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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/10
AL GREEN, ETTA JAMES
Easily the best traditional soul/R&B show of the season. Green is one of the world’s greatest, with an oeuvre that has stood the test of time. James, primarily a blues shouter, lays down ballads with the best of them. $33-$58. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. www.chastainseries.com. — James Kelly

THOMAS HELTON, KILLICK Helton is a Houston jazz bass player who draws inspiration from the likes of such experimental music outsiders as John Zorn and Peter Kowald. Athens Appalachian-trance-metal guru Killick plays a sometimes bleak, always ornate set, gurgling his one-of-a-kind stringed instrument, the H'arpeggione. Both artists perform solo and together as a duo. $6. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. Chad Radford

THURS/11
CHRIS DUARTE, CEDRIC BURNSIDE & LIGHTIN’ MALCOLM It’s disappointing that Duarte’s serious blues-rocking guitar never captured a crossover audience the way Stevie Ray Vaughan’s did. He’s only improved over the years and every show remains raw, loud and intense. $12. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — Hal Horowitz

FRI/12

DUB_OCRACY There's been no shortage of dubstep DJs in Atlanta clubs in recent weeks. But this weekend-long event brings together some of the top names in dub and IDM. Those scheduled to perform include DJ Spooky, Benga, M80 DubStation and Alex B from Pnuma Trio. Repeats SAT/13 and SUN/14. $25-$100. 4 p.m. 595 North. 404-835-2329. www.dubocracynow.com. — Jonathan Williams 

LAURA IZIBOR Known as “the soul of Ireland” in her native Dublin, the Irish/Nigerian R&B singer Izibor opened for India.Arie during her recent U.S. tour. Her debut, Let the Truth Be Told, drops Stateside later this month, but she’s already built up a buzz fit for an aspiring queen of imported soul, thanks to her single, “From My Heart to Yours.” $10-$12. 8:30 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. www.vinylatlanta.com. — Rodney Carmichael

NEW YORK DOLLS, BLACK JOE LEWIS, THE EL CAMINOS Glam-rock stalwarts the NY Dolls may be a bit long in the tooth, but they can still kick it. Deep soul singer Lewis will impress you, and local rockers the El Caminos get a well-deserved gig. $21-$24. 9 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. —JK

NICK LONGO BAND Sax-fronted energy and taut percussion drive the
focused, uptown-Atlanta sound of Longo's seven-piece band. Vigorous
jazz, boppy funk, and frenzied R&B all find a place in original material.
Tickets at the door only. $12-$15. 7:30 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. 404-872-5338. www.callanwolde.org. Mark Gresham

PLAYBOY PAJAMA PARTY Hosted by Playmate of the Year Ida Ljungqvist, the touring party comes to Atlanta this week. Labeled as the world's sexiest DJ, fellow playmate Colleen Shannon spins house, hip-hop and pop hits. DJs Rimby and Quinn also spin. $50. 9 p.m. Whiskey Park and Living Room. 404-724-2560. www.playboypajamaparty.com. — JW 

STEVE EARLE, JOE PUG Since he abandoned Music City, Earle has discovered a whole new world in NYC. Thankfully, he's come back to his roots with the new CD Townes, a tribute to his fallen mentor. Pug opens. $35. 8 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden. 404-876-5859. www.atlantabotanicalgardens.com. JK

STEVIE TOMBSTONE, SLIM CHANCE & THE CONVICTS What’s more fun than a Saturday night filled with songs about jail, murder, cheating, gambling and being lonesome? Expect a lot of death, too. Atlanta Americana veterans Tombstone and Chance unplug for classic country covers and originals about all your favorite C&W topics. $10. 8 p.m. Black Box Theater at Seven Stages. 404-477-0921. www.javalordscoffeehouse.com. — HH

VERA FANG, KNIFE & THE 4TH WARD DAGGERS It’s an evening of happy reunions as Vera Fang reunites after almost a year of no activity to play its final show of creepy post-punk anthems laced with feminist, fairy tale imagery. Knife & the 4th Ward Daggers also return from the abyss with a new bass player and a new repertoire of bubble gum punk songs about hanging out with girls and juvenile delinquency. Sleep Creeps and Great Circle open. $5. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. CR

SAT/13
KEITH URBAN, TAYLOR SWIFT
In support of his new album, Defying Gravity, released in March, Australian country music artist Urban brings his Escape Together World Tour to Atlanta with19-year-old multiplatinum Pennsylvanian and country-pop songstress Swift. $20-$81.50. 7:30 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com.
 — MG

PETER HADAR, STACEY EPPS As a former background singer for Eric Roberson and Carl Thomas, Hadar snatched bits from nu-soul and R&B, respectively, then added a dash of electronica to create his sophomore self-release, Well Dressed for the Arts Show. Well-traveled MC and recurring Atlantan Epps opens. $10-$25. 9 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info.  — RC

TV ON THE RADIO, GRIZZLY BEAR, DIRTY PROJECTORS The Brooklyn band TV On the Radio prefers to leave the genre squabbles (Post-punk? Indie-rock? Dance? Funk?) to the critics, while urging its cerebral fans to shake a leg on the follow-up tour to its lauded ’08 release, Dear Science. Sound advice. $26. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.tabernacleatl.com. — RC

X These reformed L.A. punkers have played Atlanta more often in the past few years than in the late ’70s when they were young, hungry and threatened to take over the world. They still sound vital, even if the set list — chosen by fans on this tour — is increasingly predictable. $25. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354.  www.variety-playhouse.com. — HH

SUN/14
GIPSY KINGS
This band of “gitanos” whose parents who fled Catalonia
during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France, are responsible for
bringing Rumba Catalana — a pop-oriented transformation of traditional
flamenco music — to worldwide attention. $33.50-$48.50. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. www.chastainseries.com  MG

MON/15

ANDREW BIRD, CALEXICO Creating a veritable cornucopia of sound, Bird combines multiple world music influences into a very cool groove. At times soothing or jarring, it’s always interesting. Calexico brings its unique brand of Southwestern-influenced instrumental wizardry. $25-$35. 8 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. 770-916-2800. www.cobbenergycentre.com.  — James Kelly

HOLY FUCK, CROCODILES Holy Fuck is a Toronto-based live electronic ensemble that makes smooth, badass instrumental jams in the vein of Kraftwerk, Trans Am and Prefuse 73. Crocodiles play primitive, shoegazer rock songs drenched in reverb, fuzz and melody. Think Jesus and Mary Chain and/or My Bloody Valentine, and you're on the right track. $10. 9 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

PEACHES, DRUMS OF DEATH Canadian singer Merrill Nisker, aka Peaches, has garnered a cult following for her sexually explicit material and provocative shows. Peaches’ new album, I Feel Cream, manages to add a new, melodic groove to her electroclash/dance-punk sound. $20. 7 p.m. Masquerade (Heaven). 404-577-8178. masq.com. Sarah Bakhtiari

 

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