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Sound Menu: CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/31

SOUL STEW REVIVAL The husband-and-wife tag team of singer Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks combine forces to lead a loose-knit aggregation that mixes soul, blues, jazz and world music for an explosive mélange that should ignite New Year's Eve musical fireworks. $35-$45. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org. -- Hal Horowitz

YOUNG MC, CRACKER, MODERN SKIRTS This eclectic bill has something for almost everyone with retro pop/hip-hopper Young MC, idiosyncratic rockers Cracker and local alternative indie-faves Skirts. Unfortunately, the restrictive price guarantees that most true fans of these acts will be excluded. $109-$275. 9 p.m. Hyatt Regency Atlanta. 404-577-1234. www.atlantaregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels. -- HH

PACKWAY HANDLE BAND, LITTLE COUNTRY GIANTS, BARN RATS Catch the hillbilly fever for NYE with three of the region's finest bluegrass and acoustic acts. There's sure to be plenty of great pickin' and grinnin', and the champagne, I mean moonshine, will flow at midnight. $25. 8:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- James Kelly

TELLURIDE, RACHEL FARLEY The price is a bit steep, but the intimate setting and excitement of seeing CMT's "Band to Watch in '09" should be a delightful evening for the hot new country fan. Teen singer Farley opens. $75. 9 p.m. The Swallow at the Hollow. 678-352-1975. www.theswallowatthehollow.com. -- JK

OF MONTREAL, BRAVE NEW CITIZEN, SUX DJ The neo-glam psych-funk of Kevin Barnes' latest, Skeletal Lamping, goes "Full Monty" with theatricalism on the latest tour. The pastiche-heavy new album's schizophrenic digresses are almost like musical stream-of-consciousness. Sold out. 9 p.m. 40 Watt Club. 706-549-7871. www.40watt.com. -- Chris Parker

LIL WAYNE, KEYSHIA COLE, T-PAIN, GYM CLASS HEROES, KERI HILSON Wayne's confectionary ode to fellatio has kept the Cash Money train rolling, while T-Pain's found success collaborating with Chris Brown, Kanye, Flo Rida and Wayne. Live instrument rap act Gym Class Heroes make a pop play on their latest, The Quilt. $49.75-$89.75. 8:30 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com. -- CP

HOT WATER MUSIC, TIM BARRY, THE BASTARD SUNS While frontman Chuck Ragan and his mates (now reconstituted as the Draft) have gone their separate ways, they haven't buried Hot Water Music. The seminal '90s punkers reunion offers no new music but plenty of great memories. $18. 9 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. -- CP

FRI/2

ROBINELLA The once bluegrass outfit has shifted toward a more eclectic sound that incorporates elements of jazz, country, folk and pop into the unplugged format. But it's Robinella's dulcet, seductive voice that so perfectly ties it together. $15-$75. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- HH

sat/3

GRASCALS Best known as the house band at Dollywood for years, the Grascals broke out touring with Parton during her recent impressive acoustic kick. They play tight and energetic bluegrass with just a hint of silliness. $15 donation. Everett's Music Barn. 770-945-5628. www.everettbrothers.com. -- JK

BYRON HOUSE, DIVIDED LIKE A SAINTS, SMALLPOX, PRETZEL LOGIC HAVES AND THIRDS Nashville bass player Byron House defies the knowledge and palette of a lifetime shaped by country music to craft proggy minimalism and avant-garde rhythms. Divided Like A Saints, Smallpox, Pretzel Logic and Haves and Thirds also perform. $6. 10 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- Chad Radford

BRASSCASTLE, CHOPPER, FACEHUGGER, CLUB OF ROME These four bands craft loud, brash and antagonistic rock -- close cousins to punk, metal, no wave and Southern dirge -- but each pulling the strings in ways that are not meant for polite society. $7. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- CR

MON/5

RICKY RAW FREE FOR ALL Atlanta rapper Ricky Raw presents an evening of up-and-coming hip-hop acts hosted by long-standing underground staple, Dres tha Beatnik. Mighty Erfling, Dope Sandwich and Tommy Lee Soul are all on deck. Free. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- CR

Bands/performers/venues wishing to be included in Sound Menu's noted-acts boxes may send recordings, press material and schedules two weeks in advance to Creative Loafing c/o Rodney Carmichael, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: rodney.carmichael@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Thursday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Wednesday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com.

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