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KING BRITT Call me oblivious, or maybe just call me one smoldering hunk of man meat continually caught up in making love to his own reflection, but I was not aware we had lost sexy. And yet — from Justin Timberlake to Philadelphia's jazzy funk jockey King Britt — artists are vowing to bring sexy back. And oddly enough they are doing it with laptop, tech-hop backgrounds. Britt's "Nova Dream Sequences" — which he will bring into Atlanta's soulful belly through an extended set — are aggressive, unrelenting flicks and flecks of synthuality. Because sometimes everyone could use a deep, hydraulic and metronomic fuck, the kind that equally curls your toes and leaves your spirit heaving. 9 p.m. Django Gypsy Kitchen. 404-347-8648. www.djangoatlanta.com. — Tony Ware

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NELLIE MCKAY Whatever happened to Nellie McKay? Two years ago, the twentysomething musician was the new hotness and critics fell over themselves with praise for her cabaret pop and wryly earnest musings on vegetarianism, dogs and Ralph Nader. It's been two long years since her acclaimed debut, Get Away from Me!. Fans eagerly await Pretty Little Head, which is tentatively set for release next year. In the meantime, McKay is satiating her cult following with a brief jaunt. Local popsters the Brilliant Inventions open. $20. 8 p.m. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — Mosi Reeves

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FRI/15

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ARTHUR DOYLE TRIO, KONX Saxophonist Arthur Doyle is a last vestige of New York's downtown jazz and avant-garde music scenes of the late 1960s. Doyle plays a signature blend of "free jazz soul" with elements of gospel and R&B, fronting a trio that features Ed Wilcox (percussion) and multi-media artist Jamie Harrar. Atlanta's long-standing jazz-noise-skronk outfit Konx returns from a three-year hiatus to help shred the stage. $6. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. — Chad Radford

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DJ KRUSH Emerging from Tokyo's neon-drenched Garden of Duality, turntablist DJ Krush introduced the world to a blunted crossbreeding of East Coast hip-hop and the Far East's reverent tensions. Melancholy, melodic laments waft atop anchors of spry, dubby boom-bap. Live, ominous ethno-instrumentation lends elegant noir to the multi-culti mélange. And with his latest release, the 2-CD Stepping Stones, Krush personally remixes a smattering of his finest ephemera; generating heft through guest Western MCs adding flow to down-tempo trip-hop patterns. Krush's reworked breakbeat textures exhibit both poise and fluidity. Also appearing is Edo. $20. 11 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. — TW

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EARL KLUGH Atlanta's own Grammy-winner Earl Klugh is one of today's top unplugged-contemporary-jazz guitarists, with a harmonious and personable style with a range of influences from melodic ballads and Brazilian syncopations to old-school R&B and fiery fusion. $32-$42. 8 p.m., Ferst Center, 404-521-1786. www.ferstcenter.org. — Mark Gresham

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TRIO SOLISTI Violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff have been receiving stronger public spotlight as Trio Solist over the past few years, in part due to performances at Wolf Trap and similarly prominent venues, and in part through their recording of Paul Moravec's 2004 Pulitzer-winning "Tempest Fantasy" with clarinetist David Krakauer. For this concert, the Trio will perform classics by Brahms and Schubert, plus "Scherzo" by Paul Moravec and "Sirens" by Atlanta composer John Anthony Lennon. Free. 8 p.m., Schwartz Center, Emerson Hall, 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. — MG

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SAT/16

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BAND OF HORSES, CHAD VANGAALEN Band of Horses' reverb-drenched country music stylings are born of the rainy day emotions of its Pacific Northwest stomping grounds. But despite the dark clouds hovering over each song, an uplifting spirit peaks out from behind the group's shimmering guitars and the bucolic voice of frontman Ben Bridwell. Sub Pop label mate Chad VanGaalen opens with a set of dissonant and jazz-inflected songwriter synth-pop. $15. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — CR

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DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY MEN, BIG BLUE HEARTS With his deep baritone and powerful material, Alvin is a hypnotic performer. His solo career has pretty much eclipsed his run in the legendary Blasters, but he has never lost sight of where he came from. The Guilty Men are tight as a drum and can swerve from a full-on rocker to a sad minimalist folk tune in an instant. It's all about the dynamics, baby. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — James Kelly

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ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN, ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER E.F. is the brainchild of guitarist-singer Steve Miller. No, not that one. This one has led his vigorous New York-bred garage punk rascals since the mid-'90s and left a seemingly inexhaustible supply of material in their wake. Tonight, they'll have to plow through a set of their hardest-rockin' material to offset and ferociously complement the clobbering attack of local boys Artimus Pyledriver. $15. 9 p.m. Star Bar, 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — Lee Valentine Smith

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RONNIE MILSAP, JAMES GREGORY His career really peaked in the '70s, but multi-instrumentalist Milsap has been active in rock and country music since the mid-'60s. His affecting take on ultra-slick country-pop won a hardcore following that has remained faithful, even though his mainstream popularity waned. His live shows are an energetic cross between the southern-fried R&B of Ray Charles and the seamless blue-eyed soul of Hall And Oates. Comic James Gregory opens with a set of family-friendly material. $25. 7:30 p.m. Lanierland Music Park. 770- 887-7464. www.lanierland.com. — LVS

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VICIOUS CIRCLE The other day I was thinking Australian slang and drum 'n' bass have a lot in common. Australians love shortening words. "Ambulance" becomes "ambo," "afternoon" becomes "arvo," "barbecue" becomes "barbie," etc. As for drum 'n' bass, they just chop words in half and paste them together. Take the example of the Vicious Circle crew. Admittedly, this quartet is from London, not the Land Down Under, but they have accents. And they play dark and hard, dance floor-friendly heavy rollers. So they'd call it "hardfloor" if the Germans didn't have that patent, meaning we'll just use "hardstep." They probably say "'ardstep." No matter where they're from people with accents are so cute. Like the usual suspects? Peep this jackhammerin' future funk jam, also featuring locals Evol Intent, Quadrant, Ideal and MCs Kakarot, Raceone and MC13. And don't ask what the "Vicious Circle" means in a Southern frat house. $8. 10 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — TW

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SUN/17

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REGINA SPEKTOR Regina Spektor is drawing acclaim for her major-label debut, Begin to Hope and the lovely, subversively mainstream single "Fidelity." Whether you've heard her album or not, her free concert during 99X's "Unplugged in the Park" series is a difficult proposition to ignore. Local singer-songwriter Adam James opens. Free. Park Tavern. 404-249-0001. www.parktavern.com. — MR

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TUES/19

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THE GOSSIP, MIKA MIKO, SWAN ISLAND Portland punk band the Gossip rests on the sturdy shoulders of vocalist Beth Ditto, an activist, feminist and force of nature. Her full-throated songs power the band's minimalist jams, recently captured in 2005's Standing in the Way of Control and a new remix album, Listen Up. LA quintet Mika Miko, whose C.Y.S.L.A.B.F. just came out on Kill Rock Stars, sounds like the Gossip five years ago: all raw, riot grrl energy. Portland upstart Swan Island opens on this Left Coast showcase of estrogen rock. $8. 10 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — MR

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OLABELLE, JIM WHITE, ELVIS PERKINS Rising from the fertile Alphabet City area in lower Manhattan, Olabelle finds six unique musicians brought together through a shared love of deep-rooted American music, from Southern spirituals to Appalachian ballads. Jim White has created his own niche in the Americana scene with his acoustic Tom Waits-esque sound, virtually indescribable but fascinating. Elvis Perkins is not an impersonator. $12. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — JK

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RACONTEURS, DR. DOG The Raconteurs is a happy marriage between White Stripes front man Jack White's blues-rock sensibilities and Brendan Benson's sharp pop instincts. The group's debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, is a modest delight with hummable songs like "Steady As She Goes" and "Level." Dr. Dog is a pop group more textured than the straight-ahead Raconteurs. Its latest EP, Takers and Leavers, mixes thrift-store instruments and esoteric sounds alongside winning melodies. $30. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-249-6400. www.livenation.com. — MR

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ROOTS TONIC Sometimes Dreadheads and Trustafarians experience hair loss, and for these cats Rogaine just ain't enough. They need something more earthy, more organic. They need Roots Tonic. Roots Tonic — the trio that backs up this show's headliner, the "Hasidic hot stepper" Matisyahu — has recently released an album of lock-grooves recorded with New York City worldbeat knob worker Bill Laswell. Starting out as a free-jazz/drum 'n' bass experiment, Roots Tonic now works the post-jam band fans with "futurist space/dub transmission" in the hopes ultrasound can be used to stimulate hair follicles. Because there is nothing sadder than dreads and a receding hairline. Besides, it's a lot warmer than purifying yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. Bloosy, woozy Brit rockers Gomez and tightly choreographed street percussions Steel Drum Corps, the "punk rock version of Stomp," also perform. $39.50. 8 p.m. The Fox Theatre. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org. — TW

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WED/20

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A NIGHT OF RAMONES Anytime is a good time to play Ramones songs and tonight, a ton of heavy hitters and up'n'comers gather at the venerable Star Bar for a long evening of mayhem to raise hell and money for Jerry Weldon. Scheduled guests include Drivin N Cryin, the Georgia Satellites, the Hot Rods, Rock City Dropouts, the Infernals and a gaggle-gaggle-hey of others. A minimum $10 donation is requested. 6 p.m. Star Bar, 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — LVS

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ROBINELLA While dropping the "CC String Band" moniker might have been a good career move for Robinella, her transformation from a neo-folkie into a torch song diva leaves some faithful listeners a little frustrated. The String Band thing was pretty cool, but the jazz diva thing has been done to death. $12. 7 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — JK

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THURS/21

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS Robert Spano leads the ASO's season-opening gala featuring "Serenade to Music" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, the Walt Whitman-inspired "Dooryard Bloom" by Atlanta-raised Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon, and Beethoven's emphatically joyous choral "Symphony No. 9.". $23-$65. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — MG

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SUPERSYSTEM, ZOMBI, PEELANDER-Z Washington D.C/NYC's cerebral party punk outfit Supersystem blends the base elements of angular, post-punk grooves with a crisp, electronic sheen that offers an element of earnestness to the dance punk masses. Pittsburgh's multi-instrumental duo Zombi plays intricate neo-prog rock in the vein of Goblin or John Carpenter's soundtracks. Japanese comic book trio Peelander-Z plays oddball punk from its latest release, Happee Mania. $12. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

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· Bands/performers/venues wishing to be included in Sound Menu's noted-acts boxes may send recordings, press material and schedules two weeks in advance to Creative Loafing c/o Heather Kuldell, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: heather.kuldell@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Friday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Thursday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com."
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KING BRITT Call me oblivious, or maybe just call me one smoldering hunk of man meat continually caught up in making love to his own reflection, but I was not aware we had lost sexy. And yet -- from Justin Timberlake to Philadelphia's jazzy funk jockey King Britt -- artists are vowing to bring sexy back. And oddly enough they are doing it with laptop, tech-hop backgrounds. Britt's "Nova Dream Sequences" -- which he will bring into Atlanta's soulful belly through an extended set -- are aggressive, unrelenting flicks and flecks of synthuality. Because sometimes everyone could use a deep, hydraulic and metronomic fuck, the kind that equally curls your toes and leaves your spirit heaving. 9 p.m. Django Gypsy Kitchen. 404-347-8648. [http://www.djangoatlanta.com/|www.djangoatlanta.com]. -- Tony Ware

