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Live music picks: Dec. 2-8

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers kicks off the new "Eddie Owen Presents" series with a pair of solo shows at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. Photo: Jason Thrasher

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers kicks off the new "Eddie Owen Presents" series with a pair of solo shows at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. Photo: Jason Thrasher

FRIDAY
Paul Simon

He’s one of our greatest songwriters, with stellar gems such as “The Boxer” and “America” on his résumé, but he could hardly be called prolific. Since his 1970 break with Art Garfunkel, Simon has released just 10 studio albums of new material, and one of those was a recording of songs from his failed Broadway musical “The Capeman.” Even more surprising, his 2011 album, “So Beautiful or So What,” is his highest debut ever, coming in at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.
8 p.m. Dec. 2. $39.50-$89.50. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

FRIDAY
Missing Link Festival

Two of Atlanta’s best and most successful current bands, Mastodon and the Black Lips, don’t share the stage very often, so this is a real treat. Metallic monsters Mastodon have been on the road with a new album, “The Hunter,” released in September. Garage-rocking flower punks the Black Lips released album No. 6, “Arabia Mountain,” back in June. They’ll be joined by Dillinger Escape Plan, Red Fang, Tiger Tiger and Monstro.
5:40 p.m. Dec. 2. $30. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Patterson Hood

Eddie Owen of Eddie’s Attic fame is now booking shows at Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. The first show of the “Eddie Owen Presents” series was originally scheduled to be Edwin McCain, but that was postponed until Jan. 28. That’s OK, because that means this two-night stand by Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood is now the series’ opener. If you’ve never seen Hood in solo mode, here’s the perfect opportunity. To get in the mood, check out one of his solo albums, 2004’s “Killers and Stars” (recorded in 2001) and 2009’s “Murdering Oscar (and other love songs).”
8 p.m. Dec. 2-3. $20. Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St., Duluth. 770-476-3434.

SATURDAY
Dwight Yoakam

Though radio pays little attention to him these days, he’s still one of country’s best male vocalists. Unfortunately, his output has slowed in recent years. It’s been four years since his latest release, a 2007 album of Buck Owens songs called “Dwight Sings Buck,” but that’s about to change. This summer, he re-signed with Warner Music Group, where he released his debut album, “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.,” in 1986, and more than 20 other albums in the subsequent decades.
9:30 p.m. Dec. 3. $30-$200. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000.

SUNDAY
Cowboy Envy

The campy ’n’ Western outfit led by Frenchy and Buffalo K — aka Berne Poliakoff and Kathleen Hatfield — are joined by their newest recruits, L.A. “Durn” Tuten and Leah “Lone Star” Clavert. They’ll be whooping it up at their home away from home, Eddie’s Attic.
6 p.m. Dec. 4. $12; $10 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

MONDAY
Yelle

French dance-pop trio Yelle isn’t yet invading the pop charts, but they’ve mingled with million sellers. They did a remix of Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold” and opened for the pop singer on her 2011 U.K. tour. Yelle’s latest album is “Safari Club Disco,” which just refines the ’80s synth-pop and Madonna-isms of debut “Pop Up.”
9 p.m. Dec. 5. $20. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

MONDAY
Bent Frequency

The Atlanta contemporary chamber ensemble will feature the work of Irish composer and performer Jennifer Walshe and will premiere a new work titled “Atlanta 2089.” The program will also include the composer’s “XXX Live Nude Girls,” a music theatre piece in the marionette opera tradition. The marionettes, in this case, are Barbie-type dolls. The libretto melds the composer’s research on how young girls play with these dolls and the thesis of Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata.”
7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. $12; $10 in advance. Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, 10 Peachtree Center Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-413-5901.

WEDNESDAY
Carolina Chocolate Drops

These young African-American musicians are keeping the traditional string-band music of the Carolina Piedmont alive. Since releasing “Genuine Negro Jig” in early 2010, Justin Robinson has departed the band and two new musicians have been added: human beatboxer Adam Matta and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins.
8 p.m. Dec. 7. $19; $17 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

THURSDAY
The Story Tour

An all-star line-up of contemporary Christian musicians join forces for this musical journey from Genesis to Revelation, with a helping of Christmas favorites to celebrate the season. Performers include Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys, Francesca Battistelli, Natalie Grant and Selah.
7 p.m. Dec. 8. $25-$74. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-878-3000.

Shane Harrison / sharrison@ajc.com

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