ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Michael Christie, the young director of the Colorado Music Festival and newly appointed conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, is this week's guest conductor. The program features ASO principal cellist Christopher Rex as soloist in Dvorak's "Cello Concerto" as the opener, then "Ashes of Memory" by 35-year-old composer Michael Hersch, concluding with Beethoven's "Leonore Overture No. 3." $10-$50. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. -- Mark Gresham

BRUCE JOYNER AND THE RECONSTRUCTION, HALF-NEKKID, CHICKENS 'N' PIGS Ultra-cool Joyner and his psychedelic rowdies could very well be the soundtrack for a trippy '60s happening. Loud, rocking and moody, the band time-travels from Nuggets crunch into San Francisco swirl without the poetic pretension and armed with an arsenal of great songs. Half-Nekkid and Chickens 'N' Pigs share the bill. Call for price. 9 p.m. 10 High. 404-873-3607. -- Lee Valentine Smith

GURU Over the years, several rap acts have dabbled with jazz sounds. But no other artist has a made a commitment to explore the marriage between be-bop and hip-hop more than the legendary mic controller Guru. So, when he plays Apache this Thursday, expect to hear smooth, swinging stuff he created as one half of the hip-hop duo Gangstarr, as well as tunes from his Jazzamatzz album series. $12-$15. 9 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. -- Carlton Hargro

TRISTAN PRETTYMAN, BEN TAYLOR, BUTTERFLY STITCH Laid-back Del Mar, Calif.-bred Prettyman plays pretty, sunbaked, Ani-frosted folk pop. Taylor is the engaging and easygoing progeny of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Local opener Butterfly Stitch is a mini-supergroup on the rise. Lovers of gentle '70s folk rock arise from your slumber. This nice little show is, um, Taylor-made for you. $12. 7:30 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- LVS


ANNA KRAMER, BON VIVANTS Kramer plays a raucous set of earnest and energetic country-tinged punk and rockabilly songs. Bon Vivants' sound is a stylistically sloppy rawk chug that falls somewhere between the Replacements, Husker Du and Big Star. The group will run through a set of old and new numbers, including an unwieldy cover of the Beatles' "It's All Too Much." The King Congregation opens the show. $7. 10 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- Chad Radford

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., Feb. 9. $10-$50. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. -- MG

BE YOUR OWN PET Nashville quartet Be Your Own Pet is currently riding a wave of hype, thanks to a recording contract with Universal Records, favorable notices from cool-hunting bibles such as Spin, and a cute-but-fierce demeanor, expressed through shaggy-dog numbers such as "Damn Damn Leash" (which sounds like it reads). The four teenagers in Be Your Own Pet are getting some sea legs, so to speak, through a short national tour before their album drops later this year. Option Won, Leaving Lilburn and the Mourning After open. $6. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. -- Mosi Reeves

DIVINEMAGGEES, COSY SHERIDAN The Asheville-based Maggees make a triumphant return to the Attic tonight, celebrating the release of Love Me Like the Roses, a delightfully careening cab ride of an album, deftly veering from Greenwich Village folk to Decatur singer/songwriter purism to off-kilter East Atlanta rock. Cosy Sheridan shares the evening. $10. 9:30 p.m. Eddies Attic. 404-377-4976. -- LVS

MOTOR 76, ROCK CITY DROPOUTS Word on the street is the Alley Cat is charging a cover now, but don't worry, tonight's show will give you plenty o' bang for your rock-and-roll bucks. Tonight, the always rowdy Motor-men install new drummer John Barnes, formerly of the Helgas, in the engine, so expect the seasoned vets to blow out the ol' carburetor at full speed. The Rock City Dropouts bring the rock as always, with their reliable unpredictability. Controlled chaos, y'all. $5. Alley Cat. 678-904-2514. -- LVS


ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., Feb. 9. $15-$50. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. -- MG

CRUISOMATIC, SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN OF LEISURE A special pre-Valentine's Day party and sweetheart dance with a cavalcade of fun from a slew of old-school Atlanta scenesters. Crusiomatic is the ultimate human jukebox, offering Nuggets-style '60s tunes with a sparkling flourish of sequined showmanship. The Gentlemen are a motley crew of Beatle-obsessed players featuring members of the Satellites, the Lizardmen and the Blue Velvets. Bring your siggy other and dance, dammit. You'll thank me later. Call for price. Jake's Toadhouse. 404-633-8090. -- LVS

DEBORAH ALLEN, LINDA DAVIS, MIKE LOUDERMILK Allen has been kickin' around the country for years, penning songs for herself ("Baby I Lied"), Tanya Tucker, Janie Fricke and many others with her husband, Rafe Van Hoy. Her records swing from emotive ballads to growling country to experimental rock, often on the same collection -- while pulsating with a fun and fresh-faced sensuality. Hey, how many other country performers can you name who've recorded a Prince tune? Tonight, she'll share songs and stories with fellow singer/songwriters Davis and Loudermilk. $20. 10 p.m. Swallow at the Hollow. 678-352-1975. -- LVS



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