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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

Ty Segall plays the Earl on Wed., July 1

WED/1                                                                                            

THE FORTY-FIVES, TY SEGALL, CHARLIE & THE MOONHEARTS Sizzling like a lit fuse, the Forty-Fives embody the best of '60s garage revival — reverb-drenched guitar and organ-fueled grooves imbedded in hopping party rhythms. $8. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.— Chris Parker IL DIVO Conceived and manufactured by TV talent judge Simon Cowell as a beefcake pop-operatic vocal quartet, Il Divo shadows the operatic manner of the Three Tenors, but in a musically safe, pop-culture-oriented way. $54-$129. 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org.Mark Gresham

MICHAEL MCDONALD, BOZ SCAGGS The outdoor, bring your own fancy-schmancy spread, candle-laden Chastain is perfect for these two blue-eyed soulful crooners. McDonald's throaty croon and Scaggs' lighter R&B have yielded enough hits to distract most of the audience away from their food. $25-$80. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-4949. www.classicchastain.com.Hal Horowitz

TINY VIPERS, BALMORHEA, BEN TRICKY Jesy Fortino performs under the Tiny Vipers pseudonym, picking out soft, dewy, hypnotic songs that initially seem to drift into space, but ultimately create a hyper-intense, moody vibe that envelopes the listener in her introspective dreamscapes. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — HH

THURS/2                                                                                          

THE BLACK LIPS, DAN SARTAIN, CARNIVORES If the Forty-Fives embody the best of '60s garage, then the Lips are their rowdy, pot-smoking truant brothers — soaked in sweat and grime from dank, alley-born illicit adventures, yet with pop charm to burn (at their discretion). $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.CP

SUSAN PIERCE BENEFIT WITH MIDWIFE CRISIS A party to raise funds for former Decatur native Pierce, who has been undergoing cardiac care. The Midwife Crisis will perform its vast repertoire of classic '60s and '70s cover tunes. Be there. $10-$50. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com.James Kelly                                                                                  

T-MODEL FORD The Fat Possum label-approved Mississippi bluesman keeps his raw, gutbucket blues lean and mean, digging into a swampy two- or three-chord riff and riding it until someone drops. Even at 84, it's ain't gonna be him. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar/Atlanta Room. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com.HH

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ELISE WITT Atlanta's "first lady of folk," Witt offers her first public performances of new songs from her upcoming CD-in-progress (expected to be released in November), plus longtime favorites from her "globally local" repertoire. $5. 8 p.m. Pine Lake Beach House. 404-297-8398. www.mindspring.com/~emworld/pages/sched.html.MG

FUGGIN' AWESOME Ain't no party like a Fuggin' Awesome party, 'cause a Fuggin' Awesome party co-ops. From Collective Efforts' subconscious grooves to Pill's gangsta pathos to Yelawolf's hillbilly harangue, showcase No. 9 highlights FA's penchant for pulling together the widest swath of Atlanta hip-hop imaginable. MCs Donnis and Priceless fill the bill. Hosted by Dres tha Beatnik. $5-$10. 10 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. — Rodney Carmichael

MSTRKRFT, A-TRAK, MATT AND KIM Known as much for its impressive live shows as for its remix and production work, MSTRKRFT headlines the Bacardi B-Live tour. DJ A-Trak opens with a set of hip-hop, electro and '80s dance. Matt & Kim foot the bill. Free with RSVP to www.bacardi.com/blive. 10 p.m. Opera. 404-874-0428. www.operaatlanta.com. — Jonathan Williams

OUR BROTHER THE NATIVE, RELIGIOUS GIRLS, FACEHUGGER Michigan trio Our Brother the Native crafts a sweet, clanging din of atmospheric textures, utilizing everything from toys and electronics to a banjo and drum machine. Think early Animal Collective. Bay Area group Religious Girls plays a rhythmic onslaught of experimental pop minimalism. Atlanta's Facehugger opens with a set of cold wave pop dirges. $8. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. Chad Radford

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & U.S. ARMY CHORUS Bridget Reischl leads the ASO in an all-American patriotic program for Independence Day, featuring the U.S. Army Chorus, based at Fort Myer, Va., one of the few professional all-male choruses in the nation. $21-$59. 8 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 404-733-4900. www.atlantasymphony.org.MG

CIVIL WARS, MATTHEW KAHLER, REBECCA LOEBE, KURT SCOBIE If the chugalug and hot dog eating contests are too much, settle down for a quiet evening of pleasant, well-done acoustic music by four talented acts. Decatur has a bodacious fireworks display, will they "SHHH" it? $12-$60. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com.JK    

MJ'S BIRTHDAY BASHMENT Local promoter MJ celebrates his birthday with a massive DJ party featuring dozens of techno, drum 'n' bass, house and trance talents. Among those spinning are Uberzone, Hybrid, Kimball Collins, Mickey Finn, Aphrodite, Black Sun Empire, Random Rabbit, Corey Von Waters and Evil Z. $35. North Atlanta Trade Center. 770-279-9899. www.northatlantatradecenter.com. — JW

JAPANDROIDS, GUYLINER Vancouver's avant-garage rock duo Japandroids play a lumbering jumble of scenic, fast and scorched anthems. It's dirty, catchy and rough around the edges. Atlanta's Guyliner opens. $7. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

THE TAJ MOTEL TRIO, THE HAVE NOTS, THE K MACKS Habersham County's own, the Taj Motel Trio packs in tons of ska-punk energy, melody and mad horns. But don't let the name fool you. The ensemble, among the best in today's skanking scene, is actually an eight-piece. $10. 5 p.m. Swayze's. 770-590-0111. www.swayzesvenue.com.Sarah Bakhtari

SUN/5                                                                                                

GEORGIA FIREFLIES What better way to recover from the Fourth than with a good lunch, a cold beer, and some old-time hillbilly music? The Fireflies do a fine job of capturing a bygone era of song. Free. 1 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.JK

JOHN LEGEND, INDIA ARIE, VAUGHN ANTHONY Lately, both Legend and Arie have been vocal on the political front — he dropped get-out-the-vote anthems during President Obama's campaign and she dropped an album titled Testimony: Vol. 2 Love & Politics. Then, last year, Arie introduced her musical brother Anthony David to the world via her SoulBird Music label. Now it's Legend's turn as he brings real-life sibling Vaughn Anthony to the stage. $39-$69. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-4800. www.classicchastain.com.RC

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