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BORIS, DAMON & NAOMI W/ MICHIO KURIHARA, NOOT D' NOOT Boris is a Japanese cousin to American art-metal luminaries Sunn O))), Melvins, Thrones, Pelican and so many others. Tonight's show will be a long, extended musical extravaganza as Boris joins forces with dreamy indie-pop darlings Damon & Naomi, and Kurihara of Ghost. Local polyfunk yuksters Noot d' Noot open with a set of Africanized electro beats. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR
OVER THE RHINE She sings, he plays (mostly piano, some guitar), and together the married couple of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist construct a cabaret, torch-folk jazz that is as unique as it is compelling. Fifteen years and still working under the popular radar, every release threatens to push them into a wider spotlight, especially with the recognition enjoyed by Norah Jones and the Dresden Dolls, both of whom work somewhat similar territory. Edgy and intimate, Eddie's is the perfect environment to best absorb OTR's poetic lyrics, subtle dynamics and Bergquist's sumptuous, tear-stained voice. Rosie Thomas opens. $20-$23. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- HH
PO' GIRL Those young folks, they love to play that old-time music, but Po' Girl's acoustic sound is quite unique. It is puzzling how they seem to mix so many styles -- jazz, blues, folk and a little bluegrass. It can be a bit overwrought in large doses, but these gals are having a contagiously good time. $12. 8 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.fivespot-atl.com. -- JK
GEORGIE JAMES Punk musicians don't die ... they just turn into folk singers. John Davis, former drummer for beloved Dischord Records band Q & Not U, hasn't exactly neutered himself with Georgie James, his new band with Laura Burhenn. But Places, their second album for Saddle Creek, is softer and more melodic than the angular Q & Not U was; it's full of jangling songs, not angular dance-punk workouts. Fellow D.C. export Le Loup and Tallahassee, Fla.'s Look Mexico open. $8. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- MR
JENNIFER O'CONNOR, DARREN JESSE One-time Atlanta undergrad O'Connor (of local '90s rockers Violet) has a brash, understated vocal sneer reminiscent of early Liz Phair, and nicely captured in her track, "Ready to Go," in which she dully offers, "I'm ready for pain, if you want to shame me, it's a pretty easy game." The forthright lyrics and unaffected style of her first two releases earned her a deal with Phair's old label, Matador. Opener Darren Jesse once drummed for Ben Folds, and now forges dreamy, folk-pop brilliance with his band Hotel Lights. $5. 7 p.m. The Melting Point, Athens. 706-254-6909. www.meltingpointathens.com. -- CP
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS Reggae doesn't get any more roots than the music of Frederick "Toots" Hibbert. He was there from the beginning, predating even Bob Marley's earliest sides, with an explosive blend of ska, reggae and R&B that remains riveting. Hibbert's raw vocals are gripping even if his slick new guest-star-studded albums aren't as intoxicating as the self-descriptive anthem "Reggae Got Soul" and the immortal "Pressure Drop." Do the "reggay" with one of the undisputed living legends of the genre. $22.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-223-1100. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- HH
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