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Live music picks: Sept. 9-15

World music adventurer Manu Chao makes his Atlanta debut at the Masquerade Sunday. Photo: Nacional Records

World music adventurer Manu Chao makes his Atlanta debut at the Masquerade Sunday. Photo: Nacional Records

FRIDAY
The Greencards

These Australian expatriates make music that sounds thoroughly American and steeped in bluegrass. Kym Warner and Carol Young were joined last year by new fiddler Tyler Andal and guitarist Carl Miner, The band released its fifth album, “The Brick Album,” earlier this summer, which will be its first since fiddler and founding member Eamon McLoughlin left the band in late 2009.
8 p.m. Sept. 9. $18; $15 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404- 377-4976.

FRIDAY
The Beach Boys

Even this year’s 50th anniversary couldn’t bring Brian Wilson back into the touring fold, though he did work with fellow original Beach Boys Mike Love and Al Jardine on the upcoming issue of the complete sessions for the original “Smile” album, which was abandoned in 1967. It’s set for release Nov. 1. Meanwhile, the touring version of the band has just Love as the sole remaining original, though longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston remains part of the act. The songs are still brilliant, and if someone besides a Wilson is going to do them under the Beach Boys name, it might as well be Love.
8:30 p.m. Sept. 9. $40-$100. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

SATURDAY
80th Birthday Tribute to George Jones

The Possum turns 80 on Monday, which some might consider miraculous, given his hard-living reputation (though he seems to have settled down a bit in recent years.) Since Jones won’t be playing a show around here, this will do nicely for those wishing to pay tribute to the man many consider the finest country male vocalist ever. Local stalwarts Slim Chance and the Convicts will lead a lineup that includes Sonoramic Commando, Caroline and the Ramblers and more.
8 p.m. Sept. 10. $12; $10 in advance. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. N.E., Atlanta.

SUNDAY
Manu Chao

Born in France to Spanish parents, Manu Chao is like a one-man tour of world music. He’s recorded his energetically eclectic songs in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese and several other languages. He’s always had an affection for reggae, too, and he took a side trip to Africa to produce the wonderful “Dimanche à Bamako” by Malian duo Amadou and Mariam. The only problem with this talented musician is the sparseness of his output. His latest studio album, “La Radiolina,” was released in 2007, and it’s one of just two international releases of new material this millennium.
7 p.m. Sept. 11. $30 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

SUNDAY
Los Lonely Boys

These Tex-Mex rockers and friends of Willie Nelson scored a big hit — and a Grammy — with “Heaven” back in 2004. It was a swaying, catchy roots-rock tune that was a nice respite from radio’s business as usual. And though the band never scaled those heights again, it doesn’t matter, because they reached the audience they needed to reach with that one shot. Those who loved what they heard the first time keep coming back for more.
8 p.m. Sept. 11. $25; $22.50 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Basia comes to Variety Playhouse Tuesday, the same day her new live album is released. Photo: Carl Dunn

Basia comes to Variety Playhouse Tuesday, the same day her new live album is released. Photo: Carl Dunn

TUESDAY
Basia

In 2009, “It’s That Girl Again” became the first new solo release from Basia Trzetrzelewska since 1994. But she’d not been silent the entire 15 years. Keyboardist Danny White and the sweet-voiced vocalist reunited with Mark Reilly to reform sleek pop-jazz trio Matt Bianco in 2003. Typically Latin-tinged and smooth as a baby’s bottom, 2004’s “Matt’s Mood” was the first album from the original lineup in more than 20 years. It would be a brief return as Basia and longtime collaborator White departed again to resume the solo career they’d built for the singer. This show happens the same day Basia’s new live album is released. “From Newport To London: Greatest Hits Live … And More” was recorded in the singer’s native Poland and includes three new tracks.
8 p.m. Sept. 13. $32.50; $30 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Roger Daltrey, shown here opening for Eric Clapton at Gwinnett Arena in 2009, returns to town with his touring performance of the Who's classic rock opera "Tommy." He'll play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Thursday. Photo: Robb Cohen, www.robbsphotos.com

Roger Daltrey, shown here opening for Eric Clapton at Gwinnett Arena in 2009, returns to town with his touring performance of the Who's classic rock opera "Tommy." He'll play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Thursday. Photo: Robb Cohen, www.robbsphotos.com

TUESDAY
TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene

Two of the most critically adored bands of the moment share the stage at the Tabernacle. Headlining is the experimental yet enthralling combo TV on the Radio, which twists indie rock into fascinating new shapes. Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning are the prime movers, but BSS has served as a launching pad for many cool Canadians (including Feist). BSS makes kitchen-sink indie rock that, despite all the cooks, works in mysterious and melodic ways.
8 p.m. Sept. 13. $37. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

THURSDAY
Roger Daltrey

He’s spent several decades providing one of rock’s most forceful and distinctive voices as frontman for the Who. With the band’s distinctive rhythm section gone and Pete Townsend taking care of what’s left of his hearing, Daltrey is performing the Who’s pioneering rock opera, 1969’s “Tommy,” one of the band’s signature works.
8 p.m. Sept. 15. $40-$126. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

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