Friday 14 

BAD LIVERS — See article featuring the Bad Livers on p. 93. Star Bar (Kelly)

BILLIONAIRE, YOUNG ANTIQUES, METROSCENE — Atlanta's best young representatives of glam-rock, pop/rock and alt-rock face off in a three-way battle to see who might be the next Tender Idols. See the Young Antiques in Earshot, p. 99. Metroscene debuts their new bassist, BJ Alden, at tonight's show. Echo Lounge (Nicoll/Sarig)

JUNIOR BROWN — A demon picker with more than a passing physical and vocal resemblance to country legend Earnest Tubb, string-slinger Junior Brown has made quite a splash on the neo-country movement. Partly due to his unique blend of gutbucket honky tonk and rock 'n' roll, but most of his acclaim lies with his mind-boggling prowess with his self-made "guit-steel." An odd looking gadget, the double-necked steel/electric guitar hybrid allows Brown to hitch blindingly fast runs with sweet steel bends. His latest album is Long Walk Back. Variety Playhouse (Thompson)

DONNIE — The golden-throated prince of local retro-soul movement, Donnie is unrepentantly stuck in an era when Hathaway, Wonder and Gaye set the tone for black pop arts. He kicks off tonight's Beat Parlor event, which will evolve into a late-night of dancing. Yin Yang Café (Sarig)

JOSH JOPLIN BAND, FIVE WAY FRIDAY, TARA MACLEAN — Joplin's command of the stage never falters amid the wide (and wild) range of humor and pathos in his dynamic performances. Tonight he's paired off with North Carolina buzz band Five Way Friday, whose sound is polished to a brilliant made-for-99X gleam. Also on the bill: From the same label (Nettwerk), country (Canada) and ethnicity (Scottish) as Sarah McLachlan comes Tara MacLean, who'd fit fine on the Lilith stage but brings a more tech-savvy contemporary feel to her songs. Smith's Olde Bar (Nicoll)

LIL' BRIAN & THE ZYDECO TRAVELLERS — From his home in Barrett Station, east Texas, 27-year-old accordionist Lil' Brian has emerged as the great hope for zydeco's survival in the new millennium. Well-versed in hip-hop and funk styles, Brian brings a contemporary feel to his music that he hopes will appeal to a younger audience. Pull the kids away from "TRL" and bring 'em out to Winder tonight to test it for yourself. Chip's (Sarig)

D.L. MENARD — See listing for April 13. Menard and band headline "Louisiana Lagniappe," the fourth program in the "Nothin' But the Blues 2000" series. Atlanta History Center/130 W. Paces Ferry (Kelly)

GARY MOTLEY TRIO — Acclaimed pianist Motley and his trio perform "Jazz on the Lawn" at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-872-5338, x.233. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (Sarig)

PARADOX TRIO — Multi-instrumentalist Matt Darriau's collection of saxophone, clarinet, kavel, gaida (Bulgarian bagpipe), cello, guitar and dumbek/percussion performs some interesting Eastern European/Balkan arrangements with a klezmer influence. Darriau's work with Les Miserables Brass Band and the Klezmatics pretty much speaks for itself. The group has put out three recordings on the Knitting Factory label, the first one nominated for the German Critics' prize. Look out for that "Who stole the Keeshka?" solo on the Bulgarian bagpipes. Red Light Café (Khalid)

FRANCINE REED, PHIL DUTRA — Two very different local performers comes together for the first of two in-store performances/CD signings this week. Reed, the much-beloved hometown jazz/blues diva, will sing and sell her latest release, Shades of Blues, while Phil Dutra, a catchy pop singer/songwriter with vaguely New Age leanings, does the same for his latest, See the World. Barnes & Noble/Buckhead (Sarig)

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