ATLANTA CHAMBER PLAYERS
Premiere of completed commissioned work by Jon Jeffrey Grier, winner of ACP's “Rapido!” composition contest. Also, W.A. Mozart's sprightly “Quintet for Piano & Winds” and Felix Mendelssohn's “String Quartet in E minor.” $10-$20. 7:30 p.m. New American Shakespeare Tavern. 404-874-5299. www.atlantachamberplayers.com.
— Mark Gresham DOSH, WHITE HINTERLAND, SAMADHA
Longtime Andrew Bird collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Dosh plays experimental electronica utilizing loops, synths and live instrumentation. White Hinterland’s similarly surreal sounds and Samadha’s soulful jazz get things started. $8-$10. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com.
— Jonathan Williams TREASURE FINGERS
After helping the Fuck Yesss crew with its anniversary throwdown at the Drunken Unicorn a few months ago, Treasure Fingers brings his disco house party beats to a much swankier venue that may not be ready for his dirty funk vibes. $10. 10 p.m. Opera. 404-874-0428. www.operatatlanta.com.
— JW THE MOCKINGBRID FESTIVAL
The Community Music Centers of Atlanta hosts the Mockingbird Fest/benefit (April 25-May 1) with a variety of concerts, recitals and installations. Classical, jazz, rock and experimental music are all part of the program. Check Eyedrum's website for a complete schedule of performances. Ticket sales go to support the CMC Atlanta Scholarship Fund. $10-$75. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
— Chad Radford THU/29
GREAT BIG SEA, CORB LUND
A fine pair of Canadian acts perform tonight. The GBS are superstars north of the border, and their pop stylings are fairly predictable. Lund is a honky tonker whose hard twang will add an interesting contrast to the show. $22.50-$25. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.
— James Kelly BEACH HOUSE, WASHED OUT
Beach House’s spacious, dream-pop rings clean like sunshine through a skylight with the breezy warmth of a summer day on the shore. There’s a gracefulness to the drifting melodies highlighted by Victoria LeGrand’s stately vocals and Alex Scally’s complementary falsetto. Sold out. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.
— Chris Parker THE N.E.C., ABBY GOGO, THE DIRTY LUNGS, PREDATOR
The N.E.C. celebrate the release of an extremely limited vinyl pressing of its latest EP, Is
, with a set of tonally perfect, psych rock rhythms that are both improvised and stylized for dirty, melodic perfections. Locals Abby GoGo and Predator, along with Birmingham, Ala’s the Dry Lungs also perform. Free. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net.
— CR FRI/30
MARTIN SEXTON, RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND
Sexton’s a spirited performer who busked for money to record his debut, released three major label discs, and has continued to grow as a songwriter. His rootsy rock bubbles with pop warmth fueled by his soul-inspired vocals. $22.50-$25. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.
— CP SAT/1
It’s not often that an artist wins the BB King Blues Entertainer and Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year awards, but Magness was the recipient of that double honor in 2009. This may be your last chance to catch her in an intimate club where she’ll lay her husky pipes over blues and R&B that’ll rattle your teeth and Willie’s rafters. $15. 9 p.m. Blind Willie’s. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com.
— Hal Horowitz KAKI KING
Fans who have followed King from her early days in 2003 watched her shift from a solo acoustic guitarist playing tiny clubs to a singer/songwriting indie/folk/prog rocker working small halls. Now five albums along, she seems comfortable with the fairly radical transition, even if her voice and occasionally meandering songs aren’t as impressive as her innovative guitar techniques. $15-$17.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-223-1100. www.variety-playhouse.com.
— HH THE CHURCH
The cult following of these veteran Aussie folk rockers will turn out in force to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary for this unique, unplugged show. The set includes one song from each of the band’s 23 albums, working in reverse order from the newest and ending at 1980’s debut, providing a fascinating, concise and revealing musical history of the journeyman group. $20-$30. 8:30 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
— HH JOHNS CREEK SYMPHONY
Light concert of British fare in the manner of BBC's famous Promenade Concerts, featuring musical miscellanea from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, The Phantom of the Opera
, orchestral transcriptions of Beatles tunes and James Bond films. $13.50-$28. 8 p.m. Northview High School Theater. 678-748-5802. www.johnscreeksymphony.org.
— MG SUN/2
GEORGIAN CHAMBER PLAYERS
Features Robert Schumann's popular “Piano Quintet in E-flat major,” written in 1842 when the composer first seriously turned his attention to chamber music. Also, a handful of works for two pianos by Frederic Chopin. $30. 3 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org.
— MG MON/3
AS TALL AS LIONS, BEAR HANDS
ATAL play atmospheric alt-pop with a touch of experimentation and plenty of stagewise theatricality. It’s a combination of spacey art-rock and soulful folk-pop — deeply melodic, with a strong vocal element and some well-executed prog pretensions. $12. 9 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. www.vinylatlanta.com.
— CP TUES/4
JAMES MCMURTRY, JOHNNY BURKE
McMurty’s work is so intense it takes two nights in town for it to sink in. One of the darker folkie types, his wordplay and stories are hypnotizing. Burke’s nasal twang can be a bit off-putting, but his songs are good. Repeats WED/5. $16-$18. 8:30 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.fivespot-atl.com.
— JK LARKIN POE, ADAM KLEIN, BEN BEDFORD
Formerly known as the Lovell Sisters, Larkin Poe is now a duet with a slightly more commercial sound. They are incredibly talented, and perhaps this configuration will move them into the mainstream. Klein & Bedford open the show in separate sets. $12-$60. 7:30 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com.