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

KASKADE As someone who has only been producing records for the past five years, Ryan "Kaskade" Raddon is something like a house music phenomenon. His albums, the most recent of which is 2005's In the Moment, receive a startling amount of mainstream attention for a dance artist, an indication that people are beginning to see the Bay Area-based producer as an exemplar of the genre. The music he makes is smart, polished and propulsive. $15. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. -- MR

LURA The European imperialists who ruled Cape Verde until 1975 considered the native musical style known as "funana" too erotic for public consumption. Luckily, the archipelago gained independence, which allowed vocalists like Lura to bring the accordion- and guitar-driven sound to the rest of the world. $12-$17. 8 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. -- CH

NEW TRINITY BAROQUE There were esteemed musicians in the Bach family before the great Johann Sebastian. Atlanta's premier early music ensemble, New Trinity Baroque, presents music by two of his ancestors, Johann Christoph (a second cousin) and Johann Michael Bach (a more distant relative), who were active in the late 17th century. The program, featuring soprano soloist Jennifer Ellis, also includes works by Buxtehude, Kuhnau, and other peers of these elder Bachs. $29-$39. 8:15 p.m. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. 770-638-7574. -- MG


ANGÈLE DUBEAU AND LA PIETÀ Canadian violinist Dubeau and her all-female ensemble, La Pieta, present a musical Valentine of original works and special arrangements. Dubeau strives to make classical music more accessible to the masses, and is one of the biggest-selling classical recording artists in Canada. $25. 3 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. -- MG

ATLANTA CHAMBER PLAYERS ACF offers a tour of world "Musical Capitals" -- London, Paris, Vienna and New York -- in a program of chamber music by Haydn, Brahms, Joan Tower and Florent Schmitt. Suggested donation of $20 for adults, $10 students. 5 p.m. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. 770-242-2227. -- MG


INCOGNITO As a founder of British soul, Incognito has had a considerable influence over the direction of contemporary jazz and R&B, both overseas and here in Atlanta. The group, led by Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick, has several club hits to its credit, including "Nights Over Egypt," "Where Did We Go Wrong?" and "Still A Friend of Mine." Its most recent effort, Eleven, continues the 20-year soul tradition. Standing-room only. $25. 8 p.m. Roxy Theatre. 404-249-6400. -- MR


DANIEL LANOIS, TELEGRAM Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel have all benefited from Lanois' hands as a producer. But as a composer/ambient pop mastermind and former Brian Eno pupil, Lanois' instrumental arrangements are vast and billowy journeys into other times and places. Atlanta's own dream-pop trio Telegram opens with a complimentary set of sparse and swirling melodies stripped from van Gogh's "Starry Night." $15. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- CR

MUDBOY Providence, R.I., keyboardist Mudboy (née noise composer Raphael Lyon) meshes the sounds of a modified electric church organ with field recordings, creating clunky minimalism in the vein of Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Zoviet France. His dense and trance-inducing soundscapes teeter between serene and violent. Don't be surprised if he puts on a werewolf mask and starts throwing firecrackers during his set. Realicide and Yomui Yuk open the show. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. -- CR


ORTHRELM Imagine a Steve Vai guitar solo repeating ad infinitum, with only slight variations in chord sequence throughout it, and you'll get an idea of how Orthrelm sounds. Composed of guitarist Mick Barr and drummer Josh Blair, the Washington, D.C., duo is sort of like the heavy metal equivalent of Iannis Xenaxis. On their recent OV album for Ipecac Records, they construct sheets of sound that are best appreciated for their subtle shifts in tone. Local bands Blame Game and Calabi Yau open during what will probably be a noisy night. $8. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. -- MR


AIROES, DRY LUNGS, GOD'S AMERICA, AFRICAN GREYS, ME AND HIM CALL IT US Airoes plays art-damaged electro funk while Dry Lungs revels in noise. God's America's swelling and clunky post-hardcore dirge falls somewhere between Slint and the Slits. Me and Him Call It Us unleash a blood-curdling mess of screaming, grinding noise and lots of hateful emotions. African Greys are also on the bill. $5. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. -- CR

MATISYAHU Hasidic reggae artist Matisyahu -- hailing from Crown Heights, Brooklyn -- disseminates his message of hopeful humility through dub and roots reggae, anchored with cross-cultural, firmly convicted cantors. With his latest, the Bill Laswell-produced Youth, however, Matisyahu coheres multiple facets, including yawning guitars, mellifluous acoustic resonance and lithely skittering R&B/pop, to his reverb-borne reverence we'll call spiritually sound. And live, Matisyahu's fiery presence unites reggae's righteous stance, dancehall's corporal insistence and hip-hop's bobbing malleability. So Called also performs. 8 p.m. $25. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. -- Tony Ware

SCHOLA CANTORUM DE CARACAS W/ THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The ASO and Emory University come together to present Osvaldo Golijov's "La Pasión Según San Marcos" ("The Passion According to St. Mark"), conducted by Robert Spano, and featuring Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza. We get it before New York -- performances by the same forces take place at Lincoln Center in the days immediately following the three in Atlanta. A highly emotive work infused with Latin-American and Afro-Caribbean styles. $45 (sold out, waiting list only). 8 p.m. Schwartz Center, Emerson Concert Hall. 404-727-5050. -- MG

TOTAL SCIENCE When U.K. drum 'n' bass production duo Total Science enters the lab, it's as astronomers, not just DJs. Total Science has a telescope so powerful, the tag team has pinpointed drum 'n' bass imbued with such soul that its gravitational pull to the dancefloor is like that of a black hole. Surreal SETI program broadcasts meet twitching steppers and aqueous deep house stormers in the hands of these tonal scientists. Kujo, Ozone Media, Sorted and MC Race One provide local support. Guys $10, ladies free. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. -- TW

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