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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/23 

SHANNON WRIGHT, LYONNAIS Wonderfully distinctive local artist Wright explores chewy, many-cornered sounds on guitar and piano, with a brooding, uncompromising intelligence reminiscent of P.J. Harvey. Touch & Go’s folding has temporarily consigned her seventh album, Honeybee Girls, to self-release domestically. $8-$10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Chris Parker

 
THURS/24

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The 65th season opener features a Russian repertoire: Rachmaninov’s “Piano Concerto No. 3,” with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” symphony. Rockin' Robert Spano conducts. $20-$75. 8 p.m. Repeats SAT/27, and SUN/28, 3 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham

GOJIRA, BURST, SCALE THE SUMMIT, ZOROASTER French metal monsters Gojira wreak havoc with an unstoppable blend of death metal, thrash and prog-rock grooves. Houston's Scale the Summit crafts fast and precise instrumental metal opuses. Atlanta's beloved Zoroaster sets the tone with a massive show of hypnotic drone-metal dirges that jam the senses in a storm of hallucinatory lights and fog. $13. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. — Chad Radford

JOLIE HOLLAND This Texas-born troubadour has traveled extensively but maintains her Lucinda Williams-styled vocal twang and Lone Star State’s dusky musical proclivities. Holland’s sharp lyrical insights and edgy minimalist Americana convinced even the ornery Tom Waits to sing her praises. $15. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — Hal Horowitz  

JOSÉ MANUEL GARCIA Venezuelan-born and Georgia-schooled pianist Garcia presents a lecture-concert on Afro-Cuban music, featuring an emphasis on the rhythm section. He is joined by two top percussionists from Puerto Rico, José "Bam Bam" Ramirez and Luis Gonzalez. Free. 7:30 p.m. Cosby Academic Auditorium, Spelman College. 404-270-5476. www.spelmusic.com. — MG 

 
FRI/25 

CARRIE RODRIGUEZ She learned songwriting at the feet of the great Chip Taylor, but classically trained fiddler/vocalist/guitarist Rodriguez has proven that she’s a star in her own right. Her two albums of shadowy folk-rock shimmer with tough and tender concepts of female empowerment that never seem forced and reverberate through darkly memorable melodies. $15. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. HH  

THE DISCO BISCUITS, INFECTED MUSHROOM Like Sound Tribe Sector 9, Philadelphia’s the Disco Biscuits fuse electronica trance and jam-band psychedelia. Normally a DJ duo, Infected Mushroom’s psy-trance will be backed by a full band for this show. $25. 7:30 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.tabernacleatl.com. — Jonathan Williams 

ERIC ROBERSON, ALGEBRA BLESSETT With his show scheduled the weekend of Atlanta's International Soul Music Summit, Roberson would enjoy a captive audience even if his new album Music Fan First didn't find him breaking out of traditional indie-soul territory. His decision to do so is one reason why he remains at the forefront of the genre. $20-$25. 9 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. — Rodney Carmichael 

LOGGINS & MESSINA, GABE DIXON BAND The soft rock of L&M was the baby-making soundtrack of the '70s, with sweet harmonies and gentle but fun melodies. They still sound great. Dixon plays music nobody really listens to, but say they like it. $25-$89. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 800-745-3000. www.classicchastain.com. — James Kelly  

THE WALKMEN, HERE WE GO MAGIC, TODAY THE MOON, TOMORROW THE SUN The Walkmen’s cinematic cabaret shuffle grows moodier and richer texturally on their latest, You & Me. It returns to the bloozy, instrospective ballads they do best, wrapped in serpentine arrangements amid the dancing shadows of a street lamp-lit evening. $15. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354.  www.variety-playhouse.com. — CP

 
SAT/26 

BUTTHOLE SURFERS, PSYCHIC ILLS These ’80s icons' shows are weird multimedia happenings soundtracked by a leftfield blend of cacophonous samples, heavy psych-soaked grooves, and bursts of guitar chaos. They’re the house band of rebel outcasts in the universe’s last truck stop. $20. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. — CP

