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Live Music Picks Aug. 7-13

FRIDAY

The Duke & the King

The Duke & the King. Photo: Dave Herron

Drummers Simone Felice (of the Felice Brothers) and Robert “Chicken” Burke (who has worked with Toshi Reagon and George Clinton) team up for an album that piles wistful melodies on top of a slightly off-kilter twist on rootsy Americana. “Nothing Gold Can Stay” is a dark gem, full of regret and longing, its simple, pretty surface underpinned by unexpected instrumental textures.

8 p.m. Aug. 7. $12-$15. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com.

FRIDAY

De La Soul

When De La Soul emerged with debut album “3 Feet High and Rising” in 1989, the trio carved out new possibilities for hip-hop. The Grammy category Best Urban/Alternative Performance is unimaginable without these pioneers.

7 p.m. Aug. 7. $25. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178, www.masq.com.

FRIDAY

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

The quickest way to musically evoke World War II? Play something by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Lush, lovely and swingin’, the music created by Miller and his big band is a timeless joy. It’s hard to believe that his time at the top of the charts lasted only about three years. After a precipitous rise in 1939, Miller and his civilian orchestra had a successful run of hits — including “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “In the Mood” and “Tuxedo Junction” — before Miller volunteered for military service, where he led a modernized Army Air Force Band. He never made it back to civilian life. His plane disappeared over the English Channel in December 1944, his legacy lives on in this officially sanctioned band, led by trombonist Larry O’Brien since 1988.

8 p.m. Aug. 7. $15-$40. Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630, www.amphitheater.org.

SATURDAY

Flashback Festival

Funky old-school R&B rules at this annual festival, with performances from Con Funk Shun, the Ohio Players, the Dazz Band and the Bar-Kays.

6 p.m. Aug. 8. $10-55. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5000, www.livenation.com.

SATURDAY

Sara Evans

Sara Evans. Photo: RCA Label Group

Sara Evans. Photo: RCA Label Group

Listening to a Sara Evans album is like listening to two different artists trapped on one CD č one a purveyor of syrupy ballads, the other a hard-core country girl surrounded by fiddles, banjos and pedal steels. Luckily, they both have a powerhouse voice with just the right amount of twang.

8 p.m. Aug. 8. $20-$75. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. 770-819-7765, www.mablehouse.org.

SATURDAY

Elbow

This British band has been a slow-rising phenomenon with a devoted following and loads of critical acclaim. They won the most recent Mercury Prize, an accolade given to the best British album of the year as selected by a panel of musicians, music executives and other industry figures. That album, “Seldom Seen Kid,” is smart, engaging rock for grown-ups, with none of the middle-of-the-road dullness that implies.

9 p.m. Aug. 8. $20. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

SUNDAY

The America’s Most Wanted Tour

Lil Wayne. Photo: Jonathan Mannion / Universal Music Group

Lil Wayne. Photo: Jonathan Mannion / Universal Music Group

Don’t miss one of hip-hop’s most inventive practitioners, as Lil Wayne brings his live show to Atlanta. Atlanta’s Young Jeezy and Soulja Boy are also on the bill, along with Jeremih. Up-and-coming rapper Drake had to pull out of the tour after aggravating a knee injury.

7 p.m. Aug. 9. $29.75-$89.75. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5000, www.livenation.com.

WEDNESDAY

Counting Crows

Counting Crows has made some undeniably catchy and classic records over the past 15 years, but the 1993 debut, “August and Everything After,” is still the band’s high-water mark.

6:30 p.m. Aug. 12. $48-$63. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Dr. N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-5012, www.classicchastain.com.

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Ben

August 6th, 2009
12:00 pm

Wow. Way to not even mention one of the best rock bands in America being in town this weekend. The Reigning Sound @ The Earl.

Shane, why do you hate America?

Shane Harrison

August 6th, 2009
12:34 pm

Ben: I promise that I have the greatest affection for America, and America’s music. I do, however, miss things on occasion, and somehow I didn’t notice that the Reigning Sound was in town. If you like crusty garage rock played with maximum intensity (and hints of classic soul and country folk), you really should see these guys. Their affection for the grittier outposts of the ’60s rock underground is apparent in every note they play. The band got its start in Memphis but is now based in Asheville. The Reigning Sound’s new album, “Love and Curses,” is out next week. They’ll be at the EARL on Saturday, Aug. 8, and the tickets are $10 (go to http://www.badearl.com for more info).

Sandy

August 6th, 2009
12:55 pm

When is Music Mid-Town coming back?

david

August 6th, 2009
1:30 pm

I am music midtown.

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August 6th, 2009
3:05 pm

Five Eight and the Young Antiques Friday at the Star Bar.

Shane Harrison

August 6th, 2009
3:20 pm

And Five Eight and the Young Antiques on the same bill is definitely worth anyone’s time. No education in local music is complete without seeing these two bands. They both put on a killer show and it’ll be a real treat to see them on the same bill. It’s a great way to kick-start the weekend. Tickets for that are $8. See http://www.starbar.net for more info.
Thanks for mentioning that show, and keep ‘em coming. The more the merrier. If there’s a show you’re looking forward to this week, tell us about it in the comments.

Ben

August 7th, 2009
10:09 am

Thanks Shane. I was just kidding but appreciate the love. I’ll be at the Reigning Sound show but it should also be mentioned that Two Cow Garage and Austin Lucas are playing The Drunken Unicorn Saturday. Had to make a tough choice because that should be fun too. Two Cow Garage plays straight dirty cow punk and Lucas is an up and coming alt-country artist that grew out of that fine line between classic country and punk rock (at least in the songwriting sense)