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Live music picks, March 19-24

The Moody Blues (from left): Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge and John Lodge. Photo: Mark Owens

The Moody Blues (from left): Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge and John Lodge. Photo: Mark Owens

TODAY
Moody Blues

There are worse things to be nostalgic about than the Moody Blues. A thoroughly tuneful catalog, still performed by three of the five principals that first committed them to vinyl (remember records?), makes this more worthwhile than your average time-traveling musical experience.
8 p.m. March 19. $49.50-$79.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.

TODAY
Alkaline Trio

Pop-punk isn’t known for its intelligence and depth, but the skillful imagery of Alkaline Trio has always been an exception. The band released its first album more than a decade ago, and after a one-album stint on a major label (Epic released “Agony & Irony” in 2008), Alkaline Trio is back in the land of independents. 2010’s “This Addiction,” the trio’s seventh album, is the first release on Heart & Skull Records, a joint venture between Alkaline Trio and Epitaph Records.
7 p.m. March 19. $17.50. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

TODAY
Josh Joplin

One-time Atlanta resident and current New Yorker Joplin makes catchy, heart-tugging music that always seems to fall just below the radar. He’s an engaging performer and always a popular draw whenever he returns to town.
7 and 9:30 p.m. March 19. $20. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

TODAY
Abbey Road Live

Revisit the music of the Beatles with Abbey Road Live, created by a group of musicians from Athens. This time around, they’ll bring the best of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Magical Mystery Tour” to the stage in “Sgt. Pepper’s Mystery Tour,” complete with horn and string sections.
8 p.m. March 19. $15. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

TODAY
Wayne “The Train” Hancock

Close up the honky-tonks, because anyone who wants to hear some genuine old-school country or good-time Western swing should be here. Atlanta’s own old-school country torchbearers Slim Chance and the Convicts open the show.
8:30 p.m. March 19. $10-$12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Chicken Raid

Get two days of blues at the annual tribute to Atlanta bluesman Frank Edwards. Daniel “Mudcat” Dudeck organized the first Chicken Raid on the first anniversary of Edwards’ death (March 22, 2002, at age 93).
2 p.m. March 20-21. $15 March 20; $10 March 21. Northside Tavern, 1058 Howell Mill Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-874-8745.

Spoon. Photo: Autumn De Wilde

Spoon. Photo: Autumn De Wilde

SATURDAY
Spoon

Hard to categorize, hard to pigeonhole and hard to ignore, Spoon is one of the most consistently great indie-rock bands of the past decade. Frontman Britt Daniel and his bandmates have carved a distinctive sound out of a traditional pop-rock base. Motown soul, fuzzy bits of Wire-like punk and synth-pop all get their moments in the Spoon discography, but it’s the subtly captivating hooks that put this Texas quartet in a higher class. With Deerhunter, the Strange Boys.
8 p.m. March 20. $25. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

TUESDAY
Les Dudek

You might not know the name, but you’ve definitely heard this accomplished guitarist play. He’s on the original recordings of “Ramblin’ Man” and “Jessica” by the Allman Brothers and co-wrote the latter. He also co-wrote and played on tracks on the Steve Miller Band’s “Book of Dreams” and Stevie Nicks’ “Rock a Little.” In addition to six solo albums, he’s recorded with Cher, Dave Mason, Boz Scaggs and Maria Muldaur.
7 p.m. March 23. $20 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

TUESDAY
Jack Ingram

He opened for Sheryl Crow back in 2006, right about the time he was topping the country singles charts with “Wherever You Are,” but he’s also opened for country duo Brooks & Dunn. This genre-straddling artist scored big with a cover of Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel” and returned to the country Top 10 in 2009 with “Barefoot and Crazy.”
8 p.m. March 23.$20. Eddie’s Attic, 515-BN. McDonough St.,Decatur. 404-377-4976.

WEDNESDAY
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. March 24. $25.Eddie’s Attic, 515-BN. McDonough St.,Decatur. 404-377-4976.

Shearwater (with Jonathan Meiburg, second from left). Photo: Nicholas Kahn

Shearwater (with Jonathan Meiburg, second from left). Photo: Nicholas Kahn

WEDNESDAY
Shearwater

You don’t need to be told that Jonathan Meiburg, the leader of Austin’s Shearwater, is an ornithologist, because his music is speckled with the lore and lexicon of birds. His band is named for a seabird, after all. “The Golden Archipelago,” Shearwater’s sixth full-length album, is a winged musical journey as Meiburg and company glide above our planet. The songs tell of frightening beauty and heartbreaking decay, with images of a shuddering sky, cracking ice and an island “broken away from the world” delivered in Meiburg’s sweet, soaring voice. With Wye Oak, Hospital Ships.
8:30 p.m. March 24. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

WEDNESDAY
The xx

Imagine tuneful post-punk kissed with R&B-tinged pop and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get this London quartet. The massive buzz these kids are generating assured that a show at East Atlanta’s 529 club last fall was sold out weeks in advance. Even in the much larger Variety Playhouse, it’s happened again. If you don’t have your tickets already, console yourself with a copy of their terrific debut album, “xx.”
9 p.m. March 24. $16. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

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