Japanese comic book punks Peelander-Z hail from planet Peelander, and their members — Peelander-Yellow, Peelander-Blue and Peelander-Red — unleash a fury of kitschy, high-energy stage antics. Fronted by former Masters of the Hemisphere vocalist Sean Rawls, Still Flyin’ has transformed from a reggae battle royale into a more concerted effort at writing snappy pop tunes. Excalibrah opens. $10. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION I don't know what to expect tonight, as this is a shifting conglomerate of members of Nickel Creek, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and both Elvis Costello's and Lyle Lovett's bands. What I heard sounded really good, so I say go! $20-$100. 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — JK

 

TUE/22 

DEKALB SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Pianist Peter Marshall is soloist for Mozart's “Piano Concerto No. 24” for the DSO's season opener. The program also includes Rossini's “Overture to Semiramide” and Dvorák's “Symphony No. 8.” Fyodor Cherniavsky conducts. $10-$22. 8 p.m. Cole Auditoruim, Georgia Perimeter College at Clarkston. 678-891-3565. www.gpc.edu/symphony. — MG

DATAROCK, ESSER While Datarock’s latest release Red is a slight departure, you can still hear plenty of Devo, Talking Heads and Kraftwerk in the band’s synth-rock sound. British electro-popster Esser makes his Atlanta debut as opener. $12. 8 p.m. Masquerade (Heaven). 404-577-8178. masq.com. — JW 

DIVISION DAY, BAD VEINS, US ROYALTY, ABBY GO GO Division Day’s muscular, nimble neo-psych rumble blends bottom-end ballast with discursive layers of buzzing guitar, wafting keyboards and frontman Rohner Segnitz’s spooky croon, invoking the Flaming Lips and Blue Cheer. Luscious electro-pop duo Bad Veins has garnered ample buzz. 8 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — CP

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