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Allnight August 12 2004

A quick guide to what's happening in nightlife each week

Brutal

JIM NORTON is a fiery little mass of pale skin and hateful hilarity, appearing AUG. 12-15. He hates himself, talks constantly about suicide, and claims he's "the most unfuckable man alive". Hey, somebody had to claim the title. You may recognize his mug from Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," where he appears a couple of nights a week to wax political in his morbid and irreverent style, or from his many appearances on stand-up shows and specials on cable. He's a funny guy, to be sure, although he's always treading that thin line between "refreshingly honest" and "just plain creepy," like the friend who's always talking about how much he masturbates. $12-$16.50. Thurs. and Sun., 8:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 and 10 p.m.; Sat., 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Punchline, 280 Hilderbrand Drive. 404-252-LAFF. www.punchline.com. — Andrew Stewart

Regurgitate this

I'll be honest, at this point in digital/DJ culture, most "progressive" house/trance/etc. makes me wanna ralph. You know: spew, hurl, heave. British transplant DAVE RALPH, however, will have you reassociating "Ralph" with something good AUG. 14. Sure, he's had his flirtations with the "epic" big room sounds whose peaks and crests blur into monotony over an evening, but often his dark and dirty sets peel the wallpaper, not act as wallpaper. Ralph utilizes chunky selections that build effortlessly without excessive repetition. Heave only a relieved sigh. DJ Sky provides hip-hop outside in Eden. $10-$15. 9 p.m. (doors). Eleven50, 1150-B Peachtree Road. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. — Tony Ware

All by himself

Spry song-scribe A.C. NEWMAN of New Pornographers fame lands his game at the Echo Lounge AUG. 16 to shill his solo release The Slow Wonder. Expect the usual clippy fare minus the eclectic sounds of his regular backing band. He's got to do it on his own this time. He's just got to. Rogue Wave and the Neins also perform. $10. 9 p.m. Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-681-3600. www.echostatic.com/echolounge. — Steve Yockey

N time

I miss the late '90s sometimes. It was a time when boy bands called themselves the kinds of things computer dorks used for screen names — N Sync, N-Toon. It was also a time when drum 'n' bass rinsed and reigned in Atlanta. But those times can be had again, because 404Audio.com, SLR and the Mark present a night of seismic sounds TRANSIT from around the country AUG. 19. San Francisco's Gridlock, L.A.'s Infiltrata and locals Evol Intent, Mayhem and Maze will act as selectahs, showcasing all facets of a genre N flux — from tech-step to neurofunk to doomcore. In a few years you'll forget all about the '90s and reminisce about this shit instead. $8-$10. 10 p.m. The Mark, 79 Poplar St. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. — TW