CL's picks for the week's best shows 

BUDDY O’REILLY BAND Every year on St. Paddy’s Day, the world turns green and everyone is Irish. The O’Reilly Band provides a perfect soundtrack for the festivities, and with an early show suitable for little ones, you might catch a leprechaun! $5-$13. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. — JK

JOHN MAYER, MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD Mayer is a narcissistic little white prick. Opener Franti is one of the finest political reggae rockers in the world, whose focus on social issues through song delivers a powerful and entertaining message. Go early, leave early. $35-$75. 7 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. — James Kelly

ALKALINE TRIO, CURSIVE Chicago’s pop/punk trio tours behind a strong, if polished and radio friendly, new album that mixes sharply observed lyrics with standard-issue three-chord bluster. Veteran indie rockers Cursive make a strong opener even if the band’s diverse and occasionally experimental styles don’t necessarily align with the headliner’s meat and potatoes attack. $17.50. 9 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-223-1100. — HH

ALL THE SAINTS, BALKANS, LYONNAIS When it comes to the local indie-rock scene, it doesn’t get better than this. ATS pummel the soul and the ears with a slow rumble of Southern gothic noise pop. Balkans play quick and spastic rock, and Lyonnais churn out gorgeous pop/drone experimentation. Some nights they riff on a wash of atmospheric sounds. Other nights they cover artsy and prot-industrial British post-punk, and every show is a heady and compelling spectacle to behold. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — Chad Radford

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA Michael Palmer conducts a pair of premieres by Atlanta composers: Nickitas Demos' “Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra” and Curtis Bryant's “Divertimento for Strings.” Also music by Christos Samaras, Rachmaninoff and de Falla. Free. 7:30 p.m. Rialto Center, GSU. 404-413-5901. — MG

THE KUUMBA SINGERS OF HARVARD COLLEGE The Swahili word “kuumba” means “creativity,” specifically a kind that leaves a space better than it was found. The collegiate choir has been lionizing black creative expressions of the African diaspora since 1970. Free. Noon. Kopleff Recital Hall, GSU. 404-413-5901. — Mark Gresham

WAYNE “THE TRAIN” HANCOCK, SLIM CHANCE & THE CONVICTS It’s a night of pure honky-tonk and hillbilly music with a double bill of veterans that know and love it. Hancock’s natural Hank Sr. vocal twang and strong originals, many sounding like obscure covers, makes him one of the foremost contemporary artists working in this somewhat retro but highly influential genre. $10-$12. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — Hal Horowitz

The late Gates was one of those Atlanta musicians who remained under the radar but was influential on the '90s local scene through work with bands such as Loudflower and Kathleen Turner Overdrive. He loved power pop and British Invasion music, so his friends and associates promise wildly eclectic covers from those genres, surprise guests and unpredictable onstage collaborations. $7. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — HH

This chamber orchestra of 15 musicians from Quebec, led by cellist and conductor Yuri Turovsky, takes a conceptually fresh approach to repertoire from Baroque to contemporary in their intensely expressive, flexible and intrepid performance style. Free. 2 p.m. First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. 404-228-7732. — MG

I feel sort of bad for Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. The original guitarist in Metallica, then they kicked him out. Fortunately, he has proven himself, as Megadeth can rock like mofo’s. Openers Testament and Exodus will make your ears bleed. $35. 7 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. — JK

TORCHE, WIZARD SMOKE, IRREVERSIBLE Miami-ATL trio Torche subverts the metal paradigm with a speedy and triumphant chug and riffage. Wizard Smoke plays mountainous marijuana metal, and Irreversible opens the show with a wall of scorched guitar textures, drones and distorted experiements. $10-$12. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — CR

Swedish trio Miike Snow plays the kind of electro psych pop that keeps fans of Animal Collective, MGMT and Peter Bjorn and John in bliss. Having just played South by Southwest, the band makes a rare Atlanta stop with Barcelona’s Delorean in tow. $14. 8 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — Jonathan Williams

THE RUBY SUNS, TORO Y MOI, ORYX AND CRAKE New Zealand’s the Ruby Suns play lulling, ethereal dream pop. South Carolina’s Toro Y Moi sounds more like an ‘80s synth-funk project. The haunting dystopia of Atlanta’s Oryx and Crake open the show. $10. 9 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn. — JW

CUSTOMERS, HOME BLITZ, BROKEN WATER Fresh out of Living Room Studio where they recorded a batch of new songs for an upcoming record, Customers play fast, loose, early Replacements-style punk shambles. Princeton, N.J.’s Home Blitz speeds through lo-fi, power-pop garage-rock numbers. Olympia, Wash.’s Broken Water takes on a morphine-afflicted side of power pop and distortion in the vein of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, et. al. $5. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — CR

GOD MODULE, ESPERMACHINE, DJ AESTHETIC, DJ 313 God Module’s spooky aggrotech and pounding industrial beats sound simultaneously dystopian and dated. Espermachine’s EBM is just as ‘80s-inspired, but a bit moodier. DJs Aesthetic and 313 churn out additional industrial mayhem. $7. 9 p.m. The Shelter. 678-694-7435. — JW  



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