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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/6

GOLD-BEARS, GO GHOST, PAPER KNIVES
Orlando's Paper Knives play twisted, staccato blasts of art-rock cut from wide-eyed, melancholy pop anticipation. Fellow Orlando act Go Ghost play earnest, lo-fi folk-punk workouts, while recent Atlanta transplants Gold-Bears craft fuzzed-out pop anthems that touch on the sounds of everyone from Lush to the Pixies to the Jesus and Mary Chain. $5. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — Chad Radford

THUR/7

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Donald Runnicles conducts Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 18," featuring pianist Robert Levin, "Musica Celestis" by Aaron Kernis and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 6." Repeats SAT/9 and SUN/10 at 3 p.m. $20-$75. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham

FRED EAGLESMITH, THE GINN SISTERS
The poor man's Steve Earle, Eaglesmith is a song crafter who will blow your mind with his dark wit and intense storytelling. And he's an amazing entertainer at that. The Ginn Sisters bring great harmonies to their twangy style. $18-$90. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — James Kelly

FUCK YESSS WITH LE CASTLE VANIA, DESIGNER DRUGS, RRRUMP, ROB WONDER
Drunken Unicorn's monthly electro dance party for the barely legal set kicks off the new year with New York electro-house duo Designer Drugs joining booty-shaking residents Le Castle Vania, RRRump and Rob Wonder. $5-$7. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Jonathan Williams

NO RIVER CITY, OLD CUSTER, DAVE DANIELS, FIGHT TO THE DEATH Tonight is your last chance for a long while to hear the great music of Drew Deman, who is going to school in Portland. Expect a mix of the classic NRC material and the new Old Custer songs Drew has been recording. $7. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — JK

 
FRI/8

BIG CHAD FAMOUS, FISHHAWK, BLCTXT, CITY COUNCIL
Local hip-hoppers Big Chad Famous and Blctxt recall rap's golden era with conscious rhymes and jazzy samples. Fishhawk's soulful electro-rock fits comfortably in between, and Macon's dapper duo City Council opens. $7. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — JW

THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDEGROOM
Dan Shore's award-winning, 35-minute chamber opera for six women is the story of a widow, with two nubile daughters, who is looking for a young husband — for herself. A "Mozart-ish pastiche," in a nice way. Free. 7:30 p.m. Kopleff Recital Hall. 404-413-5901. www.music.gsu.edu. — MG

THE GHOSTS PROJECT, DUET FOR THEREMIN & LAP STEEL Local improv outfit the Ghosts Project wraps soft, electro-acoustic experiments in frilly, hokey, ethereal wailing. Duet for Theremin & Lap Steel weaves the sounds of these unlikely instruments into one sometimes pretty, sometimes scary, always captivating dronescape. $7. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. — CR

SAT/9

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, CYNIC, DEVIN TOWNSEND, SCALE THE SUMMIT
Like antecedents Botch and Dillinger Escape Plan, BTBAM alternate art-rock intricacy and pretty pastoral passages with muscular death metal throb and cookie monster vocals. They're not as mathematical as their peers, thanks to an open embrace of melody. $15. 8 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — Chris Parker

ANGIE GOODALE BAND, BUCK BUCKLEY BAND, TOM WILLNER
A long night of diverse music starts with Willner's blues-rock, followed by the Buckley's rich Americana, and topped off with Goodale's newest singer/songwriter work. Each band represents an interesting facet of Atlanta's music scene. $7. 6:30 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com.JK

KIM RICHEY, WILL KIMBROUGH This double bill features the shimmering Americana pop of Richey, a singer/songwriter that falls into the critical-favorite category. She and the similarly styled Kimbrough have been friends for years so expect an onstage collaboration. $15-$75. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — HH

PSYCHE ORIGAMI, SOLILLAQUISTS OF SOUND, PSYCHE ORCHESTRA, ROCK MOST The brainy, abstract party beats of Psyche Origami headline this bill of forward-thinking hip-hop. SoS' rapid-fire rhymes and aural textures congeal with virtuosity. P.O.'s MC Wyzsztyk fronts the seven-piece Psyche Orchestra, giving the group's heady hip-hop numbers the full-band makeover. MC/DJ Rock Most opens the show. $10-$12. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — CR
 
SUN/10

DERRICK GOFF
Trained in the Anglican/Episcopal liturgical tradition, Goff is an organ protégé of Ken Cowan (Westminster Choir College). He's getting solo exposure on this East Coast mini-recital circuit. Free. 3:15 p.m. Cathedral of St. Philip. 404-365-1050. www.stphilipscathedral.org. — MG

MON/11  

ADAM FRANKLIN & BOLTS OF MELODY
Ex-Swervedriver frontman Franklin drops the energy and volume — but not the intensity — a few notches on his recent solo album. His quicksilver guitar swirls through intricate, gauzy space rock with angular verve and a subtle beauty only hinted at in the more propulsive sound of his previous band. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — HH

DWEEZIL ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA
There are many Frank Zappa live albums. But since his death in 1993, this is the closest one can get to experiencing his complex, influential, often playful music onstage. Dweezil's nearly as good a guitarist as his dad and his hand-picked band is stunningly accomplished when it comes to keeping Frank's spirit alive. $38-$55. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-223-1100. www.variety-playhouse.com. — HH

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