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CL's picks for the week's best shows

THURS/27

ART GARFUNKEL As half the iconic '60s duo Simon & Garfunkel, wiry haired Art's heavenly harmonies blended perfectly with the timeless words and music of Paul Simon. Solo, the singer/actor is a great interpreter of tunes, and his live show features an impressive collection of material from the talents of such heralded wordsmiths as Jimmy Webb -- and yes, even Simon. As he proved on the recent S&G reunion tour, he still possesses an incredible voice, a dramatic presence and an endearing sense of humor. $25-$70. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. 770-819-7765. www.mablehouseamphitheatre.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

CHRIS KNIGHT, STOVALL While Steve Earle's work slowly devolves into a caricature of his past glory, Chris Knight continues to crank out powerful and unique "story songs" that capture a dark and oppressive image of life in America. Not for the fainthearted, but a listening experience you won't soon forget. His newest release, Enough Rope, is a mo-fo. $12. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- James Kelly

FRI/28

COGBURNS, ROCKET 350, THE LOVE DRUNKS To celebrate the release of their second album, Pay Up, Sucker!, the garage-rockin' Cogburns are hosting a CD release party with surprises galore, including a costume contest. Check their My Space page for more info, or just go and be truly surprised -- and thoroughly rocked -- by the recently revamped lineup of the skinny necktie-wearin' band. Guests include Rocket 350 and those sexxxy kissin' fools the Love Drunks. Pucker up, sucker! $7. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. -- LVS

DJ SHORTKUT Jonathan "Shortkut" Cruz is a one-time member of two of the most celebrated hip-hop DJ crews ever: the legendary Invisibl Skratch Piklz and the Beat Junkies. His aesthetic ranges from underground and mainstream hip-hop to dancehall and funky ol' soul. You're not going to hear any trainwrecks and bad mixes tonight, kids. With Shortkut, you're rocking with the best. 10 p.m. MJQ Concourse. www.mjqatlanta.com. -- Mosi Reeves

JON FADDIS QUARTET A protege of Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter Faddis has technical and expressive range in his straight-ahead jazz that evokes the voices of his mentor and other jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge and Miles Davis. $35. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. -- Mark Gresham

LUST To celebrate a full-on decade of Lust, the luscious girls (and, oh yeah, boy -- I almost forgot) of the wacky theatrical trio are throwing a swingin' party, heavy on the kitsch. The crazy soirée is sponsored by the number 10, due to the bands TENure, of "10 years, 10 drummers, 10's of 100's of wardrobe changes, and 10's of thousands of miles." Come dressed in a crazy Vegas koo-koo nutty kinda way and win prizes! Or just show up and watch the fun. Also scheduled to appear: Tiger! Tiger! (featuring Susanne from Lust on bass), Chicago punkers Plasma Drive, Courtesy Murder (with Lusty Amos on drums) and, of course, Sass Parilla, the Singing Gorilla. $5. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- LVS

QUINTRON & MISS PUSSY CAT, HARRY MERRY Quintron & Miss Pussy Cat have fought an uphill battle since hurricane Katrina flooded their home and studio in New Orleans' 9th Ward. But their merger of demented puppetry coupled with homemade drums and swamp-monster electronics still jolt to life with Cajun art-punk shivers. Harry Merry opens with a set of whimsical, lo-fi pop culled from Rotterdam's most deranged alleys. $12. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- Chad Radford

WENDY WALDMAN, FREEBO, JIM PHOTOGLO These crafty musicians go way back, individually and collectively. Waldman was one of the coolest of the late '70s Warner Brothers stable of female singer/songwriters. She's written songs covered by a ton of diverse acts on the country and pop sides of the tracks. She's also worked with legendary L.A.-based musician Freebo, a mainstay of classic performances by Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur. The two recently appeared on Neil Young's Living with War. Freebo's Before the Separation is part of the reason for this tour. Also, his collaborations with Photoglo, a Nashville-based genre-jumper, surely will feature tunes from their Sparks in the Radio, as well. Does anyone -- besides me -- remember his '80s band called Photoglo? $15. 9 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- LVS

SAT/29

CAROLINE & THE RAMBLERS, FULTON COUNTY RHYTHM KINGS The kid-friendly, PBR-flowing Saturday matinee series continues with one of Atlanta's finest vocalists, Caroline Engel, and her amazing combo. John McLean's Rhythm Kings are also making one of their first public performances today, so you gotta be there. $2-$5. 3 p.m. PushPush Theater. 404-377-6332. www.pushpushtheater.com. -- JK

THE CRYSTAL METHOD In 1995, "Superstar DJ" Keoki released the single "Caterpillar." On said single were breakbeat "superstars" including Florida's Rabbit in the Moon and Las Vegas-founded duo the Crystal Method. And it was the Crystal Method's "big beats" that took "Caterpillar" from indulgent dreck to dancefloor devastator. Personally, I haven't been as compelled since, though these guys have kept the beat rollin'. Now we've got "funky breaks," "nu-breaks," "drum 'n' breaks" and all kinds of other reasons for excessive use of quote marks. And surely the Crystal Method's Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland will play a bit of it all. While you'll no longer see my stovepipe pants flapping to the speaker's pulse, "Caterpillar" is still redemptive. J-Luv, Kevin O and Prince Presto also make like Michael Jackson and just beat it. $15. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. -- Tony Ware

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