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PHOTEK Known to his mother as Rupert Parkes, U.K.-bred, L.A.-based producer Photek has had a storied career, releasing everything from shadowy Chicago-style house cast with liquid nitrogen percussion to vortex funk swept by sci-fi strings. Capable of melding steely and tense technical tracks with sub-aquatic, stalking ragga, Photek lays down complex drum programming with a cinematic flair. Adding to the frequency contortions are Evol Intent, Mayhem and Sorted. $10. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. -- Tony Ware

THE TOM COLLINS, FIEND WITHOUT A FACE Aww man, it's Thanksgiving night, but screw that. Who needs quality time with the family and leftover turkey and mashed potatoes when you can go see the Tom Collins pick the bones of classic rock and serve refried Led Zep? And the Fiend Without a Face guys are just as good at conversation as your drunk Uncle Harry. Find some excuse to leave the house for a while and I'll meet you there. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

FRI/25

ANDREW BARKER, ROGER RUZOW Founding members of free-jazz ensemble Gold Sparkle Band Ruzow (trumpet) and Barker (drums) perform as a two-piece. Ruzow's murky bawl embodies a distinctively Southern skulk. Barker's unfastened rhythms and textures resonate with the hustle and bustle of the NYC street scene. Together they churn out a lattice of skronks and stutters that are as physically aggressive as they are introspective. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- Chad Radford

CAPTURED! BY ROBOTS, ASKELETON Captured! By Robots returns to spread the gospel of machine superiority over the flawed human hands that built them. The group's lone enslaved human member, JBOT, is kept alive only as a source of amusement for his tormentors DRMBOT 0110, GTRBOT666 and a few lesser automatons. Think Mystery Science Theatre meets sci-fi punk televangelism. Minneapolis, Minn.'s electro pop outfit Askeleton opens the show. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

DOLLY PARTON This country diva is bigger than life and full of energy, and when Dolly puts on a show, you can bet it will be an extravaganza. Her last few albums have been filled with brilliant rootsy music, but the newest one is a schmaltzy tribute to the '60s, and almost unlistenable. $49-$97. 8 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center. 770-813-7600. www.gwinnettcenter.com. -- James Kelly

DRIVIN' N' CRYIN' There's no place like home for this local hard-rock/country institution, and the band's annual show around Thanksgiving is always a special event. There hasn't been any new DNC music for almost a decade, but nobody will care as the trio pulls out the crusty, trusty hits that will have its ageing audience singing along like they were back in high school. $20. 9 p.m. Roxy Theatre. 404-249-6400. www.atlantaconcerts.com/roxy.html. -- Hal Horowitz

EDDIE'S OPEN-MIC SHOOTOUT A long and usually rewarding evening of original, acoustic-based talent, the Shootout is a "single elimination competition" featuring at least 24 winners of the club's weekly open-mic nights (meaning they already sorted through the really bad acts). Tonight, the winner, selected by a panel of music-industry judges, gets $1,000 and other prizes. John Mayer actually won this thing once, but there's been plenty of worthy winners, too. $15. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- LVS

THE (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY One of the tracks on the (International) Noise Conspiracy's third album, Armed Love, is "Communist Moon," a thrashing garage-rock dedication to the creaky old political philosophy. And that, my friends, is all you need to know about this Swedish quartet. Some will thrill to their agit-pop message, while others will find those sentiments hokey and underdeveloped. Regardless of which side of the fence you stand on, it's worth seeing them at Vinyl, if only to check out what is usually an incendiary live performance. Opening up is Nightmare of You and Danko Jones. $10. 8 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. www.vinylatlanta.com. -- Mosi Reeves

JEFF BLACK, KATE CAMPBELL These two road-riding singer/songwriters are equally able to turn a phrase and capture your attention with an unusual melody. Black has been bubbling under the Americana mainstream for several years, and with his stylish tunes deserves a big break. Campbell is more folky, and focuses a lot of her work on the traditional Southern experience. $15. 10 p.m. Swallow at the Hollow. 678-352-1975. www.theswallowatthehollow.com. -- JK

KISS ME DEADLY Mix early New Order-styled tough dance pop with (insert trendy emo-indie band here) for an edgy experience that is part space rock, part noir as its name. Add singer/guitarist Emily Elizabeth's breathy, little girl vocals for an artsy approach arguably too highbrow and classy for the environs of this neighborhood venue. Da Hawny Troof and Barr open. $6. 8 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- HH

THE THREE BROADWAY DIVAS Yes, it is another touring show with a tacky "The Three ..." title, but actress/vocalists Lisa Vroman, Jan Horvath and Debbie Shapiro Gravitte are the genuine product, all currently active in rosters of running Broadway musicals, not has-beens of the distant past. They join the Atlanta Symphony and guest pops conductor Michael Krajewski for a romp through songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Chicago and more. $25-$50. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

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