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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. -- 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, -- LVS


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. -- 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. -- 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. -- MG


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. -- 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. -- CR


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. -- 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. -- 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. -- CR


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. -- 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. -- LVS



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