CL's picks for upcoming Atlanta concerts and music events 


VOICES & ORGANS, MOM, GHOSTS PROJECT Led by Per Lindmark, Voices and Organs explores the art of storytelling through intimate sonic textures and dramatic melodies that find balance in a web of songwriting and impressionism. Mom creates a warm sonic blanket by layering the scraps of sound from music boxes, guitars, shortwave radios, tape machines and water, among other things. Ghosts Project is a local improv ensemble that merges elements of classical music, opera and haunting drones. $7. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. -- Chad Radford


DONNA THE BUFFALO I love the smell of patchouli and hippie-chick B.O. in the evening. No, actually I hate it. Just be prepared for the olfactory onslaught tonight, as the twirlers work themselves into a frenzy to the amalgamated jam-band sounds of DTB. They are good at what they do, if that's your bag. Far out, man ... $20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. -- James Kelly

THE SHANGHAI GESTURE, TODAY THE MOON, TOMORROW THE SUN, WIN WIN WINTER The Shanghai Gesture is the latest offering from longtime Atlanta guitarist/songwriter and former Nightporters member Ray Dafrico. The group plays hook-laden power-pop anthems that give a nod to the Replacements and the Kinks while dropping a bit of '60s British Invasion strut in the here and now. Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun and Win Win Winter open. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- CR


DAEDALUS QUARTET Possessed of both finesse and fury, Daedalus Quartet has a reputation for polished tone and insightful interpretations. They open with "String Quartet in G minor, Op. 20 No. 3" by Franz Joseph Haydn, followed by "String Quartet No. 2" ("Intimate Letters") by Leoš Janácek, which was inspired by his unrequited love for a married woman 38 years his junior. Guest pianist Benjamin Hochman and double-bassist Kurt Muroki join in for the ever-popular "Trout" Quintet by Franz Schubert. $40. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. -- Mark Gresham

DEAD CONFEDERATE, WAX FANG, TWIN TIGERS Atlanta's Dead Confederate celebrates the CD-release party in honor of its brand new recording, Wrecking Ball. The album is a scorching journey into modern Southern psych rock that is at once sprawling and epic, while maintaining a sense of yearning and introspection. Louisville's art-rock oddballs Wax Fang and Athens' post-shoegaze/art-pop trio Twin Tigers are also on the bill. $8-$10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- CR

MARCIA BALL Her great new CD, Peace, Love & BBQ, pays homage to the folks who lived through Katrina, and unfortunately Gustav has added an unwanted postscript. But Ball knows how to put on a show, and there will be plenty of that Cajun boogie-woogie swinging tonight. $17.50-$20. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. -- JK

DAVID BYRNE Touring to support a new collaborative effort with old cohort Brian Eno that few in the audience are likely to have heard (even though it's streaming free on Byrne's Web page), the ex-Talking Heads frontman knows it's the boomer-friendly '80s folks expecting the "Burning Down the House" hits that will be filling the seats. Ever the artiste, he'll probably rearrange them just 'cause he can, but Byrne's solo shows have always been artsy, cool and impressively quirky regardless of his recent album, and his band is typically up to the task. $28.50-$48.50. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-233-2227. -- HH


THE DERAILERS, HAMMERDOWN The Derailers are now Brian Hofeldt's band, and his Britpop tastes have moved them a little past their original vision. They still "Buck" it up with the best of them, and always put on a good show. Hammerdown consists of former Cigar Store Indians, but I'm not sure which ones. $15. 7 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- JK


DANIEL RYUDO For 20 years, Ryudo (aka Daniel Ribble, a GSU alumnus), has lived in Kochi, Japan, performing on the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese end-blown bamboo flute. In this program he performs a type of music known as min'yo, a 20th-century name embracing the traditional uta ("songs") of rural Japan, and which influenced popular enka. ("entertainment songs") of today. He also performs honkyoku, meditative solo music from the Zen traditions of the Fuke-shu sect of wandering Buddhist monks. Free. 7:30 p.m. Kopleff Recital Hall. 404-413-5901. -- MG

