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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/21
SANDER VAN DOORN
Following in the footsteps of many of his Dutch peers, Sander van Doorn gets dance floors moving with pulsing trance effects and techno beats. He also mixes enough house and electro influences to keep things fresh. $10. 10 p.m. Opera. 404-874-0428. www.operatatlanta.com. — Jonathan Williams

THU/22
DAVID BALL, CADDLE
The sole surviving member of the legendary Uncle Walt’s Band, Ball has relished in his deep country and western swing roots for the past 20 years. His newest release, Sparkle City, is loaded with honky tonk gems. Openers Caddle rock out. $15-$18. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — James Kelly

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS Robert Spano conducts Giuseppi Verdi's massive “Requiem.” Although it's not an opera, in many ways it might as well be one. High vocal drama. Repeats SAT/24 & SUN/25. $20-$75. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham

THY MIGHTY CONTRACT, NOMEN NOVUM, WILIONE, ANDREW BECK Thy Mighty Contract unleashs chiming and contorted guitars and guttural post-hardcore art-pop that’s both frantic and a lot of fun. Nomen Novum takes a more cerebral approach to crafting rhythms and hallucinogenic musical textures. WiliOne and Andrew Beck open. $7. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. — Chad Radford

CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE The name says it all. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone is the vehicle by which bearded Bay Area sappy songsmith Owen Ashworth delivers low-fi beats via Casio keyboards and/or some other piece of electronic gear that are of equal or lesser value. Magical Beautiful and locals Gold-Bears also perform. $5. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769 www.529atl.com. — CR

FRI/23
NICK MOSS
Chicago blues guitarist Moss shifts to a more rock-oriented approach on his new, eighth album, Privileged. He still revels in the classic Windy City sound, though, whether he covers Cream or Howlin’ Wolf, and live is where he and his band always deliver a sweat-soaked, paint-peeling party. $12. 9 p.m. Blind Willie’s. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com. — Hal Horowitz

EMORY UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR Eric Nelson leads “Journeys,” a program themed upon both geographical travels and personal spiritual-emotional ones, expressed in music from modern composers and poets (such as Morton Lauridsen and Robert Frost), folk tunes and spirituals. Free. 8 p.m. Emerson Hall, Schwartz Center. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. — MG

BROTHER ALI, FASHAWN, K-OS, BK-ONE, D.R.E.S. THA BEATNIK The past year has been a good one for Minneapolis indie rapper Brother Ali, with the success of his latest album, Us, and support of unlikely fan Justin Timberlake. He brings his old school hip-hop to town with DJ BK-One and like-minded rappers Fashawn and K-OS. $12-$14. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — JW
 
SAT/24
HALL & OATES, TODD RUNDGREN
The recent passing of long time sideman T-Bone Wolk brings a somber tone to an evening filled with vibrant ’70s and ’80s hits from the blue-eyed soul vocal duo. Opener Rundgren has a long history with H&O and his own R&B laced pop, should he play it, provides a sympathetic musical complement to their own. $40.50-$57. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. www.chastainseries.com. — HH

CHARLIE LOUVIN, PINE HILL HAINTS, IZZY COX
Still plugging along and full of piss and vinegar at 82, Louvin is a living legend with a stunning history. He and his late brother Ira defined fraternal harmonies, and influenced everyone from Gram Parsons to Keith Whitley. The Haints and Cox open. $15. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — JK

ATLANTA OPERA “The Magic Flute,” Mozart's magical Masonic singspiel. The characters quest for true love amid battles between forces of light and darkness. Pamina: Nicole Cabell; Tamino: Sean Panikka. Arthur Fagen conducts. Repeats TUE/27, FRI/30, SUN/2. $27.50-$133.50. 8 p.m. Cobb Energy Centre. 404-881-8885. www.atlantaopera.org. — MG


FRIGHTENED RABBIT, THE MIDDLE EAST, BAD VEINS Frightened Rabbit play bright, ringing indie pop that take cues from Scottish peers the Vaselines, Orange Juice and the Delgados. Its earnest, heart-tugging vulnerability’s abetted by intoxicating melodies. Duo Bad Veins swells with sweet baroque warmth. $14. 8 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. — Chris Parker

PHOENIX, TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB Riding the cresting electro-pop wave, French hipsters Phoenix fashion effervescing beats and lilting synth burble into playful pop. Singer Thomas Mars’ lighthearted elvish vocals dance seductively like the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, without the bored sneer. $30. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. — CP

SO SO DEATH, PEELANDER-Z, KID STUFF A fun but mismatched bill of sorts, So So Death wields fast and grimy, noise rock and dejected pop tones driven by a fuzzed-out and vampiric voice. Comic book J-punk trio Peelander-Z come all the way from Planet Z to throw a Technicolor pop party on stage. Kid Stuff gets the party started with a show of rave-friendly dance beats. $8-$10. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

MON/26
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE SUGARCANES A kinder, gentler, thinner Elvis presents his newest foray into the depths of classic Americana and bluegrass. With the best pickers in Nashville and Jim Lauderdale on harmonies, Costello once again reinvents himself, and when you hear the oldies done hillbilly style … whoa. $36.50-$41.50. 7:30 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. — JK


TUES/27
PORCUPINE TREE
If epic, sweeping progressive rock suites played with edgy intensity and intricate instrumental changes send you into nirvana, then Porcupine Tree is your ticket to heaven. The contemporary progressive rock band fuses genres effortlessly, successfully sculpting its dark, experimental/hard rock attack since the mid ’90s and bringing inventive, often avant-garde visuals to the concert experience. $25. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. — HH

QUASI, LET’S WRESTLES, UNTIED STATES In growing from duo to trio, 17-year indie rock vets Quasi went more rock, mothballing old keyboard-driven tunes in favor of guitar. Their vigorous theatrical sway is keyed to singer/guitarist Sam Coomes’ dark, sarcastic lyrics and frenetic drumming. $10. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — CP
      

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