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CL's picks for the week's best live shows

THURS/13

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Robert Spano leads the ASO in "Ein Heldenleben" ("A Hero's Life") by Richard Strauss to open the evening. Soviet-born American pianist Yefim Bronfman is soloist for Rachmaninov's "Piano Concerto No. 3." $15-$50. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

THE EASTERN SEABOARD, KEITH LESLEY & BEN DAVIS Made up of Brooklynites Brent Bagwell (tenor sax, clarinet), Jordon Schranz (bass) and Seth Nanaa (drums), the Eastern Seaboard concocts punk intensity via an allegiance to '60s free and improvised jazz music. The local duo of Keith Lesley (drums) and Ben Davis (tenor sax) opens with a set of intricate aural excursions combining dense improvisation bound by chemistry and sonic telepathy. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- Chad Radford

MARTIN LUTHER, EL PUS The man responsible for creating "rebel soul music," singer/songwriter/musician/producer Martin Luther, recently got a good shot of publicity via a guest spot in Dave Chappelle's Block Party. These days, you can catch his rock-meets-gospel musical stylings as he tours with the Roots. But when he hits Apache tonight for a two-night engagement, he'll be joined by local hip-hop/rock band El Pus. $10. 9 p.m. Apache Cafe. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. -- Carlton Hargro

RAILROAD EARTH, NATIONAL GRAIN Toeing the line between bluegrass and jam band is a precarious task, but Railroad Earth does a fairly decent job of satisfying both audiences by keeping the noodling to a minimum. Atlanta's National Grain is doing its part to keep the twang alive, and it's obvious the bandmates love country music. $12. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- James Kelly

FRI/14

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., April 13. $15-$50. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

BLACKALICIOUS Feel like listening to a little West Coast hip-hop? Then check out Blackalicious tonight when it hits the Roxy Theatre. Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel are veterans of the art form, from 1995's Melodica EP to last year's The Craft. But don't sleep on the opening acts: Lifesavas are protégés of Blackalicious and just as funkalicious; former Pharcyde member Fat Lip is enjoying hard-won solo success, thanks to his new album The Loneliest Punk, and Pigeon John is the sing-songy troubadour of underground Los Angeles. $20. 8 p.m. Roxy Theatre. 404-233-7699. www.atlantaconcerts.com/roxy.html. -- Mosi Reeves

JENNIFER KIMBALL, JEFF TALMADGE, DANNY SCHMIDT Tonight's early show features an in-the-round showcase of three fine singer/songwriters. Talmadge has an intriguing new CD, Blissville, the Atlanta-via-Austin, Texas, resident's follow-up to Gravity, Grace and the Moon. The good-natured collection of tunes has been out for a while in Europe and has been finding its way to the roots and Americana charts here in the states. $10. 7 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

MARTIN LUTHER, EL PUS See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., April 13. $10. 9 p.m. Apache Cafe. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. -- CH

SAT/15

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., April 13. $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

COWBOY MOUTH The New Orleans band is celebrating the release of its new album, Voodoo Shoppe, featuring the infectious single "Joe Strummer." But that's not the real news. This release marks the recorded debut of the band's newest member, bassist Sonia Tetlow, a fixture on the Atlanta acoustic and rock scene for years. Find her after the show and buy a copy of her new and quietly intense solo album, From a Seed of Sand. It's miles away from the rollicking bombast of the new Mouth record. $20. 9 p.m. Roxy Theatre. 404-233-7699. www.atlantaconcerts.com/roxy.html. -- LVS

INFUSION I have gone to many bars in my time, and therefore watched many bartenders experiment with infusions. And you know what I've taken from all that? Whenever you've got an infusion, there's bound to be some funk at the bottom. That goes for music, too, especially with the live mixing Australian trio Infusion, who creates build-until-emotions-burst kickdrum-and-synth melody thrashing. J-Luv, Kevin O and Prince Presto drop build ups and breaks, adding to the funky hiNRG rawkn' rolls. $15. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. -- Tony Ware

LANG LANG Phenomenal 22-year-old Chinese pianist Lang Lang performs a solo recital of Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Liszt -- much of it drawn from his latest recording, Memory, released in January. $35-$45. 8 p.m. Ferst Center. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu. -- MG

