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CL's picks for the week's best shows

THURS/20

FIONN REGAN It seems like a setup when a brand-new artist is excessively compared to the greats, as Regan has been. With names like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Nick Drake being tossed around in his hype machine, the expectations on this young Irishman are high. I say just listen with a clean palate, and let his soft, folk sound take you where he wants you to be. $12. 8 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.fivespotatl.com. -- James Kelly

JANIVA MAGNESS After struggling in the blues trenches for 25 years, Magness finally scored 2007's Best Contemporary Female Vocalist at this year's Blues Music Awards. While the California-by-way-of-Detroit singer hasn't crossed over into mainstream recognition just yet, it's only a matter of time until her powerhouse vocals and rootsy material connect with a larger audience. Hear her belt out rollicking R&B, smoky jazz, sassy soul and blistering blues with the conviction and professionalism only a quarter-century of experience brings. $10. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com. -- Hal Horowitz

JOHN VANDERSLICE, BISHOP ALLEN A renaissance musician, Vanderslice's fingerprints are all over the Mountain Goats' last three albums, which he produced and helped arrange. His analog studio Tiny Telephone is a popular stop among indie rockers, and he's followed up his fine, overlooked act, MK Ultra, with a terrific solo career. His music is textured with hooks, odd-shaped prog curliques and conceptual narratives, the latest of which, Emerald City, prominently involves terrorism and guilt. Bishop Allen's smart, quirky, vibrant indie pop was showcased all last year when the band released an EP a month. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chris Parker

FRI/21

SHAWN MULLINS & FRIENDS It seems Eddie's prodigal sons and daughters always come home, and Mullins is a near-perfect alumnus. While still working his excellent 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor album, he will be doing a broad retrospective of his career, and the place will be packed. Good stuff, I'm telling you. $18-$90. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 7 and 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- JK

INTERPOL W/ LIARS They've changed little since their acclaimed 2002 debut, Turn on the Bright Lights, only tightening and refining the British post-punk formula they lifted from Joy Division and the Chameleons. It's hard to argue with this summer's Our Love to Admire, however, whose anxious atmospheric rock is as smooth, dark and alluring as black velvet. While many have copped the style, no one does it as well. After two abrasive, overrated experimental albums, openers the Liars again defy expectations releasing a quite listenable, expansive self-titled LP in August. $32.50. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. -- CP

VEGA STRING QUARTET The Vega Quartet introduces its new first violinist, Blanka Bednarz, a native of Poland who is on leave this year from teaching at Dickinson College. The midday program includes Ludwig van Beethoven's "Quartetto Serioso" (Op. 95) and music by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana. Free. Noon. Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. -- Mark Gresham

SAT/22

BOB DYLAN, ELVIS COSTELLO, AMOS LEE A strong and diverse bill of singers/songwriters. Bob Dylan has been a legend of folk and rock for more than 40 years. Costello has been an iconic firebrand in many music fields for 30 years, and talented newcomer (compared with the headliners) Lee is an enthralling lyricist. A night to remember -- if you'll actively listen. $39.50-$69.50. 7 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center. 800-224-6422. www.gwinnettcenter.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

DO MAKE SAY THINK, MOORISH IDOLS Toronto-based experimental art-punk outfit Do Make Say Think is a close cousin to fellow Canadians and epic noise and drone-rock ensemble Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Do Make Say Think builds deep and fuzzed-out walls of sound that pull from a patchwork of punk, jazz and instrumental metal leanings. Local art-pop trio Moorish Idols opens the show. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chad Radford

FRINGE Atlanta's newest chamber-music series, Fringe, makes its debut with the intent of transforming the "classical" concert experience into something more familiar to young denizens of the MTV/iPod generation. The virtuosic "Duo for Violin and Cello" by Zoltán Kodály and Franz Schubert's "String Quintet in C Major" are performed within a less-than-conventional framework, including projected docuvids of the performers (violinists Fia Durrett and Michael Heald, violist Joli Wu, and cellists Roy Harran and Charae Krueger), DJ-spun ambient electronica, and a short film. $5-$10. 8 p.m. Church of the Redeemer-PCA, 5185 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. 678-298-1150. www.fringeatlanta.com. -- MG

GIRL TALK With his third mashup album, last year's Night Ripper, Pittsburgh's Gregg Gillis became a cause célébre. He fashions his music from a crazy quilt of recognizable songs, completely recontextualized by Gillis. Night Ripper featured a head-spinning 160 different sampled sources, from Dem Franchize Boyz to Neutral Milk Hotel and the Rentals, though its popularity made his illegal lifts all the more problematic. Gillis' live performances are kinetic, as he roams the stage with the same manic intensity as his sampling. $15. 10 p.m. MJQ Concourse. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- CP

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