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CL'S noted acts for SATURDAY.15

BILL SABINE BENEFIT SHOW -- See Earshot, p. 91. Dottie's (Lueker)

JIMMY BUFFETT -- See listing for July 13. Lakewood Amphitheatre (Kelly)

CATHERINE WHEEL, TRACY BONHAM -- One of the original string of "shoegazers," the Catherine Wheel distanced themselves from the pack by adding a strong pop sense to the trademark lazy delivery often common in the genre. The 'Wheel's ferris ride of fame and failure seems to be on the upswing lately with a new album and continued support from college radio. Tracy Bonham is still fighting the good fight to be noticed in the post-Alanis angry young woman world. Her new album, while still simmering in her "Mother, Mother" rage, is a focused and impressive collection of tunes from the violinist-turned-rocker. Cotton Club (Smith)

CLUB '80S TOUR -- Featuring Wang Chung, A Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons and Gene Loves Jezebel. See story, p. 83. Well if pouffy, '80s dyed hair-metal bands of the Poison variety can make a millennial comeback, why not pouffy, '80s dyed hair new wave bands? Their songs are far better, nobody's straining to fit into their black leather pants and (hopefully) there are no interminable drum solos to endure. What we don't know is how many, if any, of the original geezers trying to relive the glory of their long gone 15 minutes of synth-pop fame are still on board pumping out the few hits they had. As if it matters. The now thirtysomething faithful will Wang Chung the night away, oblivious to everything but the singalong choruses and cheesy stage get-ups. Where's the Thompson Twins when you need 'em? Probably on tour with Culture Club. Tabernacle (Horowitz)

COWBOY MOUTH, PETER SEARCY -- Cowboy Mouth are back in Atlanta from the Big Easy and Fred LeBlanc and the boys will rock you or they just won't leave the building. Featuring a big-Mouthed call to arms, the tireless roots-rockers will energize even those dulled into a deep sleep by opener Peter Searcy. Lifting heavily from Matthew Sweet and Paul Westerberg on his album, Searcy's live show is instantly forgettable. Go late or bring a blanket. Roxy (Smith)

CARL COX -- Hailed as "the greatest DJ in the world," the Manchester, England, native headlines Liquid Groove's Liquified Planet party in support of his new live mix album on the Moonshine label. Cox's ability to coax partiers onto the dance floor blares in the form of a hectic sort of house music, with rough beats influenced by tribal rhythms created on three turntables. Catch him before the party at the Wherehouse on Peachtree, then come experience his notorious raw energy and dance the night away. Studio Central (Chen)

DQE, FOREVER, ROB MALLARD -- Two local acts working on new releases for the eclectic/eccentric hometown indie label Old Gold preview songs from their new records tonight. Another local, Rob Mallard, opens with country ballads. Eyedrum (Sarig)

GIRLFRIENDS -- Three women obsessed with everything retro perform a night of '50s and '60s covers such as "Postman," "My Boyfriend's Back," "Be My Baby" and other classics. Embrace the beehive, engage in the props and be fancied by their wild three-part harmony as they croon with camp and color. The Otherside (Chen)

HIGH COOL -- Sponsored by online music zine Rockscene.com, this is the first of a proposed series of "High Cool" parties that will feature up-and-coming local acts. The first installment will feature the bands Metroscene and Lotustarr. Echo Lounge (Robertson)

KEB' MO', CATIE CURTIS -- Can anyone explain what this perfectly cozy Variety Playhouse billing is doing at the expansive Chastain? Me neither, but suave Kevin Moore, aka Keb' Mo', has the voice, the smile and the songs to bring his smooth, bluesy pop to the Chastain masses who wouldn't be caught dead in a raggedy blues dive. Purists scorn his slick, easy-going approach and silky vocals, but Moore has placed more Robert Johnson songs in Buckhead living rooms than anyone since the Rolling Stones. Folk-pop singer Curtis has a beautiful Sarah McLachlan-styled voice and terrific, moody, introspective songs that transcend her genre, but, tonight at least, probably not the limitations of the inappropriate venue. Chastain Park Amphitheater (Horowitz)

MAYHEM -- See article. Masquerade (Foy)

TRUCKADELIC, X-IMPOSSIBLES -- The loopy, outa-control antics of Truckadelic often veer so far over the centerline from country into punk that it's small wonder they've got Atlanta's best unreconstructed punk band, the X-Impossibles, as their opening act this evening. Star Bar (Nicoll)

WORLD DJ BATTLEGROUND COMPETITION -- Downstairs at the Masquerade, the local Fatbeats record store hosts a DMC/Technics turntable battle. Grand Master Caz hosts and Mass Influence performs. The winner of this Southeast battle goes to the finals in New York. Call 404-577-8178 for participants and further info. Masquerade (Sarig)

