CL's picks for the week's best shows 


AUSTIN LOUNGE LIZARDS Too smart and funny for their own good, the Lizards have a unique niche in the Texas music scene. They make fun of their own ilk, and they do it incredibly well. Consider them the “Weird Al's” of twang. $17-$20. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. — James Kelly

HAR MAR SUPERSTAR, LA CHANSONS, ROMAN PHOTOS Imagine a sweat-soaked lovechild of Ron Jeremy and Meatloaf who's blessed with the soulful pipes of Stevie Wonder and wearing only a pair of tighty whities and a Cheshire Cat grin — that's Har Mar Superstar. The hirsute sexual dynamo returns with his fourth album, Dark Touches. La Chansons and Roman Photos warm up the stage for him. $8-$10. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. — Chad Radford 


ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Canadian violinist James Ehnes solos in Erich Korngold's “Violin Concerto in D Major.” Also, Mendelssohn's “Midsummer Night's Dream” overture and Richard Strauss' “Also sprach Zarathustra.” Donald Runnicles conducts. Repeats FRI/23 and SAT/24.   $20-$75. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. — Mark Gresham 

PINBACK, BELLINI For a decade, Pinback has refined their blend of rubbery indie-rock rhythms and languorous melody, mixing insistent hooks into distinctive arrangements, layered in tasty textured sheets like phyllo dough. $15. 8 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — Chris Parker


AC/DC, THE ANSWER If it seems that AC/DC has essentially been putting out the same album with different lyrics for the last 20 years, you are pretty much correct. But it's a great cock-rock record nevertheless. The Answer opens. Why? $89.50. 8 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. JK

A FINE FRENZY, LANDON PIGG, AMONG THE SMOKE AND ASH Frenzy frontwoman Alison Sudol is back with a new haircut and attitude on her new record, Bomb in a Birdcage, very energetic and full of herself. It all fits her well. Pigg and Among the Smoke and Ash open. $19-$15. 9 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. — JK 

FLAP, TAG TEAM Long-defunct duo FLAP reunites for its 20th anniversary, 11 years after Andy Hopkins (guitar, vocals) and Matt Miller (guitar, vocals) parted ways. To call FLAP an acoustic duo undermines its bold, experimental sensibilities that smashed through all sorts of barriers to arrive at fun and twisted numbers that the group calls “jazz-math-grass compositions.” Tag Team closes out the night. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — CR 

MEAT PUPPETS, DEAD CONFEDERATE Meat Puppets were among the first punks to go Americana. Led by Curt Kirkwood’s warbling baritone, they play cosmic country and blues ranging from ambling psych-singed instrumentals to effervescing folk jangle. $15. 8 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — CP

MIKE DOUGHTY Two shows (the later one is 21-and-up) with the unpredictable frontman/auteur of Soul Coughing, who unplugs and brings his “Question Jar” concept to the intimate club. The audience writes questions, song requests or anything else on paper slips that the dry-witted Doughty responds to. This makes every gig different, although he’s sure to reference tunes from his just-released album. $20-$25. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. — Hal Horowitz 

SEAWOLF, PORT O'BRIEN, SARA LOV West Coast troubadour Alex Church is the sole voice behind Seawolf's bucolic and bittersweet songs that draw comparisons to Dylan, Will Oldham and Iron & Wine. Seawolf is on the road in support of Church's latest release, White Water, White Bloom. San Fran folk-pop duo Port O'Brien and L.A. songstress Lov open the show. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — CR

SHARON ISBIN, GAUDENCIO THIAGO DE MELLO, PAUL WINTER   Afro-Brazilian rhythms and Amazonian sounds collide with dashes of cosmopolitan sax in a live rendition of the Grammy-nominated 1997 Teldec disc Journey to the Amazon by guitarist Isbin, percussionist de Mello, and saxophonist Winter. $50. 8 p.m. Emerson Hall, Schwartz Center. 404-727-5050. — MG

TINSLEY ELLIS Hometown roots veteran Ellis celebrates the appearance of his 12th release of hard-hitting, guitar-slinging blues-rock. While all of his albums are worth hearing, it’s live where he delivers the sweaty goods and displays what an exceptional musician, and showman, he is. $17.50-$20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-223-1100. — HH 


FELABRATION WITH ROY AYERS, MAUSIKI SCALES, COMMON GROUND COLLECTIVE In 1980, the Nigerian creator of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, and funk-jazz vibraphonist Ayers released the little-known Pan-African collaboration Music of Many Colors. Ayers' performance at this year's Fela tribute caps off a three-day Atlanta residency, in which he'll take part in several seminars and performances. DJs Ausar, Kemit, and Rich Medina are set to spin. $15-$20. 595 North. 404-835-2329. — Rodney Carmichael

JACQUES LESURE Before moving to the West Coast, jazz guitarist/composer Lesure was an Atlanta staple, performing regularly with his band the Swing Association at Churchill Grounds and the old Yin Yang Café. He returns for one night with Zach Grady on sax and Delbert Felix on bass. $10. 9 p.m. Studio 281. 404-524-7247. — RC  

JOHNS CREEK SYMPHONY A celebration of Austrian classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn, featuring his “Symphony No. 104 (London)” (1795) and his “Harmoniemesse” (1802) with the Archdiocesan Festival Choir of Atlanta and soloists. J. Wayne Baughman conducts. $12-$28. 8 p.m. St. Benedict's Catholic Church. 678-748-5802. — MG


ERYKAH BADU, RICKEY SMILEY, SPECIAL K, RAHBI When neo-queen Erykah Badu broke bad a decade ago, rocking towering, Afrocentric headwraps while imploring no-good brothers to "Call Tyrone," fans caught an early glimpse of her earthy sense of humor. So perhaps it's fitting to see her take the stage behind comedians Smiley and Special K. Atlanta's own unusual musical divo, Rahbi, opens. $55-$75. Atlanta Civic Center. 404-523-6275. — RC 

KMFDM This product of German industrial engineering celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Despite a revolving door lineup over the years, KMFDM has maintained an incessant ultra-heavy beat embellished by metallic guitars and ominous sociopolitical lyrics. Angelspit pounds the first beat. $20. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — Jonathan Williams


ELECTRIC SIX This Detroit juggernaut slaps garage, hard rock, glam and even disco into a spazzed out, in your face concoction that splits the difference between T. Rex, Alice Cooper and E6 hometown legend Iggy Pop. Frontman Dick Valentine’s voice shifts from a growl to a screeching falsetto wail and the music follows suit. The frantic live show confirms the energy and unpredictability of the band’s albums. $12. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — HH


CALIFONE, LANGTRY Califone make roots music addled with background electronics that nonetheless sound organic, integrating loping Americana with a modern veneer. Shrouded in synthetic ambient squawks and shimmer, it crackles like wet wood cast in the fire and broadcast across the expanse of space. $12. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — CP



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