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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/19
INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS
This prog-grass band is touring with an excellent brand-new album, Things That Fly. Gaining a good reputation in the traditional music scene through performing live, the group's energetic, precise and broad-spectrumed acoustic style is just right. $12-$15. 8:30 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.fivespot-atl.com. — James Kelly

FRI/21
JOSH ROUSE
This well-travelled alt/pop-folk singer/songwriter has been around long enough and attained sufficient popularity for Rhino to release a double-disc retrospective of his work. His new album dives into bilingually sung Brazilian-influenced music that, along with his smooth vocals, is as warm and sunny as a trip to the beach. $17.50-$20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — Hal Horowitz

TAMBOR PRESENTS RON TRENT, TRINIDADIAN DEEP, NAPPY G, DJ STAN ZEFF, DJ BE, DJ KATZ Sweat-inducing track selections — including his own Prescription Records and Giant Step productions — effortless mixing and an ability to gauge what the crowd needs? What else would you expect from a DJ whose father ran a record pool, and who grew up spinning records at the peak of Chicago’s deep house music scene? Think you haven’t heard of Trent? YouTube “Altered States” and be prepared to say, “Oh, yeah! …” Trinidadian Deep is Trent’s able-turntabled protégé, and Brooklyn’s Nappy G, one of the best dance music percussionists around, will make the party liver with live drumming. Tambor residents Zeff and DJ BE kick things off, along with DJ Katz in the lounge of the event’s latest home. $10-$20. 10 p.m. Django. 404-347-8648. tamborparty.eventbrite.com. — Chanté LaGon

THIS PIANO PLAYS ITSELF, UNTIED STATES, NOMEN NOVUM Atlanta five-piece This Piano Plays Itself celebrates the release of its sophomore full-length, As The House..., for Stickfigure Records off-shoot Adair Park. Expect an evening of epic, scenic post-rock panoramas. Untied States’ revels in a spastic, high-energy and much more contemptuous mutant rock lurch, while Nomen Novum wields jagged, but totally hypnotic drone pop jams. Pay the cover charge and get a free copy of TPPI’s new CD. $8. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford 

TODAY THE MOON, TOMORROW THE SUN, NIGHT DRIVING IN SMALL TOWNS, ORYX AND CRAKE In celebration of its latest folk-pop release, Serial Killer (free with admission), southern Georgia Atlanta transplant Night Driving in Small Towns throws a zombie dance party. Joining the living dead fun are local indie electro pop bands Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun and Oryx and Crake. $8. 8 p.m. Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 404-874-5756. www.myspace.com/highlandinnloungeatlanta. JW

SAT/22
A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION WITH GARRISON KEILLOR
Joined by special guest Roy Blount Jr. for this live broadcast, Keillor and company will surely fill the airwaves with their trademark tales of Wobegon days and music. A bit redundant and predictable by now, they still make sure you have a good time. $37-$77. 5:45 p.m. Fox Theatre. 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org. JK

ATLANTA SACRED CHORALE The final concert of its silver anniversary season celebrates this mixed pro-am group's legacy of close attention and devotion to sacred choral repertoire over the past 25 years. Eric Nelson directs the gracefully gathered voices. $15-$20. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. 404-915-4541. www.atlantasacredchorale.org. — Mark Gresham

HERMON HITSON, COLEMAN FOX & THE FUNKY BROADWAYS, CULLEN COLE ON THE ONE'S & TWO'S Hitson’s resume boasts a long list of collaborations with world-class musicians ranging from Wilson Pickett to Jimi Hendrix. Fronting his own band, Hitson dominates with an old-school soul, blues and R&B flair every time he brings a guitar on stage. His talents are undeniable. Coleman Fox & the Funky Broadways and Cullen Cole also perform. $10. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR 

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD, HEAVY CREAM, KNAVES GRAVE, BALKANS Nashville, Tenn., duo Jeff the Brotherhood comes to town for show of good times, party rockin’ grunge-leaning psychedelia. Fellow Nashvillains Heavy Cream play a set of youthful Stooges-meets-the-Runaways-style dirty proto-punk that recalls the grit of everything that made 1979 an awesome year. Locals Gnaves Grave and Balkans open. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — CR

MOHAMMAD REZA SHAJARIAN & SHAHNAZ ENSEMBLE Singer, composer and two-time Grammy nominee Shajarian, regarded as the prime living exponent of traditional Persian song, and the 16-member Shahnaz Ensemble, playing traditional Persian instruments, perform music inspired by poets Rumi and Hafez. $43-$78. 8 p.m. Rialto Center. 404-413-9849. www.rialtocenter.org. — MG

MONTE MONTGOMERY Proving that every musician coming out of Austin, Texas, doesn’t sing country music, guitar whiz Montgomery is a superpicker, lightning fast and dazzling. Considered one of the best in the world, he certainly lives up to that reputation. $17-$30. 8:30 p.m. The Local at Sidelines. 770-509-3320. www.myspace.com/mariettasidelines. — JK 

SUN/23
ATLANTA BALALAIKA SOCIETY
Russian and Eastern European folk music and song, including selections of Gypsy and Jewish origins, featuring soprano Irina Petryk. Dave Cooper directs the Balalaika Orchestra and takes up a few solos on the balalaika, too. $10. 4 p.m. Dunwoody United Methodist Church. 404-325-2449. www.atlantabalalaika.com. — MG

SUE FOLEY/PETER KARP The ups and downs of two musicians forging a romantic and professional relationship through letters is intimately detailed in song on Karp and Foley’s recent joint release. He Said/She Said is as inventive, melodic, meditative and moving as any roots album of the past few years, and the duo’s live performance brings additional emotional gravitas. $10. 8 p.m. Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.fivespot-atl.com. — HH 

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