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CORB LUND A Canadian who plays "real" country music, Lund is as authentic as they come. His songs are catchy and loaded with hooks, and stick closely to the parameters of tradition. Let's turn this joint into a bona fide honky-tonk tonight! $8. 7 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- JK


THE GOOD LIFE Between post-punk band Cursive and his solo project, the Good Life, Tim Kasher has built a fine catalog. Kasher enjoys theatricality, and his albums usually feature a unifying conceit -- Cursive's break-up document, Domestica, the post-divorce drunken binges of TGL's Black Out, or his survey of a relationship's passage on Album of the Year. His latest, Help Wanted Nights, is a soundtrack to an unproduced movie that traces a week in a bar, through a waylaid traveler's eyes. Never one to settle on one sound, the latest favors a country-tinged singer/songwriter vibe. $12. 9:30 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. -- Chris Parker


TIGER ARMY, STREET DOGS Strap those Chuck Taylors on tight, because this lively bill might find you off your feet more than once. Tiger Army's throttling psychobilly beat dovetails with hungry, shout-along punk. The Berkeley, Calif., trio's latest, Music from Regions Beyond, leans hard into the punk corners, sounding like Social Distortion fleeing from a hit-and-run accident involving Rancid. Hailing from the opposite coast, Boston's Street Dogs crank out blistering, Oi-inflected Irish punk, led by gravelly voiced former Dropkick Murphys singer Mike McColgan. $13. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. -- CP

TWO GALLANTS This San Francisco duo's shambling blues-folk shuffles and canters in an old-fashioned manner, offering spacious Seegar-esque folk cut with a gritty dash of Mississippi hill country rumble. Fronting the guitar/drums team, Adam Stephens' high-pitched croon dips and glides through dark lyrical valleys guided by the music's exultant resilience. Their latest album is self-titled, reflecting that it's their most assured and successful release, from the aching ballad "Trembling of the Rose," to the parched, ambling elephant-walk blues of "Miss Meri." $10. 9:30 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. -- CP

WOO-YOUNG CHOI Pianist Choi reprises the recital she performed at the University of Georgia late last month, featuring a "Capriccio" by J.S. Bach, the difficult and mystical "Sonata No. 5" by hypochondriac Russian theosophist Alexander Scriabin, "Sonantine" by Maurice Ravel, and the flamboyant suite "Years of Pilgrimage, First Year: Switzerland" by Franz Liszt. Free. 8 p.m. McLean Auditorium, Agnes Scott College. 404-471-6430. -- MG


LITTLE FEAT The originator Lowell George has been gone for about 30 years, but that hasn't stopped Little Feat from carrying on with its unique Southern-fried boogie-groove sound. The songs are so firmly imbedded in some of our minds that we can sing them in our sleep. Ever seen a fat man in a bathtub eating Dixie chicken? $30. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. -- JK

SEAN CARNEY BAND With all the blues slingers littering the landscape, it's worth noting that Carney picked up top honors for Best Guitarist at this year's International Blues Challenge. His is a swinging, Texas style informed more by the jazz and jump blues of Jimmy McCracklin and T Bone Walker than the tougher Chicago shuffles favored by most of his contemporaries. Most impressive is Carney's class, sophistication and timing that raises his music to a higher, more articulate level, even if it often keeps his impressive guitar skills on the back burner. $10. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-BLUE. -- HH

SLARAFFENLAND, TRADESECRETS Hailing from Denmark, Slaraffenland crafts breezy, arty pop music that's cut from a cloth of pleasantly experimental melodies that are littered with specks of oddball jazz leanings. The music is mellow and sometimes weird in an amicable outsider way. For fans of Grandaddy, Broken Social Scene and maybe even Animal Collective. Atlanta band Tradesecrets, which features former members of Partisan and Aye Robotics!, also performs. $7. 9 p.m. 11:11 Teahouse. 404-521-1911. -- CR


B-SIDE PLAYERS, SALVADOR SANTANA BAND, CIPES AND THE PEOPLE The Players bound into town tonight, touring to support their latest release, Fire in the Youth. It's sweltering party music with a humid world beat. The imposing B-Side squad delivers lengthy slabs of spicy, salsa-soaked reggae, loosely wrapped around proficient, sensibly extended jams that never seem to wander too far away from their delightfully catchy, sun-baked melodies. With performances by the Salvador Santana Band and Cipes and the People. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- LVS

MITCH EASTER, SHALINI, MAGNAPOP Athens bands often argue that there is no actual "Athens sound," but one of the main documentarians of the elusive spirit of early '80s Classic City attitude is North Carolina's Easter. His deft production on records by R.E.M., Love Tractor and many others helped define college-rock jangle and thus influenced a generation of musicians around the world. Along the way, he's made some great pop records featuring his own compositions as the mastermind behind Let's Active. Tonight, he's joined by his wife's combo, Shalini, and old pals Magnapop. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- LVS



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