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ADULT., PARTS & LABOR, AUDITIONING ALICE With Adult.'s fourth proper album, Why Bother?, the group's principle players, Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller, return as a duo with a new collection of concentrated and abrasive techno-angst (see Media Mashups). Parts & Labor plays a frenetic and noisy jumble of boisterous art rock that sways from easygoing grooves to spun-out jitters and back again. Auditioning Alice opens the show. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- Chad Radford

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The awesome Garrick Ohlsson is featured piano soloist for W.A. Mozart's birdlike "Piano Concerto No. 17." Two works by Igor Stravinsky embrace it, the concert opening with the bliss of his brief neo-classical "Dumbarton Oaks" chamber concerto, and closing with that perennial favorite audience stomper "The Rite of Spring." Robert Spano conducts this hot 'n' tasty musical sandwich. $28-$65. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. -- Mark Gresham

CLIPSE, MYA Last fall, Virginia duo Clipse issued Hell Hath No Fury, a disc as remarkable for its eerie, paranoid tones as for the Thornton brothers' metaphorical fascination with street life and drug dealing. Despite its elevation of "coke rap" to penultimate heights, the musical power is undeniable. Subsequent acclaim has made Clipse critics' darlings and underground heroes, if not exactly stars. On the other hand, Mya hasn't done much since her late '90s R&B pop heyday; her tour with Clipse, sponsored by Seagram's Gin, prefaces a new album, Liberation, later this year. $25. 9 p.m. Sugarhill. 404-658-0069. -- Mosi Reeves

HASTE THE DAY, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES The bill features a pair of uncommonly tuneful metalcore acts. Haste the Day hail from Indianapolis, Ind., and the band's new album, Pressure the Hinges, pushes further into the realm of modern rock, using the departure of singer Jimmy Ryan (replaced by Stephen Keech) to edge closer to radio accessibility. N.J.'s FATA is also catchy in a post-core manner, with rubbery rhythms that recall D.C. punk, and a tough-nosed guitar attack that's far more limber than its peers. $13.50. 6:30 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. -- Chris Parker


ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL Music is always an integral part of the Dogwood Fest and this year is no exception. Highlights of the three-day buffet of art, music, food and family fun: The Lindsay Rakers Band (4 p.m.) kicks off the festivities on the big Michelob Light/Coca-Cola Stage with a 45-minute set of energetic pop rock. On Saturday, 13 Stories (3:45) and Beatlemania Live! (8 p.m.) are the choice picks on the Main Stage, while longtime Dogwood favorite Donna Hopkins plays the Homegrown Stage at 5. Sunday's main attractions include the blues rock of Devon Allman's Honeytribe (3:45), smooth and easy soul from Anthony David at 5:30, and "American Idol's" Paris Bennett (7). There's literally something for everyone, so be sure to check the full schedule on the organization's website. Free. Check schedule for hours and other showtimes. Piedmont Park. -- Lee Valentine Smith

CAROLINE AIKEN, FREEBO Springtime blooms with the budding of flowers, Dogwood trees and, you know, it just wouldn't be April without an appearance from Decatur folk cornerstone Aiken. Tonight, she's backed by a cast of young and talented musicians for her early show, and then the late show will feature Aiken and internationally known bassist/songwriter Freebo. $15. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic 404-377-4976. -- LVS

TRANS AM, ZOMBI, PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT After three years down, Trans Am returns with Sex Change, a focused record that compresses instrumental rock and electro jams into short, concise prog-pop daggers. Zombi reanimates the spirit of '70s Italian horror-film soundtrack masters Goblin by crafting creepy and complex synth rock. Psychic Paramount plays loud, overdriven rock that buries mammoth sludge under a wall of squelching feedback and resonance. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- CR

TV ON THE RADIO, NOISETTES As conjurers of epic avant-rock tales depicting complex internal affairs, the songs of New York ensemble TV on the Radio make for rapturous, if sometimes difficult listening. Judging from the near-universal acclaim given its second full-length, Return to Cookie Mountain, many are willing to make the effort. The Noisettes, a British trio whose raucous art punk is more immediate than TV on the Radio, opens. $20. 9 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. -- MR


ANGELA HEWITT The "Goldberg Variations" of J.S. Bach comprise this program by pianist Hewitt, who has risen to the pedestal Glenn Gould once held as the most visible, pre-eminent interpreter of Bach on piano. Although originally for a two-manual harpsichord, in the right hands the "Goldberg Variations" (to the horror of hysterical historical purists) are a major tour-de-force of subtlety and beauty on piano. Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. $40. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. -- MG


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