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Live music picks: Jan. 6-12

Atlanta quintet O'Brother - from left, Johnny Dang, Aaron Wamack, Tanner Merritt, Michael Martens and Anton Dang - celebrates the release of full-length debut album, "Garden Window," at the Masquerade Friday, Jan. 6. Photo: Christy Parry

Atlanta quintet O'Brother - from left, Johnny Dang, Aaron Wamack, Tanner Merritt, Michael Martens and Anton Dang - celebrates the release of full-length debut album, "Garden Window," at the Masquerade Friday, Jan. 6. Photo: Christy Parry

FRIDAY
O’Brother

A list of the acknowledged influences of this Atlanta quintet won’t really tell you what they sound like, but it gives a hint at the adventurous nature of the band’s music. They mention indie rock experimentalists Blonde Redhead, Radiohead and Sigur Ros; modern progressive rockers Oceansize; metallic sludge merchants Torche and the doomy folk-flecked drone of Earth. You wouldn’t think all of those influences and more could coalesce into a coherent whole. They do, and you really can hear pieces of each. Even better, though, it all ends up sounding distinctive and unlike anything else. This show is a CD release celebration for the band’s full-length debut, “Garden Window,” an unpredictable and memorable piece of work that opens with a terrific one-two punch: the gooey, snail’s pace thud of “Malum” and the insistent and upbeat, Queens of the Stone Age-like “Lo.” The album was produced by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra and is out Jan. 10.
7 p.m. Jan. 6. $10 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

SATURDAY
Big Mike Geier’s “Elvis Royale”

It’s been nearly 35 years since his death, but it seems that nothing can dull the king’s shine. Singer-actor Mike Geier and his Kingsized Orchestra are keeping the memory of the King alive with a pair of annual tributes that are among Atlanta’s most entertaining nights of the year. The festivities are gussied up with an injection of Vegasy cheese by the glamorous Dames Aflame burlesque troupe.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 7. $26. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY
The Kicks

Nashville quartet has been a frequent Atlanta visitor, having played the Unplugged in the Park series at Park Tavern four times. The band’s latest single, “Hawk Eyes,” is drawing even wider attention, which comes as no surprise once you hear the way the guitars chug and slash around that hooky chorus. The song leads off the latest Kicks release, the “Sputnik Sessions” EP, and has been featured on the Atlanta-filmed TV show “The Vampire Diaries” and the ABC Family series “Pretty Little Liars.”
8 p.m. Jan. 7. $10 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

Multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter Sarah Jarosz comes to Eddie's Attic Tuesday, Jan. 10. Photo: Scott Simontacchi

Multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter Sarah Jarosz comes to Eddie's Attic Tuesday, Jan. 10. Photo: Scott Simontacchi

TUESDAY
Sarah Jarosz

A stellar singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jarosz is a captivating performer whose voice and songcraft belie her youth. The 20-year-old Texan released her second album, “Follow Me Down,” in May 2011. Like her first release, 2009’s “Song Up In Her Head,” it brought comparisons to Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss. That’s high praise, indeed, but Jarosz’s voice is deeper and more sultry than either of those talented women. She really does sound far more mature than her 20 years. Like Welch and Krauss, Jarosz has already demonstrated that she won’t be tied down by genre labels and expectations.
8 p.m. Jan. 10. $17.50. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

THURSDAY
Yo-Yo Ma

The superlative cellist joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the 20th anniversary edition of the orchestra’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute, “A King Celebration.” The event has taken place at King’s alma mater Morehouse College in the past, but moves to Symphony Hall for the first time this year. The Morehouse and Spelman College glee clubs will join Ma, conductor Robert Spano and the orchestra for the program, which includes Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” from Brahms’ “A German Requiem.”
8 p.m. Jan. 12. $55-$125. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

Former Atlanta resident David Berkeley returns to play Eddie's Attic Thursday, Jan. 12. Photo: Matthew Washburn

Former Atlanta resident David Berkeley returns to play Eddie's Attic Thursday, Jan. 12. Photo: Matthew Washburn

THURSDAY
David Berkeley

Introspective singer-songwriter and former Atlanta resident Berkeley plays his first show of the new year in a place where he’s spent a lot of time — Eddie’s Attic. He’s also spent a lot of time in a land far, far away. Berkeley wrote his latest album, “Some Kind of Cure,” in a remote village on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, but recorded it here in Atlanta. The album’s creation also inspired Berkeley to write “140 Goats and a Guitar: The Stories Behind Some Kind of Cure,” which offers 13 stories to go with the 13 songs on the album.
7:45 p.m. Jan. 12. $15 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

Shane Harrison,  sharrison@ajc.com

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