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CL's picks for the week's best shows

THURS/28

GARRISON STARR, AMY CORRIEA, CLIFF EBERHARDT This will be a very interesting mix, all part of a series sponsored by Organic 99X. Starr is a rocker at heart, but has a strong Americana following. Corriea ventures a bit more into the folkie realm, and Eberhardt mixes a bit of blues into his unique sound. $14-$60. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- James Kelly

FRI/29

BEAT BEAT BEAT Beat Beat Beat's springy, old-school punk style recalls both the hungry, no-frills attack of the Damned and the Saints' adrenalized R&B. The vocals are a snotty sneer of attitude skating over a machine-gun beat all fueled by a hyperactive melody. There's a crisp, disarming simplicity that matches the music's vibrancy, like Chuck Berry jamming with the Ramones in the Dead Boys' basement. $5. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- Chris Parker

JUCIFER While the White Stripes continue to churn out Icky-mainstream-approved-comparatively-stale-two-piece-Thump rock, Jucifer toils on its own terms. Totally indie and beholden to no one, Amber Valentine and Edgar Livengood answer only to themselves and their pets. Tonight, the intense twosome will fill the tiny stage with vintage amps, battered drums and undeniable charisma, punishing the sound system with a beautifully unhinged and unrepentant hailstorm of menacing-to-angelic ruminations. The duo is as compelling to watch as to hear. Doomsayer opens. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

ROSWELL UMC CHOIR & THE ATLANTA WIND SYMPHONY In its 26th year, this annual patriotic musical celebration includes perennial audience favorites such as Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" and the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Free admission, but tickets are necessary to guarantee seating, as it typically attracts a full house. Free. Fri., June 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 1, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Roswell United Methodist Church. 770-993-6218. www.rumc.com. -- Mark Gresham

STREET DOGS, THE TOSSERS Taking their name from the old English colloquialism for masturbation, the Tossers pre-date similar-minded Celtic-punk acts. However, it took the success of Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys to boost the Tossers' fortunes, which have improved of late, bolstered by a pair of fine albums for Victory Records, including their latest, Agony. The Street Dogs feature a similar aesthetic but in more of a punk vein, led by former Dropkick Murphys' singer Mike McColgan. $10. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. -- CP

UNKNOWN HINSON If you've ever frequented the right honky-tonk bars around closing time, the idea of vampire country won't seem strange. Charlotte's mutton-chopped Unknown Hinson delivers loping, blood-in-your-beer ballads that hark back to Bocephus, were he ever hillbilly overlord of the undead. He offers such tooth-in-cheek classics as "Don't Bite the Lips That Kiss You," the inflatable "Polly Urethane" and the humorous "Satan in a Thong," off his latest, Target Practice. Hinson also moonlights as the voice of "Squidbillies'" cartoon character Early Cuyler. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CP

ZOE KEATING & THE GHOSTS PROJECT Zoe Keating is an avant-cellist from San Francisco whose one-woman performances build off of string compositions that are sampled and layered by means of various pedals and computer assistance. Each of her compositions comes to life with an array of minimalist, modern, classical and pop tendencies, but to label her music as such understates the austere beauty and experimental nature of her work. $8. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- Chad Radford

SAT/30

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Jere Flint conducts light classical favorites and Broadway tunes in this open-air park concert in the middle of the rapidly growing, nearby suburban town of Suwanee. Note that parking at Town Center is limited, but off-site parking at Shawnee North Business Center with a complimentary shuttle will be available after 6:30 p.m. Free. 7 p.m. Suwanee Town Center Park. 770-945-8996. www.suwanee.com/whatsnew.php. -- MG

FRANCISCO LOPEZ Francisco Lopez is notorious for his extreme, sometimes absurd approach to minimalism. He has explored various aural realms, ranging from heavy metal to the natural sonic terrain of rain forests in the interest of exploiting opposite, though equally acute, natures of noise and natural silence. He is also notorious for turning out CDs and DVDs that contain no audio or visual material whatsoever, prompting a transcendental listening experience. $7. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR

