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CL's picks for the week's best shows

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WED/7

CLUB OF ROME, BRASS CASTLE, PRIDE PARADE Atlanta duo Club of Rome is a purveyor of a mutant and disco-damaged throwback to the no-wave era. The sounds are muddy and the beats are primitive, but the hooks are catchy as hell. For fans of Suicide, early Sonic Youth and Throbbing Gristle. Brass Castle plays big, loud, Southern and deranged metal riffage. Athens' scratchy-throat psych-rock band Pride Parade also performs. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Chad Radford

FOOT VILLAGE Culver City, Calif.'s Foot Village is an unholy and drum-heavy four-piece that features members of Gang Wizard and Friends Forever. The group relies on nothing more than four drums and screaming, scraping vocal mantras that spearhead bouts of hardcore tribal bashing. It will be a dance party for sure, but one that resembles a scene from a Hieronymus Bosch painting or a deleted scene from one of the Mad Max sequels. $6. 10 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR

KENNY NEAL Sidelined by health problems for the past few years, Louisiana blues/soulman Neal has returned with a terrific new album that returns him to the stylish and crisp swamp sound that has made him a genre headliner. He's a commanding triple-threat talent, equally proficient on guitar, harmonica or singing his heart out on covers and his own originals. As solid as his albums are, it's the live experience that best showcases his sharp playing and classy approach. It's great to welcome him back. $11-$15. 9 p.m. Darwin's 770-578-6872. www.darwinsblues.com. -- Hal Horowitz

THU/8

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA A surprise chart-topping blockbuster when released by Elektra-Nonesuch Records in 1992, Henryk Górecki's haunting "Symphony No. 3" ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs") is paired on this ASO program with the cheerfully sunnier sounds of the "Symphony No. 3" by Johannes Brahms (from which a melody was used in the song "Love of My Life" on Carlos Santana's 1999 album Supernatural.) American operatic soprano Christine Brewer solos in the Górecki, and wand-waving Scotsman Donald Runnicles conducts the entire ASO concert. Program repeats Fri., May 9. $18-$70. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

MEGAZANDOSIS, WILSON & HEATH, RECOMPAS Georgia noise makers of the most subversive variety appear for a night billed as "music to scratch what itches." Zandosis becomes Megazandosis to appear with a partially expanded and partially contracted lineup. Certain members of the core trio will be absent, but many others will stand in to skronk on horns, guitars, shortwave radios and various other devices. Wilson & Heath and Recompas (featuring members of Judi Chicago) also perform. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR

THE N.E.C. DOUBLE DYNAMITE, KNIFE AND THE 4TH WARD DAGGERS Atlanta quartet the N.E.C. gives the tried and true psychedelic rock sounds of the '60s a blast of whiplash energy, along with a heavy dose of fuzz and dang. Organ-and-drum duo Double Dynamite tackles garage rock sans guitar. Knife and the 4th Ward Daggers play a fast-paced and supercharged marriage of punk and doo-wop ditties. Free. 9 p.m. The Star Community Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. -- CR

FRI/9

BONDE DO ROLE, THE DEATH SET The Baltimore combo's ebullient shouted vocals suggest the Go! Team while the clattering drum machines, chunky guitars and trilling analog synth backing recalls Atari Teenage Riot if they'd taken their Ritalin. It's still pretty in-your-face, particularly the punky "Intermission," with its rallying cry, "the motherfuckin' Death Set," but it's also tuneful at times, sounding like Digitalism after an indie-rock makeover. The baile funk and Miami bass machine bump behind headliners Bonde Do Role offers a salacious Brazilian take on M.I.A., supporting last summer's critically lauded With Lasers. $12. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- Chris Parker

DARRELL SCOTT It's not easy to maintain indie credibility and also dance with the Nashville mainstream industry, but Scott has found a way to do just that. It's because he writes such damn good songs. He gets the best of both worlds -- cuts by top-selling artists such as the Dixie Chicks and Garth Brooks, and he puts out his own amazing solo albums. I think he keeps the best stuff for himself, and he is a great performer. $20-$100. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- James Kelly

MICHAEL O'NEAL SINGERS Though music be the food of love, it can still squirt out your nose when you laugh too hard. The Roswell-based Michael O'Neal Singers present a "Humor in Choral Music" program designed to provoke ingestion of jollity, featuring "Concerto for Singing Chickens" by Stephen Lawrence, irreverent oeuvres by the irascible P.D.Q. Bach (aka Peter Schickele), and choral zaniness from Broadway. Discount tickets for students/seniors. $20. 8 p.m. Roswell United Methodist Church, Roswell. 770-594-7974. www.mosingers.com. -- MG

MIKE NESS Social Distortion's tattooed main man takes his solo act on the road for the first time in nearly a decade. Freed from the shackles of his punky California band, Ness explores the raw outlaw country that formed the foundation of SD. His raspy snarl of a voice fronts a growling group that's a perfect match for this dark material, almost all of it obscure covers from Marty Robbins, Hank Williams Sr. and of course Johnny Cash, who is practically Ness' patron saint. Honky-tonk/soul renaissance man Jesse Dayton opens the show in a more traditional vein. $27.50-$30. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-223-1100. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- HH

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