CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG This world is full of protest singers, but not enough protest songs. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, however, fill both roles with aplomb. Growing out of Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, the Hollies and the disillusionment of the peace & love generation in the wake of Vietnam, CSN&Y lend their high harmonies to two classic folk-pop albums. Passing around indictments, idealism and trippy paranoia like a joint, CSN&Y ruled the blowback for a few years in the late '60s/early '70s. Since, all members of the group have contributed to an extensive collective oeuvre, which adds up to a hella contact high sweeping through these "Freedom of Speech" shows. And politically, a return to tightly woven voices raised in protest could barely be any more appropriate. $52.50-$203. 7:30 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com. -- Tony Ware
DARIEN BROCKINGTON, THE CHAPTER, SPQ-HER When Darien Brockington played Apache Café a few months ago, he drew only a half-full room of people. The Raleigh, N.C., singer was entertaining, and even told a few funny jokes in between songs. But I couldn't believe an artist of Brockington's caliber didn't bring out more soul fans. I mean, this is Atlanta, right? Well, he's coming back for what will hopefully be a more successful concert. Okayplayer.com-certified hip-hop group the Chapter and Chicago soul duo Spq-Her open. $10-$13. 9 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. -- Mosi Reeves
CHATHAM COUNTY LINE Expect a slew of new material from the brand new Speed Of The Whippoorwill album, as CCL delivers an interesting blend of contemporary bluegrass and (for lack of a better term) Americana. Who says there's nothing new? Just get the mix right, and it's there. $7. 9 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- James Kelly
DON DIXON The crafty Dixon may be best known for producing and engineering shimmering pop albums from R.E.M., Guadalcanal Diary, the Smithereens and a plethora of revered '80s jangle-meisters, but the singer/songwriter/producer/actor has nine albums of his own stuff available -- and it's as consistently good as his behind-the-boards jobs. Imagine the clever wordplay of Nick Lowe combined with a dynamic, raw and soulful vocal style. For this performance he'll be previewing material from his latest album The Entire Combustible World In One Small Room. Be sure to ask him about his contributions to the General Cabbage Report, a podcast from his homebase of Canton, Ohio. www.generalcabbage.com. $12. 6:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith
THE LIVING END, THE LASHES Aussie rockers the Living End blend rockabilly and modern punk into their own twisted stray-cat strut. Part roots-revivalists and part '90s alternative brats, the End includes a manic upright bass player and a towering pompadour of stadium rock poses. The Lashes occasionally veer into well-worn Strokes territory but usually lean toward smarty-arty NY cool in the bristling spirit of the late '70s. Originally scheduled openers The Love Drunks are not on the bill. $13. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. -- LVS
BOBBY YANG, THE BRILLIANT INVENTIONS Just back from playing at the Belly Up in his former haunt, Aspen, Colo., violinist Bobby Yang and his Unrivaled Players play two shows of classic rock, one for the under-21 fans and one for the grownups only, promising different playlists for each (in case fans go for both). Yang is co-billed with acoustic pop-duo The Brilliant Inventions, aka singer/songwriters Eliot Bronson and Josh Lamkin. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the early show. $10-$14. 6:30 p.m. (all ages), 9:30 p.m. (21+). Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- Mark Gresham
CHARLES WALKER & THE DYNAMITES, DJ'S AGENT & T1 The Dynamites are a Nashville-based, 10-piece funk/soul outfit fronted by Charles "Wigg" Walker. A veteran of the game for nearly 50 years, Walker has recorded songs for labels like Chess, Decca and Champion in a career that has carried him from 1959 to the present. DJ's Agent and T1 spin classic funk and soul sounds before and after the show. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chad Radford
CHRIS BOTTI A contemporary jazz trumpeter who has made a sizable dent in the pop mainstream, Chris Botti goes for an atmospheric lushness and thoughtful improv in his renditions of standards. His latest CD, To Love Again, in which he also surrounds himself with a bevy of name-brand vocalists, debuted last year at #18 in Billboard's Top 200. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra underscores Botti's dulcet tones. $27-$75. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-5000. www.classicchastain.com. -- MG
GIRL TALK Girl Talk is like Skittles, daring you to taste the rainbow. Girl Talk is like LEGO, able to be a rocket ship, a castle, a unicorn, maybe even a very nubby vibrator. Thank God Girl Talk is not like "The View;" those be some triflin' bitches. Coming from tha Philthy, tha Illadelph, Pa., Girl Talk is Gregg Gillis, his computer and over 150 of his favorite pals. It's a schizophrenetic mash-up culled from only the choicest of Bavarian hooks and illegal loops. Like molecular cuisine, Girl Talk's tracks feature flavor-infused foams and deconstructed rhythms, and are easily digested single servings of layered tastes. Top 40 jams for your shortie rub up on riffs for your ruffneck. Girl Talk is like being finger-fucked by a pop radio station's antennae on summer holiday. Fiesta!, Airoes, Suitcases, Toy Party Attack and Flesh Bots help make all the little hipsters in their thrift-store "finery" hop like frogs and hump like rabbits. $7. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- TW
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