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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Laura Jackson conducts classics by Verdi, Brahms, Gershwin, de Falla, Chopin and von Suppé, plus film music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Mission Impossible, and ET: Adventures on Earth in this free outdoor concert OTP southwest of Atlanta. Free. 7:30 p.m. Hutcheson Ferry Park, Palmetto. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham

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BATTLECAT, GOD'S AMERICA, THIS SONG IS A MESS BUT SO AM I, EMPEROR X, DRY LUNGS Battlecat is an Atlanta post-screamo supergroup featuring Jeff Burgoon (Airoes), Mike Keenan (Airoes, Electrosleep Int'l), Sean Fitzgerald (Electrosleep Int'l) and Pat Clarici (Portrait). The group's dual-bass pummel is reminiscent of its members' not-so-branched family tree, while moving into new realms of recklessness. A marathon of noisy and experimental post-hardcore acts opens. $6. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford

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FRI/4

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CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO The CGT emerged from one of Robert Fripp's guitar workshops in the late '80s and initially went on to enjoy a modicum of fame as the League of Crafty Guitarists, with Fripp at the helm. Combining a variety of musical styles, the band is amazing technically, but there is also a nice underriding sense of soul in their sound. $20. 8:30 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.ticketmaster.com. — James Kelly

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VICTOR GOINES Clarinetist/saxophonist Victor Goines is artistic director of jazz studies at the Juilliard School in NYC and a jazz veteran who has performed with such notables as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Bo Diddley, Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie. $15 cover/$10 min. 7:30 p.m. Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe. 404-876-3030. www.churchillgrounds.com. — MG

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SAT/5

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu for Thurs., Aug. 3.

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THE SELMANAIRES, FORGET CASSETTES, EL HUB Atlanta's indie-pop saviors, the Selmanaires, craft a sound that falls somewhere between the Talking Heads and Toots and the Maytals. Jangling guitars bristle over sharp, angular rhythms that graft post-punk's white-funk personality and metrical tension with a bounding and eclectic pop sensibility. Nashville's dark pop trio Forget Cassettes and high volume guitar-drum rock duo El Hub open the show. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

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VICTOR GOINES See Sound Menu for Fri., Aug. 4.

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SUN/6

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THE CLIENTELE, GREAT LAKES, SNOWDEN The Clientele bears the torch of London's alterna-pop forefathers, New Order, and even a bit of the Beatles, but with a touch of melancholy indie rock. The group is making its second go-around in support of Strange Geometry (Merge Records). Athens' psychedelic rock combo Great Lakes and Atlanta's own Joy Division-esque gloom-pop outfit Snowden are also on the bill. $8. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

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MON/7

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EELS Despite so-so record sales, pop-rock songwriter Mark Oliver "E" Everett and his band Eels has functioned successfully for well over a decade, building a cult of fans and critics who follow their every release. The group's 2005 album, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, elicited great reviews, and their tour appearances frequently draw capacity crowds. $15-$17.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — Mosi Reeves

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THE RENTALS It may seem hard to imagine, but there was a time when indie dudes didn't all seem to dress like sissy bike messengers, and chicks didn't all seem to dress like either their grandmothers or like boys dressed like silly bike messengers. There was a time when new wave didn't feel retread. There was a time when "emo" and "weeping vagina" were not synonyms. There was a time when every band did not have synths, and during this time (1995) was the Moog-driven, hook-laden band the Rentals — the side project of then-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp, That Dog's Petra Hayden and, briefly, SNL's Maya Rudolph, among others. This is power pop without the need to overpower, wistful bubblegum without unnecessary bombast (a lesson for the "bike messengers," surely). It's everything you loved about initial Weezer, minus the neurotic missteps, and a group trainspotters should have been extolling for years. Ozma also performs. $15. 7 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — Tony Ware

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SANDI THOM Sandi Thom's first single, "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in my Hair)" dislodged Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" at number one on the UK charts. Her debut album Smile ... It Confuses People also went to number one. But so what? That's over there. In America, the bluesy pop-rocker is relatively unknown with much to prove. An appearance at Vinyl should indicate whether she's worth the hype. $10. 9 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. www.vinylatlanta.com. — MR

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STEELY DAN Steely Dan is that band you like that you didn't know you liked. And the songs you know by heart but not by name are about a life you wish you had but wouldn't know what to do with if you did. Just as Los Angeles was being flooded in the early '70s with cocaine and casual sex, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were there to capture the excess in music that is anything but excessive. Studio rats more into jazz and blues than rock, Fagen and Becker composed meticulous and melodic jams whose breezy grooves — later sampled repeatedly in hip-hop — made Steely Dan seem like ideal and accessible lifestyle accompaniment. When times get tough, you've always got Steely Dan, the Cuervo Gold and the fine Columbian making tonight a wonderful thing. Michael McDonald also performs. $69.50-$88.50. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. www.chastainseries.com. — TW

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WED/9

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BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, GEORGE HUFF The Blind Boys have been on the stage for almost 70 years and aren't slowing down a bit. They have brought their unique gospel-influenced sound into the 21st century with astonishing covers of folks like Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. Former American Idol finalist George Huff opens. $33. 8 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden. 404.876.5859. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org. — JK

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JURASSIC 5, X-CLAN Last month Jurassic 5 issued Feedback, its first new album in four years. Many fans are debating its merits — some claim the disc helps reinvent the classic J5 sound, while others feel the group sounds passé. Regardless, it's one of the better live hip-hop acts around. Opening up for the LA group is early '90s group X-Clan. Remember To the East, Blackwards? $30. 8 p.m. Roxy Theater. 404-233-7699. — MR

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NAT BALDWIN, SEDUCTIVE SPRIGS Since the summer of 2004, Portsmouth, N.H., bassist Nat Baldwin has been writing songs, singing and performing to the tune of experimental and improvised solo compositions. For this performance Baldwin has assembled a band, featuring Brett Deschenes (trumpet) and Charlie Looker (guitar). NYC prog-medieval pop-duo Seductive Sprigs, Matthew Hough (electric guitar/vocals) and Charlie Looker (electric guitar/vocals) open. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. — CR

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THEE CRUCIALS Instant Party! is gonna get ya. That's the title of Thee Crucials' new 7-inch, 33 rpm EP, and it's what will happen when these swingin' cats take the stage Wednesday. Produced by What The ...?'s Lee Flier, the soul-shoutin', hip-shakin' slab o' wax (recorded in mono, 'natch) is over fast, so you'll have to play it again and again. Great stuff, led by the enigmatic wildman Shake Revard. Poison Control Center and Sound AD also perform. $5. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Lee Valentine Smith

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THURS/10

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CHATHAM COUNTY LINE Expect a slew of new material from the brand new Speed Of The Whippoorwill album, as CCL deliver an interesting blend of contemporary bluegrass and (for lack of a better term) Americana. Who says there's nothing new? Just get the mix right, and it's there. $7. 9 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. — JK

