CRACKER Rootsy wise guy David Lowery and shotgun-riding guitarist Johnny Hickman may never have a Low-sized radio hit again, but 17 years along in their remarkably consistent career, Crackers new album is as musically gutsy and lyrically sharp as anything in the bands catalog. $18-$20. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. Hal Horowitz
JAAFAR The city of Birmingham may not be considered a bastion of progressive soul, but with the layered debut album Travel Light, B'ham native Jaafar is breaking the mold. Rich vocals, narrative lyrics and lush production make Jaafar one of the genre's most respected rising talents. In short time, he's proving he has the goods to carve out his own lane. Free. 8 p.m. Café Circa. 404-477-0008. www.cafecircaatl.com. Jacinta Howard
MAIA SHARP Despite penning songs for a wide array of rootsy Americana artists such as Bonnie Raitt, the Dixie Chicks, and er, Cher, Sharps own albums have flown under the radar. Enter super-producer Don Was to give her latest set of melodic singer/songwriter musings a high-profile boost and bid for mass attention. $12-$60. 8 p.m. Eddies Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. HH
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