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Live music picks: Feb. 3-9

Independent music pioneer Ani DiFranco comes to Variety Playhouse Friday, Feb. 3. Photo: Patti Perret

Independent music pioneer Ani DiFranco comes to Variety Playhouse Friday, Feb. 3. Photo: Patti Perret

FRIDAY
Ani DiFranco

Earnest and disarmingly humorous, singer-guitarist DiFranco is the epitome of the independent artist, building a loyal following through touring and releasing her work on her own label, Righteous Babe. Her latest album, “Which Side Are You On?,” is named for the famous protest anthem by Pete Seeger, who joins DiFranco and her band on her new version.
8:30 p.m. Feb. 3. $35. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY
Mike Doughty

The former Soul Coughing frontman is touring behind his latest album, “The Question Jar Show,” which is culled from his 2009 tour of the same name. During that tour, fans wrote out questions for Doughty and put them in a jar for him to pull from during the performance.
8 p.m. Feb. 4. $21.40. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

New Orleans' self-proclaimed "Queen Diva" of bounce music, Big Freedia, comes to the EARL in East Atlanta Saturday, Feb. 4. Photo courtesy of the Windish Agency

New Orleans' self-proclaimed "Queen Diva" of bounce music, Big Freedia, comes to the EARL in East Atlanta Saturday, Feb. 4. Photo courtesy of the Windish Agency

SATURDAY
Big Freedia

Bounce music is a distinctively New Orleans-based style of hip-hop. It’s an upbeat, chant-heavy and very sexualized take on rap that’s spawned an unusual, gender-bending sub-genre sometimes called sissy rap (or sissy bounce). Hip-hop is a genre that’s often criticized for homophobia, so sissy bounce is a surprising development, but it’s been an underground phenomenon for a while now. The flamboyant Big Freedia, aka the “Queen Diva” of bounce, released the debut album “An Ha, Oh Yeah” back in 1999. Freedia is one of the genre’s best known ambassadors, having taken the style to television last week on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” with “Excuse,” a track powered by speaker-rattling bass and Freedia’s rapid-fire patter. For you fans of HBO’s “True Blood,” imagine Lafayette as a rapper, and Big Freedia is what you’d get. With Noot D’ Noot.
9 p.m. Feb. 4. $12; $10 in advance. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

TUESDAY
Sonic Generator: “Locally Grown”

Georgia Tech’s contemporary music ensemble-in-residence will perform a program of music by Atlanta-based composers who integrate technology into contemporary music. Two of the works in the concert are inspired by the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever.” It will also mark the premiere of “SGLC” by Georgia Tech music professor Jason Freeman, in which laptop and instrumental musicians join forces to create a performance using live computer coding and real-time digital music notation.
8 p.m. Feb. 7. Free. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4444.

WEDNESDAY
Tool

It’s an undeniable fact that Tool rocks. But there’s much more to this quartet. They make music that is deep, dense and not easily digestible. They take raw, hard metal and twist it into surprising shapes. Imagine the more mysterious side of Led Zeppelin (Tool has covered “No Quarter”), Pink Floyd’s experimental sprawl and Black Sabbath’s sinister scariness melded together in a thoroughly modern musical maelstrom. Haunting and otherworldly, Tool blasts away at rock’s conventions, led by the rafter-rattling precision of Adam Jones’ guitar and Maynard James Keenan’s voice, which can deliver both aching beauty and thundering fits of rage.
8 p.m. Feb. 8. $45-$65. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

THURSDAY
Jordan Knight

Knight got his start in the ’80s performing fluffy pseudo-R&B with New Kids on the Block, a Boston-baked mixture of rough trade and pretty boys that proved irresistible to preteen girls everywhere. Now 41, Knight proved he could make decent pop music with his effervescent 1999 solo debut, but it didn’t set the charts on fire and it took a NKOTB reunion and 12 years to get a proper full-length follow-up with 2011’s “Unfinished.”
8:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $40; $35 in advance. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W, Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

THURSDAY
Celtic Woman

Inspired by “Riverdance,” the all-female ensemble Celtic Woman spotlights the Irish voice, not the dancing feet. These ladies evoke the Emerald Isle with musical moments from traditional Celtic tunes to modern songs.
7 p.m. Feb. 9. $37-$72. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.

Shane Harrison / sharrison@ajc.com

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February 4th, 2012
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