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CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG This world is full of protest singers, but not enough protest songs. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, however, fill both roles with aplomb. Growing out of Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, the Hollies and the disillusionment of the peace & love generation in the wake of Vietnam, CSN&Y lend their high harmonies to two classic folk-pop albums. Passing around indictments, idealism and trippy paranoia like a joint, CSN&Y ruled the blowback for a few years in the late '60s/early '70s. Since, all members of the group have contributed to an extensive collective oeuvre, which adds up to a hella contact high sweeping through these "Freedom of Speech" shows. And politically, a return to tightly woven voices raised in protest could barely be any more appropriate. $52.50-$203. 7:30 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com. — TW

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DON DIXON The crafty Dixon may be best known for producing and engineering shimmering pop albums from R.E.M., Guadalcanal Diary, the Smithereens and a plethora of revered '80s jangle-meisters, but the singer/songwriter/producer/actor has nine albums of his own stuff available — and it's as consistently good as his behind-the-boards jobs. Imagine the clever wordplay of Nick Lowe combined with a dynamic, raw and soulful vocal style. For this performance he'll be previewing material from his latest album The Entire Combustible World In One Small Room. Be sure to ask him about his contributions to the General Cabbage Report, a podcast from his homebase of Canton, Ohio. www.generalcabbage.com. $12. 6:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — LVS

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THE LIVING END, THE LASHES Aussie rockers the Living End blend rockabilly and modern punk into their own twisted stray-cat strut. Part roots-revivalists and part '90s alternative brats, the End includes a manic upright bass player and a towering pompadour of stadium rock poses. The Lashes occasionally veer into well-worn Strokes territory but usually lean toward smarty-arty NY cool in the bristling spirit of the late '70s. Originally scheduled openers The Love Drunks are not on the bill. $13. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — LVS

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· 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 Heather Kuldell, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: heather.kuldell@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Friday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Thursday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com."
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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Laura Jackson conducts classics by Verdi, Brahms, Gershwin, de Falla, Chopin and von Suppé, plus film music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Mission Impossible, and ET: Adventures on Earth in this free outdoor concert OTP southwest of Atlanta. Free. 7:30 p.m. Hutcheson Ferry Park, Palmetto. 404-733-5000. [http://www.atlantasymphony.org/|www.atlantasymphony.org]. -- Mark Gresham

??
BATTLECAT, GOD'S AMERICA, THIS SONG IS A MESS BUT SO AM I, EMPEROR X, DRY LUNGS Battlecat is an Atlanta post-screamo supergroup featuring Jeff Burgoon (Airoes), Mike Keenan (Airoes, Electrosleep Int'l), Sean Fitzgerald (Electrosleep Int'l) and Pat Clarici (Portrait). The group's dual-bass pummel is reminiscent of its members' not-so-branched family tree, while moving into new realms of recklessness. A marathon of noisy and experimental post-hardcore acts opens. $6. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. [http://www.thedrunkenunicorn.net/|www.thedrunkenunicorn.net]. -- Chad Radford

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__FRI/4__

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CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO The CGT emerged from one of Robert Fripp's guitar workshops in the late '80s and initially went on to enjoy a modicum of fame as the League of Crafty Guitarists, with Fripp at the helm. Combining a variety of musical styles, the band is amazing technically, but there is also a nice underriding sense of soul in their sound. $20. 8:30 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. [http://www.ticketmaster.com/|www.ticketmaster.com]. -- James Kelly

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VICTOR GOINES Clarinetist/saxophonist Victor Goines is artistic director of jazz studies at the Juilliard School in NYC and a jazz veteran who has performed with such notables as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Bo Diddley, Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie. $15 cover/$10 min. 7:30 p.m. Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe. 404-876-3030. [http://www.churchillgrounds.com/|www.churchillgrounds.com]. -- MG

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__SAT/5__

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu for Thurs., Aug. 3.

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THE SELMANAIRES, FORGET CASSETTES, EL HUB Atlanta's indie-pop saviors, the Selmanaires, craft a sound that falls somewhere between the Talking Heads and Toots and the Maytals. Jangling guitars bristle over sharp, angular rhythms that graft post-punk's white-funk personality and metrical tension with a bounding and eclectic pop sensibility. Nashville's dark pop trio Forget Cassettes and high volume guitar-drum rock duo El Hub open the show. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. [http://www.badearl.com/|www.badearl.com]. -- CR

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VICTOR GOINES See Sound Menu for Fri., Aug. 4.

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__SUN/6__

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THE CLIENTELE, GREAT LAKES, SNOWDEN The Clientele bears the torch of London's alterna-pop forefathers, New Order, and even a bit of the Beatles, but with a touch of melancholy indie rock. The group is making its second go-around in support of Strange Geometry (Merge Records). Athens' psychedelic rock combo Great Lakes and Atlanta's own Joy Division-esque gloom-pop outfit Snowden are also on the bill. $8. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. [http://www.badearl.com/|www.badearl.com]. -- CR

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EELS Despite so-so record sales, pop-rock songwriter Mark Oliver "E" Everett and his band Eels has functioned successfully for well over a decade, building a cult of fans and critics who follow their every release. The group's 2005 album, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, elicited great reviews, and their tour appearances frequently draw capacity crowds. $15-$17.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. [http://www.variety-playhouse.com/|www.variety-playhouse.com]. -- Mosi Reeves

??
THE RENTALS It may seem hard to imagine, but there was a time when indie dudes didn't all seem to dress like sissy bike messengers, and chicks didn't all seem to dress like either their grandmothers or like boys dressed like silly bike messengers. There was a time when new wave didn't feel retread. There was a time when "emo" and "weeping vagina" were not synonyms. There was a time when every band did not have synths, and during this time (1995) was the Moog-driven, hook-laden band the Rentals -- the side project of then-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp, That Dog's Petra Hayden and, briefly, SNL's Maya Rudolph, among others. This is power pop without the need to overpower, wistful bubblegum without unnecessary bombast (a lesson for the "bike messengers," surely). It's everything you loved about initial Weezer, minus the neurotic missteps, and a group trainspotters should have been extolling for years. Ozma also performs. $15. 7 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-577-8178. [http://www.masq.com/|www.masq.com]. -- Tony Ware

??
SANDI THOM Sandi Thom's first single, "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in my Hair)" dislodged Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" at number one on the UK charts. Her debut album Smile ... It Confuses People also went to number one. But so what? That's over there. In America, the bluesy pop-rocker is relatively unknown with much to prove. An appearance at Vinyl should indicate whether she's worth the hype. $10. 9 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. [http://www.vinylatlanta.com/|www.vinylatlanta.com]. -- MR

??
STEELY DAN Steely Dan is that band you like that you didn't know you liked. And the songs you know by heart but not by name are about a life you wish you had but wouldn't know what to do with if you did. Just as Los Angeles was being flooded in the early '70s with cocaine and casual sex, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were there to capture the excess in music that is anything but excessive. Studio rats more into jazz and blues than rock, Fagen and Becker composed meticulous and melodic jams whose breezy grooves -- later sampled repeatedly in hip-hop -- made Steely Dan seem like ideal and accessible lifestyle accompaniment. When times get tough, you've always got Steely Dan, the Cuervo Gold and the fine Columbian making tonight a wonderful thing. Michael McDonald also performs. $69.50-$88.50. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. [http://www.chastainseries.com/|www.chastainseries.com]. -- TW

