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Sound Menu June 27 2001 Thur

ASPERA — See Record Reviews. MJQ Concourse (Ware)

BEDROCK 2 TOUR — Liquid Groove welcomes back Jimmy Van M. A right-hand man of John Digweed and a Twilo resident, the New Yorker is well known in his own right for his progressive-house productions (released, along with a recent mix CD, on Digweed's Bedrock label). Also spinning is Lush's Kolia, one of Atlanta's best house DJs. Riviera (Ware)

CRYBABY — Dark and mysterious with a touch of '60s art-film soundtrack intrigue, Crybaby tend to hold back the tears with a delightful tension-building delivery. The sultry band celebrates the release of one of a series of EPs, to be released periodically as the year unfolds. Refreshingly sedate and steamy. 3d5spd, who have their own EP on this way this month, and Kate Simpkins open. The Earl (Smith)

DR. JOHN, KING JOHNSON — He's not a real doctor, but he'll fill your prescription for Crescent City R&B/jazz better than anyone with an official degree. He's played with all the N'awlins greats and — along with his raspy vocals, evocative piano and 35-year catalog — delivers a capsule history of what he calls gris-gris hoodoo music. From swampy Meters funk to Ellington covers, Dr. John has a bottomless bag of tricks and always puts on a spirited show. Atlanta's own eclectic blues masters King Johnson open. EarthLink Live (Horowitz)

FAT POSSUM RECORDS' JUKE JOINT CARAVAN — Like a bare-ass whupin' out back in the shed, T-Model Ford, Paul "Wine" Jones and CeDell Davis bring the pain down from the Mississippi hills. Ain't no pretense or fancy-schmancy soloing anywhere near these three malcontent practitioners of the hill country blues championed by strip-mine blues label Fat Possum. Davis employs a kitchen knife in place of a guitar slide to eerie effect while the dandy gentleman Jones plays a more raucous house-rockin' style. And be sure to keep your eyes on T-Model Ford. Sure, he tries to come off with this "I'm just a poor old man" routine, but watch out — he'll cut you. PlanetJam Cotton Club (Trammell)

FREEFORM — Leftfield DJ collective Kula Recordings presents the return of former Atlantan Stewart Walker (see article, p. 73), a techno composer whose tracks have graced such respected places as Cristian Vogel's Mosquito records and Richie "Plastikman" Hawtin's Decks, EFX & 909 mix CD. Walker performs live, along with formless, abstract locals Faff and Subtle, while Eve & Motomasa and Intelligent Lifeform DJ in the side room and 138 Pictures and Mutagen provide short films and visuals. Nomenclature Museum (Ware)

INNER FORMS — A cross-cultural multimedia performance event organized by Leone Productions and Esperanto Inc., Inner Forms transform the already beguiling eleven50 by projecting exotic imagery while Japanese drummers and Middle Eastern, Indian and Senegalese dancers perform. DJ Suave spins Asian-influenced music — from bhangra to drum 'n' bass to trip-hop — while patrons contemplate the existential nature of Atlanta traffic presented by a 3-D installation. Proceeds benefit the Bridging the Gap Project. eleven50 (Ware)

KEVN KINNEY, DEZERAY'S HAMMER — The leader of drivin n cryin plays a solo set, spinning songs and stories in that distinctly caramelized voice of his. Like pecan brittle, it's a sticky-sweet and distinctly Southern treat that never loses its appeal, as many times as we may hear it. Dezeray's Hammer opens the show with an acoustic set. Smith's Olde Bar (Nicoll)

MANDY MOORE — What's immediately striking about the new self-titled album by 16-year-old pop star/MTV personality Mandy Moore is that not only does it not suck, it's way more sophisticated than anything Britney ever put to tape. That's no unqualified recommendation, but as teen pop goes, Moore's sprightly voice and relatively flavorful songs — she even performs with a live band — suggest she might still be around when Christina's hawking garter belts on late-night infomercials. She's not actually performing at this 6 p.m. in-store — just gracing fans with her presence and signature. Record Town/North Point Mall (Sarig)

