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LEO KOTTKE AND MIKE GORDON Legendary acoustic folk guitarist Kottke is performing with a drummer for the first time ever, and that should be enough to attract even casual fans. But bassist Gordon's Phish-ness will also draw some new blood, and the duo's current album, which features covers of old Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith hits, is one of the best of Kottke's 35-year career. $30. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- HH
DWIGHT YOAKAM, HANNA/McEUEN Yoakam has undergone a career transformation over the past few years, leaving a major label and splitting up with musical partner Pete Anderson. His newest CD, Blame the Vain, is a jewel, but with a different glow this time around. Newcomers Hanna/McEuen are cousins whose dads are from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and they sound a lot like the Everly Brothers and the Mavericks. Good stuff. $30-$35. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com/tabernacle.html. -- JK
THE POSIES On-again, off-again band and sometime members of Big Star, the Posies' gleaming melodic rock is name-checked by cool musicians and hip critics, but hasn't clicked outside of a cult audience. Nonetheless, the quartet seldom plays Atlanta and has released its first collection of new material in nearly a decade, making this a must-see show for fans of chiming power pop. Death Ray Davies and Richard Swift open. $10-$12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- HH
THE WRIGHTS, NATIONAL GRAIN Former locals Adam Wright and Shannon (Tanner) Wright of Heritage Cherry fame return to the bar where they did some of their best shows. Now on a major Nashville country label, the duet's debut CD is a fine collection of intelligent and catchy tunes. Openers National Grain obviously just discovered the magic of Gram Parsons, and are moving in the right direction. $8. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- JK
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