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FUNKJAZZ KAFÉ The sorely missed FunkJazz is back at the Tabernacle in conjunction with this year's National Black Arts Festival. Both events are celebrating 13 years. After a long hiatus, expect FunkJazz founder/promoter Jason Orr to come back with plenty of tricks up his sleeve. FJK has long been considered the premiere cultural event when it comes to Atlanta's progressive soul scene, due to legendary surprise performances from artists such as Jill Scott, Omar, Erykah Badu and OutKast. But the festival's staples -- such as the poetry suite, fashion exhibits, live visual arts in the making, and the rhythm room featuring DJ Tabone -- create the atmosphere that's simultaneously conscious-raising and sexy as hell. $25. 9 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. -- Rodney Carmichael

FUR ELISE, THE FELON WINDS Fur Elise is Jeremy McCleary's solo-project-turned-full-band. McCleary is a former member of local screamo act Me and Him Call It Us. With FE he trades in the agro chops for a much darker sound. Low-fi piano plods traipse over vocals that are drenched in a fog of echoes, creating a haunting, almost gothic effect. Local psych-noise outfit the Felon Winds are also on the bill. $5. 9 p.m. Banana Hammock. 404-840-7511. -- CR

HARMONY IN LIFE W/ ERIC ROBERSON, N'DAMBI Since its inception in 2005, Harmony in Life has served as a showcase for new and promising underground soul artists. It's grown from a modest event at Hard Rock Café to a popular monthly at Sugarhill, and the July edition marks its third anniversary. The ever-popularRoberson, Dallas, Texas, singer (and Stax Records artist) N'dambi, North Carolina diva Yahzarah and Atlanta's PJ Morton headline the party. House band Vibe-Raider holds down the jam session, and Erica Carson hosts. $10. 8 p.m. Sugarhill. 404-658-0068. -- MR

HOT TUNA, OTEIL & THE PEACEMAKERS Two former members of Jefferson Airplane return to their blues roots (which they were doing before the 'Plane took off). Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are having a great time, and both old and new fans are eating this stuff up. Oteil & the Peacemakers open the show with their own brand of deep-fried Southern funk. $25. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. -- JK

INDIGO GIRLS The most successful act of the early Decatur scene, the Indigo Girls always bring their best to their hometown shows. Amy and Emily are musically complementary yin-yang, and as socially conscious and community-oriented as they are talented singers/songwriters. It's a joy to have them still plugging away after all these years. Sold out. 8 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden. 404-876-5859. -- JK

PAUL MELANCON AND THE ARTS AND SCIENCES, KAISER-CARTEL Playful openers Brooklyn-based Kaiser-Cartel give away a small pack of crayons with the purchase of their new EP, Double Standard. Presumably, the duo hopes its listeners will fill in the stark black-and-white line drawing on the cover, but inside the package, they do their own coloring, slightly out of the lines, of course, with their take on catchy, minimalist folk rock. Atlanta's Melancon knows a thing or two about catchy (and he probably knows about crayons, too). Backed by the Arts and Sciences, he continues to reign as the Apostle Paul of the city's singer/songwriter scene, letting his startling visions guide his muse. $10. 9 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. -- LVS

TWYLA ROBINSON Enchanting auburn-haired soprano Robinson makes her Spivey Hall debut with a recital of American songs, from "serious" composers such as the lyrical Samuel Barber and iconoclastic Charles Ives, to the 19th-century parlor songs of Stephen Foster and classic pop standards from 20th-century tunesters Irving Berlin and Harold Arlen. $35. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. -- MG


TRAVIS It's as hard to dislike this pleasant, if faceless, Glasgow strum-pop quartet as it is to love them. Their songs float along amiably, bolstered by lovely if somewhat forgettable melodies and singer Fran Healey's puppy-dog vocals. While there is no denying its multiplatinum success, the band's first new album in four years seldom deviates from its Oasis/Coldplay-lite template. But there's plenty to be said for intelligently written tunes played with class and superimposed with a relaxed world-weary charm missing from most contemporary pop. $26.50. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. -- HH


THE COMAS, GREAT NORTHERN The Comas make bubblegum, sci-fi, electro-dream pop that's fuzzy, careening and tuneful like Smashing Pumpkins without the pretense and half the bombast. Leader Andy Herod wrote the infectious Conductor in '04 after breaking up with "Dawson's Creek's" Michelle Williams (penning "Tonight on the W.B." for her), and follows it up with equally enjoyable, airier, more organic-sounding Spells. Female-led quartet Great Northern makes vibrant psych-folk that echoes the cosmic country of MIA fellow Californians Beachwood Sparks and Grandaddy. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- CP



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