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__WED/9__

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BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, GEORGE HUFF The Blind Boys have been on the stage for almost 70 years and aren't slowing down a bit. They have brought their unique gospel-influenced sound into the 21st century with astonishing covers of folks like Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. Former American Idol finalist George Huff opens. $33. 8 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden. 404.876.5859. [http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/|www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org]. -- JK

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JURASSIC 5, X-CLAN Last month Jurassic 5 issued Feedback, its first new album in four years. Many fans are debating its merits -- some claim the disc helps reinvent the classic J5 sound, while others feel the group sounds passé. Regardless, it's one of the better live hip-hop acts around. Opening up for the LA group is early '90s group X-Clan. Remember To the East, Blackwards? $30. 8 p.m. Roxy Theater. 404-233-7699. -- MR

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NAT BALDWIN, SEDUCTIVE SPRIGS Since the summer of 2004, Portsmouth, N.H., bassist Nat Baldwin has been writing songs, singing and performing to the tune of experimental and improvised solo compositions. For this performance Baldwin has assembled a band, featuring Brett Deschenes (trumpet) and Charlie Looker (guitar). NYC prog-medieval pop-duo Seductive Sprigs, Matthew Hough (electric guitar/vocals) and Charlie Looker (electric guitar/vocals) open. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. [http://www.eyedrum.org/|www.eyedrum.org]. -- CR

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THEE CRUCIALS Instant Party! is gonna get ya. That's the title of Thee Crucials' new 7-inch, 33 rpm EP, and it's what will happen when these swingin' cats take the stage Wednesday. Produced by What The ...?'s Lee Flier, the soul-shoutin', hip-shakin' slab o' wax (recorded in mono, 'natch) is over fast, so you'll have to play it again and again. Great stuff, led by the enigmatic wildman Shake Revard. Poison Control Center and Sound AD also perform. $5. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. [http://www.badearl.com/|www.badearl.com]. -- Lee Valentine Smith

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CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG This world is full of protest singers, but not enough protest songs. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, however, fill both roles with aplomb. Growing out of Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, the Hollies and the disillusionment of the peace & love generation in the wake of Vietnam, CSN&Y lend their high harmonies to two classic folk-pop albums. Passing around indictments, idealism and trippy paranoia like a joint, CSN&Y ruled the blowback for a few years in the late '60s/early '70s. Since, all members of the group have contributed to an extensive collective oeuvre, which adds up to a hella contact high sweeping through these "Freedom of Speech" shows. And politically, a return to tightly woven voices raised in protest could barely be any more appropriate. $52.50-$203. 7:30 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. [http://www.philipsarena.com/|www.philipsarena.com]. -- TW

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THE LIVING END, THE LASHES Aussie rockers the Living End blend rockabilly and modern punk into their own twisted stray-cat strut. Part roots-revivalists and part '90s alternative brats, the End includes a manic upright bass player and a towering pompadour of stadium rock poses. The Lashes occasionally veer into well-worn Strokes territory but usually lean toward smarty-arty NY cool in the bristling spirit of the late '70s. Originally scheduled openers The Love Drunks are not on the bill. $13. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. [http://www.masq.com/|www.masq.com]. -- LVS

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Laura Jackson conducts classics by Verdi, Brahms, Gershwin, de Falla, Chopin and von Suppé, plus film music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Mission Impossible, and ET: Adventures on Earth in this free outdoor concert OTP southwest of Atlanta. Free. 7:30 p.m. Hutcheson Ferry Park, Palmetto. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — Mark Gresham

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BATTLECAT, GOD'S AMERICA, THIS SONG IS A MESS BUT SO AM I, EMPEROR X, DRY LUNGS Battlecat is an Atlanta post-screamo supergroup featuring Jeff Burgoon (Airoes), Mike Keenan (Airoes, Electrosleep Int'l), Sean Fitzgerald (Electrosleep Int'l) and Pat Clarici (Portrait). The group's dual-bass pummel is reminiscent of its members' not-so-branched family tree, while moving into new realms of recklessness. A marathon of noisy and experimental post-hardcore acts opens. $6. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford

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FRI/4

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CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO The CGT emerged from one of Robert Fripp's guitar workshops in the late '80s and initially went on to enjoy a modicum of fame as the League of Crafty Guitarists, with Fripp at the helm. Combining a variety of musical styles, the band is amazing technically, but there is also a nice underriding sense of soul in their sound. $20. 8:30 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.ticketmaster.com. — James Kelly

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VICTOR GOINES Clarinetist/saxophonist Victor Goines is artistic director of jazz studies at the Juilliard School in NYC and a jazz veteran who has performed with such notables as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Bo Diddley, Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie. $15 cover/$10 min. 7:30 p.m. Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe. 404-876-3030. www.churchillgrounds.com. — MG

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SAT/5

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu for Thurs., Aug. 3.

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THE SELMANAIRES, FORGET CASSETTES, EL HUB Atlanta's indie-pop saviors, the Selmanaires, craft a sound that falls somewhere between the Talking Heads and Toots and the Maytals. Jangling guitars bristle over sharp, angular rhythms that graft post-punk's white-funk personality and metrical tension with a bounding and eclectic pop sensibility. Nashville's dark pop trio Forget Cassettes and high volume guitar-drum rock duo El Hub open the show. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

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VICTOR GOINES See Sound Menu for Fri., Aug. 4.

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SUN/6

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THE CLIENTELE, GREAT LAKES, SNOWDEN The Clientele bears the torch of London's alterna-pop forefathers, New Order, and even a bit of the Beatles, but with a touch of melancholy indie rock. The group is making its second go-around in support of Strange Geometry (Merge Records). Athens' psychedelic rock combo Great Lakes and Atlanta's own Joy Division-esque gloom-pop outfit Snowden are also on the bill. $8. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

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MON/7

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EELS Despite so-so record sales, pop-rock songwriter Mark Oliver "E" Everett and his band Eels has functioned successfully for well over a decade, building a cult of fans and critics who follow their every release. The group's 2005 album, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, elicited great reviews, and their tour appearances frequently draw capacity crowds. $15-$17.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — Mosi Reeves

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THE RENTALS It may seem hard to imagine, but there was a time when indie dudes didn't all seem to dress like sissy bike messengers, and chicks didn't all seem to dress like either their grandmothers or like boys dressed like silly bike messengers. There was a time when new wave didn't feel retread. There was a time when "emo" and "weeping vagina" were not synonyms. There was a time when every band did not have synths, and during this time (1995) was the Moog-driven, hook-laden band the Rentals — the side project of then-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp, That Dog's Petra Hayden and, briefly, SNL's Maya Rudolph, among others. This is power pop without the need to overpower, wistful bubblegum without unnecessary bombast (a lesson for the "bike messengers," surely). It's everything you loved about initial Weezer, minus the neurotic missteps, and a group trainspotters should have been extolling for years. Ozma also performs. $15. 7 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — Tony Ware

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SANDI THOM Sandi Thom's first single, "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in my Hair)" dislodged Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" at number one on the UK charts. Her debut album Smile ... It Confuses People also went to number one. But so what? That's over there. In America, the bluesy pop-rocker is relatively unknown with much to prove. An appearance at Vinyl should indicate whether she's worth the hype. $10. 9 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. www.vinylatlanta.com. — MR

