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FRIDAY, JUNE 29 

MARCIO FARACO -- This young French-based Brazilian displays a lush, breathy, ethereal and romantic take on bossa nova on his impressive debut, Ciranda (Blue Thumb/ Verve), which he's promoting with an acoustic quintet on this tour. Spivey Hall (Falstaff)

FIVE EIGHT -- Long a fixture of the Athens scene, this three-piece is throwing a special fan appreciation night for their Atlanta friends. Currently recording demos for the follow-up to last year's excellent album, The Good Nurse, Five Eight is planning a CD/DVD of past and present career highlights. Tonight's show will be recorded for the project. Admission is $1, and Kenny Howes and the Yeah! open. PlanetJam Cotton Club (Smith)

GARY MOTLEY TRIO --- This jazz trio christens the new High Note Jazz Club at the Vault, the former Buckhead dance club turned jazz venue. The now jazz-only club is open Wed.-Sat. Motley recently returned to his trio days and released Compassion, a CD made up mostly of original compositions, but also includes old standbys such as "My Romance" and "Summer Night." High Note Jazz Club at The Vault/3259 Roswell Road (Keel)

GOODIES -- Putting the "good" in these Goodies is Holiday Childress, who may well be the most dynamically talented (as well as the zaniest) frontman this region has seen in years. His songs are mini-operas told with loopy humor, often delivered while he dances onstage atop high heels, while simultaneously playing wicked lead guitar. Scrappy Hamilton opens. Smith's Olde Bar (Nicoll)

LIZ MELENDEZ -- See listing for June 27. Pepper's/Riverdale (Sarig)

ORQUESTA IBRAHaM FERRER -- This retro-Cuban entourage continues to thrill audiences thanks to the superb musicianship of octogenarian pianist Rubén GonzAlez and an incredibly tight big band, as well as honey-throated singer Ibrahim Ferrer (now in his 70s), who can moonwalk with the best of them. Cameroon native Richard Bona opens. Chastain Park Amphitheatre (Falstaff)

RED LETTER BLONDE, HOT AUGUST KNIGHTS, BLUEJAYS -- Red Letter Blonde is a rocked-up Americana band who suggest what might happen if Paul Westerberg swallowed Buck Owens. Opening act the Bluejays fit right in here, with a sweetly mellow and breezy approach to country twang, but the Knights' amusing punked-up Neil Diamond tribute sticks out like a goose in the henhouse. Echo Lounge (Nicoll)

ROD STEWART -- What's a 50-something rocker to do? Prancing around to the old hits simply looks lame. Retool himself as a contemporary pop singer and he sounds out of his league. The ex-Face instead opts for something in between, tempering his slick new R&B with a stripped-down band (and five-piece string section), while infusing just enough "Maggie May"-era nuggets to keep the keisters in the seats. Philips Arena (Horowitz)

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, JOYDROP -- Opening for They Might Be Giants (see article) at this week's On the Bricks free concert, slyly seductive Canadian pop band Joydrop are touring to support their forthcoming album Viberate. Vocalist Tara Slone and her group also perform a mini-set live on 99X today at 9 a.m. Centennial Olympic Park (Smith)

THIRD COAST THE CITY RELEASE PARTY -- Atlanta's hip-hop underbelly is laid bare at this event, celebrating the release of the Third Coast The City: Vol. 2 compilation. Scheduled acts include Minamina Goodsong, Exile, Vintage Imperial, Fatbak and Bloodfang, with DJ T'Challa on the wheels. MJQ Concourse (Hutchinson)

ANDALUZ: Duo Latino

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: Cooper Tisdale

BAYOU ROOM: Crystal Clear

B-52'S: Blue Collar All Stars

BILLY'S: Dan Coy Trio

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson & the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Kathy Carlile

