Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Carpenter is the nucleus behind BEAT CIRCUS' twisted take of weirdo art-goth storytelling through songs that tap into the darkest parts of primitive European and early American motifs. The nine-piece ensemble churns out an Edgar-Allen-Poe-skulk-meets-Coney-Island-at-turn-of-the-century brand of horrific narratives that could make for good children's stories if they weren't so disturbing. The group plays Eyedrum Tues., FEB. 12. $7. 9 p.m. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.