Live Music Picks

THURSDAY, MAY 22

Kate Walsh, Quincy Coleman, Brandi Shearer

THREE-FER: British acoustic folk singer-songwriter Walsh has a voice that can be candy-sweet and heartbreakingly sad at the same time. Californian Coleman's voice is a darker, edgier thing, forceful on "The Last Thing" and comforting on "Baby Don't You Cry." Oregonian Shearer, though, might be the best of the three. Despite the occasional Norah Jones comparisons, there's a welcome hint of a loose screw in the ominous "Get Your Things" or in the sexy, sneering way she sings "you're a liar, a cheat, but you're mine" on "You're Mine" (both from her latest album, "Close to Dark").

THE 411: 6:30 p.m. $12. Eddie's Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 23

She Wants Revenge, Be Your Own Pet

FRESH AND NOT-SO-FRESH: Some call what Los Angeles duo She Wants Revenge does darkwave, others see it as another tired retread of the Goth-y bits of the '80s, with an extra dose of dance beat and less originality. Every generation needs a few bands with a heart of darkness, though. For those with a sense of humor about this kind of thing, search out the Wombats' "Let's Dance to Joy Division." It's a better, and far less derivative, tribute to the era than this. As for Be Your Own Pet, you'd think blasts of punky goodness and lots of naughty words shrieked by a 20-year-old woman wouldn't seem particularly fresh and exciting. They are. With their first album, the quartet was on a teenage rampage to conquer the world. With the recent "Get Awkward," they're growing up, but not much.

THE 411: 8:30 p.m. $20; $18 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Little Five Points. 404-521-1786, www.variety-playhouse.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 24

Joe Nichols

THE REAL THING: Nichols' molasses-rich voice is the perfect vehicle to deliver melancholy sweetness. His music feels uncommonly real where the "down-home" pronouncements of many of Nashville's big stars ring false. He doesn't feel any need to prove his country credentials. They're right there in his voice. He's just a low-key hitmaker who keeps making better and better albums — such as last year's terrific "Real Things" — amid very little hype.

THE 411: 9:30 p.m. $20-$100. Wild Bill's, 2075 Market St., Duluth.

678-473-1000, www.wildbillsatlanta.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 25

The Bonaventure Quartet

TORCH AND TWANG: Under the "Sounds like" section of this local outfit's MySpace page (www.myspace.com/thebonaventurequartet), it reads "Django Reinhardt and Patsy Cline rocking out in a Honky Tonk in Paris, Texas." With the sultry, silky voice of former Lost Continentals frontwoman Amy Pike and the gypsy-jazz flavored guitar of Charles Williams, Bonaventure is a marvelous musical melting pot. They add Southern sass to the smoky jazz of Parisian cabarets between the world wars on their new album, "The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour."

THE 411: 6:30 p.m. $13; $10 advance. Eddie's Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28

The Kills

THE KILLING BOOM: A meeting of two countries and several musical styles, American vocalist Alison "VV" Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie "Hotel" Hince combine minimalist guitar crunch with post-punk and psychedelic experimentation and synthetically generated rhythms. The pair's latest album, "Midnight Boom," is deliciously dark.

THE 411: 9 p.m. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., East Atlanta. 404-522-3950, 1-800-594-8499, www.badearl.com.

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