WEAKLAZYLIAR, SONYA VETRA & JEEP HOOK — There's nothing weak or lazy about Gerlinda Grimes' solid little rock combo, who sound sort of like the Replacements fronted by Janis Ian. Local pop diva Sonya Vetra plays a set of her original, introspectively literary ditties, accompanied by producer Jeep Hook on guitar. Wakeman & Willner also perform. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?, DOWNPOUR, LIFE'S HALT — The lyrics on the new CD by moshcore unit What Happens Next? are followed by dry explanations like "violent images are rampant in our society." So why dilute the message with lyrics? Scream the explanation! Additionally, information on this show indicates — jokingly or not — that arrows will be painted on the floor for the direction of the circle pit. Conform or get run over, Earth-rapist! C-12 North/680 Murphy Ave. (Foy)

ANDALUZ: Tarde Latina, DJ Carlos Morales

APACHE CAFE: The Free Spirits with members of the Chronicle

BAYOU ROOM: Andrew Black & the Believers

BILLY'S: Bellum Rose

BLIND WILLIE'S: Francine Reed & the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Open-mic with Bill Sheffield

BRANDYHOUSE: Moonshine Still, Stone House

BREWSTER'S-KENNESAW: Motor City Josh

BRIDGES: Vocalist Paula Harris with Doug Jervey on keys

BUFFALO'S-SHANNON MALL: Al Brock

CAFE 290: The Mike Kelly Quartet

THE CHAMBER: Club Fetish

CHECKERED PARROT: Dave Williams

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Jerry Fields, Vecino del Mundo

CJ'S LANDING: Top of the Tree III with Blindspot, Jeniphoria

CLUB GENO'S: Charles Lattimon

COMEAUX'S: Mudcat

COWBOYS: Talent Night

C-12 NORTH: What Happens Next?, Downpour, Life's Halt

DAILEY'S DOWNSTAIRS: Atlanta Blaze

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Rant, Humunculus, Dylan Young

DARWIN'S: X Miss Americas

THE EARL: Crybaby, 3D5spd, Kate Simpkins

EARTHLINK LIVE: Dr. John, King Johnson

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Weaklazyliar, Sonya Vetra & Jeep Hook, Wakeman & Willner

1848 CAFE: Jazz with Yusef Sharif

ELEVEN50: Inner Forms with DJ Suave

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Chickenshack

FOOD 101: Heather Luttrell

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Vigilantes of Love

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Tommy Thompson

FUZZY'S: Work in Progress

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Spare Time

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Entropy and Ghost Trane with Dave Blackman

KAZOO'S: Band X

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LUBY'S: The Craze

MASQUERADE: Twiztid

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: DJ Dance

MJQ CONCOURSE: Aspera, The Yum Yum Tree with Posh Digs

MURPHY'S LAW: Chat Man

9 LIVES SALOON: Sheldon, Moe Savvy, Love the Baby

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Freeform with Stewart Walker, DJs Faff and Subtle

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: The Breeze Kings

PECKERHEAD BREWERY-DOUGLASVILLE: Rock 'n' roll karaoke

PIPER'S PUB: Brad Large

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: The Fat Possum, Mississippi Juke Joint Caravan featuring T-Model Ford, Paul Jones, Cedell Davis,

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Jazz with Surface Tension

POPPER'S: Open jam with Steve Hawkins

RECORD TOWN-NORTH POINT MALL: Mandy Moore appearance and signing

RIVIERA: Bedrock 2 Tour with Jimmy Van M., DJ Kolia

''SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Pharris Scott

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Kevn Kinney, Dezeray's Hammer

SOMBER REPTILE: Kaiser Soze, 33 Days, Descending Fire

SPORTSTIME: Karaoke

STAR BAR-L5P: Illusion, Hell Mach Four with Mastodon

STUDIO 72: DJ Special T & Shakim

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Jazz beats with DJ Red

UNCLE VITO'S-DULUTH WAL-MART: Hollow Men

VIOLETTE RESTAURANT: Jus Jazz featuring Dave Wallis, Eddie Taylor, Dan Coy, Shack Lewis, Rita Graham

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Eric Austin

WOODEN NICKEL: Angry Monkey Project''