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STEELY DAN Steely Dan is that band you like that you didn't know you liked. And the songs you know by heart but not by name are about a life you wish you had but wouldn't know what to do with if you did. Just as Los Angeles was being flooded in the early '70s with cocaine and casual sex, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were there to capture the excess in music that is anything but excessive. Studio rats more into jazz and blues than rock, Fagen and Becker composed meticulous and melodic jams whose breezy grooves — later sampled repeatedly in hip-hop — made Steely Dan seem like ideal and accessible lifestyle accompaniment. When times get tough, you've always got Steely Dan, the Cuervo Gold and the fine Columbian making tonight a wonderful thing. Michael McDonald also performs. $69.50-$88.50. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Amphitheatre. 404-233-2227. www.chastainseries.com. — TW

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BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, GEORGE HUFF The Blind Boys have been on the stage for almost 70 years and aren't slowing down a bit. They have brought their unique gospel-influenced sound into the 21st century with astonishing covers of folks like Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. Former American Idol finalist George Huff opens. $33. 8 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden. 404.876.5859. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org. — JK

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JURASSIC 5, X-CLAN Last month Jurassic 5 issued Feedback, its first new album in four years. Many fans are debating its merits — some claim the disc helps reinvent the classic J5 sound, while others feel the group sounds passé. Regardless, it's one of the better live hip-hop acts around. Opening up for the LA group is early '90s group X-Clan. Remember To the East, Blackwards? $30. 8 p.m. Roxy Theater. 404-233-7699. — MR

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NAT BALDWIN, SEDUCTIVE SPRIGS Since the summer of 2004, Portsmouth, N.H., bassist Nat Baldwin has been writing songs, singing and performing to the tune of experimental and improvised solo compositions. For this performance Baldwin has assembled a band, featuring Brett Deschenes (trumpet) and Charlie Looker (guitar). NYC prog-medieval pop-duo Seductive Sprigs, Matthew Hough (electric guitar/vocals) and Charlie Looker (electric guitar/vocals) open. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. — CR

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THEE CRUCIALS Instant Party! is gonna get ya. That's the title of Thee Crucials' new 7-inch, 33 rpm EP, and it's what will happen when these swingin' cats take the stage Wednesday. Produced by What The ...?'s Lee Flier, the soul-shoutin', hip-shakin' slab o' wax (recorded in mono, 'natch) is over fast, so you'll have to play it again and again. Great stuff, led by the enigmatic wildman Shake Revard. Poison Control Center and Sound AD also perform. $5. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Lee Valentine Smith

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CHATHAM COUNTY LINE Expect a slew of new material from the brand new Speed Of The Whippoorwill album, as CCL deliver an interesting blend of contemporary bluegrass and (for lack of a better term) Americana. Who says there's nothing new? Just get the mix right, and it's there. $7. 9 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. — JK

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CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG This world is full of protest singers, but not enough protest songs. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, however, fill both roles with aplomb. Growing out of Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, the Hollies and the disillusionment of the peace & love generation in the wake of Vietnam, CSN&Y lend their high harmonies to two classic folk-pop albums. Passing around indictments, idealism and trippy paranoia like a joint, CSN&Y ruled the blowback for a few years in the late '60s/early '70s. Since, all members of the group have contributed to an extensive collective oeuvre, which adds up to a hella contact high sweeping through these "Freedom of Speech" shows. And politically, a return to tightly woven voices raised in protest could barely be any more appropriate. $52.50-$203. 7:30 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com. — TW

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DON DIXON The crafty Dixon may be best known for producing and engineering shimmering pop albums from R.E.M., Guadalcanal Diary, the Smithereens and a plethora of revered '80s jangle-meisters, but the singer/songwriter/producer/actor has nine albums of his own stuff available — and it's as consistently good as his behind-the-boards jobs. Imagine the clever wordplay of Nick Lowe combined with a dynamic, raw and soulful vocal style. For this performance he'll be previewing material from his latest album The Entire Combustible World In One Small Room. Be sure to ask him about his contributions to the General Cabbage Report, a podcast from his homebase of Canton, Ohio. www.generalcabbage.com. $12. 6:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — LVS

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THE LIVING END, THE LASHES Aussie rockers the Living End blend rockabilly and modern punk into their own twisted stray-cat strut. Part roots-revivalists and part '90s alternative brats, the End includes a manic upright bass player and a towering pompadour of stadium rock poses. The Lashes occasionally veer into well-worn Strokes territory but usually lean toward smarty-arty NY cool in the bristling spirit of the late '70s. Originally scheduled openers The Love Drunks are not on the bill. $13. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — LVS

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ART GARFUNKEL As half the iconic '60s duo Simon & Garfunkel, wiry haired Art's heavenly harmonies blended perfectly with the timeless words and music of Paul Simon. Solo, the singer/actor is a great interpreter of tunes, and his live show features an impressive collection of material from the talents of such heralded wordsmiths as Jimmy Webb — and yes, even Simon. As he proved on the recent S&G reunion tour, he still possesses an incredible voice, a dramatic presence and an endearing sense of humor. $25-$70. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. 770-819-7765. www.mablehouseamphitheatre.com. — Lee Valentine Smith

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CHRIS KNIGHT, STOVALL While Steve Earle's work slowly devolves into a caricature of his past glory, Chris Knight continues to crank out powerful and unique "story songs" that capture a dark and oppressive image of life in America. Not for the fainthearted, but a listening experience you won't soon forget. His newest release, Enough Rope, is a mo-fo. $12. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — James Kelly

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FRI/28

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COGBURNS, ROCKET 350, THE LOVE DRUNKS To celebrate the release of their second album, Pay Up, Sucker!, the garage-rockin' Cogburns are hosting a CD release party with surprises galore, including a costume contest. Check their My Space page for more info, or just go and be truly surprised — and thoroughly rocked — by the recently revamped lineup of the skinny necktie-wearin' band. Guests include Rocket 350 and those sexxxy kissin' fools the Love Drunks. Pucker up, sucker! $7. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — LVS

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DJ SHORTKUT Jonathan "Shortkut" Cruz is a one-time member of two of the most celebrated hip-hop DJ crews ever: the legendary Invisibl Skratch Piklz and the Beat Junkies. His aesthetic ranges from underground and mainstream hip-hop to dancehall and funky ol' soul. You're not going to hear any trainwrecks and bad mixes tonight, kids. With Shortkut, you're rocking with the best. 10 p.m. MJQ Concourse. www.mjqatlanta.com. — Mosi Reeves

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JON FADDIS QUARTET A protege of Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter Faddis has technical and expressive range in his straight-ahead jazz that evokes the voices of his mentor and other jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge and Miles Davis. $35. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. — Mark Gresham

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LUST To celebrate a full-on decade of Lust, the luscious girls (and, oh yeah, boy — I almost forgot) of the wacky theatrical trio are throwing a swingin' party, heavy on the kitsch. The crazy soirée is sponsored by the number 10, due to the bands TENure, of "10 years, 10 drummers, 10's of 100's of wardrobe changes, and 10's of thousands of miles." Come dressed in a crazy Vegas koo-koo nutty kinda way and win prizes! Or just show up and watch the fun. Also scheduled to appear: Tiger! Tiger! (featuring Susanne from Lust on bass), Chicago punkers Plasma Drive, Courtesy Murder (with Lusty Amos on drums) and, of course, Sass Parilla, the Singing Gorilla. $5. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. — LVS

