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GENTLEMAN JESSE AND HIS MEN, ELECTRIC SHADOWS, THE WEIGHT, GOLDEN TRIANGLE Atlanta's Gentleman Jesse and His Men and New York's Electric Shadows tread similar waters of '70s pop-and-punk musical inspiration, though the former does not share the glam-poser aesthetic of the latter. Golden Triangle shows are a mishmash of spooky and multimedia punk theatrics. Brooklyn-based Athens/Atlanta transplant Joseph Plunket's band the Weight plays dark and desolate country songs. $6. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- CR

SUPER X-13, DICK DELICIOUS AND THE TASTY TESTICLES, THE EL CAMINOS Ya say ya wanna rock show, buddy? OK, well here 'tis. Super X-13, that rocket-fueled power combo, is reuniting tonight to blast off into the night with a rare, blazing-hot set of its old favorites and a few rockin' surprises. Charming outlaw Delicious and his tenacious Testicles dangle precariously in the middle slot with their often obscene and occasionally humorous shtick-kickin' balls full o' boogie. And the Caminos, God bless 'em, they didn't invent debauchery, but they continue to carry the trash-glam torch of their heroes the New York Dolls and the Stooges. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. -- LVS

SAT/18

ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION FEATURING JERRY DOUGLAS What do I need to say here? Twenty Grammy awards, enough country and bluegrass awards to fill a room, and every one of them deserved. Krauss and Union Station are without a doubt one of the greatest bands in the history of acoustic music, walking a perfect balance between past traditions and new frontiers. I love their work so much I can even forgive her for that terrible duet with John Waite. Yuck! $37.50-$55. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre. 404-249-4600. www.foxtheatre.org. -- JK

ROCCO DELUCA AND THE BURDEN In this business, it helps if you know celebrities. Rocco Deluca and the Burden give a hearty "aye" to that note, having been signed to their current Ironhorse label by "24's" own Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). The other side of that showbiz coin: It helps if you're good. 99X took notice of I Trust You to Kill Me, and brought the band to the ATL. They play such reputable, high-energy shows for our fair city that fans across the United States would swear Deluca was from Atlanta. "Drink like it's water," indeed. $20. 7 p.m. Roxy Theatre. 404-233-7699. www.livenation.com. -- Brian Holcomb

MON/20

THE LADYBUG TRANSISTOR The revolving-door personnel of Brooklyn-based Ladybug Transistor hasn't radically altered the band's devotion to its classic, '60s-styled chamber pop. Frontman/founder/auteur Gary Olson's recently released sixth album and the band's first full-length in four years continues the approach but pushes the groove into a more organic, perhaps less twee, arena. Olson's mellifluous baritone centers a distinctively retro sound that remains uplifting, reflective and seldom as calculated as it could be. The similarly styled Papercuts and Magic Apron open. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- HH

TUES/21

MIKE TAMBURO, TUSK LORD Pittsburgh native Tamburo (formerly of Meisha and Arco Flute Foundation) explores the fringe areas of primitive Americana, noise and the avant-garde by way of an acoustic guitar. Shows sway seamlessly between a quietude of finger picking and a more severe wall of sound. Like-minded Pennsylvanian Tusk Lord (aka Mike Kasunic) strums out a distorted and far-out blend of free folk ragas. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR

WED/22

ADRIAN BELEW The sometime-King Crimson guitarist and ace session guy behind Zappa, the Talking Heads and Laurie Anderson tours behind a trilogy of terrific interconnected albums, all released within about a year. They perfectly display his amazingly elastic guitar prowess combined with compositional skills that range from experimental to freewheeling. This "power trio" show will likely feature music from those discs, as well as incorporate nuggets from his extensive and always innovative career. $20. 7 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- HH

JENNIFER GENTLE This Italian quartet has the creepy, organ-driven air of a horror-movie soundtrack, often more suggestive than straightforwardly scary. It's definitely taken a trip or two through the looking glass, and there's a constant psych-inflected vibe that recalls Syd Barrett, blended with an off-kilter, angular post-rock sensibility boasting cabaret rock intimacy. It's very cinematic and dramatic with a vague fantastical air like a children's fairy tale. The band's supporting its second Sub Pop release, The Midnight Room. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CP

TRAVIS TRITT Welcome back a hometown boy who has made a great career out of down-to-earth songs about real things and real people. Sticking to what he does best helped him weather a couple of the shallow-tide shifts on country radio. He's got a lot of rock 'n' roll genes in his jeans, but still belongs in the "country club." No tables tonight, folks; it's a concert. $32-$66. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-249-6400. www.classicchastain.com. -- JK

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