BRANDYHOUSE: YG, Capt. Solarcat

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CAJUN KITCHEN: Pead Boy

CENTENNIAL PARK: They Might Be Giants, Joydrop, Film

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster - progressive hits

CHASTAIN AMPHITHEATRE: Orquestra Ibraha Ferrer

CHECKERED PARROT: The Talk

CHIP'S-WINDER: Electric Eels

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Jacques Lesure & Hardbop

CJ'S LANDING: Hobex, Hannibal Jones

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

COMEAUX'S: Jungle Jim & the Swingsets

CLUB RARITY: DJ Das Wright

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

DADDY D'Z: Kindle Williams Sr. and Blue Soul

DAILEY'S DOWNSTAIRS: Atlanta Blaze

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Drednot, Rev 7, IPS

DARWIN'S: Charles Walker & Johnny Jones

THE EARL: Intergalactic Cowboy, Jerkwater, Amy Pike & the Last Cold Beer

ECHO LOUNGE: Red Letter Blonde, Hot August Knights, Bluejays

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Jan Smith & Right as Rain

1848 CAFE: Jazz trio (upstairs); live music (downstairs)

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Fatt Bottom

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Zaireeka Party, the Currents, Finally Next Day Blinds, the Waves, Used for Comparison

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Zydefunk

FUNNY FARM: Steve Mingola, Gregg Thibodeau

FUZZY'S: Cornbread

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Dollar Pen

HIGH NOTE JAZZ CLUB @ THE VAULT: Gary Motley Trio

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Slim Fatz with Donnie McCormick

KAYA: Northern Exposure with V-103's Frank Ski, DJ Kemit, Buddy and J-Nice playing house and hip-hop plus soul/funk

KAZOO'S: Living Large

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LENNY'S: Chicken & Pigs, guests

LUBY'S: Big Al Juno & Blues Mafia

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MCCOLGAN'S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE: Buddy O'Reilly Band

METROPOLITAN PIZZA BAR: DJ Dance

MJQ CONCOURSE: Third Coast The City Release Party with Minamina Goodsong, Exile, Vintage Imperial, Fatbak, Bloodfang

MONTANA'S: Alien

MURPHY'S LAW: Dixie Blues

9 LIVES SALOON: Cyberia Industrial, Sunshine, Throttlerod, Freightliner, Plaster

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: SoCo Audio Fridays - DJs Michael Scott and Marcos Pieras

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Mudcat

OLDE PECULIAR PUBLIC HOUSE: Brian Doyle

PECKERHEAD BREWERY-DOUGLASVILLE: Eric Culberson

PEPPER'S-RIVERDALE: Liz Melendez

PHILIPS ARENA: Rod Stewart

PIPER'S PUB: Livin Large

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Five Eight, Kenny Howes & the Yeah!

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Maxwell Lumas

POPPER'S: Bill Sheffield

QUEEN OF SHEEBA: Live jazz

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Tony Winston Jazz Trio

RED LIGHT CAFE: Count M'Butu

ROXY: Pat McGee Band, Virginia Coalition, Marathon

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Gwen Hughes

SAWNEE CENTER-CUMMING: Summer Showdown with Monday Night Hero, Blindsided, Kringeshaw, Milo, Invisible Sun, Stone Haven, Beyond Twelve, Cipher Zero

SCROOGE'S: Picasso

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Goodies, Lithp, Scrappy Hamilton

SOMBER REPTILE: Cocked Eddie

SPIKE'S BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA: Traci Wynn Trio

SPIVEY HALL: Marcio Faraco

SPORTSTIME: Section 8

STAR BAR-L5P: X-Impossibles, Lust

STARBUCKS-VA-HI: Jeffrey Butts

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Mauricio Mamya

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: Entrophy

TEN27: DJ Drama and J-Sun

THAD AND JOE'S: Heather Luttrell

THREE DOLLAR CAFE-SANDY SPRINGS: Ian Schumacher

UGLY MUG PUB: Alley Katz

UNDERGROUND ATLANTA: Umoja

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Rats in the Attic

WILD WING CAFE: '70s dance party

WOODEN NICKEL: Hung Jury

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