THE DEVIL STOLE THE BEAT A multiact, two-day "industry" showcase without the stench of Atlantis or the bustle of South by Southwest. The whole thing kicks off on Valentine's night with a party at the Loft, then moves over to Smith's Olde Bar for BMI and ASCAP showcases Thursday and Friday. Wrangled by Confidence Creative, Ticket Alternative and Caren West PR, Thursday's acts include Sonia Leigh, Andy Zipf, Audrey Spillman and Right Away, and Great Captain in the Atlanta Room. The Less, Nathan Angelo, Owen Beverly and the Working Title play in the main room. For updates and showtimes, visit www.thedevilstolethebeat.com or www.myspace .com/thedevilstolethebeat. $6 per night or $10 for a two-day pass. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.TicketAlternative.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith
INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS A deceptively young sextet with a combined musical résumé that will knock your socks off, the Dusters prove themselves as soon as they hit their first few notes. Touring in support of their excellent new debut, the Sugar Hill CD Fork in the Road, this amazing band could define the future of bluegrass. $7. 9 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- James Kelly
ATLANTA CHAMBER PLAYERS After three decades as an Atlanta institution, ACP makes its first appearance at Spivey with a program that features George Crumb's evocative "Vox Balaenae" ("The Voice of the Whale," 1971) for three masked musicians playing amplified instruments -- flute, cello and piano. Inspired by the singing of the humpback whale, Crumb takes the listener on a sonic voyage from the beginning of time, through five geological eras, to a final "Nocturne" at the end of time. The program includes Schubert's "Quartettsatz" and Dvorak's "Piano Quintet." $15. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. -- Mark Gresham
SQUAT This innovative combo, um, squats between Atlanta and Athens and across a slew of musical styles. Spawned in the thriving Athens music scene in the mid-'90s from a jazz improv class, these creative jugglers throw blues, salsa, bossa nova and even rock into the air as they celebrate their sixth genre-defying CD, appropriately self-titled. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Churchill Grounds. 404-876-3030. www.churchillgrounds.com. -- LVS
TURNTABLES ON THE HUDSON W/NICODEMUS, NAPPY G The Turntables on the Hudson crew, led by New York DJ Nicodemus, often brings its dub/hip-hop/lounge/dance hybrid down to the ATL for special one-off parties. This time, Nappy G is coming along to add his live drums and MC skills to Nicodemus' funky mixes. Call for price. 10 p.m. Halo Lounge. 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com. -- Mosi Reeves
THE VAN WILDER TOUR FEATURING EVERCLEAR Art Alexakis leads this Portland, Ore.-based quintet for the Van Wilder Tour, an odd pairing at first look, but since Everclear's latest album is called Welcome to the Drama Club, maybe not. Alexakis has seen his share of drama -- from the loss of family to drug addiction to bankruptcy to failed marriages -- and his heartfelt everyman songwriting plays well against straight-up and grungy rock 'n' roll. The band's been around since the mid-'90s, but the lineup was almost completely rearranged a few years ago. Word is that this might be the last go-round, but folks who like to sing along to rock songs, fatherless teens and boomer soccer moms should still find relevance in Everclear's transparent style. Jonny Lives, the Alternate Routes and Neon Culpa open. $20. 8 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. -- T. LaGon
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND It's a pleasure to hear traditional music being carried into the future in such good hands. YMSB are as comfortable working their improvisational magic with a Bill Monroe classic as they are a Talking Heads tune, but their original songs really hit the mark. They play it like they mean it. $23-$25. 9 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. -- JK
BRAZILIAN GIRLS, LADYTRON The exotic and fabulous New York band Brazilian Girls are led by Sabina Sciubba, a seductress who sings in several languages and wears masks to cover her eyes. The band isn't half-bad, either, and it can mix dub, electronic and Tropicalia rhythms into a beat that'll get your mother on the dance floor. Liverpool's Ladytron is less warm but equally inviting, and has perfected the New Wave sounds you heard in your adolescent dreams. $20. 8 p.m. Center Stage Atlanta. 404-885-1365. www.ticketmaster.com. -- MR
JONATHAN RICHMAN, GENTLEMAN JESSE AND HIS MEN Over the last decade, Modern Lovers frontman Richman and drummer Tommy Larkin have fused an erratic rock 'n' roll sound that balances Richman's wistfully precise and iconic presence over Larkin's sparse crash and rattle. Gentleman Jesse and His Men play an exuberant and sardonic mix of punk tension and pop swagger that falls in the vein of Look Sharp-era Joe Jackson. $12. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chad Radford
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