Brothers Gil Mantera and the Ultimate Donny get the party started with a breeze of soft-focus dance pop ripped right out of 1980-something and planted in the here and now. On the surface, it's easy to dismiss GIL MANTERA'S PARTY DREAM as a spectacle of white leather, spandex and sensitive hair, but the live shows are undeniably entertaining. Think of an emotionally wrought hybrid of Kraftwerk and Tears for Fears, armed with bedroom eyes and Flashdance feet, and you know what to expect from the show Wed., SEPT. 10. Death Pill (featuring Negashi of Supreeme), Math Candy and Deepest Desires open. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.