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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/7

LITTLE TYBEE, ADRON, HAPPY? Burgeoning Atlanta fivesome Little Tybee makes a hometown showing of its soft, string- and piano-driven pop songs. The band is currently in the midst of a three-week tour of the East Coast in support of a brand new full-length, Building a Bomb. Freewheeling psychedelic folk songstress Adron performs a set of her tropical-flavored numbers. Happy? opens. $5. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — Chad Radford

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, ALL THE SAINTS New York's A Place to Bury Strangers plays loud, overdriven Jesus & Mary Chain-style noise pop that pits a slur of distorted guitars against tin can drum machine beats, giving rise to an amalgamation of quasi-'80s goth accents and cavernous, post-industrial rock and roll. Atlanta's All The Saints ups the ante with a slowly barreling sound that's a bit heavier and harsher, but cut from the same cloth. $10. 9:30 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

THURS/8

BLITZEN TRAPPER, WYE OAK Blitzen Trapper offers an enthusiastic blend of roots music with a dollop of rock vigor and a touch of baroque Britpop lilt. Wye Oak's shrieking guitars, soaring keyboards and tremulous feedback billow forth in beauty tinged with ache. Sold out. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Chris Parker

JOHN HAMMOND He gave Jimi Hendrix his first break, employed Robbie Robertson in his backing band, had Tom Waits produce an album, and has been playing Chicago and Delta blues professionally since the early '60s. In other words, he's a respected journeyman and legendary performer you need to experience live. $25. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com. — Hal Horowitz

FRI/9

ATLANTA GAY MEN'S CHORUS & ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA "Broadway Rocks!" Music from modern mega-hit musicals Mamma Mia!, Rent, The Lion King and more, featuring Susan Egan, Capathia Jenkins, Rob Evan and Hugh Panaro. Michael Krajewski conducts. $18-$48. 8 p.m. Repeats SAT/10. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham

KIM CARNES, MATRACA BERG, DANA COOPER You may only recognize "Bette Davis Eyes" writer Carnes in this lineup, but Berg is one of the best in the business, and Cooper is a master songcrafter as well. Expect to hear some amazing and familiar tunes. $30-$150. 8 p.m. Repeats SAT/10. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — JK

PHOSPHORESCENT, ALBERTA CROSS, THE MEEKS FAMILY Former Athens resident Matthew Houck — aka Phosphorescent — plays aching, loping country-folk stretched to its breaking point like his willowy tenor. His latest release offers a woozy, reverent tribute to Willie Nelson. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CP

STEVE MARTIN AND STEEP CANYON RANGERS Legendary comic Steve Martin used the banjo as a prop when he started his career. Now he proves he can actually play the crap out of it, with the excellent Steep Canyon Rangers to back him up. $39-$54. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. www.chastainseries.com. — James Kelly

SAT/10

LINDSEY RAKERS BAND, REY MAURICE, RANDY WEEKS Come celebrate the release of Rakers' energetic and catchy new CD Wishing Well, a fine collection of Americana pop tunes. She has a great voice, and good material. Neo-soul singer Maurice and Austin, Texas' twangy Weeks open. $8-$10. 8 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.fivespot-atl.com. — JK

TORTOISE AND THE HAIR, OUT OF THE RAIN Both Tortoise (Adrienne and Dustin Cottrell) and Out of the Rain (Ron Hipp, Carol Statella) have roots in folksy, guitar-picking songcraft, the former somewhat more bluesy folk-rock, the latter a little more traditional-folk. Benefits the Lena Werking Fund. $5. 8 p.m. Lena's Place Coffeehouse, Central Congregational Church. 404-633-4505. www.lenasplacecoffeehouse.com. — MG

WILL HOGE, RYAN HORNE, TIM & ERIC OF THE ALTERNATE ROUTES Hoge's soulful croon possesses a Southern country twang that hangs over his bloozy heartland rock like a moody fog. It's a smoky, hopeful sound that holds onto the dream with heart and soul. $15. 8:30 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. — CP

TORTURED SOUL This Brooklyn-based trio has been one of the pioneers of the instrumental house music movement. Blending a touch of jazzy beats with soul-ful vibes, all done sans-samplers or computers, their four-to-the-floor beats will induce some movement from your behind. $10. 9 p.m. Apache Cafe. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. – Alejandro A. Leal 

DJ TIESTO International super-star DJs have a knack for commanding large venues and spaces so their rave-inducing mixes can be heard by huge crowds. This explains why world renown trance master DJ Tiesto returns to spin at the North Atlanta Trade Center. Only for techno-heads, glow-stick queens, and muscle-shirt cats. $50. 9 p.m. North Atlanta Trade Center, Norcross. www.wantickets.com. – AL

SUN/11

BEAR IN HEAVEN, NOMEN NOVUM Atlanta expat Jon Philpot leads Brooklyn's Bear in Heaven through a wash stream-of-consciousness pop experimentation. Nomen Novum's latest LP, Paradises, unravels in a colorful sonic mass of electronic and acoustic textures over a shimmering backdrop of hypnotic loneliness and looping layers of drone, pop and bliss. $10. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

GEORGIAN CHAMBER PLAYERS Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti and pianist Shai Wosner are GCP's guests for this performance of "Piano Trio No. 4 (Dumky)" by Antonin Dvorák and "Piano Quintet in C Minor" by Ernst von Dohnányi. $30. 3 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. – MG

RADNEY FOSTER, MALCOLM HOLCOMBE His days as half of country rock duo Foster and Lloyd are long behind him as Foster tours behind his eighth studio solo album in 17 years. His rocking Texas sensibilities are in fine form on the tough Revival, mixed with some righteous sermonizing that never comes off as preachy. $20-$24. 6:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — HH

MON/12

THE REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAMN BAND Acoustic guitar-bashing Peyton, along with his percussion-playing wife and brother, takes twisted folk, Delta blues and ragged country to the backwoods they came from. For an unplugged trio, they raise quite the racket, but listen to the topical words for a slice of working-class anger and frustration. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — HH

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