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THURS/20

APHRODITE U.K. "King of Beats" Aphrodite comes to the A-T-L to give drum 'n' bass fans a reason to jump up and throw down. Stroboscopic breaks and anthem bass combine for the city's rockers and, especially, rollers. This will be a sweaty night that kicks the adrenal gland into overdrive. $10. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. -- Tony Ware

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Composer/conductor Oliver Knussen conducts his own "Violin Concerto" with violinist Leila Josefowicz as featured soloist. Knussen also leads the ASO in Respighi's "The Fountains of Rome" and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- Mark Gresham

JOHN VANDERSLICE, PORTASTATIC With his wispy voice and ethereal melodies, listening to singer/songwriter Vanderslice's folksy ruminations is like waking up inside a dream. Gentle melodies and hushed vocals are bolstered by multilayered embellishments that add presence but never at the expense of the generally somber mood. Ex-Superchunk maestro Mac McCaughan's Portastatic supports its powerful new indie-pop album. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Hal Horowitz

FRI/21

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., Oct. 20. $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

DAY MARS RAY, LIQUID JUNGLE, HUBCAP CITY Atlanta indie songwriter staple David Railey (American Dream, Casionova) celebrates the release of A Remedy for Deafness, the debut from his new group Day Mars Ray. Railey's affected croon leads a procession of baroque and bucolic Southern melodies. Hubcap City plays haunting and dilapidated junkyard folk anthems for the avant-garde apocalypse. Local act Liquid Jungle is also on the bill. $7. 9 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- Chad Radford

ENTROPY The guys on stage aren't the only ones wet with sweat when Entropy is playing. The Athens-to-Atlanta quintet serves up bluesy, chop-stickin' bass, sho' nuff kickin' drums, Rod Williams' keys and churchified vocals that combine to drive the funky sound all the way down. It's music that makes you move -- even if you're getting tossed about by folks on the dancefloor. You never know who or what might end up on stage, from big girls singing and doin' the bump to soulful horns to OK MCs. Charlotte's Bellyfull opens. $8. 10 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. -- T. LaGon

MICHAEL O'NEAL SINGERS A concert devoted to the music of John Rutter, titled "What Sweeter Music," with guest soprano Arietha Lockhart. Though Rutter's musical sweetness can at times descend to sonic aspertame, the excellent MOS brings out the best in his more durable, large works, such as his "Requiem" and "Te Deum," which are featured in this program and on the group's CD, Sacred Sounds of John Rutter. Senior/student discount available. $20. 8 p.m. Roswell United Methodist Church. 770-594-7974. www.mosingers.com. -- MG

SAT/22

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See Sound Menu listing for Thurs., Oct. 20. $15-$53. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

BUCKETHEAD Who is that prog, speed-metal, hard rock and experimental guitar-strangling masked man? There's no telling, and the upside-down KFC bucket atop his hidden face isn't giving any clues. But that only focuses attention on his lightning runs and frantic playing, which shifts from tasty to terrifying. He'll likely be featuring music from his intense and riveting new album, Enter the Chicken. $15. 9 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- HH

HYBRID Chocolate in my peanut butter. Peanut butter in my chocolate. More fuel-efficient cars. All great hybrids. And another hybrid -- Wales' Hybrid -- has been great ever since the group's 1999 meticulously orchestrated Wide Angle album added symphonic sweep to prog house/trance. Hybrid also puts the cinematic touch to distinctive breaks as well as other forms of propulsive arrhythmia. $15. 9 p.m. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. -- TW

JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER, NAUTICAL ALMANAC Crafting vast and psychedelic drones, drawing from jazz, noise, country and space rock, Portland, Ore.'s Jackie-O Motherfucker weaves a loose-fitting web of amorphous improvisation. Saxophonist Nester Bucket, guitarist Tom Greenwood and a revolving cast of players find sonic balance where hippies and noisemakers find common ground on which to freak out. Baltimore duo Nautical Almanac plays clunky and primitive experimental music sans electricity. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR

RICHARD "HUMPTY" VISSION Los Angeles' Vission has been making people's days with the big-floor funk for well over a decade. An accomplished producer, the man knows his way around some peak-hour hooks. As master of the quick mix, Vission rocks commercially friendly tracks like a 30-second ,extreme soda spot. After all, where would sports beverages and arenas be without big, dumb house. $20. 10 p.m. Compound. 404-886-3467. www.compoundatl.com. -- TW

SOUNDS OF THE SOUTH This musical roots celebration brings some of the most important traditional artists in Dixie to one stage, headlined by bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley. With the Piedmont blues of Cephas & Wiggins, and the stunning Sacred Harp vocalists, it should be an evening for the ages. $36-$62. 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. 404-651-4727. www.rialtocenter.org. -- James Kelly

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