CL's picks for the week's best shows 

ANVIL, THE SERAPHIX These Canadian thrash legends might’ve languished in obscurity were it not for a band doc by a former roadie. For 32 years they’ve kept their hip-thrusting, high-wire guitar act alive, finally receiving belated due. $16.50-$20. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. — Chris Parker

FOUR YEAR STRONG, THE BLED, THIS TIME NEXT YEAR, TITLE FIGHT FYS play sinewy punk pop like New Found Glory with a dash of Fall Out Boy. The Bled inhabit the hardcore side of screamo, with vocal screeching, hulking riffage, spates of melody and chunky stop-start spazzcore rhythms. $13. 6:30 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — CP

THE CRIBS, ADAM GREEN The brothers Crib — well, Jarman — welcome Johnny Marr into the family fold on this tour meant to finally break them in America after finding substantial U.K. success. It’s Brit-pop with an edge and when it clicks the Cribs seem like Oasis with more balls and less attitude. Ex-Moldy Peaches eclectic folkie Green also appears. $15. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — HH

WARNING LIGHT, RECOMPAS, NIGREDO D Haddon's one-man synth project Warning Light celebrates the release of its latest Eno-esque CD of atmospheric drone on Atlanta-based Stickfigure Recordings. Fellow local ambient rockers Recompas and Nigredo get the prog proceedings underway. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. — Jonathan Williams

Robert Spano conducts one of his specialties: music of Jean Sibelius (“Symphony No. 1” and the ever-popular “Finlandia”). Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, a Francophile favorite, performs Aram Khachaturian's “Piano Concerto.” Repeats FRI/22 and SAT/23. $20-$75. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. — Mark Gresham

Celebrating the release of a brand-new split 7-inch with Sainthood Reps, Atlanta’s O’Brother headlines with a show of stormy, lilting and arty post-emo-rock peaks and valleys. All the Day Holiday from Cincinnati, Ohio, Carrollton’s Baby Baby, and Junior Astronomers from Charlotte also perform. $8-$10. Drunken Unicorn. — Chad Raford

UNTIED STATES, THE LIVERHEARTS, THE VINCAS Untied States’ dark and frazzled take on antagonistic and avant-garde rock weaves samples and a post-industrial sonic palette with spastic jitters and angst. Atlanta’s longstanding purveyors of terse indie rock play the middle slot. Athens trio the Vincas, featuring former Paper Lions, Maserati and Some Soviet Station bassist Chris McNeal, play first. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — CR

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS WITH GLENN KOTCHE Best known as drummer/percussionist of the band Wilco, Kotche is also a composer whose original works and performances creatively explore rhythm and space. The eclectic All-Stars from Brooklyn have become familiar faces at Schwartz. $20-$50. 8 p.m. Emerson Hall, Schwartz Center. 404-727-5050. — MG

DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND The always energetic Trombone Shorty opens this weekend of shows from New Orleans’ most popular brass collective. The personnel may change, but DD’s funk, jazz and soul remain as high-spirited and hip-shaking as at any time in the group’s quarter-century history. Why wait for Mardi Gras to get your party started? Repeats SAT/23. $20-25. 9 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — HH

STEEP CANYON RANGERS, DAPPLED GRAYS, LONESOME REDWING Over the past two years, the Rangers have taken bluegrass by storm, and redefined the traditional aspects of the genre with their energetic original tunes and entertaining live show. Local acoustic acts Dappled Grays and Lonesome Redwing open. $12.50-$15. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. — James Kelly

SHADOWBOXERS, LINDSAY RAKERS BAND, JEFF SHEPHARD BAND It’s pop-rock night at the Red Light, with the easy flowing Jeff Shephard Band at 8; Rakers featuring songs from her sweet, harmonious country-rock album Wishing Well at 9:30; followed by the bouncy pop of the Shadowboxers at 10:30. $7. 7 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. — JK

MONOTONIX, THE COATHANGERS, HAWKS Local all-girl quartet the Coathangers mine sometimes tuneful experimental punk like the Runaways battering Q and Not U. Israeli garage-punk trio Monotonix’s incendiary stage show rages like a grease fire at a fireworks factory. $8-$10. 10 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. — CP

KINGDOM, CAPTAIN CRUNK, MAYHEM, BUCKMASTER Brooklyn's DJ Kingdom brings his R&B-inflected electro-house beats to the intimate confines of East Atlanta’s Graveyard. North Carolina’s Buckmaster joins locals Captain Crunk and Mayhem, making it a diverse night of hip-hop, drum and bass, glitch and club beats. $5. 10 p.m. Graveyard Tavern. 404-622-8686. — JW

PENTAGRAM, THE GATES OF SLUMBER, SONS OF GOD, SPEWTILATOR Though Pentagram has been crafting doom-laden stoner metal since the early ‘70s, the Woodbrigde, Va./Philadelphia group centered on founding member Bobby Liebling has persisted in commercial obscurity while amassing legendary cult status. Liebling is back onstage, showing off just what made Pentagram such a force of nature, despite poor documentation. Likeminded descendents the Gates of Slumber, Sons of God and Spewtilator open the show. $18. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — CR

ROCKING FOR RETT BENEFIT A poorly named but well-intentioned fundraiser to help battle Rett syndrome, a severe form of autism that only affects young females. Oliver Wood, the Mosier Brothers, Elise Witt, and members of the Dappled Grays perform. $25-$125. 7:30 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. — JK


ATLANTA CHAMBER PLAYERS Long before Charlie Daniels, Igor Stravinsky had the devil fiddlin' around for souls in his theatrical masterpiece “The Soldier's Tale.” Also featured: Elliot Carter's “Enchanted Preludes” and a flute sonata by J.S. Bach. $10-$20. 7:30 p.m. New American Shakespeare Tavern. 404-874-5299. — MG

THE ENTRANCE BAND Expect any act signed to Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! label to be guitar-oriented and intense. The Entrance Band is just that as frontman/auteur Guy Blakeslee wallows in serious Gun Club-inspired psychedelic blooze and freaked-out stoner-swamp rock. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — HH


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