BOBBY YANG Hard-rockin' violinist Yang, along with his band of Unrivaled Players (that's what they call themselves, and -- for once -- a band isn't exaggerating) featuring Mark Cobb (Y.O.U.), Ben Holst (Love Tractor) and Franher Joseph (Eldridge Simms Quintet), have two special shows planned for tonight. They'll trip up the stairs to the Attic and float out into space as they take their classic rock to a new level, a totally improv'ed set of roaring, '70s-fueled free-forms. $15. 7 (all ages) and 9:30 p.m. (21 and over only). Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith
ERIC CHURCH Fitting right in with the current crop of rockin' country dudes, Church is a good-enough singer with a finger on the pulse of the radio crowd. There are not a lot of unusual or innovative sounds here, but what he does sounds as good as or better than anybody else in the genre today. Plus, he believes in Jesus and Merle, so that's pretty OK. $14-$100. 9 p.m. Wild Bill's. 678-473-1000. www.wildbillsatlanta.com. -- James Kelly
FLOETRY, AMANDA DIVA On Floetry's latest tour, fans will get to check out singer Marsha Ambrosius' newest partner, spoken-word veteran and Aphilliates associate (as in DJ Drama's crew) Diva, who replaces founding member Natalie Stewart. Despite the change, the two will undoubtedly run through Floetry's soul/rap hits and, hopefully, a teaser or two from Ambrosius' long-in-the-works debut for Dr. Dre's Aftermath label. Opening songstress Emily King has garnered considerable attention leading up to her debut, East Side Story, which comes out Aug. 28. $24. 9 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. -- Mosi Reeves
HIPPIEFEST This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the storied Summer of Love, a tumultuous explosion of classic music, dynamic activism and mind-altering social-consciousness. Tonight, a diverse assortment of refugees from the '60s will celebrate those days in the touring package called Hippiefest, but don't expect a stash of long-haired, swirling space-jammers. This show is a record geek's heaven of innovative acts including the Zombies, the Rascals, the Turtles, Mitch Ryder, Denny Laine and Joey Molland, the sole survivor of Badfinger. Additionally, from the historic lineup of 1969 Woodstock, Country Joe McDonald and Mountain are scheduled to perform. $28-$78. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. www.classicchastain.com. -- LVS
HULK SMASH, BATTLECAT, SWAMP APE, THE CLUB OF ROME Philadelphia, Pa.'s Hulk Smash plays grimy and distressing screamo that combines equal parts sci-fi and low-fi with slow rhythmic brutality. Atlanta's Battlecat plays fast, noisy post-hardcore. Club of Rome's sound is a throwback to the creepy/campy skulk of '80s punk/industrial nihilism. Stoner-rock duo Swamp Ape also performs. This is a house show, and this shit will be rowdy. Donations accepted. 10 p.m. The Crackhouse. 404-588-9600. www.myspace.com/crackhouseatl. -- Chad Radford
IRIS DEMENT, JASON WILBER Her debut album in 1994 made Dement a critic's darling and one of the most talked about artists in the emerging Americana scene, but her sporadic and often brilliant output over the years has made her an enigma. Her heartfelt hillbilly-esque vocals and touching words prove that she was no fluke. Opening (and probably joining Dement on guitar) will be the talented Wilber. $20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- JK
JOAN OSBORNE In the tradition of great jazz singers, Osborne's best work appears to be her renditions of soul, country and pop nuggets. Half her new album features fiery versions of well-known R&B gems such as "Ain't No Sunshine," "Kiss and Say Goodbye" and even "Sara Smile," all of which shimmer when she purrs and belts them out with obvious delight. She'd probably rather be known for her original tunes, but even the best ones pale next to the emotional wallop she brings to the covers. $35. 8 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden. 404-876-5859. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org. -- Hal Horowitz
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Laura Jackson conducts the ASO in some real "space music": Gustav Holst's ever-popular "The Planets," accompanied by awesomely lush planetary exploration images from NASA and narration by WSB-AM (750)'s morning news guru, Scott Slade. Beam us up, Scotty! $20-$38. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG
DAVID ALLAN COE, J.B. WALKER & THE CHEAP WHISKEY BAND, CADDLE Coe is getting a bit long in the tooth these days, but he's a roadhog who will probably die of old age on stage. He's got a ton of great songs from his heyday, and a few that are just cringe-worthy in their obtuse political incorrectness. But the rednecks in the crowd don't give a damn about that, they are here to party. Walker and Caddle will start things off on this wild night. $23. 9 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. -- JK
KEVN KINNEY, DELTA MOON Drivin' N' Cryin's on-again-off-again country/hard-rock hybrid is only part of Kinney's personality. He's also a rugged Southern blues rocker and grungy folkie who combines his naturally frayed vocals with songs that bubble up from the red clay soil that stains all of his work. Openers Delta Moon -- promoting a terrific new album -- likewise dig a distinctive blues-rock niche with alternating slide guitars that sizzle and Tom Gray's throaty vocals. This is a terrific bill of Atlanta-based contemporary roots music. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- HH
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