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CL's picks for the week's best shows 

WED/11

CLEM SNIDE, THE HELIOGOATS Eef Barzelay and the boys return behind their first album in four years, a low-key and somewhat downbeat release that’s a reminder of how lovely their melodies are when stripped of the peppier pop that propped up previous releases. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Hal Horowitz

THURS/12

KATHLEEN EDWARDS Anyone who saw Canada’s Edwards open for My Morning Jacket knows she can rock nearly as hard as fellow countryman Neil Young. Her softer, introspective side is also impressive but the dichotomy creates a tension that elevates her music beyond standard singer/songwriter fare. Sold out. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — HH

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA His 2002 international debut at Stuttgart Opera launched his career like a rocket; now guest conductor Nicola Luisotti is tagged to be music director of the San Francisco Opera. Music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Beethoven, with Horacio Gutierrez featured on piano. Repeats FRI/13, SAT/14. $16-$73. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham
ESTELLE, SOLANGE, SUAI Brit beauty Estelle brings the soul, reggae, hip-hop and pop combo that earned her a 2009 Grammy for “American Boy.” Beyoncé’s kid sister Solange opens. $29. 8 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. — Niccole Culver

Fri/13

LUCERO, ANNA KRAMER For a decade, Lucero’s tromped through similar soul-tinged, Southern/country-rock territory as the Drive-By Truckers, highlighted by frontman Ben Nichols’ gruff, whiskey and cigarettes vocals. Local firecracker Kramer’s spirited roots rock gets the party started right. 9 p.m. $15-$17.50. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — Chris Parker

WOVEN HAND, CREEPY The latest musical vehicle for 16 Horsepower’s David Eugene Edwards, Woven Hand evokes a similar expressionistic gothic air, thanks to Edwards’ shadowy baritone croon and preoccupation with sin, dissipation and dissolute souls. The group is supporting a more rock-driven release. 9 p.m. $10. 40 Watt Club, Athens. 706-549-7871. www.40watt.com. — CP

RANDALL BRAMLETT WITH TOMMY TALTON Taking a break from importing members of the Nashville songwriting factory, the Hollow welcomes a couple of Georgia boys with distant ties to Capricorn Records’ glory days. Bramlett brings the blue-eyed soul, and Talton brings the twang. Repeats SAT/14. $15. 10 p.m. Swallow at the Hollow.  678-352-1975. www.theswallowatthehollow.com. — James Kelly

DEX ROMWEBER DUO Without Dex, there may have been no White Stripes, according to Jack White, so pay tribute to the original, even as he shifts toward a less punk, more classic country sound with sister Sara (Let’s Active) on drums. The Subsonics and Grinder Nova also appear. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — HH

Sat/14

BOUNCING SOULS, DILLINGER FOUR, THE AKAS Two acts with great stage shows that cut their teeth in the DIY basement-punk circuit. The Souls matured from party band to punk powerhouse, while D4’s the most clever, incisive hardcore band since the Dead Kennedys. 8 p.m. $18. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. masq.com. — CP

JUNIOR BROWN He’s a guy who likes to party, and after all these years of slinging the unique guit-steel, the party never ends. Brown creates his own musical niche by combining Western swing, honky-tonk and surf. $17.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JK

J*DAVEY, BRITTANY BOSCO, DOLL DAZE Female vocalist Briana Cartwright and producer Brook D’Leau make up L.A.’s alt-pop, soul/rock duo J*Davey. Savannah native and jazzy, electro-pop vocalist Bosco opens. $15. 9 p.m. Sugarhill. 404-658-0068.  www.sugarhillatl.com. — NC

SUN/15

ARMY GROUND FORCES BAND Based at Fort McPherson, this 58-member concert band is one of the best in the armed forces. This show emulates concerts of John Philip Sousa’s legendary band, playing band music popular in Sousa’s day. Free.  3 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.org. — MG

TUE/17

UZEE BROWN JR. WITH DAVID F. OLIVER Chairman of the Music Department at Morehouse College, baritone Brown has long been a pillar of Atlanta’s African-American classical music community. Oliver is best known as organist for Morehouse’s King International Chapel. Free. 8:15 p.m. First Presbyterian Church of Marietta. 770-427-0293. www.fpcmarietta.org. — MG

ADELE Riding the wave of the torchy ’60s-girl-singer revival (think Winehouse, Duffy, etc.), Adele has the voice and the material to make it work. Her youthful innocence belies her depth. Trendy, yes. But amazing nevertheless. Sold out. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JK


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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