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CL'S noted acts for FRIDAY.14

ACOUSTIC SYNDICATE -- North Carolina's Acoustic Syndicate offer a rare blend of sophisticated bluegrass jazz arrangements and catchy folk melodies, making them an attraction for the jam band crowd and roots music fans alike. Brandy House (Sarig)

BETTER LIVING THROUGH CIRCUITRY -- Writer/director Jon Reiss' digital odyssey into the electronic dance underground. Through dazzling rave footage and interviews with such prolific artists as Kraftwerk, Moby, DJ Spooky and Genesis P. Orridge, the film explores the technology, philosophy and spirituality evoked by the many aspects of electronic music and the people immersed in its culture. BLTC opens tonight and runs through July 20. Cinefest (Radford)

CINEFEST BENEFIT SHOW -- The Earl hosts this benefit show for Georgia State University's fine Cinefest film series. Four local acts will grace this evening's show, including the Getting Headstones, a hard-rocking combo echoing the punk-a-billy stylings of the Cramps and gone-but-not-forgotten local faves the Tombstones. Also playing is Pinkeye, an all grrrl punk/pop band who make up in enthusiasm what they lack in technical skills, as well as the terminally weird Pineal Ventana and Danger Woman. The Earl (Robertson)

IPS -- On their debut, Waste of Time, IPS' four Alpharetta youngsters act their age with a set of hard and frenetic punk rock, kicked off by the teen anthem "Kid" ("Can't I just be a kid? ... I'd much rather play Sega"). It's promising suburban punk from a group of guys who know all about it. 513 Club (Sarig)

MAC MCANALLY -- An ace session guitarist and a hit songwriter (his tunes have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, among others), McAnally plays a rare solo show tonight, bringing his own talents front and center under the spotlight. Variety Playhouse (Nicoll)

NUTRAJET, TITANICS, 6X -- Florida guitar/drum glam-rock duo Nutrajet headlines a high-energy bill with two local rock faves. Echo Lounge (Sarig)

KENNY ROBY -- The former front man for Steve Earle protégés Six String Drag comes to town in support of his dandy, solo debut Mercury Blues. Roby's warm, honey 'n' bar-b-cue vocals, swampy melodies and down-home philosophizing invariably elicits descriptions like "earthy" and "sepia-toned," but such descriptions minimize a substantial songwriting talent. Roby's varied influences (flavors of Elvis Costello and Randy Newman abound) provide a welcome respite from run-of-the-mill, alt-country/rock fare. Star Bar (Robertson)

SYRO GYRA W/ASO -- While group founder/reedman Jay Beckenstein's smooth, adult alternative, jazz-lite approach doesn't score many points with the Peter Brotzmann crowd, as leader of the most commercially successful jazz group of the past 20 years, you have to give him props for his tenacity, if not originality. More innovative and talented than the ubiquitous and obsequious Kenny G., but playing to roughly the same well-heeled audience, Beckenstein has dabbled in African, Caribbean, Brazilian and other world textures, while churning out gobs of similar sounding albums of a sweet, pop-oriented jazz-like substance. Yet live, the band kicks it up a notch, and having the ASO along for this gig oughta add spice to Spyro Gyra's typically bland yet pleasing show. Chastain Park Amphitheater (Horowitz)

SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE -- The legendary and often-drifting emo band finally has a new record out and a lengthy tour to promote it. Fans have mixed feelings about SDRE's jump from Sub Pop to Time Bomb, but most reports describe the band as being in fine form during recent live shows. Their punk roots show much more on stage and, though line-up changes have kept photos from being current, the band is one of the few remaining "cutting edge" units. Sneak in if you have to, but see this band before they implode. Masquerade (Smith)

12-TONE -- This melodic local alt-rock ensemble has undergone a membership change and are forging ahead with a new CD project, a follow-up to their superb demo. Tonight is their last show for a while, till they re-emerge from the studio. Dark Horse (Nicoll)

