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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

INFUSION Australian trio Infusion has etched an impressive reputation as a live act kicking out a hypnotic growl that has captivated worldwide fans of vocal anthem electro-pop. Guitar grit and bass-lined breaks anchor emotive melodies that cascade throughout dark and driving orchestration. This is a night of rock 'n' rolls of the highest order, augmented by the ramping breaks and trusting house of Habersham and Numinous, J-Luv, Kevin O and Prince Presto. $15. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. -- TW

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS This tribute to jazz legend Davis features mellifluous trumpeter Eddie Henderson, Coltrane-inspired saxophonist Gary Bartz, and the last surviving member of Davis' sextet, drummer Jimmy Cobb. The touring show is drawn from the "Music of the Masters" series of NYC's Jazz at Lincoln Center. $36-$62. 8 p.m. Rialto Center. 404-651-4727. www.rialtocenter.org. -- MG

MOS DEF, TALIB KWELI For years, Black Star was a myth, a legend of the late-'90s underground hip-hop movement that had seemingly disappeared, never to be heard again. Then, earlier this year, rapper-turned-Emmy-winning actor Mos Def reunited with underrated MC Talib Kweli for a series of tour dates, causing backpackers across the land to rejoice. Tonight, the Breed Love Odyssey Tour stops in the ATL, and the wonder twins are bringing Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae with them. $44. 8 p.m. EarthLink Live. 404-885-1365. www.earthlinklive.com. -- MR

ROCK CITY DROPOUTS, MUSIC HATES YOU, THE SPECTREMEN Ya want garage rock, buddy? Here ya go. No strangers to the Moreland Avenue establishment, the Dropouts are always good for a night of drunken fun and debauchery. Athens' Music Hates You is a lovingly vile nest of noise featuring Noah Hates You (not his real last name), who starred in R.E.M's "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" video way back at the dawn of mankind. The Spectremen are a cartoony gang of fun-corny, faux-gory punk rockers. Call for ticket price. 10 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. -- LVS

SLAID CLEAVES The modern-day troubadour refuses to quit. Cleaves is one of the best of the new breed of singer/songwriters, with a ton of great material and a personable stage presence that makes his shows quite memorable. More country than folk, but steeped in enough of both to cross over with ease. $12-$14. 8:30 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- JK

WEBB WILDER "We play both kinds of music, rock and roll," boasts Nashville's Wilder about his band's campy, upbeat, twang-heavy approach. And throughout his nearly 20-year career, he's proved it with whiz-bang albums and live shows that vibrate with sizzling surf, crackling country, gutsy garage and classic Chuck Berry-styled guitar-rocking. It's all good. John Pringle opens. $8-$10. 9 p.m. 10 High. 404-873-3607. www.tenhighclub.com. -- HH

SUN/20

ANIMAL LIBERATION ORCHESTRA Despite its radical, fist-raising name, the ALO plays easygoing, some might say sterile, blue-eyed jazzy funk. Touring buddies of Jack Johnson (now signed to his label), the band's good-time music, often humorous lyrics and warm, sunshiny Cali jazzy jams should appeal to Johnson fans. "We want to create a happy, uplifting environment," opines a band member. 'Nuff said. $10-$12. 8 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- HH

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., Nov. 17. $15-$50. 3 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

AVETT BROTHERS, DANIELLE HOWLE Some dare call it bluegrass, I call it LOUD! The Avetts are creating quite an underground buzz with their hybridized acoustic punk-folk. Bringing rock 'n' roll energy to an already energized genre is risky, and it doesn't work all the time. Local rock-chick Howle is an appropriate opener. $10-$12. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- JK

TUES/22

KYLESA, TORCHE, COLISEUM, THE POWER AND THE GLORY Savannah doom metal mercenaries Kylesa return to Atlanta in support of its most recent full-length, To Walk a Middle Course. Vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks and guitarist Juan Montoya carry the flame of their now-defunct Miami stoner-rock group Floor with their new group, Torche. Sludgy rock peers the Power and the Glory and Coliseum are also on the bill. $7. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- CR

WED/23

ELF POWER, THE EARLIES, OCHA LA ROCHA After holing up in the woods all summer to put together a new album, Athens' indie-pop staple Elf Power returns to play a set of songs both new and old. With members spread out between Texas and northern England, the Earlies blend a concoction of progressive country trimmed with electronica. Atlanta rockers Ocha la Rocha open the show. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

THURS/24

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. Ladies free. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. -- TW

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. -- LVS

· Bands/performers/venues wishing to be included in Sound Menu's noted-acts boxes may send recordings, press material and schedules two weeks in advance to Creative Loafing c/o Heather Kuldell, P.O. Box 54223, Atlanta, GA 30308, or e-mail information to: heather.kuldell@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Friday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Thursday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com

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