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SATURDAY, MAY 19 

AMY PIKE AND THE LAST COLD BEER, HERITAGE CHERRY, VALETS -- Former Lost Continentals singer Amy Pike now leads a grittier quartet which also features ex-L.C. drummer Mike Hammer. They weave twisted melodic narratives which creep like kudzu vines across a foundation of earthy urban rhythms. Opening act Heritage Cherry showcases the considerable vocal prowess of Shannon Tanner. The multi-talented Valets will be happily familiar to anyone who's attended a musical at Dad's Garage. Star Bar (Nicoll)

ATLANTA BALALAIKA SOCIETY ORCHESTRA -- See Earshot, p. 113. GSU Recital Hall (Falstaff)

LESLIE BERRY -- South Carolina-based pop pianist Berry offers a selection of modern songwriting with elements of classical and folk that simmers with an understated unrest. Polished and easy-to-swallow inner confrontations, with a wide selection of coffee. Michael's Coffeehouse/Decatur (Smith)

CELTIC SPRING CEILI -- Gaelic for "dance party," the Ceili (kay-lee) features performances by members of the Irish Music Tradition sessions band and the Buddy O'Reilly Band, Scottish balladeers Tad and Judy Burden and Scottish Highland dancer Bronwen Halstead-Nussloch. Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place (Keel)

EUPHONIC JAZZ & IMPROV FESTIVAL -- Tonight's featured act: The Jeff Crompton Quartet. See article, p. 107. Earthshaking Music (Khalid)

HARDWARE: THE PENIS SHOW -- The opening-night reception for this group show featuring phallic art by Chris Verene, William Downs and others features performances by Lincoln Metcalfe, Glory Hole and the Phabulous Phallic Phabulons, Son of C.O.D. and Stella Zine. Eyedrum (Sarig)

KISSTORY -- Local Kiss tribute act go the whole nine yards -- full costumes, fire-breathing, rocket-shooting, castle backdrop -- in recreating the classic Kiss stage show. Tickets purchased for Kisstory's cancelled show the previous night in Rome, Ga., will be honored. The Riviera (Sarig)

LIVING SACRIFICE -- Bonecrushing metal from Little Rock, Ark., Living Sacrifice churn out relentless heavy aggression in the vein of Pantera and Sepultura (but harder). With more starts and stops than a rush-hour drive on I-285 and the kind of crunch that could dry out a bowl of milk, this is not your easy-going-Sunday-afternoon kind of band. Teen Planet/Conyers (Hutchinson)

KENNY LOGGINS -- A perfect pairing of artist and venue, Loggins' ingratiatingly smarmy, occasionally charming, folk-pop is custom made for the candle-and-wine crowd of mamas who don't dance and daddies who don't rock 'n' roll. If you can get past the candy-coated Pooh children's songs or the icky newfound love tunes, he might just rock out on the themes from "Caddyshack" or "Footloose." Hang onto your brie. Chastain Park Amphitheater (Horowitz)

THE LOST WORLD -- Local instrumental post-progsters the Plastic Plan contribute an entirely improvised soundtrack accompaniment to a midnight screening of the 1925 silent film classic, The Lost World. Cinefest/GSU (Sarig)

BRANFORD MARSALIS, ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA -- Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis and classical ensemble the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra are revisiting late 19th- and 20th-century classical works influenced by jazz and pre-jazz popular music. Their recent collaborative CD features compositions by Satie, Debussy, Ravel, Milhaud and others, and tonight's concert highlights some of these works. Rialto Center (Sarig)

NEAL MCCOY, DIAMOND RIO -- Representing banal Hot New Country fodder at the Spring FunFair this year are McCoy, who fancies himself to be the clown prince of Nashville (he did a country rap song, fercrissakes), and Diamond Rio, who have some decent credentials but delve into soft rock a bit much (can you say Air Supply?). For more info, call 888-434-FAIR. Georgia International Horse Park/Conyers (Kelly)

