SATURDAY, OCT 20 

THE ACCUSATIONS -- Local power-pop five-piece the Accusations celebrate the release of their second CD, Guilt by Association, a set of conventional rock with an Elvis Costello-styled vocalist and ample melodies. CJ's Landing (Sarig)

JOHN ANDERSON -- Still "Swingin'" after all these years, Anderson's unique vocal style and his commitment to playing "real" country music makes him a legend. Forget the silly signature song, and let this man make you cry in your beer. Ridge Ferry Park/Rome (J. Kelly)

ATLANTA BALLET'S INDIGO GIRLS PROJECT -- See listing for Thurs., Oct. 18. Fox Theatre (Smith)

BLACK CROWES, BEACHWOOD SPARKS -- Atlanta's favorite bad-boy rockers have revived their flagging career with a new label and creative inspiration from last year's high-profile -- albeit aborted -- tour with Zepp-meister Page. But don't look for a greatest hits show. On this tour, the Crowes are focusing almost exclusively on their new-ish Lions disc, which is a decidedly mixed blessing. The L.A.-based Beachwood Sparks work a dreamy "cosmic American music" C&W groove almost as well as Gram Parsons himself. Atlanta Civic Center (Horowitz)

DAMES AFLAME'S BLACK CAT SHOW FEATURING THE BELMONT PLAYBOYS -- Those same sexy sirens who've successfully staged vintage-style burlesque shows around town over the last several years are back again, shaking their tassels with a Halloween-themed set of tricks and treats. Providing an appropriately twangy soundtrack for the event are the mighty Belmont Playboys, tattooed titans of the regional rockabilly scene. The Earl (Nicoll)

DR. DAN -- Funky old-school '70s-styled electric jazz fusion sounds just fine coming from Aquarium Rescue Unit's co-founder and keyboard man. Fingers fly, the band somehow keeps up, and even at his most overblown, Dan is a phenomenal musician with chops to spare. Cotton Club (Horowitz)

GOV'T MULE -- The untimely death of founding bassist Allen Woody hasn't stopped this mule from kicking. Though the trio has expanded to include Chuck Leavell and "special guests" on this gig, their rugged, rambling blues/rock/soul/jazz remains challenging. Beloved by the jam crowd but far more scruffily eclectic and hard rocking than most, the Mule combines tough originals with a seemingly bottomless well of offbeat covers from Neil Young to Zappa. Tabernacle (Horowitz)

HOUSEROCKER JOHNSON -- See listing for Thurs., Oct. 18. Blind Willie's (Powell)

GEORGE JONES, BILL ANDERSON -- Jones' newest release is called The Rock, but he ain't singing about the WWF superstar. Instead, he delivers another stellar collection showcasing the best voice in country music. Best known for his smooth vocal delivery, Georgia native "Whispering" Bill Anderson is one of the most underrated songwriters in the business. Lanierland (J. Kelly)

THE MAGIC SESSIONS -- For one night only, eleven50 assembles three of the East Coast's most soulful house DJs. As half of Masters At Work, "Little" Louie Vega has released some of the world's tightest, skillfully produced Latin-tinged house. Tony Humphries' sets -- which helped refine garage house across the border in New Jersey -- are legendary for expressing his soulful personality while making listeners sweat. Tedd Patterson, who, back in the day, laid it down at Backstreet, returns for a relentlessly deep set. eleven50 (Ware)

OUTERLIMITS -- Outerlimits takes over the Masquerade for a night headlined by the hard, banging Sonic Groove techno trio of Frankie Bones, Heather Heart and Adam-X, whose early parties helped establish the East Coast scene. DJs including J-Luv and Marcos Pieras provide smooth deep house, while locals Flooressence, Freakuincy and Hyst drop breaks and drum 'n' bass, and Sikora takes care of your trance needs. The Masquerade (Ware)

TODD SNIDER, STACEY EARLE -- Critics of this time-warped hippie troubadour argue that he may be a bit too quirky for his own good. But fans know different. Typically negotiating the stage in bare feet, leaning into his acoustic guitar like a kid testing his equilibrium on one of those swinging rope dividers so popular in banks, Snider uses that playful sense of instability to his musical advantage, parlaying his unaffected mesh of folk, trad-country and rock into a wholly approachable fallibility that serves his modest aspirations well. Opener Stacey Earle somehow manages to be precious and precocious all at once, effortlessly deflecting comparisons to her iconic rebel sibling, Steve. Variety Playhouse. (Rowland)

SNIT'S DOG & PONY SHOW -- See listing for Thurs., Oct. 18. Fat Matt's Rib Shack (Sarig)

ROD STEWART -- It's worth putting up with schlocky ballads like "Have I Told You Lately (That I Love You)?" for a good view of Stewart's pre-geriatric booty-shaking. Rockin' Rod helps close out the Chastain season with a Saturday-night special sure to include every tune we ever loved or hated by our blond fair-feathered friend. Chastain Amphitheatre (York)

