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CL'S noted acts for Friday.22

DRUMS & TUBA -- Imagine Frank Zappa drunk off Hurricanes in a New Orleans bar leading a high school marching band, and you've got the idea of the technically superb, tremendously silly concept that is Drums & Tuba. Drums & Tuba (and guitar) have the kind of mischievous spirit and meticulous ability to play off one another such that they can fit in -- and stand out -- on any bill, be it post-rock, post-punk, noodling or nu-jazz (they've played with, among others, Trans Am, Leftover Salmon, Modest Mouse, The Dirty Three and Ani DiFranco). Drums & Tuba are touring on the "Water-Damage" reissues of their first two CDs, as well as '99's Flatheads and Spoonies. This combo carries the spirit stick high. The Earl (Ware)

MELISSA FERRICK -- The obvious, and thereby lazy, comparison here is with Ani Difranco. Both are husky voiced, singer/songwriter types who write with a frankness that often verges on downright voyeurism. Ferrick, however, does not share DiFranco's "punk-in-folksinger-clothing" cache, and as a result her music feels more immediately approachable. Her simple, melodically concise songs draw the listener in, more concerned with effect than affect. Definitely deserving of more attention. My Sister's Room (Robertson)

DANNY FLOWERS -- Supreme guitarist/songwriter Danny Flowers played in Don Williams' band for 13 years. "Tulsa Time," was just the start of his career, which spawned appearances on five albums by Williams and five albums by his good friend Eric Clapton. Flowers is touring with his exceptional new album Forbidden Fruits and Vegetables.. The Swallow/1072 Green Street, Roswell (Forrest)

JARS OF CLAY, JENNIFER KNAPP -- Jars of Clay are a Christian-rock band in the Creed mindset, yet they don't come off nearly as saintly or preachy. They even have a sense of humor about it all. Opener Jennifer Knapp is equally impressive in her nonjudgmental, music-first approach. Both acts on this bill do minister, but with a light touch and offer their uplifting messages without the hidden sledgehammer. The bars in the Fox lobby can probably expect an off-night tonight. Fox Theatre (Smith)

MONDO HEPTET -- This experimental and jazzy new Atlanta band is in a league of their own. All things considered, these mysterious hipsters will deliver a decent show. By sheer and totally unrelated coincidence, the League Of Decency open this swanky evening. Star Bar (Smith)

PROGESSION SESSIONS FEATURING LTJ BUKEM -- see Earshot.The Masquerade (Ware)

N. RAVIKIRAN & DR. RAM SRIRAM -- South Indian Carnatic musician Ravikiran has been performing in public since he was a small child 30 years ago. Having been championed early on by Pandit Ravi Shankar, he has forged a distinguished career in Indian classical music with some forays into fusion with Taj Mahal and others. He is a master of the chitravina, a rare, fretless veena that has been likened to a Hawaiian guitar. Accompanying on mridangam (a double-headed drum) is Dr. Sriram of Georgia State University. If Ravikiran's album I>Gottu Vadyam is anything to go on, the chitravina produces the most gorgeous cascades of bend notes (to Western ears) of any Indian instrument. First Existentialist Congregation/470 Candler Park Dr. (Falstaff)

LEON REDBONE -- see article. Variety Playhouse (Powell)

ANOUSHKA SHANKAR She's really young, her dad's really famous, and she plays the sitar, which few women have ever touched yet alone mastered. That seems to be enough to sell albums and concert tickets these days. In interviews she reveals that, a) she has heard little outside of what father and teacher Ravi Shankar has exposed her to, and, b) her own choice of listening growing up in California leans toward Metallica. She is a fine foil to her dad on stage, but is she ready yet for the solo spotlight in this most demanding art form? Hodgson Concert Hall/University of Georgia (Falstaff)

TYRO -- see Earshot. Echo Lounge (Ware)

