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THURS/11

B-SIDE PLAYERS, SALVADORE SANTANA BAND, CIPES & THE PEOPLE Dubbed the "Fire in the Youth" tour (after the title of the headliner's current album), this rootsy show is heavy on Latin rhythms and a "let's change the world, people" message. The evening's global funk stew is splashed with dollops of reggae, ska, hip-hop, son and jazz jackknifed with just enough rock to pump up the volume. Keyboardist Salvadore is you-know-who's offspring and has already covered his dad's "Evil Ways." Reports are that San Diego's B-Side Players' bilingual, horn-blasted caliente dance groove is explosive live, but all three acts should keep the vibe fiery and sweaty. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- Hal Horowitz

DEL THA FUNKEE HOMOSAPIEN, DEVIN THE DUDE Both boast underground cred and mainstream bona fides. Del got an early lift from cousin Ice Cube, but went his own way, offering a cleverly contorted flow over jazzy backing with his Hieroglyphics crew. He worked in the cult-fave supergroup Deltron 3030, and collaborated with Gorillaz on the singles "Clint Eastwood" and "Rock the House." Del's supporting his first solo disc in seven years, 11th Hour. An early protégé of DJ Screw in Houston, Devin's comic timing and soulful sway have allowed him to go from being a "rapper's rapper" to the verge of mainstream success with this year's Waitin' to Inhale. $15. 9 p.m. Georgia Theatre. 706-549-9918. www.georgiatheatre.com. -- Mosi Reeves

THE GLASS In 2003, Dominique Keegan promoted New York's indie-dance hegemony by producing The Sound of New York, a compilation of the city's freshest voices, for his Plant Music label. He also tacked on a cut from his project the Glass, a pairing with DJ Wool that deals in 2/4 beats and strobe-light synths. Four years later, the Glass is dropping a formal EP, Couples Therapy, courtesy of newly formed Atlanta label DSIR Music. The duo will celebrate the EP arrival with a CD-release party and performance at Bazzaar. $7. 9 p.m. Bazzaar. 404-885-7505. www.bazzaaratlanta.com. -- MR

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. www.badearl.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

THE ROCHES Rock/folk sisters Maggie, Suzzy and Terry Roche perform music from their 2002 Zero Church album. The music is the Roches' settings of prayers gathered from religions around the world, a product of the group's participation in a 2001 seminar at Harvard University's Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue. The album's name is cleverly inclusive wordplay upon the "Zero Church St." entrance to part of Cambridge's hyperactivist First Parish, where some of the seminar's events took place. Tickets available only through the Carlos Museum's website. $20. 8 p.m. Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. 404-727-4280. www.carlos.emory.edu. -- Mark Gresham

FRI/12

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The French theme of the ASO's opening concerts is continued in a program led by Pinchas Zuckerman (appearing as guest conductor rather than violinist). The second of Haydn's "Paris" symphonies (No. 83) opens the program. Rising-star violinist Viviane Hagner lends her vibrant, rich-colored tones as soloist for "Poème" by Ernest Chausson and the "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" by Camille Saint-Saëns, whose towering "Symphony No. 3" ("Organ Symphony"), featuring ASO keyboardist Peter Marshall on organ, concludes the program. $16-$70. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

CARIBOU, BORN RUFFIANS Before punk-rock bully Handsome Dick Manitoba brought a copyright lawsuit that forced a name change, Canadian musician Dan Snaith went by the name Manitoba and issued psychedelic pop epics such as 2003's Up in Flames. Post-lawsuit, Snaith is known as Caribou, and he still creates excellent and beautifully whimsical recordings such as the recent Andorra. Warp Records upstart Born Ruffians and Decatur's the Royal Carltons open the evening. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- MR

FLAMING FIRE It's hard to place a tab on Brooklyn's Flaming Fire. Does the group sound more like Gwar or the B-52's? The answer is a little of both and neither one at all. Flaming Fire creates a bold, whimsical and totally surreal theatrical rock plod by way of big, clumsy and forceful art punk that yells at you about God, death and killing the right people. Local acts tree creature, JBMN and Fedayeen also perform. $8. 9 p.m. 11:11 Teahouse. 404-521-1911. www.myspace.com/1111teahouse. -- Chad Radford

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