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Sound Menu January 20 2001 Thur

THURS/JANUARY 18
ALL OUT WAR — New York's All Out War combine the sludgy, lumbering riffs of metal with the vocal cord-tearing howl of hardcore. They're touring with Dying Fetus, Diecast and Cryptosy. Masquerade (Ware)
DARLING MACHINE — Darling Machine mine the velvet goldmine of '70s influences (yes, the Holy Trinity of David, Iggy and Lou and fellow travelers such as the New York Dolls, the Heartbreakers and the Voidoids). What does this mean? Simple, raw riffs, no over-the-top solos or, in more glamorous terms: always-in-season basics with some occasional glitter. PlanetJam Cotton Club (Ware)
LAUREN FINCHAM, LESLIE BERRY, KAREN E. REYNOLDS, LAURA MCLEAN — Atlanta singer/songwriter Fincham is hosting tonight's event, a benefit for the Indiegrrl Foundation, and performing her own material as well. Reynolds is a singer-songwriter from Knoxville who owns and operates a booking/management agency, a record label and hosts "Writer's Block" on public radio. Berry's piano-based pop is like Paula Cole in a polite catfight with Tori Amos. Angelic-voiced shredder McLean, from Wilmington, N.C., is also a widely exhibited photographer. Eddie's Attic (Smith)
GRACE BRAUN AND THE EVEN STRANGERS — As this acoustic trio's electric alter ego, DQE, gets set to release a new CD, The Queen of Mean, next month, Braun and company take the stage to present an entirely different set of songs and moods. Allison Kendra Hunt opens. The Earl (Sarig)
THE SPOTLIGHT — A weekly rap competition, which suspiciously requires contestants to sell 10 $10 tickets or else pay $100 to perform, debuts tonight. The winner, determined by the audience, gets $200 and an invitation to return the following week (no entry fee required). Call 770-736-7880 for more information. The Atrium (Sarig)
SYRUP — Syrup simply must be seen to be disbelieved. They're an entire band of giants who, although they dress like the disco cowboy from the Village People, play searing electric rock songs in the spirit of Skynyrd and KISS while simultaneously executing perfect Motown-style stage choreography. (No kidding.) Star Bar (Nicoll)
STARHUSTLER, JOHN P. STROHM — The "friends and family of Juliana Hatfield tour 2001" comes through town tonight with Starhustler, the Boston indie-pop outfit led by Juliana sib Jason Hatfield, and former Blake Babies journeyman and roots-pop talent, John P. Strohm. Echo Lounge (Sarig)
THE TENDER IDOLS, METROSCENE — The Tender Idols continue to live their lives at Smith's, tonight with houseguests including fellow Anglophiles Metroscene. The Metro boys try hard to stay true to the Union Jack and usually don't seem as forced as a few other faux-Brits that lurk 'round the colonies. Both bands have new full-length CDs on the way. Wayne opens. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith)
THE ATRIUM: Spotlight
BILLY'S: Brian Jones
BLIND WILLIE'S: Sandra Hall
BLUE IGUANA: D.J. Neil
BLUE RACCOON: Open Jam hosted by Bill Sheffield
BRANDYHOUSE: YG, Spoonfull James
BRIDGES: Vocalist Paula Harris with Doug Jervey on keys
BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILLS: Family trivia
CAFÉ 290: The Mike Kelly Trio
CAJUN KITCHEN: Devine Engine
THE CHAMBER: Club Fetish
CHECKERED PARROT: Dave Williams
DARK HORSE TAVERN : Now Denial, Chopper Johnson, Paine's Promise
DARWIN'S: The Blues Barons
THE EARL: Grace Braun and the Even Strangers, Allison Kendra Hunt
ECHO LOUNGE: John P. Strohm (of the Blake Babies), Starhustler (Jason Hatfield, Huliana's brother)
EDDIE'S ATTIC: Lauren Fincham, Leslie Berry, Karen Reynolds, Laura McLean
FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Chicken Shack
40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Velure, the Dudes, Grasshopper
FUZZY'S: Lou's BLues
HIGH MUSEUM OF ART: Elephants Gerald, Shacklefree, the Fabulous Lounge Punks
KAYA: TBA
KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo
LUBY'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL: Shana Alverson
MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw
MASQUERADE: All Out War, Dying Foetus, Die Cast, the Unblessed
METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Fursdays
9 LIVES SALOON: New and special guests
NORTHSIDE TAVERN: The Breeze Kings
THE PAVILION: FFE
PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Born Into Chaos, Darling Machine
RED LIGHT CAFÉ: Cedar Hill
SMITH'S OLDE BAR: The Tender Idols, Metroscene, Wayne
STAR BAR-L5P: Syrup, Bob City
SWISSOTEL: Graham Jackson, Jr.
VININGS INN: Ian Schumacher
WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Ricky Fargo
WOODEN NICKEL: Angry Monkey Project