WRASFEST 2000 -- Georgia State's mighty college radio station is throwing a benefit for itself, with music from 4 p.m. until after midnight. The earlier local line-up includes Greg Connors, the Plastic Plan, Lift and the Tom Collins. The out-of-town headliners start at 10 p.m., with New York's Diffuser and Boston's Star Gost Dog. These up-and-comers typify a new rock hybrid that strives for pop success without sacrificing a modicum of "indie" cred. Not quite weird enough to warm up for Sonic Youth, but certainly more interesting than Blink 182. Star Ghost Dog's breezy pop, infused with detached, female vocals and the occasional melodic angularity recalls Lush and the heyday of likeminded 4AD bands. Diffuser cloak their alternative radio-friendly tunes in mild feedback and textbook angst. Closing out the evening at midnight is local debut of Songs:Ohia. Tickets are $3 before 8 p.m. and $8 afterward. For more info, visit www.wras.org. Variety Playhouse (Sarig/Robertson)

ALSO PERFORMING:

9 LIVES SALOON: The Pleasantdales, Fade, King Thursday, Mighty Fine Haggis

29 SOUTH MAIN: Tak Attack

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Sunny Day Real Estate, No Knife

513 CLUB: Hudson Falcons, GC5, Flatus, the Imports, Pintsize

AFTER DARK CABARET: The Hooplas, Mike & Barry

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: And She Said

ARCTIC CIRCLE: DJ Rock's Dance Party

ARTHURO'S-DUNWOODY: Andrew Leanza

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson & the Shadows

BLUE PIG-WOODSTOCK: Blue Pig All Stars

BLUE RACCOON: Bill Sheffield & the Ringtail Rounders

BRANDY HOUSE: Homemade Jam, Rara Avis

CJ'S LANDING: Hank & Mike, Anitra Holley

THE CHAMBER: B.P.M. w/DJ Gene Carbonell

CHASTAIN PARK: Keb' Mo', Catie Curtis

CHECKERED PARROT: The Talk

CHIP'S: Andrew Black

COBALT: Supernova Saturdays

COSMOPOLITAN: DJ Mike Keir

COTTON CLUB: Catherine Wheel, Tracy Bonham

DARWIN'S: E.G. Knight w/Michael Pierce

THE EARL: The Young Antiques, The Cowards

ECHO LOUNGE: Metroscene, Lotustarr, Geisha

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino

EDDIE'S ATTIC: John Mayer, Stereo Popsicle

EL PATIO: Bryan Doyle

EYEDRUM: DQE, Forever

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Rough Draft

FUZZY'S: Ricky Fargo

HAMBIDGE GALLERY-CLAYTON: Southern Folk Expressions Show

JACKALS: Hellbenders

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

JAVA HOUSE: Queenie Mullinix & Tamara Bolden-Hines w/David Clemens

KAYA: Hip-Hop Saturdays feat. DJs Mars, Shakim and Kemit spinning hip-hop, classics, house and reggae

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LAKEWOOD AMPHITHEATRE: Jimmy Buffett

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Mid-Life Crisis

LOS LOROS: Bob Beckwith, Don Law

MAIN STREET GALLERY-CLAYTON: Southern Folk Expressions Show

MASQUERADE: Mayhem, Hate Eternal, Exhumed, also DMC/Technics World DJ Battleground Competition in Hell

MCCOLGAN'S : Duncan Mclauchlan

METROPOLITAN PIZZA BAR: F.L.O.W.

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Slimfatz, Barefoot Dave & Donnie Mac CD Release Party

OPERA HOUSE: Kevn Kinney

OTHERSIDE: Girlfriends

PECKERHEAD BREWERY: Lotsa Poppa, Atlanta Heat

PINE LAKE BEACH: Fiddler's Green Concert Series

POPPERS: Sammy Blue CD Release Party

ROXY: Cowboy Mouth, Peter Searcy

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Melanie Massell

SCROOGES: Conspiracy

SEVEN SISTERS: Allen Cook

THE SHACK: The Blast

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Emma Gibbs Band w/David Blackmon, Squat

STAR BAR: Truckadelic, X-Impossibles

STUDIO CENTRAL: Liquified Planet w/Carl Cox, Dave Ralph, Kazell, Mistykiss and others

TACO MAC-BUCKHEAD: Dean Dollar Band

TABERNACLE: '80s Flashback Tour w/Wang Chung, Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons and Gene Loves Jezebel

TIMPSON CREEK GALLERY-CLAYTON: Southern Folk Expressions Show

UGLY MUG: Alley Katz

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Wrasfest 2000 Benefit w/Diffuser, Star Ghost Dog, the Tom Collins, the Plastic Plan, Lift, Ashen, Greg Conners & the Curb and others

THE VAULT: '80s Retro Dance Party

WHISKERS-DUNWOODY: Mike Veal

WILD WING CAFE: Intact

WOODEN NICKLE: Bullet Proof

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