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CL's picks for the week's best show 

THURS/3
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
Two newsworthy world premieres: Jennifer Higdon's “On a Wire” concerto featuring new music group Eighth Blackbird; Michael Gandolfi's quantum physics-inspired “QED: Engaging Richard Feynman.” Repeats SAT/5 and SUN/6. $20-$75. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham

JAMES TAYLOR & CAROLE KING In-the-round concerts with two aging folk/pop tunesmiths trading songs and stories don’t come cheap these days. You know the music and there won’t be many surprises, but it shouldn’t be a let down, either. Pull out your dusty vinyl of Sweet Baby James and Tapestry now, and prepare to sing along with the other well-heeled 50-somethings. $68-$353. 8 p.m. Gwinnett Center. 770-813-7500. www.gwinnettcenter.com. — Hal Horowitz

FRI/4

AMP FEST Shafiq Husayn and Om' Mas Keith of SA RA Creative Partners present Amp Fest, featuring a bill of like-minded future funksters including electro-glam artist Rozzi Daime, Atlanta funk/rock duo Mama's Mustache (Mr. DJ and Jeff B), Detroit's Platinum Pied Pipers, resident weirdos Hollyweerd, rock/soul vocalist the Dolldaze, Nyles and the Naysaysers, and Sidestreet Ked of Dungeoneze. $10. 10 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. — Rodney Carmichael

BRUNO PRONSATO, MIKE BRADLEY, DREW VAN ATTEN Cardio continues to attract some of the top DJs around. The first of two Cardios this month brings techno minimalist Bruno Pronsato to the decks (or laptop). Atlanta’s Mike Bradley and Drew Van Atten get the crowd loosened up beforehand. $5-$10. 10 p.m. Sound Table. www.thesoundtable.com. — Jonathan Williams

REVEREND HORTON HEAT, CRACKER, LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS A powerful tripleheader ranging from the raucous rockabilly schwing of the Reverend, to the Pentecostal backwoods country fury of the Shack Shakers and the canny, offbeat hook-enriched indie rock of Cracker, each a headliner in their own right.  $23. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. — Chris Parker

TOUBAB KREWE, THE LEE BOYS, I.O.Z., KEVIN SPEARS The Krewe delivers an evening full of polyrhythmic West African funk, filtered through its North Carolina roots to create a unique and enticing groove. The Lee Boys’ sacred-steel jamming rocks the house, I.O.Z. and Spears jump in, dancing ensues. $15. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.James Kelly
 
VIGILANTES OF LOVE, JOE RATHBONE, ERIC PETERS Athens’ VOL, led by the productive Bill Mallonee, have been respected local stalwarts for years. Their rich pop tunes are captivating and memorable. Nashville, Tenn., cats Rathbone & Peters open in separate sets with some acoustic goodness. $12-$60. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — JK

SAT/5
MONO, THE TWILIGHT SAD Japanese instrumentalists Mono favor textured, slow-fused cinematic soundscapes. The Twilight Sad subsume sweeping emotional rock reminiscent of Coldplay in dark brooding post-punk guitars anguished enough to match the tenor of its lyrical gloom. $14. 8:30 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. — CP

PLANTS AND ANIMALS, LOST IN THE TREES Canadian trio Plants and Animals combines rootsy rock shamble and elegant, vaguely psychedelic baroque warmth worthy of the Flaming Lips. The rich harmonies and sizeable pop melodies showcase an expansive sophistication that outstrips the modesty of most Americana. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CP

VICKI POWELL Flux returns to a monthly format, this time as a summer poolside party. Resident DJ Vicki Powell headlines with her signature sets of infectious dance beats and gay-friendly grooves. Free. 10 p.m. Livingston Restaurant and Bar. 404-396-5750. www.livingstonatlanta.com. — JW 

SUN/6
JETHRO TULL, IAN HUNTER
Ian Anderson brought one-legged flute playing to rock, prog, folk, blues and jazz fusion and still leads his merry men through a vivacious, crowd pleasing show that mixes the obvious ’70s hits with smatterings from the band’s extensive and diverse catalog. Now 71, ex-Mott the Hoople frontman Hunter still rocks like a young dude. $38-$50. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. www.chastainseries.com. — HH

MON/7
JIM LAUDERDALE, SLIM CHANCE & THE CONVICTS
Country, bluegrass, folk, pop, honky-tonk rocker Lauderdale is a nonstop workaholic, leaving the recent Elvis Costello tour just in time to promote his soulful new album, his 18th release, co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Atlanta’s Redneck Underground veteran Chance makes a terrific opener. $15-$18. 7:30 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — HH
 
TUES/8
BLUE RODEO, CUFF THE DUKE
One of Canada’s best country rock acts, Blue Rodeo has had a tough time getting big attention in the U.S. Catchy tunes, good lyrics and great musicianship make this a puzzling situation, but the group's fans “in the know” are rabid. Cuff the Duke opens. $15-$18. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — JK

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