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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

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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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