CL's picks for upcoming Atlanta concerts and music events 

WED/13

ARMS AND SLEEPERS, CHRIS DEVOE, INDIGO VOX Cambridge, Mass., trio Arms and Sleepers create drifting, ambient soundscapes that are cut from live drums and synths. The songs move too swiftly to be called trip-hop, but are too dramatic to be called anything else. Indigo Vox is the electro-pop vehicle driven by Atlanta-based composer Raquel Pupo. Devoe spins cool and heady beats backed by electric piano and drums. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum Music and Art Gallery. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- Chad Radford

NINE INCH NAILS, DEERHUNTER How do you rekindle relevance? The same way a new band courts attention -- by giving it away. After striking industrial music's beachhead in the mainstream with his first couple albums, Reznor grew fussy, insular, indulgent and, by the time of 2005's With Teeth, largely irrelevant. While the craftsmanship's increased, his new album, The Slip, is the first to recapture the immediacy and energy of his earliest releases. It's available for free from his site, along with tracks from other electronic artists like freaky electro-psych locals Deerhunter. $39.50-$56.50. 7 p.m. Gwinnett Center. 770-813-7500. www.gwinnettcenter.com. -- Chris Parker

SILVER BEATS, PRABIR & THE SUBSTITUTES Just when you think the "tribute band" wagon will finally break down, something interesting comes along. The Silver Beats is a Japanese band that plays the early Beatles material, when they were fab. All reports say it's a visual and musical mirror on the past. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Prabir & the Substitutes open. $17.50-$20. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- James Kelly

STOLL VAUGHAN, BILL MALLONEE Based strictly on experience and releases, this lineup should be reversed, with ex-Vigilantes of Love frontman Mallonee, who has racked up nearly 20 years in the music biz, headlining over relative newcomer Vaughan. Regardless, it's a terrific bill of Dylan-inspired Americana, as each musician can shift from introspective folk to thumping, heartland rocking with twangy country tinges faster than you can say "the basement tapes." Both write rugged songs with ringing choruses worthy of his Bobness and have toured long enough to know how to deliver them with passion and intensity. $10-$50. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- Hal Horowitz

FRI/15

LUCERO They started as a country band to piss their punk friends off, and got a little early help from Luther and Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars). Guitarist Brian Venable left, and whiskey-throated frontman Ben Nichols tacked Lucero toward indie-country roots somewhere between the Drive-By Truckers and the Replacements. Venable returned for the grimy garage rumble of 2005's Nobody's Darlings, and then in 2006 (before the Truckers!) they added a keyboardist (Rick Steff), producing the soul-soaked Southern rock Rebels, Rogues and Sworn Brothers, like the Boss deep-fat fried with the pork rinds. $12. 9 p.m. The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom, Macon. 478-741-9130. www.myspace.com/thebirdstage. -- CP

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA After their previous Atlanta show was cancelled due to visa problems, the acoustic guitarists have exploded commercially and now play a larger theater. Anyone expecting a snoozy, laid-back evening probably hasn't seen any YouTube videos of the pair as they hyperventilate through a set that includes traditional classical Spanish guitar originals along with nontraditional prog and trash-metal covers all performed with complex, technically intricate fret-melting picking. It's rousing, unpredictable and intense music that shifts emotions in less time than you can say "Stairway to Heaven," which they famously cover. $35. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.tabernacleatl.com. -- HH

THE WRIGHTS, ANNA KRAMER Former local duet the Wrights come back home to celebrate the release of a great new acoustic CD of all cover songs. Adam and Shannon's vocal interplay and smart song choices make for a pleasant evening. Kramer returns to her country roots for a night, and will make you wonder why she wandered down that rock 'n' roll highway. The gal can flat out nail those tearjerkers. $12-$60. 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- JK

SAT/16

BLACKBERRY SMOKE, JOCEPHUS & THE GEORGE JONESTOWN MASSACRE Blackberry Smoke plays pure and unadulterated Southern rock that channels the spirit of everyone from the Allman Bros. to the Byrds to craft an old world rock 'n' roll sound. Memphis country-punk fusionists Jocephus & the George Jonestown Massacre play a dazzling and somewhat confusing blend of banjo chops that find a middle ground somewhere between redneck stomps and punk-rock jitters. $10. 9 p.m. The Star Bar. 404-681-5740. www.starbar.net. -- CR

THE HISS, APACHE, ELECTRIC SHADOWS, THE NEC Atlanta four-piece the Hiss plays a cocky rock strut that borrows from the Who, the Rolling Stones, et. al. Bay Area long-hairs Apache plays rock that leans toward the pop tones of the '70s. Like-minded NYC trio Electric Shadows follows suit, but tunes it down a notch. Atlanta's the NEC hones a noisy, '60s psych-tinged rumble to guide its take on retro-mod rock 'n' roll. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

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