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THURS/28

IVAN NEVILLE'S DUMPSTAPHUNK Extended members of the Neville clan, Ivan and Ian, join with other New Orleans musicians, as well as the ubiquitous Skerik, to bring the funk. The next best thing to taking a stroll down Bourbon Street, this as-yet-unrecorded collective is guaranteed to get butts wiggling in a jam-happy, funkdafied, soul-blasted groove. $18-$20. 8 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. -- Hal Horowitz

ROBERT BRADLEY'S BLACKWATER SURPRISE Soul-rock is such a rare commodity that even if Bradley's rootsy material doesn't always connect, it's refreshing to hear someone so committed to the genre. The singer's tough, careening voice brings earthy gospel-styled grit to even the most pedestrian tunes. And when he meshes with a great song, sparks definitely fly. Connor Rand opens. $12. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- HH

RUMP POSSE, CONTRABAND If Hans and Franz had gone all Jane Fonda and started a band, they would be known as Rump Posse. Featuring two members of Jet by Day, the Posse brings the riffs to pump you up and make you sweat. It's all in good aerobic rock fun until someone tears their ACL. The members of Cinemechanica open as the soundtrack to the game Contra while two of their friends beat the game without dying and without using codes. Ask them where they got the idea, and they'll say the Hella side-project, the Advantage. $6. 8 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- Nikhil Swaminathan

FRI/29

BILLY JOE SHAVER, CIGAR STORE INDIANS If there was ever a poster child for hard knocks, Billy Joe would be the top choice. In spite of a recent series of personal tragedies, the consummate Texas troubadour is propelled by his faith, and things are looking up for him. His honest and soul-searching songs are some of the most powerful ever written, and every show is a celebration of life. Local rockers Cigar Store Indians open the show. 8 p.m. $15. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- James Kelly

I ALMOST SAW GOD IN THE METRO, FEMME FATALITY, THE FLESH BOTS After a lengthy hiatus, local electro-mod-pop trio I Almost Saw God in the Metro returns for a journey back to the future. St. Louis electronic duo Femme Fatality unleashes a frenzy of high-energy, dark pop songs and interactive live shows. The Flesh Bots open the show. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. thedrunkenunicorn.net -- Chad Radford

LYLE LOVETT You gotta love Lyle. His concerts are always a pleasure as he manipulates his Large Band through a number of configurations and rearranges his classic hits to keep them fresh and interesting. From his deadpan between-song banter to the alternately heart-wrenching and hilarious lyrics, Lovett never fails to deliver a top-quality performance. Look for local blues diva Francine Reed to belt one out. $28-$57. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-5000. www.classicchastain.org. -- JK

ORGANIC GROOVES A tribal collective of live multi-culti musicians, DJs and producers from New York, Organic Grooves lay down that psychedelic urban swing, drawing on a sound both worldly and otherworldly without being confused with any watered-down "world music." Call for cover price. 10 p.m. Halo Lounge. 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com. -- Tony Ware

SAT/30

BEN FOLDS Draining some of the power from his power pop, pianist Folds shifts into a "mature" phase on the recent ballad heavy Songs for Silverman. Still, his innocent "aw-shucks" voice has never sounded more sincere and the songs relish in Beatles-Todd Rundgren-Beach Boys-styled twists. Presumably he will boost the energy a notch for the live show. Free. 6:30 p.m. The Underground. 404-497-4777. www.underground-atlanta.com. -- HH

BRAGG JAM An all-day music and arts festival with a little somethin' for ever-dang-body. Acts as diverse as Southern Culture on the Skids, Billy Joe Shaver, Southern Bitch, Squat, Kevn Kinney and Dodd Ferrelle converge in Macon for a day in park. All proceeds benefit the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. $25. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. 478-301-5478. www.braggjam.org. -- Lee Valentine Smith

CHRISTMAS IN JULY Has it been a year already? Every summer, Jim Stacy and his impish Star Bar elves bring a little Christmas cheer to the sweltering July schedule with his irreverent Shitty Claus routine. The badass Santa fronts Yule Log, a chestnut-roastin' rock outfit with plenty of support from the regulars. Call for ticket prices. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. -- LVS

JOHN CONLEE & GENE WATSON Back in the late '70s and early '80s, Conlee and Watson were two of Nashville's top artists. The years have passed and the industry has moved on to flashier acts, but neither has lost a lick of their unique style. Conlee is best remembered for the classics "Busted" and "Rose Colored Glasses," while Watson's "Farewell Party" is considered one of the greatest vocal performances of all time. This is country music like it used to be. $25. 7:30 p.m. Lanierland Music Park. 770-887-7464. www.lanierland.com. -- JK

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