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THURS/13

CANDYE KANE She's big, bold and brassy, but backs up her smack talk with a ton of talent. From hot swing to down and dirty (very dirty) blues, Kane is a force of nature that must be seen to truly be appreciated. Her newest release, White Trash Girl, is a jewel. Call for price. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-BLUE. www.blindwilliesblues.com. -- James Kelly

HENRY ROLLINS Where's the beef? Right here. Rollins, the incredible hardcore hulk, begins a two-night stand at the Variety tonight. Since this tour is called "25 Years of Bullshit," expect an overview of his career and, of course, plenty of pointed political barbs. See Real Life Top 5, p. 106. $22.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

ROY ROGERS & THE DELTA RHYTHM KINGS Don't look for Dale Evans. With his trusty slide and a fiery attack that encompasses deep Delta blues as well as gritty, rollicking Chicago style, Rogers' guitar prowess rides roughshod over most of his peers. Best known for his production and guidance on John Lee Hooker's legendary album The Healer, Rogers is a powerful performer who storms through sets mixing sophistication with raw intensity. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- Hal Horowitz

STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON OK, if you are reading this, you probably know about the history of these bands, so look around in the audience tonight for a fun scavenger hunt. Please find: a Pink Floyd T-shirt, a mullet, a wife-beater (the T-shirt, not the criminal), a biker chick, and someone who has no idea how many original members are left in these bands. $35-$55. 7:30 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center. 404-249-6400. www.gwinnettcenter.com. -- LVS

TRANSIT Hailing from Philadelphia, the "city of brotherly love," Karl K is a contemporary of Dieselboy and drops cortex-contorting, synapse-stomping drum 'n' bass with high-energy bass and atom-polished breaks. Tweaked out edits add to the steely robo-soul brother strut, as do the selections of Ralo, Double Nil and D:RC, representing the 4-0-4. $10, ladies free. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. -- Tony Ware

FRI/14

HENRY ROLLINS See Sound Menu for Thurs., Oct. 13. $22.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- LVS

KING'S SINGERS AND SARBAND Britain's famed King's Singers male vocal sextet and Germany-based cross-cultural ensemble Sarband come together to perform "Sacred Bridges," a program featuring psalms set to 16th- and 17th-century music by Islamic, Christian, and Jewish composers. $36-$48. $5 for Emory students with proper ID. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center, Emerson Concert Hall. 404-727-5050. arts.emory.edu. -- Mark Gresham

NICKEL CREEK, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW The Creeksters are the young guns of "newgrass," and stretch their musical wings even further on the recently released Why Should The Fire Die? Three amazing musicians who are not afraid to experiment and show their stuff, OCMS are just as youthful, and almost as good, albeit with a more traditional approach. $25-$35. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre. 404-817-8700. www.foxtheatre.org. -- JK

SARAH LEE GUTHRIE AND JOHNNY IRION Yeah, Sarah is from that Guthrie clan, but along with her husband, Johnny Irion, she has developed her own unique style. A bit more socially insightful than your usual acoustic act (must be in the genes), the duo makes great albums and definitely keeps the audience's attention. $10-$12. 8:30 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- JK

SHARON ISBIN WITH ZURICH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Classical guitarist Ibsin, 2001 Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Soloist, plays with clarity and passion. Her album with Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Favorites for Guitar, was among Billboard's top-10 classical for 15 weeks. Spivey Hall hosts Ibsin and the ZCO in a program of music by Mozart, Vivaldi, Albinoni and J.S. Bach. $45. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 770-960-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. -- MG

SAT/15

DAVE'S TRUE STORY Don't be fooled by the jazzy "Girl from Ipanema"-style samba and bossa nova from this acoustic NYC trio; guitarist/songwriter Dave Cantor writes bizarre, often dark lyrics for smoky vocalist Kelly Flint to interpret in her smooth, Peggy Lee/k.d. lang style. Cool, mysterious and beautifully twisted, this is lounge chic music for hipsters and squares. $15. 8:30 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- HH

JETHRO TULL Tull frontman Ian Anderson swore he would never play for the loud and rude at Chastain again, but he must need a new flute. Regardless of who is in the current lineup, it's Anderson's gig, and Tull's distinct blend of traditional folk and classic rock is iconic. He definitely puts on a show. $33-$43. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-249-6400. www.atlantaconcerts.com. -- JK

MARK FARINA Bridging the gap between Chicago and San Francisco, DJ Mark Farina has been known to lay it down tribal, jazzy and psychedelic ambience dusted with a compelling tension-and-release sweep, as well as more jacking and gritty with an unrelenting body beat. The one constant is a brush of warmth. J-Luv, Kevin O and Prince Presto keep the corners covered with bustling funk. $15. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. -- TW

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