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Sound Menu October 10 2001 Sat

GEOFF ACHISON — See listing for Fri., Oct. 12. Jake's Roadhouse (Powell)

ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION, TIM EASTON — See Alison Krauss and Union Station in Record Reviews, p. 107. An intelligent, emotional and melodic singer/songwriter, opener Easton hits the target on a number of levels. Fox Theatre (J. Kelly)

ARTISTS UNITED — BENEFIT CONCERT SERIES — See listing for Fri., Oct. 12. Apache Cafe (Sarig)

ARTSCAPE — The second day of the downtown arts festival features a full day of live music, culminating with local trip-hoppers pH Balance (5:45 p.m.), rising singer/songwriter Pete Yorn (7 p.m.) and long-fallen rootsy modern-rockers Better Than Ezra (8:30 p.m.). Woodruff Park (Sarig)

ASHEN, THE WHITE OCTAVE, TINKER CLAY — Ashen boasts an emo vibe with female vocals. Nebraska-by-way-of-North Carolina's the White Octave is heavier power-pop along the lines of Superchunk and Weezer. Tinker Clay, another female-led indie-rock band, makes its hometown debut in support of its first full-length, a mix of Chapel Hill-influenced pop and classic-rock posturing. The Earl (Ware)

BREEZE KINGS — See listing for Thurs., Oct. 11. Northside Tavern (Powell)

CANDLER PARK FALLFEST — Candler Park's two-day neighborhood festival returns this year with areas for artists, kids, businesses and local food vendors, along with two stages of music — an acoustic stage and a main stage. Today's main stage features Big Fish Ensemble, 6X and others. Candler Park (St. John)

CIGAR STORE INDIANS, DAVID FRANKLIN — Atlanta's mighty Cigar Store Indians have been pumping out the dieselbilly twang for more than half a decade, first as a Redneck Underground favorite and then as a heavy-hitting headliner with the local frat-rock crowd. Lately they've been setting up shop over at Eddie's, where they celebrate the release of a new live CD. Local gunslinger-guitarist-for-hire David Franklin opens the late set. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

ALICE COOPER, LENNON — Currently experiencing a career revival of sorts, the 50-something Cooper takes his elaborate hard-rock stage show and three decades of experience out on the road to show the kids how it's done. At this point, his performance seems more schlock than shock. But Slipknot fans take note: Coop was there first. Opening act Lennon mixes driving metal riffs with slightly softer piano accents and passionate vocals, smoothing things out with a sprinkling of electronica. Tabernacle (Horowitz/St. John)

COWBOY MOUTH — Back for what has to be the fifth time this year, Atlanta's favorite white bread funk/frat-rockers keep the dedicated coming back for more of the same by providing high-energy shows that never seem rote. Cowboy Mouth's iffy studio material and obvious jokes seldom hinder their concerts, which are a flat-out blast. EarthLink Live (Horowitz)

MARATHON, BOULEVARD — Former local solo guy Chuck Carrier left the single life to lead a quartet, Marathon, who've just released a debut CD, The Year of You. Most of the album's songs wouldn't sound at all misplaced on rock radio, and if they were played next to tracks by Train, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between them. It's a testament to how music that's incredibly well crafted and skillfully produced can still come across as thoroughly tepid and derivative. Athens quartet Boulevard make catchy Brit-poppish rock that isn't very original either, but that's peppy and stylized enough to be lots more fun. Smith's Olde Bar (Sarig)

MINAMINA GOODSONG, BINKIS RECORDS, SCIENZ OF LIFE — In a weekend filled with worthy showcases of local urban sounds, this collection is about as fine a representation of the ATL hip-hop underground as you'll find. In addition to Minamina Goodsong, white suburban kids who've earned respect for their mic skills, New York expatriates Scienz of Life kick some freewheeling Egyptology mumbo, while Binkis Records covers material a bit closer to home. Local veterans MassInfluence make a guest appearance, and talented beatboxer Dres tha Beatnik hosts the proceedings. Cotton Club (Sarig)

OAKHURST ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL — The Decatur neighborhood's annual festival features music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., including the Africa Sogaye Guinea West African Dance Theatre, rockers the Indicators, the country-tinged Heritage Cherry, human beatboxer Dres tha Beatnik and more. Harmony Park/Decatur (St. John)

ONEIDA, THOSE PEABODYS, JUCIFER — This one, my friends, goes up to 11 — pure, pulverizing riff rock at its finest. New York's Oneida are overdriven achievers in the accelerated fuzzed-out freakout class, mixing in some amped avant garde on their latest, Anthem of the Moon. Those Peabodys strut through punchy blues-bruising garage rock on their primitive but powerful self-titled debut. Athens' own terrible twosome, Jucifer, weighs in with its manic Marshall stack mangling, as heard on its latest EP, The Lambs. Echo Lounge (Ware)

