CL's picks for the week's best shows 


ENTROPY Have a heaping helping of funk as you head into the New Year with longtime Atlanta five-piece Entropy. According to drummer and vocalist Rob Robinson, this show will be the last local one until 2011 as the group takes a "long overdue" hiatus to work on a few side projects and generally rest up. It's danceable, gut-grooving and well-played stuff. Get it while it's hot. $10-$12. 8 p.m. 404-875-1522. — T. LaGon

TELEPATH, EP3, ARCHNEMESIS Philadelphia's Telepath creates live electronica with dub, Afrobeat, Latin and Middle Eastern influences. Atlanta's EP3 also uses live instrumentation to create its electro-house grooves. Archnemesis, featuring members of Telepath, M.O. Theory and the Landsquid, opens the show. $12. 10 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — Jonathan Williams


BLACK LIPS, MISSING MONUMENTS, KING LOUIE ONE MAN BAND Calling Black Lips garage is more emblematic of the zeitgeist than descriptive, since they wander from Gun Club-ish rockabilly to garage-psych drone, ragged lo-fi rumble and whisk-indie rock. Sold out. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — Chris Parker

MICHELLE MALONE BANNED, DRAG THE RIVER It's a double dose of Moanin' Malone as she reunites with '80s major-label buddies Drag the River, then revs up the Southern blues-rock quotient with her current lineup. Expect guests, friends and an explosive show. $20-$150. 7 and 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. — Hal Horowitz

MODERN SKIRTS, FIVE EIGHT A pair of Athens regulars sound out '09 as the headliner's sweet, dreamy pop sits somewhat uncomfortably with the opener's tougher rock/indie attack. Five Eight, in existence for nearly two decades, represents the city's older guard while the Skirts are up-and-comers in comparison. $15-$20. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — HH

SEALIONS, ABBY GO GO, THIS PIANO PLAYS ITSELF Sealions ring in the new year with a set of warped and junk-culture-afflicted dance beats. Abby Go Go rides deep grooves of psychedelic strumming and distortion, mesmerizing rhythms and far-away dirges. This Piano Plays Itself plays reverb-heavy, ambient-rock soundscapes. Champagne toast at midnight. $8. 8 p.m. Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 404-874-5756. — Chad Radford

SYLVIA MCNAIR Two-time Grammy winner McNair sings American standards from the 1920s-'50s backed by Michael Krajewski and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who also play light classics to bring in 2010. $30-$68. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. — Mark Gresham

TOMMY LEE, DJ AERO Motley Crüe drummer, reality TV personality, inadvertent porn star — these aren't the only titles Lee holds. He, along with turntable mentor Aero, also spins house/electro for the celebrity-spotting set that will grind in the new year at Primal. $30-$80. 10 p.m. Primal Atlanta. 404-886-3467. — JW


AVETT BROTHERS The energetic Americana act completes its transformation into a great pop band on their Rick Rubin-produced major-label debut. The beautiful harmonies, evocative lyrics and rich pop sensibilities boast a broad appeal like the Beatles. $25-$35. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre. 404-881-2100. — CP

BONERAMA Assuming the four-trombone frontline hasn't blown out its lips after what was likely a late and wild New Year's Eve show, this'll be another hot gig of horn-propelled rock, soul, funk, blues and rowdiness of the sort they patent down in New Orleans. $12-$15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — Hal Horowitz

ROBINELLA Start the new year off with a bit of Robinella's folky, jazzy, torchy blend — easy on the ears and warm in the soul. She's been laying low for a while, but tonight is a CD release party for her newest project. $15-$75. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. — James Kelly

The first of what's promised by organizers as an annual event showcasing 20 local bands over two days in Austell, via Ga. 78, some 10 miles OTP on Atlanta's far west side. Continues through SAT/2. $6-$10. 6 p.m. Fat Cats. 770-745-9944. — MG

CAROLINE AIKEN, YONRICO SCOTT Tonight's show is a "Circle of Love" benefit for Christina Gorski, who was seriously injured in a hit and run, and like many young Americans, has no health insurance. Someday, we may not need these types of benefits ... someday. $12-$60. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. — JK

HIP TO DEATH, CAPIBARA, THE PINX Armed with heart-wrenching melodies, tastefully stoned riffs and the most fully realized (and good) rock songwriting this town has seen in decades, the Pinx are Atlanta's best-kept secret. Hip to Death plays jagged, morphine post-punk. Capibara opens with fierce, though undercooked noisy rock rants. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. — CR


Tealights' sound is a delicate balance of bold, modern classical, brittle electronic pop, and the avant-garde converging on a precious, proficient sound that's quite epic. The Sour Notes from Austin, Texas, and Atlanta's It's Elephants open. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. — CR

The ASO partners with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival for the first-ever concert of music from Jewish movies presented by any major orchestra, worldwide. Musical selections accompanied by visual montages of stills from films. $18-$75. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. — MG


REBECCA LOEBE, KATE MORRISSEY, HEATHER LUTTRELL The lovely and talented Loebe begins a four-week residency at Red Light tonight with special guests Morrissey and popular local songstress Luttrell. Not your usual girly-girl, estrogen-soaked folk, but songs with substance and hooks. $5. 8 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. — JK


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