LANGHORNE SLIM Slim -- born Sean Scolnick -- got a helping hand from Jason Trachtenburg, who spotted him at a NYC open mic and invited the young singer/songwriter on tour with him. Scolnick emanates an impish charm and casual insouciance reminiscent of Beck, while his rootsy pop's innocent air also recalls Ben Kweller. His self-titled full-length debut is highlighted by the rollicking, organ-driven Americana, "Rebel Side of Heaven," which offers a hopeful alternative to hell, and bluesy, cabaret-tinged meditation on money and dreams with "Diamonds and Gold." $10. 9:30 p.m. Georgia Theatre, Athens. 706-549-9918. -- Chris Parker


DANDY WARHOLS These drug-addled psych rockers enjoyed a nice run during the '90s, including "Bohemian Like You," which naturally struck big with cap-askew college kids. It afforded them $$ for a nice studio/pad, which they made extensive use of on their last album, Odditorium. Their new self-released ...Earth to the Dandy Warhols... is just what it advertises: a style-hopping voyage that disappears into the ether more than it strikes paydirt. Each album had nice moments buried within indulgent production excess, but still manages fine, hazy, half-lidded grooves. $22-$24. 9 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. -- CP

DEKALB SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA William Ransom is the featured piano soloist in the DSO's opening concert of the new season, performing Ludwig van Beethoven's monumental "Piano Concerto No. 5," his final piano concerto. Music director Fyodor Cherniavsky leads the program, which includes the "Symphony No. 104" of Franz Joseph Haydn, his final symphony, plus the U.S. premier of "The Tinker's Wedding," a comic overture by the late 20th-century British composer Havergal Brian. $10-$22. 8 p.m. Marvin Cole Auditorium. Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston. 678-891-3565. -- MG

NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE Graying Deadheads will be out in force tonight as the current lineup of these grizzled lonesome L.A. cowboys, and one-time Dead side project, play the '70s songs that should tickle the audience's fried brain cells. Only guitarist David Nelson and pedal-steel whiz Buddy Cage are aboard from the original band, but John Dawson's best songs are a timeless set of stoner-hippie C&W nuggets. Wombat also appears. $15. 7 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- HH


INDIAN JEWELRY, TENTH TO THE MOON, GOLD PAINTED NAILS, MUGU GUYMEN Houston trio Indian Jewelry creates a hypnotic atmosphere during its fiery live performances. Drawn-out rhythms, pulsating beats, sensory-slurring lights and smoke swarm around the music, creating an environment of post-industrial, art-punk psychedelia that is pure, confrontational and as pleasing to the brain as it is corrosive. Tenth to the Moon, Gold Painted Nails and Mugu Guymen open. $8. 8 p.m. Eyedrum. -- CR

RON SEXSMITH Fresh off his slot opening for Nick Lowe a few months ago, Canadian Sexsmith returns plugging a terrific new album of warm, shimmering Americana folk-pop with soulful leanings. His boyish, trembling vocals and thick catalog of nine previous releases have sent critics and like-minded artists such as Elvis Costello scurrying to find new superlatives, but that has never translated to commercial success. Treat yourself to an evening with one of the finest contemporary songwriters, now arguably at the height of his abilities and not just because he co-wrote a tune with Feist. $15. 8:30 p.m. Five Spot. 404-223-1100. -- HH

SUNSET RUBDOWN Similar to Vancouver compadres (and Swan Lake bandmates) Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes) and Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Sunset Rubdown's Spencer Krug loves him some David Bowie. Krug's keyboard-driven tapestries unfold in lush, vibrant colors while his arch tenor wavers like a flag in a stiff breeze above the clamorous art-pop. The billowing arrangements are full of light and warmth, casting weird shadows that, at least in tone, resemble Arcade Fire. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- CP

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