PH BALANCE, MINAMINA GOODSONG, D.R.E.S. THA BEATNIK -- Local hip-hop soul-pop band pH Balance, longtime kingpins of that nether-scene where middle-class black and white kids co-mingle, has had more success inspiring hip-sways live than translating its elegance onto recordings. Tonight's show celebrates the group's second release, fluent, which features sophisticated songwriting despite familiar pitfalls (occasional wack rapping, New Agey-ness); see Earshot, p. 113. Also dropping a new release, pH's Kaleidescope cohorts Minamina Goodsong, open. The ATL's beatbox champion D.R.E.S. hosts the proceedings. Echo Lounge (Sarig)

PUNK-O-RAMA -- The Masquerade hosts Epitaph's yearly Punk-O-Rama tour, bound to satisfy everyone from pop-punks to gutter-punks. Fenix*TX follow in the footsteps of early Green Day and any blink-182 with hyperkinetic, predictable three-chord guitar hijinks. Guttermouth are snotty kids out for shock-value. U.S. Bombs take their revivalist cues from late '70s punk groups like the U.K. Subs, Sham 69 and Stiff Little Fingers. The Deviates also perform. Masquerade. (Ware)

RAILROAD EARTH MULTIMEDIA FESTIVAL -- Along with Railroad Earth's annual iron pour, where attendees can have their sand carvings cast in iron, the evening features music from Glenn Weinstein's electro/acoustic world music CD, Abuwan Root, and a performance by Hubcap City. For more info, see www.rre.net/iron. Railroad Earth/1467 Oxford Road (Sarig)

RUGBURN: A MULTI-MEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA -- Evil Twin (whose erotic onstage antics caused the Atlanta cops to shut down Dottie's) are among the bands performing at this evening-long counterculture bacchanalia. Also featured are heavy-rock rampages from Five More Dead and Sleazoid, as well as DJs, nude body painting, underground videos by Joe Christ and other forbidden delights. Somber Reptile (Nicoll)

KOKO TAYLOR -- Pushing 70 and still the undisputed queen of Chicago blues singers, Taylor's gritty, barnstorming voice remains undiminished by age or by performing her signature "Wang Dang Doodle" nightly for the past 35 years. Her band of young guns pushes furious blues-rock a little too earnestly, but nobody upstages the fiery Taylor. She's the standard against which every other female blues belter is measured. Earthlink Live (Horowitz)

RICHARD THOMPSON, AMY CORREIA -- The legendary Brit folk-rocker is solo this time, which means you get more of his sardonic, biting wit between songs, plucked from a prolific and astonishingly consistent three-plus decade career. Many are on his recent latter-day compilation, but Thompson is just as likely to throw in a Fairport Convention chestnut or a brand new tune. Regardless, he's an astounding guitarist, classy songwriter and always entertaining. Amy Correia is like Macy Gray as a skinny white girl with an acoustic guitar and a penchant for nostalgic lyrics. Variety Playhouse (Horowitz/Butler)

ULTIMATE OLDIES CONCERT -- From Fox 97, the radio station that promises "good times and great oldies," comes this 12th annual nostalgia fest. With the exception of Wilson Pickett, this year's acts front generic backing band that reproduce former hits. Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits appear, as do the Grass Roots and Felix Cavaliere's Rascals. Al Jardine of the Beach Boys brings his "friends and family" band, including his sons and Carnie and Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips. It's like Music Midtown, but without the profanity, nudity or current one-hit wonders. Georgia Dome (Smith)

ANDALUZ: Aura Latin Jazz

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: Compton and Glynnis Coleman & the Dirt Road Scholars

ATLANTA MARRIOTT GWINNETT PLACE: Celtic Spring Ceili with members of the Irish Music Tradition, Buddy O'Reilly Band, Tad & Judy Burden

B-52'S NIGHTCLUB: Blue Solution, Stacy James Band, DJ Chuckster

BASIL'S CAFE: Steven Charles

BILLY'S: Ed & Rick

BLIND WILLIE'S: Joey Gilmore

BLUE RACCOON: Hoo Doo Blue

BLUE SKY TAVERN: Southside Blues Festival with Eric Austin Band, Bluesolution, Breeze Kings, Lebo, Andrew Black & the Believers, Motor City Josh, Blues Cats

BORDERS-BUCKHEAD: Rio Negro, Will Culbreath Project

BRANDYHOUSE: Ghost Trane, Red Belly

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four, local artists

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CAJUN KITCHEN: Sam.Henry.Ocean