LIVE FROM OUT AT SPACE With a crazy roundup of live Atlanta soul talent (Rahbi, Julie Dexter, Michael Johnson, etc.), DJs (Karl Injex, Jamal Ahmad, Soul Brother Tabone, etc.) and visual artists (Fabian, Dubelyoo, Shannon McCollum, etc.), consider this your one-stop bop shop following the daytime panels at the International Soul Music Summit. $10. 4 p.m. Space. 404-756-9494. www.spaceatlanta.com. — RC

SLAUGHTERHOUSE For the past year, rap nerds have had their collective draws in a bunch waiting for the anticipated album from fantasy group Slaughterhouse. Consisting of four of hip-hop's recently revered lyricists — Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce da 5'9 and Joell Ortiz — the supergroup's self-titled debut has given raw hip-hop fans renewed hope. Atlanta lyricists Killer Mike, Señor Kaos, the Regime, Small Eyez and Stanza open. $25. 8:30 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. — Jacinta Howard 

THE SOUNDS With their infectiously synth-driven pop stylings, Sweden’s the Sounds put an updated twist on ‘80s new wave and post-punk. And leggy vocalist Maja Ivarsson provides enough unintentional sex appeal to almost make you forget about those incessant Debbie Harry comparisons. $17.50-$20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JW 

SUGARLAND, JAKE OWEN, MATT NATHANSON Sugarland made a conscious decision to target the mainstream country audience, and have succeeded far beyond their dreams. Welcome home — we hope Wal-Mart is paying you well for the exclusive on that new DVD. Owen and Nathanson open. $29.50-$64.50. 7:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 404-733-5397. www.vzwamp.com. — JK 

 
SUN/27 

MASTAN ENSEMBLE & HOMAY The music of Parvaz Homay has been banned by the Iranian government from public performance since early 2009. The Mastan Ensemble performs this rhythmic, mesmerizing music on Persian instruments in the tradition of Chameh Sarai. $30-$50. 7:30 p.m. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center. 770-813-7500. www.zamanproductions.com. — MG

THE MINUS FIVE, THE BASEBALL PROJECT, THE STEVE WYNN lV These inter-related acts feature a revolving door set of musicians that mix and match recent material from all three. Wynn, Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck carry the brunt of the load, playing rocking roots and punk-inspired pop that ranges from quirky to surreal, all with a subversive, occasionally humorous, always thought-provoking lyrical slant. $15. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — HH

MON/28 

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, THE DEPRECIATION GUILD, CYMBALS EAT GUITARS By name, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart present a Morrissey-like dilemma. If you can suspend your gag reflex long enough to give them a fair shake, each song teems with gorgeously slurred shoegazer pop dreaminess. Brooklynites Cymbals Eat Guitars and the Depreciation Guild open. $12. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

 
TUE/29

CHEAP TIME, GG KING, THE ELECTRIC CYCLES Nashville trio Cheap Time plays a masterful concoction of glam-punk strut and melody in an energetic swirl of gritty garage-rock riffs and power-pop chops. Atlanta punk songsmith GG King and psych-rock revisionists the Electric Cycles also perform. $8. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — CR

RICHARD BUCKNER, ADRON Buckner's been around the block a few times since this former Atlantan left town, and his moody, dark songs just get deeper in the hole as time goes by. The esoteric Adron opens with some very interesting tunes. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — JK

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS, MAGIC WANDS, TEALIGHTS Comprised of former members of Secret Machines and On!Air!Library!, Brooklyn’s School of Seven Bells layers psychedelic dream pop with electronica undertones for a blissfully beat-driven indie-rock sound. The equally enigmatic Magic Wands and Atlanta’s Tealights get the session started. $12. 9:30 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — JW 

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