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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/12
STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS, ALL THE SAINTS, MERMAIDS
Led by Dennis Coyne, nephew of Flaming Lips leader Wayne Coyne, Stardeath explores similar experimental psych-drenched territory with a decidedly proggier aesthetic. Dreamy drift abuts muscular rumble interspersed with bursts of delicate pop beauty. $8-$10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Chris Parker

THU/13
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS, FITZ & THE TANTRUMS
The deep soul sound is captured with perfection by Jones and her Dap Kings. This is real deal R&B, straight out of Motown and Detroit in 1966. There will be sweat. Fitz & the Tantrums open. $25. 8:30 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. — James Kelly

OK GO, EARL GREYHOUND & ROBERT FRANCIS Treadmill-hopping viral videos notwithstanding, OK Go took four years to craft a follow-up. Just out, it’s a bewildering yet beguiling mish-mash of Prince-inspired pop/soul and experimental tendencies, produced by veteran Dave Fridmann. Give ’em credit for pushing boundaries and confounding expectations, but arrive early for openers Greyhound, whose soulful hard rock has become even more focused on its new release. $15. 8:30 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. theloftatl.com. — Hal Horowitz
 
RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, LINDSAY RAKERS, SLIM CHANCE & THE CONVICTS This night of stripped down, unplugged country is headlined by the craggy, rugged veteran Hubbard, one of the outlaw country movement’s earliest and best, yet sadly unheralded journeymen. Years of hard living have resulted in stirring new bluesy roots music, sung by a guy who has been there, done that and lived to tell his cautionary tale. $15-$18. 9 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — HH

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Stephen Hough is piano soloist for Tchaikovsky's “Piano Concerto No. 2.” Ludovic Morlot conducts. Also Prokofiev's “Romeo and Juliet”; short works by Liadov. Repeats FRI/14, SAT/15, SUN/16. $20-$75. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham

CARIBOU, TORO Y MOI Caribou plays shimmering, post-rock electro-pop that’s a bit twee, but well-constructed. Solo auteur Chaz Bundick’s similar penchant for glimmering synth flourishes makes Toro Y Moi an ideal appetizer, as does its sleepy, less frenetic pace. $15. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CP

FRI/14
LITTLE FEAT
The group's five decades have seen some changes, but the music of Little Feat seems timeless in its rich heritage and enticing appeal. A foot-shuffling mix of rock, country and soul, the legacy of Lowell George lives on. $31. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JK

ALICE PEACOCK, KASIER CARTEL
Kaiser Cartel is a sweet boy/girl duo from Brooklyn, N.Y., playing aching keyboard/guitar indie-pop that’s sad and romantic with insistent hooks. With its pretty harmonies, the group recalls a pretty fall day, full of sunshine and the threat of darker days. $15-$75. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — CP

ELUVIUM, JULIANNA BARWICK, DUET FOR THEREMIN AND LAP STEEL With his latest album, Similes, Eluvium’s Matthew Cooper writes and arranges breezy, starry-eyed minimal dream-pop that’s cut from the same cloth as modern classical/electronic composers Vangelis, Phillip Glass and even Brian Eno from time to time. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based experimental composer Julianna Barwick and Atlanta’s Duet for Theremin & Lapsteel also perform. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badeatl.com. — Chad Radford

RISE Sisters Chloe and Leah Smith, better known as the spectral, earthy folk duo RISE (formerly Rising Appalachia) return to their old stomping grounds from a sabbatical in New Orleans to play a release party for their brand new CD, The Sails of Self. Spoken word artists Theresa Davis and Alice Lovelace open. $7. 8 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.fivespot-atl.com. — CR

SAT/15
DAY PARTY
Celebrating some of Atlanta’s best club DJs as well as Atlanta’s agreeable spring climate, Day Party is an outdoor afternoon/evening dance party with the likes of Habersham, Michael Scott, Drew Van Atten, Kevin Owens and Justin Bright providing techno, trance and electro beats. Free. 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Artmore Hotel. 404-876-6100. www.artmorehotel.com. — Jonathan Williams

TIM MCGRAW, LADY ANTEBELLUM, LOVE AND THEFT Country crooner McGraw is not that great a singer, but makes up for it with charisma and catchy tunes. Pop-country act Lady Antebellum has some Georgia roots, and exploded in popularity this year with some massive sales. $30-$69.25. 7 p.m. Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood. 404-443-5000. www.livenation.com. — JK

SHELBY LYNNE Despite a file full of glowing album reviews and dazzling live shows, Americana singer Lynne is far too idiosyncratic for major labels to handle. Her terrific, recently released set or originals, after 2008’s sumptuous reimagining of Dusty Springfield classics, is the first on her own imprint. It consolidates her strengths as a sly, soulful singer, classy songwriter and rootsy artist who refuses to be pigeonholed. $25-$27.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-223-1100. www.variety-playhouse.com. — HH

HAWKS, CARNIVORES, BARRERACUDAS, THE VINCAS Damon Hare, the main man behind Triple D’s Entertainment, is having a birthday bash, and with a lineup that features Hawks, Carnivores, Barreracudas and the Vincas, it’s going to get gnarly. But all proceeds go to the ATL nonprofit Lifeline Animal Project, so you’ll be throwing down for a good cause. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badeatl.com. — CR

SUN/16
THE GLITCH MOB, FREE THE ROBOTS, DERU
The Glitch Mob’s mix of heady electro and bombastic hip-hop beats has already won over fans of such seminal acts as the Prodigy and Pendulum. Joining the band on its first headlining jaunt to Atlanta is the jazzy down-tempo future-pop of Free the Robots. $15. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — JW

FESTIVAL SINGERS OF ATLANTA
An Atlanta-based volunteer chorus, founded in 1981, specializing in both Renaissance and 20th/21st-century unaccompanied choral music. Jamie Shiell directs. Concert includes music by Roland de Lassus, William Byrd, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ned Rorem and others. $5-$15. 2 p.m. St. Mark United Methodist Church. 404-373-8338. www.festivalsingersofatlanta.org. — MG

MUSIC ON THE HILL
 Violinists Emily Chao and Lisa Barksdale, violist Esther Nahm and cellist Natalie Raney perform Beethoven's “String Quartet No. 7 in F Major” (“Razumovsky”) and Sergei Prokofiev's “Quartet No. 2 in F Major.” Free. 3 p.m. Northside Drive Baptist Church. 404-237-8621. www.northsidedrive.org. — MG

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