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Sound Menu October 10 2001 Fri

GEOFF ACHISON — Down Under six-stringer Achison is who teenage white boys should be dreaming of while doing their best SRV/Hendrix impersonations in bedrooms and garages across America. Achison taps those same well-worn resources, but does so with taste and a healthy influx of reggae, funk, soul grooves and jazz inflection. Peckerhead Brewery (Powell)

ARTISTS UNITED — BENEFIT CONCERT SERIES — The two-day festival brings together many of the city's top new-soul and jazz acts to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Relief and local charities. Beginning at noon both Friday and Saturday, and running well past midnight, acts include: Jjason Blackwell, Vencinos del Mundo, Dres tha Beatnik, Julie Dexter, Chiedza, Donnie, pH Balance, LOA and the Bernard Linette Sextet. Call 404-876-5436 for details. Apache Cafe (Sarig)

ARTSCAPE — The popular downtown arts festival kicks off today with tons of visual art as well as music and dance performances. The Brethren, Fatt Bottom Blues Band, Melanie Massell and others play 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Woodruff Park (Sarig)

BASEMENT JAXX, UGLY DUCKLING, J-LUV — See Basement Jaxx article, p. 89. Jazzy L.A.-based alternative hip-hoppers Ugly Duckling open. What both acts have in common is a sense of energy and desire to put partying before politics. Local DJ J-Luv helps keep spirits high with funky house. EarthLink Live (Ware)

CHAD BROCK — The energetic pop country singer hits the Fairground stage tonight to plug material from III. Though the focus is on love songs, Brock's third release doesn't stray far from the pickup-trucks-and-trailer-parks territory of his past. Cumming County Fair (Smith)

CATFIGHT!, MARY PRANKSTER — Atlanta stalwarts Catfight! continue to play growling, ferociously appealing spunky punk. Mary Prankster, who describe their lead singer as "the bastard daughter of Dorothy Parker and Jim Morrison," rock like Joan Jett on a three-day bender. The Earl (Smith)

CHOCOLATE SOUL MUSICFEST — Chocolate Soul, one of Atlanta's top urban music promoters, has grown beyond the city borders with its Musicfest tour. After hitting Dallas, Philly and D.C., the tour returns home to present top local talents. Society of Soul, the part-time group made up of the Dungeon Family producers Pat "Sleepy Brown, Ray Murray and Rico Wade, as well as writer/poet Big Rube, headlines the show. Also on the bill: Debra Killings, the former TLC background vocalist who's about to release her own solo record, and MassInfluence, the hip-hop trio who've held down the ATL underground for years. For more info, see www.chocolatesoul.com. Park Tavern (Sarig)

JAY FARRAR, BRIAN HENNEMAN — See Jay Farrar in Record Reviews, p. 103. Opener Henneman — once an Uncle Tupelo roadie and sideman — was the poet laureate of the trashy/literate Southern hard-rocking Bottle Rockets. Even stripped down to a solo acoustic format, his songs are as tough, honest and unrelenting as Skynyrd's best work. Variety Playhouse (Horowitz)

FLASH TO BANG TIME, MOTO-LITAS, DIANA OBSCURA, AMERICAN DREAM, KITTY SNYDER, GODDESS PERLMAN — This is final installment of the three-part Green Lantern Showcase held in conjunction with Athens' Kudzu Film Festival — which explains why offbeat performance artist/cellist Diana Obscura plans to perform covered only in kudzu. Flash to Bang Time (featuring former Oh-OK singer/bassist Lynda Stipe) makes its debut as a trio, and Atlanta's Moto-Litas continue to celebrate the release of their new album. New Yorker Goddess Perlman's brief set includes her regional hit "Ode to Ally McBeal." American Dream, led by East Atlanta scenester David Railey, opens the show, which is hosted by singer/songwriter Kitty Snyder. If that's not enough, the Athens (Uninsured) Circus of the Bars troupe stage trapeze performances during intermissions. 40 Watt Club/Athens (Nicoll)

JENNIFER DANIELS, CLAIRE HOLLEY — North Georgia chanteuse Daniels combines astonishing vocal power with a natural gift for 12-string guitar and memorable originals. Holley marries the intimate backwoods storytelling of Gillian Welch with melodic Sheryl Crow/Joni Mitchell/Suzanne Vega-style vocals. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll/Horowitz)

THE HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN — If all those too-young, too-pretty, too-pearly-white country music posers get you down, then THCC should provide a potent antidote. This trio delivers a relentlessly genuine brew of Western swing and shade-tree jazz. Star Bar (Powell)

KONK PACK — These guys may play sitting down, but their music is far from geriatric. It's an intriguing mix of electronic and acoustic sound that utilizes analog synthesizer, reeds, drums and more. Earthshaking Music (Khalid)

LAKE TROUT, LOVE SEED MAMA JUMP — Many Jersey Shore regulars have had their fill of Love Seed Mama Jump's immaculate cover-band moves. Their self-titled Artemis Records debut suggests they feel the same way. But, if anything, the almost-all-original affair proves that shaking the reflex to imitate ain't easy. They open for Baltimore don't-call-'em jam band Lake Trout, who offer improv and grooves, but win over the anti-noodlers with cohesive sounds and electronic experimentations. Cotton Club (Rowland/Sarig)

