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Live music picks: March 9-14

Help celebrate the new Gentleman Jesse album at the EARL on Friday, March 9. It's the second album from Atlanta's Jesse Smith and his band.

Help celebrate the new Gentleman Jesse album at the EARL on Friday, March 9. "Leaving Atlanta" is the second album from Atlanta's Jesse Smith and his band, and locals might recognize the location used on the front cover.

FRIDAY
Gentleman Jesse

Anytime there’s a new Gentleman Jesse recording, it’s a reason to celebrate. So, crank up the old Victrola (that’s a record player for you youngsters), because this is a release celebration for the Atlanta musician’s second full-length album of blazing rock that splices together jangly ’70s power-pop and the more melodic edges of vintage punk. In fact, much of “Leaving Atlanta,” out March 20, sounds like it could have come from that exact moment in music history when British pub rock crashed into punk. Anyone with an affection for Rockpile, Nick Lowe, Graham Parker or the like should definitely check it out.
9 p.m. March 9. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

FRIDAY
The Producers

These new wave locals will make you nostalgic for the days of skinny ties and wraparound sunglasses. Remember the power-pop-tastic “What’s He Got?,” “She Sheila” or “What She Does to Me”? They were part of the soundtrack of summer in the Southeast in the first half of the ’80s. The guys called it quits in the early ’90s, but it seems they’ve been doing the occasional gig in some form or other ever since. It’s still a rare treat, though, and this weekend marks one of those occasions.
8 p.m. March 9. $21-$31. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-843-2825.

FRIDAY
Fun

With the 2009 debut album “Aim and Ignite,” Fun burst onto the music scene with bold, brassy pop with a ’70s AM-radio pop vibe and a new-millennial wink. “Be Calm,” the stunning lead track, was a weird and wonderful cocktail of Queen and Weezer. Despite those obvious influences, this trio sounded fresh and, yes, fun. With the band’s new album, “Some Nights,” the sonic palette’s been expanded and, despite a bit of overused autotune, Fun still sounds like Fun (and fun). After all, beautiful melodies, sweet harmonies and lush arrangements never go out of style. And the album’s first single, “We Are Young,” features Atlanta’s Janelle Monáe.
9 p.m. March 9. $19; $17 in advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

Tennis brings the pop gems from new album "Young and Old" to the EARL Saturday, March 10. Photo: Erin Algiere

Tennis brings the pop gems from new album "Young and Old" to the EARL Saturday, March 10. Photo: Erin Algiere

SATURDAY
Tennis

A blast of pop sugar with a hint of indie-rock spice and a pinch of synth-pop. It’s a blend that incorporates the sounds of Motown, British chanteuses such as Petula Clark and Sandie Shaw and girl group R&B. The trio’s new sophomore album, “Young and Old,” is produced by the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney. That pairing might seem odd on the surface, but it might have something to do with the album’s tougher sound — as compared to debut “Cape Dory” — and the way the hooks have been distilled and concentrated.
9 p.m. March 10. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

SATURDAY
Titus Andronicus

This hardworking New Jersey outfit has become a regular visitor here. This is the band’s fourth Atlanta date since late 2010, but it’s the first visit since guitarist and vocalist Amy Klein departed, bringing the band down to a quartet. The tin-and-barbed-wire guitars, the galloping tempos and the voice of Patrick Stickles — full of desperate, aggressive and throat-blistering pleading — meld into a bold wall of sound that doesn’t quite obscure the hooks and heart beneath Titus Andronicus’ punky darkness. The New Jersey band’s latest album, “The Monitor,” invokes the Civil War to tell more contemporary tales, though it’s more extended metaphor than concept album.
9 p.m. March 10. $10-$12. The Basement, Graveyard Tavern, 1245 Glenwood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-622-8686.

SATURDAY
Amy Ray

She’s still half of the Indigo Girls, but Amy Ray is now four albums into a solo career, too. Her latest is “Lung of Love,” released Feb. 28. Like it’s predecessor, “Didn’t It Feel Kinder,” the new album displays Ray’s wealth of influences with touches of soul, ’70s rock and punk mingling with the folkier sensibilities familiar to Indigo Girls fans.
8:30 p.m. March 10. $17.50; $15 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY
Experience Hendrix

A celebration of rock’s greatest guitar innovator with an all-star cast that includes Hendrix’s former band mate Buddy Cox, Buddy Guy, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, and Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Janelle Monáe has also been added to the Atlanta date.
8 p.m. March 10. $41.50-$66.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.

TUESDAY
Jane’s Addiction

When Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and company hit the music scene in the late ’80s, the band’s art-damaged metal was a blast of fresh air, especially considering that it originated in a Los Angeles better known at the time for hair metal overload. The band broke up in 1991, reunited a couple of times and came back together again in 2008. Since the departure of original bassist Eric Avery in 2010, his position has passed to Guns ‘N Roses’ Duff McKagan, TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek and, currently, to Chris Chaney. Sitek produced the band’s latest album, 2011’s “The Great Escape Artist,” which is Jane’s Addiction’s fourth studio album.
8:30 p.m. March 13. $43.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

WEDNESDAY
Lyle Lovett, John Hiat
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Texan Lovett has a formidable acting resume, but he’s been concentrating on his first career of late — performing darkly comic country for incurable romantics. It’s fun to see him in movies, but we’ll take the musician over the actor every time. His songs carry on the strong storytelling aspect that runs through much Texas-made country music. Singer-songwriter Hiatt received the Americana Music Association’s lifetime achievement award for songwriting, and he’ll bring his catalog of award-winning tunes to Symphony Hall as the opening act. The list of artists who have covered Hiatt’s songs includes Chaka Khan, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Earle.
8 p.m. March 14. $29-$79. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

Shane Harrison / sharrison@ajc.com

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