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QUINTRON & MISS PUSSY CAT, HARRY MERRY Quintron & Miss Pussy Cat have fought an uphill battle since hurricane Katrina flooded their home and studio in New Orleans' 9th Ward. But their merger of demented puppetry coupled with homemade drums and swamp-monster electronics still jolt to life with Cajun art-punk shivers. Harry Merry opens with a set of whimsical, lo-fi pop culled from Rotterdam's most deranged alleys. $12. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford

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WENDY WALDMAN, FREEBO, JIM PHOTOGLO These crafty musicians go way back, individually and collectively. Waldman was one of the coolest of the late '70s Warner Brothers stable of female singer/songwriters. She's written songs covered by a ton of diverse acts on the country and pop sides of the tracks. She's also worked with legendary L.A.-based musician Freebo, a mainstay of classic performances by Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur. The two recently appeared on Neil Young's Living with War. Freebo's Before the Separation is part of the reason for this tour. Also, his collaborations with Photoglo, a Nashville-based genre-jumper, surely will feature tunes from their Sparks in the Radio, as well. Does anyone — besides me — remember his '80s band called Photoglo? $15. 9 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — LVS

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SAT/29

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CAROLINE & THE RAMBLERS, FULTON COUNTY RHYTHM KINGS The kid-friendly, PBR-flowing Saturday matinee series continues with one of Atlanta's finest vocalists, Caroline Engel, and her amazing combo. John McLean's Rhythm Kings are also making one of their first public performances today, so you gotta be there. $2-$5. 3 p.m. PushPush Theater. 404-377-6332. www.pushpushtheater.com. — JK

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THE CRYSTAL METHOD In 1995, "Superstar DJ" Keoki released the single "Caterpillar." On said single were breakbeat "superstars" including Florida's Rabbit in the Moon and Las Vegas-founded duo the Crystal Method. And it was the Crystal Method's "big beats" that took "Caterpillar" from indulgent dreck to dancefloor devastator. Personally, I haven't been as compelled since, though these guys have kept the beat rollin'. Now we've got "funky breaks," "nu-breaks," "drum 'n' breaks" and all kinds of other reasons for excessive use of quote marks. And surely the Crystal Method's Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland will play a bit of it all. While you'll no longer see my stovepipe pants flapping to the speaker's pulse, "Caterpillar" is still redemptive. J-Luv, Kevin O and Prince Presto also make like Michael Jackson and just beat it. $15. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. — Tony Ware

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HALO FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY It's called Halo, but it's unlikely the people who visit this swank neighborhood nook in the bowels of the Biltmore intend to wile away their time being angelic. Over the past five years, this Little Lounge That Could has dished out more and more (and s'mores) entertainment, becoming a go-to grotto for refined rumpus. Now the minimalist futurists are celebrating five years of jet set gourmet behind unmarked doors, and along with champagne wishes and caviar dreams will be the sounds of Halo's resident DJs, as well as NYC's Turntables on the Hudson DJs Nickodemus and Mariano, plus percussionist Nappy G. Deep and dubby, never grubby, this conceptual coven will leave the walls palpitating and perspiring. Call for price. 8 p.m. Halo. 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com. — TW

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ONEIDA, BIRDS OF AVALON, BLACK TAJ If you're looking for nothing more than smart hard-rock from Oneida, then look elsewhere. The Brooklyn group's new album, Happy New Year, finds its expanding repertoire to incorporate droning, mystical melodies alongside the usual rhythm and strum. Raleigh, N.C., band Birds of Avalon sound equally progressive, though their incarnation of it is less futuristic than throwback (as in '70s). Black Taj, which sports two members of the late and beloved Polvo, opens for what should be an indie-heavy night. The occasion is a book release party for Chunklet magazine's The Overrated Book. See 3Qs with Henry Owings in Arts, p. 41. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — MR

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U.S. ARMY GROUND FORCES BAND Led by Captain Paul R. Bamonte, the U.S. Army Ground Forces Band is one of Atlanta's hometown ensembles, based at Fort McPherson in the city's south side. The afternoon program offers everything from full symphonic band repertoire to selections for smaller groups such as brass quintet and Dixieland band. Free. 3 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. — MG

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SUN/30

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The ASO's annual Bark in the Park concert, led by Jere Flint, features animal-themed music and includes an open invitation to bring your pet to enjoy the program. Whether dog, cat, weasel, armadillo, flying squirrel, gecko, wallaby, emu or capybara, all species of fauna are welcomed. Free. 7:30 p.m. Piedmont Park, Oak Hill. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — MG

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GREG TROOPER He's one of the most overlooked singers in the business, and deserves much more attention than he gets. Trooper's last CD, Make It Through This World, was a blue-eyed soul masterpiece, and even in an intimate solo setting he can blow you away. A great way to end the weekend. $10. 7 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — JK

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MON/31

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THE MINDERS, THE KINGDOM, THE PROTECTORS OF Even though the Minders are some of the more remote cousins of the Elephant 6 family, the group's brand of Beatles-centric pop bares the unmistakable mark of its Athens-based compatriots. The group is currently touring in support of It's a Bright Guilty World (Future Farmer), its first release in more than three years. The Kingdom and the Protectors Of open the show. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

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TUES/1

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THE BITTERSWEETS Oakland, Calif., quintet the Bittersweets makes lovely acoustic pop-rock and is distinguished by the sweet, textured vocals of Hannah Prater and Chris Meyers. The group just released its debut album, The Life You Always Wanted, and Prater and Meyers are promoting the disc with a string of acoustic dates. Philadelphia singer Todd Martin opens. $10. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — MR

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WED/2

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FIONA APPLE It's hard to believe that Apple's third album, Extraordinary Machine, is her lowest-selling effort to date. It's one of her best, wedding extraordinary lyrics like "It took the agenda from its place in my bed/Made a merry paramour of me" (from the song "O' Sailor") with heavy, thumping cabaret pop. Raspy singer/songwriter David Garza supports. $27.84-$74.28. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-4800. www.classicchastain.org. — MR

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LUKE FAIR Admit it, we're all looking backward to move forward. You think, "Man, I wasn't able to get the last girl I dated to tie me up and tickle my taint, so how can I subtly convince the next one?" Electronic music is much like that taint-tickling, always drawing on the past to diddle the skittle of the future. Take some evocatively hollow tech-house, adhere it to some jack tracks, cobble together melodic prog pads with grit-streaked electro stabs and twist some cheeky strings on top of funky house. Wha'cha got? Bedrock DJ Luke Fair and a prostate pulsing like a hydraulic press. $10. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. — TW

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THURS/3

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BATTLECAT, GOD'S AMERICA, THIS SONG IS A MESS BUT SO AM I, EMPEROR X, DRY LUNGS Battlecat is an Atlanta post-screamo super group featuring Jeff Burgoon (Airoes), Mike Keenan (Airoes, Electrosleep Int'l), Sean Fitzgerald (Electrosleep Int'l), and Pat Clarici (Portrait). The group's dual-bass pummel is reminiscent of its members' not-so-branched family tree, while moving into new realms of recklessness. A Marathon of noisy and experimental post-hardcore acts open. $6. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

