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THURS/27

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Guest conductor Roberto Abbado conducts this all-modern Russian program, opening with Prokofiev's "Overture on Hebrew Themes" followed by his "Piano Concerto No. 3," with Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker. It concludes with Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 10," written just after the death of Joseph Stalin, in which the composer essentially gives his deceased political nemesis the musical finger. $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

DYLAN Helping launch the counterstrike against grinning clown-step anthems, Bristol's Dylan unleashes skullfuck stormers that churn tech-step into sonic tracheotomies. A Dylan set is boot camp for true soldiers. Prepare to be forcefully assimilated, bitches. $10. Ladies free. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. -- Tony Ware

HACKENSAW BOYS, THE ROUNDERS The Hacks are into old-time music played in a modern vein, throwing in a little quirkiness to make it interesting. Chattanooga's Rounders are bringing their newest CD to town with them tonight, and their kind of country is my kind of country -- rough, rowdy and real. $10. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- James Kelly

ISRAEL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Nizan Leibovitz leads the Israel Chamber Orchestra in a program titled "The Force of Music," featuring cellist Amit Peled in Shostakovich's "Concerto for Violoncello No. 1," and including performances of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 8," Prokoviev's "Classical Symphony," and the U.S. premiere of Joseph Bardanashvili's "Elegy for Strings." $36-$62. 8 p.m. Rialto Center. 404-651-4727. www.rialtocenter.org. -- MG

THE LEGENDARY SHACK*SHAKERS, DEKE DICKERSON, JOHNNY KNOX AND HI-TEST It's shameful that this full bill has to be on a school night, because it has the makings of a rockin' marathon. The *Shakers make a lot of noise, and that's meant in a good way. Dickerson has one of the best country-rockabilly roots acts in the biz, and our own Knox is the consummate showman. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- JK

SOL-FUSION Remember Pop Rocks? That cracklin', exploding candy -- with its crystallized fruit flavors kept fresh in that little pouch -- is probably the only "food" that gives pleasure to all five senses simultaneously. Now imagine a party that can provide that same kind of poppin' and you have imagined Sol-Fusion's "'80s Edition," taking over every room of Vision like it was the movie set for Purple Rain, Beat Street, Krush Groove, Wild Style or Risky Business. Come dressed prepared, but also loose enough to thrown down to DJs including ?uestlove, Kemit, Salah, Jamad and more. $25. 9 p.m. Vision. 404-874-4460. www.visionatlanta.com. -- TW

TRACY + THE PLASTICS Tracy + the Plastics is a one-woman, lo-fi, Casio punk act from Olympia, Wash., that consist of Tracy's (née Wynne Greenwood) live presence interacting with a series of pre-recorded songs and skits. Taking on the persona of all three members of her video-projected group, including Nikki Romanos (keyboards) and Cola (drums), Tracy takes the thrift store cowgrrrl aesthetic to uncompromising new horizons. $8. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- Chad Radford

FRI/28

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., Oct. 27. $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

BLACK LIPS, KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW Atlanta's shambolic garage-rock captains the Black Lips return from months of touring Western Europe, but will only be around long enough to play once before leaving for a U.S. tour. The King Khan & BBQ Show features two members of Canadian punk weirdos Spaceshits, regrouping to unleash an orgy of guitar, drum and bass racket with twisted psychological and sexual absurdity. $7. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-524-7354. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- CR

BROOKS & DUNN, BIG & RICH, WARREN BROTHERS, COWBOY TROY B&D have reeked of obviousness for the past five years, and the more contrived their music gets, the more popular they get. Go figure. Big & Rich is supposedly the next big (and rich) thing, along with Music Mafia brother Cowboy Troy, a countrified rapper. Go figure. I never thought I would say this, but the Warren Brothers may be the most legitimate act on the bill tonight. Go figure. $18.50-$58.50. 7 p.m. HiFi Buys Amphitheatre. 404-443-5090. www.hob.com/venues/concerts/hifibuys. -- JK

ETHOS PERCUSSION GROUP A two-part concert by the innovative Ethos Percussion Group (Trey Files, Eric Phinney, Yousif Sheronick and Michael Sgouros), with the first half exploring music of India with guests Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Ramesh Misra on sarengi. For the second half, Ethos is joined by Eric Nelson and the Emory University Concert Choir for the African "Missa Luba" in Congolese style. Emory students, free. $10. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center, Emerson Concert Hall. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. -- MG

THE WARRIORS HALLOWEEN BRAWL I could wax poetic about how the 1979 feature film The Warriors represents real New York gang issues spurred by racially motivated economics. But I could also poop on your head, and you probably wouldn't enjoy that, either. So let's talk about The Warriors Halloween Brawl. In The Warriors, New York is portrayed as the most dangerous, fascinating, improbable, sexy and insane place you could experience, and the Warriors Brawl will attempt to replicate that twitch from your soles to your soul with costumes, set pieces and music from DJ Hakim. $5 each for four or more in Warriors gang costumes, $10 non-gang members. 9 p.m. Truce Location: 10 Krog St. -- TW

SAT/29

ADULT. This Motown electronic duo makes music so chilly and robotic, it makes Devo sound as soulful as the Detroit Cobras. Brittle beats and analog synths bring the '70s vibe of detached future shock as singer Nicola Kuperus channels Lene Lovich's vocal hiccups and jerkin' back-and-forth style. Raw, edgy and unsettling in its starkness, this isn't kid stuff. Gender and Retconned open. $10. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-524-7354. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- Hal Horowitz