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NELLIE MCKAY Whatever happened to Nellie McKay? Two years ago, the twentysomething musician was the new hotness and critics fell over themselves with praise for her cabaret pop and wryly earnest musings on vegetarianism, dogs and Ralph Nader. It's been two long years since her acclaimed debut, Get Away from Me!. Fans eagerly await Pretty Little Head, which is tentatively set for release next year. In the meantime, McKay is satiating her cult following with a brief jaunt. Local popsters the Brilliant Inventions open. $20. 8 p.m. 404-524-7354. [http://www.variety-playhouse.com/|www.variety-playhouse.com]. -- Mosi Reeves

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__FRI/15__

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ARTHUR DOYLE TRIO, KONX Saxophonist Arthur Doyle is a last vestige of New York's downtown jazz and avant-garde music scenes of the late 1960s. Doyle plays a signature blend of "free jazz soul" with elements of gospel and R&B, fronting a trio that features Ed Wilcox (percussion) and multi-media artist Jamie Harrar. Atlanta's long-standing jazz-noise-skronk outfit Konx returns from a three-year hiatus to help shred the stage. $6. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. [http://www.eyedrum.org/|www.eyedrum.org]. -- Chad Radford

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DJ KRUSH Emerging from Tokyo's neon-drenched Garden of Duality, turntablist DJ Krush introduced the world to a blunted crossbreeding of East Coast hip-hop and the Far East's reverent tensions. Melancholy, melodic laments waft atop anchors of spry, dubby boom-bap. Live, ominous ethno-instrumentation lends elegant noir to the multi-culti mélange. And with his latest release, the 2-CD Stepping Stones, Krush personally remixes a smattering of his finest ephemera; generating heft through guest Western MCs adding flow to down-tempo trip-hop patterns. Krush's reworked breakbeat textures exhibit both poise and fluidity. Also appearing is Edo. $20. 11 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. [http://www.theloftatl.com/|www.theloftatl.com]. -- TW

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EARL KLUGH Atlanta's own Grammy-winner Earl Klugh is one of today's top unplugged-contemporary-jazz guitarists, with a harmonious and personable style with a range of influences from melodic ballads and Brazilian syncopations to old-school R&B and fiery fusion. $32-$42. 8 p.m., Ferst Center, 404-521-1786. [http://www.ferstcenter.org/|www.ferstcenter.org]. -- Mark Gresham

??
TRIO SOLISTI Violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff have been receiving stronger public spotlight as Trio Solist over the past few years, in part due to performances at Wolf Trap and similarly prominent venues, and in part through their recording of Paul Moravec's 2004 Pulitzer-winning "Tempest Fantasy" with clarinetist David Krakauer. For this concert, the Trio will perform classics by Brahms and Schubert, plus "Scherzo" by Paul Moravec and "Sirens" by Atlanta composer John Anthony Lennon. Free. 8 p.m., Schwartz Center, Emerson Hall, 404-727-5050. [http://www.arts.emory.edu/|www.arts.emory.edu]. -- MG

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__SAT/16__

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BAND OF HORSES, CHAD VANGAALEN Band of Horses' reverb-drenched country music stylings are born of the rainy day emotions of its Pacific Northwest stomping grounds. But despite the dark clouds hovering over each song, an uplifting spirit peaks out from behind the group's shimmering guitars and the bucolic voice of frontman Ben Bridwell. Sub Pop label mate Chad VanGaalen opens with a set of dissonant and jazz-inflected songwriter synth-pop. $15. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. [http://www.variety-playhouse.com/|www.variety-playhouse.com]. -- CR

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DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY MEN, BIG BLUE HEARTS With his deep baritone and powerful material, Alvin is a hypnotic performer. His solo career has pretty much eclipsed his run in the legendary Blasters, but he has never lost sight of where he came from. The Guilty Men are tight as a drum and can swerve from a full-on rocker to a sad minimalist folk tune in an instant. It's all about the dynamics, baby. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. [http://www.smithsoldebar.com/|www.smithsoldebar.com]. -- James Kelly

??
ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN, ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER E.F. is the brainchild of guitarist-singer Steve Miller. No, not that one. This one has led his vigorous New York-bred garage punk rascals since the mid-'90s and left a seemingly inexhaustible supply of material in their wake. Tonight, they'll have to plow through a set of their hardest-rockin' material to offset and ferociously complement the clobbering attack of local boys Artimus Pyledriver. $15. 9 p.m. Star Bar, 404-681-9018. [http://www.starbar.net/|www.starbar.net]. -- Lee Valentine Smith

??
RONNIE MILSAP, JAMES GREGORY His career really peaked in the '70s, but multi-instrumentalist Milsap has been active in rock and country music since the mid-'60s. His affecting take on ultra-slick country-pop won a hardcore following that has remained faithful, even though his mainstream popularity waned. His live shows are an energetic cross between the southern-fried R&B of Ray Charles and the seamless blue-eyed soul of Hall And Oates. Comic James Gregory opens with a set of family-friendly material. $25. 7:30 p.m. Lanierland Music Park. 770- 887-7464. [http://www.lanierland.com/|www.lanierland.com]. -- LVS

??
VICIOUS CIRCLE The other day I was thinking Australian slang and drum 'n' bass have a lot in common. Australians love shortening words. "Ambulance" becomes "ambo," "afternoon" becomes "arvo," "barbecue" becomes "barbie," etc. As for drum 'n' bass, they just chop words in half and paste them together. Take the example of the Vicious Circle crew. Admittedly, this quartet is from London, not the Land Down Under, but they have accents. And they play dark and hard, dance floor-friendly heavy rollers. So they'd call it "hardfloor" if the Germans didn't have that patent, meaning we'll just use "hardstep." They probably say "'ardstep." No matter where they're from people with accents are so cute. Like the usual suspects? Peep this jackhammerin' future funk jam, also featuring locals Evol Intent, Quadrant, Ideal and MCs Kakarot, Raceone and MC13. And don't ask what the "Vicious Circle" means in a Southern frat house. $8. 10 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-577-8178. [http://www.masq.com/|www.masq.com]. -- TW

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__SUN/17__

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REGINA SPEKTOR Regina Spektor is drawing acclaim for her major-label debut, Begin to Hope and the lovely, subversively mainstream single "Fidelity." Whether you've heard her album or not, her free concert during 99X's "Unplugged in the Park" series is a difficult proposition to ignore. Local singer-songwriter Adam James opens. Free. Park Tavern. 404-249-0001. [http://www.parktavern.com/|www.parktavern.com]. -- MR

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__TUES/19__

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THE GOSSIP, MIKA MIKO, SWAN ISLAND Portland punk band the Gossip rests on the sturdy shoulders of vocalist Beth Ditto, an activist, feminist and force of nature. Her full-throated songs power the band's minimalist jams, recently captured in 2005's Standing in the Way of Control and a new remix album, Listen Up. LA quintet Mika Miko, whose C.Y.S.L.A.B.F. just came out on Kill Rock Stars, sounds like the Gossip five years ago: all raw, riot grrl energy. Portland upstart Swan Island opens on this Left Coast showcase of estrogen rock. $8. 10 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. [http://www.thedrunkenunicorn.net/|www.thedrunkenunicorn.net]. -- MR

??
OLABELLE, JIM WHITE, ELVIS PERKINS Rising from the fertile Alphabet City area in lower Manhattan, Olabelle finds six unique musicians brought together through a shared love of deep-rooted American music, from Southern spirituals to Appalachian ballads. Jim White has created his own niche in the Americana scene with his acoustic Tom Waits-esque sound, virtually indescribable but fascinating. Elvis Perkins is not an impersonator. $12. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. [http://www.badearl.com/|www.badearl.com]. -- JK

??
RACONTEURS, DR. DOG The Raconteurs is a happy marriage between White Stripes front man Jack White's blues-rock sensibilities and Brendan Benson's sharp pop instincts. The group's debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, is a modest delight with hummable songs like "Steady As She Goes" and "Level." Dr. Dog is a pop group more textured than the straight-ahead Raconteurs. Its latest EP, Takers and Leavers, mixes thrift-store instruments and esoteric sounds alongside winning melodies. $30. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-249-6400. [http://www.livenation.com/|www.livenation.com]. -- MR

??
ROOTS TONIC Sometimes Dreadheads and Trustafarians experience hair loss, and for these cats Rogaine just ain't enough. They need something more earthy, more organic. They need Roots Tonic. Roots Tonic -- the trio that backs up this show's headliner, the "Hasidic hot stepper" Matisyahu -- has recently released an album of lock-grooves recorded with New York City worldbeat knob worker Bill Laswell. Starting out as a free-jazz/drum 'n' bass experiment, Roots Tonic now works the post-jam band fans with "futurist space/dub transmission" in the hopes ultrasound can be used to stimulate hair follicles. Because there is nothing sadder than dreads and a receding hairline. Besides, it's a lot warmer than purifying yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. Bloosy, woozy Brit rockers Gomez and tightly choreographed street percussions Steel Drum Corps, the "punk rock version of Stomp," also perform. $39.50. 8 p.m. The Fox Theatre. 404-881-2100. [http://www.foxtheatre.org/|www.foxtheatre.org]. -- TW

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__WED/20__

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A NIGHT OF RAMONES Anytime is a good time to play Ramones songs and tonight, a ton of heavy hitters and up'n'comers gather at the venerable Star Bar for a long evening of mayhem to raise hell and money for Jerry Weldon. Scheduled guests include Drivin N Cryin, the Georgia Satellites, the Hot Rods, Rock City Dropouts, the Infernals and a gaggle-gaggle-hey of others. A minimum $10 donation is requested. 6 p.m. Star Bar, 404-681-9018. [http://www.starbar.net/|www.starbar.net]. -- LVS

??
ROBINELLA While dropping the "CC String Band" moniker might have been a good career move for Robinella, her transformation from a neo-folkie into a torch song diva leaves some faithful listeners a little frustrated. The String Band thing was pretty cool, but the jazz diva thing has been done to death. $12. 7 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. [http://www.smithsoldebar.com/|www.smithsoldebar.com]. -- JK

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__THURS/21__

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS Robert Spano leads the ASO's season-opening gala featuring "Serenade to Music" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, the Walt Whitman-inspired "Dooryard Bloom" by Atlanta-raised Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon, and Beethoven's emphatically joyous choral "Symphony No. 9.". $23-$65. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, 404-733-5000. [http://www.atlantasymphony.org/|www.atlantasymphony.org]. -- MG

