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THUrs/18

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Havana-born Horacio Gutiérrez is guest solo pianist for Chopin's "Piano Concerto No. 1" in this traditionally romantic ASO program that includes Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6." Music director Robert Spano leads this penultimate program of the 2005-06 subscription season. $20-$50. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES, GIANT DRAG, THE JOGGERS Named after a song by the Smiths, Pretty Girls Make Graves is anything but that pretty pity party. Since forming at the start of the century, the Seattle band evolved from a melodic punk collective to an artistic, ambitious and politically motivated unit of musicians responsible for Elan Vital, a great album released last month. Giant Drag is a Los Angeles duo highly touted by music nerds, and its raw and atmospheric debut, Hearts and Unicorns, is worth the praise. The Joggers, a reputable Portland band that seems to play in Atlanta a lot, opens. $12-$14. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Mosi Reeves

fri/19

DEVIL IN A WOODPILE Bloodshot Records artist DIAW brings its down-and-dirty unconstructed blues sound to town for a rare gig in a (duh) blues club. This ain't B.B.'s blues, or Robert Johnson's. Hell, I don't know what it is, but it certainly is entertaining. $5-$8. 9 p.m. Northside Tavern. 404-874-8745. www.northsidetavern.com. -- James Kelly

LANGFORD SOUND AND STAGE SHOWCASE Free "open house" shows debut this pair of performance spaces at the corner of Holcomb Bridge Road and Highway 9 in Roswell. Formerly the Village Playhouses, which closed four years ago, the Langfords have rejuvenated the 135ish-seat theaters as a music venue. Opening night features local acts DROCK (think Lenny Kravitz meets Southern rock) with '80s-'90s cover band Mid-Life Crisis as the opener. Free. 7 p.m. Langford Sound and Stage. 770-518-9151. www.langfordsoundandstage.com. -- MG

SAT/20

THE BLUEJAYS, NATIONAL GRAIN Celebrating (hopefully) the release of their new CD, the Bluejays play a fine mix of classic country, rockabilly and roots rock. Sharing the bill is National Grain, who also released a dandy new honky-tonk CD. Bring some spending money. Call for price. 3 p,m. PushPush Theater. 404-377-6332. www.pushpushtheater.com. -- JK

BASIC OPERATIONS, SECTION 8, DINOVO It's reported this V Recordings tour is "rolling down to Atlanta for a free night," and rolling is right. Featured selectahs Basic Operations will bring the heavy rollers and the righteous lashing with a jazzy swing. Augmenting this Liquid V Tour will be locals Section 8 and DiNovo, dropping penetrating dubs. Additionally, this is the one-year anniversary of "Resource" on DNBTV. Free. 10 p.m. East Side Lounge. 404-521-9666. www.eastsidelounge.net. -- Tony Ware

GOAPELE, MARY MARY, TYRESE Not necessarily a concert, the Pantene Total You Tour is a daylong series of activities that includes a fashion show, panel discussions with Essence magazine's Susan L. Taylor and "Girlfriends" actress Jill Marie Jones (among others), and a talk by fitness expert Donna Richardson Joyner. Performing amid the female empowerment and product placements will be gospel and R&B stars like Goapele, Mary Mary, Tyrese, LeToya Luckett, Sammie and Ju-Taun. $15-$25. 1 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center. 404-249-6400. www.pantenetotalyoutour.com. -- MR

SWIMMING POOL Q's, TIM LEE, SHANGHAI GESTURE The venue on Lawrenceville Highway in Decatur, formerly known as Jake's Toadhouse but now (as of press time) called Club 29, hosts a cool gathering of seasoned scenesters tonight. The Q's are an Atlanta institution, offering challenging and quirky Beefheart-damaged think-pop with as much, if not more, enthusiasm than ever before. Q-man Jeff Calder is a sartorial delight, as always. Lee, co-founder of the Windbreakers, also served time as the Q's bassist in addition to his contributions to the catalog of seminal Southern jangle emperor Mitch Easter. If you miss the punchy guitar attack of Let's Active, Lee's new album, Concrete Dog, is a dandy supplement. Former Nightporter Ray Dafrico's happenin' new band, Shanghai Gesture, opens. Call for price. 9 p.m. Club 29. 404-633-8090. www.swimmingpoolqs.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

TABOO No, this isn't a board game tournament. Nor is it a swingers convention. Though swingin' beats be their game. This is a night presented by Radio Om featuring DJs Swivel and Dr. Shyam. And if the "true sondz of tha global underground" be your game, then advance two spaces, or at least to Decatur, to hear everything from Asian massive to funky Latin house, Bhangra to Goa. This night will help your skills at the Taboo board game, however, because you'll learn all kinds of new descriptors for "slamming beats." Free. 11 p.m. Azul. 404-377-3311. -- TW

URSULA 1000 Of all the Bond girls, Ursula Andress sure was a hawt one. When she's wearing that iconic bikini in Dr. No ... that was lifelong fantasy file material. Ursula 1000, on the other hand, is a dude. But he plays the mod freakbeats, space-age bachelor-pad bop, psychedelic shack shakers and disco boogie that a swingin' chick like Andress would surely shake it to. Call for price. 10 p.m. Halo. 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com. -- TW

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