GRAHAM PARKER — See Record Reviews. Parker also plays a free live set outside Criminal Records on Moreland Avenue, today at 2 p.m. Variety Playhouse (Falstaff)

SEKS — Seks resident Gene Carbonell welcomes the U.K.'s James Holden (aka Mainline, Ogenki Clinic and Ariane), who's had his progressive breakbeat sound showcased on mixes from Sasha + Digweed, Dave Seaman and Nick Warren. Ulises lays down deep house in the Asylum. The Chamber (Ware)

SLABFEST 5: ATLANTA ROCKS UNITED — See listing for Fri., Oct. 12. Music kicks off today at 4 p.m. with the acoustic music of Chip Houston, members of Soup and others. Later on in the Hard Rock's Velvet Underground room, Van Gogh, Sountrack Mind, Cloud 10 and others peform. Hard Rock Cafe (St. John)

SPACE: A 2001 SOUND ODYSSEY — See listing for Fri., Oct. 12. Bradley Observatory/Agnes Scott College (Khalid)

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: The Eric Austin Band

APACHE CAFE: Artists United Benefit Concert Series

THE BAYOU ROOM: 911

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson and The Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: The Ken Rhyne Band

BRANDYHOUSE: Zen Tricksters, Deep Blue Sun

BREAKERS: Pictures in Ashes, Ultrababyfat, Tayl

BREWSTERS: Motor City Josh

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four, local artists

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CAJUN KITCHEN: DP Champaign

CANDLER PARK: FallFest

THE CHAMBER: Europa - modern dance music with DJ Gene Carbonell

CHIP'S-WINDER: Andrew Black

CJ'S LANDING: Weekend Excursion, YG, The Likes of Which

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

CLUB GENO'S: Milkshake Quartet

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COTTON CLUB: Minamina Goodsong, Binkis Records, Scienz of Life, Mars Ill, MassInfluence, Dres the Beatnik

COWBOYS: Darrin Robbins, Eric Key, Marta Tyree, Kickback

CRIMINAL RECORDS: Graham Parker

DADDY D'Z: Ron Cooley and Hard Times

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Tommy Thompson, Slowtwin, Johnny Young

DARWIN'S: Johnny Knox

THE EARL: Ashen, Tinker Clay, the White Octave

EARTHLINK LIVE: Cowboy Mouth, Fighting Gravity

ECHO LOUNGE: Jucifer, Onieda, Those Peabodys

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Cigar Store Indians, David Franklin

ELEVEN50: Lee Burridge

EYEDRUM: Casper Hauser

FADO IRISH PUB: Party our Bass off

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Code Blue

FOX THEATRE: Alison Krauss & Union Station, Tim Easton

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Jennabush

FUNNY FARM: Brad Lowery

FUZZY'S: Electromatics

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Swing Mama

HARD ROCK CAFE: SLABfest5

HEMINGWAY'S: The Ally Katz

ICON: Mark Alan-Gray

JAVA HOUSE: Bill Kahler with Greg Horne and Warren Gently

KAYA: DJs Trama and J-Nice

KNIGHTS OF COLOMBUS POST 660: Hair of the Dog

LAST GREAT H20 HOLE: Signal 24

LENNY'S: Burning Clocks

THE LIBRARY: 13 Stories

LIBBY: Christine Andreas

THE LIVING ROOM: George Greenlee/Progressive Dance, High Energy

LOCA LUNA: Damien Cartier

MASQUERADE: Nonpoint, Reveille, Darwin's Waiting Room, Switched

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: DJ Chris

MONTANA'S BAR & GRILL: The Sock Hops, Heart to Heart

9 LIVES SALOON: Ludlow, Something Left after Misfortune, Smugface, Saturn 5

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Pussy Galore with DJs Kevin O and J-Luv

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: The Breeze Kings

OAKHURST HARMONY PARK: Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival

PECKERHEAD BREWERY: Poor Man's Blues

PHUNKY PHISH: Smoke House Fire

PLAYERS BILLIARDS: Myles Brown's Soundmen

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Four out of Five Dentists

POPPER'S: Barry Richman

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

RAY'S PIZZA: Larry Chapin

RED LIGHT CAFE: Rockin' Pontoons, Scott Stepakoff, Silent Friction

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Melanie Massell

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Marathon, Atomsplit, Boulevard

SOMBER REPTILE: Zen Circus

STAR BAR-L5P: Duane Jarvis and Randy Weeks, the Penetrators

SWEET WATER BAR & GRILL: Spider Kelly

THE TABERNACLE: Alice Cooper, Lennon

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: Drums and Tuba, Gunnison

TEN27: DJs Jamel & Jamed

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Graham Parker and the Figgs

THE VAULT: Cyberia - electronica's dark side with DJ OMAC

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Mike Veal

WILD WING CAFE: The Shana Alverson Band

WOODRUFF PARK: ArtScape, Pete Yorn and Better than Ezra

YA YA'S CAJUN CUISINE: Jay Birds