Political incorrection:

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One of the first victims of the fallout from the 9/11 terrorist actions was BILL MAHER, former host of ABC show, by way of Comedy Central, "Politically Incorrect." The lightning quick-witted Libertarian shot from the hip with pointed attacks that ripped down all idols without any sort of prejudice based on race, sexual orientation, creed, caste, etc. He took celebrities who spoke out on political issues and either gave them a forum to air their views, or the opportunity to humiliate themselves on national TV.

Then came the day he accused U.S. politicians of being "cowardly": "We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away," said Maher to author Dinesh D'Souza. That was the beginning of the end for Maher. In a near McCarthy-like stride, the host became the target of a witch hunt, and found two of his biggest sponsors, Sears and FedEx, to be out of his corner. Soon enough, Maher was off network TV. And just for sayin' the truth. That's some cold shit, man.

Nowadays, Maher can be found on HBO, a network more suited to his intelligence and edginess, on "Real Time with Bill Maher" (Fridays, 8 p.m.). When he isn't there, you can find him at celebrity events with beautiful women who don't seem to mind his poison tongue, receding hairline or passing resemblance to Robin Williams. This weekend, you can catch him doing some stand-up at the Tabernacle Sat., May 22. Then, afterward, you and Bill can talk about how big a twat George Bush is over a shower at Compound.

8 p.m. $32.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com/tabernacle.html. (Nikhil Swaminathan)

Wales of a tale

Local promoters Liquified start the countdown on celebrating 10 years of nocturnal emissions with another night of nut-busting progressive pump. For this installment, welcome South Wales production collective HYBRID DJing in the main room of eleven50, inaugurating a monthly U.S. residency. Expect some wide-angle washes of symphonic scope atop buffeting breakbeats and gummy kick-drum timekeepers. Joining Hybrid is local DJ and Liquified right-hand man IAN JAMES, who can meander from mellow and melodic to paranoid tribal fury without jarring a club's fragile equilibrium. For those needing a reprieve, however, riddims will be rolling on the Eden patio from DJ SKY and DJ RHYTHM.

9 p.m. $10-$15. eleven50, 1150-B Peachtree Road, 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. (Tony Ware)

You can ring my Bell

Lifeform Project and Late Night Essentials further the "Filter" series of pioneering techno DJ/producers with an appearance at MJQ by Detroit's DANIEL BELL. Bell has been working within techno's spatial, skeletal "conventions" (or lack thereof) since 1990, forging a sound of ominous, filter-swept pocked pecks. He's joined by local DJ/producers SOLACE and dK, equally adept at eking maximization out of minimalism. While the future as it was envisioned disappeared as of Y2K, producers such as the ones featured at "Filter" help make sure mecha-manipulated music retains the room to dream.

10 p.m. $5-$10. MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-870-0575. www.mjqatlanta.com (TW).