THE CHAMBER: Europa - modern dance music with DJ Gene Carbonell

CHASTAIN AMPHITHEATER: Kenny Loggins

CHECKERED PARROT: Mike Russell

CHIP'S-WINDER: Francine Reed, Java Monkey

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Jerry Fields & Vecinos del Mundo

CINEFEST: The Plastic Plan improvise The Lost World

CJ'S LANDING: Homemade Jam, Jeniphoria

C.K.'s GRILLED PIZZA: C.K's live jazz - sit in with the pros

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COMEAUX'S: La Chez Les

COWBOYS: Darrin Robbins, Eric Key, Marta Tyree, Kickback

DAILEY'S DOWNSTAIRS: Atlanta Blaze

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Loud American Tourists, Jason Marcum Band, Crave, Lickety Split CD release

DARWIN'S: Sean Costello

THE EARL: American Dream, Good Friday Experiment

EARTHLINK LIVE: KoKo Taylor

EARTHSHAKING MUSIC: Euphinc Jazz & Improv Festival with the Jeff Crompton Quartet

ECHO LOUNGE: PH Balance CD release, Minamina Goodsong, Dres Tha Beatnik

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Bill Cerveny, The Floating Men, Eva Hunter

EYEDRUM: Lincoln Metcalfe, Glory Hole & the Phabulous Phallic Phabulons, Son of C.O.D., Stella Zine

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Miles Brothers

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: DJ I am the World Trade Center CD release

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Liz Melendez Band

FUZZY'S: Donna Hopkins

GARDEN HILLS COMMUNITY CENTER: Wakeman & Willner, Matthew Kahler

GEORGIA DOME: Ultimate Oldies Concert with Micky Dolenz, peter Noone, Rob Grill & the Grass Roots, more

GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL HORSE PARK: Neal McCoy, Diamond Rio

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: E. "piano alien"

GSU RECITAL HALL: Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra

HARVEST CAF: Jennifer & Denton Perry

INTOWN COFFEEHOUSE-INTOWN COMMUNITY CHURCH: Jennifer Daniels, Jodie Manross

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Frankie's Blues Mission

JAVA HOUSE: Derwin Daniels, Veronika Jackson

KAZOO'S: Band X

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Sonic 4

THE LIBRARY: Eden, Centipede, Audiobridge

LUBY'S: Boom Stick

THE MARKET: Chromatic with Abstract, Sage, JuJu, Siren, Phantom 45, others

MASQUERADE: Punk O Rama Showcase with Guttermouth, Fenix TX, the U.S. Bombs, The Deviates

METROPOLITAN PIZZA BAR: Y.G.

MICHAEL'S COFFEES: Leslie Berry

MURPHY'S LAW: Alien

9 LIVES SALOON: Anniversary party with Novocaine, Ludlow, Exit 8, The Jody Blond

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Pussy Galore with DJs Kevin O and J-Luv

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: King Johnson

OLDE PECULIAR PUBLIC HOUSE: Queenie Mullinix

PEPPER'S: Lotsa Poppa, Atlanta Heat

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Finger Eleven, Drowning pool, Boy Hits Car

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Cacklefruit

POPPERS: Bear Facts

RAILROAD EARTH: Multimedia festival with CD release from Glenn Weinstein, performance by Hubcap City

RED LIGHT CAFE: Southern Discomfort, Adams Township

RIALTO: Branford Marsalis, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

THE RIVERIA: Kisstory

ROYAL OAK PUB: Heather Luttrell

SAFARI BAR & GRILL: Risky Business

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Melanie Massell

SANGRIA'S: Macarena

SASSY C'S-COVINGTON: Reason 4

SCROOGE'S: Crossover

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Kinchafoonee Cowboys, Brand New Immortals CD release

SOMBER REPTILE: Rugburn Party with Evil Twin, 5 More Dead, Sleazoid

STAR BAR-L5P: Amy Pike & the Last Cold Beer, Heritage Cherry, the Valets

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Spanish Guitars

TEEN PLANET-CONYERS: Living Sacrifice, Project 86

TEN27: DJs Jamel & Jamed

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Richard Thompson, Amy Correia

THE VAULT: Cyberia - electronica's dark side with DJ OMAC

WILD WING CAFE: Chronic

WOODEN NICKEL: Live music

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