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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

Young’s a versatile talent who matches tender vulnerability with a spunky individuality as she traverses jazz-blues, folk-pop and confessional indie pop recalling Jolie Holland, Mary Lou Lord and Regina Spektor. Opener Bess Rogers plays smart, spirited rootsy indie pop. $8-$10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — Chris Parker

P.O.S., DESSA, ASTRONAUTALIS Raised on punk rock before discovering rap, Twin Cities rapper P.O.S. brings rock bristle to his hip-hop, cutting his teeth on tours with rap, punk and metalcore acts alike. His hungry passionate anthemic rolls syllables like cracked-out bums. $10. 6:30 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — CP

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Robert Spano conducts the longest symphony of the standard repertoire: Gustav Mahler's “Symphony No. 3.” Mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose, Gwinnett Young Singers, ASO Chorus women sing the lyrics from Nietzsche and German folk-poetry. Repeats SAT/6. $20-$75. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. — Mark Gresham

FUCK YESSS WITH LE CASTLE VANIA, COMPUTER CLUB, RRRUMP RESIDENT Body movers Le Castle Vania and RRRump provide electro party beats at this monthly hipster hive. Joining them this month is Computer Club, an electro/funk/house side project of Gigantor of drum ‘n’ bass outfit Evol Intent. $5-$7. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. — Jonathan Williams

TERRI CLARK Canadian silver-voiced C&W thrush Clark didn’t score a commercial hit with 2009’s self-produced The Long Way Home, but it was one of her most personal albums. This “Unplugged and Alone” show is an even better way to experience those songs and her more popular material. The stripped-down, rawer treatment should illuminate Clark’s stirring melodies, often buried beneath slick, radio ready production. $30-35. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. — Hal Horowitz

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Imagine that Minor Threat traded political righteousness for doom-laden riffs and pornography, and you’d have a good idea of the kind of dirty hardcore fury Bukake Boys unleash. For this show, the group is celebrating the release of a new seven-song, 7-inch EP. Ralph plays brash ’80s-style hardcore and Predator plays fast, jittery punk despair. The Bums open. $5. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — Chad Radford

BELA FLECK: THE AFRICA PROJECT The banjo was invented in Africa and brought to the U.S. by slaves. Master banjoist Fleck has spent years researching the history of the instrument, and tonight he brings several African players to swap licks and educate the masses. $36-$65. 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts. 404-413-9849. — James Kelly

TIM BARRY, NINJA GUN, CLAY EVANS Since punkers Avail’s last release, former frontman Tim Barry’s taken his hardcore attitude into the solo realm, forging a boisterous folk-punk sound short on pretense, long on rough-hewn honesty, and as bracing as several Jameson shots. $10. 9 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — CP

FRED SCHNEIDER'S SPRING THANG BINGO DANCE PARTY, DJ VICKI POWELL Eccentric B-52s frontman hosts this gay-centric dance party with bingo, drag queens, food, games and other festivities. DJ Vicki Powell will join Schneider in providing the new wave, disco and retro pop. $20-$75. 6 p.m. Gold Room. 404-693-9693. — JW

DJ WRECKINEYEZ, SALAH ANANSE DJ WreckinEyez of Asher Roth fame headlines Sol Fusion's iRock, a celebration of rock and hip-hop. Salah Ananse also spins with live percussion by ALIen and MCing by Dres the Beatnik. Videos, free cocktails and other festivities keep the party going. $10 (free until 10 p.m.). 9 p.m. Aja. 404-231-0001. — JW

SHERWOOD, HOT CHELLE RAE, BLACK GOLD, REECE Sherwood headlines this show with its sunshine-y power pop. Hot Chelle Rae combines pop punk and dance rock following Black Gold’s synth-driven electro rock. $12. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — JW

GORDON LIGHTFOOT Last week’s rumors of his death were greatly exaggerated, and folk legend Lightfoot shoulders a repertoire of songs that have a timeless quality to them. From the “Edmund Fitzgerald” until “Sundown,” he has earned a place in music history. $38-$75. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. — JK

Seventies funk legend Lee Fields graces the stage with a set of classic grunts, shouts and cool croons backed by Atlanta’s very own Soulphonics. In addition to backing Lee, the Soulphonics pull double duty to celebrate the release of a brand-new single with Ruby Velle. DJ Brian Poust of the Peachtree Soul Club keeps the party moving with classic soul, funk and R&B cuts. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. —  CR

RAFAL BLECHACZ Gold Medal winner of the 2005 International Frederic Chopin Competition, pianist Belchaz is noted for a natural, organic style of playing, offering up keyboard standrads by J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Claude Debussy and Frederic Chopin. $40. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200.  — MG

PERFECT ATTENDANCE Run-DMC. E.P.M.D. OutKast. The rap duo hearkens back to a simpler time in hip-hop, when royalties were happily split down the middle, 50/50, with no wrangling over the amount of each individual's creative contribution. Above all, it was essential that your partner have your back — and a spare mic for the hand-off. This month's showcase highlights the Return of the Duo with local independents Mach Five, Fat Kids Brotha, the Canz, the Fresh, Retro Sushi and Clan Destined competing for prizes and respect. Call for price. 10:30 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — Rodney Carmichael

Perhaps the members of Atlanta rap trio Travis Porter are too young to remember when artists waited until they'd actually gotten signed, garnered some multiplatinum success, and overcome a little tragedy before indulging themselves with music biopics and such. But applying old-school rules to Travis Porter's futuristic swag is like trying to abate the sugar-high induced by its candy-coated jams ("All the Way Turnt Up," "Go Shorty Go"). Consider the screening of Unbelievable and the concert to follow an overdose. $20. 7 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. — RC

XIU XIU, GIRL IN A COMA, NOVELLER Xiu Xiu returns in support of Dear God, I Hate Myself, a brash and distressed experimental pop album that finds the group’s mastermind Jamie Stewart reaching a plateau of post-goth drama and exhausted, industrial subtlety. San Antonio’s streamlined lady punk trio Girl in a Coma, and Brooklyn-based sound sculptor and experimental songstress Noveller also perform. $8-$10. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. — CR

 Baritone Raabe and his orchestra recreate music drawn from the haute couture and concurrent decadence of the troubled “Weimar Republic” era that was Germany after World War I up until the ascent of Hitler. $44.75-$76.85. 7 p.m. Egyptian Ballroom. Fox Theatre. 404-881-2100.  — MG

Married couple pianist Linford Detweiler and singer Karin Bergquist have been perfecting their jazz inflected folk-rock since 1990, mixing intensely personal ruminations with music that ranges from atmospheric to bluesy. Bergquist’s husky vocals are immediate and compelling, and with a catalog of dozens of great songs to choose from, the duo always delivers a moving show. $20-25. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. — HH

Two members of classic rock’s AARP crowd play separately and hopefully together, to try to recreate past glories. Both are obviously capable of greatness, but also of sleepwalking through shows (Slowhand, we’re talking to you). Here’s hoping for some spontaneous musical combustion to justify the potential, hype and inflated ticket price. $58-98. 7:30 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center. 770-813-7500. — HH

If you like your country with a little rock, and your rock with a little country, this is the show for you. Both CCR and the Kellys (no relation) bring a hard-edged but melodic sensibility to their rootsy music. $18-$20. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. — JK

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