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CL's picks for the week's best shows


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EDITORS, HOT HOT HEAT Editors surfed in with fellow British retro-wavers in '05. Their debut, The Back Room, mixed jagged, rubbery postpunk rhythms with gloomy, '80s synth pop owing a debt to New Order and Cure. In ratcheting back the tension a notch and turning up the ambition, their latest, An End Has a Start, winds up Coldplay in a black turtleneck. Canadians Hot Hot Heat never relinquished the nervy pulse as it went from the frantic rumble of 2002's debut EP to the polished but still jittery sashay of last fall's Happiness Ltd. $24. 7:30 p.m. Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre. 404-233-7699. -- CP


BOBBY YANG The sizzling strings of Yang's classic rock guitar-inspired violin return to his favorite Decatur haunt, with his Unrivaled Players band in tow for two back-to-back shows. Finger-pickin' guitarist Shaun Hooper opens the later show, which is billed as ages 21-plus-only -- teen fans welcomed at the early show. $12 advance online, $15 at the door. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. -- MG

OLIVIER MESSIAEN CENTENNIAL Emory University organist Timothy Albrecht organized this organ concert as the conclusion to a day full of events celebrating the 100th birth anniversary year of French Catholic mystic composer, organist and ornithologist Olivier Messiaen, who suffered synesthesia and seized sonic inspiration from birdsong. The panoply of performers include pipe organists pilfered from Emory Graduate alumni and the Emory organ studio. Free. 4 p.m. Emerson Concert Hall. Schwartz Center. 404-727-5050. -- MG

STEEP CANYON RANGERS Every year it becomes more apparent that the future of bluegrass lies in the hands of the young guns, and Chapel Hill's Rangers are capable carriers of the torch. Their energetic performances and finely honed tunes breathe new life into the genre, while maintaining the charm of the tradition. And if you have never been to Everett's Barn, it is a "must do." $12 donation. 8 p.m. Everett's Music Barn. 770-945-5628. 4065 Stoneycypher Road, Suwanee. -- JK

YO LA TENGO Dubbed "The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo" for this outing, the veteran New Jersey trio isn't touring behind a recent album, but will instead perform a mix of material from its extensive 20-year catalog in a predominantly unplugged setting. Expect storyteller-styled banter and interaction with the audience, which seems to be the ultimate way to experience, or even be introduced to, this critics' darling band often compared to the Velvet Underground. It promises to be an intimate evening of acoustic indie rock stripped of pretense and enlivened by the group's dry humor. Kurt Wagner opens. $20-22.50. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-223-1100. -- HH


FIVE EIGHT, YOUNG ANTIQUES, THE DREXLERS A strong triple play of melody and volume with three consistently big draws on one show. Five Eight is one of the longest-running Athens bands, continuing to mix raw punk aggression with intelligent, self-depreciating/analyzing lyrics. The Young Antiques continue to progress their take on folk-fueled Midwestern Americana, presented with a New Wave urgency and hi-watt pulse. The Drexlers' decibels aren't as high as the other groups tonight, but the mellow insurgency of Annie Drexler and company is equally arresting. $12. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta Room. 404-875-1522. -- LVS

RANDOM RECONSTRUCTIONISM The Atlanta 4th Ward Improvisational Ensemble is a pool of ATL jazz players convening for spontaneous bouts of musical chaos and catharsis. Titled Random Reconstructionist Policy-o-matic: (A non-Tribute to Southern Civic Planning), the theme for the night is to randomly assemble groups and have them work out their frustrations over the tangled mess of Atlanta's cityscape and street design. Performers include: Roger Ruzow (trumpet), Ben Gettys (bass), Rob Mallard (sax) and several others. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. -- CR


THE BRIDGE This Baltimore-based quintet is starting to make noise on the national jam radar with its third, self-titled release. More soulful and funky than many in its genre, the band writes gutsy yet melodic songs infused with a Southern, red-clay spirit that fills the slot between the grinding, blues-based North Mississippi All Stars, the New Orleans R&B tinge of the Radiators and Little Feat's gruff, expressive groove. Mandolin adds a dollop of bluegrass roots to the steaming stew, and Cris Jacobs' husky, drawling vocals top it off with a special sauce as tasty as it is pungent. $8. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- HH

MARC COHN Like most Grammy winners for Best New Artist, Cohn hasn't fulfilled the promise inherent in the title of that award. His impressive new album, Join the Parade, comes nine long years after his last release, yet somewhat validates the faith people once had in him. It's a set of dusky songs long on moody, poetic, "Walking in Memphis"-styled singer/songwriter grit that is dark, tuneful and edgy enough to inspire Tom Waits comparisons. Nonetheless, one wonders, considering his sporadic one-hit career, how he feels justified charging the rather inflated ticket price of this show. $35. 8 p.m. Center Stage. 770-377-4976. -- HH

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