Frankie Beverly, Maze spin silky soul

Iconic crooner and band return to Chastain

Murphy's Law

BACK WITH A BONG: Never-say-die New Yorkers Murphy's Law have been keeping the flame alive for pot-smoking skate punks since the mid-'80s. The band has released just five full-length original albums in that 20-plus year span. The quartet remains a popular live act. With the Intoxicated.

The 411: 7 p.m. $10 advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Midtown. 404-577-8178,

FRIDAY, June 13

Maze with Frankie Beverly

STEADFAST SOUL: This R&B combo is a perennial favorite in Atlanta. Beverly has been the master of seductive crooning for as long as many young neo-soulsters have been alive. If you haven't heard stone soul classics like "Joy & Pain" and "Lady of Magic," you're missing some great music.

The 411: 7 p.m. $71.75-$81.75; $51.75 lawn. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-249-6400,

Maria Taylor

BEAUTY FROM 'BAMA: The gauzy whisper of Birmingham native Maria Taylor lends a Mazzy Star-like air to both her debut "11:11" and last year's "Lynn Teeter Flower." Much of the music on those albums combines Taylor's guitar with electronics, and it's all achingly pretty. Taylor was also half of former Athens duo Azure Ray, but she's now based in indie-pop hot spot Omaha. With Johnathan Rice, Nik Freitas.

The 411: 8 p.m. $15; $12 advance. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Midtown. 404-875-1522,

The Breeders

A NEW SPLASH: One-time Pixies bassist Kim Deal and twin sister Kelley lead this combo, whose 1993 "Last Splash" album combined undeniable hooks and the sisters' intertwined vocals, becoming an unexpected touchstone in the post-Nirvana grunge deluge. Since then, their output has been sporadic at best. In 2002, they released "Title TK" and made a highly anticipated return with this year's "Mountain Battles."

The 411: 8 p.m. $19. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Midtown. 404-885-1365, www.the

Rachelle Ferrell

A SUCCESSFUL SECRET: She made her major-label debut in 1992, but the jazzy Ferrell has never achieved stardom in the world of mainstream pop. But this talented composer, arranger and pianist with a powerful six-octave vocal range can sure pack theaters with appreciative fans.

The 411: 8 p.m. $36.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, 404-249-6400,

TUESDAY, June 17

Harvey Milk

MILK TASTES METALLIC: Many have tried to categorize this Athens combo, but there's a single word that seems shackled to them like a house arrestee's ankle bracelet. Sludge. Sometimes there's metal, sometimes there's mellow, but always there's sludge. This date begins a month-long tour — in support of new album "Life ... The Best Game in Town" — that takes the band up the East Coast and across the Atlantic to the U.K. and several other European spots.

The 411: 9 p.m. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., East Atlanta. 404-522-3950, 1-800-594-8499,


Jakob Dylan

LONE WALLFLOWER: The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the Wallflowers — and son of Bob — is touring to promote his debut solo album, "Seeing Things," released earlier this week. Much of "Seeing Things" is truly solo, since the majority of the tracks are just Dylan and an acoustic guitar.

The 411: 8 p.m. $22.50; $20 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Little Five Points. 404-521-1786,

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