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SAT/12

ANTHONY PAPPA Australia's Pappa will slap you silly and bang you raw with his brand of liquid nu_breaks, tribal prog and some low-freq nasty. His sets are building, majestic, climactic -- like any good slinger of 12 inches, Pappa can get nigh pornographic with his thrusting sounds, helped by Ian James in the main room and J-Luv, Kevin O and Prince Presto in Eden. $15. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. -- Tony Ware

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Nov. 11. $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

DONALD GLAUDE Sometimes it's hard to determine which pumps harder during a Glaude set: the beats or his fist. Dude is one of the most animated DJs you've ever seen, thrashing about to his funky jacking tracks. Joining Glaude is Sir Thomas, who does the dark 'n' drivin' thang, laying down twisted beats like driving through the Rockies at 3 a.m. $20. 10 p.m. Compound. 404-886-3467. www.compoundatl.com. -- TW

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, CARIBOU You'll love seeing Super Furry Animals if Beatle-esque perfect pop is your thing. Certainly, the Welsh band will draw many an indie rocker out of his or her headphone-induced shell. For those who are all too familiar with Gruff Rhys' lilting whimsies and "OC"-approved tracks such as "Hello Sunshine," however, there's opening act Caribou (formerly known as Manitoba), whose own brand of electronic melancholy (best captured on the recent The Milk of Human Kindness) is arguably more challenging. $14. 8 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. -- Mosi Reeves

THE TENDER IDOLS, VARIAC, THE MODERN SOCIETY Rejoice all ye lovers of Anglo-jangle! The Idols, Atlanta's beloved Brit-pop sensations, are back for a special show tonight. Check 'em out while you can because they may go back into another self-imposed hibernation at any moment. Variac and the Modern Society open. $12. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- LVS

SUN/13

LIZ AND DIANNE'S BENEFIT The Attic's Dianne Vagnini and her pal Liz are in training for the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll half marathon in Phoenix, a meet to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In celebration, and to raise funds, an impressive lineup of talented folks will play an early show. Telegram, the Crafties, Weaklazyliar, Lindsay Rakers Band, Arlington Priest, Kitty Snyder, Justin Sias, Emily Kate Boyd, Blake Guthrie and more are on the bill. $15. 5:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- LVS

MON/14

BROADCAST, GRAVENHURST British sampledelic duo Broadcast returns to Atlanta in support of its latest release, Tender Buttons. Trish Keenan's honeyed croon and James Cargill's dreamy experimental pop whir stir the most intriguing elements of Stereolab, Joy Division and the Velvet Underground into a twinkling maze of atmospheric beauty. Warp Records labelmate Gravenhurst plays a textured and ethereal blend of dream pop and psychedelic folk rock. $15. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

MATCHBOOK ROMANCE, LOVEDRUG, ARMOR FOR SLEEP, GATSBY'S AMERICAN DREAM The N.Y.-bred Matchbook boys mine the screamo genre but add some sweet and scratchy pop to the mix so the final product is catchy but abrasive rock music. Ohio's Lovedrug is preparing for the 2005 release of its indie debut. Armor for Sleep and Gatsby's American Dream open. $13.50. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. -- LVS

TUES/15

BEN FOLDS, THE FRAY Nerds unite. Your bespectacled leader returns to prove that those piano lessons that kept you from getting picked for choose-up sports can pay off big, especially if you have a knack for crafting pop hooks as effortlessly as Folds. Those excited by warmed-over Coldplay and by-the-numbers contemporary rock should arrive early for the Fray's opening set. $25. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com/tabernacle.html. -- HH

FEAR FACTORY The kings -- or dark princes -- of cyber metal have weathered some personnel changes, but Transgression, the band's new release, shows they have survived intact. Angry, severe, intense and unbelievably tight, Factory's riff- and throat-shredding attack is not for the squeamish. Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad and Darkane prepare you for the assault. $18. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. -- HH

RATDOG Sure, this is as close as you'll get to seeing the Dead in an intimate venue, but guitarist Bob Weir can sleepwalk through his side project's shows looking like he'd rather be somewhere else. Longtime bassist Rob Wasserman and new saxist Kenny Brooks should bring fire to the proceedings, but if Weir isn't feeling frisky, it could be a long two-night stand. $32.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- HH

WED/16

RATDOG See Sound Menu listing for Tues., Nov. 15. $32.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- HH

THE RADIATORS More than a quarter-century into its existence, the Radiators aren't boiling over boundaries in the jam-happy, funky, rocking blues and soul that remains a crowd-pleaser at New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival. Still, the band has cultivated a sizeable cult fan base that knows the group's shows, while predictable, are driven by overheated playing that is always steamy. Deep Blue Sun opens. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- HH

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