UNCLE MINGO, WILL HOGE -- The Mingo boys have been running on fumes for a quite while, so it's no surprise that this is a "farewell" performance for the jam-oriented frat rock band. The big news here is opening act Will Hoge, whose band appropriate all the classic "nuances" of traditional, white- boy rock. Sporting a solid 4/4 backbeat, former Georgia Satellite Dan Baird's guitar roar and Hoge's nasal drawl, the band recall Tom Petty happily exiled on main street. This is unadulterated '70s rock, seemingly untroubled by any musical development of the past quarter century. The fact that the calendar reads 2000 and airbrushed teenyboppers rule the airwaves actually makes such a reactionary stance feel downright subversive. Smith's Olde Bar (Nicoll/Robertson)

ALSO PERFORMING:

9 LIVES SALOON: Bob, Audio Sex Change, Liar's Club, 100 Dollar DAy

29 SOUTH MAIN: Blind Venetian

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Weep, Locust Years

513 CLUB: Boy Kicks Girl, Sloppy Meat Eaters, Nuclear Saturday, I.P.S., Exit Only, Post Tribulation Bliss

AFTER DARK CABARET: The Hooplas

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: Swami Gone Bananas

ARCTIC CIRCLE: DJ Rock's Dance Party, Ladies Night

BANKSTREET CAFE: TonOHoney

BILLY'S: Jeffrey Alan

BLUE PIG-WOODSTOCK: Rock Bottom Blues Band

BLUE RACCOON: Frankies Blues Mission

BUFFALO'S-AKERS MILL: Keren Leppo

BRANDY HOUSE: Acoustic Syndicate, River Bottom Band

CJ'S LANDING: Woodpeckers

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster w/progressive hits then and now

CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATRE: Spyro Gyra

CHECKERED PARROT: The Talk

CHIP'S: Beverly Watkins

COBALT: Parallel Universe w/house and trip-hop

COSMOPOLITAN: DJ Ted Fortenberry

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Eden, 12-Tone

DARWIN'S: Wild Blue Hickock CD Release Party

THE EARL: Cinefest Benefit w/Pineal Ventana, the Getting Headstones, Pinkeye, Danger Woman, Better Living Through Circuitry film debut

ECHO LOUNGE: Titanics, 6X, Nutrajet

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Pierce Pettis, Leslie Tucker

EL PATIO: Alan Vaughan

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Blues Barons

FUZZY'S: Ricky Fargo

IVY HALL-ROSWELL MILL: Luau Dance Party

JACKALS: Hellbenders

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: The J-Birds feat. JT Speed

JAVA HOUSE: Waverly

KAYA: Northern Exposure w/V-103's Frank Ski, also DJs Kemit, Bubby and J-Nice spinning house, classics and hip-hop

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Mid-Life Crisis

LOS LOROS: Bob Beckwith, Don Law

MASQUERADE: Sunny Day Real Estate, No Knife, also the Playhouse dance party in Hell

MCCOLGAN'S : Duncan Mclauchlan

MEANS STREET ARTERY: Underground Dance Party

METROPOLITAN PIZZA BAR: Brian Collins

MURPHY'S LAW: Heavy Light (formerly Rocket Scientists)

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: The Breeze Kings

OPERA HOUSE: Slaughter

PECKERHEAD BREWERY: Lotsa Poppa, Atlanta Heat

POOR RICHARD'S PUB: Mojo Chillins

POPPERS: Barry Richman

RED LIGHT CAFE: Emerald Rose CD Release Party

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Melanie Massell

SEVEN SISTERS: Allen Cook

THE SHACK: The Blast

SCROOGES: Conspiracy

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Uncle Mingo Farewell Show, Five Pound Bass, Will Hoge

STAR BAR: Forty Fives, the Sub-Teens, the H.O.T.S., IPS

STARBUCKS-ANSLEY MALL: 99X Live Remote w/Paul Melancon and Weaklazyliar

STARBUCKS-BROOKHAVEN: Gilbert

TACO MAC-BUCKHEAD: Andrew Leanza

UGLY MUG: Alley Katz

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Mac Mcanally, Davinci's Notebook

WHISKERS-DUNWOODY: Mike Veal

WILD WING CAFE: The Pondering

WOODEN NICKLE: Bullet Proof

YA YA'S: Cush & Ben Wright, Brilliant Unknown

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