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Live music picks: Nov. 11-16

Sam Beam, the man behind Iron & Wine, comes to the Buckhead Theatre Friday, Nov. 11. Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Records

Sam Beam, the man behind Iron & Wine, comes to the Buckhead Theatre Friday, Nov. 11. Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Records

FRIDAY
Iron & Wine

It’s been nearly 10 years since Sam Beam’s Sub Pop debut album as Iron & Wine, “The Creek Drank the Cradle,” and both his musical palette and his audience have expanded exponentially. The South Carolina native still writes songs of sweet intimacy and beauty, but the acoustic rambles of his early work have given way to warm, full-band arrangements that spotlight the pop hooks that were always there. “Kiss Each Other Clean,” released in January, is Beam’s fourth and most accessible album to date.
7 p.m. Nov. 11. $31. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-843-2825.

FRIDAY
Thee Oh Sees

This San Francisco band led by the prolific John Dwyer deals in gritty psychedelic garage rock. “Carrion Crawler,” the nearly seven-minute opening track on new album “Carrion Crawler/The Dream” (out Tuesday and the second Thee Oh Sees release this year), builds on a barbed wire slash-and-scrape guitar figure that sounds an awful lot like the Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd nugget “Interstellar Overdrive.” These guys are a lot more earthy than Pink Floyd, though, with less outer space and a lot more grit, grease and grime.
9 p.m. Nov. 11. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

SATURDAY
Australian Pink Floyd Show

With the death of keyboardist Richard Wright in 2008, there can never be a true Pink Floyd reunion again. It had only happened once since 1981 anyway, when the four members of the band’s most successful incarnation played together at the Live 8 concert in London in 2005. Floyd bassist and songwriter Roger Waters is returning to Philips Arena next June with “The Wall” Live (tickets go on sale Monday), but this acclaimed tribute act will offer highlights from the entire Pink Floyd catalog (and a giant inflatable pink kangaroo). These Aussies were even asked to perform at Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration in 1996. It’s not the real thing, but since we’ll never have the real thing again, this will have to do.
8 p.m. Nov. 12. $44.50-$49.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.

Mali's Tinariwen brings its blend of Arab, Tuareg and Malian musics to the Variety Playhouse Saturday, Nov. 12. Photo: Marie Planeille

Mali's Tinariwen brings its blend of Arab, Tuareg and Malian musics to the Variety Playhouse Saturday, Nov. 12. Photo: Marie Planeille

SATURDAY
Tinariwen

A collective of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, Tinariwen’s music has been dubbed “desert blues.” It’s a distinctive blend that brings together Western rock and the melodies of the nomadic Tuareg, with a debt to Malian music of pioneers such as Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté. It’s the sound of the musical crossroads where Arab, African and Western styles converge.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 12. $27.50; $25 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404- 524-7354.

Brandi Carlile takes the stage at the Buckhead Theatre Saturday, Nov. 12. Photo: Columbia Records Group

Brandi Carlile takes the stage at the Buckhead Theatre Saturday, Nov. 12. Photo: Columbia Records Group

SATURDAY
Brandi Carlile

Carlile has a killer voice that combines the disparate but complementary styles of two of her musical heroines, Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. She can pull off both the gruff power of the former and the sweet clarity of the latter.
8 p.m. Nov. 12. $29. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-843-2825.

SUNDAY
The Raconteurs

Former White Stripes leader and Loretta Lynn producer Jack White teamed up with indie-pop songwriter Brendan Benson and the rhythm section of Michigan garage rockers the Greenhornes to create the Raconteurs back when the White Stripes was still a going concern. The band hasn’t released any new material since the 2008 sophomore release “Consolers of the Lonely,” but the musicians have taken time from their other projects for a few scattered live dates, including this sold-out show at the Tabernacle.
8 p.m. Nov. 13. Sold out ($42.50). Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

MONDAY
Shelby Lynne

In 2001, Lynne won a best new artist Grammy — after 13 years and six albums. She had toiled for years in Nashville before tossing out the traditional twang to record 1999’s critically acclaimed “I Am Shelby Lynne,” which found her channeling Dusty Springfield circa “Dusty in Memphis.” The thrilling Memphis soul of that set looked like a fluke when she released the bland follow-up, “Love, Shelby,” but she bounced back with a series of fine albums, including a more direct tribute to Springfield called “Just a Little Lovin’.”
8 p.m. Nov. 14. $35; $30 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

MONDAY
Peter Murphy

Murphy used to front Goth-rock kingpin Bauhaus. Between that band’s original 1983 demise and recent rejuvenation, he had a long and far less pretentious solo career with many moments of lush, dark beauty. Now, Bauhaus is history again after releasing one final album (“Go Away White”) in 2008, so Murphy’s back in solo mode.
7 p.m. Nov. 14. $22. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

WEDNESDAY
Anthony David

David has fans in high places. Late last year, President Barack Obama was asked what he was listening to, and mentioned that the first lady had turned him on to this soulful Atlanta singer-songwriter. David has served as a backup singer, collaborator and concert opener to India Arie and just released his fourth album, “As Above, So Below.”
8 p.m. Nov. 16. $25. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404- 885-1365.

Shane Harrison, sharrison@ajc.com

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