ATLANTA METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL This show of force from Atlanta's blackest and burgeoning underground metal and hardcore bands is not for the faint of heart. Apocalyptic Visions plays heavy-as-hell death metal, steeped in pentagrams and anti-societal rage. Mabus Commute and Locust Grove cross the streams of low-growl Cookie-Monster metal with hardcore speed and melodies. Burden of Vision forges progressive art-metal doom and gloom. $12. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- Chad Radford
BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES, ADRIAN BELEW, UMPHREY'S McGEE This year's version of the "Acoustic Planet Tour" finds Fleck and his guys joined by guitar virtuoso Adrian Belew and fan-friendly jam band Umphrey's McGee. Between the Flecktone's jazzgrass improv, Belew's quirky guitar experimentation and Umphrey's noodly meanderings, there's something for everyone. Almost. $21-$60. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-5000. www.classicchastain.com. -- James Kelly
DJ TRACE Like that missing persons weekly TV drama "Without a Trace," the UK's DJ Trace is all about ramping dynamic tension, and you can get lost in the thick, paranoid pace. Of course, DJ Trace isn't going to disappear, considering the fellow's been around since the early '90s, starting with the No U-Turn tech-step crew. All the better a jam for wearing your FBI chic, though Kevlar really doesn't breathe well when you're grandstanding in the b-boy circle. Florida's Alliance and the Chosen join locals Truform and War Omen for some sweet sickness, brosef. $10 (ladies free). 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. -- Tony Ware
GO!, GFE, AARON ZARZUTZKI North Carolina duo Mahlon Hoard (Saxophones) and Pat Lawrence (acoustic bass/live electronics), otherwise known as Go!, combine improvisation, pop, noise and free jazz to forge a riveting and versatile sound. Melody, harmony and rhythm teeter between intricacy and mayhem. Atlanta's own improv. rock outfit GFE plays a set of loose and psychedelic brain bombs. Chicago-based electro/acoustic artist Aaron Zarzutzki opens the show. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR
THE MASON DIXION DISATER, MEXCELLENT, SUITCASES, AYE! ROBOTICS, BATTLECAT Five bands for five bucks, each one with a penchant for self-abuse and art/noise/punk terror shenanigans. Headliner Battlecat is an Atlanta post-screamo supergroup, featuring Jeff Burgoon (Airoes), Mike Keenan (Airoes, Electrosleep Int'l), Sean Fitzgerald (Electrosleep Int'l) and Pat Clarici (Portrait). The group's dual-bass assault is reminiscent of its members' family tree, while moving into all-new realms of irreverence. $5. 8 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- CR
METALFACE ACADEMY W/ MF DOOM Back in the day, MF Doom used to roll with Monsta Island Czars, a crew of MCs from his salad days in NYC. That crew broke up amid infighting and jealousy of MF Doom's success, so he's got a new set of friends. Meet the Metalface Academy: Mobonix, John Robinson (better known as Lil Sci from Scienz of Life), Hassan Chop and Killa K. They'll be supported by DJs Wesu, Bad Kat and Steve Deniro. And yes, MF Doom is scheduled to be there. Call for ticket price. 9 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. www.vinylatlanta.com. -- Mosi Reeves
DERRICK CARTER, DOC MARTIN, DARIEN X The House Nation 3D party brings to town Derrick Carter and Doc Martin, two American DJs revered for banging the house music box. As a former Atlantan, producer Darien X was an early promoter of local dance parties here; his time on the decks promises to be a sort of homecoming. $25-$50. 9 p.m. House. 678-528-7732. www.thehousenightclub.com. -- MR
ENTERTAINME.NT, GIRLS ON FILM, DEAREST AZAZEL, VENUS FALLING Entertainme.nt rolls out the festering corpse of gothic rock for another go-around. Bring your black lipstick and Captain Morgan outfit, and dance like children of the night. Tallahassee, Fla., fashionistas Girls on Film play a fourth-generation take on new-wave synth-pop in the vein of Duran Duran, Berlin and Human League. Dearest Azazel and Venus Falling open the show. $5. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- CR
JOHN PRINE, PATTY GRIFFIN Prine has been through the gauntlet over the past few years with some serious health issues, but he bounced back with some of the best work of his illustrious career. His humor and cynicism are intact, and his delivery is still as captivating as ever. Griffin is an amazing songwriter and performer, with a unique world view that makes her a fitting musical companion to the legendary Prine. $28-$74. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-5000. www.classicchastain.com. -- JK
INFECTED MUSHROOM By the time I graduated from college I was balls deep in a serious magic mushroom binge. This one time I dropped at the beach, and spurred on by a five-disc changer of Jane's Addiction and early Metalheadz, I found myself seeking commune with nature. I made it as far as the sand dunes before I came to a realization: I was on some fucked up shit. Under moonlight provided by a circuit-board constellation, I huddled and observed the colony of sandworms bursting frenzied from the beach. I only survived unscathed thanks to my flashlight, made magical by a kaleidoscope of Pochacco and Badtz-Maru stickers. The experience was simultaneously electrifying and terrifying. I tell you this because the experience of seeing Israeli Goa trance-duo Infected Mushroom live, is like that psychedelic psychosis. Local DJ Jonathan Allyn adds to the melodic mentalism. $10. 10 p.m. Fever. 404-214-0151. www.feveratl.com. -- TW
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