VOLUNTEERS FOR AMERICA -- If past-its-prime arena rock and Coors Light can be considered comfort foods, this lineup -- featuring Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Survivor, John Waite, Edgar Winter Band and more -- may be the heartiest chicken soup for the soul this part of the country's gonna consume all year. HiFi Buys Amphitheatre (Ware)

ELISE & MARY WITT -- While Elise Witt is familiar to locals plugged into Atlanta's singer/songwriter scene, long-time followers will recall Small Family Orchestra, the group Witt fronted with her sister Mary in the '80s. Living in Massachusetts for the past decade, Mary returns to town for a Witt Sisters performance as part of the Fiddler's Green concert series. For information, call 404-371-9371. Garden Hills Recreation Center (Sarig)

ATLANTA CIVIC CENTER: Black Crowes, Beachwood Sparks

THE BAYOU ROOM: Crystal

BILLY'S: Atlanta Rockers "Heavy Light'

BLUE RACCOON: Big Royal

BORDERS-DUNWOODY: Sophia Darcell

BRANDYHOUSE: Nick Savage with Brett Cain Band

BREAKERS: Melancholy's Child, Adam split, King Reno

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four, local artists

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

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

CHECKERED PARROT: Seville

CHIP'S-WINDER: Blue Sunday

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Paul Shaw and his quartet

CJ'S LANDING: The Accusations CD Release Party with Nanyan, 13 Stories

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: Drednot, Mercy Crush, Kaizer Soze

DARWIN'S: Liz Melendez

THE EARL: The Black Cat Show featuring the Belmont Playboys

ECHO LOUNGE: Myssouri, Greg Conners and The Curb

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Michelle Malone, Mimi Camps

ELEVEN50: The Magic Sessions featuring Little Louie Vega, Tony Humphries, and Ted Patterson

EMORY PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO: N. Ravikiran

FADO IRISH PUB: Party our Bass off

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Snit's Dog and Pony Show

FIDDLER'S GREEN COFFEE HOUSE: Elise & Mary Witt

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Mike Watt and the Tom and Jerry Show, Thalia Zedek from Come, Sound of Urchin

FOX THEATER: Indigo Girls Project with Atlanta Ballet

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Kevin Lewis

FUNNY FARM: Skip Darby with Dan Mengini

FUZZY'S: Rats in the Attic

GARDEN HILLS RECREATION CENTER: Fiddlers' Green Coffeehouse with Elise and Mary Witt

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Scott Thompson

HIFI BUYS AMPHITHEATRE: Rock to the Rescue (September 11th Benefit): Styx, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kansas, Eddie Money, Survivor, John Waite, Edgar Winter, Mark Farner and more

HOUSE RED AND BACI THEATRE CLUB: The Goldstein Sister Variety Show

JACKALS-LILBURN: Live Music

JAVA HOUSE: Dave and Paul

KAZOO'S: Band X

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Bullee with Mikey Baby

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

LOCA LUNA: Orchestra Taboga

LUBY'S: Barry Richman Band

MASQUERADE: H2O, AutoPilot Off, Against All Authority

MCADOO HOUSE-MARIETTA: Pandean Players "Salon Series" Concert

MCCOLGAN'S: Duncan McLaughlan

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: DJ Chris

MURPHY'S LAW: Alien, Dizzy

9 LIVES SALOON: Rockin' Pontoons, Blackberry Smoke, Pink Steel, Imagine Me Weightless

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Mudcat

PHUNKY PHISH TAVERN: 6's & 7's

PIPERS PUB: Livin Large

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

RAY'S PIZZA: Larry Chapin Live

RED CHAIR THEATER: Bedroom Farce

RED LIGHT CAFE: Miles Tillmaan, Stillife, Gaijin, Crybaby

RISING SPIRIT INSTITUTE OF NATURAL HEALTH: Spa Stone Massage

ROXY: Kodak black and White Film launch party/AIDS benefit: Josh Joplin Group

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Indigo City

SCROOGE'S: Crossover

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Blue Dogs, Eden

SOMBER REPTILE: On Side Red

SPORTSTIME BAR & GRILL: Live Cover Band

STAR BAR-L5P: El Caminos, Sanctified, Burning Brides

STUDIO CENTRAL: DJ Epic, Tony Tran aka Mystik, Slim, and more

SWALLOW IN THE HOLLOW-ROSWELL: Kate Campbell

SWEETWATER BAR & GRILL: DJ Stone

THE TABERNACLE: Gov't Mule

TEN27: DJs Jamel & Jamed

TRINITY DOWNTOWN LOUNGE: The Flylife

UGLY MUG PUB: Live Music

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Todd Snider and Stacey Earle

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

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Stepdaughter

WILD WING CAFE: Hounddog Handsome

WOODEN NICKEL: The Vent

WOODRUFF PE CENTER-EMORY UNIVERSITY: Annual Step for Sickle Cell Step Show

YA YA'S CAJUN CUISINE: The Luxury Kings

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