KEITH URBAN, THE WRECKERS A pretty-boy from Australia and a former pop singer share the bill tonight. Urban is a smokin'-good guitar player, but his so-called country songs are really bad '70s pop songs with just a hint of twang. Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp are the Wreckers, and they are just as country as Urban ... NOT! $49.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-249-6400. www.ticketmaster.com. -- JK

THE SELMANAIRES, DARK MEAT, THE ETTES The Selmanaires play bouncy, art, punk jams that are propelled by terse hooks and a simple, powerful percussive plod. Athens' Dark Meat is a twisted, psych-rock outfit that follows Olivia Tremor Control's footsteps, somewhat. But Dark Meat filters the history of mordant 20th-century music through a freakish, lysergic rock lens. L.A. trio the Ettes open with a set of power-pop and garage-rock chops. $8. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- CR

TINSLEY ELLIS Atlanta hasn't produced many blues-rock institutions and certainly none that has lasted as long as Ellis. While he isn't a household name, he's a tireless journeyman who has honed his act through nearly three decades of one-night stands. Nobody leaves one of his sweat-soaked shows thinking they haven't gotten their money's worth, and ultimately that's what matters. This gig comes on the heels of a fine, representative new album, Moment of Truth. The local connection is cemented tonight with old running buddies Bill Sheffield and Donnie McCormick as openers. $15. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. variety-playhouse.com. -- Hal Horowitz

UMPHREY'S MCGEE, DISCO BISCUITS These acts fall under the vague "jam nation" umbrella, but neither adheres strictly to the parameters of the genre. The Biscuits don't play disco, but do bring '70s synths and a sort of porno-funk mentality to rock that's spacey yet not spaced-out. Umphrey's channels an even more unlikely twisty prog, Zappa-styled fusion. When both groups loosen up, the tunes follow suit, which is what the audience comes to hear. Note the starting time, and settle in for a long night. $28.50. 4 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. -- HH

SUN/1

COBB SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CSO music director Michael Alexander conducts this outdoor "Star Spangled Spectacular" that includes popular Broadway tunes and patriotic fare such as Sousa's "Washington Post" and "Stars and Stripes Forever," and Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait," plus a finale of fireworks. Free. 8 p.m. Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater. 770-423-6650. www.kennesaw.edu/arts. -- MG

FETCHIN' BONES, VIETNAM Although the uninitiated may dismiss them as unimportant, vibrant artist Hope Nicholls led the quirky Fetchin' Bones through a series of enjoyably eccentric LPs in the mid-to-late-'80s, including a major-label deal with Capitol and releases from Atlanta's DB Recs. One of the wave of unique North Carolina bands to earn brief national prominence, FB eroded just as grunge hit. Since, Nicholls has continued working with Bones' guitarist Aaron Pitkin, collaborating on musical and marital projects. Now, for two shows only (Atlanta and Charlotte), Fetchin' Bones has reunited. The extended reunion of Atlanta's VieTNam opens. $20. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- LVS

JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO From the guiding spirit of Concrete Blonde, Scarred, singer/songwriter Johnette Napolitano's new solo album, is a smart collection of emotional vignettes, sensually presented by one of the finest performers from the fertile '80s California punk/art/literary scene. Tonight she offers songs from the excellent collection and perhaps a tune or two from some of her Blonde moments. Part of 99X's continuing "Unplugged in the Park" series. Free. 7 p.m. Park Tavern. www.parktavern.com. -- LVS

MON/2

PEARLENE Any band fearless enough to cover folksinger Fred Neil and drag him down to their swampy blues home is worth a few hours of your time. This four-piece's roots lie both in the '70s Rolling Stones' gutsy rocking and Roky Erickson's bleary singer/songwriter visions. Its unique fusion of boozy blues, scrappy folk and punky psychedelia is more hit than miss, yet, even after three albums, Pearlene remains a work in progress. But it's one well worth investigating. Adam McIntyre & the Pinks also appear. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- HH

Bands/performers/venues wishing to be included in Sound Menu's noted-acts boxes may send recordings, press material and schedules two weeks in advance to Creative Loafing c/o Rodney Carmichael, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: rodney.carmichael@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Friday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Thursday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com.

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