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Live music picks: Dec. 23-29

Kimberly Perry will be joined by her brothers as the Band Perry performs a free show at Atlantic Station Friday, Dec. 23. She's shown here at the Grammy Nominations Concert in Los Angeles in November. Photo: Matt Sayles / AP

Kimberly Perry will be joined by her brothers as the Band Perry performs a free show at Atlantic Station Friday, Dec. 23. She's shown here at the Grammy Nominations Concert in Los Angeles in November. Photo: Matt Sayles / AP

FRIDAY
The Band Perry

The sibling trio scored a No. 1 country hit in 2010 with “If I Die Young,” which was also a Top 20 pop hit and the Country Music Association’s single and song of the year. They followed that up with “You Lie,” which climbed to No. 2. The band’s latest single, “All Your Life,” just moved into the Top 10 and shows no sign of slowing down. And you can catch the Band Perry for free as part of Atlantic Station’s Winter Wonder Jam.
7 p.m. Dec. 23. Free. Central Park, Atlantic Station, 245 18th St. N.W., Atlanta.

FRIDAY
Corey Smith

Being a household name might be nice, but Smith doesn’t need that to be a successful musician. He’s carved out a career without the mainstream’s star-maker machinery. The Jefferson native and University of Georgia grad melds country, rock and blues and plays to packed houses across the Southeast. He gets the Bulldog faithful going with “Every Dawg” and keeps the spring-break spirit alive for the post-grad crowd with “If I Could Do It Again.” His latest album, “The Broken Record,” might put him closer to that household name status. He played the CMA Music Festival in Nashville earlier this year and, after six independently released albums, this is the first of his albums to get a major national push toward the country music mainstream.
8:30 p.m. Dec. 23. $20-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000.

FRIDAY
Drivin ’N’ Cryin’

For many years, you could count on Drivin ’N’ Cryin’ to play the day after Thanksgiving, but in 2007 the band rocked the Roxy (now the Buckhead Theatre) on New Year’s Eve. In 2008, the venerable yet still raucous Kevn Kinney-led institution played a holiday gig on the day after Christmas. That was the holiday season date until this year, when they’ve moved it to the day before Christmas Eve. No matter what yuletide day these guys decide to rock, it’s good to know they’re always here for one of them.
8 p.m. Dec. 23. $20. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY
Rebirth Brass Band

This beloved New Orleans institution, which formed in 1983, has become a big favorite here in Atlanta, too. The band has gained a bigger national fan base from its contributions to the New Orleans-set HBO series “Treme,” and released a new album this year, “Rebirth of New Orleans.” A few weeks ago, the album was nominated for a Grammy for best regional roots music album. The awards will be presented Feb. 12.
8 p.m. Dec. 27-28. $22.50 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

TUESDAY-DEC. 31
Sound Tribe Sector 9

Formerly Atlanta-based, and now working out of Northern California, STS9 mixes the electronic thump of club music and hip-hop, the experimental explorations of jazz and the elasticity of a jam band. The group has been one of the top-grossing touring acts in the country, and they’re still a huge draw here in Georgia. They’ve been doing these year-end/New Year’s shows for years, but this is the first time the run has been extended to five days.
Dec. 27-31. $37.50 (Dec. 27-30); $75 (Dec. 31, sold out). Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

WEDNESDAY
Cheap Trick

Popular in the ’70s for their irresistible power-pop (“Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me”), the band reached another generation in the new millennium in the opening credits of “That ’70s Show” with a cover of Big Star’s “In the Street.” This show is a benefit for the World Wildlife Fund and Coca-Cola’s Arctic Home holiday campaign. The campaign raises awareness and funds for conservation efforts to create a safe haven for polar bears.
7 p.m. Dec. 28. $31-$46. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-843-2825.

THURSDAY
Diamond Rugs, Dead Confederate

A newly minted indie-rock supergroup that includes Hardy Morris, frontman for Athens’ Dead Confederate, and Ian Saint Pé of Atlanta’s Black Lips. The project is the brainchild of Deer Tick’s John McCauley, who also recruited his band mate Robbie Crowell, Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin and Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite. So far, the only recording available is “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant,” a bleak and darkly comic look at being drunk and lonely on Christmas. Don’t expect that track to be indicative of the sound of the band’s debut album, which should be a much more rocking affair and is set for release in spring 2012.
8:30 p.m. Dec. 29. $20. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

Shane Harrison, sharrison@ajc.com

2 comments Add your comment

old devil

December 22nd, 2011
8:22 pm

Let me be the first to comment…

Rockford Rocks

December 22nd, 2011
9:05 pm

Didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I see you crying?