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COMMON, N.E.R.D., JANELLE MONÁE While Common's new single, "Universal Mind Control," from his upcoming release, Invincible Summer, garners mixed reviews, it represents the uncharted territory Chi-town's voice of reason plans to tackle for the first time in his career: club music. Sounds scary, no? But with production from the Neptunes and longtime OutKast collaborator Mr. DJ, Common intends to walk that fine line between techno and ghetto. Catch a sneak preview when he headlines this tour with N.E.R.D. and special guest Janelle Monáe. $36.50. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. -- Rodney Carmichael

DEAD SCIENCE Seattle pop experimentalists Dead Science are strong musicians capable of winding jazz chops around hard-churning post-rock. Jarring arrangements slam slinky late-night atmosphere off hard cubist corners and choppy puzzle-piece guitar. The group's latest, Villianaire, continues to crowd the theatrical numbers with a mess of strings and jagged riffs that veer from melodic to atonal beneath frontman Sam Mickens' shadowy croon. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- Chris Parker

SAY HI, JUKEBOX THE GHOST Bubbling with spooky lo-fi pop energy, the brainchild of Eric Elbogen suggests Death Cab for Cutie with an abiding electronic fetish. With his fifth album, The Wishes and the Glitch, Elbogen maintains his love affair with fey synth-driven pop like that of Magnetic Fields, but shortens the name from Say Hi To Your Mom. Opener Jukebox the Ghost's April release, Let Live and Let Ghosts, is one of the finest debuts of the year, offering jittery, keyboard-fueled indie pop with a touch of offbeat baroque grace that recalls Ben Folds. $8-$10. 10 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. -- CP

SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN, THE DEAD SCIENCE, MAGIC APRON There isn't much left of the "new weird America" that took over the freak-folk scene a few years back. Sunburned Hand of the Man remains, and while they're pretty freaky, there isn't too much that could be called folky about their acid-drenched bouts of avant-garde fugues of rhythm and psychedelic noise. Seattle trio the Dead Science and Atlanta's Magic Apron open. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- Chad Radford


ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA This all-Tchaikovsky program is highlighted by Macon native Robert McDuffie as violin soloist in the "Violin Concerto in D Major." Also on the program is the symphonic fantasy "Francesca da Rimini," named for a contemporary of Dante Alighieri who became a character in his Divine Comedy trilogy. "Symphony No. 1" ("Winter Daydreams") evokes images of misty, desolate landscapes and rural Russian folk-song. Robert Spano conducts. Repeat program Friday and Saturday. $18-$73. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. -- Mark Gresham

DROVERS OLD TIME MEDICINE SHOW Back in the old days when Bubbapalooza was truly a regional affair, the Drovers made several memorable appearances. Their performances were always entertaining, the music was real "old time," and the comedy was as corny as the moonshine being sipped in the back room. Come early for the bluegrass jam, and stay late for the fun. $5. Jam at 7 p.m., Drovers at 9 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. -- James Kelly

HOT CHIP British electro-pop quintet Hot Chip evolves their twee-tinged dance-pop amble to include dusky ballads on their latest, Made in the Dark. Their third full-length is a true triumph consolidating the pop gains of The Warning with a terrific batch of songs replete with harmonies and self-aware wit. There's a little of everything from fey, anxious pop to glitchy confections resurrecting the '80s from Pet Shop Boys to New Order. $25. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404 524-7354. -- CP


ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND You can say what you want about the ABB these days, just don't say anything bad around me. Gregg Allman is a survivor, and even though he is surrounded by mostly second- and third-generation members, he is still the central force of the band. They were Georgia's greatest band ever, IMHO, and this incarnation is keeping it alive. Repeat show Saturday. $38.50-$93. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-233-2227. -- JK

ALL NIGHT DRUG PROWLING WOLVES, THE WEIGHT, MOCKING BIRDS Atlanta pub rock/punk bastion All Night Drug Prowling Wolves celebrate the release of their brand new, self-titled full-length debut on the Brooklyn-based indie outlet Colonel Records. Labelmates and Brooklyn-based Atlanta transplant Joseph Plunket's band the Weight makes happy homecoming in support of its latest, greatest country rock album, Are Men. Mocking Birds are also on the bill. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. -- CR

EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY What would the great opera composers have done if they were alive today, and had at their disposal all of the instruments and influences of today's pop culture? EVOC's transmogrifications of opera and art song classics, as their YouTube videos demonstrate, stand up well, including occasional "insider" referential humor about the crossover styles. Imagine Wagner's Valkyries cross-bred with Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog," or a funky party-down disco scene drawn from Verdi's La Traviata. $20-$30. 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts. 404-894-9600. -- MG


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