Chad's weekend concert picks Friday March 5 and Saturday March 6

All the shows that you don't want to miss this weekend

I would strongly urge anyone and everyone within a three-hour drive to head over to Whirly Ball tonight to catch the triumphant return of Man? or Astro-Man, but sadly the show is sold out.

But there are plenty of other great shows going on this weekend. Mathis Hunter of Noot d' noot is celebrating the release of his solo debut LP Soft Opening at The Earl tonight (Fri., March 5). Hunter's band goes on at 9:30 p.m. sharp, and he's opening for the Selmanaires and Noot d' Noot. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.

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Fri., March 5 — Pretty much the entire Guthrie clan (15 of Woody's kids and grandchildren, and Arlo's longtime drummer Terry A La Berry) take the stage when the GUTHRIE FAMILY RIDES AGAIN TOUR makes its way to Atlanta. Much of the show is an homage to Woody's songs that have recently been culled from the family archives and brought to life by Wilco, the Klezmatics and the likes. But plenty of Woody's and Arlo's more familiar political and children's folk classics ("This Land Is Your Land" et. al) will be played, along with a smattering of everything else the family has been up to. $35-$45. 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600.


Fri., March 5 — Bukake Boys, Ralph, Predator, the Bums Imagine if Minor Threat traded political righteousness for doom-laden riffs and pornography and you'd have a good idea of the kind of dirty hardcore fury Bukake Boys unleash. For this show, the group is celebrating the release of a new 7-song 7-inch EP. Ralph plays brash '80s-style hardcore and Predator plays fast, jittery punk despair. The Bums open. $5. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769.