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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

THUR/14

A KING CELEBRATION
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and combined Spelman/Morehouse glee clubs offer tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with the completed "Blues Symphony" by Wynton Marsalis and part one of "Slavery Documents" by Donald Sur. $25. 8 p.m. King Chapel, Morehouse College. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS A benefit for Nuci's Space by everyone's favorite Southern-country rockers. There's a different opening act each night of this three-night stand. The band is preparing to release The Big To Do on March 16. It's being touted as their most melodic record since 2001's Southern Rock Opera. $22.50-$25. 8 p.m. 40 Watt Club, Athens. 706-549-7871. www.40watt.com. — Chris Parker

INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, GREENCARDS Here's a nice double bill with two of the most interesting new acoustic bands on the scene. The 'Dusters have great energy and a knack for catchy tunes, while the Greencards feature fine harmonies and playing. $20, $100 for table of four. 7 and 10 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — James Kelly

JEMINA PEARL, THE ETTES The Ettes shimmy and shake like a private dick trying to lose his tail. Their chunky garage strut employs ribald guitar that rubs against you like a mohair kitty, all scratch-and-purr, led by Lindsay Hames' sultry croon. $10. 10 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CP

LITTLE TYBEE, ADAM ARCURAGI, ADRON Atlanta's Little Tybee crafts experimental chamber pop that stirs and sputters amid lush electronic arrangements and fey ruminations. Philadelphia-based folky Arcuragi sings and strums with elation and longing. Local songstress Adron closes with her signature laid-back, fairytale croon and faux flamenco stylings. $7. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Chad Radford

FRI/15

LAURA GORDY, LAURA ARDAN, BRICE ANDRUS
Gordy, a pianist primarily known for performing 20th-century music, takes a different path by playing two Chopin nocturnes and a polonaise. ASO principal clarinetist Ardan and principal hornist Andrus perform chamber music by Robert Schumann. Free. Noon. Michael C. Carlos Museum. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. — MG


N'DAMBI, JAAFAR Soul singer Jaafar has had a helluva year. Rising from the obscurity of Birmingham's music scene to capture the attention of industry insiders with his above-average debut, Travel Light, Jaafar's introduction has been sweet. Opening for Stax Records songstress N'Dambi — who has made a notable return of her own with Pink Elephant — this is a night for cognac and candles. $12.50-$15. 9 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. — Jacinta Howard

THOSE DARLINS Tough-talkin', twangy Tennesee trio took mountain music and filtered it through a punk attitude to release one of the most enjoyable debuts of '09. Something like the Roches, if they were raised on Carter Family records and sang songs about getting drunk and eating entire chickens. Frisky, frills-free fun. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Hal Horowitz

WHORES, NEW BRUTALISM, LECTURES ON THE APOCALYPSE
Atlanta noise-rock trio Whores play scraping, pummeling blasts of post-hardcore dirge. Knoxville's New Brutalism unleashes a show of raw, abrasive punk and metallic complexity from its latest full-length, Actual Record. Lectures on the Apocalypse open. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

SAT/16

ASYLUM STREET SPANKERS
"God's Favorite Band" returns the compliment with an agnostic gospel album of the same name that captures the acoustic, freewheeling spirit of the Spankers along with their more ribald offerings. The tour's title, Salvation and Sin, perfectly encapsulates the Austin, Texas, collective's heaven and hell vibe. $15. 8 p.m. Spring4thCenter. 404-870-0040. www.spring4th.com. — HH

BILLYGOATS, CAROLINE & THE RAMBLERS, MYSTERY MEN, WHEEL KNOCKERS From the 20th anniversary reunion of the Billygoats to the debut of the Wheel Knockers, you get a bit of everything. Atlanta's best female vocalist Caroline brings her rockabilly Ramblers, and the Mystery Men will have you guessing. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — JK

GRIPPLYAZ, NOOT D' NOOT Ghetto-tech hoodster Gripplyaz brings a barrage of beats, hooks and a slow drawl of fashionably anti-fashionable rhymes to the stage. Space-funk ensemble Noot d' Noot plays long, winding cosmic party grooves peppered with big beats and psychedelia. After the band plays, the Noots bring it all to a close with a late-night DJ set. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — CR

RJD2, THE CONSTELLATIONS, HAPPY CHICHESTER Underground hip-hop DJ turned electro-soul composer RJD2 comes to town just days before the release of his latest album, The Colossus. Atlanta party-rock favorites the Constellations, and multi-instrumentalist Happy Chichester also funk things up. $17. 8 p.m. Masquerade (Heaven). 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — Jonathan Williams

ROXIE WATSON
This consortium of Decatur-based musicians has jelled into a nifty little bluegrass band. Tonight they celebrate the release of their pleasant debut, True Stories. Nice blended vocals and easy-going picking give the record a real down-home feel. $12-$15, $60 for table of four. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — JK

SUN/17

DEKALB SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
WSB-TV/Channel 2 news anchor Jovita Moore verbally enhances Paul Dukas' symphonic poem "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" as narrator in this one-hour, all-ages concert by DSO, replete with young dancers and a former Ringling Brothers clown. $5. 3 p.m. Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus. 678-891-3565. www.dekalbsymphony.org. — MG

GAELIC STORM, CARBON LEAF
As the name implies, Gaelic Storm combines traditional Celtic music with various folk and pop influences. Unlike some of its peers, the Storm has a sense of humor as heard on such songs as "The Night I Punched Russell Crowe." The openers have been plying their brand of strummy rock with Irish tints since '95. $17.50. 7:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-223-1100. www.variety-playhouse.com. — HH

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