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THURS/6

AGENT ORANGE The legendary SoCal trio isn't as prolific as it was in the '80s, skating by for the past few years on greatest hits compilations. But these punk/surf hooligans always deliver the goods when they play live. The still-thriving pioneers of O.C. punk blend the Ventures with the Ramones. Check 'em out. Dr. Know and the Despised open. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. -- Lee Valentine Smith

click to enlarge Patty Larkin plays Eddie's Attic Thurs., April 6.The Last Waltz Tribute Ensemble plays Smith's Olde Bar Fri., April 7. - STEWART LANGER
  • Stewart Langer
  • Patty Larkin plays Eddie's Attic Thurs., April 6.The Last Waltz Tribute Ensemble plays Smith's Olde Bar Fri., April 7.

GHOSTFACE KILLAH Ghostface Killah lives in a world full of his own peculiar symbols: ziti pasta, Wallabee shoes, pimp cups, Theodore Unit and, of course, Wu-Tang Clan. True, his solo career made him a critic's darling -- read the hosannas thrown at him for his latest album, Fishscale -- but hasn't brought him the kind of record sales he once earned with his onetime group Wu-Tang Clan. But Ghost is still arguably one of the best MCs ever. Opening up for him on this tour is dead prez's M-1, who just released his solo debut, Confidential. $20. 9 p.m. Roxy Theater. 404-233-7699. -- Mosi Reeves

THE PRAIRIE WINDS The Prairie Winds blow into town tonight from just west of the Windy City. The outstanding woodwind quintet offers up an evening of music by Aaron Copland, David Maslanka, Ferenc Farkas, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Leonard Bernstein. (Does the bassoon come in on little cat feet?) Earlier in the day (2:30 p.m.), the quintet also presents a free lecture demonstration. $10. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center, Emerson Concert Hall. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. -- MG

FRI/7

CLOUD ROOM, THE ORPHINS, IRON HERO New York City pop outfit Cloud Room crafts a tense and infectious brand of pop that falls somewhere between Placebo and Pulp. Atlanta's own art-rock act the Orphins craft a blend of smart and complex post-punk that balances manic emotions and chiming rhythms. Athens' six-piece Iron Hero plays a dark and dreamy set of nocturnal pop songs bound by melodic complexities. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chad Radford

click to enlarge The Last Waltz Tribute Ensemble plays Smiths Olde Bar Fri., April 7. - STEWART LANGER
  • Stewart Langer
  • The Last Waltz Tribute Ensemble plays Smiths Olde Bar Fri., April 7.

PSYCHIC HEARTS, MANTISSA, CRAWLING WITH KINGS After a five-month-long break from the public eye, Athens trio Psychic Hearts return to Atlanta in support of a brand new 7-inch. The two songs on the single are a stark and tightly wound approach to post-punk paranoia and obsession with social and political anxiety. Atlanta-based, glitch-infused, indie-pop outfit Mantissa and Austin, Texas, emo-pop five-piece Crawling with Kings are also on the bill. $6. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- CR

ROBERT EARL KEEN The enigma of attending a Keen concert is found in the disconnect between his powerful material, often scraping the bottom of life's barrel, and the immature drunken audience of frat rats who whoop every time a song character dies. It ain't right, but Keen is. $24. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- James Kelly

A TRIBUTE TO THE SONGS OF THE LAST WALTZ What started out as a tribute show has turned into a semi-regular gig for a diverse group of area musicians, fans of the 1978 Martin Scorcese film The Last Waltz. Members of Houndog, the Sundogs and Rick Richards and pals re-create the myriad of guest stars from the Band's final concert. But which one is Bob Dylan? $12. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta Room. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- LVS

WHAT THE ...?, LINDSAY RAKERS BAND, THE INDICATORS That fab trio What The ...? celebrates the release of its new CD tonight and plans to bring along all the bells and whistles (or in this case, keyboards, horns and tubas) heard on the album. Rakers needs to drop that dreaded "band" off her act's name and keep the focus on her literate and intriguing songwriting. The Indicators share the bill. $7. 9 p.m. 10 High. 404-873-3607. www.tenhighclub.com. -- LVS

click to enlarge Venice Is Sinking plays the Athens in Atlanta Fest at Lennys Sat., April 8. - COURTNIE WOLFGANG
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  • Venice Is Sinking plays the Athens in Atlanta Fest at Lennys Sat., April 8.

SAT/8

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Robert Spano leads an engaging all-American program, including George Gershwin's Cuban Overture, Michael Gandolfi's "Reflections from The Garden of Cosmic Speculation" and Leonard Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story." Terrence Wilson is piano soloist, playing the "Piano Concerto" of John Corigliano (most widely known for his film score for The Red Violin). $28-$48. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

ATHENS FEST IN ATLANTA Lenny's promoter Bean Summer hand-picked a few of his favorite bands from Athens to make the long trek down Ga. 316 for a night dedicated to the Classic City. Bands picked for the show represent a broad selection, with everything from lo-fi indie rock to goth-tinged hardcore. Acts include Geoff Reacher, the Ginger Envelope, Venice Is Sinking, the Summer Hymns, and Engineering. $5. 8 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- CR

DORIA ROBERTS Doria Roberts' music has been described as "Tracy Chapman meets Woodie Guthrie" and "a delicious, bohemian blend of folk, jazz and pop," but you can just call it "damn good." Following in the stylistic footsteps of singer/songwriters like India.Arie and Anthony David, Roberts is helping to push personal, guitar-driven songs deeper into the mainstream. $10. 9 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. -- Carlton Hargro

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