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CL's picks for the week's best shows



FERRY CORSTEN A favorite among the blissed-out trance crowd, this Dutch DJ also ventures into harder electro, drum ‘n’ bass and house beats when the mood is right. Tonight, he brings his spectacle of light and sound to town once again with JP Del Rio opening. $15-$50. 10 p.m. Opera. 404-874-0428. — Jonathan Williams

MIKE ZITO Like many of his blues-rock brethren, guitarist Zito has been tirelessly plugging away in the trenches and dive bars of his profession. Two recent releases produced by veteran David Z. have raised his profile and shown him to be a sharp songwriter as well as a searing axeman.  $10. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — Hal Horowitz


CONNOR CHRISTIAN, KURT SCOBIE Christian’s hot-footed Americana shuffles, gallops and gallivants through a Southern roots mix of country, blues and rock. A charismatic joie de vivre emanates from the lively tracks comprising his latest, 90 Proof Lullabies. $10-$13. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. — Chris Parker

LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY As a true reggae legend, visionary force and the music’s most psychologically unhinged figure, Perry creates a mesmerizing groove of roots and dub music that’s hypnotic and irresistible. When he’s on and his band is cooking, it’s tough to beat. When he’s not, all bets are off. $22.50-$25. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-223-1100. — Hal Horowitz

MARIA CALLAS TRIBUTE An hour-long concert by GSU faculty and students celebrates legendary New York-born Greek soprano Callas, who possessed both splendid bel canto technique and great dramatic talent.   Callas memorabilia and photos exhibited in the lobby. Free. 7:30 p.m. Rialto Center. 404-413-5849. — Mark Gresham

SOLILLAQUISTS OF SOUND, LEE HARVEY OSWALD, THE NICE GUISE A funky, rocking backbeat powers the Orlando outfit’s soulful astro-rap, which undulates at times like space rockers. Sultry female vocals interlace the limber rhymes, whispering “come hither” and shouting “get down” simultaneously. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — CP


BRITNEY SPEARS, JORDIN SPARKS America's sweetheart of the trailer park has managed to pull off a pretty damn good comeback, when most of us had written her off as a serious has-been bound for VH1 reality shows. "American Idol" winner Sparks opens. $39.50-$129. 8 p.m.  Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. — James Kelly

THE F’N HEARTBREAKS, WIGHAT, PEACHTREE SOUL CLUB Reviving the girl-group spirit of the Ronettes, the Heartbreaks harmonize over slinky garage-pop backed by a sax-guitar-bass-drums band. Their innocent pop swerve is alluring like a coy wink and comely hip swivel. Groovy cabaret-rockers Wighat open. $5. 9 p.m. Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 404-874-5756. — CP

VERY DISCO: A DAFT PUNK TRIBUTE French synth-pop duo Daft Punk hasn't stood on a U.S. stage since 2007 and probably won't be back until 2010 or later. Alfredo Lapuz Jr. and Stanley Walker of Velveteen Pink, Immuzikation and Atlanta hip-hop act Collective Efforts couldn't wait that long, so they've cultivated an elaborate tribute to Daft Punk's entire catalogue, complete with a mind-melting light show that mimics their M.O. almost to a T. $7-$10. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. — Chad Radford


CELBRATING EUDORA Female foursome Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kate Campbell, Claire Holley and Caroline Herring re-create their musical tribute to Southern author Eudora Welty, first performed in honor of Welty's 100th birthday in April in Jackson, Miss. $25. 7 p.m. Presser Hall, Agnes Scott College. 404-471-6430. — MG

PARDNER, GHOST RIDER CAR CLUB, AMY PIKE-TAYLOR A pre-Drive Invasion gig featuring the kinda hokey hot-tub country of Pardner, the classic country covers of the Ghost Riders, and the honky-tonk of former Atlanta songbird Pike-Taylor. The twang is the thang. $10. 8:30 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. — JK


DRIVE INVASION One of the summer's best events is one day this year, but what a day. Music features Los Straitjackets, rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, Detroit Cobras, Gargantua, the Go-Devils, Grinder Nova and more. Also cars, movies, and tons of fun. $5-$28. Starlight Drive-In. 404-627-5786. — JK

FRUIT BATS, DEATH VESSEL Lovers of twee indie-folk pop should flock to Bats’ frontman Eric D. Johnson’s charming if lighter than fluff ditties. Touring behind the band’s fourth release, Johnson’s reedy voice and skeletal backing is bolstered by stronger songs and more fleshed-out arrangements. $10-$12. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — Hal Horowitz

MARSHALL CHAPMAN, JILL MCCORKLE  The “tall girl” from Spartanburg, songwriter/guitarist Chapman was one of the first women to front a rock band. Chapman joins forces with North Carolina author McCorkle for an evening of music and paired readings. $20-$25. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. — MG


THE WILD, DOPEL GANG Atlanta folk/punk/indie-rock ensemble the Wild writes guttural, galloping and subversive songs that are all about engaging in smart rebellion, and are geared toward fans of Against Me, Woody Guthrie and Bright Eyes' angrier moments. Fellow locals Dopel Gang play a spacey merger of punk-rock experimentalism and minimal hooks that swim in waves of reverb and resonance. Free. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — CR
THE BRUNETTES, THROW ME THE STATUE, NURSES New Zealand pop darlings the Brunettes are the cutesy duo of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Jonathan Bree and Heather Mansfield. Together they waft out breezy, sometimes noisy numbers that evoke the girl groups of the '60s, but are driven by the punk jitters of the '70s. Likeminded multi-instrumentalist Scott Reitherman, aka Throw Me the Statue, and the ramshackle Idaho by-way-of California indie-rockers Nurses open. $10. 9 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn. — CR

JACK ROSE As a founding member of drone/folk group Pelt, guitarist Rose forged a path into the gray areas of free improv and traditional folk music, which ultimately gave rise to the new weird America scene of the late '90s/early '00s. As a solo artist, he walks in the footsteps of John Fahey, plucking on the sparse intonations of primitive, rural songwriting and giving nods to everyone from Charley Patton to La Monte Young along the way. $8. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. — CR


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