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Live music picks, Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Yonder Mountain String Band. Photo: Tobin Voggesser

Yonder Mountain String Band. Photo: Tobin Voggesser

FRIDAY
Yonder Mountain String Band

This exuberant acoustic-based group has a rootsy sound, but the band is just as popular with jam-band fans as it is with traditional bluegrass lovers. The quartet’s latest release, “The Show,” expands the group’s sound (especially on the minimal, pulsing “Isolate”) and brings in former Elvis Costello and the Attractions drummer Pete Thomas for six of the album’s tracks.
9 p.m. Jan. 29. $32.25. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

McCoy Tyner. Photo: Gene Martin

McCoy Tyner. Photo: Gene Martin

SATURDAY
McCoy Tyner Trio

Tyner was the pianist in sax great John Coltrane’s classic quartet, the group that unleashed the intense, revolutionary “A Love Supreme” in 1964. Tyner’s made brilliant records of his own, including 1967’s “The Real McCoy,” since that landmark, and he’s still a fleet-fingered, percussive wonder at the keyboard.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 30. $32.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMaster. Photo: Richard Beland

Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMaster. Photo: Richard Beland

SUNDAY
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: Masters of the Fiddle

Engaging, energetic fiddler MacMaster hails from Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. Its population celebrates the island’s Scottish-Irish origins with music that sounds more Old World than most of what you’ll find on this side of the Atlantic. And MacMaster is at the forefront of bringing the musical traditions she grew up with to a wider audience. She’s joined by her husband and fellow fiddler, who is also the eldest member of the Canadian sibling folk band Leahy.
5 p.m. Jan. 31. $20-$40. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-894-2787.

Justin Townes Earle. Photo: Joshua Black Wilkins

Justin Townes Earle. Photo: Joshua Black Wilkins

SUNDAY
Justin Townes Earle

He’s Steve Earle’s son and was named in honor of Texas songwriting legend Townes Van Zandt. That’s a lot to live up to, but this talented young singer and songwriter just keeps getting better. After a self-released EP in 2007 and a solid debut album in 2008, Earle returned with “Midnight at the Movies.” It’s a stunning display of his songwriting prowess, packed with the grit and glory of hard living, recounted with warmth and wit. It’s what country music would sound like if Nashville hadn’t lost its soul.
7 p.m. Jan. 31. $12-$15. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

THURSDAY
The Black Eyed Peas

There’s no denying how catchy those massive hits of 2009 were. With “I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow,” the Peas topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 26 consecutive weeks. That means that this band had the No. 1 hit in the country for half of 2009. Just don’t go looking for substance in these songs, though they’re at least an improvement over the group’s idiotic 2005 Top 5 hit “My Humps.” Even those who have little use for pop music know the Black Eyed Peas, as both will.i.am and Fergie have become tabloid staples. That’s a sure sign that their celebrity has grown beyond the world of pop music. Check out our interview with will.i.am.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 4. $49.50-$93.50. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 404-878-3000.

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Jack

January 31st, 2010
7:23 am

Great music happens not only in the high-ticket price venues but in may churches. These should be posted also. Music for MIssions at the Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church in Tucker presents some of Atlanta’s best. For example, this Thursday night, one of America’s foremost accordionists and his show will appear at 7:00 p.m. as an example.

Boogers for the children fund

February 1st, 2010
8:26 am

I dont think so Jack.