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Live music picks, Nov. 13-18

Gary Allan. Photo: Tony Baker

Gary Allan. Photo: Tony Baker

Gary Allan

One of mainstream country’s most thoughtful craftsmen, with a string of powerful albums — and hit singles — to his credit. Jack Ingram and the Eli Young Band join the California-bred singer-songwriter for the “Get Off On the Pain Tour.”
7:30 p.m. Nov. 13. $36.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

Benevento Russo Duo

This pair creates music that could be the soundtrack to an art film riddled with jarring tonal shifts. The sounds Marco Benevento and Joe Russo make on organ and drums could underpin scenes of transcendent beauty or unspeakable horror. It’s a stormy and fascinating hybrid of rock, jazz and experimental music unlike anything else around.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 13. $15. Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-223-1100.

Leo Kottke

Athens-born guitarist-singer is a rhythmically and melodically inventive player whose music covers the terrain between traditional folk music and jazz. Since the death of his friend and fellow guitar genius John Fahey in 2001, Kottke is at the front of the acoustic guitar pack.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 13. $22.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Dan Bern

Bern’s a folksy troubadour with a rock ’n’ roll heart and the all-too-rare skill of combining humor and intelligence. Sometimes he rocks with a Tom Petty-like heartland rumble, other times he delivers his topical, astute lyrical musings with quiet acoustic backing. With the Bittersweets, Nicole Reynolds.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. $15-$18. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

The Cult

This British rock outfit has had a tumultuous history since its mid- to late-’80s heyday. With this tour, the band — with original vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy both on board — is revisiting a career pinnacle, the 1985 album “Love.”
8 p.m. Nov. 15. $32. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404- 659-9022.

AFI. Photo: Jason Odell

AFI. Photo: Jason Odell


This goth-infected modern-rock quartet plugged away for years before breaking through with 2003’s “Sing the Sorrow.” “Decemberunderground” was an even bigger hit in 2006. Three more years passed before the band’s latest, “Crash Love,” which saw the light of day in September and debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard album chart.
8 p.m. Nov. 16. $26.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St.N.W., Atlanta. 404- 659-9022.


This Grammy-winning band has always had an Atlanta connection, but it became more pronounced when local keyboard whiz Brandon Bush and former Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt joined up. Now the band is back down to three original members. Bush is keeping busy, spending a lot of time touring with Sugarland (his brother Kristian Bush’s band) and hosting the afternoon drive-time show on WMLB-AM (1690). Colt is a renaissance man, doing a bit of photojournalism, DJing and filming a television pilot called “At Full Volume,” which aired on the Travel Channel. Train, meanwhile, just released “Save Me, San Francisco,” the title a tribute to the band’s hometown. As the smaller band indicates, the new album recalls Train’s earliest work, more rock than pop, more stripped-down and less string-drenched.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 17. $31.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404- 659-9022.

The xx. Photo: Owen Richards

The xx. Photo: Owen Richards

The xx

Imagine tuneful post-punk combined with R&B-tinged pop and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get this London quartet. The massive buzz these kids are generating means this show has been sold out for weeks. If you don’t have your tickets already, console yourself with a copy of their terrific debut album, “xx.”
9 p.m. Nov. 17. $8-$10 (sold out). 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-228-6769.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

Texan Lovett has a formidable acting resume, but he’s been concentrating on his first career of late — performing darkly comic country for incurable romantics. It’s fun to see him in movies, but we’ll take the musician over the actor every time. His songs carry on the strong storytelling aspect that runs through much Texas-made country music. Lovett is touring behind his latest album, “Natural Forces.”
8 p.m. Nov. 18. $55-$64. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404- 659-9022.

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Black Keys

November 16th, 2009
1:49 pm

You should add Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who is playing the Variety Playhouse on Tuesday night. They are one of the better rock bands of the last couple years and his solo stuff is very good.


November 18th, 2009
10:28 am

Don’t forget Texas country legend Robert Earl Keen playing Friday night.

Booger Stew w/potato

November 18th, 2009
3:35 pm

You should add my band, Booger Stew w/Potoato. We rock the toilet. All these other bands are puzzy music.