CL's picks for the week's best shows 

THOMAS FUNCTION, CUSTOMERS, GOLD GHOST Paired down from a five- to a three-piece, Huntsville, Ala.’s Thomas Function craft epic and ramshackle blasts of garage rock and soul. The refined lineup fosters a more concise approach to its dirty, hair-thrashing jams. Customers shake off depression via Replacements-style punk songs. Gold Ghost plays dreary post-punk songs that draw as much from the Feelies as they do from Siouxsie and the Banshees. $8. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — Chad Radford

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA U.S. premiere: suite from Osvaldo Golijov's film score for Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth. Also Vaughan Williams' “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis,” and Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring.” Repeats FRI/29, SAT/30. $20-$75. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. — Mark Gresham

DIRTY GUV’NAHS These Knoxville-based rockers have been preaching the gospel of the Faces, Black Crowes, Humble Pie and ’70s-era Rolling Stones one club at time for the past three years. Check your brain at the door and dive into a sweaty night of boozy, bluesy, ballsy fun. $10-$12. 9 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — Hal Horowitz

THE N.E.C., ALL THE SAINTS, PREDATOR, JOVONTAES Known for wielding dense, improvised psychedelic rock, the N.E.C celebrates the release of Is, a new CD/cassette/LP (Double Phantom) that merges the group’s signature rhythmic experiments with refined and heady hooks guiding the haze. The group’s Lexington, Ky., counterpart Jovantes also performs, while terse and respectively arty and amped-up locals All the Saints and Predator open. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — CR

THE PREAKNESS, WHALE FALL, SOCIAL STUDIES The Preakness drummer Matt Glagola is moving to New Orleans, effectively bringing an end to the Preakness, at least for the foreseeable future. It is uncertain how or if Atlanta’s damaged and long-standing indie-pop trio will carry on, but this will be the band’s final show. Whale Fall and experimental hip-hop duo Social Studies are also on the bill. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — CR

DALE WATSON, GHOST RIDERS CAR CLUB, SLIM CHANCE Watson’s a throwback to the Bakersfield country of the ‘50s and ‘60s, with a resonant baritone and a penchant for blue-collar paeans to truckers and their salt of the earth ilk that sound authentic enough for the historical society. 9 p.m. $15-$18. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — Chris Parker

JACKAL & HYDE, EVIL Z, LANCE BLACKFORD, REL-1, DZK, PROTO-J, DJ DEFCON, MICK PHILLIPS, MATT RICE The hardcore sensory assault of Florida’s Jackal & Hyde goes way beyond club DJ spinning, combining heavy metal guitars, breakbeats and an onslaught of monstrous musical mayhem. The duo headlines this edition of Cyberaver. $15. 10 p.m. Masquerade (Hell and Purgatory). 404-577-8178. — Jonathan Williams

LA CHANSONS, THE ORPHINS, THE GOLD PARTY Atlanta husband/wife duo La Chansons celebrate the release of their latest album, King and Queen of the Dance Floor, with a set of ’80s-inspired Euro electro pop. Athens’ the Gold Party plays similarly new wave dance rock and the Orphins play dancey indie rock. $8. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. — JW

16BIT U.K. duo 16bit is a favorite in the ever-popular dubstep scene, layering drum ‘n’ bass aggression and low end over jazzy synth lines, eerie samples and midtempo breakbeats. Syncopated reggae beats and a touch of rock angst make for a vigorous night of dancing. $5. 10 p.m. Graveyard Tavern. 404-622-8686. — JW

THIS PIANO PLAYS ITSELF, RENO BO, COYOTE BONES This Piano Plays Itself embraces the intricate clichés of Explosions in the Sky-styled squalls of epic and emotionally bursting instrumental rock panoramas. Former Mooney Suzuki bassist and Nashville-based NYC garage-rock transplant Reno Bo shows off some hook-laden chops from his solo debut, Happenings and Other Things. Atlanta’s Springsteen circa Nebraska trio Coyote Bones also performs. DJ Rene closes. $7. 8:30 p.m. Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 404-874-5756.  — CR

HOLLYFEST Pay respects to the day the music died, Feb. 3, 1959, a few days early. It’s the classic music of Buddy Holly and his ill-fated co-riders the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, as interpreted by some of Atlanta’s finest roots acts. Expect lots of exuberant onstage collaborations and a long night of great rockin’. $10. 8 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. — HH

MCCOY TYNER TRIO The legendary jazz pianist was just out of his teens when he joined John Coltrane’s classic group in 1960 and he hasn’t looked back since. Now in his early 70s and with nearly 80 albums, he’s still going strong as a living icon and one of the most jaw-dropping musicians playing deep, old-school jazz with no concessions to contemporary fusion. $32.50-$35. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. — HH

HACKENSAW BOYS, PERT NEAR SANDSTONE For a dozen years, the Boys have played bluegrass like the rebel music it once was, infusing it with passion, spunk and an open-hearted spirit. The string band sextet varies the mood from shadowy ballads to breakneck dust-kicking sprints. $15-$18. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — CP

METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS  Established long before "American Idol." Rising young opera singers, winners of district finals from Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, compete in the annual Southeast regional auditions leading toward a chance to sing with the Metropolitan Opera. $35. 2 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. — MG

MUSIC ON THE HILL Recital of chamber music from the German Baroque era, featuring works by Johann Quantz, Georg Philipp Telemann and J.S. Bach. Among the mix of Baroque and modern instruments, a 9-foot Sabathil harpsichord will be featured. Free. 3 p.m. Northside Drive Baptist Church. 404-237-8621. — MG

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, DAWN LANDES Steve Earle’s progeny is a similarly iconoclastic chip off the block, having already negotiated his own drug addiction and fashioned two terrific albums. Though also steeped in country, Justin favors more of an old-fashioned and honky-tonk-driven approach. $12-$15. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. — CP



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