Many of us have been with CONOR OBERST from the start, listening to the angst-ridden tunes of the early Bright Eyes days – then transitioning to the Southern twang of Cassadega. Here's a chance to enjoy a mix of the old and new, all wrapped into one performance with his Mystic Valley Band. Look forward to a show consisting of brutally honest lyrics paired with catchy melodies – a combination that has become, over the years, Oberst's trademark. 8 p.m. $22.50-$25. Variety Playhouse. 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. (Caroline Burke)
You know him. He's the psychotic doorman from "Seinfeld," the overbearing dad from 10 Things I Hate About You, the spineless Rodeo Drive shop owner from Pretty Woman. LARRY MILLER has been in a billion things ... or at least more than 90. In addition to being in everything, he was voted one of the "Top 100 Stand Up Comedians of All Time" by Comedy Central. After a 10-year hiatus, witness his return to stand up at the Punchline. $25. Fri., 8 and 10 p.m.; Sat., 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 280 Hilderbrand Drive. 404-252-5233. www.punchline.com. (Mary Moore)
The world of advertising isn't all Don Drapers and drinking problems, you know. These people are artists, too! So how better to escape the world of the commercial than with ART NOT ADS, a showing of fine work by members of Atlanta's advertising community. Media includes painting, photography, sculpture and more. Profits benefit the Grady High Fine Art Program. $5. Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat., 2-10 p.m.; Sun., 1-5p.m. Studio Chambers, 741 Edgewood Ave. 404-223-0073. www.myspace.com/artnotadsshow. (Sean Dettman)
Atlanta's indie-rock mainstay the Selmanaires have grown from a punk-rock karaoke trio into a baroque and art-driven ensemble that builds layers upon layers of rhythms and percussive textures over dramatic pop tones. Brooklyn, N.Y.'s PARTS & LABOR play a fast-paced jumble of frazzled pop that's pieced together with a clutter of drones, glitched-out rock 'n' roll and yearning. Tenth to the Moon opens with a harsh and confrontational set of damaged and demonic new-wave grind. $8-$10. 9 p.m. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. (Chad Radford)
Don't you ever wish Christmas specials came with a laser show, an orchestral string section and a full rock band? Ever wish your favorite Christmas hymns could be in synch with bad-ass pyrotechnics? If so, you should check out the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's Winter Tour 2008 at Philips Arena, and prepare to have your Santa socks blown off. $20-$48.50. 7:30 p.m. 1 Philips Drive. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com. (Mary Moore)
NOV. 19 BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE The Canadian music collective visits Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com.
NOV. 21 KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW Finger-lickin' deliciousness at Lenny's Bar. www.lennysbar.com.
NOV. 24 MADONNA's Sticky and Sweet Tour invades Philips Arena. www.ticketmaster.com.
NOV. 24 2K SPORTS BOUNCE TOUR Q-Tip joins Janelle Monáe and the Cool Kids at Center Stage. www.ticketmaster.com.