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CL's picks for the week's best shows


DEIDRE McCALLA With a sociomusical sensibility forged in the heyday of NYC's Greenwich Village folk clubs, African-American, lesbian, feminist guitarist McCalla sings in celebration of diversity and the power of the human spirit. Pre-eminent among women's music circles, the Atlanta-based McCalla also co-founded FamilyPride of the South. Free. 7 p.m. Decatur Library. 404-370-3070. -- Mark Gresham

ZOROASTER, EARLY MODERN WITCH TRIALS, FAG STATIC Zoroaster is a drone-metal behemoth that crafts a neck-breaking rumble and a sensory-jamming show of lights, smoke and pure sonic malevolence. Bring earplugs. Early Modern Witch Trials plays a nerdy hybrid of progressive rock and space-age punk jams. Fag Static (formerly known as Quaker Guns) features Ian Deaton and Chris Ware from Blame Game playing intricate and arty post-hardcore songs. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. ­-- Chad Radford


11:11 SOUND WISH Teahouse is fast becoming a thriving spot for live performance of various strains of experimental music. This show is a potluck fundraiser to buy a sound system for the space. Admission is free if you bring food ($5 to eat). Acts on deck include: Magic Apron, Music for People and many others, as well as a Subliminator impersonation contest and sumo wrestling. $5. 8 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. -- CR

BILLY CHILDISH Iconoclastic British garage-punk Childish came of age in the '77 punk explosion, fronting an unending series of primitive outfits (most notably Thee Headcoates), whose earnest, energetic roar and sense of humor compensate for their musical deficiencies. The gritty, off-the-cuff vibe and intelligence has made him a cult figure for 30 years. Besides his prolific musical output -- estimated at more than 100 (decidedly lo-fi) albums -- Childish is also a noted painter, poet and critic. He'll be doing a reading as well as his solo performance. $25. 9 p.m. AJC Decatur Book Festival, Vinson Gallery Stage. 404-370-1720. -- Chris Parker

ELISABETH WITHERS With her soulfully powerful yet engagingly vulnerable voice, singer/songwriter Withers became a Broadway stage hit and Tony Award nominee playing the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple. Yet her Blue Note solo debut album, It Can Happen to Anyone, demonstrates command of a range of styles: R&B, gospel, pop, rock and even "old-school" cabaret. Part of the Montreux Jazz Festival Atlanta. $25-$35. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. -- MG

HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH, SAM BUSH Well, the Hooties are still around, even though they disappeared from the record charts about eight years ago. I guess some folks just love those songs the rest of us can't remember. Opener Sam Bush is the king of the newgrass mandolin, and will no doubt be the real surprise of this evening's festivities. $28-$57. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-249-6400. -- James Kelly

LARRY BROWN TRIBUTE Tim Lee's recently released tribute compilation to Southern writer Brown comes alive as six of its artists memorialize the author in story, but mostly song. Regardless of the concept, just hearing some of Americana's finest folks and folk rockers including Drams/Slobberbone frontman Brent Best, Blue Mountain's Carey Hudson, Bo Ramsey, Pieta Brown and Caroline Herring together and separately is a rare treat unlikely to be repeated after this tour. This promises to be a reverent, stimulating and emotionally stirring evening of roots music. $20. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. -- Hal Horowitz


ATHENS BOYS CHOIR, TEAM GINA, KATASTROPHE This gender-bending showcase features three acts blurring the lines between spoken word, poetry and rap. Katz, aka Athens Boys Choir, is known for his witty wordplay and close association with Indigo Girls and other queer-positive artists. Team Gina is a Seattle duo that's part of the electro-homo-hop scene, a movement that includes acts such as Gravy Train and Scream Club. Same goes for Katastrophe, except he hails from San Francisco. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-3950. -- Mosi Reeves

THE CINEMATICS, CARINA ROUND Much like fellow Glasgow, Scotland, band Franz Ferdinand, the Cinematics plays rock 'n' roll with an eye toward the dance floor. Their music is hooky and polished; on A Strange Education, their best songs sound like She Wants Revenge without the pretension. In contrast, Carina Round is an unappreciated British singer/songwriter with industrial and modern rock overtones. Her solid new album, Slow Motion Addict, was finally released in June after a year of delays. Local rock band Tentonic opens. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- MR

DRIVE-INVASION (day one) It's Labor Day weekend again, and that means the annual invasion of hot cars, saucy burlesque girls, tattooed dudes, cool movies and, of course, diverse bands hits the Starlight again for two days and nights of offbeat fun on the shoe-meltin' asphalt. Gates open at noon today for a full-day (and night if you camp out) event. The first band starts at 1 p.m. and the rockin' roster includes sets from Lust, the Intoxicators, the Blue Jays, the Belmont Playboys, the Burmese Crush, Jimmy and the Teasers, Tiger! Tiger! and -- just as dusk approaches -- the mysterious stranger known as Unknown Hinson. After dark, the movies roll into the wee hours. $22-$40. 1 p.m. Starlight Drive-In. 404-627-5786. -- Lee Valentine Smith



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