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THURS/17

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA In an all-Beethoven concert, 25-year-old pianist Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 3," a breakthrough work that rejects the prevailing Mozartean manner that the composer had come to despise. Robert Spano conducts the show, which also includes Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5" and his overture to Goethe's defiant play "Egmont." $15-$50. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

MAKOTO + DEEIZM MC A Japanese extension of LTJ Bukem's Good Looking Records, Makoto incorporates rare-groove elements into intelligent drum 'n' bass -- broadening it without relying only on the common jazz-fusion DNA. Deeizm brings soulful, retro-futuristic funk to the mix through her vocals. Opening is Deco, who is to the turntables what steak is to the grill: sizzlin'. $15. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. -- Tony Ware

FRI/18

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., Nov. 17. $15-$50. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

BOCA 45 For those who want to know what happened to the instrumental hip-hop and acid-jazz styles of the late '90s, lollygag over to Halo Lounge when Scott "Boca 45" Hendy mans the decks. Similar in approach to current dancefloor faves such as Quantic and Mr. Scruff, the Bristol, U.K.-based producer makes music that mixes hip-hop, downtempo, funk and broken-beat, creating a sound that is both familiar and forward-thinking. Call for ticket price. 8 p.m. Halo Lounge. 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com. -- Mosi Reeves

DAVID BROMBERG I wish I could tell you what to expect at this performance, but Bromberg is the master of surprise. And with a musical repertoire as big as America, there is no doubt that whatever this folk legend chooses to pull out of the hat, it will be a real treat. $25. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- James Kelly

DELFEAYO MARSALIS Brother of Wynton and Branford, jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis makes his Spivey Hall debut. One of today's freshest modern trombonists, merging the best of American and European traditions, his playing also evokes the style of the late, great J.J. Johnson. $30. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 770-960-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. -- MG

G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE, BLACKALICIOUS Recent Coke commercials that might do for Garrett Dutton (aka G. Love) what Pepsi did for Ray Charles not withstanding, Philly's Love-man has been ladling out his special sauce of hip-hop/jazz/blues/rock and reggae for a decade without much fanfare. Similarly, West Coast's Blackalicious has toiled in relative obscurity, despite releasing well-regarded, lyrically positive albums that are short on bling and long on talent. $22.50. 9 p.m. Roxy Theatre. 404-249-6400. www.atlantaconcerts.com/roxy.html. -- Hal Horowitz

LAROMLAB, GFE Lifelike Artificial Replicant Optimized for Mathematics, Learning and Accurate Battle is the vehicle for Chicago electro artist Brandon Harrod's disjointed dance music. Manipulating the sounds of a Commodore 64, Nintendo and a Game Boy via a laptop, Harrod tweaks antiquated sounds to host a dance party for the future. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- Chad Radford

THE ORANGES BAND, THE SELMANAIRES As the only nonlocal artist on the bill, Baltimore's the Oranges Band finds the space between indie pop and emo by way of singer Roman Kuebler's ghostly voice and subtly hooky songs that wouldn't sound out of place on a Luna album. Twin brothers Herb and Jason Harris lead the three-piece Selmanaires, whose influences range from Fela Kuti to the Velvet Underground, the Kinks to Talking Heads. $5. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- HH

STYROFOAM Belgian producer Arne "Styrofoam" Van Petegem makes music that's an acquired taste. Some enjoy its twee melodies and relentlessly downcast disposition, while others simply find it annoying. Fortunately, Anticon rapper/producer Alias will be on hand to cast some hip-hop shadows onto Styrofoam's sad parade. $8. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- MR

THERESA ANDERSSON, TRENT DABBS Smart, talented and yes, dammit, downright sexy singer/songwriter Andersson is New Orleans-based but safe from Katrina's wake. She's on the road with her collection of rootsy tunes and she might even break out the violin and wah pedal if you ask nicely. Two shows. $12-$15. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

TRICK PONY A trio of rowdy showoffs that rock more than twang, Trick Pony gets the party started and keeps it going as long as the band wants. There's been a few big radio hits in the past, but the newest remake of the eternally annoying "It's a Heartache" has got to go. $15-$40. 11:30 p.m. Cowboys Atlanta. 770-426-5006. www.cowboysatlanta.com. -- JK

SAT/19

DON CONOSCENTI, JOE RATHBONE OK, now this is a sure sign that Eddie Owen is back at the helm of the club: After a long hiatus, wandering minstrel Conoscenti is back with his engaging collection of songs and stories. Jessica Urick opens the early show and another favorite from the old days, singer/songwriter Rathbone kicks off the late show. $10-$12. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- LVS

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