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August 18 Thursday

When you have shaggy hair and wear tight T-shirts, it's easy to be confused for a hipster band. And though they are decidedly garage, the KINGS OF LEON transcend the obvious labeling with their heavy dash of Southern twang. The band's latest release, Aha Shake Heartbreak, sweetens the deal with a touch of psychedlia that keeps fans on both sides of the Atlantic intrigued. $25. 8 p.m. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com/tabernacle.html. (CM)

August 19 Friday

SCAD Atlanta gets in on the rock posters-as-art action with Paul Grushkin's The Art of Rock: The Poster Explosion. Presented by the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and Wausau Paper, the lecture offers a condensed history of rock 'n' roll via posters from Elvis Presley's time through psychedelic and punk to the newest alternative rock. Naturally, the lecture is presented in conjunction with the Museum of Design Atlanta's current exhibition, Graphic Noise. Registration required, visit www.aiga-atl.org. $5-$20. 6:30 p.m. SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. 404-979-6451. (LB)

August 20 Saturday

Taking a break from conducting world-renowned orchestras, Bobby McFerrin gives Atlanta a reason to be happy tonight as he performs at Chastain Park Amphitheatre along with pianist Chick Corea. Expect a spontaneous performance: McFerrin boasts styles that range from collaborations with his choral ensemble to the audience. The show marks his last performance before a one-year sabbatical. $18-$40. 8 p.m. 4469 Stella Drive. 404-733-5000. www.classicchastain.org. (CM)

August 21 Sunday

There is one characteristic that has stayed with crazed teenyboppers since Beatlemania: You hear them before you see them. Enter Scream Tour IV, splashing onto the stage at Philips Arena tonight with enough heartthrobs to give any teen palpitations. This time around, the BET-produced tour features superstar super-cuties Bow Wow, Omarion, Marques Houston and Bobby Valentino. $29.50-$45. 5 p.m. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com. (CM)

August 22 Monday

Maybe you can't make a break for the beach, but you can at least cool off on a hot August Monday in a dark, cool theater. The Atlanta Underground Film Festival kicks off today with "A Trip to the Beach," featuring seaside drama shorts, as well as a viewing of the documentary Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea. The festival continues through Aug. 28 and offers an eclectic array of shorts and long-forms that are not coming to a cineplex near you. Individual tickets, $3-$5. Festival passes, $20-$30. Times and venues vary. www.auff.org. (LB)

August 23 Tuesday

On Tuesdays, the Star Bar offers an early week chance to dance at DJ Romeo's Disco Funk PARTY. Though indulging your inner club kid may no longer be de rigeur elsewhere in town, you can still put that vinyl in the back of your closet to good use and get yer freak on. $7. 9 p.m. 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. (LB)

August 24 Wednesday

For the kiddies, East Cobb Stables offers hand-led pony rides on its Peanut Shetland around its grounds. Stops include visits with goats, sheep, chicken and a miniature donkey. Grown-ups can also indulge their inner "I want a pony" fantasies and learn about horse purchase and lease options that are available year-round. $3-$5. 2-3 p.m. 1649 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 678-560-9154. www.eastcobbstables.com. (LB)

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