??
SUPERSYSTEM, ZOMBI, PEELANDER-Z Washington D.C/NYC's cerebral party punk outfit Supersystem blends the base elements of angular, post-punk grooves with a crisp, electronic sheen that offers an element of earnestness to the dance punk masses. Pittsburgh's multi-instrumental duo Zombi plays intricate neo-prog rock in the vein of Goblin or John Carpenter's soundtracks. Japanese comic book trio Peelander-Z plays oddball punk from its latest release, Happee Mania. $12. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. [http://www.badearl.com/|www.badearl.com]. -- CR

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KING BRITT Call me oblivious, or maybe just call me one smoldering hunk of man meat continually caught up in making love to his own reflection, but I was not aware we had lost sexy. And yet — from Justin Timberlake to Philadelphia's jazzy funk jockey King Britt — artists are vowing to bring sexy back. And oddly enough they are doing it with laptop, tech-hop backgrounds. Britt's "Nova Dream Sequences" — which he will bring into Atlanta's soulful belly through an extended set — are aggressive, unrelenting flicks and flecks of synthuality. Because sometimes everyone could use a deep, hydraulic and metronomic fuck, the kind that equally curls your toes and leaves your spirit heaving. 9 p.m. Django Gypsy Kitchen. 404-347-8648. www.djangoatlanta.com. — Tony Ware

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NELLIE MCKAY Whatever happened to Nellie McKay? Two years ago, the twentysomething musician was the new hotness and critics fell over themselves with praise for her cabaret pop and wryly earnest musings on vegetarianism, dogs and Ralph Nader. It's been two long years since her acclaimed debut, Get Away from Me!. Fans eagerly await Pretty Little Head, which is tentatively set for release next year. In the meantime, McKay is satiating her cult following with a brief jaunt. Local popsters the Brilliant Inventions open. $20. 8 p.m. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — Mosi Reeves

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ARTHUR DOYLE TRIO, KONX Saxophonist Arthur Doyle is a last vestige of New York's downtown jazz and avant-garde music scenes of the late 1960s. Doyle plays a signature blend of "free jazz soul" with elements of gospel and R&B, fronting a trio that features Ed Wilcox (percussion) and multi-media artist Jamie Harrar. Atlanta's long-standing jazz-noise-skronk outfit Konx returns from a three-year hiatus to help shred the stage. $6. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. — Chad Radford

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DJ KRUSH Emerging from Tokyo's neon-drenched Garden of Duality, turntablist DJ Krush introduced the world to a blunted crossbreeding of East Coast hip-hop and the Far East's reverent tensions. Melancholy, melodic laments waft atop anchors of spry, dubby boom-bap. Live, ominous ethno-instrumentation lends elegant noir to the multi-culti mélange. And with his latest release, the 2-CD Stepping Stones, Krush personally remixes a smattering of his finest ephemera; generating heft through guest Western MCs adding flow to down-tempo trip-hop patterns. Krush's reworked breakbeat textures exhibit both poise and fluidity. Also appearing is Edo. $20. 11 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. — TW

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EARL KLUGH Atlanta's own Grammy-winner Earl Klugh is one of today's top unplugged-contemporary-jazz guitarists, with a harmonious and personable style with a range of influences from melodic ballads and Brazilian syncopations to old-school R&B and fiery fusion. $32-$42. 8 p.m., Ferst Center, 404-521-1786. www.ferstcenter.org. — Mark Gresham

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TRIO SOLISTI Violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff have been receiving stronger public spotlight as Trio Solist over the past few years, in part due to performances at Wolf Trap and similarly prominent venues, and in part through their recording of Paul Moravec's 2004 Pulitzer-winning "Tempest Fantasy" with clarinetist David Krakauer. For this concert, the Trio will perform classics by Brahms and Schubert, plus "Scherzo" by Paul Moravec and "Sirens" by Atlanta composer John Anthony Lennon. Free. 8 p.m., Schwartz Center, Emerson Hall, 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. — MG

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BAND OF HORSES, CHAD VANGAALEN Band of Horses' reverb-drenched country music stylings are born of the rainy day emotions of its Pacific Northwest stomping grounds. But despite the dark clouds hovering over each song, an uplifting spirit peaks out from behind the group's shimmering guitars and the bucolic voice of frontman Ben Bridwell. Sub Pop label mate Chad VanGaalen opens with a set of dissonant and jazz-inflected songwriter synth-pop. $15. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — CR

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DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY MEN, BIG BLUE HEARTS With his deep baritone and powerful material, Alvin is a hypnotic performer. His solo career has pretty much eclipsed his run in the legendary Blasters, but he has never lost sight of where he came from. The Guilty Men are tight as a drum and can swerve from a full-on rocker to a sad minimalist folk tune in an instant. It's all about the dynamics, baby. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — James Kelly

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ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN, ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER E.F. is the brainchild of guitarist-singer Steve Miller. No, not that one. This one has led his vigorous New York-bred garage punk rascals since the mid-'90s and left a seemingly inexhaustible supply of material in their wake. Tonight, they'll have to plow through a set of their hardest-rockin' material to offset and ferociously complement the clobbering attack of local boys Artimus Pyledriver. $15. 9 p.m. Star Bar, 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — Lee Valentine Smith

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RONNIE MILSAP, JAMES GREGORY His career really peaked in the '70s, but multi-instrumentalist Milsap has been active in rock and country music since the mid-'60s. His affecting take on ultra-slick country-pop won a hardcore following that has remained faithful, even though his mainstream popularity waned. His live shows are an energetic cross between the southern-fried R&B of Ray Charles and the seamless blue-eyed soul of Hall And Oates. Comic James Gregory opens with a set of family-friendly material. $25. 7:30 p.m. Lanierland Music Park. 770- 887-7464. www.lanierland.com. — LVS

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VICIOUS CIRCLE The other day I was thinking Australian slang and drum 'n' bass have a lot in common. Australians love shortening words. "Ambulance" becomes "ambo," "afternoon" becomes "arvo," "barbecue" becomes "barbie," etc. As for drum 'n' bass, they just chop words in half and paste them together. Take the example of the Vicious Circle crew. Admittedly, this quartet is from London, not the Land Down Under, but they have accents. And they play dark and hard, dance floor-friendly heavy rollers. So they'd call it "hardfloor" if the Germans didn't have that patent, meaning we'll just use "hardstep." They probably say "'ardstep." No matter where they're from people with accents are so cute. Like the usual suspects? Peep this jackhammerin' future funk jam, also featuring locals Evol Intent, Quadrant, Ideal and MCs Kakarot, Raceone and MC13. And don't ask what the "Vicious Circle" means in a Southern frat house. $8. 10 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — TW

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REGINA SPEKTOR Regina Spektor is drawing acclaim for her major-label debut, Begin to Hope and the lovely, subversively mainstream single "Fidelity." Whether you've heard her album or not, her free concert during 99X's "Unplugged in the Park" series is a difficult proposition to ignore. Local singer-songwriter Adam James opens. Free. Park Tavern. 404-249-0001. www.parktavern.com. — MR

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THE GOSSIP, MIKA MIKO, SWAN ISLAND Portland punk band the Gossip rests on the sturdy shoulders of vocalist Beth Ditto, an activist, feminist and force of nature. Her full-throated songs power the band's minimalist jams, recently captured in 2005's Standing in the Way of Control and a new remix album, Listen Up. LA quintet Mika Miko, whose C.Y.S.L.A.B.F. just came out on Kill Rock Stars, sounds like the Gossip five years ago: all raw, riot grrl energy. Portland upstart Swan Island opens on this Left Coast showcase of estrogen rock. $8. 10 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — MR

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OLABELLE, JIM WHITE, ELVIS PERKINS Rising from the fertile Alphabet City area in lower Manhattan, Olabelle finds six unique musicians brought together through a shared love of deep-rooted American music, from Southern spirituals to Appalachian ballads. Jim White has created his own niche in the Americana scene with his acoustic Tom Waits-esque sound, virtually indescribable but fascinating. Elvis Perkins is not an impersonator. $12. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — JK

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RACONTEURS, DR. DOG The Raconteurs is a happy marriage between White Stripes front man Jack White's blues-rock sensibilities and Brendan Benson's sharp pop instincts. The group's debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, is a modest delight with hummable songs like "Steady As She Goes" and "Level." Dr. Dog is a pop group more textured than the straight-ahead Raconteurs. Its latest EP, Takers and Leavers, mixes thrift-store instruments and esoteric sounds alongside winning melodies. $30. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-249-6400. www.livenation.com. — MR

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ROOTS TONIC Sometimes Dreadheads and Trustafarians experience hair loss, and for these cats Rogaine just ain't enough. They need something more earthy, more organic. They need Roots Tonic. Roots Tonic — the trio that backs up this show's headliner, the "Hasidic hot stepper" Matisyahu — has recently released an album of lock-grooves recorded with New York City worldbeat knob worker Bill Laswell. Starting out as a free-jazz/drum 'n' bass experiment, Roots Tonic now works the post-jam band fans with "futurist space/dub transmission" in the hopes ultrasound can be used to stimulate hair follicles. Because there is nothing sadder than dreads and a receding hairline. Besides, it's a lot warmer than purifying yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. Bloosy, woozy Brit rockers Gomez and tightly choreographed street percussions Steel Drum Corps, the "punk rock version of Stomp," also perform. $39.50. 8 p.m. The Fox Theatre. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org. — TW

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A NIGHT OF RAMONES Anytime is a good time to play Ramones songs and tonight, a ton of heavy hitters and up'n'comers gather at the venerable Star Bar for a long evening of mayhem to raise hell and money for Jerry Weldon. Scheduled guests include Drivin N Cryin, the Georgia Satellites, the Hot Rods, Rock City Dropouts, the Infernals and a gaggle-gaggle-hey of others. A minimum $10 donation is requested. 6 p.m. Star Bar, 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. — LVS

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ROBINELLA While dropping the "CC String Band" moniker might have been a good career move for Robinella, her transformation from a neo-folkie into a torch song diva leaves some faithful listeners a little frustrated. The String Band thing was pretty cool, but the jazz diva thing has been done to death. $12. 7 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — JK

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS Robert Spano leads the ASO's season-opening gala featuring "Serenade to Music" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, the Walt Whitman-inspired "Dooryard Bloom" by Atlanta-raised Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon, and Beethoven's emphatically joyous choral "Symphony No. 9.". $23-$65. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. — MG

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SUPERSYSTEM, ZOMBI, PEELANDER-Z Washington D.C/NYC's cerebral party punk outfit Supersystem blends the base elements of angular, post-punk grooves with a crisp, electronic sheen that offers an element of earnestness to the dance punk masses. Pittsburgh's multi-instrumental duo Zombi plays intricate neo-prog rock in the vein of Goblin or John Carpenter's soundtracks. Japanese comic book trio Peelander-Z plays oddball punk from its latest release, Happee Mania. $12. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

