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CL's picks for the week's best shows


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THE DEATH SET Baltimore's Australian ex-pat duo the Death Set explodes with a sample-fueled fury unheard since Atari Teenage Riot. The buzzing synth and drum-machine beats are joined by noisy, distortion-drenched bass and guitar with childlike shouted vocals like the Go! Team giving Daft Punk a beatdown. The lo-fi crush adds an amateurish, ramshackle charm to their careening, punkish racket. Their innocent roar suggests an electro-punk Shonen Knife, particularly on tracks like "Negative Thinking," where frontman Johnny Siera sings, "If I felt cynicism, I'd wrap it in a blanket of discontentment. Fuck that!" Free. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. -- Chris Parker

PETER MURPHY Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi-inspired frontman returns for a trawl through his solo catalog of dark, post-punk, world-influenced prog-goth. His creepy, Bowie-styled vocals provide suitable accompaniment for eerie, often atmospheric music that nonetheless has generated a handful of hits, such as "Cuts You Up." Despite the heat, dress in black for maximum impact, dig out the dark eyeliner and be sure to wear a disaffected stare. $27-$29. 8 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. -- Hal Horowitz

BOZ SCAGGS W/THE ASO The stylish poster boy for slick, rhythmic '70s blue-eyed soul hasn't released an album of original material in seven years, but as with his old bandmate Steve Miller, the Chastain faithful don't schlep out the candles and pricey catered food to hear new stuff. The symphony will add heft to Scaggs' sumptuous ballads and he'll surely play the "Lowdown" hits. But he's best when laying into the upbeat blues and R&B at the foundation of his earliest songs. $25-$90. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-733-5000. -- HH


THE 4TH OF U-LIE CONCERT FEATURING NY OIL, ISHUES, STACY EPPS, SUNS OF LIGHT, LAST LYRICISTS, LEON ROTHSTEIN Talk about ironic. The homes of both Minister Server of the Temple of Hip Hop and Professor Griff of Public Enemy were recently lost in two separate fires. So folks have pulled together, including community activist Angie the Hip Hop Angel and noted DJ/producer Sol Messiah, to hold a fundraiser for the celebrated hip-hop vets. With a deep list of artists, the sets won't be long, but Leon Rothstein of the Labratz will debut a few solo songs and Stacy Epps will be on hand to keep the crowd "Floatin." $10 donation. 10 p.m. The Five Spot. 404-223-1100. -- Jacinta Howard

DIXIE BEELINERS, BLUEGRASS JAM The Beeliners have managed to make traditional bluegrass interesting again, with their rapid-fire instrumentals and captivating songs. They are students and scholars of the genre, and treat it with the respect it deserves. Open jam gives newbies a chance to sit in and refine their chops. $7. Jam at 7 p.m., Beeliners at 9 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. -- James Kelly

CLAIRE HOLLEY, JONATHAN BYRD, DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN There are so many great indie artists who seem to fly under the radar, yet continue to work the road and hone their craft because they love doing it. Holley is one who deserves more public acclaim, and hopefully her newest CD, Hush, will move her upward. Her thoughtful lyrics and tender melodies are great for a warm summer night. Fellow folkies Byrd and Jacobs-Strain open. $10-$50. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. -- JK

KEVIN KINNEY BAND, THE HEAP When he's away from the bluster of Drivin N Cryin, lead singer Kinney has room to explore the deeper folkie, country and blues influences that help make his band so resilient. He's an Atlanta institution of sorts and a survivor in the music trench wars whose distinctive, Dirty South roots and warbling vocals tap a scruffy authenticity that remains timeless and edgy. Athens-based the Heap's funk-soul-jazz mélange makes an interesting opener. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- HH

NO AGE Shoegazers live on through this L.A. duo, whose ample racket recalls the fuzzy roar of Jesus & Mary Chain wedded to jagged post-punk angularity and hardcore clatter instead of Beach Boys melodies. The dissonant spikes of drone owe a debt to Sonic Youth, and the white-noise wall of distortion recalls Dinosaur Jr., but the blend of influences produces something uniquely their own. Drummer Dean Allen Spunt sings with a Wareham-like dispassion, though vocals are somewhat intermittent, between the ambient noise and blasts of spiky melody. $10-$12. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. -- CP


ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA A musical Independence Day celebration that features mostly American music: Aaron Copland's "Fanfare of the Common Man" and "A Lincoln Portrait," the "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein, Christopher Theofanidis' luminous "Rainbow Body." Two perennial populist favorites cap off the concert: the "1812 Overture" by Russian composer Peter Tchiakovsky and the quintessential American march "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa. Star-spangled Robert Spano conducts. Live HD video of fireworks at Lenox Square follows. $21-$64. 7:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 404-733-5397. -- Mark Gresham


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