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Sound Menu October 03 2001 Fri

JOHN ACQUAVIVA — See Record Reviews. eleven50 (Ware)

INDIA.ARIE — Atlanta's one true national breakout story of 2001 has slicked up her folk/soul act for the bigger venues she's playing, but will undoubtedly revel in her first major headlining hometown gig since the excitement began. She didn't quite steal the show from Sade last month, but dot-Arie's stage presence is unpretentiously mesmerizing and if her mom comes out to duet with her again, it'll be a moment you won't forget. Tabernacle (Horowitz)

ATHENAUM, THE PUSH STARS — The earnest Greensboro, N.C., pop-rocking headliners have their echoey Collective Soul/Hootie sound in place for the arena band they yearn to become. Drums pound authoritatively, guitars ring convincingly and big-voiced bombastic vocalist Mark Kano over-sings everything, making even their modest love songs sound like major statements. They're not. Post-alt-pop openers the Push Stars, Boston's next-big-thing of 1998, have obviously not followed through on their hype. Cotton Club (Horowitz)

RACHEL BARTON, ASO — See listing for Thurs., Oct. 4. Symphony Hall (Brown)

JOHN BERRY, SUZY BOGGUSS — When you recall Athens music of the '80s, you probably think of R.E.M., Pylon and the like, but country singer/songwriter Berry was a part of that same scene for years before heading off to make it big in Music City. Suzy Bogguss is an often-underrated singer who has released a string of commercially successful mainstream country albums during the past decade. She's touring in support of her most recent, Live at Cafe Milano. Cumming County Fair (Smith)

DAMIAN CARTIER AND HIS MY-NEWT ORCHESTRA — Although Cartier is best known as the keyboardist of local heavy-pop ensemble Brighter Shade, his My-Newt Orchestra side project showcases a far wider dynamic, ranging from funk and jazz to Latin, hip-hop and reggae-with-a-jolt-of-ska. Star Bar (Nicoll)

DAYROOM — They're baa-aack! A little over a year after their "last" show, the safe and easy rock of Dayroom returns to Smith's. The Athens-based band that carved out a successful niche in the college market are only playing two reunion shows — for now. Lead singer Michael Winger has been performing solo on the West Coast, but it seems like they never left. Lithp opens. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith)

DJALMA, ENSEMBLE ELASTIQUE — Improvisational group Djalma, led by former Atlantan Neel Murgai, links styles of India, Indonesia and the West. Combining throat singing, heavy percussion, Malaysian lute and butoh (a form of Japanese modern dance), Djalma's live performance rests on the union of intense musical and physical expression. Opening, loosely organized, avant chamber collective Ensemble Elastique features Gold Sparkle band trumpeter Roger Rudzow with the twin cellos of Kim LeMonde and Daniel Brown, and Bill Nittler on clarinet. Featuring works by Ruzow as well as some improvised pieces by the ensemble, the group's novel configuration sounds like something that could utilize well the acoustics at the new Eyedrum space. Eyedrum (St. John/Khalid)

THE FEATURES, CHINASKI — At first, it seems the Features write pop music for the homebody set — pleasing little domesticated ditties about making babies and making good on a host of grown-up responsibilities. But lest you think these Nashville misfits are nothing but a bunch of self-satisfied couch-jockeys with an all-too-quaint Village Green-era Kinks fixation, they turn around and hammer you with an angst spun from that uncanny sense of being pulled in eight different directions. Moments on the band's new EP, In the Beginning, are delivered with the oafish, organ-driven frenzy of a new father stumbling blindly toward the sink with an eye full of pee. Up and coming indie band Chinaski — featuring Patrick Hill of Red Level Eleven — lob influences like Pavement, Television, Johnny Cash and riot grrrl. Local indie rock outfit Shamgod also opens. Echo Lounge (Rowland/Ware)

STEVE FORBERT — Like the title character of his last studio album, Evergreen Boy, Forbert is a folk/pop-rocker whose rootsy songs, infectious enthusiasm and boyish charm never go out of season. Though best known for "Romeo's Tune," his single shot at radio stardom, he's no one-hit wonder — his new stuff is just as good as the previously unavailable early work he recently released. Edie's Attic (Horowitz)

GODDESS TOUR — See Earshot. Masquerade (Ware)

ALLAN HARRIS — Jazz vocalist Allan Harris delivers with the kind of moist, mellow croon that could ruin a brand new paint job. A pleasing musical anachronism, Harris draws from that cool, Rat-Packish vibe of yester-decade, his comfy vocals floating through tendrils of cigarette smoke like a sleepy parachutist. Churchill Grounds (Hutchinson)

JAMES MATHUS — Mathus, frontman of neo-ragtimers the Squirrel Nut Zippers, has redirected his musical attention of late to his Mississippi roots. His performing companions, the Knockdown Society, include members of juke-joint revivalists, the North Mississippi All-Stars, and together they stamp out a genuine article of crafty, raw, delta blues. Georgia Theatre/Athens (Hutchinson)

ORBITAL — See review. Local DJs Clay Ivey and J-Luv help hype the crowd with the sounds of techno and hard, deep house. EarthLink Live (Ware)