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· Bands/performers/venues wishing to be included in Sound Menu's noted-acts boxes may send recordings, press material and schedules two weeks in advance to Creative Loafing c/o Heather Kuldell, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: heather.kuldell@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Friday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Thursday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com.             13022580 1262818                          Sound Menu  September 13 2006   "
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THE MARK'S THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY With like a half-dozen DJs scheduled, this event should appeal to anyone with a pulse. But the real treat is the Jungle Brothers' DJ Sammy B, pioneer of hip-house. Hip-house was inevitable, because at the root of both house and hip-hop is a need to boot the booty. When you've got two such groovetastic, funk-influenced genres as hip-hop and house (especially Chicago house), they are inevitably going to make sweet, sticky love. And the result is a salty, senses-coating syrup that tickles as it trickles. We won't even hold Technotronic and C&C Music Factory against 'em. $10. 9 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. — Tony Ware

??
THE NEW CARS, BERLIN One of the most maligned rock music "reunions" in recent history, the retooled Cars features original members Elliott Easton and Greg Hawks with Todd Rundgren on vocals and guitar, Rundgren's former Utopia conspirator Kasim Sultan, and Prairie Prince of the Tubes on drums. Yes, it sounds like an odd mix, but I'm excited about this show, postponed from an earlier date because of a bus accident. Rundgren throws a few of his songs into the mix, and the group's recent live album was, in my opinion, great. Still sexy Terri Nunn's newest version of Berlin opens. $37.25-$59.25. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-249-6400. www.ticketmaster.com. — Lee Valentine Smith

??
SAT/9

??
DJ SNEAK Sinatra always said Chicago was his kind of town, his "kind of razzmatazz/and it has all that jazz." I believe "razzmatazz" was some designer ecstasy way more potent than your street-bought Mitsubishi, because that's how that old blue-eyed pimp rolled. So how does one get an even more wicked buzz than razzmatazz? Chicago's groovy house music. And second-wave Chicago house anchor DJ Sneak brings the filter funk to discotechs with a swanky-meets-sleazy strut and defiant sneer. With the occasional light peppering of porn and paranoia in buggin' beats, Sneak keeps the house rockin', fierce and funkdafied. $15-$20. 10 p.m. Fever. 404-214-0151. www.feveratl.com. — TW

??
THE FEATURES Once upon a time, there was Tennessee rock band the Features, and it was signed to Universal Records. Then, just before the group entered the studio to record a follow-up to its critically acclaimed album Exhibit A, the label asked it to cover the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love." When the group balked, the label dropped it from the roster. So the group finished the album, Contrast, and put it out independently in hopes of getting label interest. You can hear the new album for yourself and rock yourself into a tizzy when the Features come to Atlanta. Local bands Sovus Radio and Parade open. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Mosi Reeves

??
JODY MILLER Early music specialist Miller and friends perform 16th- to 18th-century chamber compositions, plus works for Baroque instruments by 20th-century composers Gordon Jacob, Michio Miyagi and Bernard Andres. Free. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center, Emerson Hall, 404-727-5050. arts.emory.edu — Mark Gresham

??
LEO KOTTKE There are only a few solo acoustic guitarists in the world who can hold my interest for an entire show, and Kottke is one of them. Best known for his multilayered work in what is referred to as the "American Primitivism" school of playing, he is considered a folk-music master. His singing is not as good as his playing, but it's better than average. $22.50. 8:30PM. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — James Kelly

??
SUMMERBIRDS IN THE CELLAR, DEERHUNTER, MENEGUAR Orlando, Fla.'s Summerbirds in the Cellar plays sultry indie rock that smudges the lines between the dance club and the rock show. Synthetic subtleties in rhythm ride scenic guitar washes that are underscored by moody lights and dueling drummers. Think the Cure, Blur, the Faint and Now It's Overhead rolled into one. Atlanta art-rock drone provocateurs Deerhunter and Meneguar open. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford

??
SUN/10

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TIMOTHY ALBRECHT Hitting the fall season early, Timothy Albrecht performs an all-Bach solo recital (as in Johann Sebastian) on the Jaeckel Op. 45 organ in Emerson Hall. Program includes Bachophilic favorites such as "Prelude and Fugue in E minor" ("Wedge"), the "Fantasy and Fugue in G minor" and the "Sinfonia, BWV 29." Free. 4 p.m. Schwartz Center, Emerson Hall. 404-727-5050. arts.emory.edu. — MG

??
TUES/12

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CAT POWER & THE MEMPHIS RHYTHM BAND Even with a reputation for onstage meltdowns that some folks think are as entertaining as the music, former local girl Chan Marshall has nothing to be embarrassed about. Her music is as sadly beautiful as she is, and her newest release, the incredibly soulful The Greatest may well be her greatest. If she has a tough night and quits early, we can all do Al Green karaoke with the amazing Memphis Rhythm Band. Yeah, it's THAT band. $26. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JK

??
JUNIOR BOYS, ENSEMBLE Junior Boys headlines an evening of Canadian electronica that's fitted with all kinds of glitch-hop, garage and minimal techno jargon. Hamilton, Ontario's Junior Boys headline playing material from its latest offering, So This Is Goodbye (Domino). Ensemble is the moniker of Montreal resident Olivier Alary. Alary fronts a three-piece lineup that adds body to Ensemble's atmospheric pieces, which fall somewhere between Stereolab and Autechre lite. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

??
WED/13

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AKROBATIK, INTELLEKT & DIRTY DIGITS Akrobatik is best known as one-third of Boston hip-hop supergroup the Perceptionists. But he's a pretty good solo artist, too, with joints dating back to "Internet MCs" and his 2003 Balance album. The rapper is releasing a new album, Absolute, this fall and promoting its arrival with a few shows. His Atlanta appearance takes place at Lenny's Bar; hopefully the new club will be open before he gets here. Also appearing is Atlanta duo Intellekt & Dirty Digits, which just issued its album Intellektual Property Revised. $8. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. — MR

??
JUDITH OWEN, KRISTIN MARKINTON Owen is an amazing British-born singer/songwriter/actress and the better half of comic/actor/commentator Harry Shearer ("The Simpsons," Spinal Tap). Owen "spent a week in Atlanta one day," as the saying goes. Ask her and she'll gladly recall the story with hilarious detail. Her acerbic tales of Macy's Pink Pig and her eBay obsessions are uproarious. Here, her latest album, is out this week, too. $12. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic, 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — LVS

??
KAKI KING, CHRISTINE BAZE Guitar hero and abstract musical poet Kaki King comes to Atlanta as part of the Yellow Umbrella tour, which draws attention to cervical cancer. King's new album, ... until we felt red, is dark and melodic stuff, bleeding from her arrangements with the same pungency as blood. Loopy singer/songwriter Christine Baze, a cancer survivor who created the Yellow Umbrella project, opens. $15. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. ­-- MR

??
MARAH, ADAM & DAVE'S BLOODLINE Following loosely in Springsteen's northeast blue-collar rock vein, Philly-based Marah used to represent the heavier side of the Americana coin. Those days are over, as these cats come out blasting and don't let up. Although they tried to calm it down a bit on the new album, they just can't help themselves on stage. $12. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — JK

??
THE PRESETS, DJ DJ DYLAN, MUSIC FOR PEOPLE Aussie duo the Presets combine rock music grit with a disco flair to forge a post-electroclash sneer. The Presets are a side project of Julian Hamilton (keyboards, vocals) and Kimberley Moyes (drums, programming), avant-garde leanings in the group Prop that places an emphasis on leather-clad grooves over chin-scratching experiments. Music For People creates dreamy and surreal electronic music. DJ DJ Dylan opens. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

??
Thurs/14

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KING BRITT Call me oblivious, or maybe just call me one smoldering hunk of man meat continually caught up in making love to his own reflection, but I was not aware we had lost sexy. And yet from Justin Timberlake to Philadelphia's jazzy funk jockey King Britt, artists are vowing to bring sexy back. And oddly enough, they are doing it with laptop, tech-hop backgrounds. Britt's Nova Dream Sequences — which he will bring into Atlanta's soulful belly through an extended set — are aggressive, unrelenting flicks and flecks of synthuality. Because sometimes everyone could use a deep, hydraulic and metronomic fuck, the kind that equally curls your toes and leaves your spirit heaving. 9 p.m. Django Gypsy Kitchen. 404-347-8648. www.djangoatlanta.com. — TW

??
ROCK 'N' SHOCK: A ROCK AND WRESTLING BENEFIT Grips, grunts and groans will fill the halls of the Masquerade tonight as smokin' hot WWE it-girl Lita debuts her head-lockin' new punk rock band the Luchagors with a little help from a few of her local friends, including the shock-savvy Shane Morton (the Infernals, Gargantua). The show is a benefit for pro wrestler Sean Shocker, a fixture of WWE events, recently diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Sean, a non-smoker, has no insurance, so a sweaty team of his pals will slam into town on his behalf. In addition to Lita, Raven, Lex Luger, Buff Bagwell and more will be on hand to sign autographs, ham it up, and help with the silent auction and fun. And if that's not enough for you pencil-necked geeks, Artimus Pyledriver and Of Legend will also perform. Grrrr! Visit www.myspace.com/rocknshock for more info. $10. 7 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. ­-- LVS

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??
THE NEW CARS, BERLIN One of the most maligned rock music "reunions" in recent history, the retooled Cars features original members Elliott Easton and Greg Hawks with Todd Rundgren on vocals and guitar, Rundgren's former Utopia conspirator Kasim Sultan, and Prairie Prince of the Tubes on drums. Yes, it sounds like an odd mix, but I'm excited about this show, postponed from an earlier date because of a bus accident. Rundgren throws a few of his songs into the mix, and the group's recent live album was, in my opinion, great. Still sexy Terri Nunn's newest version of Berlin opens. $37.25-$59.25. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-249-6400. [http://www.ticketmaster.com/|www.ticketmaster.com]. -- Lee Valentine Smith

??
__SAT/9__

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DJ SNEAK Sinatra always said Chicago was his kind of town, his "kind of razzmatazz/and it has all that jazz." I believe "razzmatazz" was some designer ecstasy way more potent than your street-bought Mitsubishi, because that's how that old blue-eyed pimp rolled. So how does one get an even more wicked buzz than razzmatazz? Chicago's groovy house music. And second-wave Chicago house anchor DJ Sneak brings the filter funk to discotechs with a swanky-meets-sleazy strut and defiant sneer. With the occasional light peppering of porn and paranoia in buggin' beats, Sneak keeps the house rockin', fierce and funkdafied. $15-$20. 10 p.m. Fever. 404-214-0151. [http://www.feveratl.com/|www.feveratl.com]. -- TW

??
THE FEATURES Once upon a time, there was Tennessee rock band the Features, and it was signed to Universal Records. Then, just before the group entered the studio to record a follow-up to its critically acclaimed album Exhibit A, the label asked it to cover the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love." When the group balked, the label dropped it from the roster. So the group finished the album, Contrast, and put it out independently in hopes of getting label interest. You can hear the new album for yourself and rock yourself into a tizzy when the Features come to Atlanta. Local bands Sovus Radio and Parade open. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. [http://www.badearl.com/|www.badearl.com]. -- Mosi Reeves

