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CL's picks for week's best shows 

THURS/13

AKRON/FAMILY Now down to a trio, these freak folkies’ kitchen sink approach includes free jazz, psychedelic rock and gospel, all twisted around an experimental sensibility. Wild, wooly and completely unpredictable, the band throws out the rulebook and creates its own. $12. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Hal Horowitz

ROBIN ROGERS The blues-belting, hard-touring Rogers is a frequent visitor who has only gotten more confident and powerful through the years. She’s informed by the great blueswomen singers of the past, but makes the style seem contemporary and edgy with her tough vocals and impressive harp skills. $15. 9:30 p.m. Blind Willie’s. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com. — HH

THESTART, INDIGOVOX TheSTART was combining indie rock, new wave, dark synths and dance beats before bands like the Faint and Shiny Toy Guns popularized the sound. Indigovox is an Atlanta-based electronica act that adds electroclash-like theatrics to her stage shows. Sonically similar local act Pleasure Cruise sets the mood. $8. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Jonathan Williams

FRI/14

ALL THE SAINTS, ABBY GO GO, SPIRITS AND THE MELCHIZEDEK CHILDREN All the Saints play fiery psychedelic bouts of feedback and riffs. Abby Go Go traverses a more groove-driven path of dark rock jams. Spirits and the Melchizedek Children create a sparse, ghostly, art-folk din that moves from a 4 a.m. whisper of distant, lonely strumming and moaning to a roar of tape hiss. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Chad Radford

SAT/15

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The 16-year-old Venezuelan conductor Ilyich Rivas makes his U.S. professional debut with violinist Elena Urioste as soloist in Felix Mendelssohn's “Violin Concerto,” plus Giuseppi Verdi's “Vespri Overture” and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's “Symphony No. 4.” $21-$59. 8 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 404-733-4800. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham

DAR WILLIAMS, STEPHEN KELLOGG Though she came up in the folk scene drawing comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Williams’ adventurous spirit has taken her through pop and rock as well, buoyed by a pretty, resilient voice, and smart, earnest (but not overweening) lyrics. $25-$30. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — Chris Parker

THE ETTES, TIGER! TIGER!, THE NORTH TROLLS Led by singer/guitarist Coco Hames, the Ettes explore raw-boned garage with a deep vein of pop smarts. Local quintet Tiger! Tiger! crackles with similar energy and sultry pop sophistication. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CP

FLUX After hosting Bazzaar’s grand finale a few weeks ago, this long-running dance party finds a new home at the Mark. DJ Vicki Powell still spins house beats and retro tunes, so the all-inclusive positive vibes are likely to remain intact. Free. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. — JW

4TH WARD AFRO-KLEZMER ORCHESTRA A Fight to the Death was originally scheduled, too, but drummer Mark Carbone was incapacitated in a bike accident. The rambunctious world jazz of the 4th Warders remains intact for this annual Atlanta Children's Shelter fundraiser. Free. 9 p.m. Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 404-874-5756. www.myspace.com/highlandinnloungeatlanta. — MG

THE PERCUSSION REPERTOIRE GROUP ATLANTA Featuring five Atlanta-based percussionists (Isaac Anderson, Olivia Kieffer, Mike Perdue, Austin Murphy and Jennifer Torrence), PRGA plays an evening of 20th-century, avant-garde percussion music composed by John Cage, Lou Harrison and John Zorn. Pieces performed include Cage/Harrison's "Double Music," Zorn's "Gri-gri," Cage's "Fils des etoiles" and more. $7. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. — CR

STEELY DAN Since the early ’70s, it's been Fagen, Becker and a bunch of studio musicians, but the artistry of Steely Dan is timeless. The earliest tracks retain their magic, and with so many radio staples, the whole crowd will sing along. $39-$115. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-249-6400. www.classicchastain.com. — James Kelly

SUN/16

MICHAEL O'NEAL SUMMER SINGERS O'Neal's summer choral concert with brass features festival anthems by C. Hubert Parry, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst, “Nun danket alle Gott” by Johann Pachelbel, and arrangements by Alice Parker and Eugene Butler. $12-$15. 3 p.m. Roswell United Methodist Church. 770-594-7974. www.mosingers.org. — MG

MON/17

BOWERBIRDS, MEGAFAUN, COYOTE BONES The Bowerbirds’ gangly folk shuffle, haunted harmonies and distant antediluvian spell moves with a ragged, ragtime swing. Megafaun pursues a low-key, freak-folk palette dotted with odd loops, campfire vocals and expansive grooves. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CP

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH One of the first purposefully constructed supergroups, CSN hit a perfect and archetypal harmonic note that resonates just as powerfully today as it did at Woodstock 40 years ago. Older, grayer, fatter, but still awesome. $40.50-$70.50. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. www.livenation.com. — JK

TUES/18

BONNIE RAITT & TAJ MAHAL These two folk/blues veterans play separate sets and then join for a finale that is sure to touch on their world music influences. The possibilities are intriguing, and with artists of such talent and stature, this is surely the roots tour of the summer.   $35.75-$50.75. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. www.livenation.com. — HH

 

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