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CL's picks for the week's best shows



DIGITAL LEATHER, THEE CRUCIALS, THE F'N HEARTBREAKS Under the direction of founder/frontman Shawn Foree, Digital Leather wavers between electro-punk, no wave and noise rock, all crafted under the pressures of deviant and antagonistic sexuality. Local bands Thee Crucials and the F'n Heartbreaks also perform. $7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769.  — Chad Radford

OVO, SUBARACHNOID SPACE, GO GO GHOST Trans-European duo OvO have spent a lifetime exploring the most disturbing elements of black metal and industrial dirge to concoct a deep, dark and totally horrifying sound. Portland-based Subarachnoid Space play sweeping, instrumental washes of noise and ethereal metal that swell with tension and urgent beauty. Local noisemakers Go Go Ghost also performs. $8. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. – CR

The French synth-pop quartet isn’t breaking any boundaries for its latest album of easy-on-the-ears confections, but Phoenix does it so well that the band has, after a decade of under-the-radar work, deservedly crossed over to the mainstream. Sold out. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. — Hal Horowitz

SPIRITS AND THE MELCHIZEDEK CHILDREN, MAGIC APRON, FREE TICKET Spirits and the Melchizedek Children's vocalist/guitarist Jason Elliott leads a slow procession of ghostly, afflicted strumming through a tussle of echoing resonance and wide-eyed tape hiss. The grating sonic textures of the group's sound add just as much subtle nighttime mystery to the music as Elliott's songwriting. Magic Apron and Free Ticket open. $7. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. – CR


ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA “Finding Rothko” by Adam Schoenberg, Brahms' “Violin Concerto” performed by pianist Dejan Laziç in his own new transcription for piano and orchestra, and Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition.” $20-$70. 8 p.m. Repeats FRI/2 and SAT/3. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. — Mark Gresham

Highly popular among classical-crossover crowds, Atlanta will be only the third audience to hear this virtuosic quintet with its newest member: trumpeter Christopher Coletti, announced on Sept. 17 as replacing outgoing Joe Burgstaller. $50. 8 p.m. Emerson Hall, Schwartz Center. 404-727-5050. — MG

J-LIVE, KAM MOYE, HOMEBOY SANDMAN, HEZEKIAH, COLLECTIVE EFFORTS, GRIPPLYAZ Jay Force of WRFG-FM (89.3)’s "Beatz & Lyrics" show celebrates the its 10th anniversary by hosting this A3C Hip-Hop Festival concert featuring J-Live — an MC who embodies what both Beatz & Lyrics and A3C represent: real hip-hop. Collective Efforts plays a late set with a full band and guest MC Gripplyaz. Director El Jay will debut the trailer for his locally produced film Pathways. $5, or free w/three-day A3C pass. 7 p.m. East Atlanta Icehouse. 404-577-2073. — Rodney Carmichael

BOBBY RAY (B.O.B.), SPREE WILSON, BUFF 1, THOSE CHOSEN URB magazine hosts this A3C Hip-Hop Festival showcase featuring Decatur’s Bobby Ray, who’s coming off the release of his split-personality mixtape B.O.B. vs. Bobby Ray, and former Atlantan Wilson, who recently released his Evil Angel EP and is courting a major distribution deal via Q-Tip’s new label venture. Buff 1 and Those Chosen open. $10. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — RC

THE DEAD WEATHER Jack White strikes again, this time as drummer for this goth-blues concoction. The band’s impressive debut was cranked out quickly, but there is intensity and star power in frontwoman Alison Mosshart’s delivery, and White’s impressive track record speaks for itself. $30. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404- 659-9022. — HH

PSYCHEDELIC FURS, HAPPY MONDAYS This retro '80s tour package finds the original frontmen of these two U.K. exports churning out the hits, predominantly aimed at the fortysomethings who remember them as the soundtrack to their own coming of age festivities. Everyone will leave satisfied, but there is something inherently distressing about seeing once-edgy acts cashing in on the nostalgia they once abhorred. $26.50. 8 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — HH

RANDY ROGERS BAND Bringing some much needed lyrical depth to the current crop of mainstream country bands on the market, Rogers and Co. deliver some fine, hard-edged tunes with the sort of gusto that makes it worth going to Buckhead. $10. 10 p.m. Peachtree Tavern. 404-842-1700. — James Kelly


BLACK CROWES, TRUTH AND SALVAGE CO. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson's boys are all grown up, and the Metroplex is but a distant memory to them. Their deep-fried Southern rock is nothing new, but boy is it fun. The fairly pleasant Truth and Salvage Co. opens. $38.50-$48.50. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-249-6400. – JK

ODIST, REPTAR, ABBY GO GO, IT'S ELEPHANTS Atlanta trio Odist play smooth and prog-ish indie-rock songs that dwell in shadow and nocturnal resonance. For this show, the group celebrates the release of a new EP. Local bands Abby Go Go, Reptar and It's Elephants open the show and set the night in motion. $5-$7. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. – CR

SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE Check for the swooning but taut and tense arrangements of this band's moody post-punk-inspired emo. Led by Jeremy Enigk’s evocative croon, the group has achieved even greater acclaim during its recent nine-year absence. It's the original trio reunited for the first time since ’95. Sold out. 9 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. — Chris Parker


ATLANTA CHAMBER PLAYERS This opening concert to the 34th season features the “live performance” finalist round in ACP's “Rapido!” composition contest, and new works by Michael Gandolfi and Jennifer Higdon, plus Beethoven's “14 Variations” for piano trio. $10-$20. 3 p.m. Walter Hill Auditorium, High Museum. 404-733-4400. – MG 

METALLICA, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA They rule the world, they “sell out,” they almost crash and burn, then they bounce back and put out another amazing album called Death Magnetic. Metallica IS metal, got it? Lamb of God and Gojira open. $53.50-$73.50. 7 p.m. Philips Arena. 404-878-3000. – JK


GRIZZLY BEAR Unusual, richly conceived art-pop blending orchestral flourishes, delicate strummed intimacy and beatific vocals in dense, dynamic arrangements. The group's inventive style casts the Walkmen’s theatricality within a smart, soft-spoken grandiosity reminiscent of Arcade Fire. Sold out. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. – CP


REGINA SPEKTOR Her cooing vocals shuffle and gambol with enthusiastic charm, beguiling like a quirky indie-art house bohemian. Her bubbly, irrepressible personality is matched by unerring, effervescent melodies, as she alternates between piano and guitar. $30-$34. 7:30 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. – CP


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