CL's picks for upcoming Atlanta concerts and music events 


THE N.E.C., ALL THE SAINTS, ADVENTURE Local rockers the N.E.C. continue their monthlong residency at the Star Bar with a show of psych-damaged garage punk. All the Saints applies the psychedelic approach to a sound that's rooted much more deeply in a surreal pop terrain as the group crafts arching walls of dense resonance that blur the lines between goth, metal, noise and an emotionally charged dirge of rhythm and feedback. Adventure opens. $3. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. -- Chad Radford

THE WHIGS, TOKYO POLICE CLUB Athens trio the Whigs slalom through their catchy indie rock like Wile E. Coyote strapped to an Acme rocket, beaming power-pop ebullience and anxious, shifty winsomeness. Their second album, Mission Control, ambles from laconic rock waltzes ("Sleep Sunshine") to jagged dance-punk ("Production City"), reprising a bevy of styles without missing a step. Ontario's Tokyo Police Club plays energetic indie pop keyed by swirling keyboards and punchy, danceable rhythms. The colorful, caffeinated abandon of their new album, Elephant Shell, is as infectious as a room of snotty first graders. $15. 9 p.m. 40 Watt Club, Athens. 706-549-7871. -- Chris Parker


TOBY KEITH, MONTGOMERY GENTRY It's testosterone time at Lakewood, where country music's top tough guys share the stage. Keith is an enigma -- a lifelong Democrat who had the biggest pro-Iraq war anthem on the charts. I don't get it. Montgomery Gentry has had its curtain pulled back a bit, as if shooting pet bears in cages proves you have nads. Add three unknown opening acts? I'm staying home. $29.75-$59.75. 7:30 p.m. Lakewood Amphitheatre. 404-443-5090. -- James Kelly

MR. GNOME Drawing on a visceral blend of contrasting textures -- light/dark, soft/loud -- local duo Nicole Barille and Sam Meister recast the epic menace of bands such as Red Sparowes, Isis and Pelican. Barille's ethereal vocals add a feminine element missing from the aforementioned combos, heightening the contrasts. At times their languid drift suggests a sadcore band, then Meister starts pounding his kit like an abusive alcoholic and Barille loosens the throttle on her guitar, sending crashing sheets of distortion from her amp. They're supporting their full-length debut, Deliver This Creature. $6-$7. 10 p.m. Caledonia Lounge, Athens. 706-549-5577. -- CP

ROBIN ROGERS After getting clean from various addictions in 1989, relocating to North Carolina and marrying guitarist Tony Rogers, blues-jazz vocalist/harpist Robin made a name for herself, tirelessly touring the Eastern Seaboard and gaining fans one blues joint at a time. She graduated to the major leagues when national blues label Blind Pig recently released her new album, a winning set of '40s-influenced, predominantly original tunes that doesn't sound a bit retro. Her husky, soulful voice, similar to that of Maria Muldaur, and classic approach to American musical styles combine with stunning vocal power and room-shaking confidence for a dynamic, even explosive combination. $8. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-2583. -- Hal Horowitz

WILD SWEET ORANGE, WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS, THE GOLDEST Birmingham, Ala., country surrealists Wild Sweet Orange blend the imagery from the best part of rural Americana and the creepiest elements of suburbia in the vein of David Lynch's Blue Velvet to concoct a truly beautiful and outsider indie-rock sound. Think Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot meets "Twin Peaks." Austin, Texas's WMMF creates a dynamic indie-pop sound. Atlanta's Beatles-esque pop foursome the Goldest opens. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. -- CR


MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK, DEAR AND THE HEADLIGHTS, MARGOT AND THE NUCLEAR SO-AND-SO'S A triple bill of fine pop-tinged rock acts. MCS comprises elder statesmen with nine years and three albums of harmony-rich punk-pop. Despite faint echoes of early '90s post-punk and alt-rock, they're mostly hook-heavy balladeers reminiscent of Fall Out Boy. Phoenix's Dear and the Headlights prefer swooning, melodious midtempo shuffles that flirt with Britpop and Saddle Creek's melodramatic angst. On Margot's debut, The Dust of Retreat, the Indianapolis octet balances careening, string- and horn-fueled arrangements with sweet, melodious broken-hearted odes, threading the needle between the Arcade Fire's vibrant, unpredictable art rock and K Records' navel-gazing twee. $13. 8 p.m. 40 Watt Club, Athens. 706-549-7871. -- CP

OTHERSOUND FESTIVAL Tonight's event features a slew of the most diverse acts in the city, with no real discernable thread of continuity other than they like to play loud and have fun. Pink Police, Attractive '80s Women, Warm in the Wake, the Preakness, Icecaps, Grand Prize Winners, Calabi Yau fill the long bill. Consider it a time trial for Atlantis. $12. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. -- JK

TOUBAB KREWE, JOSH PHILLIPS FOLK FESTIVAL Those North Carolinians sure do sound like they just stepped out of the Soweto backbush, capturing the rich Afropop style with plenty of authenticity and commitment. Phillips is the former leader of Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, and is taking his music in a new and different direction. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- JK



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