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Live music picks, April 16-22

FRIDAY
We Can Get Together: A Celebration of Sean Costello

This is a tribute to a very talented young Atlanta guitarist, singer and songwriter who died two years ago this week, just one day shy of his 29th birthday. A host of Atlanta blues talent will gather at Costello’s home away from home, Northside Tavern, to remember the guitar whiz and raise money for the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. Lineup includes the Breeze Kings with members of Costello’s band, Mudcat, Bill Sheffield, Eddie Tigner, Chicago Joe Jones and Heaven Davis.
7 p.m. April 16. $10. Northside Tavern, 1058 Howell Mill Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-874-8745.

Carolina Chocolate Drops. Photo: Julie Roberts

Carolina Chocolate Drops. Photo: Julie Roberts

SATURDAY
Carolina Chocolate Drops

These three young African-American musicians are keeping the traditional string band music of the Carolina Piedmont alive. The trio’s latest album, “Genuine Negro Jig,” was released in February and includes a startlingly unusual version of Blu Cantrell’s 2001 hip-hop-influenced R&B hit “Hit ‘Em Up Style,” retrofitted with banjo and fiddle.
8 p.m. April 17. $15. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY
4th-Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra

The sprawling jazz orchestra is exploring some new musical territory, playing original compositions and arrangements that meld West African-influenced rhythms with Eastern European klezmer melodies. The ensemble includes a slew of musicians from other local bands. Trumpeter Roger Ruzow (of Gold Sparkle Band and many other adventurous Atlanta outfits) leads the ensemble.
10 p.m. April 17. $7. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-681-9018.

MONDAY
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic

Clinton is the outrageous living embodiment of funk, and he lands his mother ship in our midst once again. The mere mention of this eccentric funk genius’ name brings a twitch to the hips. Just try to sit still when these guys start cranking out their roof-rattling jams.
7 p.m. April 19. $27.50. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

TUESDAY
Owl City

Owl City, primarily the work of Minnesota wunderkind Adam Young, scored an unexpected No. 1 hit in 2009 with the synth-pop confection “Fireflies.” He gained a big following through his MySpace page before signing with Universal Republic for his major label debut album, “Ocean Eyes.”
6:30 p.m. April 20. $20. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

Murder By Death. Photo: Greg Whitaker

Murder By Death. Photo: Greg Whitaker

TUESDAY
Murder By Death

This Bloomington, Ind., quintet adds a cello to indie rock and comes up with more than the sum of those parts would suggest on its inky, ominous albums. The band’s new album, “Good Morning, Magpie,” isn’t unified by a concept like most of it’s predecessors, but it does have a definite mood. Singer and guitarist Adam Turla wrote the 11 songs on a wilderness retreat in the mountains of east Tennessee. It’s a little mellower than some of the band’s previous work, but songs such as the title track and “White Noise” still sound like an abandoned ghost town at midnight, incorporating all the creepy stories that ooze from the creaking walls.
7:30 p.m. April 20. $13. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

TUESDAY
Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III

He began his career with the groundbreaking British folk-rock ensemble Fairport Convention, went on to produce a slew of great albums with his now ex-wife Linda and continues to release sporadically brilliant solo work. One of the finest contemporary songwriters and a breathtakingly skilled guitarist, Thompson continues to amaze after more than 40 years of recording. A brutally honest and sometimes cutting songwriter, he’s written songs that will have you dancing in the aisles and songs that will have you weeping in your beer. Check out  our interview with Loudon Wainwright III.
8 p.m. April 20. $30. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

WEDNESDAY
Nickelback

Massively successful Canadian rock band is the definition of mainstream rock. They are masters of the inoffensively rocking and melodically inescapable power ballad, new millennial edition. And, oh, how they remind us of the ’90s. With Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown.
7 p.m. April 21. $50-$85. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 404-878-3000.

THURSDAY
Swing Out Sister

And now we come to the “Hey kids, remember the ’80s?” portion of the live music picks, something that will probably feature heavily in the coming months. Summer is the season for musical nostalgia, most of it set in outdoor amphitheaters. Swing Out Sister gave us the bubbly Top 10 hit “Breakout,” back in 1987, but they managed to avoid one-hit wonder status with a second Top 40 hit (“Twilight World”) in 1988.
8 p.m. April 22. $35. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

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