Sound Menu: CL's picks for the week's best shows 

Thu/15

GRAYSON CAPPS, MARSHALL RUFFIN, JEFF HIX Former New Orleans resident Capps is a fine storyteller, with a knack for melody and finding hidden humor in even the saddest situations. He sounds wise beyond his age. Ruffin and Hix open separately with their bands. $10. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- James Kelly

fri/16

LONGWAVE, TODAY THE MOON, TOMORROW THE SUN, IT'S ELEPHANT'S Dreamy shimmer in a velvet sky whose plush atmospheres shroud frontman Steve Schiltz's reedy tenor in wavering majesty like road heat. Ending a two-album tenure with RCA, Longwave returns to the indies for Secrets Are Sinister. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chris Parker

JUCIFER This Athens-based duo makes sludge metal sound beautiful. Frontwoman Amber Valentine and drummer Edgar Livenwood aim to devastate their audiences with a relentless wall of sound. Bring a pair of earplugs. $12. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- Wyatt Williams

RANDY ROGERS BAND Every now and then, a new band comes out of the Music City machine that deserves some real attention, and Rogers' outfit makes some great music. Mentored by Radney Foster, these guys are intelligent and entertaining. $7. 10 p.m. Peachtree Tavern. 404-842-1700. www.peachtreetavern.com. -- JK

SAT/17

LOS CAMPESINOS This year's U.K. breakout band is comprised of seven Welsh musicians and it sounds like it. Gloriously sprawling songs sound like the Buzzcocks colliding with an angst-driven Phil Spector. Fiddles, Glockenspiels and boy-girl lead vocals create frantic post punk for now people. $15. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Hal Horowitz

KEVN KINNEY BAND, KITTY SNYDER The Drivin' N' Cryin' frontman is as comfortable charming audiences in intimate venues like Eddie's as kicking out the high-decibel country hard-rocking jams in arenas. Snyder's introspective yet edgy folk makes for a strong double bill. $15. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- HH

HAMELL ON TRIAL The smart-mouthed upstate New Yorker mixes darkly humorous true crime paeans with sly political outrage ranging from Bush's influence on his toddler's "Values" to dissertations on Ann Coulter's box. Hamell carves his folk-punk brashness with exceedingly keen wit. $8. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- CP

BABY DINOSAURS VS. EXTINCTION, CAN CAN, PEGASI 51 Can Can's a bristly, bracing blast of punky pulse and chunky guitar grit led by former Love Drunks singer Patrick A. He yelps over gnarly guitar bones scattered in amorphous arrangements that swell and swagger on a whiskey-blues bender. $5. 10 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- CP

SUN/18

DAVID BROMBERG Known as a top-shelf journeyman guitarist with an incredible knowledge of traditional folk music, Bromberg also shines on mandolin and fiddle. But it is the unique concerts that truly showcase his immense talents. $25-$27.50. 7:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- JK

AHAVATH ACHIM CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WITH BENJAMIN WARSAW Conductor Robert Foah leads the AACO in Lucas Richman's "Kol Nidre" and Edvard Grieg's "Holberg Suite." Pianist Warsaw performs Sergei Prokofiev's "Sonata No. 2" and joins AACO in J.S. Bach's "Keyboard Concerto in D Minor." $18. 3 p.m. Srochi Hall. Ahavath Achim Synagogue. 404-355-5222. www.aasynagogue.org. -- MG

DUBLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Derek Gleeson conducts the DPO in its 2009 U.S. tour of original music by contemporary Irish composers, along with sprightly arrangements of traditional Celtic and Irish fare featuring uilleann pipes and Irish fiddle. $20-$40. 5 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.org. -- MG

MON/19

SCOTT WEILAND Booted out of Velvet Revolver and the revived Stone Temple Pilots this year, Weiland rebounds with a decent solo album filled with confident, diverse performances that shows he remains the rock star he always thought he was. $31. 8 p.m. Center Stage. 404 885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. -- HH

Bands/performers/venues wishing to be included in Sound Menu's noted-acts boxes may send recordings, press material and schedules two weeks in advance to Creative Loafing c/o Rodney Carmichael, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: rodney.carmichael@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Thursday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Wednesday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com.

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