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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/11

ABOVE & BEYOND Despite this British trio’s name, the diva-esque vocals and progressive house beats it works with are the expected doses of trance euphoria. But that’s exactly why Above & Beyond has become an international festival and club favorite among those in a blissfully altered state of mind. $15. 9 p.m. Opera. 404-874-0428. www.operatatlanta.com. Jonathan Williams

APRIL VERCH Traveling all the way from Ontario, Verch is a champion fiddler, step dancer and vocalist. With her wonderful band, each show is filled with great traditional folk music and fancy footwork that will leave you impressed. $15-$18. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — James Kelly

THE GET UP KIDS, THE LIFE AND TIMES, KEVIN DEVINE These first wave emo (Get Up) Kids made four albums of catchy punk-pop without receiving proper due and then broke up. They’ve reunited after four years with a promise of new material. $20. 6:30 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. — Chris Parker

 

THURS/12

BACK POCKETS, BR'ER, NOMEN NOVUM, CHRIST LORD The Back Pockets have seized a strange and wonderful sound that falls in the gray areas between hippy-dippy folk and ramshackle rock with a noisy, rustic, avant-garde bent, while portraying them all with luster and an Appalachian pop strum and dang. Asheville noisy/arty weirdoes Br'er, and Atlanta's Nomem Novum and Christ Lord also perform. $8. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655.www.eyedrum.org. — Chad Radford 

TIMES NEW VIKING, THE AXEMEN, BALKANS TNV’s fuzzy lo-fi rumble is prickly but gets more focused, though not much more polished on its third disc of distortion-drenched pop glory. The wonderful, occasionally dissonant mess is rescued by an unerring ear for hooks and boundless energy. $8. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — CP

 

FRI/13 

GARY ALLAN, JACK INGRAM, ELI YOUNG BAND Three of the better mainstream country acts hit town tonight. Allan is a thoughtful writer and performer who deserves more attention; he's charismatic and talented. Ingram brings some Texas grit, and Young fronts a hot group. $36.50. 7:30 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. — JK

LEO KOTTKE With a career spanning five decades, guitarist Kottke has set the bar on virtuosity with his amazing finger-picking style. The Athens native has one of the most unique sounds in the world, recognizable in an instant. $22.50-$25. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JK 

 

SAT/14

COLLEGIUM VOCALE  Kevin Hibbard leads CV in Mozart's “Te Deum laudamus” and other classical choral works by Haydn and Handel, modern works by Knut Nystedt and Jean Berger, plus a handful of folk songs from diverse countries. $5-$15. 8 p.m. Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, Emory University. 404-634-3936. www.cvchorus.org. — Mark Gresham 

JACK O & THE TENESSEE TEARJERKERS, JOHN PAUL KEITH & THE ONE FOUR FIVES Memphis may no longer be the home of rock or soul but you couldn’t tell by either of these bands. Jack Yarber, aka Oblivian, grinds out glammy garage goodness while Keith delivers a good-time bluesy grind from his trusty Telecaster. Gentlemen Jesse warms things up for the sizzling headliners. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — Hal Horowitz 

LANGHORNE SLIM & THE WAR EAGLES, DAWES, AUSTIN LUCAS Though folk-blues troubadour Slim began with a rollicking, ramshackle sound indebted to the usual Americana culprits, he adds more baroque instrumental color to abet his smart, rousing lyrical sentiments on his third album, Be Set Free. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CP

PRETTY LIGHTS, GRAMATIK Colorado’s Pretty Lights mix Crystal Method-like heavy beats with downtempo grooves for a chilled-out party vibe. The duo’s static-y bass lines and hip-hop beats are complemented by live percussion during performances. Opening act Gramatik creates a similar mix of rock and hip-hop. $15. 8 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. — JW

 

SUN/15

ATLANTA CHAMBER PLAYERS Prominent focus on flute and oboe in three chamber works by Charles Martin Loeffler, W.A. Mozart and G.P. Telemann, plus the “Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor” from 1944 by Dmitri Shostakovich. $10-$20. 3 p.m. Srochi Chapel, Ahavath Achim Synagogue. 404-355-5222. www.atlantachamberplayers.com. — MG

BERNARD ALLISON Like his famous father Luther, Bernard is a hard-working, energetic performer who tears it up live. But instead of specializing in electrifying Chicago blues like his dad, the younger Allison expands his boundaries to include hard funk, swampy soul and rootsy rock. $15-$18. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — HH

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN Unknown to anyone but hardcore fans, Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant have been releasing solid studio and live albums every few years since their 1997 reformation. So, along with the post-punk songs you have already learned and sung, expect a smattering of pretty good recent non-hits and a preview of the band’s new album, The Fountain. $22.50. 7 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — HH

 

MON/16

CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATEBREED, UNEARTH, BORN OF OSIRIS, HATE ETERNAL Cannibal Corpse, the band that has pissed off more parents, more conservative types, and belched forth more violence and extreme metal than anyone else on earth, all while spawning hordes of imitators, plays in support of its latest opus, Evisceration Plague. Hatebreed, Unearth, Born of Osiris and Hate Eternal also perform. $22.50. 5:30 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. — CR 

MAX TUNDRA, DEASTRO, SO SO DEATH British electro/experimental producer and multi-instrumentalist Tundra comes through town on the heels of playing recent shows with Hot Chip and Girl Talk. He's currently touring in support of his latest release, Parallax Error Beheads You. Atlanta noise-rock duo So So Death and Detroit-based ambient rockers Deastro also perform. $10. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR 

SONIC GENERATOR  Modern to minimalist music by Philip Glass, Pierre Jodlowski, Steve Reich, François Sarhan, Edgard Varèse, and John Zorn spotlights classic French-American explorations in music and technology, with support from Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Free. 8 p.m. Georgia Tech Alumni House. 404-385-7257. www.sonicgenerator.gatech.edu. — MG

TUE/17

DEADMAU5, BURNS With live audio/visual manipulation (as well as a giant mouse mask with strobe light eyes), Canada’s Deadmau5 adds a bit of theatrics to his sets of glitchy electro house. Electro remix extraordinaire Burns opens with an equally energetic set. $20. 9 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. — JW

STELLASTARR*, DRINK UP BUTTERCUP Brooklyn's glowering and streamlined dark pop foursome Stellastarr* set up on the Whirly Ball court for a rousing game and a rousing set. Philadelphia's Drink Up Buttercup opens with a set of Beach Boys-esque pop harmonics and trash can sing-alongs. $15-$17. 8 p.m. Whirly Ball Atlanta. 770-998-6161. www.whirlyballatlanta.com. — CR 

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