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CL'S noted acts for Wednesday, July 5

THE LIKES OF WHICH -- They're local alt-rockers who've got a made-for-99X sound, although the various EPs they've released on CD-R are presently unsullied by "proper" FM radio mastering. Smith's Olde Bar (Nicoll)

SLIM MAN -- Contemporary jazz/pop vocalist Slim Man performs a free concert in the park, courtesy of WJZF. The "Downtown Wind Down" show starts at 5:30 p.m. Centennial Olympic Park (Sarig)

KOKO TAYLOR, DUKE ROBILLARD BAND W/ HERB ELLIS -- Sitting in for an ailing Ruth Brown, 66-year-old Koko Taylor, the undisputed queen of Chicago blues, is a more than adequate replacement. A love of chocolate is where she got her nickname, but there's nothing sweet about Taylor's barnstorming wang-dang-doodle vocal approach. The powerhouse singer's compelling new Royal Blue album, her first in seven years, finds her in raging form, and after her recent rip-snorting Music Midtown gig, she's sure to be primed. Gritty-voiced, eclectic electric guitarist Duke Robillard has an extensive resume of 15 solo albums as well as stints with Roomful of Blues and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. He'll be sharing his opening set with Herb Ellis, a classy veteran jazz picker whose roots in Charlie Christian-styled bop and western swing have been influential on Robillard, among others. If all three hit the stage simultaneously, there's sure to be fireworks. Chastain Park Amphitheater (Horowitz)

12 RODS -- Transcending alterna-rock's current glut of solipsistic poster boys, this Minneapolis trio serve up sophisticated, chart-worthy pop with actual personality. An array of influences (early XTC, power-pop, '90s shoegazers) pop up on the Rods new album, Separation Anxieties, but what makes it sparkle are the nerdy, world-through-coke-bottle-lenses lyrics and producer Todd Rundgren's unsinkable pop smarts. Would that these guys hit it big, it might actually make alternative radio somewhat interesting again. Cotton Club (Robertson)

WOGGLES, CATFIGHT!, ERECTOR SET -- Upon witnessing the '60s garage-rawking Woggles' over-the-top performance during the recent ChangeMusic Festival, Blake Rainey of the Young Antiques (who's no stranger to energetic stage performances himself) gasped in astonished disbelief, "Are they always like this?" Well, the answer is, "Yeah, baby!" Georgia's wildest band is here to rock the Star Bar for a whole month of Wednesdays (see Earshot on p.89). Warm-up acts tonight include the all-girl Catfight! (whose new CD Frustrated was just released) and the Athens-based duo Erector Set. Star Bar (Nicoll)


9 LIVES SALOON: Petridish's Public Practice, Clocked In

ANTHONY'S PIZZA & PASTA: Karaoke w/Bob

APRES DIEM: Dave Bass Ensemble

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson & the Shadows

BRANDY HOUSE: Buzby, Posh Toner

BUFFALO'S-KENNESAW: Keren Leppo

THE CHAMBER: DJ Gene Carbonell

CHECKERED PARROT: Dave Williams

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: The Mahluli Workshop

CJ'S: Jon Allmett Band

COBALT: Carlos Alberto and his orchestra La Perfecta

COSMOPOLITAN: Hip City House Party

COTTON CLUB: Neve

DARK HORSE TAVERN & GRILL: Galaxie

DARWIN'S: Open Blues Jam hosted by Mothers & Sinners

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Jazz Trio

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Backburners

FUZZY'S PLACE: Lou's Blues Revue

KAYA: Wind Down w/jazz, poetry and spoken word

MASQUERADE: Abwhore, Icepick

MURPHY'S LAW: Karaoke

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Paul Mercer

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Daniel 'Mudcat' Dudeck

PEASANT UPTOWN: Steven Charles Jazz Duo

POPPERS: Eric Austin Open Mic Nite, College Night

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Mina

SEVEN SISTERS: Robbie Roberson

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Impulse Ride, The Likes of Which

STAR BAR: Woggles, Catfight!, Erector Set

WHISKERS-DUNWOODY: Ricky Fargo

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