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Live music picks, April 30-May 3

FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Marvin Hamlisch

The composer of “The Way We Were” and “What I Did for Love” is one of the few artists who have all four of the major performing awards: an Emmy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Grammy. Hamlisch will both conduct and perform during this concert.
8 p.m. April 30-May 1. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

Kaki Kiing. Photo: Gregg Delman

Kaki Kiing. Photo: Gregg Delman

SATURDAY
Kaki King

Diminutive guitarist is an Atlanta native and Westminster graduate who has earned a place among the best contemporary six-string players. Back in 2007, Rolling Stone named the 20 new guitar gods, and King was the only female among them. She’s also scored several films and was nominated for a Golden Globe for the Sean Penn-directed “Into the Wild.” King is touring in support of her recently released fifth album, “Junior.”
8:30 p.m. May 1. $17.50; $15 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY
Gipsy Kings

This French quintet known for its fiery flamenco guitar work, gruff yet exuberant vocals and infectious hand claps is a perennial favorite with the concert-goers at Chastain.
8 p.m. May 1. $33.50-$48.50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

SATURDAY
The Church

This Australian band’s dreamy neo-psychedelic guitar-pop has been around since the beginning of the ’80s, so this tour marks the Church’s 30th anniversary. The group peaked in 1988 with the album “Starfish” and the haunting beauty of the band’s lone Top 40 hit, “Under the Milky Way.” This is no nostalgia trip, though, because these guys are still making remarkably vital new music on 2009’s “Untitled #23.” The core of the Church is still the trio of Steve Kilbey, Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes.
8:30 p.m. May 1. $30; $28 in advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

Dave Barnes. Photo: LeAnn Mueller

Dave Barnes. Photo: LeAnn Mueller

SATURDAY
Dave Barnes

Fans of John Mayer and Maroon 5, you owe it to yourself to check this guy out. Barnes occupies the place where the soul-tinged pop of Maroon 5 meets Mayer’s sensitive-boy pop-rock. His voice bears a distinct similarity to Mayer’s, too, but it’s his melodic, hooky tunes that elevate his work above mere imitation. His new album, “What We Want, What We Get,” was released in early April.
9 p.m. May 1. $15. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

MONDAY
HIM

Dark, blustery and goth as all get out, this Finnish band strikes many as scary Halloween leftovers. Just underneath all that goth-y goodness is hook-filled pop lushness by the boatload. Those chunky guitars and growling bass lines can’t disguise the pretty melodies that often surround them.
7 p.m. May 3. $36. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

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