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CL's picks for the week's best shows

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WED/30

EARTH, MADELINE, FUR ELISE Summoning slow metal, drone and dirge from the Pacific Northwest, Seattle post-grunge survivor Earth returns in support of its latest full-length, The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull (Southern Lord). With this go-round the group, under the direction of founding member Dylan Carlson, moves deeper into the realms of gospel and Americana influences while adopting improv, psychedelic rock and jazz leanings. Madeline and Fur Elise open. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chad Radford

LEON RUSSELL, GEOFF ATCHISON My first "real" concert was a Russell show in the early 1970s, and I'll never forget the grandiosity and fervor of the performance. The Master of Space and Time is now in his late 60s, and hard living and health issues have slowed him down. A little. The piano-pounding Russell has a sideman résumé without parallel, and his solo work remains fresh today. Local blues-rock artist Atchison opens. $2. 7 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- James Kelly

THU/1

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS Long before ear-splitting sound systems there was Hector Berlioz. Donald Runnicles leads the ASO&C in that composer's massive "Grande Messe des Morts" (more familiarly known simply as Berlioz's "Requiem"). Its huge orchestration, including extra groups of antiphonal brass instruments, at times screams stereophonic thunder and calamity, but leaves plenty of room for heavenly grace and beauty. Leos Janacek's massive "Sinfonietta," with its wonderfully brassy "Fanfare," opens the show. Program repeats Fri., May 2, and Sat., May 3. at 8 p.m. $18-$70. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

FRI/2

ANNA KRAMER & THE LOST CAUSE, TENEMENT HALLS, JEFFREY BUTZER With all the federal funding, local benefits and good will being channeled into Cabbagetown after the March tornado, East Atlanta has been somewhat overlooked by the public eye. Kramer & the Lost Cause, Tenement Halls and Butzer play a benefit show to raise funds to repair the areas of East Atlanta that were affected by the tornado. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

MATTHEW RYAN VS. THE SILVER STATE, JON DEE GRAHAM It's gravel-voice night at Eddie's! Ryan tends to be more of a whisperer, but has a lot to say on his many obscure albums of urban goth-folk. Graham is an Austinite with a rock pedigree, and is one of the most enticing performers I have ever seen. He's also the subject of an impending documentary, which captures his unique musical philosophy and practice. $15-$75. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- JK

SAT/3

CAROLINE HERRING With a voice as pure as the high Sierra sky, Herring takes the often overdone "chick with guitar" act to "a hoe nutha level." Her recent CD Lantana is one of the best releases so far this year, equally countrified and folky, loaded with great songs and masterful playing. $15-$75. 9 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- JK

ELF POWER Exultant yet earthbound, Elf Power continues to build its empire with its latest, In A Cave. While its sound is still launched toward the clouds of shambling psychedelia, there's a meatiness to its latest that grounds its cosmic, fuzzed-out folk and crisp, jangly pop. Credit the muscular rhythms for conspiring with the infectious melodies and resplendent harmonies to produce another fine album. If catalog were real estate, we'd be looking at some impressive acreage. $6-$7. 10 p.m. Caledonia Lounge, Athens. 706-549-5577. www.caledonialounge.com. -- Chris Parker

JUCIFER, ABBEY TRAVIS, HERMAN PUT DOWN THE GUN The Athens-based headliners need no introduction but the guitar/drum duo tours behind a terrific new album of grunge, metal and even dark folk, all played with a raw intensity that grips you by the privates and never lets go. Current Bangles bassist and occasional actress Travis' set is an iconoclastic mix she describes as "cabaret-pop-glam-rock-trip-hop-soul." The openers are an eclectic new trio fronted by longtime Atlanta indie rock fixture Sonia Tetlow, whose debut will be released soon. $10. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-5740. www.starbar.net. -- Hal Horowitz

OZOMATLI This Los Angeles collective has been blending hip-hop, Latin jazz and funk for a dozen years, since forming around a protest to save a community center. This generous spirit extends to its deep grooves and stage energy, filled to overflowing by musicians well-acquainted with all the necessary ingredients of their tasty sonic gumbo. Their fourth release, last year's Don't Mess With the Dragon, was produced by K.C. Porter (Santana, Ricky Martin) who gives their hooks a particularly danceable pop sheen. $17.50-$20. 9 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. -- CP

ZAKIR HUSSAIN & THE MASTERS OF PERCUSSION An international star in the percussion world, Hussain, arguably one of history's greatest tabla players, brings his Masters of Percussion group to offer a unique experience of northern India's artistic heritage. The show includes esteemed sarangi master, Ustad Sultan Khan. Their collaborations have enchanted classical and world music audiences alike, exploring a blend of contemporary, traditional, folk and classical styles. $32-$56. 8 p.m. Rialto Center. 404-413-9849. www.rialtocenter.org. -- MG

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