??
JODY MILLER Early music specialist Miller and friends perform 16th- to 18th-century chamber compositions, plus works for Baroque instruments by 20th-century composers Gordon Jacob, Michio Miyagi and Bernard Andres. Free. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center, Emerson Hall, 404-727-5050. [http://arts.emory.edu/|arts.emory.edu] -- Mark Gresham

??
LEO KOTTKE There are only a few solo acoustic guitarists in the world who can hold my interest for an entire show, and Kottke is one of them. Best known for his multilayered work in what is referred to as the "American Primitivism" school of playing, he is considered a folk-music master. His singing is not as good as his playing, but it's better than average. $22.50. 8:30PM. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. [http://www.variety-playhouse.com/|www.variety-playhouse.com]. -- James Kelly

??
SUMMERBIRDS IN THE CELLAR, DEERHUNTER, MENEGUAR Orlando, Fla.'s Summerbirds in the Cellar plays sultry indie rock that smudges the lines between the dance club and the rock show. Synthetic subtleties in rhythm ride scenic guitar washes that are underscored by moody lights and dueling drummers. Think the Cure, Blur, the Faint and Now It's Overhead rolled into one. Atlanta art-rock drone provocateurs Deerhunter and Meneguar open. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. [http://www.thedrunkenunicorn.net/|www.thedrunkenunicorn.net]. -- Chad Radford

??
__SUN/10__

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??
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??
JUNIOR BOYS, ENSEMBLE Junior Boys headlines an evening of Canadian electronica that's fitted with all kinds of glitch-hop, garage and minimal techno jargon. Hamilton, Ontario's Junior Boys headline playing material from its latest offering, So This Is Goodbye (Domino). Ensemble is the moniker of Montreal resident Olivier Alary. Alary fronts a three-piece lineup that adds body to Ensemble's atmospheric pieces, which fall somewhere between Stereolab and Autechre lite. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. [http://www.badearl.com/|www.badearl.com]. -- CR

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__WED/13__

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AKROBATIK, INTELLEKT & DIRTY DIGITS Akrobatik is best known as one-third of Boston hip-hop supergroup the Perceptionists. But he's a pretty good solo artist, too, with joints dating back to "Internet MCs" and his 2003 Balance album. The rapper is releasing a new album, Absolute, this fall and promoting its arrival with a few shows. His Atlanta appearance takes place at Lenny's Bar; hopefully the new club will be open before he gets here. Also appearing is Atlanta duo Intellekt & Dirty Digits, which just issued its album Intellektual Property Revised. $8. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar. 404-577-7721. [http://www.lennysbar.com/|www.lennysbar.com]. -- MR

??
JUDITH OWEN, KRISTIN MARKINTON Owen is an amazing British-born singer/songwriter/actress and the better half of comic/actor/commentator Harry Shearer ("The Simpsons," Spinal Tap). Owen "spent a week in Atlanta one day," as the saying goes. Ask her and she'll gladly recall the story with hilarious detail. Her acerbic tales of Macy's Pink Pig and her eBay obsessions are uproarious. Here, her latest album, is out this week, too. $12. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic, 404-377-4976. [http://www.eddiesattic.com/|www.eddiesattic.com]. -- LVS

??
KAKI KING, CHRISTINE BAZE Guitar hero and abstract musical poet Kaki King comes to Atlanta as part of the Yellow Umbrella tour, which draws attention to cervical cancer. King's new album, ... until we felt red, is dark and melodic stuff, bleeding from her arrangements with the same pungency as blood. Loopy singer/songwriter Christine Baze, a cancer survivor who created the Yellow Umbrella project, opens. $15. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. [http://www.variety-playhouse.com/|www.variety-playhouse.com]. ­-- MR

??
MARAH, ADAM & DAVE'S BLOODLINE Following loosely in Springsteen's northeast blue-collar rock vein, Philly-based Marah used to represent the heavier side of the Americana coin. Those days are over, as these cats come out blasting and don't let up. Although they tried to calm it down a bit on the new album, they just can't help themselves on stage. $12. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. [http://www.smithsoldebar.com/|www.smithsoldebar.com]. -- JK

??
THE PRESETS, DJ DJ DYLAN, MUSIC FOR PEOPLE Aussie duo the Presets combine rock music grit with a disco flair to forge a post-electroclash sneer. The Presets are a side project of Julian Hamilton (keyboards, vocals) and Kimberley Moyes (drums, programming), avant-garde leanings in the group Prop that places an emphasis on leather-clad grooves over chin-scratching experiments. Music For People creates dreamy and surreal electronic music. DJ DJ Dylan opens. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. [http://www.thedrunkenunicorn.net/|www.thedrunkenunicorn.net]. -- CR

??
__Thurs/14__

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KING BRITT Call me oblivious, or maybe just call me one smoldering hunk of man meat continually caught up in making love to his own reflection, but I was not aware we had lost sexy. And yet from Justin Timberlake to Philadelphia's jazzy funk jockey King Britt, artists are vowing to bring sexy back. And oddly enough, they are doing it with laptop, tech-hop backgrounds. Britt's Nova Dream Sequences -- which he will bring into Atlanta's soulful belly through an extended set -- are aggressive, unrelenting flicks and flecks of synthuality. Because sometimes everyone could use a deep, hydraulic and metronomic fuck, the kind that equally curls your toes and leaves your spirit heaving. 9 p.m. Django Gypsy Kitchen. 404-347-8648. [http://www.djangoatlanta.com/|www.djangoatlanta.com]. -- TW

??
ROCK 'N' SHOCK: A ROCK AND WRESTLING BENEFIT Grips, grunts and groans will fill the halls of the Masquerade tonight as smokin' hot WWE it-girl Lita debuts her head-lockin' new punk rock band the Luchagors with a little help from a few of her local friends, including the shock-savvy Shane Morton (the Infernals, Gargantua). The show is a benefit for pro wrestler Sean Shocker, a fixture of WWE events, recently diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Sean, a non-smoker, has no insurance, so a sweaty team of his pals will slam into town on his behalf. In addition to Lita, Raven, Lex Luger, Buff Bagwell and more will be on hand to sign autographs, ham it up, and help with the silent auction and fun. And if that's not enough for you pencil-necked geeks, Artimus Pyledriver and Of Legend will also perform. Grrrr! Visit [http://www.myspace.com/rocknshock|www.myspace.com/rocknshock] for more info. $10. 7 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-577-8178. [http://www.masq.com/|www.masq.com]. ­-- LVS

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THE MARK'S THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY With like a half-dozen DJs scheduled, this event should appeal to anyone with a pulse. But the real treat is the Jungle Brothers' DJ Sammy B, pioneer of hip-house. Hip-house was inevitable, because at the root of both house and hip-hop is a need to boot the booty. When you've got two such groovetastic, funk-influenced genres as hip-hop and house (especially Chicago house), they are inevitably going to make sweet, sticky love. And the result is a salty, senses-coating syrup that tickles as it trickles. We won't even hold Technotronic and C&C Music Factory against 'em. $10. 9 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. — Tony Ware

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THE NEW CARS, BERLIN One of the most maligned rock music "reunions" in recent history, the retooled Cars features original members Elliott Easton and Greg Hawks with Todd Rundgren on vocals and guitar, Rundgren's former Utopia conspirator Kasim Sultan, and Prairie Prince of the Tubes on drums. Yes, it sounds like an odd mix, but I'm excited about this show, postponed from an earlier date because of a bus accident. Rundgren throws a few of his songs into the mix, and the group's recent live album was, in my opinion, great. Still sexy Terri Nunn's newest version of Berlin opens. $37.25-$59.25. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-249-6400. www.ticketmaster.com. — Lee Valentine Smith

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DJ SNEAK Sinatra always said Chicago was his kind of town, his "kind of razzmatazz/and it has all that jazz." I believe "razzmatazz" was some designer ecstasy way more potent than your street-bought Mitsubishi, because that's how that old blue-eyed pimp rolled. So how does one get an even more wicked buzz than razzmatazz? Chicago's groovy house music. And second-wave Chicago house anchor DJ Sneak brings the filter funk to discotechs with a swanky-meets-sleazy strut and defiant sneer. With the occasional light peppering of porn and paranoia in buggin' beats, Sneak keeps the house rockin', fierce and funkdafied. $15-$20. 10 p.m. Fever. 404-214-0151. www.feveratl.com. — TW

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THE FEATURES Once upon a time, there was Tennessee rock band the Features, and it was signed to Universal Records. Then, just before the group entered the studio to record a follow-up to its critically acclaimed album Exhibit A, the label asked it to cover the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love." When the group balked, the label dropped it from the roster. So the group finished the album, Contrast, and put it out independently in hopes of getting label interest. You can hear the new album for yourself and rock yourself into a tizzy when the Features come to Atlanta. Local bands Sovus Radio and Parade open. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Mosi Reeves

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JODY MILLER Early music specialist Miller and friends perform 16th- to 18th-century chamber compositions, plus works for Baroque instruments by 20th-century composers Gordon Jacob, Michio Miyagi and Bernard Andres. Free. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center, Emerson Hall, 404-727-5050. arts.emory.edu — Mark Gresham

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LEO KOTTKE There are only a few solo acoustic guitarists in the world who can hold my interest for an entire show, and Kottke is one of them. Best known for his multilayered work in what is referred to as the "American Primitivism" school of playing, he is considered a folk-music master. His singing is not as good as his playing, but it's better than average. $22.50. 8:30PM. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — James Kelly

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SUMMERBIRDS IN THE CELLAR, DEERHUNTER, MENEGUAR Orlando, Fla.'s Summerbirds in the Cellar plays sultry indie rock that smudges the lines between the dance club and the rock show. Synthetic subtleties in rhythm ride scenic guitar washes that are underscored by moody lights and dueling drummers. Think the Cure, Blur, the Faint and Now It's Overhead rolled into one. Atlanta art-rock drone provocateurs Deerhunter and Meneguar open. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford

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TIMOTHY ALBRECHT Hitting the fall season early, Timothy Albrecht performs an all-Bach solo recital (as in Johann Sebastian) on the Jaeckel Op. 45 organ in Emerson Hall. Program includes Bachophilic favorites such as "Prelude and Fugue in E minor" ("Wedge"), the "Fantasy and Fugue in G minor" and the "Sinfonia, BWV 29." Free. 4 p.m. Schwartz Center, Emerson Hall. 404-727-5050. arts.emory.edu. — MG

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CAT POWER & THE MEMPHIS RHYTHM BAND Even with a reputation for onstage meltdowns that some folks think are as entertaining as the music, former local girl Chan Marshall has nothing to be embarrassed about. Her music is as sadly beautiful as she is, and her newest release, the incredibly soulful The Greatest may well be her greatest. If she has a tough night and quits early, we can all do Al Green karaoke with the amazing Memphis Rhythm Band. Yeah, it's THAT band. $26. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JK

