SATURDAY, NOV 17 

BENEFIT FOR CINEFEST -- This is a fund-raiser for the terrific little repertory movie theater at Georgia State, so who better to perform than some of the most cinematic and theatrical bands in town? Headlining act Greasepaint is like a phantasmagorical Fassbinder nightmare starring Tom Waits and William Forsythe. Second-billed Bitch resembles a remake of This is Spinal Tap as engineered by Julia Roberts' sleazoid kid brother; opening acts F.E.M.A. and Reverie Salvage are the sonic equivalent of curtain-raising cartoons. All that's missing is Mike Meyers announcing, "Now comes the part in Sprockets where we dance!" Star Bar (Nicoll)

BLUE FLOYD -- No mere tribute act, Southern jam veterans Matt Abts (Gov't Mule), Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers), Mark Ford (Black Crowes) and Berry Oakley Jr. mix Pink Floyd classics and rarities with blues standards and a hodgepodge of glam rock oddities for a unique show that sets Floyd's controls (and Hendrix's too) on interstellar overdrive. While the concept sounds dodgy, the musicians' talents keep it from floating over to the dark side of the moon. Variety Playhouse (Horowitz)

CUTTHROATS 9 -- Unsane's Chris Spencer is the star of this extreme rock band whose edgy, caustic sound burns like a rusty red blade dragged slowly across the throbbing jugular vein of a Britney-obsessed nation. The Throats' own searing, slicing new CD is quite appropriately titled Anger Management. Not for the squeamish. Doors for this late show open at 11 p.m. The Earl (Nicoll)

EVAN DANDO, CHRIS BROKAW -- Recent reports have Dando cleaning up his act and actually enjoying singing his punky folk-pop, which would be a refreshing change from the dour Dando that sleepwalked through more than one Lemonheads gig. Guitarist Brokaw follows fellow Come-er Thalia Zedek on the solo trail, unraveling his darkly compelling melodies in a stark setting. This early show kicks off at 7 p.m. The Earl (Horowitz)

ALICE MUSON -- Local singer/songwriter Alice Muson revives the batch of holiday tunes from her Christmas Lights EP, plus her sharply rendered folk-pop originals, when she takes a tour of area Wherehouse Music locations. After today's 2 p.m. Marietta show, she'll be at the Conyers location (Sat., Dec. 1; 8 p.m.) and in Athens (Thurs., Dec. 6; 7 p.m.). She'll be performing a free set and giving away copies of Christmas Lights. Wherehouse Music/Marietta (Sarig)

NETHERLANDS CHAMBER CHOIR -- The 24-member choir performs a diverse program of a cappella vocal works, including pieces by Bach, Rachmaninov and four selections by modern Estonian Arvo Part, whose work combines experimental vitality with religious spirituality. Glenn Memorial Auditorium/Emory (Sarig)

PASION FLAMENCA -- The flamenco group performs its theatrical piece, VIVIR! See Earshot, p. 97. Cannon Chapel/Emory (Cook)

P.O.D. -- See article, p. 88. EarthLink Live (Jordan)

RAMADAMAFIA -- The best thing about Ramadamafia -- the lounge-rap trio featuring pH Balance's Pam Howe and Chris Burt, along with scene veteran Bret Busch -- is how confounding they are. Isn't their blending of voices and smooth grooves really nice? Doesn't their attempt to rap, while technically solid, often sound incredibly wack? Are they a hip-hop parody, a naive tribute or both? The fun is trying to reconcile those conflicting impulses -- and their latest EP, Glow (out this week), doesn't offer any answers. Eyedrum (Sarig)

BOB RYLETT -- This Canadian-born neo-folk singer is either a genius of timing or a shameless opportunist. His latest CD, American Dreams, comes with Old Glory splayed across the cover and contains Dylan-esque devotions to Lady Liberty and the American way. Oddly enough, the formula mostly works, with Rylett summoning Springsteen's angst and Shawn Mullins' habit of half-talking through his art. Back Porch/Marietta (Butler)

SKILLET -- Moody industrial rock with all the usual accoutrements: hoarse, slamming hooks, paranoid singing-in-a-tin-can breakdowns, random techno-apocalyptic squelches, that cyborg voice trick and, in this Christian act's case, the word of the Lord. Rap-core evangelists Pillar open. Newton Student Ministry Building (Hutchinson)

SLOWEARTH -- See Earshot, p. 97. Dark Horse Tavern (Williams)

MARTY STUART, WET WILLIE, CHRISTIAN DURAND -- Although Stuart bit off more than he could chew on 1999's song cycle, The Pilgrim, he remains a dedicated honky-tonking rocker who transcends Nashville's slick confines while staying connected to his audience. Opener Wet Willie adds a dose of husky R&B to its keep-on-smilin' Southern rock. Locals Christian Durand are younger veterans of the country-pop scene. Showcase Event Center/McDonough (Horowitz)

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: Sound Track Minds

APACHE CAFE: Algebra, DJ Boom Bip

ARTSPOT: What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?