SUMMER HYMNS, DESTROYER — See Summer Hymns in Earshot, p. 91. Destroyer is the project of Daniel Bejar, part of the Canadian indie-pop supergroup New Pornographers. From acoustic to assertive, Destroyer's Streethawk: A Seduction is a skillfully arranged, British-influenced '70s-pop-meets-'90s-indie-rock that gels in to a more compelling amalgam. The Earl (Ware)

PHILIP THOMSON — It's the sort of thing most pianists wouldn't even take on as a very heavy bet, let alone a dare. But pianist Philip Thomson embarks this month on the concert pianist's version of ballooning around the world, by starting a recital series featuring all 32 Beethoven Sonatas. The first of the eight-concert series begins with four heavy-hitters, including the "Pathetique" and the "Moonlight." Pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m. by Dr. Benjamin Arnold. Performing Arts Studio/Emory (Brown)

ANDALUZ: Ruda

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: Bullithead

THE BAYOU ROOM: Anzari

BILLY'S: Second Hand Jive (Acoustic)

BLUE RACCOON: Bill Sheffield and the Ringtail Rounders

BRANDYHOUSE: Ghost Trane with Moonshine Still

BREAKERS: Clocked in, Sun Young Guyz

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CARNEGIE'S: Andrew Leanza

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster - progressive hits

CHECKERED PARROT: Louis Blues

CHIP'S-WINDER: King Cotton

CHURCHILL GROUNDS: Allan Harris

CJ'S LANDING: Loud American Tourists, Sasquatch, Grasshopper

C.K.'S GRILLED PIZZA: CK's Jazz Combo

CLUB RARITY: DJ Das Wright

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COTTON CLUB: Athenaeum, the Push Stars

CUMMING FAIRGROUNDS: John Berry, Suzie Boggs, Billy Dean

DADDY D'Z: Kindle Williams Sr.

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Nillah, Chain Poets, Acres

DARWIN'S: Breeze Kings

DEUX PLEX: Apologetic Fridays

DOGWOOD BREWING COMPANY: Ron Cooley and Hard Times

THE EARL: Summer Hymns, Destroyer, Silent Kids

EARTHLINK LIVE: Orbital

ECHO LOUNGE: Chinaski, the Features, Shamgod

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Steve Forbert, Sam Shaber

ELEVEN50: John Acquaviva

EMORY PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO: Philip Thompson

EYEDRUM: Djalma, Ensemble ElasTique

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Eric Austin

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: The Star Room Boys, The Desperators

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Blind Slim

FUNNY FARM: Brad Carver

FUZZY'S: Java Monkey

GEORGIA THEATRE-ATHENS: North Mississippi All-Stars, Jim Mathis & His Knockdown Society

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Lindsay Rakers

HARRIS & JACK'S: Jabari Jazz Group

HEMINGWAY'S TROPICAL BAR & GRILL: Frogz

JACKALS-LILBURN: Live Acoustic Music

KAYA: Northern Exposure with V-103's Frank Ski, DJ Kemit, Buddy and J-Nice playing house and hip-hop plus soul/funk

KAZOO'S: Band X

KOLORS LAWRENCEVILLE: DJ Duct Tape Rodeo

LENNY'S: Drunk Stuntmen

THE LIVING ROOM: Garage, House, Guest DJ's

LUBY'S: Brian Ashley Jones & the Pheromones

MAGGIE'S NEIGHBOORHOOD BAR & GRILL: Acoustic DROP

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: Goddess Tour

MCCOLGAN'S IRISH PUB: Buddy O'Reilly Band, Lee Griffin Band

MICHAEL'S COFFEE: Lindsay Smith, Night Flight

MJQ CONCOURSE: The Right Direction, Bobble and crew.

MURPHY'S LAW: Blue Collar Allstars

MUSIC FARM: Goat Booty featuring Booty Call

9 LIVES SALOON: Brown, Groove, Circle's End, Goliath Johnson

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: SoCo Audio Fridays - DJs Michael Scott and Marcos Pieras

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Zydefunk

THE OFFICE-NORCROSS: Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Blues Band

PECKERHEAD BREWERY: Motorcity Josh

PHUNKY PHISH TAVERN: Basement

PIPERS PUB: Livin Large

POETRY PLANET: Dinner and a Movie with DJ and featured poet

POPPER'S: The Bear Facts Band

QUEEN OF SHEEBA: Live jazz

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Waveform with Doc Samuels, Larry Jackson, Tom Woodruff

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Jez Graham

SCROOGE'S: Crossover

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Dayroom, Lithp

SOMBER REPTILE: Peeks, Kelpies, Frost

SPIKE'S BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA: Traci Wynn Trio

SPORTSTIME BAR & GRILLE: Unmarked Rare Abiss

STAR BAR-L5P: Damian Cartier and his My-Newt Orchestra

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Mauricio Manuza

SYMPHONY HALL: Rachel Barton, ASO

TABERNACLE: India.Arie

TEN27: DJ Drama and J-Sun

UGLY MUG PUB: Live Music

UNDERGROUND ATLANTA: Margarita Madness

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Youssou N'Dour

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Version

WILD WING CAFE: Homemade Jam

YA YA'S CAJUN CUISINE: The Gettin' Head Stones