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Live music picks: June 10-15

Norwegian pop songsmith Sondre Lerche comes to the Variety Playhouse June 11. Photo: Ruvan Wijesooria

Norwegian pop songsmith Sondre Lerche comes to the Variety Playhouse June 11. Photo: Ruvan Wijesooria

TODAY
Dick Dale

The 74-year-old king of the surf guitar got a jolt of exposure in the ’90s when his iconic “Misirlou” was featured prominently in Quentin Tarantino’s film “Pulp Fiction.” His 1961 single, “Let’s Go Trippin’,” is regarded by many music historians as the first surf-rock single.
8:30 p.m. June 10. $25. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

Atlanta-based Rebecca Loebe was a frequent presence in local music venues for years, when she wasn't on the road. She recently came to national attention on TV competition "The Voice." Photo: Kate Culver

Atlanta-based Rebecca Loebe was a frequent presence in local music venues for years, when she wasn't on the road. She recently came to national attention on TV competition "The Voice." Photo: Kate Culver

TODAY
Rebecca Loebe

She’s been a regular presence on the local scene for years, when she wasn’t on the road, but her profile just got a big national boost with her appearance on “The Voice.” She was part of Adam Levine’s team on the singing competition, but was eliminated in the show’s third battle round in late May.
9 p.m. June 10. $12; $10 in advance. Hard Rock Cafe, 215 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-688-7625.

SATURDAY
Sondre Lerche

Norwegian pop wunderkind Lerche’s music is warm-hued, sweet and rich like caramel. He channels veins of ’60s music from Bacharach to bossa nova into a pretty groovy confection, while adding his own contemporary touch. He’s touring behind his new, self-titled sixth album, which adds several more brilliantly catchy tunes to his catalog, including “Private Caller” and “Domino.”
8:30 p.m. June 11. $20. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SUNDAY
Mumford & Sons

This British folk-rock outfit was among the best new artist nominees at the most recent Grammy Awards. The band didn’t win, but got to perform during the ceremony, which sent sales for debut album, “Sigh No More,” soaring. It jumped to No. 2 on the Billboard album chart the following week, one year after it was released.
7:30 p.m. June 12. $35. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.


Progressive metal pioneer Uriah Heep recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The band, including original guitarist Mick Box (far left), comes to the Variety Playhouse Tuesday, June 14. Photo: Mike Banks

Progressive metal innovators Uriah Heep recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. The band, including original guitarist Mick Box (far left), comes to the Variety Playhouse Tuesday, June 14. Photo: Mike Banks

TUESDAY
Uriah Heep

The stratospheric vocals, mystical atmospherics and churchy organ of this oft-overlooked ’70s British metal band was the original marriage of progressive rock and heavy metal. “The Ultimate Collection” is a fine compilation, but get “Demons and Wizards” or “The Magician’s Birthday” for the vintage experience. Remarkably, both of those albums were released the same year, 1972.
8 p.m. June 14. $27.50; $25 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

TUESDAY
Owl City, Mat Kearney

Owl City, primarily the work of Minnesota native Adam Young, scored an unexpected No. 1 hit in 2009 with the synth-pop confection “Fireflies.” He gained a big following through his MySpace page before signing with Universal Republic for his major label debut album, “Ocean Eyes.” After a couple of date changes, “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” his follow-up to “Ocean Eyes,” is scheduled for release on June 14. Mat Kearney has been called John Mayer with a touch of hip-hop, and there are certainly similarities between the two. They’re both appealing singer-songwriters with a gift for hooks and melodies. And if you watch much TV, you’ve probably heard his music, especially if you’re a “Grey’s Anatomy” fan. The Nashville-based musician’s third major-label album, “Young Love,” is coming later this summer, but the first single, “Hey Mama” (inspired by his new bride), is available now. With Unwed Sailor.
7 p.m. June 14. $28. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY
Phish

These exploratory rockers have a fiercely loyal fan base, and the band has been keeping in touch with them since 1996 with one of the most comprehensive and informative websites in the music business. Want to know the set list from the band’s three-night stand at the Roxy in Buckhead in February, 1993? Or maybe you’d like a download or CD of last Sunday’s Phish show in Cincinnati? It’s all there at phish.com.
7:30 p.m. June 14-15. $60; $45 lawn. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

Norman Blake (left, of Teenage Fanclub) and Euros Childs (of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci) join forces as Jonny. They'll play Eddie's Attic Wednesday, June 15. Photo: Mei Lewis

Norman Blake (left, of Teenage Fanclub) and Euros Childs (of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci) join forces as Jonny. They'll play Eddie's Attic Wednesday, June 15. Photo: Mei Lewis

WEDNESDAY
Jonny

Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake joins forces with Euros Childs of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci as Jonny. If those names don’t mean much to you, you’re probably not alone, but those two bands made some of the catchiest pop to emanate from the U.K. in the ’90s. The duo’s recent debut album is just what you might expect, if you know their earlier work. It’s full of memorable melodies painted in the lighter shades of ’60s psychedelia, yet it still sounds fresh, fun and delightfully freaky.
8 p.m. June 15. $18; $15 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

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