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THURS/29

ALASDAIR ROBERTS, CHARALAMBIDES, MAGIC APRON Roberts is a Scottish songwriter who channels the storytelling M.O. of his motherland into the desolation of indie Americana. Roberts is an artistic cousin to Will Oldham, Simon Joyner and Smog, but his distinctively Scottish accent, applied to haunting songcraft, places him in a league of his own. Charlambides plays a slow and ethereal morphine-folk ambience. Like-minded local act Magic Apron opens. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chad Radford

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Roberto Minczuk guest conducts Sergei Rachmaninoff's ever-popular "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," featuring Cuban-born pianist Horacio Gutierrez as soloist. The prelude to Richard Wagner's heroic final opera, "Parsifal," includes the rich, idiomatic harmonic sound painting "Lontano" ("Far away") by Hungarian composer György Ligeti (a musical parallel to the "polyphonic paintings" of Paul Klee), and selections from Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo and Juliet." Program repeats Fri., Nov. 30, and Sat., Dec. 1. $16-$70. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

BEN LEE He chafed somewhat under the yoke of youth wunderkind after the left-field success of his high school band Noise Addict and their Evan Dando paean, "I Wish I Were Him." Now Lee knows what it's like to be a songwriter with a great past and a somewhat indifferent present. Like Dando, Lee has a vulnerable singer/songwriter style without the spice of a bad-boy drug addiction. At his best the fey boy next door gives way to gutsy, devil-may-care daring and honesty. $15. 7 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. -- Chris Parker

JUCIFER, ATTRACTIVE EIGHTIES WOMEN, ZOROASTER, SCARS The nomadic Jucifer headlines tonight's long, low rumble. The formerly Athens-based duo features Amber's shockingly sensual, metallic grind, aided by Ed's sweat-soaked pummel -- making an amp-rattling racket that will thunder in and around the assembled followers, and out to the band's well-worn RV. Be sure to check out their cool, low-fi live DVD at the merch table after the show. Attractive Eighties Women, Zoroaster and Scars are also scheduled to perform. $10. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar. www.lennysbar.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

FRI/30

ATLANTA'S BURNING: DEERHUNTER, SELMANAIRES, SNOWDEN, BLACK LIPS Stomp and Stammer, the best music publication in the Southeast if not the entire US o' A, is a magazine written by -- and for -- people who truly love real music. (That was a totally unsolicited testimonial, by the way.) Tonight, as the always enjoyable barometer of hipness and humor celebrates its 11th anniversary, editor (and yes, former CL music critic, back in the good old days) Jeff Clark will preside over an impressive slate of the best-known batch of Atlanta's current big-deal indie bands (no Atlantis asswipes here, friends) for one big show. A veritable Caravan Of Stars or a Whitman's Sampler of independent delights, all with delicious caramel filling, in one evening. Go, see and be seen. $15. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- LVS

BYRD'S AUTO PARTS Byrd is a former Atlantan who has made a mark in Music City as both a B-Bender-slingin' sideman and with his incredible self-titled CD. This is real country music, folks. Get there early for a great deal on the tasty beer, and stick around to refill that glass with teardrops, and the tip jar with some folding money. $6 for beer. 6 p.m. Atlanta Brewing Company. 404-355-5558. www.atlantabrewing.com. -- James Kelly

INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, WELL STRUNG One listen to the 'Dusters and you will understand why they won three International Bluegrass Music Association awards on the strength of their debut album. It is hard to identify any other bluegrass band with so much individual talent that meshes into such a cohesive unit. These guys are gonna be big, mark my words. $9. 8 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- JK

KEVIN DUNN, VIETNAM, KING RAT In the late '70s and early '80s Kevin Dunn was an Atlanta music fixture, playing in the then much-lauded post-punk/new-wave acts the Fans and later fronting his own group, the Regiment of Women. After a decades-long hiatus he returns to the stage with his new group, Common Article III. Fellow bastions of '80s Atlanta art rock Vietnam also perform. King Rat opens. $7. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR

THE LEE BOYS Robert Randolph may have taken the sanctified sacred-steel sound to crossover recognition that only playing with Eric Clapton can provide, but the Lee Boys, who work similar territory, are just as exciting, fiery and vital. Live, the funk, R&B and gospel grenade is an explosive reminder that religious music can be an emotionally fulfilling and physically uplifting experience. Even the club's miniscule Atlanta Room stage and limited sound system can't contain music this exuberant and roof-raising. $10. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- Hal Horowitz

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