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Live music picks: Jan. 7-12

Boston-based singer-songwriter Patty Larkin comes to Eddie's Attic Saturday. Photo: Jana Leon

Boston-based singer-songwriter Patty Larkin comes to Eddie's Attic Saturday. Photo: Jana Leon

The Greencards

Until they open their mouths to speak, you’d think this bluegrass-infused duo hailed from our general vicinity. These Australian expatriates don’t deal in the spoken word, though, and their music sounds thoroughly American. Kym Warner and Carol Young have been in the studio recording a new album, which will be their first since fiddler and founding member Eamon McLoughlin left the band in late 2009.
8 p.m. Jan. 7. $18; $15 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

Big Mike Geier’s “Elvis Royale” featuring Kingsized Orchestra and Dames Aflame
It’s been more than 30 years since his death, but it seems that nothing can dull the king’s shine. This annual tribute is headlined by Kingsized, a supremely entertaining retro combo led by imposing singer-actor Mike Geier. The festivities are gussied up with an injection of Vegas-y cheese by the glamorous Dames Aflame burlesque troupe. This is one of Geier’s two annual tributes to Tupelo’s favorite son. There are also festivities each August on the anniversary of Presley’s death.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 7-8. $25; $23 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Patty Larkin

Larkin’s lovely, soul-searching songs break no new ground. Instead, they touch upon familiar themes with a cautious grace. She’s an underrated artist who still takes the time to shine a spotlight on other musicians who don’t get the respect they deserve. On her latest recording, “25,” she gets a little help from artists she’s inspired and those who inspired her. The album celebrates her 25 years of recording with new versions of 25 songs. She sent the stripped-down recordings to friends and colleagues — including Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Cockburn and Martin Sexton — who added their own contributions. Another one of the contributors, Peter Mulvey, joins Larkin at this show.
8 p.m. Jan. 8. $20. Red Light Cafe, 533 Amsterdam Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-874-7828.

Crooked Fingers

Eric Bachmann used to be part of noisy North Carolina indie-rock merchants Archers of Loaf. The complex and adventurous Crooked Fingers is an entirely different proposition. Crooked Fingers’ dark, melancholy mode owes a debt to Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, and the music was immersed in a Spanish-flavored world of torment, toreros and amor on 2005’s “Dignity and Shame” and 2008’s “Forfeit/Fortune.” Bachmann has been working on a new album, so we should know sometime this year if he’s still in an Iberian state of mind.
9 p.m. Jan. 8. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

Danny Barnes

Former Bad Livers leader and banjo player extraordinaire comes back through town on a solo tour. He’s still working his latest album, “Pizza Box,” which marked his debut on Dave Matthews’ ATO Records. Barnes has recorded with the Dave Matthews Band, joining the group on stage at last year’s Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee. Barnes also joined Matthews on Herbie Hancock’s latest album, “The Imagine Project,” for a version of the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
8 p.m. Jan. 12. $15; $12 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

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