CL's picks for the week's best shows 

Backed by thin scratchy guitar, pop-gun drums and tinny keyboard bursts, local quartet the Coathangers channel punky, atavistic bristle. Their shouted, team vocals flatten an oddball array of subjects with volume, exuberance, expletives and naïve charm. $8. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — Chris Parker

Johann Sebastian Bach's sweet and pleasantly airy “Orchestral Suite No. 4” opens, in strong contrast to Anton Bruckner's broadly serious but often lyrical “Symphony No. 7” which concludes. Donald Runnicles conducts. Repeats SAT/8. $20-$75. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. — Mark Gresham

SONS OF BILL, AMERICAN AQUARIUM Covering similar ground as Lucero with commensurately gruff vocals, American Aquairum’s moved through traditional-minded Americana and Southern/country rock before settling into Springsteen-inflected country-soul for its latest, Dances for the Lonely, showcasing the group's finest chops and writing to date. $7. 10 p.m. Peachtree Tavern. 404-842-1700. — CP

Atlanta hip-hop's infamous weirdos will be previewing their upcoming mixtape, Edible Phat 2.0, to be hosted and mixed by DJ Don Cannon. Call for price. 10 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. — Branden Roane

THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS You might not be able to understand a word he’s singing between onstage athletics and other shenanigans, but the Shack Shakers’ unhinged frontman and blues harpist, J.D. Wilkes, is impossible to take your eyes off of as he leads the band through its psychobilly paces. Intense, loud and wildly entertaining. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — HH

ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS One of the purest folk duos in the business play a rare afternoon matinee show. They are the real deal, and the combination of great songs, sweet harmonies, and fine picking create the total package. NOTE EARLY TIME! $20-$100. 2 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. — James Kelly

ZZ TOP The little ol’ band from Texas does larger-than-life concerts, loaded with deep blues and hard rocking good time tunes. Never straying too far from their signature sound, Top is as entertaining as you want them to be. $35-$65. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-249-6400. — JK

THE WILD, THE BACK POCKETS, SMALL TALK, GIANT LION Earnest and riled-up folk-punk shouters the Wild celebrate the release of their debut full-length, Set Ourselves Free (Asian Man Records). Ragtag performance art crew the Back Pockets also celebrate the release of a new EP. Fugazi-esque two-piece Small Talk and Giant Lion also perform. $5 (pay $10 and get a copy of the Wild's CD). 9 p.m. Wonder Root. 404-254-5955. – Chad Radford

BALKANS, FUTURE ISLANDS, LOWER DENS, #PHONEPUNK# Atlanta indie rock brats the Balkans celebrate the release of their “Bill Spills,” “Leopard Print” b/w “Georganne” single via Double Phantom Records. Baltimore’s Wham City synth pop affiliates Future Islands, Lower Dens, featuring avant-folk songstress Jana Hunter, and Atlanta’s own #phonepunk# opens the show. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — CR

Flutist James Zellers is featured in Bach's “Orchestral Suite No. 2.” Violinist Kenn Wagner and pianist Daniel Schene solo in Mendelssohn's “Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra.” Soprano Noa Bizansky performs art songs. $20 suggested donation. 2:30 p.m.  Srochi Hall, Ahavath Achim Synagogue. 404-355-5222. — MG

MTB’s shifty arrangements are shaped by prog and math rock, infused with soothing Northwestern pop melodicism reminiscent of Death Cab and Modest Mouse. The group's latest, Omni, signals a new direction into soul and dancier, synth-driven tones. $20-$22.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. —  CP

Struggling alt-country singer/songwriter Bingham hit the mainstream fast when he was featured in both the flick and soundtrack to Crazy Heart. As usual, his “overnight” success was anything but, and with two impressive albums and plenty of road miles under his belt, Bingham’s whiskey scarred voice and stripped down alt-country seem far too idiosyncratic for prime time. Sold out. 9 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — HH

Finding oneself is hard after the tragic loss of a husband, but Rae returns to the stage and the love of her fans. Her beautiful voice and soft easy material is made for lovers, so there is a real poignancy in this event. Sold out. 8 p.m. Center Stage Theater. 404-885-1365. — JK

GROWING, LYONNAIS, BRAINWORLDS On tour in support of a brand-new Vice Records album, Pumps, Growing brings the noise in form of a busy but comforting, avant-garde post-industrial dub-type thing. Think Black Dice on Zoloft and you’ve got the vibe. Local acts Lyonnais and Brainworlds explore the shadowy regions where pop drone and experimental soundscapes converge. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — CR




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