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· 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 Heather Kuldell, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: heather.kuldell@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Friday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Thursday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com."
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ART GARFUNKEL As half the iconic '60s duo Simon & Garfunkel, wiry haired Art's heavenly harmonies blended perfectly with the timeless words and music of Paul Simon. Solo, the singer/actor is a great interpreter of tunes, and his live show features an impressive collection of material from the talents of such heralded wordsmiths as Jimmy Webb -- and yes, even Simon. As he proved on the recent S&G reunion tour, he still possesses an incredible voice, a dramatic presence and an endearing sense of humor. $25-$70. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. 770-819-7765. [http://www.mablehouseamphitheatre.com/|www.mablehouseamphitheatre.com]. -- Lee Valentine Smith

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CHRIS KNIGHT, STOVALL While Steve Earle's work slowly devolves into a caricature of his past glory, Chris Knight continues to crank out powerful and unique "story songs" that capture a dark and oppressive image of life in America. Not for the fainthearted, but a listening experience you won't soon forget. His newest release, Enough Rope, is a mo-fo. $12. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. [http://www.smithsoldebar.com/|www.smithsoldebar.com]. -- James Kelly

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__FRI/28__

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COGBURNS, ROCKET 350, THE LOVE DRUNKS To celebrate the release of their second album, Pay Up, Sucker!, the garage-rockin' Cogburns are hosting a CD release party with surprises galore, including a costume contest. Check their My Space page for more info, or just go and be truly surprised -- and thoroughly rocked -- by the recently revamped lineup of the skinny necktie-wearin' band. Guests include Rocket 350 and those sexxxy kissin' fools the Love Drunks. Pucker up, sucker! $7. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. [http://www.starbar.net/|www.starbar.net]. -- LVS

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DJ SHORTKUT Jonathan "Shortkut" Cruz is a one-time member of two of the most celebrated hip-hop DJ crews ever: the legendary Invisibl Skratch Piklz and the Beat Junkies. His aesthetic ranges from underground and mainstream hip-hop to dancehall and funky ol' soul. You're not going to hear any trainwrecks and bad mixes tonight, kids. With Shortkut, you're rocking with the best. 10 p.m. MJQ Concourse. [http://www.mjqatlanta.com/|www.mjqatlanta.com]. -- Mosi Reeves

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JON FADDIS QUARTET A protege of Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter Faddis has technical and expressive range in his straight-ahead jazz that evokes the voices of his mentor and other jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge and Miles Davis. $35. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. [http://www.spiveyhall.org/|www.spiveyhall.org]. -- Mark Gresham

??
LUST To celebrate a full-on decade of Lust, the luscious girls (and, oh yeah, boy -- I almost forgot) of the wacky theatrical trio are throwing a swingin' party, heavy on the kitsch. The crazy soirée is sponsored by the number 10, due to the bands TENure, of "10 years, 10 drummers, 10's of 100's of wardrobe changes, and 10's of thousands of miles." Come dressed in a crazy Vegas koo-koo nutty kinda way and win prizes! Or just show up and watch the fun. Also scheduled to appear: Tiger! Tiger! (featuring Susanne from Lust on bass), Chicago punkers Plasma Drive, Courtesy Murder (with Lusty Amos on drums) and, of course, Sass Parilla, the Singing Gorilla. $5. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. [http://www.lennysbar.com/|www.lennysbar.com]. -- LVS

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QUINTRON & MISS PUSSY CAT, HARRY MERRY Quintron & Miss Pussy Cat have fought an uphill battle since hurricane Katrina flooded their home and studio in New Orleans' 9th Ward. But their merger of demented puppetry coupled with homemade drums and swamp-monster electronics still jolt to life with Cajun art-punk shivers. Harry Merry opens with a set of whimsical, lo-fi pop culled from Rotterdam's most deranged alleys. $12. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. [http://www.thedrunkenunicorn.net/|www.thedrunkenunicorn.net]. -- Chad Radford

??
WENDY WALDMAN, FREEBO, JIM PHOTOGLO These crafty musicians go way back, individually and collectively. Waldman was one of the coolest of the late '70s Warner Brothers stable of female singer/songwriters. She's written songs covered by a ton of diverse acts on the country and pop sides of the tracks. She's also worked with legendary L.A.-based musician Freebo, a mainstay of classic performances by Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur. The two recently appeared on Neil Young's Living with War. Freebo's Before the Separation is part of the reason for this tour. Also, his collaborations with Photoglo, a Nashville-based genre-jumper, surely will feature tunes from their Sparks in the Radio, as well. Does anyone -- besides me -- remember his '80s band called Photoglo? $15. 9 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. [http://www.eddiesattic.com/|www.eddiesattic.com]. -- LVS

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CAROLINE & THE RAMBLERS, FULTON COUNTY RHYTHM KINGS The kid-friendly, PBR-flowing Saturday matinee series continues with one of Atlanta's finest vocalists, Caroline Engel, and her amazing combo. John McLean's Rhythm Kings are also making one of their first public performances today, so you gotta be there. $2-$5. 3 p.m. PushPush Theater. 404-377-6332. [http://www.pushpushtheater.com/|www.pushpushtheater.com]. -- JK

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THE CRYSTAL METHOD In 1995, "Superstar DJ" Keoki released the single "Caterpillar." On said single were breakbeat "superstars" including Florida's Rabbit in the Moon and Las Vegas-founded duo the Crystal Method. And it was the Crystal Method's "big beats" that took "Caterpillar" from indulgent dreck to dancefloor devastator. Personally, I haven't been as compelled since, though these guys have kept the beat rollin'. Now we've got "funky breaks," "nu-breaks," "drum 'n' breaks" and all kinds of other reasons for excessive use of quote marks. And surely the Crystal Method's Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland will play a bit of it all. While you'll no longer see my stovepipe pants flapping to the speaker's pulse, "Caterpillar" is still redemptive. J-Luv, Kevin O and Prince Presto also make like Michael Jackson and just beat it. $15. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. [http://www.eleven50.com/|www.eleven50.com]. -- Tony Ware

??
HALO FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY It's called Halo, but it's unlikely the people who visit this swank neighborhood nook in the bowels of the Biltmore intend to wile away their time being angelic. Over the past five years, this Little Lounge That Could has dished out more and more (and s'mores) entertainment, becoming a go-to grotto for refined rumpus. Now the minimalist futurists are celebrating five years of jet set gourmet behind unmarked doors, and along with champagne wishes and caviar dreams will be the sounds of Halo's resident DJs, as well as NYC's Turntables on the Hudson DJs Nickodemus and Mariano, plus percussionist Nappy G. Deep and dubby, never grubby, this conceptual coven will leave the walls palpitating and perspiring. Call for price. 8 p.m. Halo. 404-962-7333. [http://www.halolounge.com/|www.halolounge.com]. -- TW

