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CL's picks for the week's best shows

THURS/19

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Energetic Norwegian-born conductor Arild Remmereit makes his ASO debut, opening the program with incidental music for Henrick Ibsen's play "Peer Gynt" composed by fellow Norwegian Edward Grieg. Then ASO concertmaster Cecylia Arzewski is the featured soloist for W.A. Mozart's "Violin Concerto No. 5, K. 219." An audience favorite, the "Polovotsian Dances" from the opera "Prince Igor" by Russian chemist/composer Alexander Borodin closes the show. $28-$63. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

BILLY JOE SHAVER, LARRY JON WILSON Lord have mercy, Texas songwriter extraordinaire Billy Joe's done got himself in trouble again, this time poppin' a cap in a drunk with a knife. If he's out of jail in time for this gig, he may already have a song about the incident, and it will be a good one. Wilson could carry the gig on his own if Shaver doesn't make it. Yeah, he's that good. $20-$25. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- James Kelly

BRANDI CARLILE, ARI HEST The young Seattle-based folk-rocker is a frequent Atlanta visitor who went from playing free shows at local coffeehouses to opening slots at Chastain all on the strength of a surprisingly successful rootsy debut. Her new T-Bone Burnett-produced sequel ups the ante with a marginally more anthemic approach centered around Carlile's powerful vocals and emotionally trenchant songs that smoothly shift from sensitive to soaring. Opening singer/songwriter Hest also arrives promoting a solid sophomore release. $15-$17.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- Hal Horowitz

DE LA SOUL Where is De La Soul? Since its 2005 effort The Grind Date, one of the best groups of the past three decades has mostly kept silent, save for a mix CD (Impossible: Mission) released last fall. While the world awaits another album, the Long Island trio is playing a free show at the Loft, courtesy of Scion's monthly Live Metro series. The group will perform with L.A.'s Rhythm Roots All-Stars. DJ Hier opens. Free. RSVP at www.scion.com/livemetro. 9 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. -- Mosi Reeves

FRI/20

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA An ensemble of young soloists from "Down Under," the ACO, led by violinist Richard Tognetti, plays a variety of works on both modern and historical period instruments. The program opens with two Italian Baroque works, the "Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6 No. 2" by Archangelo Corelli and "Concerto for Four Violins & Orchestra in B minor, Op. 3 No. 10" by Antonio Vivaldi. Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey is soloist for the "Cello Concerto in C major" by Franz Joseph Haydn, and the program concludes with Peter I. Tchaikovsky's lyrical "Souvenir de Florence." $45. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. -- MG

BUTCH WALKER Whether the busy producer/singer/songwriter is backed by the Let's Go Out Tonights, members of the Marvelous 3 or just an all-star gaggle of friends and collaborators, one thing is for certain, Walker will take the proceedings waaaay over the top. Not too many artists can get away with the shameless rock posturing of Walker's extremes, yet he always seems to pull it off, with a sly grin and a wink to let us know that he's in on the joke, too. Good fun, good songs and a stage show that deftly blends elements of all of his obvious influences (KISS, Cheap Trick, early New Wave and '70s glam). Just relax and enjoy it. $22.50. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.ticketmaster.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

CLIPD BEAKS, AFRICAN GREYS Oakland, Calif.'s Clipd Beaks are the West Coast equivalent of our beloved Deerhunter. (Bradford, please don't get mad at me for writing that.) The group wields bizarre sound effects, manipulated vocals and totemic drumming a la Liars to produce "distortion paintings" that are strangely hypnotic. To date, Clipd Beaks has only released an EP, Preyers, on Tigerbeat 6; a full-length, Hoarse Lords, is forthcoming. Atlanta trio African Greys opens with a dose of fragmented incantations. Call for ticket price. 9 p.m. YoYo Boutique. 404-389-0912. -- MR

LITTLE COUNTRY GIANTS, NO RIVER CITY, BLAKE RAINEY, GEORGIA FIREFLIES Little Country Giants play slow, country-tinged folk songs that tussle between dreamy and death-afflicted tones that billow in dark clouds of resonance, where the space between each note tells a sad and bucolic story. Lonesome art-country/Americana act No River City celebrates the release of its latest full-length, Wolves and Fishes. Blake Rainey and Georgia Fireflies also perform. $12. 7 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- Chad Radford

TERRI CLARK Loretta may be the original honky tonk girl, but Canadian Terri Clark does all she can to keep things as country as they can be. Having established herself as a legitimate and sincere performer, she gives good entertainment. Her radio-friendly material is honest and fun, and you have to dig a chick in a cowboy hat. $14-$100. 9 p.m. Wild Bill's. 678-473-1000. www.wildbillsatlanta.com. -- JK

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