ATLANTA CIVIC CENTER: Margaret Cho

BACK PORCH-MARIETTA: Bob Rylett

BAYOU:: 911

BILLY'S: Pipe Dream

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson & the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Ken Rhyne Band

BRANDYHOUSE: Cap't Soularcat with Escape Vehicle

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four, local artists

BRIDGETOWN GRILL-MIDTOWN: Lyrical Chead, DJs Tony Tempo and Wayne de Jammer Bynoe

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CAJUN KITCHEN: Hedwig for Hope Benefit

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

CHECKERED PARROT: Fyre & Rain

CHIP'S-WINDER: Normaltown Flyers, Stolen Bones

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Dennis Springer

CJ'S LANDING: Tentilfour CD release, Slangbanger, Azwethinkweiz

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

CLUB GENO'S: Milkshake Quartet

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

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

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Slow Earth, Devil May Care, 4 Souls

THE EARL: Evan Dando, Chris Brokaw, Ben Kwellar (early show); Cutthroats 9, Social Infestation

EARTHLINK LIVE: P.O.D., Fenix, TX, Blindside

ECHO LOUNGE: Boulevard, Terminal I.F., Stillife;gaijin

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Michelle Malone, Dede Vogt

EMORY CANNON CHAPEL: Passion Flamenca

EYEDRUM: Ramadamafia, Rudy Day, Heavy Medical Hardware

FADO IRISH PUB: Party our Bass off

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Side Bar

FLANIGAN'S: Cosmic Gypsies

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Macha

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Liz Melendez

FUNNY FARM: Mark Anthony

FUZZY'S: Motor City Josh

GARDEN HILLS COMMUNITY CENTER: Tom Wolf, Carla Ulbrich, Gregory Fleeman, Andy Offut Irwin

GLENN MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM-EMORY: Netherlands Chamber Choir

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Tammy Allen

JACKALS-LILBURN: Pullman Porters

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Skydog Gypsy with Kiloparsec

JAMAICA FLAVA-LILBURN: Crucial Dead Reggae Band

JAVA HOUSE: Danzig & Wooley, David Clark

KAZOO'S: Band X

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Fantastic Bus Ride

LENNY'S: Burning Clocks

LIBBY'S CABARET: Robert Ray's Cirque Du Cabaret 2

THE LIVING ROOM: George Greenlee/Progressive Dance, High Energy

LUBY'S: Home Made Jam

MASQUERADE: Something 5, Big Radio Lovers, The Senators, Ed Zachery, Innerpiece

MCCOLGAN'S PUB: Live Music

MURPHY'S LAW: Alien

9 LIVES SALOON: Brainwash, Mercy Crush, Castle Creeps, Fragile X

NEWTON STUDENT MINISTRY BUILDING Skillet, Pillar

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Electromatics

THE OFFICE-NORCROSS: Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Blues Band

PECKERHEAD BREWERY: Eric Austin Last Band StandingPLAYERS: BachelorRed, Dysfunktion Junktion

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Waveform with Doc Samuels, Larry Jackson, Tom Woodruff

RAY'S PIZZA: Larry Chapin

RED CHAIR THEATRE: Bedroom Farce

RED LIGHT CAFE: Susan Werner

SCROOGE'S: Trick Stew

SHOWCASE EVENT CENTER-MCDONOUGH: Marty Stuart, Wet Willie Band, Christian Durand

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Cool for August, David Dunning Band, Kim's Fable

SOMBER REPTILE: Escape Confusion, Objects of Aggression, Mirage, Some Young Guys, Hostile, Onesidered, Inner Peace

STAR BAR-L5P: Cinefest Benefit: Greasepaint, Bitch, F.E.M.A., Reverie Salvage

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Mauricio Manuza

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: The Big Room, The Daniel Rusk Trio

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: Carbon Leaf

TEN27: DJs Jamel & Jamed

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Blue Floyd

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

VELVET ROOM: Johnny Vicious and Eliot Marr

WHEREHOUSE MUSIC-MARIETTA: Alice Muson

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Ruad Cooty

WILD WING CAFE: Gordon Shay Band

WOODEN NICKEL: Hung Jury

YA YA'S CAJUN CUISINE: The Blue Jays, Catfish

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