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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/17

TAKING BACK SUNDAY, ANBERLIN, ENVY ON THE COAST After longtime friend and guitarist/vocalist Fred Mascherino left the band in late 2007, Taking Back Sunday was left pondering what to do next. Fast-forward two years and one vengeful and vicious record later, and you have the making of the band's biggest year to date.
$25. 6:30 p.m. Masquerade (Heaven). 404-577-8178. www.masq.com
Zach Fraser

THURS/18
GRAYSON CAPPS & THE STUMPKNOCKERS This superb Americana songwriter sings his New Orleans-influenced music like he’s just downed a bottle of Jack. His crack band provides raw, powerful backing for lyrically poetic excursions that never fail to rock. $10. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com.
— Hal Horowitz

JOHN VANDERSLICE, THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH Vanderslice’s heady, offbeat pop possesses a strong dramatic element. While capable of baroque richness, there’s frequently a warm, airy expansiveness suggesting a less arch Magnet Fields if Stephen Merritt spent more time outside, in the park. $10-$12. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.comChris Parker

FRI/19

SHOW CANCELED: CAMERA OBSCURA This critically praised Glasgow-based quintet finds the groove of wistful American girl-group pop better than anyone from the States. The live experience removes the elegant production so essential to the band’s studio work but also highlights lead singer Tracyanne Campbell’s luscious Neko Case-styled voice. $16-$18. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-223-1100. www.variety-playhouse.com. — HH

GWINNETT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS “Symphony on the Green” serves up light summer fare in open air, both classical and pops,  by this all-volunteer community orchestra and vocal ensemble at a leisurely open public amphitheater on the town green. Free. 7 p.m. Duluth Amphitheater. 770-476-3434. www.duluthga.net.
— Mark Gresham

PALEFACE, LORD IS MY SHOTGUN, BLAIR CRIMMINS & THE HOOKER Paleface was a fixture of the NYC anti-folk scene of the early ‘90s (think early Beck and John S. Hall). His latest release, The Show Is On The Road (Ramseur Records), is filled with captivating narratives reminiscent of everyone from Tom Waits to the good Wilco records. Lord Is My Shotgun and Blair Crimmins & the Hooker open. $8. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. — Chad Radford

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES, LEE BOYS, THE CORDUROY ROAD This should be an interesting night, with the Minnesota-based Turtles’ moody bluegrass, the Lees' rollicking sacred steel, and Athen’s own Cord’s rich and rootsy acoustic-driven Americana. Almost every shade of twang represented. $10. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com.JK

2009 HARROWER SUMMER OPERA WORKSHOP SCENES Public performances of operatic scenes over two days include Daniel Shore's one-act opera “The Beautiful Bridegroom,” and the premiere of two scenes from Michael Ching's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Continues SUN/21 at 3 p.m. $10-$20. 7:30 p.m. Kopleff Recital Hall. 404-413-5901. www.music.gsu.edu.MG

MARK FARINA Truly incorporating various genres and styles into his mix sets, legendary DJ and producer Mark Farina channels his origins in the classic Chicago house scene through a contemporary San Francisco neo-soul vibe. Known for both the down-tempo Mushroom Jazz series and the House of OM releases, his track selection is big in bridging the acid ranges of house with a deep and jazzy atmosphere – and he's willing to drop the needle on a hip-hop record or two. $15 10 p.m. The Mark Ultralounge, 79 Poplar St. 678-904-0050. themarkatlanta.com Alejandro A. Leal

SAT/20
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS The ASO's second summer at “VZW” opens with Carl Orff's raucous “Carmina Burana” and excerpts from Rossini's popular “Barber of Seville.” Vocal soloists Georgia Jarman, Nicholas Phan and Matthew Worth are featured, plus the Gwinnett Young Singers. $21-$59. 8 p.m. Verizon Amphitheatre. 404-733-4800. www.atlantasymphony.org. — MG

DOUBLE DAGGER, THE LIVERHEARTS Baltimore guitar, bass and drum trio Double Dagger creates a scratchy and simplistic din of cacophonous minimalism and visceral pop melodies that crash with restrained urgency and long-sustained bursts of noisy, metronomic grit. The Liverhearts open with their signature precise and razor-sharp arrangements of abrasive indie rock. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com.CR

OWL CITY, HOLIDAY PARADE, SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS Touring in the wake of the band's second studio release, Ocean Eyes, Owl City, the musical vehicle of Christian-emo rocker Adam Young, blends bubblegum pop and electronica together to produce the soundtrack to your summer. $10-$13. 8 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. www.vinylatlanta.com. — ZF

THE PAPERCHASE, ATTENTION SYSTEM, THIS PIANO PLAYS ITSELF Dallas noise-rock ensemble the Paperchase returns to unleash an all new set of horror-laced pop tales that build upon a delicate balance of angst, love, betrayal and murder. Attention System and This Piano Plays Itself open. $8-$10. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net.CR


SUN/21

HAYES CARLL, SCOTT NOLAN As one of Americana music’s current golden boys, Carll has found a comfortable niche and an appreciative audience for his laid-back storytelling. Thin-skinned Christians, beware. Pop folkie Nolan opens. $15-$75. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com.JK


TUES/23

DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS Colorado natives resort back to their roots and produce the ground-breaking hardcore/metal sound that made them famous. With the recent release of The Hot N’ Heavy, DDG prove they will be entertaining pit dancing, adrenaline-wrenching vocals and breakdowns for some time to come. $13. 6:30 p.m. Masquerade (Hell). 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — ZF

TROUBLE & BASS Comprised of Brooklyn DJs Drop the Lime, AC Slater, Star Eyes and the Captain, the Trouble & Bass crew performs a heavy mix of techno, dubstep, hard house, electro and drum-n-bass. Atlanta’s Preston Craig opens. Free with RSVP to www.scion.com/avrelease. 10 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. Johnathan Williams

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