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Live music picks: March 30-April 5

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro comes to the Ferst Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 31. Photo: Danny Clinch

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro comes to the Ferst Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 31. Photo: Danny Clinch

TODAY
Tinsley Ellis

This powerhouse Atlanta-born blues-rock guitarist returned to his longtime label Alligator in 2005 with a fiery live set called “Highwayman.” Two years later, “Moment of Truth” put him back in the studio for another in a series of acclaimed albums, prompting this from a reviewer in Billboard: “In the last five years, no one has released more consistently excellent blues albums than Atlanta’s Tinsley Ellis, and his latest project once again validates his status.” His most recent album, “Speak No Evil,” came out in 2009.
8:30 p.m. March 30. $20; $17.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY
Jake Shimabukuro

When Shimabukuro pronounces ukulele, it’s a beautiful murmur floating on a tropical breeze: ooo-koo-lay-lay. The more common pronunciation lands on the ear with a comical thud: you-kuh-lay-lee. His instrument gets a bad rap as a tourist trinket, but Shimabukuro’s remarkable musicianship is enough to make the ukulele cool again. Just check out the video of the Hawaiian musician performing the Beatles classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on YouTube. The popular clip has logged nearly 10 million views, and if you do a Google video search for the word ukulele, it’s the first result.
8 p.m. March 31. $30. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-894-2787.

Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips will present their "13 Most Beautiful" project at Atlanta Symphony Hall Saturday, March 31. Photo courtesy Sacks & Co.

Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips will present their "13 Most Beautiful" project at Atlanta Symphony Hall Saturday, March 31. Photo courtesy Sacks & Co.

SATURDAY
Dean and Britta

Dean Wareham’s long career includes Velvet Underground-influenced bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, the latter including bassist and now wife Britta Phillips (once a member of now-defunct Atlanta band Ultrababyfat). The pair will be presenting “13 Most Beautiful . . . Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests,” a project that takes 13 of Warhol’s screen tests (which number in the hundreds) and pairs them with music. Some of the songs are originals composed for the project and some are new versions of songs by others, including the duo’s takes on Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It With Mine” and the Velvet Underground rarity “I’m Not a Young Man Anymore.”
8 p.m. March 31. $15. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

MONDAY
Snow Patrol

In the band’s native U.K., “Eyes Open” became one of the biggest-selling albums of 2006. In the United States, it took television to bring Snow Patrol the big love the band enjoyed back home. Both “Grey’s Anatomy” and “One Tree Hill” used the song “Chasing Cars” in their 2006 season finales. Then the crescendoing ballad began a slow climb to No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Since then, the group has released two albums, which both debuted in the Top 10. There hasn’t been a Snow Patrol single that approached the Top 40 since “Chasing Cars,” but there’s still a loyal following for the band’s lush, melodic pop.
8 p.m. April 2. $32; $30 in advance. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

Chaka Khan brings her powerful voice to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Wednesday, April 4. Photo: Jason DeCrow / AP

Chaka Khan brings her powerful voice to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Wednesday, April 4. Photo: Jason DeCrow / AP

WEDNESDAY
Chaka Khan

She might be every woman, but not every woman has such powerful pipes. Khan can unleash a vocal tsunami when the beat-heavy occasion demands, but she’s just as convincing on slow, sensual burners like the immortal “Sweet Thing.”
7:30 p.m. April 4. $53-$98. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

THURSDAY
Andrew W.K.

Back in 2001, this Michigan shouter’s debut album, “I Get Wet,” unleashed a torrent of relentless, robotic rock that took simplistic heaviness to comic-book proportions, with lyrics that mirrored the music’s dumb-and-dumber aesthetic. It was a little like being slapped upside the head repeatedly with a wet towel as drunken college boys chanted moronic slogans in your face. It was kinda fun, though. Then things got complicated. Expanding that basic musical palette wasn’t so easy, but it was some complex and cryptic “legal and personal issues” (according to his website) that kept him from touring North America from 2005 until 2010.
8 p.m. April 5. $20. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

THURSDAY
Playball with John McCutcheon, Chuck Brodsky and Matthew Kaminski

Less than two weeks before the Braves’ home opener, Eddie’s Attic celebrates America’s game. Avondale Estates troubadour McCutcheon and Asheville’s Brodsky (a Philadelphia native) meet for nine innings of ballpark songs in what has become an annual tradition. Both musicians are baseball fans and have woven tales of the sport into their music. Expect to hear a lot from McCutcheon’s 2008 baseball-centric album, “Sermon on the Mound.” Brodsky, who has performed several concerts at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, has his own all-baseball album, “The Baseball Ballads,” and his latest, “Subtotal Eclipse,” added three more baseball songs to his repertoire. Braves organist Matthew Kaminski joins the singer-songwriters.
8 p.m. April 5. $16.05. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

The Carney Brothers -- aka Pontiak -- take the stage at the EARL on Thursday, April 5. Photo courtesy Thrill Jockey Records

The Carney Brothers -- aka Pontiak -- take the stage at the EARL on Thursday, April 5. Photo courtesy Thrill Jockey Records

THURSDAY
Pontiak

The music crafted by this trio of Virginia brothers twists classic blues-rock around experimental indie rock in a neo-psychedelic head space — and it’s just as mind-boggling as that makes it sound. The lead track from “Echo Ono,” the band’s new album, is a riff monster called “Lions of Least,” which had me wondering what it would sound like if Ted Nugent jammed with Slint while Sigur Ros cowered in the corner of the studio. Things ebb and flow from there, but most of it flat-out rocks.
8:30 p.m. April 5. $8. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

Shane Harrison / sharrison@ajc.com

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Frank Furter

March 30th, 2012
8:42 am

Check Not Quite Devils out at The Wishing Well at 1745 Hudson Bridge Road Stockbridge, Ga 30281 on March 31st. Show starts at 9PM. Also playing will be Steps From Fallen & Smokin’ Guns. GREAT food…so come hungry!

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