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ONEIDA, BIRDS OF AVALON, BLACK TAJ If you're looking for nothing more than smart hard-rock from Oneida, then look elsewhere. The Brooklyn group's new album, Happy New Year, finds its expanding repertoire to incorporate droning, mystical melodies alongside the usual rhythm and strum. Raleigh, N.C., band Birds of Avalon sound equally progressive, though their incarnation of it is less futuristic than throwback (as in '70s). Black Taj, which sports two members of the late and beloved Polvo, opens for what should be an indie-heavy night. The occasion is a book release party for Chunklet magazine's The Overrated Book. See 3Qs with Henry Owings in Arts, p. 41. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. [http://www.badearl.com/|www.badearl.com]. -- MR

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U.S. ARMY GROUND FORCES BAND Led by Captain Paul R. Bamonte, the U.S. Army Ground Forces Band is one of Atlanta's hometown ensembles, based at Fort McPherson in the city's south side. The afternoon program offers everything from full symphonic band repertoire to selections for smaller groups such as brass quintet and Dixieland band. Free. 3 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. [http://www.spiveyhall.org/|www.spiveyhall.org]. -- MG

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The ASO's annual Bark in the Park concert, led by Jere Flint, features animal-themed music and includes an open invitation to bring your pet to enjoy the program. Whether dog, cat, weasel, armadillo, flying squirrel, gecko, wallaby, emu or capybara, all species of fauna are welcomed. Free. 7:30 p.m. Piedmont Park, Oak Hill. 404-733-5000. [http://www.atlantasymphony.org/|www.atlantasymphony.org]. -- MG

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GREG TROOPER He's one of the most overlooked singers in the business, and deserves much more attention than he gets. Trooper's last CD, Make It Through This World, was a blue-eyed soul masterpiece, and even in an intimate solo setting he can blow you away. A great way to end the weekend. $10. 7 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. [http://www.eddiesattic.com/|www.eddiesattic.com]. -- JK

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THE MINDERS, THE KINGDOM, THE PROTECTORS OF Even though the Minders are some of the more remote cousins of the Elephant 6 family, the group's brand of Beatles-centric pop bares the unmistakable mark of its Athens-based compatriots. The group is currently touring in support of It's a Bright Guilty World (Future Farmer), its first release in more than three years. The Kingdom and the Protectors Of open the show. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. [http://www.badearl.com/|www.badearl.com]. -- CR

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THE BITTERSWEETS Oakland, Calif., quintet the Bittersweets makes lovely acoustic pop-rock and is distinguished by the sweet, textured vocals of Hannah Prater and Chris Meyers. The group just released its debut album, The Life You Always Wanted, and Prater and Meyers are promoting the disc with a string of acoustic dates. Philadelphia singer Todd Martin opens. $10. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. [http://www.eddiesattic.com/|www.eddiesattic.com]. -- MR

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FIONA APPLE It's hard to believe that Apple's third album, Extraordinary Machine, is her lowest-selling effort to date. It's one of her best, wedding extraordinary lyrics like "It took the agenda from its place in my bed/Made a merry paramour of me" (from the song "O' Sailor") with heavy, thumping cabaret pop. Raspy singer/songwriter David Garza supports. $27.84-$74.28. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-4800. [http://www.classicchastain.org/|www.classicchastain.org]. -- MR

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LUKE FAIR Admit it, we're all looking backward to move forward. You think, "Man, I wasn't able to get the last girl I dated to tie me up and tickle my taint, so how can I subtly convince the next one?" Electronic music is much like that taint-tickling, always drawing on the past to diddle the skittle of the future. Take some evocatively hollow tech-house, adhere it to some jack tracks, cobble together melodic prog pads with grit-streaked electro stabs and twist some cheeky strings on top of funky house. Wha'cha got? Bedrock DJ Luke Fair and a prostate pulsing like a hydraulic press. $10. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. [http://www.eleven50.com/|www.eleven50.com]. -- TW

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BATTLECAT, GOD'S AMERICA, THIS SONG IS A MESS BUT SO AM I, EMPEROR X, DRY LUNGS Battlecat is an Atlanta post-screamo super group featuring Jeff Burgoon (Airoes), Mike Keenan (Airoes, Electrosleep Int'l), Sean Fitzgerald (Electrosleep Int'l), and Pat Clarici (Portrait). The group's dual-bass pummel is reminiscent of its members' not-so-branched family tree, while moving into new realms of recklessness. A Marathon of noisy and experimental post-hardcore acts open. $6. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. [http://www.thedrunkenunicorn.net/|www.thedrunkenunicorn.net]. -- CR

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ART GARFUNKEL As half the iconic '60s duo Simon & Garfunkel, wiry haired Art's heavenly harmonies blended perfectly with the timeless words and music of Paul Simon. Solo, the singer/actor is a great interpreter of tunes, and his live show features an impressive collection of material from the talents of such heralded wordsmiths as Jimmy Webb — and yes, even Simon. As he proved on the recent S&G reunion tour, he still possesses an incredible voice, a dramatic presence and an endearing sense of humor. $25-$70. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. 770-819-7765. www.mablehouseamphitheatre.com. — Lee Valentine Smith

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CHRIS KNIGHT, STOVALL While Steve Earle's work slowly devolves into a caricature of his past glory, Chris Knight continues to crank out powerful and unique "story songs" that capture a dark and oppressive image of life in America. Not for the fainthearted, but a listening experience you won't soon forget. His newest release, Enough Rope, is a mo-fo. $12. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — James Kelly

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COGBURNS, ROCKET 350, THE LOVE DRUNKS To celebrate the release of their second album, Pay Up, Sucker!, the garage-rockin' Cogburns are hosting a CD release party with surprises galore, including a costume contest. Check their My Space page for more info, or just go and be truly surprised — and thoroughly rocked — by the recently revamped lineup of the skinny necktie-wearin' band. Guests include Rocket 350 and those sexxxy kissin' fools the Love Drunks. Pucker up, sucker! $7. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — LVS

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DJ SHORTKUT Jonathan "Shortkut" Cruz is a one-time member of two of the most celebrated hip-hop DJ crews ever: the legendary Invisibl Skratch Piklz and the Beat Junkies. His aesthetic ranges from underground and mainstream hip-hop to dancehall and funky ol' soul. You're not going to hear any trainwrecks and bad mixes tonight, kids. With Shortkut, you're rocking with the best. 10 p.m. MJQ Concourse. www.mjqatlanta.com. — Mosi Reeves

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JON FADDIS QUARTET A protege of Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter Faddis has technical and expressive range in his straight-ahead jazz that evokes the voices of his mentor and other jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge and Miles Davis. $35. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. — Mark Gresham

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LUST To celebrate a full-on decade of Lust, the luscious girls (and, oh yeah, boy — I almost forgot) of the wacky theatrical trio are throwing a swingin' party, heavy on the kitsch. The crazy soirée is sponsored by the number 10, due to the bands TENure, of "10 years, 10 drummers, 10's of 100's of wardrobe changes, and 10's of thousands of miles." Come dressed in a crazy Vegas koo-koo nutty kinda way and win prizes! Or just show up and watch the fun. Also scheduled to appear: Tiger! Tiger! (featuring Susanne from Lust on bass), Chicago punkers Plasma Drive, Courtesy Murder (with Lusty Amos on drums) and, of course, Sass Parilla, the Singing Gorilla. $5. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. — LVS