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., Oct. 27. $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, STARS Longtime Seattle indie outfit sells its soul to the majors without selling out on its new release. Word of mouth generated by "The OC" helped bring mass appeal, but the band's wispy, wistful poetry and melancholy pop isn't aiming for heavy radio rotation. Ben Gibbard's dreamy ballads and longing voice still bring the introspective pain. Arrive early for Stars, whose hypnotic chamber pop perfectly sets the mood. Sold out. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com/tabernacle. -- HH

LIQUIFIED 11-YEAR ANNIVERSARY In the Atlanta party scene, one group's cup runneth over with liquid assets -- in layman's terms, that's fluid funk. And that production group is Liquified, formerly Liquid Groove, celebrating 11 frenzy-inducing years with the dubby, sweat-beaded beats of Dubtribe Sound System's tribal bohemian bustle and equally sinuous, Technicolor progressions of longtime resident Kazell. Kevin O, J-Luv and Prince Presto help blow the candles out by keeping the subs huffing with humid deep house and breaks. $30. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. -- TW

REVOLUTION What is drumfunk? Is it like instrumental smegma, some kind of secretion that collects from vigorously hitting those skins? Nah, it's nothing so drrrty. Drumfunk is a form of drum 'n' bass that applies heavy edits to the polyrhythmic patterns, like having Squarepusher playing Bernard Purdie on a malfunctioning assembly line through a gleaming chrome slaughterhouse for jellyfish. What does that mean? That means the tracks are gnashing yet aqueous, heady and high contrast. And this sound is coined, minted, molded and mashed by the U.K.'s Paradox, who brings da noize and da funk to the A-T-L along with Seba, Robert Manos and Neutron. $8. 10 p.m. Lenny's. 404-323-0504. www.lennysbar.com. -- TW

REV. BILLY C. WIRTZ Motormouthed madman Wirtz is guaranteed to have you in stitches with his hysterical songs and Southern-culture-on-the-skids schtick. But in the time between the yuks -- and there isn't much of it -- he will amaze you with his encyclopedic knowledge of piano blues and phenomenal talent on the 88s. $17.50. 8 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- HH

SUN/30

GREG & PIETA BROWN How cool is this? A father-daughter double bill, and they are both great. Greg is one of those perennial folkies who has a real way with words, and the lovely Pieta's new CD is a charmer, loaded with great melodies and thoughtful tunes. $22-$25. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- JK

TOMMY CASTRO Soul, blues, funk and swamp rock mix it up, as Castro's stinging guitar and gritty vocals find the sweet spot and keep the party hot. A crowd-pleasing, affable performer who sweats out a great show every time, Castro, along with his road-hardened veteran band, delivers the bluesy goods, and seeing him in an intimate club always adds to the effect. $15. 8 p.m. Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- HH

MON/31

GOGOL BORDELLO Frontman and founding member of Gogol Bordello Eugene Hütz hits the nail on the head when he refers to his group's sound as "Ukrainian gypsy-punk cabaret." Made up of a hodgepodge of Ukrainian, Russian, Israeli and Floridian players, the group's vibrantly reckless dirge embraces simple storytelling, Slavic textures and punk nihilism, all with a sense of acoustic, apocalyptic nihilism. Think Shel Silverstien meets the Ex. $12. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-524-7354. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- CR

TUES/1

THE CLIENTELE, ANNIE HAYDEN, LICENTIOUS 5 The Clientele bares the torch of London's alterna-pop forefathers Felt, Joy Division and Wire, but with a touch of melancholy indie rock. The group is touring in support of its current release, Strange Geometry (Merge). New York City songstress and Merge labelmate Hayden plays a set of bittersweet tunes from her latest outing, The Enemy of Love. Licentious 5 opens the show. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

SHOUT OUT LOUDS You can hear snippets of other winsome pop-punk bands from the Go-Betweens, Echo & the Bunnymen and even early New Order in the low-key approach of this Swedish quintet. But the songs defy easy categorizing, even as their hooks and choruses gradually seep in. We hope the band can cut it live and release a sophomore album even half as impressive as its rousing debut. $12. 8 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. -- HH

THUrs/3

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Guest conductor Michael Morgan opens the program with the world premiere of Robert Pound's "Irrational Exuberance" (named after the famous Alan Greenspan quote). Guest pianist Christopher O'Riley (host of NPR's syndicated "From the Top") is soloist for Maurice Ravel's "Piano Concerto in G minor." The show also includes Beethoven's "Symphony No. 4" and the crowd-pleasing warhorse "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" by Franz Liszt. $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

SHOOTER JENNINGS, BLACKBERRY SMOKE It must be hard to walk in the shadow of a giant like Waylon Jennings, but Shooter is doing his own thing, and doing it well. While keeping his late dad's outlaw sensibility intact, he updates the sound with a hard-edged twang and bang. Blackberry Smoke is nuthin' fancy, but pure Southern rock. Just look at the hair. $15. 8 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. -- JK

· Bands/performers/venues wishing to be included in Sound Menu's noted-acts boxes may send recordings, press material and schedules four weeks in advance to Creative Loafing c/o Heather Kuldell, P.O. Box 54223, Atlanta, GA 30308, 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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