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Live music picks, Nov. 27-Dec. 3

Cartel. Photo: Ray Lego

Cartel. Photo: Ray Lego

FRIDAY
Cartel

You might remember this Atlanta band as the pop-punk quintet that recorded an album in a glass-encased studio sponsored by MTV and Dr. Pepper. The band’s third album, “Cycles,” has been a long time coming and it’s the first for Wind-Up Records (home of Evanescence, Seether, Finger Eleven and Creed), the band’s third label. The group’s first album, 2005’s “Chroma,” was released by the Militia Group. Sony/BMG affiliate Epic Records then signed the band for the self-titled follow-up (that’s the one they recorded in the glass bubble).
7 p.m. Nov. 27. $16.50. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404- 577-8178, www.masq.com.

FRIDAY
Corey Smith

Jefferson native and UGA grad Smith melds country, rock and blues and plays to packed houses across the Southeast. He gets the Bulldog faithful going with “Every Dawg” and keeps the spring-break spirit alive for the post-grad crowd with “If I Could Do It Again.”
8 p.m. Nov. 27. $25. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W. 404- 659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.

SATURDAY
Shawn Mullins

It’s been a while since Mullins scored his international hit with “Lullaby, “ but since that 1998 hit, he’s continued to make great music with far less fanfare. Last year’s “Honeydew” was another worthy addition to his catalog. Atlantans will find many recognizable people and places among the songs, including “Cabbagetown” and “The Ballad of Kathryn Johnston,” a moving tune about the 92-year-old Atlanta woman killed in her home during a botched drug raid in 2006.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 28. $20. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404- 524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.

Metric. Photo courtesy Big Hassle

Metric. Photo courtesy Big Hassle

SATURDAY
Metric

Emily Haines is a remarkable lyricist and multifaceted vocalist and convincingly pulls off everything from punk to synth-pop (and, most often, a marriage of the two) in her work as the leader of Metric. Metric guitarist, co-writer and producer James Shaw is also associated with Broken Social Scene. “Fantasies,” the band’s 2009-released fourth album, is the kind of disc that sounds great cranked to full volume in a fast-moving car.
9 p.m. Nov. 28. $20. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404- 885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

TUESDAY
Chris Brown

Rihanna. There, we’ve got that out of the way, because the name of Brown’s former girlfriend will forever be the first thing that comes to mind when this R&B pin-up is involved. This “fan appreciation tour” comes just days before the scheduled release of Brown’s third album, “Graffiti.” I’m sure the thing that Brown will appreciate most is having the fans buy that album, because the advance single, “I Can Transform Ya” (with Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz) is currently stalled in the 20s on the Hot 100 singles chart.
8 p.m. Dec. 2. Sold out ($37.50). Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404- 885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

WEDNESDAY
Billy Joe Shaver

Shaver is an underappreciated master of outlaw country. The adversity this Texan has overcome gives added poignance to everything he does. Between 1999 and 2001, he lost his wife, mother and son, and suffered a serious heart attack on stage.
8 p.m. Dec. 2. $25. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404- 377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com.

5 comments Add your comment

Keith

November 25th, 2009
6:16 pm

Who on Earth would see that thug Chris Brown play? He belongs in jail. I wonder how many people that do go will bring guns with them?

MB

November 25th, 2009
7:09 pm

Love Shaver, but Eddie’s seems like an odd venue for one of his shows. Not a big fan of that place.

Mark

November 27th, 2009
7:25 pm

Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam @ the Loft on the 3rd. You whiffed on that one.

Marina

November 27th, 2009
8:14 pm

wow Keith..what an ignorant statement… – anyway, I’m excited to see Shaver.. should be a good show.

Jon

December 3rd, 2009
5:46 am

What a great resource. Always nice to find a good guide on things to do in town. Thanks for posting this! Hey have you guys checked out the Atlanta entertainment related online magazine that covers in stories indie music and other smaller, local artists etc.? – TheRealAtlanta.com