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CL's picks for the week's best shows


BUSDRIVER, DAEDELUS The speed-rapping hip-hop artist Busdriver makes complex satire that touches on race, cultural politics and societal trends with aplomb. But if Roadkillovercoat, released earlier this year, was sometimes difficult to follow, then his live appearances are dazzling and overwhelming tours de force. He's already played Atlanta once this year as an opening act for RJD2. This time, he tours with Daedelus, the electronic dandy who just released an EP on Ninja Tune, Fair Weather Friends, highlighted by a rework of TLC's "No Scrubs." Antimc, Chris Devoe and DJ Gnosis open. $8. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. -- Mosi Reeves

GRAYSON CAPPS He's the epitome of a young-yet-weathered New Orleans folksy singer/songwriter, and not just because he appeared in the Crescent City-based flick A Love Song for Bobby Long. Capps' old band Stavin' Chain never made much noise outside of N.O., but recent solo albums that feature his emotionally gnarled voice singing compelling story songs about those with no place to go and little left to lose have justifiably attracted reams of critical praise. Although the troubadour often tours solo, his current group joins him tonight to further heat things up. $8. 7 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- Hal Horowitz


ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Taiwanese-American violinist Cho-liang Lin is guest soloist, playing the work with which he made his 1979 public debut in New York at age 19, the "Violin Concerto No. 3" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (who, incidentally, wrote it when he was also 19 years old). Conducted by Atlanta's favorite Scottish wand-waver, Donald Runnicles, the program includes Ludwig van Beethoven's cheerful midcareer "Symphony No. 4," and Richard Strauss' tone poem about a fictional medieval German trickster and folk hero, "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks." $16-$70. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. -- Mark Gresham

ERIC PRYDZ Three years ago, Eric Prydz scored a house remix of Steve Winwood's '80s pop chestnut "Call on Me." It was one of the first dance tracks to draw mainstream attention via a softcore video -- in this case, a clip of gyrating girls doing aerobics in tight-fitting leotards -- widely circulated on the Internet. Written off as a gimmick, Prydz then earned grudging respect with a throbbing electro-house remake of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall," (retitled "Proper Education"). But it's unlikely that the hipsters who've danced to that track at MJQ will show up to this rare Atlanta appearance. $20. 10 p.m. Wetbar. 404-754-9494. -- MR

THE PIPETTES Leave it to the Brits to remind us Yanks of our own musical roots. The Pipettes' matching polka-dot dresses and cotton-candy girl-group harmonies revive the Shirelles and the Shangri-Las by way of Bananarama and Amy Winehouse. Cute, sassy and retro in all the best ways, they may have a shorter shelf life than even the Spice Girls, so enjoy the show before their 15 minutes are up. Big-voiced chanteuse Nicole Atkins' expansive epics are likewise reminiscent of a different style of Spector-esque '60s productions. The Sea and the Booze opens. $12. 8 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. -- HH

VEGA STRING QUARTET with VICTOR ASUNCION Philippines native Victor Santiago Asuncion is a rising young classical pianist with musical sensitivity, technical excellence, and his own indie record label (Deux). He joins the Vega String Quartet for a midday concert featuring the "Piano Quintet No. 1" by Erno Dohnányi, his first published composition (1895), which put the 18-year-old Hungarian composer in the spotlight when it attracted the attention of Johannes Brahms. Free. Noon. Michael C. Carlos Museum. 404-727-5050. -- MG


BEANSTOCK: ROLLER GIRLS KICK ASS NIGHT On this night of Lenny's promoter Bean Summer's ongoing Beanstock music festival, a bevy of bands, including the Baby Shakes, the Hiss, Femme Fatality (from St. Louis), Thee Crucials, the Lizardmen, the Khans, Sleep Therapy, Untied States and the Arks, and maybe a few more bands, will all perform. The musical portions of the night will be interspersed by a live Roller Girl battle. $10. 12 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. -- Chad Radford

MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS There aren't many genuine second-generation Chicago bluesmen left still plying their trade of taut licks against gruff vocals and no-frills songs, but Magic Slim is one of them. He's acquired a thick catalog of quality tunes during the past three decades and, like most of his generation still spry enough, stays on the road constantly. That means he knows how to put on a show that makes even curious onlookers leave believers in the power of undiluted electric blues. Truly the real deal. $15. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-BLUE. -- HH

OLD CEREMONY The Chapel Hill, N.C., genre-defying pop sextet began as tunes that singer/songwriter Django Haskins couldn't get quite right, eventually resorting to more instrumentation. It bloomed into an act with a life of its own, blending cabaret swing and baroque lilt with an adventurousness that prevents it from falling into familiar piano-pop stereotypes. It's smart stuff with true offbeat allure, as on the Indian-tinged '60s psych of "Get to Love," off last month's full-length debut, Our One Mistake. $10. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- CP



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