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Live music picks, April 23-29

My Morning Jacket are one of the most acclaimed live bands to emerge in the past decade.

My Morning Jacket are one of the most acclaimed live bands to emerge in the past decade.

TODAY
My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket’s sound has evolved over the years. Some fans have fallen away, uncomfortable with the changes, especially with 2008’s polished “Evil Urges,” the band’s most recent release. The mixed reviews of both fans and critics are probably just an inevitable byproduct of My Morning Jacket’s unwillingness to remain in one place for very long. The reverb-drenched haze of the group’s early years has given way to pop adventuring and an exploration of the vast array of influences that course through My Morning Jacket’s discography.
8 p.m. April 23. $33-$45. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-5012.

TODAY
Coheed and Cambria

You remember progressive rock, right? Coheed and Cambria certainly does. Anyone with a soft spot for Rush, Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin should find something familiar in the band’s catalog. There’s even a touch of Pink Floyd there, but they temper the complexity and recycled spaciness with a sprinkling of punk’s earthiness.
8 p.m. April 23. $26.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

SATURDAY
Hank Williams Jr.

Nobody does rowdy better than Bocephus, and “Family Tradition” rarely fails to generate a sing-along at any bar that has it on the jukebox. And most of them do, because something about that song inspires a hankering for a beer. With Jamey Johnson, Eric Church and the Grascals.
7 p.m. April 24. $25- $125. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

Frightened Rabbit. Photo: Danny North

Frightened Rabbit. Photo: Danny North

SATURDAY
Frightened Rabbit
These Scottish indie rockers had to cancel the first few dates of this tour because of the volcanic ash that has grounded air traffic all over Europe. They managed to get on a plane to the U.S. on Wednesday, so it looks like they’ll make it to the Masquerade this weekend. The band is on the road following the release of third album “The Winter of Mixed Drinks,” a majestic blend of guitar maelstrom with a touch of jangle, thumping drums and soured romance tempered with a cautious hint of optimism.
8 p.m. April 24. $14. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

SATURDAY
Hall and Oates

Sure, there’s an element of cheese in the hit-stuffed Hall and Oates catalog, but it can be pretty tasty, too. There’s good reason to turn up the radio every time you hear the sweetly soulful “Sara Smile” or the snidely soulful “Rich Girl.” Even the cotton-candy bounce of “Kiss on My List” has its sugary charms. With Todd Rundgren.
7:30 p.m. April 24. $40.50-$57. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

SUNDAY
Ben Harper & Relentless 7

Rock adventurer and multi-instrumentalist Harper and his new band released their debut album “White Lies for Dark Times” in 2009. He’s headlining radio station Dave FM’s Earth Day Birthday, which celebrates Earth Day’s 40th anniversary. Guster and Alberta Cross are also on the bill.
6 p.m. April 25. $29-$45. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

MONDAY
Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes

Costello has demonstrated that it’s possible to age gracefully in the music business, even when you start out as the quintessential angry young man. He’s back with another new band, the largely acoustic Sugarcanes, which takes its name from his latest album, the T-Bone Burnett produced “Secret, Profane & Sugarcane.”
7:30 p.m. April 26. $36.50-$41.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

Earl Klugh. Photo: Tanner Photography

Earl Klugh. Photo: Tanner Photography

MONDAY
The Lewow Evening Of Jazz with Boney James, Mindi Abair and Earl Klugh

This gathering of contemporary jazz greats — sax players James and Abair and Atlanta-based guitarist Klugh — will benefit Emory ALS Research (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), ALS Georgia and ALS patient Deborah Lewow.
8 p.m. April 26. $35. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

TUESDAY
Owen Pallett

The artist formerly known as Final Fantasy returned this year, releasing the ambitious “Heartland” under his own name. In the years since his acclaimed 2006 album “He Poos Clouds,” the violinist, composer and arranger has collaborated with Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Pet Shop Boys, Beirut and many others.
8:30 p.m. April 27. $13-$15. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

Carrie Newcomer. Photo: Jim McGuire

Carrie Newcomer. Photo: Jim McGuire

THURSDAY
Carrie Newcomer

It’s not really folk music. If you call something sophisticated and elegant adult pop it sounds really dull, so Newcomer gets stuck with the folk tag. The best introduction to her rich alto and well-crafted songs is still “Betty’s Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer,” a collection of her finest recordings from 1991 to 2004. Her latest, “Before & After,” was released in February.
8 p.m. April 29. $18. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

One comment Add your comment

chissy n

April 25th, 2010
6:02 pm

year of the black rainbow is one of my most frequented albums now, it’s so good. i’m loving coheed, can’ wait to see them live!