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CL's picks for the week's best shows

THURS/3

AN EVENING WITH TODD RUNDGREN This spring before he hits the road with the 2007 New Cars tour, Rundgren is playing smaller theaters with a supergroup of his own, including internationally vaulted players Tony Levin, Jesse Gress and Jerry Marotta. Tonight he returns to anchor a sure-to-be-enthralling evening of tunes from an enviable body of work that reaches back to the late '60s. $26.50. 8 p.m. The Roxy. 404-233-7699. www.ticketmaster.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

LISA GERRARD As one-half of Dead Can Dance, vocalist Lisa Gerrard established a legacy of ghostly and otherworldly elegance with her often wordless vocalizations. Tonight she makes a rare solo appearance, performing songs from her most recent release, The Silver Tree (4AD). Expect nothing short of an arsenal of ethnic instrumentation churning out a somber and dramatic show of elaborate beauty and surreal emotions. $35. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- Chad Radford

THREE RING CIRCLE It's a bit unusual to see a trio in bluegrass, but these three guys have the chops to carry on like nothing's missing. Dobro player Rob Ickes is a mother plucker, Andy Leftwich tears up the fiddle and mandolin, and bassist Dave Pomeroy adds some bottom. $7. Jam at 7 p.m., band at 9 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-8747828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- James Kelly

FRI/4

BLONDE REDHEAD, ANNUALS Blonde Redhead's latest offering, 23, swaps the group's trademark dissonance for brittle pop melodies that sparkle with electronics. Despite the change of course, the songs are as catchy as ever. Raleigh, N.C., group Annuals plays experimental pop music that balances elements of electronic and fey but straight-ahead pop tones that lean toward the realm of the singer/songwriter. $17.50-$20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- CR

JOHN LEGEND, CORINNE BAILEY RAE This synergistic bill pairing the king and queen of the current crop of clean-cut, sophisticated, Grammy-approved neo-soul singers perfectly caters to the upscale wine-and-cheese nibblers that frequent this venue. Neither act relies on trendy hip-hop beats or raps from guest vocalists, and both exude the vocal chops, classy style and songwriting savvy to suggest they will have lengthy careers in their genre as long as they continue to keep the faith. $38.50-$69.50. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. www.ticketmaster.com/venue/114766. -- Hal Horowitz

LISE DE LA SALLE Nineteen-year-old pianist Lise de la Salle plays with both virtuosity and musical depth. The blond, cherubic beauty entered the Paris Conservatory at age 11, and since 2003 has recorded three CDs on the Naïve label. She will perform Mozart's "Twelve Variations, K. 265" and "Rondo in A minor, K. 511," Maurice Ravel's "Sonatine," and Sergei Prokofiev's "Sonata No. 3," "Toccata," and selections from his popular incidental music for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. $25. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. -- Mark Gresham

MALENA PEREZ, AMANDA RAY Two singers cut from the same creative cloth, but with an entirely different sense of style, will make for a crucial cool-out session. Blending influences such as Flora Purim and Sade, Malena Perez composes her own melodies and lyrics. Imagine a subtle mix of Björk and Sade and there you have Amanda Ray, who fuses her vocals with electronic production. Consider them two sides of the same coin flipping Atlanta's soul idiom on its head. $10. 10 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. -- Rodney Carmichael

SAT/5

CRUISO DE MAYO Tonight, Cruis-O-Matic, the Rain Men and Frankie's Blues Mission are throwing a little charity dance party on this festive day o' May. The 'Matic men and the Rain Men are banding together to help send the Atlanta Silverbacks soccer team to the U.K. this summer for a big tourney 'cross the pond. The Cruis-O-Matic hit machine has added a few "new" tunes to its impressive list of Nuggets-style oldies as well. Go ahead, request something; they probably know it. $8. 8 p.m. Club 29. www.club29atl.com. -- LVS

DEERHUNTER, JAY REATARD, SILVER DAGGERS Deerhunter's live shows are always a wild card. Throughout the set, melody and song structure collapse into a haze of white noise and shimmering feedback over vocalist Bradford Cox's wide-eyed and mechanized vocalizations. Jay Reatard of Memphis, Tenn.'s oddball punks the Reatards plays a set of jittery, goofy and lo-fi post-punk. Silver Daggers (featuring members of Mika Miko) opens. $8. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- CR

"THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT" An ongoing series produced by ATL SOUL that features live performances by a host of local raw soul talent: Eugene IV, Madam CJ, Avery Sunshine, Bren Herrera, Jahi Kearse, Brodie and Smokie Brown. Add DJs such as Kai Alce, Jamal Ahmad, Rev. Lee, Mike Music and Ramon RawSoul to the mix and it's easy to see why events such as this continue to drive Atlanta's underground soul scene. $15. 9 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. -- RC

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