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Live music picks: May 6-11

Former Stone Mountain resident and star of NBC's "Community" Donald Glover comes home to play the Variety Playhouse May 6 with his musical alter ego Childish Gambino. Photo: Ibra Ake

Former Stone Mountain resident and star of NBC's "Community" Donald Glover comes home to play the Variety Playhouse May 6 with his musical alter ego Childish Gambino. Photo: Ibra Ake

TODAY
Donald Glover+ Childish Gambino

The former “30 Rock” writer and current “Community” star returns home with his musical project and rapping alter ego Childish Gambino. Glover grew up in Stone Mountain and attended Rockbridge Elementary and the DeKalb School for the Arts. His latest album is “Culdesac,” released in July 2010 and available online as a free download. Glover claims that he got the name Childish Gambino from an online Wu-Tang Clan name generator, so maybe those online time-wasting apps actually serve a purpose.
8:30 p.m. May 6. $20; $18 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

TODAY
’70s Soul Jam

The Stylistics (“Betcha by Golly Wow” and loads more), the Chi-Lites (“Have You Seen Her”), the Main Ingredient with Cuba Gooding Sr. (“Everybody Plays the Fool”), New Birth (“Wild Flower”) and the Dramatics (“Whatcha See is Whatcha Get”) warmed radio airwaves in the ’70s and their music still packs enough sweet, sweet love to make this a romantic’s dream night.
7 p.m. May 6. $42-$74. Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-523-6275.

SATURDAY
The Wood Brothers, Abigail Washburn

This is a tale of two brothers from Colorado. One went to New York and became the bassist for jazz mavericks Medeski, Martin and Wood; the other came to Atlanta and played bluesy rock with King Johnson. Now, bassist Chris and guitarist Oliver have teamed up as a duo. They share the bill with Washburn, an Illinois-born Mandarin Chinese scholar and singing banjo player whose latest album is the acclaimed “City of Refuge.” It was produced by Tucker Martine, who has worked with the Decemberists, Spoon and Sufjan Stevens.
8:30 p.m. May 7. $20; $17.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta.404-524-7354.

WEDNESDAY
My Chemical Romance

As Queen did for hard rock in the ’70s, My Chemical Romance injects flamboyance and variety into the current brand of emotionally charged, hard-edged pop-punk. The New Jersey quintet with a Goth heart stirs emotions, even through the dazzling arrangements and production sheen.
7:30 p.m. May 11. $33.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

WEDNESDAY
Ted Leo

Leo is a tireless touring machine, a crafty tunesmith and a blistering live performer who tears into his guitar with a fervor that recalls Pete Townshend and former Jam frontman Paul Weller. His affection for the Jam is even more apparent than usual in his latest album, “The Brutalist Bricks.” He’ll perform solo here without his band the Pharmacists. The show opens with Carnivores and a solo set by Gentleman Jesse.
9 p.m. May 11. $12; $10 in advance. The Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta.

4 comments Add your comment

bulldog

May 6th, 2011
2:35 pm

This isn’t live, but if you like country music or funny songs, go check out “Barbie Got Picked Up (by a Dumptruck) by Chris Chance at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chrischance. It’s the answer to the question, “What would happen if Barbie moved down south and got hooked up with a redneck?”…HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seeking More

May 6th, 2011
2:45 pm

Donald Glover is from Georgia??! seriously??! dang!! All the best up and coming artists are from GA: Donald Glover, Aleon Craft, Kyle Lucas, Sugar Tongue Slim, Donnis, B.O.B,CyHi Da Prynce

GEORGIA = Home of *GOOD* HIP HOP

Ugateacher

May 6th, 2011
2:58 pm

@Seeking More- yes, I happened to have taught him at DSA- he was a wonderful student, and I’m so proud of him!

O4W Chick

May 6th, 2011
3:23 pm

I love this guy! Had no idea he was from GA. Glad I found out about this and hope I can make it.