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JUNIOR BOYS, ENSEMBLE Junior Boys headlines an evening of Canadian electronica that's fitted with all kinds of glitch-hop, garage and minimal techno jargon. Hamilton, Ontario's Junior Boys headline playing material from its latest offering, So This Is Goodbye (Domino). Ensemble is the moniker of Montreal resident Olivier Alary. Alary fronts a three-piece lineup that adds body to Ensemble's atmospheric pieces, which fall somewhere between Stereolab and Autechre lite. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — CR

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AKROBATIK, INTELLEKT & DIRTY DIGITS Akrobatik is best known as one-third of Boston hip-hop supergroup the Perceptionists. But he's a pretty good solo artist, too, with joints dating back to "Internet MCs" and his 2003 Balance album. The rapper is releasing a new album, Absolute, this fall and promoting its arrival with a few shows. His Atlanta appearance takes place at Lenny's Bar; hopefully the new club will be open before he gets here. Also appearing is Atlanta duo Intellekt & Dirty Digits, which just issued its album Intellektual Property Revised. $8. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. — MR

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JUDITH OWEN, KRISTIN MARKINTON Owen is an amazing British-born singer/songwriter/actress and the better half of comic/actor/commentator Harry Shearer ("The Simpsons," Spinal Tap). Owen "spent a week in Atlanta one day," as the saying goes. Ask her and she'll gladly recall the story with hilarious detail. Her acerbic tales of Macy's Pink Pig and her eBay obsessions are uproarious. Here, her latest album, is out this week, too. $12. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic, 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — LVS

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KAKI KING, CHRISTINE BAZE Guitar hero and abstract musical poet Kaki King comes to Atlanta as part of the Yellow Umbrella tour, which draws attention to cervical cancer. King's new album, ... until we felt red, is dark and melodic stuff, bleeding from her arrangements with the same pungency as blood. Loopy singer/songwriter Christine Baze, a cancer survivor who created the Yellow Umbrella project, opens. $15. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. ­-- MR

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MARAH, ADAM & DAVE'S BLOODLINE Following loosely in Springsteen's northeast blue-collar rock vein, Philly-based Marah used to represent the heavier side of the Americana coin. Those days are over, as these cats come out blasting and don't let up. Although they tried to calm it down a bit on the new album, they just can't help themselves on stage. $12. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — JK

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THE PRESETS, DJ DJ DYLAN, MUSIC FOR PEOPLE Aussie duo the Presets combine rock music grit with a disco flair to forge a post-electroclash sneer. The Presets are a side project of Julian Hamilton (keyboards, vocals) and Kimberley Moyes (drums, programming), avant-garde leanings in the group Prop that places an emphasis on leather-clad grooves over chin-scratching experiments. Music For People creates dreamy and surreal electronic music. DJ DJ Dylan opens. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

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Thurs/14

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KING BRITT Call me oblivious, or maybe just call me one smoldering hunk of man meat continually caught up in making love to his own reflection, but I was not aware we had lost sexy. And yet from Justin Timberlake to Philadelphia's jazzy funk jockey King Britt, artists are vowing to bring sexy back. And oddly enough, they are doing it with laptop, tech-hop backgrounds. Britt's Nova Dream Sequences — which he will bring into Atlanta's soulful belly through an extended set — are aggressive, unrelenting flicks and flecks of synthuality. Because sometimes everyone could use a deep, hydraulic and metronomic fuck, the kind that equally curls your toes and leaves your spirit heaving. 9 p.m. Django Gypsy Kitchen. 404-347-8648. www.djangoatlanta.com. — TW

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ROCK 'N' SHOCK: A ROCK AND WRESTLING BENEFIT Grips, grunts and groans will fill the halls of the Masquerade tonight as smokin' hot WWE it-girl Lita debuts her head-lockin' new punk rock band the Luchagors with a little help from a few of her local friends, including the shock-savvy Shane Morton (the Infernals, Gargantua). The show is a benefit for pro wrestler Sean Shocker, a fixture of WWE events, recently diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Sean, a non-smoker, has no insurance, so a sweaty team of his pals will slam into town on his behalf. In addition to Lita, Raven, Lex Luger, Buff Bagwell and more will be on hand to sign autographs, ham it up, and help with the silent auction and fun. And if that's not enough for you pencil-necked geeks, Artimus Pyledriver and Of Legend will also perform. Grrrr! Visit www.myspace.com/rocknshock for more info. $10. 7 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. ­-- LVS

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AMY AND EMILY When Amy Ray and Emily Saliers play Eddie's, it's a big deal, and tonight and tomorrow are no exception. With a brand-new album on the way and a host of new projects, the duo is doing a two-night stand to benefit Janet McLaughlin and the Georgia Network To End Sexual Assault. The event sold out in minutes, but some patio seating may be available. Sold Out. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — Lee Valentine Smith

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BIRDMONSTER The San Francisco Bay Area has a great reputation for surly, washed-out barroom punks (think Jawbreaker and American Music Club's Mark Eitzel). Birdmonster's Peter Arcuni aspires to that tradition on his band's No Midnight, a rambling collection of songs unclassifiable by genre and defined by attitude. The group is supported by Charlotte band the Sammies and local group Dust Rabbit, the latter of which sticks to an instrumentals-only diet. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Mosi Reeves

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BRUCE COCKBURN Calling Cockburn a cult figure is a bit of a misnomer; better to say his audience is very selective. One of the most prolific and socially conscious folkies of the late 20th century, his newest album delivers more of his subtle but powerful observations, this time with a heartfelt look at what's going on in Iraq. And America. $22.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — James Kelly

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SPIRIT The UK's drum 'n' bass in the '90s was the sound of pre-millennium tensions. What would the future hold? Urban warfare or poignant tone poems? Unfortunately, our future of complete-nutrition pills, fluid-recycling all-terrain fabrics and celestial harmony went the way of soy lattes and SUVs. The Y2K bug wiping out the tenuous-at-best structure of our civilization might have been preferable (at least for MY credit). Boy, are we screwed. So there's never been a better time than the present to don your hoodie, some flood pants and enjoy some rolling bass, percolating beats, canine synths, feral strings and ominous space spooks. Locals supporting the bill include Double Nil, Sonar and Subliminal, plus Soundwave. $10; free for ladies. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. — Tony Ware

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AMY AND EMILY See Sound Menu for Thurs., Aug. 31.

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BRENDA EARLE A singer/pianist/composer with four indie CDs to her credit, Canadian-born jazzwoman Brenda Earle studied jazz piano in Toronto, then at Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she also studied with hot Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza. Earle gracefully bridges jazz and pop with vocal finesse and a blues-tinted pianistic touch. $10 cover, and $10 minimum. 8:30 p.m. Churchill Grounds. 404-894-9600. www.churchillgrounds.com.

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-- Mark Gresham

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DRAGON*CON Dragon*Con is ground zero for people-watching on Labor Day weekend. Sure, you know about the hardcore sci-fi fans who dress up and get way into the fun, but did you know that a nice selection of bands also perform at the yearly event? This year, the music schedule features the Worm Quartet, the Cogburns, Voltaire, Throwing Toasters, Mauldin Ash, the Cruxshadows and Emerald Rose. Literally something for everyone this year. $25-$85. Hyatt Regency Atlanta. 404-577-1234. www.dragoncon.com. — LVS

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JEAN-LUC PONTY Versatile, legendary French jazz violinist and composer Jean-Luc Ponty was trained as a classical violinist but was propelled into jazz by the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Back in the '70s, Ponty pioneered the five-string electric violin and was among the first to play violin through electric guitar effects. With tracks on over 70 recordings, he's worked with such notables as Stephane Grappelli, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Frank Zappa. $25. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-521-1786. www.variety-playhouse.com. — MG

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BRENDA EARLE See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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BUSTA RHYMES, CIARA No one who raved over Busta Rhymes back in the early Nineties — remember "Case of the P.T.A." and "The Scenario"? — could have anticipated he'd become the poster child for hip-hop's unctuous "Stop Snitchin'" campaign. But unless those steroids went to his brain, he can still deliver an amazing live show and rip through over a decade of hits, from "What's Next" to "I Love My Bitch." Atlanta crunk/R&B chanteuse Ciara will lighten the evening, but methinks you best leave the kids at home for this one. $58-$63. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-233-2227. www.ticketmaster.com. — MR

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DIE SLAUGHTERFEST 2006 It's time once again for Die Slaughterhaus Records' annual three-day Die Slaughterfest, in which Atlanta's noisiest, gnarliest and most reckless garage and punk bands celebrate with a show of drunken folly and abandon. Day one includes performances from Bumble Beats (Austria), Kiwis, Beat Beat Beat and Carbonas. The schedule is subject to frequent and unpredictable changes. For more up-to-the-minute information, look online at www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford

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DRAGON*CON See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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DRIVE INVASION So much more than "More Cowbell," Sunday headliners Blue Öyster Cult (see feature) will be honored with a special screening of Godzilla at dark, but before the movies roll, expect two days of great music on a new and vastly improved stage. Be sure to catch Rocket From the Tombs on Saturday, as well, featuring an all-star cast of characters led by David Thomas from influential Pere Ubu, Richard Lloyd of Television and Cheetah Chrome. Other acts include Southern Culture on the Skids, the Gore Gore Girls and a nice selection of local acts, including the Cogburns and Bruce Joyner and the Reconstruction. $30-$50. Noon. Starlight Six Drive-In. www.driveinvasion.com. — LVS

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ELLIS PAUL, MARSHALL CHAPMAN, TOMMY WOMACK Ellis Paul is one of the "signature" artists to play Eddie's over the years, and he never fails to entertain with his prolific catalog of thoughtful tunes. Traveling down from Nashville tonight we have songstress Marshall Chapman and the incredibly talented Tommy Womack, bringing their rootsy alt.-twang thing to town. $15. 8:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — JK

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NEW TRINITY BAROQUE Opening its season with a "250th birthday bash," NTB steps slightly outside of its Baroque inclinations with a program of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's popular divertimento, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," two divertimenti from the early, so-called "Salzburg Symphonies" for strings, and a dollop of contemporaneous instrumental "Church Sonatas," conducted by Predrag Gosta. Student discounts available. $29. 8 p.m. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. 770-638-7574. www.newtrinitybaroque.org. — MG

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DIE SLAUGHTERFEST 2006 Day two of the Die Slaughterfest features performances from local acts Sids, Wet Dreams, the Spooks and the Selmanaires. Since it's Sunday and everything has to be wrapped up by midnight, this will be an early show. Just like the night before, the schedule will be subject to frequent and unpredictable changes in the lineup. Be sure to look online at www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com for current information. $5. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

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DRAGON*CON See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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DRIVE INVASION See Sound Menu listing for Sat., Sept. 2.

