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CL's picks for the week's best shows

Mindless Self Indulgence plays the Masquerade Wed., June 21.

THURS/15

BECK, JAMIE LIDELL At this point, Beck Hansen is a familiar name to anyone who follows contemporary pop music. Less known is Lidell, an electronic soul singer who mines the same territory as Midnite Vultures-era Beck. Lidell's Multiply was widely acclaimed upon its summer 2005 release, and he recently followed it up with Multiply Editions, a remix album with contributions from Four Tet, Matthew Herbert and other cutting-edge producers. Lidell is the frosting on Beck's cake; needless to say, this show sold out shortly after tickets went on sale. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. -- Mosi Reeves

BRUCE JOYNER AND THE RECONSTRUCTION A one-man history of pop, Joyner has been actively rockin' for longer than most of you have been alive, so show the man some respect, OK? He's as timeless and cool as your favorite old LP and offers new surprises with each listen. A true link to the origins of Southern gothic jangle and moody new wave. Also, sets from the Midwives, Sound of Seventy Three, Friends of the Revolution and Training Cerberus. $5. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

MADISON CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The opening concert for this annual local festival in nearby Madison, Ga., features violinist Sarah Chang and cellist Lynn Harrell in an all-Baroque program including perennial favorites "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi and Boccherini's "Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B-flat Major." $5-$20. 8 p.m. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. 706-342-4743. www.madisonmorgancultural.org. -- Mark Gresham

FRI/16

THE COUP, T-KASH, ISELYFE, ZANO The Coup hits Atlanta in support of its Epitaph debut, Pick A Bigger Weapon. The group's stinging political bend and rapid-fire beats give Dirty Mind-era Prince a high-tech makeover, pushing funk, hip-hop and electro soul beyond the realms of blingin' and big pimpin'. Experimental MC Zano plays a set of abstract beats and free-form rhymes. T-Kash and Iselyfe also perform. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chad Radford

LOS LONELY BOYS The Garza brothers have taken a well-worn formula and made it new again. Blending Latino rhythms and sentimentality (along with some sweet fraternal harmonies) with classic rock and blues guitar riffs, their sound is as welcome as a cold margarita on a hot summer day. $27.84-$74.28. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-5000. www.classicchastain.org. -- James Kelly

SAT/17

BLONDIE, THE NEW CARS The Road Rage Tour careens to town tonight with Blondie and the New Cars fueling the memory tanks of all us old new-wavers. Deborah Harry and company have hinted that this could be their last tour, so catch them tonight with a retrospective of hits and maybe even a live take of "Dirty 'N' Deep," their tribute to Lil' Kim. No, that's not a misprint. It's available for download at www.blondie.net. The New Cars feature Todd Rundgren on vocals, and that's not a misprint, either. See Media Mashups, p. 99. $37.25-$380. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-5000. www.tickemaster.com. -- LVS

CARL THOMAS, DONNELL JONES, KEN FORD This concert brings together two underrated R&B balladeers. Thomas will forever be known for his classic, Stevie Wonder-esque ballad "I Wish." In fact, few have heard much from him since that 2000 album, Emotional, save for a 2004 follow-up that came and went without much notice. On the other hand, Jones scored several memorably jazzy soul singles over the past decade, including "Where I Wanna Be," "U Know What's Up," and "You Know That I Love You." Reviews of his latest album, Journey of a Gemini, indicate that it's worth picking up. Local smooth jazz violinist Ken Ford opens. $25-$65. 8 p.m. Stewart Amphitheater. 770-484-8740. www.lithoniaconcerts.com. -- MR

THE DUHKS, CHICKENS & PIGS The Duhks are one of Canada's best new exports, with an energetic mix of bluegrass, traditional folk, and jam. Their intensive instrumental skills and great harmony on vocals are all over the map, but that's a good thing. Chickens & Pigs open ... why? $12. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- JK

LINDSAY RAKERS BAND Tonight, Rakers and her band celebrate the release of Less Asleep, a wide-awake look at the state of singer/songwriter pop-rock circa right now. Refreshing, challenging and often insanely catchy, the disc is a wonderful debut from a talented and promising young artist. Michael Levine opens, then Northsouth and the Rakers' party starts after that. Come join the fun. $7. 8 p.m. Red Light Cafe. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- LVS

RECESS 4-PLAYGROUND SIX-YEAR ANNIVERSARY You might be a candy raver if ... your pants could comfortably fit two people in them ... you've tried to pay for bottled water at the gas station in hugs before ... you are prepared for a chemical attack because your jewelry is all edible ... you wear fairy wings any day other than Halloween ... you would buy a Chipmunks remix album ... you don't trust anyone without a plushy accessory ... there's a picture of you in the photography/video gallery of this party. DJs include Daniel M, Sid Reflux, Spunkie and Toto, Proximal, Belrok, Sharc, Ryze and Ramon Rawsoul. They will provide the happy hardcore, U.K. hard house, trancecore, freeform, nu-style-hard-skool whathaveyou. You just bring the glowsticks, glitter, Kandy Kissez and PLUR. Open to ages 18 and up. $15. 10 p.m. Studio980. www.playgroundatl.com. -- Tony Ware

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