Glenn Phillips Band, Supreme Court
Glenn Phillips, a prodigiously talented Atlanta guitarist, co-founder of the Hampton Grease Band and a local treasure, joins Swimming Pool Q’s frontman Jeff Calder in their traditional post-Thanksgiving show. Phillips has been part of this town’s musical landscape for more than 40 years. The Supreme Court, the pairing of Phillips and Calder with a rhythm section, and the Glenn Phillips Band will both play sets. This year, they’re also celebrating a new album called “Sun Hex.” It’s only the band’s second release, and the first one came out in 1993. “Sun Hex” is an Atlanta history lesson on a little silver disc and proof of the enduring talent and adventurous musicality of the participants. The blend of Phillips’ guitar fireworks and the entwined voices of Calder and his Q’s band mate Anne Richmond Boston on “CIA ’66” and the sprawling title track are just a couple of the album’s many sonic treats.
8 p.m. Nov. 26. $12. Red Light Cafe, 533 Amsterdam Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-874-7828.
Jefferson native and UGA grad Smith melds country, rock and blues and plays to packed houses across the Southeast. He gets the Bulldog faithful going with “Every Dawg” and keeps the spring-break spirit alive for the post-grad crowd with “If I Could Do It Again.”
8 p.m. Nov. 26. $25. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Crafting crunchy modern rock that transcends most of its contemporaries with hook-filled and memorable songs, Athens’ Whigs prove that you don’t need gimmicks to make great records. There’s nothing fancy about this trio’s solid, straight-ahead indie rock, but it works like a charm. It’s been a big year for the Whigs. The guys made their “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” debut and have been touring with Kings of Leon, including opening for KoL’s September date at Philips Arena and in London’s Hyde Park in June. With Futurebirds and Bambara.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 26. $17.50; $15 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
The Black Lips, Those Darlins, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs
Atlanta’s rip-snortin’, rock-tastic psych garage quartet the Black Lips take a break from touring and working on a new album to play for the hometown crowd. Expect the follow-up to 2009’s “200 Thousand Million” sometime next year. The ragged, raw and sexually-charged marriage of honky-tonk and punk of Those Darlins seems like the perfect companion for the Black Lips. The addition of Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs to the bill makes this an exceptional night of live music. Now a Georgia resident, British musician Golightly’s career began with all-girl garage band Thee Headcoatees in 1991, before striking out on her own in 1995. Her gritty, primitive rock aesthetic comes across like a mix of old acoustic country blues, early R&B, pre-British Invasion rock and rustic folk.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 27. $17.50; $15 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
Singer-songwriter and Grammy winner Cole hit the Top 10 back in 1997 with “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” and narrowly missed the top tier with the No. 11 hit “I Don’t Want to Wait” (aka the theme song from teen drama “Dawson’s Creek.” She’s had a much lower profile in the years since that commercial peak. The follow-up to the album that contained those hits, ‘Amen,” didn’t match the success of its predecessor and it would be nearly eight years before she released another album (2007’s “Courage”). She returned to stores and stages this year with the album “Ithaca” and her current tour.
7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 30. $25. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
Georgia Tech’s contemporary music ensemble-in-residence will perform a program of music associated with the IRCAM computer music research center in Paris. Guest composer Philippe Leroux will speak with Tech School of Music faculty member Andrea Brown before the ensemble performs the composer’s “Voi(Rex).” Pieces by Pierre Jodlowski and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho are also part of the program. The event is part of the France-Atlanta 2010 project, a two-week series of lectures, workshops and performances meant to forge new partnerships and strengthen the relationship between France and the Southeast.
8 p.m. Nov. 30. Free. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4444.
This technically accomplished guitar virtuoso first gained recognition when former student Steve Vai dropped his name in a few guitar publications in the mid-’80s (other students include Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Charlie Hunter). Satriani’s second album, 1987’s “Surfing With the Alien,” set a new standard for instrumental guitar recordings. Satriani wasn’t content just showboating, though his groundbreaking techniques were phenomenal. The album was melodic and ear-catching even if you weren’t a guitar aficionado. In recent years, he’s been part of the Experience Hendrix tribute tour and the supergroup Chickenfoot (with Van Halen refugees Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony) .
8 p.m. Dec. 1. $45; $42.50 advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.