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

WED/25

DELTA MOON'S SIDE PORCH This is the first of a month of loose Wednesday-night gigs, each week featuring a different guest. Tonight it's Drivin' N' Cryin's Kevn Kinney adding his distinctive Southern rootsy red clay drawl to Moon's sliding guitars. $8. 7 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta Room. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- Hal Horowitz

Thur/26

TERRI HENDRIX WITH LLOYD MAINES, DOUG & TELISHA WILLIAMS, TERRY FLYNN Expect some Texas twang with a Zen feel from Hendrix and Maines, with his sweet picking providing the perfect backdrop for her esoteric tunes. The Williams duo and Flynn open with their own unique folkie stuff. $15-$75. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- James Kelly

Fri/27

BATTLEFIELD BAND Currently celebrating 30 years of making great music, the Battlefield Band continues to preserve the rich Scottish traditions while allowing a few contemporary influences to sneak in. The bandmates must be doing something right, lasting longer than most marriages. $20-$22. 8 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- JK

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III It's a little pricey, but you can't beat seeing veteran folk singer/songwriter Wainwright in the comfy confines of Eddie's. His new album successfully revives and reinterprets older material, so expect a walk down memory lane with the sharp-witted raconteur. Sold out. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- HH

LAZY LESTER Now 76, the swampy Louisiana blues harp journeyman returns to Willie's to help kick off the blues club's 23rd year. The two-night stand will likely feature most of Lester's classic '60s gems for the Excello label. Repeat show SAT/28 with free Cajun buffet. $12. 9 p.m. Blind Willie's. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com. -- HH

BEN FOLDS Quirky piano-pop goofball Ben Folds traffics in clever, self-deprecating, conscious pop-culture-drenched epigrams, coated in crisp musicianship as addictive as potato chips. From "Bitch Went Nuts" to "The Frown Song," Folds is anything but Way to Normal on his latest. $33.50. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. -- Chris Parker

Sat/28

OYSTERFEST Last year's event was a major CF, and a bargain to boot. This year, the preps will be grooving to Cracker, the Last Waltz Ensemble and Gringo Star. Plenty of beer and oysters for everyone! $10. 1 p.m. Park Tavern. 404-249-0001. www.parktavern.com. -- JK

LUCINDA WILLIAMS, BUICK 6 Williams is fiercely independent and just as fiercely sexy, her raspy shoulder-shaking alt-country crackling like gravel beneath the tires. She drawls a Southern, swamp-flavored take on ACDC's "It's a Long Way to the Top" for her latest Little Honey. $27.50. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. -- CP

GIL MANTERA'S PARTY DREAM, JUDI CHICAGO Judi Chicago sets up to perform another installment of their "Dancing" residency. Brothers Gil Mantera and the Ultimate Donny keep the party going with a breeze of soft-focus, '80s pop beats and crooning, white leather and bedroom eyes. When they're done, the Judi's return with a DJ set. $10. 10 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. -- Chad Radford

WONDERROOT BATTLE OF THE BANDS Contestants in this battle have worked at Atlanta nonprofits for two months accruing community service hours. The bands who worked the most hours will perform to win studio time at WonderRoot with producer Graham Marsh (Gnarls Barkely, Leona Lewis). The lineup includes Stanza, the Doppel Gang, Omar Rodriguez and the Prodigal Son Band and more. $5 or three cans of food. 8 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- CR

SUN/1

JENNIFER LARMORE Marietta native and operatic mezzo-soprano Larmore, who shared in a 2007 Grammy for "Best Opera Recording," returns home for a recital.Larmore is noted for her insightful performances and colorful,flexible voice. $40. 3 p.m. Bailey Center. Kennesaw State University. 770-423-6650. www.kennesaw.edu/arts/events. -- Mark Gresham

ATLANTA CHAMBER PLAYERSFeatures the graceful, witty "Serenade in D Major" for flute, violin and viola by Ludwig van Beethoven, Francis Poulenc's francophilically flashy "Trio" for oboe, bassoon and piano, and poetically heroic "Piano Quintet" byErich Korngold. $25.3 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. -- MG

TUE/3

GUANERI QUARTETFounded in 1964, this venerable string quartet comprised of violinists Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley, violist Michael Tree, and cellist Peter Wiley retires at the end of this season, making this their farewell Atlanta performance. $52.8 p.m. Emerson Hall. Schwartz Center. 404-727-5050.arts.emory.edu. -- MG

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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