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THU/1

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The young French conductor Stéphane Denève makes his ASO debut with music by Ravel, Debussy, and an opener by 35-year-old French composer Guillaume Connesson. German pianist Lars Vogt is soloist for the only non-French work on the program, Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 23." $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

BROTHERS PAST This Philly quartet spices its jammy rock with enough electronic static to bring a subtle dance element into the melodic mix. The lead singer's cutesy voice is on the sappy side (think Keane), but the music pushes boundaries into techno just enough to provide an edge many jam bands lack. Butterfly Stitch opens. $10. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- Hal Horowitz

FRI/2

THE AMERICAN ANALOG SET Beneath the smooth, soothing surface of Andrew Kenny's breathy sigh and the band's fragile, barely-there accompaniment lies an ominous edge that provides indie cred with the Set's trademarked dreamy qualities. The group claims this is its final tour, so catch 'em now if you have admired the less-is-more approach in the past. Chris Brokow, ex-Come, opens. $10-$12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- HH

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., Dec. 1. $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY One of the few survivors of the big "swing scare" of the early 1990s, BBVD have managed to maintain a high profile while mining the vaults of Ellington, Prima and Calloway. This year's seasonal themed extravaganza will be an energetic kickoff to the holiday season. But, I hate Christmas. $35-$45. 8 p.m. Robert Ferst Center For The Arts. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.org. -- James Kelly

RAHSAAN PATTERSON In 2004, Rahsaan Patterson issued a critically acclaimed album in After Hours, which brought him back to prominence after a years-long hiatus. He's still promoting the album, which was independently released on the Artistry label, and his upcoming appearance will give local soul fans the chance to see and hear a fine, underrated artist. Local diva Trina Broussard opens. $15-$20. 8 p.m. EarthLink Live. 404-885-1365. www.earthlinklive.com. -- Mosi Reeves

SHAFFER THE DARK LORD, DEATH BY SEXY, BON VIVANTS, THE KIWIS, DQE NYC "rappist" Shaffer the Darklord bridges the gap between the Beastie Boys and Bill Hicks with a rapid-fire flow that takes aim at hip-hop clichés and hipster posing with demonic venom. Atlanta's indie rock avant-garde stalwart DQE opens the show. DC duo Death by Sexy and locals the Kiwis and Bon Vivants are also on the bill. $6. 9 p.m. $7. 8 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- Chad Radford

X, JULIANA HATFIELD Most of the legendary punk band played this same stage a few months ago as The Knitters, X's alter-ego country cousin. Tonight, along with ever-smiling guitarist Billy Zoom, the quartet will plow through a career-spanning set of their classics -- and maybe a Doors cover, too. Juliana Hatfield opens. $20. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

SAT/3

THE AMERICAN ANALOG SET See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., Dec. 1. $10-12. 4:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- HH

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., Dec. 1. $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

DAVID SANCHEZ Latin jazz tenor saxophonist David Sanchez makes his Spivey Hall debut. Continuing to expand mainstream jazz to incorporate Afro-Latin influences, his most recent album, Coral, was voted best Best Instrumental Album at the sixth annual Latin Grammy Awards in early November. $30. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 770- 960-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. -- MG

MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD No longer conveniently pegged as acid-jazz, this trio keeps pushing boundaries into edgy pop even as it maintains its jazz roots. After playing together for nearly 15 years, the members have an innate connection to each other that translates into live shows that are as intense as they are volatile. This "evening with" allows plenty of time and space to stretch out and show their amazing chops. $25. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- HH

MINAMINA GOODSONG, COLLECTIVE EFFORTS, EX PATRIOTS Minamina Goodsong returns to Atlanta after several months of touring across the country. The group's latest offering, Four Farmer Circus, is a mischievous and conceptual excursion into the ATL hip-hop underground. Sometimes psychedelic, sometimes scary, the Circus is a lurid and imaginative take on the cartoonish pitfalls of the real dirty South. ATF labelmates Collective Efforts and Ex Patriots open the show. $7. 10 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

WRAS-FM Benefit Concert The good folks at WRAS-FM "Album 88" have planned a doozy for their annual benefit concert this year. Headlining the whole shebang is space-rock duo Parker & Lily, who will get you in that nice, warm, slightly depressed mood that's perfect for the holidays. But, to quote Ethan Hawke in Training Day, it's not all about smiles and cries, though smooth indie-rappers Mars Ill, happy indie-poppers I Am the World Trade Center, Deerhunter, 63 Crayons, Slushco, and Chris Devoe will all put a big smile on your face. Plus there are plenty of giveaways, including free CDs, DVD, video games and other stuff. $8. 6 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- MR

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