SLABFEST 5: ATLANTA ROCKS UNITED — This year's Southeast Local Area Bands showcase is a two-day affair to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Friday in the Hard Rock's Velvet Underground room features locals Rehab and Left Front Tire, among others, followed by an all-star jam. Hard Rock Cafe (St. John)

SPACE AGE TRANCE ODYSSEY — Mirage Entertainment presents three of Florida's finest DJs — Miami's George Acosta (who also works the Velvet Room tonight), Orlando's Kimball Collins and Baby Anne — spinning progressive trance, house and breaks. Prog-trance performance duo Deepsky headlines with a live set celebrating its Kinetic Records debut. Tabernacle (Ware)

SPACE: A 2001 SOUND ODYSSEY — DJ/sound curator John Otte puts a multimedia event incorporating sound, lighting and image projection systems. Among Otte's collaborators: the Agnes Scott choral group Sotto Voce, Adam Overton, George Box, Nicholas Storck and Bradley Observatory director Chris DePree. Shows start at 8 p.m. Call 404-840-2628. Bradley Observatory/Agnes Scott College (Khalid)

THE TOM COLLINS — See article. Echo Lounge (Madigan)

TOOL — One of the last holdouts honoring all that's sacred about metal returns. None of Tool's five albums have disappointed diehard fans — those waiting for another "Sober" are a different story. With their otherworldly and downright creepy videos, Tool has taken art-rock to an all-new low — the ninth circle of hell — with the heavy, percussive sound of approaching death. The Melvins open. Philips Arena (Wall)

ANDALUZ: Ruda

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: Work in Progress

APACHE CAFE: Artists United Benefit Concert Series

ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER: The Hoyles

BACI THEATER CLUB: The Goldsteins

THE BAYOU ROOM: Crystal Clear

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson and the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Chicago Joe

BRANDYHOUSE: Ghost Trane, Organic Logic

BREAKERS: Supafuzz, Quartz, Cirrurs

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BREWSTER'S: Motor City Josh

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CAJUN KITCHEN: Kate & the Retreads

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster - progressive hits

CHICAGO'S: Ron Cooley and Hard Times

CHIP'S-WINDER: Breeze Kings

CJ'S LANDING: Hot August Knights

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

CLUB RARITY: DJ Das Wright

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COTTON CLUB: Lake Trout, Love Seed Mama Jump

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Rev 7, Blankety Blank, Six

DARWIN'S: X Miss America's

THE EARL: Mary Prankster, Catfight!, Brillo

EARTHLINK LIVE: Basement Jaxx, Ugly Duckling, DJ J-Luv

EARTHSHAKING MUSIC: Konk Pack

ECHO LOUNGE: The Tom Collins CD release party, the Forty-Fives, Chinaski

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Jennifer Daniels, Claire Holley

ELEVEN50: Gene Carbonell

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Fontaine Blues

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Flash to Bang Time, the Moto-Litas, American Dream, Goddess Perman, Diana Obscura, Kitty Snyder (host), the Athens Circus of the Bars

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Zydefunk

FUNNY FARM: Brad Lowery

FUZZY'S: Electromatics

GEORGIA THEATRE-ATHENS: Robert Earl Keen

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: C. Robinson Duo

HARD ROCK CAFE: SLABfest5

HARRIS & JACK'S: Jabari Jazz Group

HEMINGWAY'S: The Ally Katz

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Mud Cat, Geoff Achison and the Soul Diggers with Ralph Roddenberry

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

LAST GREAT H20 HOLE: Faultline

LIBBY: Christine Andreas

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

LOOZYANNA'S-VALDOSTA: Liz Melendez

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: The Genitorturers, 5 More Dead

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: DJ Ray

9 LIVES SALOON: MooseKnuckle, Reeb, Schift, Down to Shake

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Frankie's Blues Mission

PARK TAVERN: Chocolate Soul Musicfest

PECKERHEAD BREWERY: Geoff Achison

PHILIPS ARENA: Tool, Melvins

PHUNKY PHISH: Kwijibo

THE POETRY PLANET: Friday Night- Dinner and a Movie

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Four out of Five Dentists

POPPER'S: Barry Richman

QUEEN OF SHEEBA: Live jazz

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

RED LIGHT CAFE: Squat

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Del Baroni

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Cigar Store Indians, Three Rings

SPIKE'S BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA: Traci Wynn Trio

STAR BAR-L5P: Hot Club of Cowtown

SWEET WATER BAR & GRILL: Spider Kelly

TABERNACLE: Space Age Trance Odyssey

TEN27: DJ Drama and J-Sun

UNDERGROUND ATLANTA: Margarita Madness

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Jay Farrar, Brian Henneman

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: The Blast Band

WILD WING CAFE: Flux Capacitor

WOODRUFF PARK: ArtScape

YA YA'S CAJUN CUISINE: The League of Decency