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HOUSE IN THE PARK Kai Alce invites you to park it in Perkerson Park to grill and groove freely with the sounds of Chicago's Glenn Underground, augmented by Michael Alan, Ramon Rawsoul, Salah Ananse, Kemit and Kai, himself. The soulful vibe will go from deep and Detroit to sweaty, sunny and Chi-Town. Go to dance like there are fire ants down your pants. Free. Noon. Perkerson Park. 404-756-1859. www.kaialce.com. — TW

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TOBY KEITH, JOE NICHOLS, RUSHLOW HARRIS, LINDSEY HAUN Toby Keith has managed to take complete control over his career, a feat artists rarely accomplish in country music. While his radio output tends to place the emphasis on silly cliché-driven tunes, at least he's playing country music. Opener Joe Nichols has one of those sexy baritones and has been known to belt out a few honky-tonkers. $37-$61.75. 7:30 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center. 404-249-6400. www.gwinnettcenter.com. — JK

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DIE SLAUGHTERFEST 2006 The third and final evening for Die Slaughterfest 2006 features performances from Gaye Blades, Coffin Bound, Frantic and, last but not least, Atlanta's favorite bastard rock and roll sons, the Black Lips, who bring the show to a close. Just like the previous two nights, the schedule will be subject to frequent and irrational changes. For more up-to-the-minute information, be sure to look online at www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

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DRAGON*CON See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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JAMES ZABIELA James Zabiela is proof that not all of DJ magazine's top 100 DJs are trance-y old farts. A sonic gourmand, he blends together multiple styles of dance music into a mash of pounding bass and rippling breakbeats. His ingredients range from main floor tech-house producers like Lee Coombs to blogger favorites like Trentemøller, but his sound is his own. Call for price. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. — MR

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BORIS Japan isn't just Tokyo. The Japanese have Mt. Fuji — oh, holiest of mountains — and an impressive, snowcapped mount it is. Yet you still don't traditionally think of the Japanese as the bellowing-into-the-fjords, long-hair-blowing-in-the-wind-on-top-of-a-righteous-peak, shredding-guitar-into-the squall types. That is, until you meet you some Boris. If Sigur Rós, the Melvins, Isis and Earth had a baby — and that baby happened to teethe on wasabi root — it would be this Japanese trio. As exhibited on the band's latest full-length blotter sheet, Pink, this isn't ninja stealth; this is brute force. And the blown-out sludge smears of RAWK will leave YOU singing its praises from the mountaintops. A rare stateside appearance. Pearls and Brass and Zoroaster add to the orange-amped bruised blues boogie and stoner-riff fetishism. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — TW

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AMY AND EMILY When Amy Ray and Emily Saliers play Eddie's, it's a big deal, and tonight and tomorrow are no exception. With a brand-new album on the way and a host of new projects, the duo is doing a two-night stand to benefit Janet McLaughlin and the Georgia Network To End Sexual Assault. The event sold out in minutes, but some patio seating may be available. Sold Out. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. [http://www.eddiesattic.com/|www.eddiesattic.com]. -- Lee Valentine Smith

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BIRDMONSTER The San Francisco Bay Area has a great reputation for surly, washed-out barroom punks (think Jawbreaker and American Music Club's Mark Eitzel). Birdmonster's Peter Arcuni aspires to that tradition on his band's No Midnight, a rambling collection of songs unclassifiable by genre and defined by attitude. The group is supported by Charlotte band the Sammies and local group Dust Rabbit, the latter of which sticks to an instrumentals-only diet. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. [http://www.badearl.com/|www.badearl.com]. -- Mosi Reeves

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BRUCE COCKBURN Calling Cockburn a cult figure is a bit of a misnomer; better to say his audience is very selective. One of the most prolific and socially conscious folkies of the late 20th century, his newest album delivers more of his subtle but powerful observations, this time with a heartfelt look at what's going on in Iraq. And America. $22.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. [http://www.variety-playhouse.com/|www.variety-playhouse.com]. -- James Kelly

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SPIRIT The UK's drum 'n' bass in the '90s was the sound of pre-millennium tensions. What would the future hold? Urban warfare or poignant tone poems? Unfortunately, our future of complete-nutrition pills, fluid-recycling all-terrain fabrics and celestial harmony went the way of soy lattes and SUVs. The Y2K bug wiping out the tenuous-at-best structure of our civilization might have been preferable (at least for MY credit). Boy, are we screwed. So there's never been a better time than the present to don your hoodie, some flood pants and enjoy some rolling bass, percolating beats, canine synths, feral strings and ominous space spooks. Locals supporting the bill include Double Nil, Sonar and Subliminal, plus Soundwave. $10; free for ladies. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. [http://www.themarkatlanta.com/|www.themarkatlanta.com]. -- Tony Ware

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AMY AND EMILY See Sound Menu for Thurs., Aug. 31.

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BRENDA EARLE A singer/pianist/composer with four indie CDs to her credit, Canadian-born jazzwoman Brenda Earle studied jazz piano in Toronto, then at Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she also studied with hot Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza. Earle gracefully bridges jazz and pop with vocal finesse and a blues-tinted pianistic touch. $10 cover, and $10 minimum. 8:30 p.m. Churchill Grounds. 404-894-9600. [http://www.churchillgrounds.com/|www.churchillgrounds.com].

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-- Mark Gresham

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DRAGON*CON Dragon*Con is ground zero for people-watching on Labor Day weekend. Sure, you know about the hardcore sci-fi fans who dress up and get way into the fun, but did you know that a nice selection of bands also perform at the yearly event? This year, the music schedule features the Worm Quartet, the Cogburns, Voltaire, Throwing Toasters, Mauldin Ash, the Cruxshadows and Emerald Rose. Literally something for everyone this year. $25-$85. Hyatt Regency Atlanta. 404-577-1234. [http://www.dragoncon.com/|www.dragoncon.com]. -- LVS

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JEAN-LUC PONTY Versatile, legendary French jazz violinist and composer Jean-Luc Ponty was trained as a classical violinist but was propelled into jazz by the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Back in the '70s, Ponty pioneered the five-string electric violin and was among the first to play violin through electric guitar effects. With tracks on over 70 recordings, he's worked with such notables as Stephane Grappelli, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Frank Zappa. $25. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-521-1786. [http://www.variety-playhouse.com/|www.variety-playhouse.com]. -- MG

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__SAT/2__

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BRENDA EARLE See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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BUSTA RHYMES, CIARA No one who raved over Busta Rhymes back in the early Nineties -- remember "Case of the P.T.A." and "The Scenario"? -- could have anticipated he'd become the poster child for hip-hop's unctuous "Stop Snitchin'" campaign. But unless those steroids went to his brain, he can still deliver an amazing live show and rip through over a decade of hits, from "What's Next" to "I Love My Bitch." Atlanta crunk/R&B chanteuse Ciara will lighten the evening, but methinks you best leave the kids at home for this one. $58-$63. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-233-2227. [http://www.ticketmaster.com/|www.ticketmaster.com]. -- MR

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DIE SLAUGHTERFEST 2006 It's time once again for Die Slaughterhaus Records' annual three-day Die Slaughterfest, in which Atlanta's noisiest, gnarliest and most reckless garage and punk bands celebrate with a show of drunken folly and abandon. Day one includes performances from Bumble Beats (Austria), Kiwis, Beat Beat Beat and Carbonas. The schedule is subject to frequent and unpredictable changes. For more up-to-the-minute information, look online at [http://www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com/|www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com]. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. [http://www.thedrunkenunicorn.net/|www.thedrunkenunicorn.net]. -- Chad Radford

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DRAGON*CON See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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DRIVE INVASION So much more than "More Cowbell," Sunday headliners Blue Öyster Cult (see feature) will be honored with a special screening of Godzilla at dark, but before the movies roll, expect two days of great music on a new and vastly improved stage. Be sure to catch Rocket From the Tombs on Saturday, as well, featuring an all-star cast of characters led by David Thomas from influential Pere Ubu, Richard Lloyd of Television and Cheetah Chrome. Other acts include Southern Culture on the Skids, the Gore Gore Girls and a nice selection of local acts, including the Cogburns and Bruce Joyner and the Reconstruction. $30-$50. Noon. Starlight Six Drive-In. [http://www.driveinvasion.com/|www.driveinvasion.com]. -- LVS

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ELLIS PAUL, MARSHALL CHAPMAN, TOMMY WOMACK Ellis Paul is one of the "signature" artists to play Eddie's over the years, and he never fails to entertain with his prolific catalog of thoughtful tunes. Traveling down from Nashville tonight we have songstress Marshall Chapman and the incredibly talented Tommy Womack, bringing their rootsy alt.-twang thing to town. $15. 8:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. [http://www.eddiesattic.com/|www.eddiesattic.com]. -- JK

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NEW TRINITY BAROQUE Opening its season with a "250th birthday bash," NTB steps slightly outside of its Baroque inclinations with a program of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's popular divertimento, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," two divertimenti from the early, so-called "Salzburg Symphonies" for strings, and a dollop of contemporaneous instrumental "Church Sonatas," conducted by Predrag Gosta. Student discounts available. $29. 8 p.m. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. 770-638-7574. [http://www.newtrinitybaroque.org/|www.newtrinitybaroque.org]. -- MG

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DIE SLAUGHTERFEST 2006 Day two of the Die Slaughterfest features performances from local acts Sids, Wet Dreams, the Spooks and the Selmanaires. Since it's Sunday and everything has to be wrapped up by midnight, this will be an early show. Just like the night before, the schedule will be subject to frequent and unpredictable changes in the lineup. Be sure to look online at [http://www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com/|www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com] for current information. $5. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. [http://www.thedrunkenunicorn.net/|www.thedrunkenunicorn.net]. -- CR

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DRAGON*CON See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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DRIVE INVASION See Sound Menu listing for Sat., Sept. 2.

