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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

MICHAEL PENN The singer/songwriter/producer has an especially literate catalog of material to draw from for tonight's show. His knack for melody and irresistible pop hooks is amazing, with a band or solo. The Five Spot is a good place to really listen to his lyrics, too. Most of 'em are filled with interesting characters and simple twists of fate. $15. 8 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.fivespotatl.com. -- LVS

THE ROLLING STONES Back on track with A Bigger Bang, their best album in at least 20 years, the Stones prove that rock 'n' roll can be ageless. Macon resident Chuck Leavell, legendary for his keyboard prowess in the Allman Brothers, continues his two-decade run as the Stones' piano man. Get there early, because Wilco is the scheduled opener. As if the Stones even need an opener. Sold out. 8 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000, www.philipsarena.com. -- LVS

SUN/16

BLACK DICE, GROWING, VASTAPOL Finding a blissful and mentally damaging place where cumbersome rhythms and analogue noise are torn between aggression and spatial complexities, Brooklyn's Black Dice challenge the notions of what separates beauty from tension. Growing and Brian Montero, aka Vastapol, open the show. $10. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- Chad Radford

JEAN LUC PONTY, STANLEY CLARKE, BELA FLECK All three are headliners in their own right who are the standard bearers for their respective instruments. Ponty's slithering violin, Clarke's thumb-thumping bass, and Fleck's freewheeling banjo would seem to be an odd combination of styles and genres. But even unplugged, this rare meeting of the strings is sure to provide jazz-fusion fireworks. $25-$45. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- HH

PAUL GALBRAITH Galbraith plays a unique eight-string classical guitar supported by an endpin (like a cello) with an equally unique technique. His program, hosted by Guitar Atlanta, features music by Debussy and Ravel from his forthcoming CD, plus transcriptions of music by J.S. Bach, which earned Galbraith a nice slice of fame among guitarists and a 1998 Grammy. $15-$25. 3 p.m. Walter Hill Auditorium. 404-915-4599. www.guitaratlanta.org. -- MG

MON/17

ANNA NALICK It has Starbucks written all over it, but if you need slick, well-crafted, introspective female pop with your double latte, you can do worse than Nalick. The 21-year-old's debut adds milk, cream and sugar to Alanis, Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton, resulting in a yummy, calorie free concoction that will benefit from the rawer sound that a live experience generally provides. Blue Merle opens. $15. 8 p.m. Roxy Theatre. 404-249-6400. www.atlantaconcerts.com/roxy.html. -- HH

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE, HUSH ARBORS Noise-psych-rock-free-jazz outfit Six Organs of Admittance (aka Comets on Fire guitarist Ben Chasny) wanders between the sonic realms of straight-forward folk and far out electronic music. Tonight's performance will be of the electronic variety as Chasny is joined by John Moloney of Sunburned Hand of the Man sitting in on the drums. $8. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR

TUES/18

ADRIENNE YOUNG, LITTLE SADIE Young practices what she preaches, and while her agrarian advocacy may seem a bit heavy-handed at times, the music is simply beautiful. Ranging from deeply rooted historical instrumentals to her own original yet stylistically congruent songs, Little Sadie is a must-see for the Americana fans. $12. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- JK

JESSE COLIN YOUNG Between his '60s folk-jugband-blues work with the Youngbloods and easy rolling '70s solo career, Young has been more influential than his distinguished but under-the-radar persona would indicate. His stirring tenor voice and catalog of terrific songs such as "Darkness, Darkness" and "Get Together" remain low-key yet stirring highlights on the soundtrack for a generation. $20. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-BLUE. www.blindwilliesblues.com. -- HH

THE SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM, INDORPHINE, SEX IN CARS Bay Area oddballs Sleepytime Gorilla Museum craft a spiritually uncomfortable drone-rock dirge. Like the chic occultism of San Francisco in the mod era, the group's latest masterwork, Of Natural History, conjures the dark side, finding balance between corny, forbidden and legitimate Satanic majesty. Indorphine and Sex in Cars open the show. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

WED/19

DETROIT COBRAS, REIGNING SOUND Shoving garage, Motown and even ragged country into a go-go blender, the Cobras wrap themselves around a rollicking '60s vibe that is as natural as it is unstoppable. Lead singer Rachel Nagy's tough, sexy and slightly twangy voice propels the band into a hippy-hippy shaking party waiting to happen. $10-$12. 9 p.m. The Earl. www.badearl.com. -- HH

INDIEGRRRL TOUR SHOWCASE Now here's a great way to catch a variety of regional singer/songwriters in one sitting. Lauren Fincham, Karen Reynolds, Leslie Berry, Lindsay Smith, Vicki Blankenship, Amy Henderson, Julia Carroll, Denise Barbarita are featured and the first 50 folks through the door get a free CD. How can ya beat that? $10. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- LVS

THURS/20

APHRODITE U.K. "King of Beats" Aphrodite comes to the A-T-L to give drum 'n' bass fans a reason to jump up and throw down. Stroboscopic breaks and anthem bass combine for the city's rockers and, especially, rollers. This will be a sweaty night that kicks the adrenal gland into overdrive. $10-$15. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. -- TW

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