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Live music picks: April 13-19

The District Attorneys -- from left, Chris Wilson, Walker Beard, Frank Keith IV, Drew Beskin, and TJ Mimbs -- celebrate the release of debut album "Slowburner" with a show at the EARL Saturday, April 15.

The District Attorneys -- from left, Chris Wilson, Walker Beard, Frank Keith IV, Drew Beskin, and TJ Mimbs -- celebrate the release of debut album "Slowburner" with a show at the EARL Saturday, April 15.

FRIDAY
Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson

Nobody does rowdy better than Bocephus, and “Family Tradition” rarely fails to generate a sing-along at any bar that has it on the jukebox. And most of them do, because something about that song inspires a hankering for a beer. Johnson’s latest disc, “The Guitar Song,” was the consensus choice for best country album of 2010. It’s a collection of bone-deep country that provides a jarring and welcome contrast to the bloodless, antiseptic stuff that passes for country music these days. Country music could sure use a follow-up to that great album. With ’80s Southern rock hitmakers .38 Special.
7 p.m. April 13. $25-$125. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

FRIDAY
Leigh Nash

Nash is the sweet-voiced frontwoman for Sixpence None the Richer, which hit No. 2 back in 1999 with “Kiss Me.” Sixpence called it quits in 2004, paving the way for a solo career for Nash. The band is back together now, but Nash is still doing her solo rounds while waiting for the oft-delayed reunion album to see release. It’s now scheduled for July.
6 p.m. April 13. $15 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

SATURDAY
Magnetic Fields

This Stephin Merritt-led chamber pop outfit got a big boost in recognition from the acclaimed 1999 triple-disc set “69 Love Songs,” a modern indie-pop classic. After a string of thematic albums — “Realism,” “Distortion”  and “I” — it is back to the stylistic jumble and rattling synthesizers that made “69 Love Songs” such a box of treasures. It also marks Magnetic Fields’ return to the label that released that 1999 milestone, North Carolina’s Merge.
8:30 p.m. April 14. $32.50; $30 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY
The District Attorneys

Atlanta has been blessed in recent years with a batch of bands that know how to expertly rough up a good harmony-drenched pop tune with the jangle and roar of guitars. Add the District Attorneys to that list. The quintet was formed by Lovett School classmates Drew Beskin, the band’s singer and songwriter, and drummer Chris Wilson. This show marks the release of the District Attorneys’ full-length debut album, “Slowburner,” recorded at Athens’ Chase Transduction Studios with producer Drew Vandenberg.
9 p.m. April 14. $5. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

SATURDAY
Josh Turner

South Carolinian Turner’s canyon-deep voice is a stunner, and he began his career in 2003 with “Long Black Train,” a godly tune good enough to connect with even the most confirmed sinner. His fourth and most recent album, “Haywire,” provided Turner with his third and fourth No. 1 country singles, “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and “All Over Me.” His current single, “Time Is Love,” comes from his upcoming fifth album, “Punching Bag,” which is set for a July release.
8 p.m. April 14. $33.50-$54. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

SATURDAY
Memorial Celebration of Sean Costello

Atlanta guitarist, singer and songwriter Costello died one day shy of his 29th birthday in 2008. His mother, Debbie Costello Smith, has established an organization in his memory, and this is the fourth annual benefit for the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. The show also serves as a CD release party for a live album of Costello recordings. The lineup for the evening includes many of the guitarist’s sidemen and a bevy of blues talent, including Mudcat, Oliver Wood, Jon Liebman and Chicago Joe Jones.
7:30 p.m. April 14. $10. Northside Tavern, 1058 Howell Mill Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-874-8745.

North Carolina's Bowerbirds play the EARL Sunday, April 16. Photo: D.L. Anderson

North Carolina's Bowerbirds play the EARL Sunday, April 16. Photo: D.L. Anderson

SUNDAY
Bowerbirds

The gentle sway of this folk-pop outfit from Raleigh is distinguished by the fascinating instrumental textures woven through every track on the recently released third album, “The Clearing.” It’s a melodic and memorable beauty that bears the atmospheric mark of its “cabin in the woods” creation.
8 p.m. April 15. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

THURSDAY
Galactic

The party never ends when this New Orleans funk machine is on stage. The band’s new album, “Carnivale Electricos,” is a tribute to two of the biggest parties in the world, blending elements of Galactic’s hometown’s Mardi Gras celebration with Brazil’s contemporaneous Carnival.
8 p.m. April 19. $25; $22.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

THURSDAY
Chairlift

Synth pop seems to be having something of a resurgence in the indie music underground (again), but many of the new practitioners are taking cues from the more experimental edges of the genre. Chairlift displays some of that left-field sound generation, unusual squiggles and otherworldly timbres, but this is pop. Sweet melodies, sticky hooks and a digital sheen are front and center. Fans of early Eurythmics should find much to love about Chairlift.
8:30 p.m. April 19. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

Shane Harrison,  sharrison@ajc.com

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FenderMan

April 12th, 2012
3:22 pm

Losing Costello was a huge bummer.

guitarist johnson

April 13th, 2012
7:02 am

Joshua Otis “Josh” Turner is A country music singer, blues guitar player and an actor.

MountainDawg

April 13th, 2012
12:20 pm

Bocephus’ old stuff is the best, but I prefer his daddy & son (Hank 3). None of today’s watered down, manufactured, plastic pop “country” can hold a candle to Luke the Drifter.

BO-SYPHILIS

April 19th, 2012
6:10 am

Q: What has 102 feet and 10 teeth?

A: The front row of a HWJ concert.