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THURS/16

THE BLACK LIPS, THE SUBSONICS If the Black Lips playing at the Clermont Lounge is not prophesized in the Bible as a sign of the coming apocalypse, it's time to rewrite that book. The danger, debauchery and straight-up rock 'n' roll irreverence that's poised to go down at this show rival a plague of locusts on any day of the week. Atlanta garage-rock staple the Subsonics open. $10. 9 p.m. The Clermont Lounge. 404-874-4783. www.clermontlounge.net. -- Chad Radford

CAPTAIN AHAB, JUDI CHICAGO, SUITCASES Los Angeles duo Captain Ahab plays ridiculous and shirtless electro-punk, dance-party anthems with a vocoder and a strong sense of postmodern irony. To say they get crunk is not exactly accurate -- these guys get straight-up awesome. Like-minded ATLiens Judi Chicago tread a similar terrain of art, cheese and groovy anti-hipster jokes. Suitcases open with a set of stripped-down, tribal drum blasts. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR

THE EVERYBODYFIELDS, GEORGIA FIREFLIES The addition of sparse drums to the music of this Tennessee-based duo's tender country/folk doesn't commercialize or even beef it up significantly. Its new album, due next week, shimmers with achingly beautiful songs that recall Neil Young in his Harvest/Comes a Time mode. Gorgeous, moving and rootsy by nature, not design. The local openers, Georgia Fireflies, apparently have "old-timey" permanently etched into their résumé as they lean toward a rural, backwoods, bluegrass vibe that's as stark and honest as it is referential of a simpler time and place. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Hal Horowitz

OPEN MIC MADNESS Manic Josh Rifkind continues the weeklong run of good, bad and in-between acts during this six-night endurance test/competition. More than 100 hopeful acts will be judged by panels of music-industry personnel for a shot at fame, fortune and a performance slot on the Rock Boat. Set sail for fame, y'all. The final night features a closing set with songs from Dead Confederate and Trances Arc. See www.openmicmadness.com for specific info. $12. Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

PETER FRAMPTON, DOOBIE BROTHERS For those of us who remember the glory of classic '70s guitar rock, this show should be a blast. Frampton, a frequent visitor to Atlanta, continues to play his blues-influenced brand of British rock, with all the spirit and fluidity of his groundbreaking live album, Frampton Comes Alive. The Doobies, minus moaning Michael McDonald, remain a rousing, good-time party band, retaining their core founders' rough-hewn harmonies and the muscular crunch of their best -- and least laid-back -- material. $38.50-$58.50. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-233-2227. www.chastainseries.com. -- LVS

FRI/17

THE BOOZE, BEAT BEAT BEAT Don't expect a bad blues band here. The dandy garage rockers and resolutely mod posse of individuals who do business under the name the Booze have a great new album. It's called 8 up with Soul, and even though they're playing Atlantis, they're actually a good band. Check them out tonight so you don't have to deal with those laminate-dangling bottom-feeders in the thick of that industry stroke-off next month. And, er, speaking of beating, the Beat Beat Beat shares the bill. $8. 8 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-9198. www.vinylatlanta.com. -- LVS

COREY HARRIS Much like Taj Mahal and Olu Dara, Harris is a onetime-bluesman who has evolved into a polyglot, absorbing different varieties of music culture. Many may remember his prominent role in Martin Scorsese's 2003 miniseries "The Blues." These days, however, he's experimenting with reggae, and his new album, Zion Crossroads, speaks truth to power via a tribute to the late radical philosopher Walter Rodney and several songs about poor people infused with revolutionary spirit. $12. 8 p.m. Five Spot Café. 404-223-1100. www.fivespot-atl.com. -- Mosi Reeves

DEL MCCOURY BAND His piercing tenor's lonesome croon mirrors the tumbling, old-timey ache of the music, as backed by his progeny McCoury delivers the bluegrass that's been a part of his life for close to 70 years. An esteemed banjo picker, McCoury joined Bill Monroe's legendary Blue Grass Boys and soon after switched to rhythm guitar and lead vocals. He's still a lively performer, currently backed by sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Robbie (banjo) among others, and supporting a wonderful album of gospel classics, The Promised Land. $20. 9 p.m. Georgia Theatre, Athens. 706-549-9918. www.georgiatheatre.com. -- Chris Parker

GARY NICHOLSON, JON RANDALL, JESSI ALEXANDER Continuing to emulate the Bluebird Café in Nashville, tonight's Swallow lineup is a doozy. Nicholson is one of the most prolific and successful songwriters in history, and both Randall and Alexander have worked with him. Randall is as good a singer as he is a writer, and Alexander brings a youthful vitality to the mix. $25. 10 p.m. The Swallow at the Hollow, Roswell. 678-352-1975. www.theswallowatthehollow.com. -- JK

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