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HOUSE IN THE PARK Kai Alce invites you to park it in Perkerson Park to grill and groove freely with the sounds of Chicago's Glenn Underground, augmented by Michael Alan, Ramon Rawsoul, Salah Ananse, Kemit and Kai, himself. The soulful vibe will go from deep and Detroit to sweaty, sunny and Chi-Town. Go to dance like there are fire ants down your pants. Free. Noon. Perkerson Park. 404-756-1859. [http://www.kaialce.com/|www.kaialce.com]. -- TW

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TOBY KEITH, JOE NICHOLS, RUSHLOW HARRIS, LINDSEY HAUN Toby Keith has managed to take complete control over his career, a feat artists rarely accomplish in country music. While his radio output tends to place the emphasis on silly cliché-driven tunes, at least he's playing country music. Opener Joe Nichols has one of those sexy baritones and has been known to belt out a few honky-tonkers. $37-$61.75. 7:30 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center. 404-249-6400. [http://www.gwinnettcenter.com/|www.gwinnettcenter.com]. -- JK

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__MON/4__

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DIE SLAUGHTERFEST 2006 The third and final evening for Die Slaughterfest 2006 features performances from Gaye Blades, Coffin Bound, Frantic and, last but not least, Atlanta's favorite bastard rock and roll sons, the Black Lips, who bring the show to a close. Just like the previous two nights, the schedule will be subject to frequent and irrational changes. For more up-to-the-minute information, be sure to look online at [http://www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com/|www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com]. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. [http://www.thedrunkenunicorn.net/|www.thedrunkenunicorn.net]. -- CR

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DRAGON*CON See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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__WED/6__

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JAMES ZABIELA James Zabiela is proof that not all of DJ magazine's top 100 DJs are trance-y old farts. A sonic gourmand, he blends together multiple styles of dance music into a mash of pounding bass and rippling breakbeats. His ingredients range from main floor tech-house producers like Lee Coombs to blogger favorites like Trentemøller, but his sound is his own. Call for price. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. [http://www.eleven50.com/|www.eleven50.com]. -- MR

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__THURS/7__

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BORIS Japan isn't just Tokyo. The Japanese have Mt. Fuji -- oh, holiest of mountains -- and an impressive, snowcapped mount it is. Yet you still don't traditionally think of the Japanese as the bellowing-into-the-fjords, long-hair-blowing-in-the-wind-on-top-of-a-righteous-peak, shredding-guitar-into-the squall types. That is, until you meet you some Boris. If Sigur Rós, the Melvins, Isis and Earth had a baby -- and that baby happened to teethe on wasabi root -- it would be this Japanese trio. As exhibited on the band's latest full-length blotter sheet, Pink, this isn't ninja stealth; this is brute force. And the blown-out sludge smears of RAWK will leave YOU singing its praises from the mountaintops. A rare stateside appearance. Pearls and Brass and Zoroaster add to the orange-amped bruised blues boogie and stoner-riff fetishism. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. [http://www.badearl.com/|www.badearl.com]. -- TW

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AMY AND EMILY When Amy Ray and Emily Saliers play Eddie's, it's a big deal, and tonight and tomorrow are no exception. With a brand-new album on the way and a host of new projects, the duo is doing a two-night stand to benefit Janet McLaughlin and the Georgia Network To End Sexual Assault. The event sold out in minutes, but some patio seating may be available. Sold Out. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — Lee Valentine Smith

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BIRDMONSTER The San Francisco Bay Area has a great reputation for surly, washed-out barroom punks (think Jawbreaker and American Music Club's Mark Eitzel). Birdmonster's Peter Arcuni aspires to that tradition on his band's No Midnight, a rambling collection of songs unclassifiable by genre and defined by attitude. The group is supported by Charlotte band the Sammies and local group Dust Rabbit, the latter of which sticks to an instrumentals-only diet. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Mosi Reeves

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BRUCE COCKBURN Calling Cockburn a cult figure is a bit of a misnomer; better to say his audience is very selective. One of the most prolific and socially conscious folkies of the late 20th century, his newest album delivers more of his subtle but powerful observations, this time with a heartfelt look at what's going on in Iraq. And America. $22.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — James Kelly

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SPIRIT The UK's drum 'n' bass in the '90s was the sound of pre-millennium tensions. What would the future hold? Urban warfare or poignant tone poems? Unfortunately, our future of complete-nutrition pills, fluid-recycling all-terrain fabrics and celestial harmony went the way of soy lattes and SUVs. The Y2K bug wiping out the tenuous-at-best structure of our civilization might have been preferable (at least for MY credit). Boy, are we screwed. So there's never been a better time than the present to don your hoodie, some flood pants and enjoy some rolling bass, percolating beats, canine synths, feral strings and ominous space spooks. Locals supporting the bill include Double Nil, Sonar and Subliminal, plus Soundwave. $10; free for ladies. 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. — Tony Ware

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FRI/1

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AMY AND EMILY See Sound Menu for Thurs., Aug. 31.

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BRENDA EARLE A singer/pianist/composer with four indie CDs to her credit, Canadian-born jazzwoman Brenda Earle studied jazz piano in Toronto, then at Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she also studied with hot Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza. Earle gracefully bridges jazz and pop with vocal finesse and a blues-tinted pianistic touch. $10 cover, and $10 minimum. 8:30 p.m. Churchill Grounds. 404-894-9600. www.churchillgrounds.com.

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-- Mark Gresham

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DRAGON*CON Dragon*Con is ground zero for people-watching on Labor Day weekend. Sure, you know about the hardcore sci-fi fans who dress up and get way into the fun, but did you know that a nice selection of bands also perform at the yearly event? This year, the music schedule features the Worm Quartet, the Cogburns, Voltaire, Throwing Toasters, Mauldin Ash, the Cruxshadows and Emerald Rose. Literally something for everyone this year. $25-$85. Hyatt Regency Atlanta. 404-577-1234. www.dragoncon.com. — LVS

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JEAN-LUC PONTY Versatile, legendary French jazz violinist and composer Jean-Luc Ponty was trained as a classical violinist but was propelled into jazz by the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Back in the '70s, Ponty pioneered the five-string electric violin and was among the first to play violin through electric guitar effects. With tracks on over 70 recordings, he's worked with such notables as Stephane Grappelli, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Frank Zappa. $25. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-521-1786. www.variety-playhouse.com. — MG

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SAT/2

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BRENDA EARLE See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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BUSTA RHYMES, CIARA No one who raved over Busta Rhymes back in the early Nineties — remember "Case of the P.T.A." and "The Scenario"? — could have anticipated he'd become the poster child for hip-hop's unctuous "Stop Snitchin'" campaign. But unless those steroids went to his brain, he can still deliver an amazing live show and rip through over a decade of hits, from "What's Next" to "I Love My Bitch." Atlanta crunk/R&B chanteuse Ciara will lighten the evening, but methinks you best leave the kids at home for this one. $58-$63. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-233-2227. www.ticketmaster.com. — MR

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DIE SLAUGHTERFEST 2006 It's time once again for Die Slaughterhaus Records' annual three-day Die Slaughterfest, in which Atlanta's noisiest, gnarliest and most reckless garage and punk bands celebrate with a show of drunken folly and abandon. Day one includes performances from Bumble Beats (Austria), Kiwis, Beat Beat Beat and Carbonas. The schedule is subject to frequent and unpredictable changes. For more up-to-the-minute information, look online at www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford

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DRAGON*CON See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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DRIVE INVASION So much more than "More Cowbell," Sunday headliners Blue Öyster Cult (see feature) will be honored with a special screening of Godzilla at dark, but before the movies roll, expect two days of great music on a new and vastly improved stage. Be sure to catch Rocket From the Tombs on Saturday, as well, featuring an all-star cast of characters led by David Thomas from influential Pere Ubu, Richard Lloyd of Television and Cheetah Chrome. Other acts include Southern Culture on the Skids, the Gore Gore Girls and a nice selection of local acts, including the Cogburns and Bruce Joyner and the Reconstruction. $30-$50. Noon. Starlight Six Drive-In. www.driveinvasion.com. — LVS

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ELLIS PAUL, MARSHALL CHAPMAN, TOMMY WOMACK Ellis Paul is one of the "signature" artists to play Eddie's over the years, and he never fails to entertain with his prolific catalog of thoughtful tunes. Traveling down from Nashville tonight we have songstress Marshall Chapman and the incredibly talented Tommy Womack, bringing their rootsy alt.-twang thing to town. $15. 8:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — JK

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NEW TRINITY BAROQUE Opening its season with a "250th birthday bash," NTB steps slightly outside of its Baroque inclinations with a program of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's popular divertimento, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," two divertimenti from the early, so-called "Salzburg Symphonies" for strings, and a dollop of contemporaneous instrumental "Church Sonatas," conducted by Predrag Gosta. Student discounts available. $29. 8 p.m. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. 770-638-7574. www.newtrinitybaroque.org. — MG

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SUN/3

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DIE SLAUGHTERFEST 2006 Day two of the Die Slaughterfest features performances from local acts Sids, Wet Dreams, the Spooks and the Selmanaires. Since it's Sunday and everything has to be wrapped up by midnight, this will be an early show. Just like the night before, the schedule will be subject to frequent and unpredictable changes in the lineup. Be sure to look online at www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com for current information. $5. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

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DRAGON*CON See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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DRIVE INVASION See Sound Menu listing for Sat., Sept. 2.

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HOUSE IN THE PARK Kai Alce invites you to park it in Perkerson Park to grill and groove freely with the sounds of Chicago's Glenn Underground, augmented by Michael Alan, Ramon Rawsoul, Salah Ananse, Kemit and Kai, himself. The soulful vibe will go from deep and Detroit to sweaty, sunny and Chi-Town. Go to dance like there are fire ants down your pants. Free. Noon. Perkerson Park. 404-756-1859. www.kaialce.com. — TW

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TOBY KEITH, JOE NICHOLS, RUSHLOW HARRIS, LINDSEY HAUN Toby Keith has managed to take complete control over his career, a feat artists rarely accomplish in country music. While his radio output tends to place the emphasis on silly cliché-driven tunes, at least he's playing country music. Opener Joe Nichols has one of those sexy baritones and has been known to belt out a few honky-tonkers. $37-$61.75. 7:30 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center. 404-249-6400. www.gwinnettcenter.com. — JK

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MON/4

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DIE SLAUGHTERFEST 2006 The third and final evening for Die Slaughterfest 2006 features performances from Gaye Blades, Coffin Bound, Frantic and, last but not least, Atlanta's favorite bastard rock and roll sons, the Black Lips, who bring the show to a close. Just like the previous two nights, the schedule will be subject to frequent and irrational changes. For more up-to-the-minute information, be sure to look online at www.dieslaughterhausrecords.com. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — CR

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DRAGON*CON See Sound Menu listing for Fri., Sept. 1.

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WED/6

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JAMES ZABIELA James Zabiela is proof that not all of DJ magazine's top 100 DJs are trance-y old farts. A sonic gourmand, he blends together multiple styles of dance music into a mash of pounding bass and rippling breakbeats. His ingredients range from main floor tech-house producers like Lee Coombs to blogger favorites like Trentemøller, but his sound is his own. Call for price. Eleven50. 404-874-0428. www.eleven50.com. — MR

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THURS/7

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BORIS Japan isn't just Tokyo. The Japanese have Mt. Fuji — oh, holiest of mountains — and an impressive, snowcapped mount it is. Yet you still don't traditionally think of the Japanese as the bellowing-into-the-fjords, long-hair-blowing-in-the-wind-on-top-of-a-righteous-peak, shredding-guitar-into-the squall types. That is, until you meet you some Boris. If Sigur Rós, the Melvins, Isis and Earth had a baby — and that baby happened to teethe on wasabi root — it would be this Japanese trio. As exhibited on the band's latest full-length blotter sheet, Pink, this isn't ninja stealth; this is brute force. And the blown-out sludge smears of RAWK will leave YOU singing its praises from the mountaintops. A rare stateside appearance. Pearls and Brass and Zoroaster add to the orange-amped bruised blues boogie and stoner-riff fetishism. $10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — TW

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· Bands/performers/venues wishing to be included in Sound Menu's noted-acts boxes may send recordings, press material and schedules two weeks in advance to Creative Loafing c/o Heather Kuldell, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: heather.kuldell@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Friday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Thursday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com.             13022242 1262157                          Sound Menu  August 30 2006   "
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