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Live music picks: Nov. 19-25

South Carolina quartet Needtobreathe plays a Thanksgiving Eve show at the Tabernacle. Photo courtesy Atlantic Records.

South Carolina quartet Needtobreathe plays a Thanksgiving Eve show at the Tabernacle. Photo courtesy Atlantic Records.

FRIDAY
Senses Fail

New Jersey’s Senses Fail gets a boost from lyrical concerns that rise above the adolescent angst of many of their peers. The band’s blend of melodic vocals and oodles of crispity, crunchity guitars isn’t anything new, but it is done with energy and style.
7 p.m. Nov. 19. $15. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

FRIDAY
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile

Watching Chris Thile play is a jaw-dropping experience. The man coaxes things from a mandolin that you’d think were impossible. With Nickel Creek on an indefinite hiatus, he’s taken up with another group of musicians.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 19.  $25. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY
The Black Crowes

The Black Crowes were always a band out of time. They emerged just before grunge, but the Atlanta band sounded nothing like their flannel-clad counterparts. You could say — as many have — that the Crowes owe much of their sound to the Rolling Stones and the Faces. On the other hand, you could also say they brought that bluesy, boozy rock back home to the Southern United States where it first began to brew.
8 p.m. Nov. 19-20. $52.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

SATURDAY
The Posies, Brendan Benson

These power-pop purveyors have made loads of great music on their own, but they’re probably better known for their side projects. Benson has released four solo albums since 1996, but he’s also a member of the Raconteurs with Jack White. Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of the Posies became part of a revived Big Star when the late Alex Chilton recruited the pair in 1993, and Stringfellow has worked with R.E.M.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $22; $20 in advance. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

The Infamous Stringdusters headline Variety Playhouse Saturday. Photo: Johnny St. Ours

The Infamous Stringdusters headline Variety Playhouse Saturday. Photo: Johnny St. Ours

SATURDAY
The Infamous Stringdusters

The Stringdusters hit the bluegrass world like a bolt of lightning, taking the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Awards for both album (tied with “Lefty’s Old Guitar” by J.D. Crowe & The New South) and song of the year with debut “Fork in the Road” and its title track.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $17.50; $15 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Georgia Music Heritage Benefit

Over the course of two days, a host of Georgia talent will perform at this benefit supporting the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and Georgia Music Magazine. Among the musicians taking the stage are vocal consultant Jan Smith (who has worked with Usher, Sugarland and many more), Granville Automatic (led by Elizabeth Elkinsand Vanessa Olivarez), Americana masters Jackson County Line and brilliant Decatur singer-songwriter Caroline Herring.
3 p.m. Nov. 20-21. $15. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

SATURDAY
John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension

This modern music pioneer was among the earliest explorers of jazz/rock fusion with Miles Davis, appearing on the great trumpeter’s trio of groundbreaking albums beginning with “In a Silent Way” in 1969. He went out to form his own adventurous outfitcalled Mahavishnu Orchestra. He brings brings his electric band, the 4th Dimension, to the Rialto stage for the first time.
8 p.m. Nov. 20.  $45-$71. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-651-4727.

WEDNESDAY
“The Stuffing”

Before you stuff yourself with turkey and the trimmings, head over to the Center Stage for this musical cornucopia. Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra and Athens’ Dead Confederate head the bill, but there will be performances in all three of the complex’s venues by Death on Two Wheels, O’Brother, Bad Books, Gobotron, All Get Out, Kevin Devine, Joy in Tomorrow and Harrison Hudson.
6 p.m. Nov. 24.  $20; $16.99 advance. Center Stage/the Loft/Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

WEDNESDAY
Needtobreathe

This quartet from Seneca, S.C., released its major label debut, “Daylight,” in 2006. Think Coldplay with chunkier guitars, a touch of early ’90s grunge and a dose of gospel. The group scored a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association for the song “Washed by the Water,” from their 2007 album “The Heat.” The band’s third and latest album is the 2009 release “The Outsiders.”
8 p.m. Nov. 24. $22. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

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