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Live music picks, April 2-8

FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Christian Music Weekend

Two of Christian music’s biggest pop-rock crossover acts perform in the shadow of the roller coasters this weekend. On Friday, Jars of Clay headlines with support from South Carolina success story Neeedtobreathe. On Saturday, Switchfoot tops the bill with an opening set from Stellar Kart.
5 p.m. April 2; 6 p.m. April 3. Free with park admission: $29.99-$44.99 (parking $15-$25). Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell. 770-948-9290.

Midlake. Photo: Bill Zelman

Midlake. Photo: Bill Zelman

FRIDAY
Midlake

Texan Tim Smith draws on influences as diverse as Fleetwood Mac, Sergei Prokofiev and Radiohead to create musically forward-looking and lyrically nostalgic music. The band just released “The Courage of Others,” the much-anticipated follow-up to the critically revered 2006 album “The Trials of Van Occupanther.”
8:30 p.m. April 2. $15. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY
The Big Pink

The big, booming electronic thwack and the repetitive hook of “Dominoes,” from the British duo’s 2009 album “A Brief History of Love,” made it one of the year’s standout singles. With A Place to Bury Strangers.
8 p.m. April 3. $13. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

SUNDAY
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

Leo is a tireless touring machine, a crafty tunesmith and a blistering live performer who tears into his guitar with a fervor that recalls Pete Townshend and Paul Weller. His affection for the Jam is even more apparent than usual in his latest album, “The Brutalist Bricks.”
8 p.m. April 4. $12. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

TUESDAY
Yeasayer

Yeasayer sprinkles the usual indie-rock rumble with a generous handful of world music spice. It might even be groove-laden enough to make a reticent indie head-nodder shake his groove thing. The band is touring behind sophomore album “Odd Blood,” released in February.
9 p.m. April 6. $15. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

Derek Webb

Derek Webb

THURSDAY
Derek Webb

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Webb might be better known for his role as frontman for Christian rock outfit Caedmon’s Call, but his solo work is outstanding. Check out the Beatlesque power pop of “The Ringing Bell” or the Radiohead-like touches he added to the controversial “Stockholm Syndrome.” The controversy arose from a single four-letter word that pops up in one of the songs on the album. “It seems I’ve finally found the line beyond which my label can support me, and apparently I’ve crossed it,” he wrote at the time he (and the label in question, INO) eventually released it anyway, in two different versions (but you can only get the “explicit” version by ordering online). With Jennifer Knapp.
6:30 and 9:30 p.m. April 8. $25-$27. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

THURSDAY
Pat Metheny

The ever-evolving guitarist and musical adventurer brings his “Orchestrion” tour to town. The Orchestrion is a one-of-a-kind setup that takes acoustic instruments and sets them to play automatically. It’s a robotic one-man band that doesn’t sound even remotely electronic on Metheny’s latest album, appropriately titled “Orchestrion.” The album credits him as the sole musician but includes a long list of creators and maintainers of the “orchestrionic instruments.”
8 p.m. April 8. $44-$54. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-894-2787.

Vampire Weekend. Photo: Søren Solkær Starbird

Vampire Weekend. Photo: Søren Solkær Starbird

THURSDAY
Vampire Weekend

When this New York quartet’s self-titled debut was released in early 2008, the hype machine went into overdrive. Tightly wound indie-pop bounce meshed with the trebly guitar of African pop and some call-and-response vocal interplay to create one of the freshest-sounding debut album in years, but the hype soon turned to backlash. While some remain immune to the band’s charms, this year’s follow-up, “Contra,” quieted many of the critics by subtly expanding the band’s sound while retaining those irresistible hooks.
8 p.m. April 8. $25. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

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Eric Singer

April 15th, 2010
2:30 pm

As the Director of LEMUR, the group that created most of the robotic musical instruments for Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion, I was thrilled to be a part of this project. To see video and more of LEMUR’s musical robots and the music we create with them, see http://lemurbots.org. — Eric Singer