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ATLANTA CHAMBER PLAYERS The ACP inaugurates its "Chamber Music in Art Spaces" series with a concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia's new location at TULA Art Center. The group performs the lusciously sensual "Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp" by Claude Debussy, the boldly modern "First Piano Quartet" by Bohuslav Martinu, and the hyper-Romantic "Kammersymphonie" by Arnold Schoenberg, arranged by Anton Webern. Half-price student tickets available. $20. 7:30 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. 770-242-2227. -- MG

KANYE WEST, LUPE FIASCO Building upon the winding narratives of his impressive debut, Food & Liquor, Fiasco's follow-up, The Cool, follows a youth beguiled by the glamour of the game-over-grand, symphonic arrangements coated in dollops of melodrama. While it hits the sophomore slump like a foot-wide pothole at 60, the adventurous arrangements and dense story reward additional listens. Meanwhile, Kanye's graduated to a single name thanks to flamboyant self promotion, keen fashion, and enough wit and humor on his three releases to compensate for middle-of-the-pack skills. $48-$130. 7:30 p.m. Gwinnett Center. 770-813-7500. -- CP

LITTLE FEAT, HOT TUNA Yeah, we know, Little Feat ain't the same without Lowell George, but they have a right to make a living. The current lineup has been mostly intact for 20 years, so it's time to move on and let Lowell rest, dontcha think? Hot Tuna is a living relic, born from the blues fad of the early 60s, filtered through the Jefferson Airplane and still making great music in the 21st century. Let's hear it for the old dudes! $37. 7:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. -- JK

TOMMY WOMACK, KEN WILL MORTON Frequent Attic visitor Womack's wry, dry humor and sure sense of melody made his recent comeback album one of 2007's finest, funniest and most unexpectedly welcome releases. Live he trades the band for a more intimate but no less unhinged approach where the songs are just part of the show. He describes himself as "songwriter, author, creator of sexual tension." 'Nuff said. Athens' Morton has just released two solid new albums of rootsy folk/country rock/Americana, so he'll have no lack of material to choose from. $12-$15. 7 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. -- HH


ATLANTA SINGERS Started in 1977 as a group of friends devoted to singing, the Atlanta Singers have since developed into one of the city's few professional choral ensembles. David Morrow, the group's current director, has also been director of the Morehouse Glee Club since 1987. The group will perform works by William Albright, Edward Elgar, C.V. Stanford, Frank Tichelli, Dave Brubeck, Moses Hogan and David Morrow. Half-price student tickets available. $10. 7:30 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church. 404-881-0835. -- MG

LANGHORNE SLIM, AMY LAVERE Born in Langhorne, Pa., Slim combines the playful showmanship of Keller Williams with bustling bluegrass strumming and a rollicking rock 'n' roll spirit echoing Woodstock. Slim's parched tenor limbos like the spineless, surfing sanguine waves. Lavere's girlish coo sashays with sultry sway on tracks that veer from bluesy torch to country folk infused with a smoky, late-night vibe. Her second album, last year's Anchors & Anvils, possesses a graceful, insistent allure. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- Chris Parker

MASON JENNINGS, BRETT DENNEN, MISSY HIGGINS This trio of up-and-coming singer/songwriters is an economical way to get introduced to talented faces in the overcrowded genre. Jennings is the most established name and has the longest discography filled with strummy, occasionally political, more often personal ruminations. Baby-faced Dennen's last album caught the ear of Rolling Stone, which bestowed on him one of its coveted "10 Artists to Watch" accolades. Australian Higgins veers toward the more upbeat lane of the folk-pop highway. All have new albums out now or will soon and onstage collaborations are likely. $18-$20. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-223-1100. -- HH


CLUB OF ROME, BRASS CASTLE, PRIDE PARADE Atlanta duo Club of Rome is a purveyor of a mutant and disco-damaged throwback to the no-wave era. The sounds are muddy and the beats are primitive, but the hooks are catchy as hell. For fans of Suicide, early Sonic Youth and Throbbing Gristle. Brass Castle plays big, loud, Southern and deranged metal riffage. Athens' scratchy-throat psych-rock band Pride Parade also performs. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- CR

FOOT VILLAGE Culver City, Calif.'s Foot Village is an unholy and drum-heavy four-piece that features members of Gang Wizard and Friends Forever. The group relies on nothing more than four drums and screaming, scraping vocal mantras that spearhead bouts of hardcore tribal bashing. It will be a dance party for sure, but one that resembles a scene from a Hieronymus Bosch painting or a deleted scene from one of the Mad Max sequels. $6. 10 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. -- CR



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