KEVIN LAWSON, SOUTH 70 Former Atlantan Lawson (3 Lost Souls, Supermatic) returns to town in support of his recent release, Nashville to Jesus. The album tackles the expressive singer/songwriter's spiritual concerns from the vulnerable standpoint of a soulful, street-wise narrator, deftly spanning earthly and godly desires. South 70 shares the bill. $8. 8 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. www.vinylatlanta.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith
NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES: PIEDMONT PICKIN' Tonight, this ongoing series of blues shows looks at the roots of country blues and string bands, with performances by Cephas & Wiggins, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and William Lee Ellis. Good food, good blues and good booze. Sounds perfect. $35. Barbecue dinner, 6 p.m.; music, 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center. 404-814-4150. www.atlantahistorycenter.com. -- James Kelly
COREY SMITH Why is this guy so popular? Is it his everyman ethic? His frat appeal? His rootsy but literate country-rock songs? Constant touring? Probably all of the above. Georgia-bred Smith works the same sort of territory as his S.C. soul brother Edwin McCain, playing a hybrid brand of emotive singer/songwriter sway, anchored with enough entertaining party-time tinges to keep the fans happy, drinking and coming back for more. He begins a two-night stand tonight with Nathan Angelo opening tonight's show. Gary Pfaff opens the Saturday night performance. $30. 8 p.m. Roxy Theatre. 404-233-7699. www.ticketmaster.com. -- LVS
PHILIP THOMSON Canadian pianist Thomson performs a free one-hour recital of music by Franz Liszt. Thomson, who teaches at the University of Akron in Ohio, is best known for recording the complete solo piano works of Liszt on the Naxos label back in 1997. Free. Noon. Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. -- Mark Gresham
ROBINELLA, DARDEN SMITH, MARE WAKEFIELD There has been a buzz about Robinella for a few years now, and if you are into the acoustic-torchy-jazzy thing, you will love it. I prefer the bare bones, honest words of Smith, a true prototypical singer/songwriter. Nashville songstress Wakefield opens. $12-$15. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- JK
TAB BENOIT For about 15 years, gutsy Louisiana guitarist Benoit has mixed his blues with gobs of swamp, soul and enough hoodoo to bring the sweltering mojo of his home state to any stage. His gritty voice and stripped-down three piece churn out an intoxicating mix of standards and originals, all of which are informed by chunks of blues, tons of soul and recently, some classic honky-tonk, aided by his own pedal-steel playing. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- Hal Horowitz
BLOOD BROTHERS, CELEBRATION Avant-core two-time losers the Blood Brothers have watched two labels sink (Artist Direct, V2) while putting out one of their records. It especially hurt this time, because last year's Guy Picciotto-produced Young Machetes is their best release to date. The twin vocalists screech amid a frenetic cacophony of pounding drums and skronk guitar that, despite its aggressive demeanor, is catchy and even endearing in ways reminiscent of Sonic Youth's EVOL. Openers Celebration plays dark electro-dance punk. $12. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. -- Chris Parker
JUPITER WATTS, THE GREAT HORNED OWLS Noisy and at times muscular, Jupiter Watts' thickly textured guitar pop shifts and shimmers in the light like a tumbling prism. The quintet's arid swells of guitar recall the noise pop of Medicine, but with stronger vocal melodies, thanks to the harmonizing of guitarists Ramon Wals and James Trigg. Jupiter is celebrating the release of its self-titled third full-length album. It was produced by David Barbe, who opens for the group with his post-Sugar outfit, the Great Horned Owls. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CP
RICHARD BICKNELL, DENICE FRANKE, JEFF TALMADGE Local alt-lifestyle country artist Bicknell is a real troubadour, with such a strong respect for roots music that he shines brightly on the local Americana scene. Current Texan Franke is another real deal, definitely worth the time to hear what she has to say. Former Texan Talmadge fits in just fine with this lineup. It's a "shut up and listen" kind of night. $15. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- JK
VNV NATION, AND ONE British duo VNV Nation commands a large cult audience for its brand of melodic synth pop and electronic body music. Less dark and death-obsessed than many of its peers, the group focuses on lyrics of upliftment and social and political protest. The group's appearance at the Masquerade is fomented by German band And One. $18. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. -- Mosi Reeves
PEACHBLOSSOM BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL It's that time of year again, when the great folks at WRFG-FM (89.3) stage their 31st annual bluegrass fest. This year's lineup includes regional legends Cedar Hill, talented up-and-comers the Dappled Grays, local favorites Whoa Nelly, and 13 other fine groups. All funds go to support Atlanta's best indie radio station, and it's a guaranteed good time. $15. 11 a.m. State Farmer's Market, Forest Park. 404-523-3471. www.wrfg.org. -- JK
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