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Live music picks, Feb. 5-11

The Residents in classic eyeball mode, one of many anonymity-protecting get-ups the group has utilized.

The Residents in classic eyeball mode, one of many anonymity-protecting get-ups the group has utilized.

FRIDAY
The Residents

The Residents were weird before, during and after weird was cool. Toiling anonymously, the musicians behind this project have been deconstructing pop music and crafting frightening worlds of sound since the early ’70s, when, according to the band’s always suspect self-created mythos, the members moved from Shreveport, La., to the San Francisco area. The group’s complex discography, secretive methods and otherworldly music make them both fascinating and frustrating for the uninitiated. Check the official online realm of the Residents, for a sample of the group’s strange and unusual catalog.
8:30 p.m. Feb. 5. $25-$27.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

FRIDAY
David Allan Coe

From the honky-tonk to the jailhouse and back, this country outlaw has traveled a hard road, and his gritty, darkly humorous songs reflect every inch of the journey. Even though he’s politically incorrect and sometimes downright vulgar, he’s written some genuinely poignant songs. His best-known hit wasn’t even his own composition, but he certainly made Steve Goodman’s “You Never Even Called Me by My Name” his own.
9 p.m. Feb. 5. $21.50-$24. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

B.B. King at the Mable House Amphitheatre in Mableton in September 2009.  Photo: Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

B.B. King at the Mable House Amphitheatre in Mableton in September 2009. Photo: Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

SATURDAY
B.B. King, Buddy Guy

These days, the aging King spends a lot of time seated during his shows, but even from a chair at center stage, he and his trusty six-string, Lucille, are a commanding presence. The charismatic entertainer, once known as the Beale Street Blues Boy, always raises goose bumps when he launches into “The Thrill is Gone.” The brilliant Buddy Guy is generally credited as one of Jimi Hendrix’s prime inspirations. He’s a Chicago blues innovator, a pioneer of electric blues and the father of rapper Shawnna. Eric Clapton told Musician magazine in 1985 that “Buddy Guy is by far and without a doubt the best guitar player alive.”
8 p.m. Feb. 6. $49.50-$79.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.

SATURDAY
Eric Taylor

This talented Texas-based musician, a seasoned singer-songwriter with exceptional storytelling skills, spent his youth in Atlanta. It’s been three years since his latest blue-hued trip through the dark side of life, 2007’s “Hollywood Pocketknife,” but Lyle Lovett’s 2009 album “Natural Forces” added to Taylor’s recorded legacy with a new take on the songwriter’s “Whooping Crane.”
9 p.m. Feb. 6. $20. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

MONDAY
Furthur featuring Phil Lesh

Grateful Dead guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir reunites with Dead bassist Phil Lesh in Furthur, the new torchbearer for their band’s legacy in both set lists and spirit. They’re joined by a couple of Weir’s RatDog bandmates, drummer Joe Russo from the Benevento-Russo Duo and guitarist John Kadlecik from Dead cover band the Dark Star Orchestra.
7 p.m. Feb. 8. $39-$49. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

MONDAY
Motion City Soundtrack

It looks like Motion City Soundtrack are on the verge of a major breakthrough, using a big bag of tricks stuffed with classic pop hooks, sprightly keyboard flourishes and guitars that rumble and jangle. The Minneapolis quintet’s new album and major label debut, “My Dinosaur Life,” is a 40-minute teenage rampage, made by 20-somethings, that’s obviously inspired by recent tour mates Weezer and producer Mark Hoppus’ band Blink-182.
6 p.m. Feb. 8. $18.50. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

WEDNESDAY
Snoop Dogg

The Doggfather’s career has outlasted that of many of his peers. The California rapper — born Calvin Broadus in Long Beach, Calif. — first came to public notice on Dr. Dre’s classic 1992 album “The Chronic.” Since then, Snoop has become one of the most recognized rappers in the world through film and television appearances and rock crossover collaborations.
9 p.m. Feb. 10. $34. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

TCV

Them Crooked Vultures. Photo: Dustin Rabin

THURSDAY
Them Crooked Vultures

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, Foo Fighter and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones combine their talents in this supergroup. The trio released its self-titled debut in 2009. The album displays elements of all of the participants’ previous bands, but with Homme out front, it’s Queens of the Stone Age that bubbles to the surface most often. Then again, there’s no denying the Zeppelin influence on QOTSA. It’s all good, because these guys have helped craft some of the greatest rock albums of the past 40 years. “Them Crooked Vultures” is no “Led Zeppelin IV,” “Nevermind” or “Songs for the Deaf,” but it’s a pretty mighty rock beast on it’s own terms.
8 p.m. Feb. 11. $49.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

THURSDAY

Sondre Lerche. Photo: Isabell N. Wedin

Sondre Lerche. Photo: Isabell N. Wedin

Sondre Lerche
Norwegian pop wunderkind Lerche’s music is warm-hued, sweet and rich like caramel. He channels veins of ’60s music from Bacharach to bossa nova into a pretty groovy confection, while adding his own contemporary touch.
8:30 p.m. Feb. 11. $15. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

3 comments Add your comment

beaux

February 5th, 2010
3:09 pm

Clapton was right about Buddy Guy, and I’ve seen them both, as well as Stevie Ray, many times. Buddy’s the best! Wish I coulda made that last show in Wisconsin with all 3….(RIP Stevie)

Da Mick

February 5th, 2010
8:32 pm

I too have seen Buddy a number of times, and, as a guitar player myself, I have to say, I don’t get it. My experiences with Buddy have been a lot of blah, blah. For the most part, the guy can’t complete a guitar phrase. It’s nice of Clapton to give the guy deference out of respect, but, personally, I’m tired of that “mentor to Hendrix” jive. For my money, Buddy never was in the same league with the real “greatest guitar player of all time.” Now BB is another matter, as he is a master of his own, and doesn’t need anybody else’s ghost to drag around. He’s getting up there in years, but as soon as he starts playing, you’ll hear that glorious tone….

Madison Poche

February 7th, 2010
11:52 am

Hey guys, if you’re a B. B. King fan, you might be interested in hearing the truly amazing collaboration album featuring greats from Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong, and Dr. John as well as new comers like Andrew Bird and Brandi Carlile. It is a benefit album to help save Preservation Hall and its music outreach foundation in New Orleans – a cornerstone of music culture.

Help out and enjoy an amazing record!

http://www.preservationhall.com

-Madison