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CL's picks for the week's best shows

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LARRY JON WILSON, COCO ROBICHEAUX Even though he never got the national recognition of his peers, Wilson is a master songwriter whose tales of Deep Southern gothic characters never fail to fascinate the listener. Robicheaux brings a Cajun twist to night. $15-$75. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. — James Kelly 


ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA An assemblage of aerialists and acrobats join the ASO for "Cirque de la Symphonie": trapeze artists, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen perform to classical and contemporary music. Repeats SAT/28 at 2 and 8 p.m. $18-$48. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. — Mark Gresham

BAD BOY BILL After more than two decades of spinning house, electro and hip-hop club beats, Chicago’s Bad Boy Bill released his first artist album earlier this year. Touring in support of The Album, he headlines tonight with additional sets by Alex Peace and Danny M. $20. 10 p.m. Opera. 404-874-0428. — Jonathan Williams

REACTIONARY RECORDS FEST FEATURING FRANTIC, BALKANS, PREDATOR, THE HUMMS, SHINING PATH, THE A.G.G., RALPH Expect a smorgasbord of noisemakers including Frantic’s old-school hardcore, Predator’s Wire-y, jagged post-punk, Balkans’ surprisingly catchy garage swagger, Athens’ manic '60s garage throwbacks the Humms, and the grimy, ramshackle shuffle of Alabama’s Shining Path. Continues SAT/28. $8-$15. 8:30 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. — CP


GIL MANTERA’S PARTY DREAM Combining ‘80s synth-pop keyboards, prog-rock guitars and trancelike club beats, Gil Mantera’s Party Dream’s music wouldn’t have been all that out of place on the soundtrack to a John Hughes film. Local dance rockers Kid Stuff open the show. $8-$10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — JW

METRIC, BAND OF SKULLS Like Blondie before them, the members of NYC’s Metric combine punk spirit with slick, radio ready pop songs that wouldn’t be out of place on an “I remember the '80s” show. The U.K. opener’s more blustery hard-rock edge makes for an usual yet enticing bill. $20. 9 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. — Hal Horowitz 

MUSIC HATES YOU, GOLLUM, BURDEN OF VISION Somewhere between the primal garage-punk howl of the Jesus Lizard and Black Sabbath’s bottom-heavy blues-metal throb lies Music Hates You. Their scabrous roar and unhinged stage theatrics channel the musical equivalent of the demolition derby. $6. 11 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. — Chris Parker


BENEFIT FOR DAVID HULSEY As happens far too often, a local Atlanta musician with medical bills needs some help from his friends. Hulsey gets an assist from Shanghai Surprise, Mojo Filter and several other rocking bands. Help a good guy out. $12-$15. 6 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. — JK

KRISTIAN BUSH, SCOOTER CARUSOE, PATRICK DAVIS, KEVIN MONTGOMERY Sugarland's Bush comes back to his roots with Davis and Carusoe in tow, songwriter pals from Nashville. Should be an evening of fun stories and catchy tunes. Montgomery, on a 50-state tour, opens with an early set. $25-$125. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. — JK

OLGA SHPITKO, TIM WHITEHEAD Violinist Shpitko and pianist Whitehead perform the second of five concerts presenting the entire cycle of Beethoven's 10 sonatas for violin and piano. This particular concert features No. 2 (composed 1798) and No. 7 (1802). Free. 3 p.m. Northside Drive Baptist Church. 404-237-8621. — MG


EL VEZ, LOS STRAITJACKETS The real Presley never had this in mind when considering his seasonal preparations. The combination of manic Latino frontman El Vez with Nashville’s favorite masked instrumentalists slinging out a “Viva Christmas!” show (with the Lovely Elvettes) is a match made in glam/garage/surf heaven and sure to be a highlight of anyone’s holiday festivities. $15. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. — HH

EMORY JAZZ ENSEMBLE Gary Motley, one of the Southeast's most highly regarded jazz pianists, leads the Emory University Big Band and Jazz Combos in charts by greats Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Free. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center. 404-727-5050. — MG

KOFFIN KATS, DSK Detroit punkabilly trio Koffin Kats’ blitzing rave-ups writhe beneath frontman Tommy Koffin’s ghoulish croon, then downshift into a twangy, cocktail-swilling strut. They cut a stylish, energetic profile on their fourth album, Forever For Hire. $8. 8 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. — CP



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