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Live music picks: March 16-20

New Orleans trio MuteMath plays the Tabernacle Sunday, March 18. Photo: Claire Vogel

New Orleans trio MuteMath plays the Tabernacle Sunday, March 18. Photo: Claire Vogel

FRIDAY
Colin Hay

Hay has had a long solo career, but he’ll probably always be known as the frontman for Men at Work. It’s easy to think of that band as a dated ’80s relic, but put the group’s work alongside contemporaries like Kajagoogoo and A Flock of Seagulls and see which holds up better.
8:30 p.m. March 16. $25; $22.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

FRIDAY
Mary Gauthier

You can hear the weight of Louisiana native Gauthier’s past — she’s the adopted child of divorced parents and was a teenage runaway with drug and alcohol problems — in the grim, gritty poetry of her songs and in the bruised twang of her voice. Her earthy delivery and spacious arrangements aren’t radio-friendly, but her songs speak of universal, if painful, truths. Her latest album, “The Foundling,” is an autobiographical work, dealing with her search for her birth parents. A documentary about that search for the truth about her past, “Before You Leave,” is premiering March 25 at the Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey.
8 p.m. March 16. $21.40. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

SATURDAY
Andrew Bird

Since the turn of the century, multi-instrumentalist Bird has released a series of albums stuffed with musical inventiveness and melodic gems. Tuned percussion and other unusual instrumentation add fascinating textures to Bird’s songs, which often wander down unexpected paths. Comparisons with folks such as David Byrne, Brian Eno and John Cale are imprecise but not overzealous. This month, he released “Break It Yourself,” another gorgeous and critically revered set of tunes.
8 p.m. March 17. $35; $32.50 in advance. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

SUNDAY
MuteMath

Entertainment Weekly described this New Orleans outfit’s latest album, “Odd Soul,” as “the Bends on Bourbon Street,” referencing Radiohead’s classic second album. The Radiohead comparisons have followed MuteMath around since its self-titled debut in 2006. On that album’s breakout track, “Typical,” strange keyboard squiggles and loads of atmosphere gave way to crackling, wiry guitars. Things can still get weird and squiggly, but there’s a heftier dose of the band’s hometown in the perfectly titled “Odd Soul,” where the band’s blues and soul roots are right near the surface.
8 p.m. March 18. $25. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

TUESDAY
Thomas Dolb
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Science! There, we got that out of the way. Dolby will forever be known as the guy who gave us “She Blinded Me With Science” and he’ll always be saddled with the one-hit wonder tag. That’s a shame, because he released quite a bit of great music, produced a diverse range of artists from Prefab Sprout to Joni Mitchell and worked as a session musician (he provides the synthesizer on the massive Foreigner hits “Urgent” and “Waiting for a Girl Like You”).
9 p.m. March 20. $25; $20 in advance. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

Shane Harrison, sharrison@ajc.com

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Frank Furter

March 16th, 2012
4:27 pm