NOISIA Dance, dance, dance ... to the beat of the drum. Or your own drum, in the case of most drum 'n' bass cats. UK producers are constantly giving the sound the tittytwister, and Dutch trio Noisia is no exception. Noisia drops that neurofunk, wildly contorting bass over 2step/roller drums. Playing alongside is Psidream, adding fresh dubs to the heavy mentalism. Locals Riot Squad, Section 8 and MC Race One cinch up the mashing sets. $10 (ladies free). 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. -- TW

PETER TORK'S SHOE SUEDE BLUES, AURA3 Yes, Tork is best known as the wacky member of the made-for-TV Monkees in the mid-'60s, but casual observers might be surprised to know he's also an accomplished musician. From his pre-TV days as a folksinger on the Greenwich Village circuit, to his more recent foray into the blues with his California-based Shoe Suede Blues review, the versatile Tork is an enduring, charismatic performer. His pals, the harmonious N.C. combo Aura3 opens the show. (By the way, 2006 marks the 40th anniversary of the Monkees' debut.) Call for price. Darwin's. 770-578-6872. www.darwinsblues.com. -- LVS

TODD SNIDER, JONATHAN BYRD Snider made a big mark early on with his first single, "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues," but over the years he's made some of the best alt-country music out there. He's sort of a Townes Van Zandt with a sense of humor. Opener Jonathan Byrd is a folk singer, NOT the twangy guitar slinger with the same name. $18. 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- JK

TWO GALLANTS Straight out of San Francisco comes Two Gallants, a duo comprised of multi-instrumentalists Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel. The pair won fans over with their debut, The Throes, a ramshackle collection of stories played with intensity. Its success won Two Gallants an album deal with Saddle Creek and hipsters in high places, leading to this year's What the Toll Tells. Opening are Atlanta's own organic rockers Phosphorescent and the Love Drunks. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- MR

TuES/18

GWINNETT PHILHARMONIC Billed as a concert of "classic pops and popular classics," Monte Nichols conducts a program that ranges from Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" to selections from Broadway and film scores. Atlanta Symphony violinist Judith Cox is a featured soloist. Student discount tickets available. $10-$28. 8 p.m. Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center. 770-418-1115. www.gwinnettphilharmonic.org. -- MG

THE HORNS OF HAPPINESS, ALWAYS THE RUNNER, GHOST TOUR Bloomington, Ind.-based lo-fi freak the Horns of Happiness (aka Aaron Deer) craft a noisy, arty and frazzled din with a homemade rock sensibility. Baton Rouge, La.'s four-piece Always the Runner creates a blissful blend of rhythms bound mostly by instrumental math-rock arrangements. Atlanta's own Ghost Tour opens with a set of alt-country and indie rock. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

WED/19

THE TIMEOUT DRAWER Athens is a ways from Atlanta -- nearly an hour-and-a-half drive from Midtown. But this show, featuring the Timeout Drawer, will be worth it for fans of atmospheric, ambient, instrumental rock music. The group is well-known in the Midwest, thanks to its associations with the graphic design firm Some Odd Pilot and indie label Chocolate Industries. Its new EP, Alone, deserves shelf space alongside your Album Leaf and Dntel CDs. Opening up are Sleepy Horses, a quartet from Athens that describes itself as "desert folk." $5. 10 p.m. Caledonia Lounge, Athens. 706-549-5577. www.caledonialounge.com. -- MR

THURS/20

ROB ICKES, DAVE POMEROY, ANDY LEFTWICH With Ickes on the dobro, Leftwich on mandolin, and Pomeroy on bass, you can expect to hear most of the trio's great new CD, Three Ring Circle. Any chance to hear theses bluegrass super-pickers is going to be a treat. Come early for the open jam session, you just might be impressed. $7. 9 p.m. Red Light Cafe. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- JK

SLAID CLEAVES, SANDRA McCRACKEN Cleaves is a road hawg, traveling almost constantly and laying down some of the finest country-folk tunes you have ever heard. He has a great voice and an amazing repertoire of songs. His laid-back style belies his powerful messages. Songstress McCracken opens. $12. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- JK

· Bands/performers/venues wishing to be included in Sound Menu's noted-acts boxes may send recordings, press material and schedules two weeks in advance to Creative Loafing c/o Heather Kuldell, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: heather.kuldell@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Friday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Thursday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com.

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