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QUINTRON & MISS PUSSY CAT, HARRY MERRY Quintron & Miss Pussy Cat have fought an uphill battle since hurricane Katrina flooded their home and studio in New Orleans' 9th Ward. But their merger of demented puppetry coupled with homemade drums and swamp-monster electronics still jolt to life with Cajun art-punk shivers. Harry Merry opens with a set of whimsical, lo-fi pop culled from Rotterdam's most deranged alleys. $12. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford

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WENDY WALDMAN, FREEBO, JIM PHOTOGLO These crafty musicians go way back, individually and collectively. Waldman was one of the coolest of the late '70s Warner Brothers stable of female singer/songwriters. She's written songs covered by a ton of diverse acts on the country and pop sides of the tracks. She's also worked with legendary L.A.-based musician Freebo, a mainstay of classic performances by Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur. The two recently appeared on Neil Young's Living with War. Freebo's Before the Separation is part of the reason for this tour. Also, his collaborations with Photoglo, a Nashville-based genre-jumper, surely will feature tunes from their Sparks in the Radio, as well. Does anyone — besides me — remember his '80s band called Photoglo? $15. 9 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — LVS

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CAROLINE & THE RAMBLERS, FULTON COUNTY RHYTHM KINGS The kid-friendly, PBR-flowing Saturday matinee series continues with one of Atlanta's finest vocalists, Caroline Engel, and her amazing combo. John McLean's Rhythm Kings are also making one of their first public performances today, so you gotta be there. $2-$5. 3 p.m. PushPush Theater. 404-377-6332. www.pushpushtheater.com. — JK

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THE CRYSTAL METHOD In 1995, "Superstar DJ" Keoki released the single "Caterpillar." On said single were breakbeat "superstars" including Florida's Rabbit in the Moon and Las Vegas-founded duo the Crystal Method. And it was the Crystal Method's "big beats" that took "Caterpillar" from indulgent dreck to dancefloor devastator. Personally, I haven't been as compelled since, though these guys have kept the beat rollin'. Now we've got "funky breaks," "nu-breaks," "drum 'n' breaks" and all kinds of other reasons for excessive use of quote marks. And surely the Crystal Method's Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland will play a bit of it all. While you'll no longer see my stovepipe pants flapping to the speaker's pulse, "Caterpillar" is still redemptive. J-Luv, Kevin O and Prince Presto also make like Michael Jackson and just beat it. $15. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. — Tony Ware

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HALO FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY It's called Halo, but it's unlikely the people who visit this swank neighborhood nook in the bowels of the Biltmore intend to wile away their time being angelic. Over the past five years, this Little Lounge That Could has dished out more and more (and s'mores) entertainment, becoming a go-to grotto for refined rumpus. Now the minimalist futurists are celebrating five years of jet set gourmet behind unmarked doors, and along with champagne wishes and caviar dreams will be the sounds of Halo's resident DJs, as well as NYC's Turntables on the Hudson DJs Nickodemus and Mariano, plus percussionist Nappy G. Deep and dubby, never grubby, this conceptual coven will leave the walls palpitating and perspiring. Call for price. 8 p.m. Halo. 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com. — TW

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ONEIDA, BIRDS OF AVALON, BLACK TAJ If you're looking for nothing more than smart hard-rock from Oneida, then look elsewhere. The Brooklyn group's new album, Happy New Year, finds its expanding repertoire to incorporate droning, mystical melodies alongside the usual rhythm and strum. Raleigh, N.C., band Birds of Avalon sound equally progressive, though their incarnation of it is less futuristic than throwback (as in '70s). Black Taj, which sports two members of the late and beloved Polvo, opens for what should be an indie-heavy night. The occasion is a book release party for Chunklet magazine's The Overrated Book. See 3Qs with Henry Owings in Arts, p. 41. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — MR

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U.S. ARMY GROUND FORCES BAND Led by Captain Paul R. Bamonte, the U.S. Army Ground Forces Band is one of Atlanta's hometown ensembles, based at Fort McPherson in the city's south side. The afternoon program offers everything from full symphonic band repertoire to selections for smaller groups such as brass quintet and Dixieland band. Free. 3 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. — MG

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The ASO's annual Bark in the Park concert, led by Jere Flint, features animal-themed music and includes an open invitation to bring your pet to enjoy the program. Whether dog, cat, weasel, armadillo, flying squirrel, gecko, wallaby, emu or capybara, all species of fauna are welcomed. Free. 7:30 p.m. Piedmont Park, Oak Hill. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — MG

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GREG TROOPER He's one of the most overlooked singers in the business, and deserves much more attention than he gets. Trooper's last CD, Make It Through This World, was a blue-eyed soul masterpiece, and even in an intimate solo setting he can blow you away. A great way to end the weekend. $10. 7 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — JK

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THE MINDERS, THE KINGDOM, THE PROTECTORS OF Even though the Minders are some of the more remote cousins of the Elephant 6 family, the group's brand of Beatles-centric pop bares the unmistakable mark of its Athens-based compatriots. The group is currently touring in support of It's a Bright Guilty World (Future Farmer), its first release in more than three years. The Kingdom and the Protectors Of open the show. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

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THE BITTERSWEETS Oakland, Calif., quintet the Bittersweets makes lovely acoustic pop-rock and is distinguished by the sweet, textured vocals of Hannah Prater and Chris Meyers. The group just released its debut album, The Life You Always Wanted, and Prater and Meyers are promoting the disc with a string of acoustic dates. Philadelphia singer Todd Martin opens. $10. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — MR

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WED/2

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FIONA APPLE It's hard to believe that Apple's third album, Extraordinary Machine, is her lowest-selling effort to date. It's one of her best, wedding extraordinary lyrics like "It took the agenda from its place in my bed/Made a merry paramour of me" (from the song "O' Sailor") with heavy, thumping cabaret pop. Raspy singer/songwriter David Garza supports. $27.84-$74.28. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-4800. www.classicchastain.org. — MR

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LUKE FAIR Admit it, we're all looking backward to move forward. You think, "Man, I wasn't able to get the last girl I dated to tie me up and tickle my taint, so how can I subtly convince the next one?" Electronic music is much like that taint-tickling, always drawing on the past to diddle the skittle of the future. Take some evocatively hollow tech-house, adhere it to some jack tracks, cobble together melodic prog pads with grit-streaked electro stabs and twist some cheeky strings on top of funky house. Wha'cha got? Bedrock DJ Luke Fair and a prostate pulsing like a hydraulic press. $10. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. — TW

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THURS/3

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BATTLECAT, GOD'S AMERICA, THIS SONG IS A MESS BUT SO AM I, EMPEROR X, DRY LUNGS Battlecat is an Atlanta post-screamo super group featuring Jeff Burgoon (Airoes), Mike Keenan (Airoes, Electrosleep Int'l), Sean Fitzgerald (Electrosleep Int'l), and Pat Clarici (Portrait). The group's dual-bass pummel is reminiscent of its members' not-so-branched family tree, while moving into new realms of recklessness. A Marathon of noisy and experimental post-hardcore acts open. $6. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

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