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CL's picks for upcoming Atlanta concerts and music events

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WED/24

INDIAN JEWELRY, TENTH TO THE MOON, GOLD PAINTED NAILS, MUGU GUYMEN Houston trio Indian Jewelry creates a hypnotic atmosphere during its fiery live performances. Drawn-out rhythms, pulsating beats, sensory-slurring lights and smoke swarm around the music, creating an environment of post-industrial, art-punk psychedelia that is pure, confrontational and as pleasing to the brain as it is corrosive. Tenth to the Moon, Gold Painted Nails and Mugu Guymen open. $8. 8 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- Chad Radford

RON SEXSMITH Fresh off his slot opening for Nick Lowe a few months ago, Canadian Sexsmith returns plugging a terrific new album of warm, shimmering Americana folk-pop with soulful leanings. His boyish, trembling vocals and thick catalog of nine previous releases have sent critics and like-minded artists such as Elvis Costello scurrying to find new superlatives, but that has never translated to commercial success. Treat yourself to an evening with one of the finest contemporary songwriters, now arguably at the height of his abilities and not just because he co-wrote a tune with Feist. $15. 8:30 p.m. Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.fivespot-atl.com. -- Hal Horowitz

SUNSET RUBDOWN Similar to Vancouver compadres (and Swan Lake bandmates) Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes) and Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Sunset Rubdown's Spencer Krug loves him some David Bowie. Krug's keyboard-driven tapestries unfold in lush, vibrant colors while his arch tenor wavers like a flag in a stiff breeze above the clamorous art-pop. The billowing arrangements are full of light and warmth, casting weird shadows that, at least in tone, resemble Arcade Fire. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chris Parker

THU/25

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Piano soloist Emmanuel Ax cuts into Beethoven's lyrical "Piano Concerto No. 3" for this ASO season opener. The show begins with J.S. Bach's "Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor," orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski -- a kind of transcription popular in yesteryear but less heard today. The closing crowd-pleaser is "Symphony No. 1" by Johannes Brahms. Proscenium promenading Robert Spano conducts. Repeat show Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. $18-$73. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

EAT SKULL, PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT, BLACK TIME In addition to the regular fare of local experimental artists and bands holing up at the weekly Kirkwood Ballers Club, this week Silt Breeze recording artists Eat Skull and Psychedelic Horseshit bring the night to a close. Both acts revel in the new psychedelic fuzz and dang of indie pop that has been christened the "shit gaze" sound. Likeminded Londoners Black Time also perform. $5. 8 p.m. The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 404-874-5756. www.myspace.com/highlandinnloungeatlanta. -- CR

FRI/26

MIKE CROSS Keeping a classic American tradition alive seems to be Cross' mission these days, as his folk songs, storytelling and acoustic picking brings the archetypal old-time traveling troubadour back to life. Always entertaining, funny and educational, an evening with Cross is an unforgettable experience. $22.50-$25. 8 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com.

-- James Kelly

FELIX CAVALIERE'S RASCALS Making waves on the music scene since 1965, Cavaliere and the Rascals were unstoppable hit machines for several years. He branched out into a jazz groove for a while, did the singer/songwriter thing, and recently cut a great blue-eyed soul album with Steve Cropper. But it's the oldies that most folks want to hear, and he delivers. Expect some new stuff as well, and pay attention. Repeat show Saturday. $34-$67 8 p.m. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630. www.amphitheater.org. -- JK

INTELLIGENCE, GENTLEMAN JESSE, VERA FANG, HOWLIES Intelligence is at the forefront of the new no-wave junk-rock art clatter that so dominates the cutting edge of abrasive post-punk jams in 2008. The group's sound is brash, damaged, alien and filled with angst and hooks. Local power-pop ambassador Gentleman Jesse brings things back to a more earthbound pop sound. Local acts Vera Fang and Howlies are also on the bill. Free. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- CR

LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET These four "knights of the nylon string" (John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant and newest member Matthew Greif) produce a remarkably wide palette of sounds and musical vocabulary from their acoustic guitars. Their eclectic virtuosity and kinetic interaction lends a fresh vigor to the classical concert stage in musical expeditions that have ranged from Baroque to flamenco, rock to gamelan. Their most recent Telarc CD, Brazil, is Greif's first with the 28-year-old group. $48. 8 p.m. Emerson Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory University. 404-727-5050. arts.emory.edu. -- MG

STEREOLAB As one of the few survivors of the blessedly brief mid-'90s space-lounge infatuation, the U.K.'s Stereolab tours behind its recently released 11th album. Shorter songs accentuate the pop at the heart of the band's sound, with experimental impulses bubbling further below the shiny surface as singer Laetitia Sadier's otherworldly trilling vocals define a sound both commercial yet subversively edgy. Cushy, slick and caught in a bizarre time warp, her airy, cotton-candy voice remains intriguing even as the songs start to sound the same. Atlas Sound and the Harris Twins also appear. $20-$22.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- HH

TUES/30

CANDYE KANE This big-boned blues mama took a licking and kept on ticking, having recently gone through a risky treatment for pancreatic cancer. It's just another challenge Candye has faced and defeated, and even though she is slimming down, her talent is bigger and bolder than ever. She has an amazing voice and a broad musical style, and will definitely light your fire. Let's hear it for the girl! 8 p.m. Laughing Skull Lounge at Vortex Midtown. 404-875-1667. www.thevortexbarandgrill.com. -- JK

FLEET FOXES If reviews were power, the Seattle quintet could light the Western seaboard for weeks with the electricity propagated by this summer's self-titled debut. Arrayed in soaring three-part harmonies, bubbling finger-picked folk and psychedelic grandiosity that dovetails nicely with their wistful, earthy vibe, they sound like CSNY putting the Band in a headlock at the Newport Music Fest. It's pretty, gentle-hearted music whose lush warmth gets a bit lulling over the course of the album, but that shouldn't be a problem live. $10. 9 p.m. Georgia Theatre, Athens. 706-549-9918. www.georgiatheatre.com. -- CP

THE FRATELLIS While the Fratellis' lyrics aren't much deeper than Carrot Top's tan, the boisterous, sneering garage strut and good-time attitude of their debut, Costello Music, felt like a cloudless day in London. Naturally they hail from Glasgow, but their songs are written in the universal language of lads -- about pursuing dangerous women, decadence and dissipation. Sadly, success begot Here We Stand, which shreds the Strokes outfits and exchanges BigDumbFun for keyboard-driven philosophizing like "A Heady Tale." Don't speak your mind; get me another beer. $18-$20. 9 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. -- CP

SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES Boston-based Borges brokers the space between C&W, punk, '60s pop and rock with deceptive ease. Her voice shifts from ballsy to beautiful depending on whether she's covering an obscure X nugget or a Tom Waits ballad, but live she swaggers in front of a great, road-hardened band that shares her innate sense of diverse Americana and ability to open up and rock out when necessary. Openers Caroline & the Ramblers are an Atlanta country/rockabilly institution from their time as regulars during the Star Bar's twangy heyday and add to the show's rootsy vibe. $10. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- HH

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 Rodney Carmichael, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: rodney.carmichael@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Thursday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Wednesday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com.

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