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Live music picks, May 21-27

Josh Rouse. Photo: Jim Herrington

Josh Rouse. Photo: Jim Herrington

FRIDAY
Josh Rouse

Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse returns to the U.S. on the heels of a new album, “El Turista.” This talented roots-pop singer’s worthwhile back catalog has incorporated early ’70s soul, country, folk and the flavor of his adopted homeland, Spain. Check out the gorgeous Vincent Moon-shot videos of Rouse busking in Barcelona. The scenery and the music are both sublime.
8:30 p.m. May 21. $20; $17.50 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

AASONIA

Maysa

FRIDAY
“Drying Nashville’s Tears”

A benefit for Tennessee flood victims brings together a batch of local musician including Junior, Dolan & Cash, the Skylarks, Slim Chance & the Convicts and Buck-O-Five.
9 p.m. May 21. $7 minimum donation requested. Lenny’s Bar, 486 Decatur St. S.E., Atlanta. 404-577-7721.

FRIDAY
Maysa

This soulful Baltimore native has been a member of Stevie Wonder’s backing band, Wonderlove, and was the lead vocalist for the celebrated British jazz/funk outfit Incognito. Her latest album, “A Woman in Love,” explores her bluesier side, and includes a take on the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic “I Put a Spell on You.”
9 p.m. May 21. $40; $37.50 advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

Sam Quinn

Sam Quinn

SATURDAY
Sam Quinn

In the Everybodyfields, the voices of Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews careened into each other, sometimes melding perfectly and sometimes clashing in a way that sets off lovely sparks. Like the Avett Brothers, the Everybodyfields made their own distinctive blend of old-timey instrumentation and modern musical sensibilities. The duo called it a day last year and both Quinn and Andrews have launched solo careers. Quinn comes to town to support his debut, The Fake That Sunk 1000 Ships, release earlier this month and recorded in and abandoned barn and milking stable near Knoxville. It’s an album brimming with beautiful sadness, perfect for those moments when we want to wallow in our darker emotions.
8 p.m. May 22. $12-$15. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

SUNDAY
Bamboozle Road Show

It’s a rockin’ time at Six Flags that doesn’t involve that creepy old dancing guy from the commercials (or the annoying Vengaboys tune). It does involve a long list of bands, including All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, Cartel, Forever the Sickest Kids, Good Charlotte, Hanson, Cady Groves, Drive A, Great Big Planes, Mercy Mercedes, the Downtown Fiction, the Ready Set and Vita Chambers.
2:45 p.m. May 23. $15 (plus Six Flags admission: $29.99-$44.99). Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell. 770-739-3400.

WEDNESDAY
Murs

One of indie hip-hop’s busiest musicians, Murs works with many different crews and collaborators. He crafts music that’s accessible yet unconventional, melding playful vocal hooks with thick, murky beats. His latest work is another in a long line of recordings with North Carolinian and former Little Brother producer 9th Wonder. It’s the pair’s third and it’s called “ForNever.” “ForNever” comes just a little more than six months after his latest project with Felt (which teams him with fellow wordsmith Slug of Atmosphere).
9 p.m. May 26. $15; $13 in advance. The Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Place, Atlanta.

The Hold Steady. Photo: Mark Seliger

The Hold Steady. Photo: Mark Seliger

THURSDAY
The Hold Steady

This is indie rock for folks who prefer things of an earlier era. With their Springsteen-inflected grooves and bar-band bluster, the Hold Steady makes music that sounds as if someone finally found the refresh button for classic rock. The band’s latest, “Heaven Is Whenever,” is the first album since the departure of keyboardist Franz Nicolay, who brought a joyous energy to the band’s live shows. With Twin Tigers.
8:30 p.m. May 27. $20; $18.50 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

THURSDAY
Darrell Scott

Country songwriter and guitarist Darrell Scott’s songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. One of his best known songs might be “Long Time Gone,” recorded by the Dixie Chicks and  nominated for the best country song Grammy back in 2002.  Scott lost out to Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).” With Bethany Dick.
8 p.m. May 27. $20-$25. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.