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Live music picks, July 9-14

Serj Tankian appears with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Friday. Photo: Daragh McDonagh

Serj Tankian appears with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Friday. Photo: Daragh McDonagh

FRIDAY
Serj Tankian with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Tankian is the frontman of the progressive-metal behemoth System of a Down. He’s also the founder, along with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, of Axis of Justice, a nonprofit organization that, according to its Web site, seeks to “bring together musicians, fans of music, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.” This Atlanta date is the final North American stop on his symphonic tour, which includes music from his first solo release, “Elect the Dead” and the upcoming follow-up, “Imperfect Harmonies.”
8 p.m. July 9. $25-$49. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-4949.

FRIDAY
She & Him

Actress Zooey Deschanel is also half of She & Him, a duo that includes indie-rock singer-songwriter M. Ward. Deschanel’s an unconventional vocalist with a hint of country twang despite her California upbringing. But there’s also a sweet sensuality in her delivery that feels cozy and comforting.
8 p.m. July 9. Sold out ($32.50). Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-5859.

SATURDAY
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

This latest edition of the former Beatle’s touring ensemble includes Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Page (of Mr. Mister), Wally Palmar (of the Romantics), Rick Derringer and drummer Gregg Bissonette. In addition to Starr’s solo catalog and some of his work with the Beatles, you’ll hear hits from the résumés of several band members. That means you’ll likely get takes on “What I Like About You,” “Dreamweaver,” “Free Ride,” “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” and “Broken Wings.”
8 p.m. July 10. $25-$89. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-4949.

SATURDAY
Boz Scaggs

Everyone of a certain age, if they’re honest, has a soft spot for Scaggs’ soul-tinged pop. He only had one Top 10 hit (“Lowdown”), but the album where that track appeared, “Silk Degrees,” is a winner from start to finish.
8 p.m. July 10. $45-$55. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630.

SATURDAY
Little River Band

Australia’s mellowest hitmakers have been around since the mid-’70s, but the group has changed considerably. There’s not a soul left from the lineup that made hits such as “Reminiscing,” “Lady,” “Cool Change” or anything else pre-1980. The only Australian in the current lineup is guitarist Greg Hind, and he joined in 2000. Wayne Nelson, who sang the 1981 Top 10 hit “Night Owls,” is still around, though.
7 p.m. July 10. $30-$39. Villages Amphitheatre, 301 Lafayette Ave., Fayetteville. 770-460-0686.

Michelle Malone plays Unplugged in the Park at Park Tavern on Sunday. Photo: Trish Land

Michelle Malone plays Unplugged in the Park at Park Tavern on Sunday. Photo: Trish Land

SUNDAY
Michelle Malone, Ken Will Morton

Malone is one of the South’s hardest-working musicians. The bluesy roots-rocker released her debut album in 1988, became a fixture on the Atlanta music scene in the ’90s and recently relocated to Alabama. She’s still a frequent visitor to her hometown, though, and this time she’s back playing a free show. Former New Englander Ken Will Morton has been a Georgia resident for more than a decade, playing in bands such as Wonderlust and the Indicators. Since 2004, he’s been releasing rootsy pop-rock under his own name.
6 p.m. July 11. Free. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-249-0001.

WEDNESDAY
Scorpions and Ratt

Ratt is back with big-haired pop-metal, just like it’s 1985. Apparently, what comes around does indeed go around. And around. They’re tagging along the Scorpions, who have been around a lot longer than the San Diego-spawned, Los Angeles-launched Ratt. While both bands first hit the U.S. Top 40 in 1984, the Scorpions’ origins lie in Germany in the 1960s. The band kicked into high gear when Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker (and his younger brother Michael) joined forces in 1970. It would be 14 years and endless touring before “Rock You Like a Hurricane” took MTV by storm. Meine and Rudolf Schenker are still the heart of the band, and guitarist Matthias Jabs has been on the job for more than 30 years, joining just as the band was about to enter its most commercially successful years. This is being billed as the band’s farewell tour, but we all know how that goes. Just ask Kiss how many farewell tours they’ve done.
7:30 p.m. July 14. $14-$70. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

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