CL's picks for the week's best shows 

Compared to the Shins for frontman Eric Johnson’s similar-sounding vocals and their jangly, melodious folk-pop, Fruit Bats' band-driven latest distinguishes itself for twangier, reverb-drenched paeans glimmering with sunlit beauty. Country-psych openers Blue Giant feature Via Voce’s songwriting team. $10-$12. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — Chris Parker

REBECCA LOEBE, ROBBY HECHT, AJ ROACH, RAINA ROSE This “in the round” show features four up-and-coming folkies, all pals from the road, sharing stories and songs as only friends can. Atlanta’s Loebe might be the best known, but the appeal of these collaborative gigs is that everyone gets a chance to share the spotlight and support each other. $10-$13. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. — Hal Horowitz

WOLVES Explosive English punkers Leatherface deliver breakneck tempos behind frontman Frankie Stubbs’ gravelly growl. The guitars ring with searing melody, animated by the crushing force of an imploded building, sounding something like Bad Religion on C4. $10-$12. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. — CP

CHUCK PROPHET, YOUNG ANTIQUES There is an underlying groove in Prophet’s retro-rock music that captures both the feet and the soul. You will be dancing and thinking about his thoughtful words. The Young Antiques open with their own excellent songcrafting. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. — James Kelly

CYMBALS EAT GUITARS, BEAR IN HEAVEN, FREELANCE WHALES New York’s Cymbals Eat Guitars wield noisy pop that’s rich with irony and riffage that recalls the twisted ‘90s indie rock of Pavement, Modest Mouse and Built to Spill with youthful bounce. Bear in Heaven plays a dark and sweeping blend of new wave and synth-heavy avant-garde pop. Freelance Whales perform a set of ethereal pop from their Frenchkiss-released Weathervanes LP. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — Chad Radford

Modern country music is fraught with pretty boys, but Walker can back it up with a decent voice and some decent material. A carryover from the “Garth-hat act” days, he still puts on a great show. $14-$100. 9:30 p.m. Wild Bill's, Duluth. 678-473-1000. — JK

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, DAVID BARBE The loud and rowdy darlings of Athens return to their second home for a two-night stint, re-energized with a new record label, new material and new vigor. They will rock you. Producer Barbe finally plays his own stuff. Repeats SAT/13. $25-$27.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. — JK

ROMAN CANDLE This Chapel Hill, N.C.-based folk/rock family trio has been opening for like-minded souls such as the Indigo Girls, but the latest album proves the group deserves to headline. Sharp pop hooks blend with indie melodies, distinctive vocals, clever lyrics and an attention to songcraft rare in contemporary music. $8-$10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — HH

Grand and oddly idiosyncratic, Portugal. The Man wobbles with colorful psychedelic textures swelling into disparate prog-rock arrangements behind frontman John Gourley’s soulful croon. These prodigious kaleidoscopic groove merchants just released their fifth album in as many years. $12-$14. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — CP

INFECTED MUSHROOM, NAPT On its latest release, Legend of the Black Shawarma, psy-trance outfit Infected Mushroom amps up the electro rock with contributions from Korn’s Jonathan Davis and Perry Farrell. The duo brings that energy to the stage backed by a live band tonight. $20. 9 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — Jonathan Williams

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Performing together since meeting in a thrash-metal band 15 years ago, Mexico City-born, plugged-in acoustic guitarists Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero skyrocketed from busking as street musicians to becoming the dynamic duo of 21st-century flamenco-rock. $35. 8:30 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. — Mark Gresham

DELTA MOON The twin slide guitars of hometown heroes Mark Johnson and Tom Gray are in fine, swampy fettle for the CD release gig of their terrific new Hell Bound Train disc. The foursome remains tight and tough as Gray’s singing and songwriting balance dark themes with memorable, danceable riffs straight out of the Delta. $10. 9 p.m. Five Spot. 404-223-1100. — HH

An all-Bach program led by guest violinist Dana Maiben: the overture to Cantata No. 58, “Concerto in D Minor for 2 Violins,” and Cantata No. 173a (“Durchlaucht’ster Leopold”) featuring soprano Judith Overcash and bass Matthew Hoch. $15. 4 p.m. Roswell Presbyterian Church. 404-627-9077. — MG

THE LOW ANTHEM, LISSIE, ANNIE AND THE BEEKEEPERS Hailing from Providence, R.I., the Low Anthem reels through a barrage of folk, gospel and Americana inflections from its latest and critically lauded album, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. Rock Island, Ill., songstress Lissie Maurus, and Annie and the Beekeepers open with a set of country and bluegrass-influenced rockers. $12-$14. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — CR

Electro French pop act Air makes a rare Atlanta appearance, performing its jazz-tinged ethereal songs as a three-piece for the first time ever. AM’s worldly influenced soulful folk pop sets things adrift. $29. 8 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. — JW

BENT FREQUENCY Guest NYC soprano Haleh Abghari joins the Bent Frequency regulars to perform the innovative, idiosyncratic music of Greek composer Georges Aperghis, known for his often playful, often flamboyant style of chamber music and experimental music theater. Free. 8 p.m. Kopleff Recital Hall, GSU. 404-413-5901. — MG

THESE ARE POWERS, LEMONADE, MNDR, ROMAN PHOTOS DJ SET These Are Powers rip through a bombastic set of post-industrial noise, melody and elation wrapped in mutant beats and so-called “ghost punk” atmospheres in support of their latest, World Class Peoples/Candyman EP. Lemonade and MNDR open, and a DJ set from the Roman Photos kids keeps the night moving. $8. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — CR

SNOWDEN, ADAM FRANKLIN & BOLTS OF MELODY, SPIRITS AND THE MELCHIZEDEK CHILDREN Snowden returns after a long hiatus that found frontman Jordan Jeffares living in New York. The group is playing new songs from a forthcoming EP of dark, atmospheric indie rock. Swervedriver singer/guitarist Adam Franklin performs with his band Bolts of Melody. Local avant-folk outsiders Spirits and the Melchizedek Children open. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — CR      



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