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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

THURS/10
ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT, DJ KEMIT
Jazz pianist Robert Glasper is a double-sided musical genius, as the title of his latest album, Double Booked, suggests. A touring band member of Maxwell's (who plays Philips Arena Saturday and Sunday), Glasper brings his hip-hop fusion Experiment to Atlanta, having collaborated with the likes of Mos Def, Q-Tip and Pete Rock. DJ Kemit spins, with more surprise guests expected. $20. 9 p.m. 595 North. www.thexperienceatl.com. — Rodney Carmichael

FRI/11
JEFF BECK, IMELDA MAY
Beck gets better with age, as anyone will tell you after being left slack-jawed by recent shows from the ex-Yardbird. His band is tight beyond belief, his playing is subtle, graceful and fiery without the bombast of most guitar shredders and his repertoire picks from all phases of a stunning if erratic 40-plus year career. Arrive early for May’s sexy, hot-wired rockabilly. $38-$68. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404 233-2227. www.chastainseries.com.— Hal Horowitz

LOVEDRUG, ALL THE DAY HOLIDAY, JOY IN TOMORROW, WIRE METHOD Lovedrug’s epic rock arrangements and oceanic melancholia recall British acts like Coldplay and Snow Patrol. Michael Shepard’s passionate, aching croon soars over atmospheric guitar churn steeped in hooks, abetted by a healthy dose of rawk swagger. $10. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com  — Chris Parker

MAGNAPOP, THE POLAR DUNES, WATER LIARS. Looking back over Magnapop’s career is like delving into a time capsule for the Atlanta music scene, wrapped in what can only be called a legacy of sugar-sweet pop songs. The band's latest CD, Chase Park, follows the classic, hook-driven format of two- to three-minute songs that build around clutter-free riffs, melodies and glossy production. Locals Water Liars and the Polar Dunes set the stage for this formal Chase Park CD release party. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Chad Radford

MAXWELL, ERYKAH BADU These two Grammy-winning artists helped define neo-soul in the 1990s, and continue to produce some of the best R&B around. Maxwell croons for a two-night stay in support of last year’s Grammy-winning BLACKsummer’snight, while Erykah Badu joins him for their only show together on the tour. R&B songstress Jill Scott replaces Badu for the Saturday show. $22-$191. 7 p.m. Repeats Sat/12. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com. — Tim Webber

WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY Visiting from France where they currently reside, Eric and Rigby hit the U.S. to promote their second duo release. The couple’s ringing, home-brewed folk pop, witty lyrics and somewhat ragged harmonies are surprisingly hypnotic, mixing a frayed if sunny ’60s vibe with a darker tinged Velvet’s sensibility. Look for Eric to pull out and rearrange some of his rocking ’80s Stiff label chestnuts. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — HH

SAT/12
CHRIS HILLMAN & HERB PEDERSEN
Finally getting the recognition they deserve as pioneers of Americana, Hillman and Pedersen have a pair of resumes that includes Byrds, Burritos, Manassas, and the vastly underrated Desert Rose Band. Their duet show is both a music history lesson and a trip down memory lane. $25-$125. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com — James Kelly

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD, AMONG THE OAK AND ASH, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
Mayfield’s smoky, drawling croon moves as deliberately as a cat deciding where to lie. Mixing Jolie Holland’s bare-wire emotional tremble and Gillian Welch’s lingering rustic amble, the 20-year-old strikes a wizened, ache-beveled pose beyond her years. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com  — CP

NAS, DAMIEN MARLEY, NNEKA Nas and Marley bring their African-influenced fusion of reggae and hip-hop from their recent collaboration, Distant Relatives, to town. But it’s probably safe to expect some of their solo hits, too. Nigerian-German soul singer/songwriter Nneka opens. $36. 9 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.tabernacleatl.com. — TW

SUN/13
REPTAR, CO CO RI CO, CASUAL CURIOUS, WOWSER BOWSER
Young popsters Reptar have enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the scene over in Athens. Their lively, rhythmic sound invokes bands like Talking Heads, but it’s imbued with an obvious affinity for new-school weirdos like Animal Collective. And their live show, where they pull out all the stops, has folks talking. 8 p.m. WonderRoot. 404-254-5955. www.wonderroot.org. — Gabe Vodicka

TUES/15
TOM RUSSELL
One of the most powerful songwriters in the business, Russell has never gained the public reputation of his peers, but his storytelling is amazing. With a keen eye for detail and historical accuracy, he runs the gamut of emotions in his work. $25-$125. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com — JK
 
WED/16
WONDERROOT BATTLE OF BANDS
The do-gooders at WonderRoot are back with another Battle of the Bands that functions more like a battle to raise awareness of hunger in Atlanta. Stay tuned to clcribnotes.com for more details regarding the schedule, which bands raised the most community service hours to be selected to play this year’s battle, and how their philanthropic ways will affect the community while raising their band’s profile. $7. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

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