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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/3
GIANT LION, A LULL, GOLD-BEARS Florida transplants Gold-Bears play sentimental and ecstatic twee punk that’s shrouded in a haze of light distortion and noisy, drawn-out rhythms. Chicago’s A Lull meshes serene atmospheres with bombastic beats that give rise to a pleasantly experimental pop droll. Locals Giant Lion open with a set of sparse and arty folk pop that is as earthy as it is ethereal. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford

THOMAS MARTIN One of the world's best known classical contrabassists, Martin has held principal chair positions with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Oxford Philomusica. $20. 8 p.m. Peachtree Christian Church. 404-888-0165. More info. — Mark Gresham


THU/4
YOUNG ANTIQUES, THE PINX, 40 HELLS Longstanding local power-pop trio Young Antiques navigate a sonic terrain of well-produced punk songwriting and concise pop hooks that culminate in rousing, thirtysomething anthems about drinking beer and being a dude. The Pinx turn it up one louder with tight, stoned-metal grooves. 40 Hells open the show with a show of tried and true punk rock. $3. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — CR

AL DI MEOLA Pegged as a jazz guitarist, six string virtuoso Di Meola is much more diverse. He effortlessly shifts from the intense rock fusion of his Return to Forever fame, to classical, world music and flamenco. He can shred with the best of them, but unlike many of his talented peers appreciates the importance and beauty of subtlety, too.  $27.50-$30. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — Hal Horowitz

BLACK EYED PEAS, LMFAO The Black Eyed Peas launch their E.N.D World Tour tonight at Philips Arena. Joining the dance-pop spectacle is LMFAO, an electro hip-hop duo whose party vibe could make Fergie piss her pants again. $49.50-$625. 7:30 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com. — Jonathan Williams

DEBBIE DAVIES Blues woman Davies has a good — if not terribly distinctive — voice, but is best known for her dazzling lead guitar slinging abilities. Those are spotlighted on a new album of instrumentals where she tears into a batch of originals and a few covers with the grace, gusto and guts of the finest musicians in her field. $10. 9 p.m. Blind Willie’s. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com. — HH

FRI/5
JONATHAN RICHMAN Richman’s Modern Lovers inspired new wave, while his naive sweetness and vulnerability made him a natural for There's Something About Mary, which turned him from cult fave to phenomena. Last year, he recorded an album with Vic Chesnutt. $12. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. — CP

GIRLS, MAGIC KIDS, THE SMITH WESTERNS Girls became a sensation with last year’s terrific debut, Album, whose infectious, hazy shimmer blends artless, straightforward ‘60s pop and lo-fi, blissed-out psych shamble recalling early Flaming Lips. Magic Kids’ boy/girls vocals emanate Beach Boys-ish baroque-pop warmth. Sold out. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CP

SAT/6

BOSCO, THE 54 Since dropping her first name, Atlanta's Bosco (formerly Brittany Bosco) has been in the studio peeling back those layers of retro-electro funk to reveal on her next CD something more akin to the raw, rock essence she delivers onstage. Expect a sneak preview. Atlanta's newest black rock incarnation, the 54, opens. $8-$10. 10 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — Rodney Carmichael

ERIC TAYLOR Atlanta-born, Texas-bred singer/storyteller Taylor has been lauded for years by his troubadour compatriots such as Lyle Lovett and Guy Clark. One listen to his detailed, often darkly poetic song portraits sung in a gruff, road-weary voice is all you’ll need to know why. $20. 9 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — HH

TANNAHILL WEAVERS Maintaining the authenticity that is so integral to the traditional music of Scotland, the Weavers will take you back in time to my bonnie homeland. They do it all — jigs, reels, ballads and plenty of songs about Culloden. $22.50-$25. 8:30 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. — James Kelly

THE WHISKEY GENTRY, HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, THE MIGHTY BISON, JOSH ROBERTS A four-band bill topped off with the Whiskey Gentry, who blend Irish and Appalachian music, sort of like moonshine-fueled Pogues. HGWT hails from Tampa, and has a big reputation as the premier Americana band in town. $10-$12. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — JK

DONNA THE BUFFALO, SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD DTB’s intricate acoustic music is good fodder for lost Deadheads, but it’s a big time nevertheless. Split Lip Rayfield bounces back after the passing of a founding member, and it’s good to hear their alt bluegrass again. $20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JK

SUN/7
GEORGIAN CHAMBER PLAYERS Veterans of the local classical scene for more than 25 years and one of Atlanta's most stalwart and respected chamber ensembles, GCP and guests perform quintets and sextets by Luigi Boccherini, Richard Strauss and Antonin Dvorák. $30. 3 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. — MG

MON/8
SONIC GENERATOR Music of composer Michael Gordon, including “I Buried Paul” (based upon “noise” surrounding the enigmatic end of the Beatles' “Strawberry Fields Forever”), “Weather One,” and “Light Is Calling.” Reception follows. Free. 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center. 404-385-7257. www.sonicgenerator.gatech.edu. — MG

MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK, SET YOUR GOALS, THIS PROVIDENCE, THE SWELLERS Pop-punkers Motion City Soundtrack possess a chunky attack informed by late ‘80s alterna-rock, if far more polished. Their big shout-along choruses and handy hooks suggest crossover appeal, which they’ll test after signing with Columbia for their latest. $18.50. 6 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com.
— CP

CASPA, THE OTHERS, D1, MATTY G, ROD AZLAN Whisperlink Caspa is one of the leading names in London’s dubstep scene, which is quickly catching on among American fans of harder electro music like drum ‘n’ bass and jungle. Tonight, he headlines Scion’s Dub Police CD release party. Free with RSVP to www.scion.com/avrelease. 10 p.m. Graveyard Tavern. 404-213-0007. www.graveyardtavern.com. — JW

MUSIC HATES YOU, HELL COMES TO TOWN, SONS OF TONATIUH, PPR Music Hates You is the self-proclaimed “angriest band in Athens,” which is funny because it’s Athens. The songs are big, pedal-to-the-medal Motorhead-style anthems that chug, wail and seethe with kick-in-the-gut fury. The rest of the bill covers the gamut of blackened metal angst to goofy, lo-fi thrash punk. $6. 9 p.m. Lenny’s. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. — CR

TUES/9
SONEN, THE SILENT LEAGUE, THE PAPER HATS, DJ KEITH EVANS Local indie electro act Sonen plays synth-heavy dance rock with a slightly goth edge. The Silent League’s chamber pop is sublimely executed by members of Mercury Rev, Interpol and Arcade Fire. Sonen’s Keith Evans closes out the night. $5. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — JW
      

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