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Live music picks, Dec. 18-Dec. 20

Lockett Pundt of Lotus Plaza

Lockett Pundt of Lotus Plaza

FRIDAY
Lotus Plaza

Like prolific bandmate Bradford Cox, Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt has musical ambitions that can’t be contained by his band. Pundt’s Lotus Plaza released its debut album, “The Floodlight Collective,” back in March. Dusted Magazine called it “one of the most beautiful records of this year.” It’s a swamp of hallucinatory guitar and melody, with Pundt’s voice buried deep in the swirling haze. It’s the perfect musical companion for this rainy year. With Lyonnais and Tickley Feather.
10 p.m. Dec 18. $8; $5 in advance. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-228-6769.

FRIDAY
Yacht Rock Holiday Special

It’s the holidays, ’70s-style. Specifically, beloved Atlanta cover band Yacht Rock Revue does that mellow soft-rock that dominated AM radio and had a big presence in the Top 40 during that decade. It might be easy to sneer at some of those songs, but it’s hard to forget them. Anyone who was around during that time can probably sing along to a little Captain and Tennille, Hall & Oates, Boz Scaggs or even oft-forgotten tracks such as “Brandy” by Looking Glass. Expect ugly Christmas sweaters and the kind of variety-show cheese not seen since the days of Donny and Marie and Sonny and Cher.
8:30 p.m. Dec. 18. $14. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404- 524-7354.

SATURDAY
The Head

These three Atlanta teenagers nail that old-school power-pop feel that recalls the Shoes, the Spongetones, the Raspberries and many other under-appreciated ’70s and ’80s guitar-pop outfits. It could sound nostalgic and contrived, but it doesn’t. So many times, attempts to bring power pop into this millennium just sound retro, but it feels perfectly natural and organic in the hands of The Head. In short, those kids rock. This show is a benefit for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
8 p.m. Dec. 19. $5. The Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta. 404-274-4834.

Norma Jean. Photo: Anna Ross

Norma Jean. Photo: Anna Ross

SATURDAY
Norma Jean

You might be forgiven for not knowing about this successful, hard-rocking Atlanta export because they’ve spent so much time on the road. Since about 2001, when the band traded in the confusion-making name Luti-Kriss for Norma Jean, they’ve been a touring machine. The band began in Douglasville in 1997, put together by high school friends. The personnel has changed a bit over the years — original guitarists Scottie Henry and Chris Day remain from that group of high school pals — but they’ll be revisiting their roots with this show. They’ll play their 2002 debut album “Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child” in its entirety. Norma Jean recently signed to indie label Razor & Tie after releasing four albums on Solid State.
7 p.m. Dec. 19. $15. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404- 577-8178.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Ed Roland

Collective Soul is still a going concern, but Ed Roland, the main man behind CS hits such as “Shine” and “The World I Know,” takes the occasional solo jaunt. As he did last year, he’s taking the stage at Eddie’s Attic for a pair of solo performances. Well, they aren’t strictly solo. These shows are billed as “Ed Roland & Friends” and he’ll be joined by his bandmates and David Garza, Michael Tolcher and the Less. The shows will benefit two local charities. Saturday’s show raises funds for Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Sunday’s benefits First Tee Atlanta, which provides facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf to children ages 7 to 17.
8 p.m. Dec. 19-20. $30 standing, $50 stools, $400 reserved tables for four. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404- 377-4976.

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