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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/14

ROBIN TROWER Sure, he'll play the early '70s Bridge of Sighs hits that fill the seats, but Hendrix-inspired guitar god Trower has been releasing music consistently through the years. His steady stream of quality material includes recent collaborations with Cream bassist Jack Bruce and a solo disc that ranks with his best. $27.50-$30. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — Hal Horowitz

THEE OH SEES, WIZZARD SLEEVE, TV GHOST With his latest In The Red-released LP, Help, San Francisco guitarist/auteur John Dwyer fronts Thee Oh Sees to summon the demons of West Coast psychedelia circa '68, then swan-dives into scorched ether, melody and distortion. Mobile, Ala., resident doom-wave rockers Wizard Sleeve and Indiana post-punks TV Ghost open. $8-$10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Chad Radford

THU/15

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Yo-Yo Ma is cello soloist for the world premiere of "Awakening from a Disappearing Garden" by young Chinese-American composer Angel Lam. It's paired with Stravinsky's 35-minute Chinese-themed lyric opera "The Nightingale." Repeats FRI/16. Sold out. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. Mark Gresham

ATLAS SOUND, BROADCAST, SELMANAIRES
Atlas Sound fires up the tour machine once again, and this time Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox has enlisted the Selmanaires to serve as his backing band for a show of ghostly pop drones. Stereolab-esque post-rock Brits Broadcast play in support of their latest release, Broadcast & the Focus Group Investigate. The Selmanaires pull double duty as they also open the show. $15. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. CR

CHRIS DUARTE From blistering blues-rock to jittery jazz-fusion, guitar slinger Duarte has the hyphenated genres covered. He's been on a roll lately, releasing three albums in the last three years, fine-tuning his already stunning chops and adding a few dozen new high-intensity original tunes to his existing arsenal. $12-$15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — HH

 
FRI/16

CAROLINE HERRING, CARY HUDSON, CAHALEN MORRISON
Decatur resident Herring is celebrating the release of her new folk opus Golden Apples of the Sun. It is a fine collection of heartfelt tunes that touch the soul. Former Blue Mountaineer Hudson and the mellow Morrison open. $15-$30. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — James Kelly

DRUMMER, ROYAL BANGS, THE PREAKNESS Featuring drummers from northeastern Ohio bands including the Black Keys, Drummer swells, swoons and rumbles behind a twin guitar and keyboards attack as textured atmospheres waver between propulsive and dreamy. Royal Bangs blend jagged Pavement guitars and synth. $10-$12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. Chris Parker

LTJ BUKEM, KRAAK & SMAAK Bukem's brand of jazz-infused drum 'n' bass is a more accessible alternative to the otherwise aggressive electronica genre. Holland's Kraak & Smaak gets the party started with its high-energy mix of techno, drum 'n' bass and Prodigy-like big beats. $17.50. 9 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. — Jonathan Williams

SCOTT H. BIRAM, LEFT LANE CRUISER Road hawg survivor Biram is a dirty, lowdown, gutter-busting banshee who has no fear or boundaries. He whoops, hollers and screams his way through your ears and your mind. Expect the same from the duo Left Lane Cruiser. $8-$10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — JK

 

SAT/17  

4TH WARD AFRO KLEZMER ORCHESTRA, LAC LA BELLE
The big band returns with another show of Western and African rhythms and Klezmer-influenced song styles laid down by some of the best jazz hands in Atlanta. Lac La Belle (formerly Jennie & the Sure Shots) come all the way from Detroit to play a set of classy/sassy countrified folk and swing. $5. 9 p.m. Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 404-874-5756. www.thehighlandinn.com/ballroom. — CR

WILLIE "BIG EYES" SMITH The famed ex-Muddy Waters drummer has reconnected with the harmonica, his first instrument, and stepped out front to sing and lead a tough, traditional Chicago blues outfit through its paces. His last show here was an intense three-hour blowout that had longtime blues fans raving for months. $15. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com. — HH

LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES, SATELLITE DISTRICT This Venezuela-born, Brooklyn-based sextet is hellbent on making you dance. So much so that they'll plow through their set, almost without a pause, shifting from dance to funk to salsa to samba. And not necessarily in that order. Capping 15 plus years of good vibes and good music Los Amigos Invisibles bring the funk, you provide the energy. Local bilinguals Satellite District open. $17.50. 9:30 pm. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com.  – Alejandro A. Leal

SUN/18

ATLANTA FLUTE CHOIR An afternoon concert of classical selections performed by this ensemble of nearly 20 tooters of flutes, comprised of both amateur and professional purveyors of piccolos, C flutes, alto and bass flutes, directed by Kathy Farmer. $5-$7. 3 p.m. John Knox Presbyterian Church. 770-973-5050. www.flutechoirofatlanta.org. – MG

INDIAN JEWELRY, MAGICICADA, LYONNAIS, TREE CREATURE
Houston-based noise-pop outfit Indian Jewelry draws out a swarm of rhythms, pulsating beats, sensory-slurring lights and smoke that shroud the band's spectral personnel, creating an environment of post-industrial, art-punk psychedelia. Locals Magicicada, Lyonnais and Tree Creature open. $7. 9:30 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. — CR

NEON INDIAN As Neon Indian, Texas bedroom composer Alan Palomo creates synth-heavy dance music that sounds like the future if you're still living in 1987. With equal doses of new wave, Nintendo and psychedelia, the band trips out tonight with Sealions and Living Rooms. $8. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — JW


TUE/20

LEONARD COHEN The enigmatic song man returns to the U.S. for the final leg of his ’09 world tour. The revered Cohen turns 74 this year, and this massive trek across the country pays homage to a pensive body of songs that spans a career of more than 40 years. $49.50-$252. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org. — CR

EMORY CONCERT CHOIR  Eric Nelson leads Cantata #126, "Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort," by Johann Sebastian Bach. Intended for Sexagesima Sunday, the text isn't entirely PC today, but Bach's music itself serves as quasi-religion for agnostics. Free. 8 p.m. Emerson Hall, Schwartz Center. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. — MG

JER COONS, TIM BRANTLEY While dipping from the strummy, AC-pop pool of crooning singer/songwriters thick with the syrupy slop of Josh Kelley, Howie Day and their ilk, Coons generally avoids sickly sentiment with a sweet tenor that settles gently over midtempo, romantic-minded tunes. $10-$13. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — CP

RYAN BINGHAM, JONNY BURKE, TAYLOR HOLLINGSWORTH Over the past couple of years, Bingham has emerged as one of Americana's new flagwavers. With a voice as stark as Tom Waits', he is a crafty tunesmith with an edge. Burke and Hollingsworth open. $12. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — JK

ART BRUT, PRINCETON, SMALL REACTIONS Brits Brut purvey chunky, scabrous rock on coy songs about adolescent-arrested, music-loving characters suited for a Nick Hornby novel. It's smart, vibrant and infectious, smashing the jerky rhythms of Wire into the catchy roar of Buzzcocks. $12-$15. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CP

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