JIMMY THACKERY & THE DRIVERS -- "Have Stratocaster, will travel," would be an apt motto for guitarslinger Jimmy Thackery, who was a teenager in 1969 when his life was changed by seeing Jimi Hendrix perform. Thackery, now 47, toured relentlessly with the Washington, D.C.-based blues band the Nighthawks for 13 years, working harder than anyone this side of James Brown. In the mid-80s, he left to form the six-piece Assassins. When his financial backing ran dry, he formed his current power-trio configuration and found a niche, blending the influence of Jimi, B.B. King-flavored blues and a tasty melange of 50s/60s proto-rock. Chip's/Winder (Powell)

.38 SPECIAL -- Whether you venture to the .38 Special concert to sing along with their old hits or listen to some recent cuts from their reunion, chances are you have a greenish, faded tattoo (or six) somewhere on your sagging body. Also, either you or your significant other -- the one you held on to loosely -- has a rat tail and/or mullet. And you have a cousin who just got laid off from the factory. This is not a horoscope, and I'm not psychic. This is merely fact. Now go flick your lighter somewhere else. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater (Allen)

ZAKK WYLDE'S BLACK LABEL SOCIETY -- Playing what he calls "alcohol BREW-tality for the new millenium," former Ozzy Osbourne ax-man Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society is a double shot of ear-shredding, whiskey-soaked metal that showcases the Wyldeman's outstanding guitar skills and his increasingly clever lyricism. Harder, heavier and nastier than his work with the Ozzman or his previous solo work, Wylde and the BLS pound out serious metal with a dark, disturbing worldview, as evident on the band's latest release, Stronger Than Death. Masquerade (Thompson)

YXIMALLO -- You can think of Naofumi Ishimarus' cracked electronics, stunted percussion curiosities and audio kitchen sinkage as field hollers recorded in the irradiated landscapes of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. After all, Yximallo is several memetic mutations beyond even the Residents for high weirdness. But his exquisitely hand decorated cassettes, which began appearing in the early 1980s, actually trickled out of Tokyo (you know, on the Island of Misfit Noise). They're not the result of chromosomal misadventure. Instead, Yximalloo generates an entrancing and mystifying lo-fi mish-mash of rhythmic white noise, primitive pink noise and Casio-fried green noise. It's dada and Romper Room, punk and situationist, naive art and sophistry. Eccentricity is just the beginning. Some of Yximalloo's most beguiling moments were captured on last year's amazing Fangs of Lucifer LP from Atlanta's Old Gold Records, which helps explain why we Atlantans are blessed to be hosting Ishimaru's first performance in five years and first in America in abut 15. Anything could happen, but here's a cryptic clue: two sets, one acoustic material and one accompanied by drums and bass. eyedrum (Peake)


Also performing
9 LIVES SALOON: Black Light Poster Boys, Mighty Fine Haggis, Tangerine, Hundred Dollar Day

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Yo la Tengo, Versus

513 CLUB: Too Far Gone, Deflicted, Odd Squad, Clean Slate, Skaffle Waffle

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: Swami Gone Bananas, Furthur Festival ticket giveaway

ARCTIC CIRCLE: DJ Rock Entertainment's Dance Party

BALLROOM STUDIOS: Samadha Trio

BASIL'S CAFÉ: Steven Charles

BILLY'S: Heather Luttrell

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson and The Shadows

BLUE PIG-WOODSTOCK: Joe Kelly Band

BLUE RACCOON: Bill Sheffield and the Ringtail Rounders

BLUE SKY TAVERN: Motor City Josh

BRANDYHOUSE: Bluground Undergrass

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BUFFALO'S-AKERS MILL: Keren Leppo

THE CHAMBER: Alabastor

CHECKERED PARROT: Spider Kelly Band

CHIP'S-WINDER: Jimmy Thackery, The Drivers, King Daddy Zeb

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFÉ: Gwen Hughes

CJ'S LANDING: Acres and Adamsday

CLASSICS: Stacey James Band

THE CONCORDE: George Martini

COPELAND'S RESTAURANT: Dave Bass

COTTON CLUB: Brand New Immortals, Another Man Down, Audiobridge

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Elephant, Loud American Tourists, Soulbread

DARWIN'S: Slim Fatz and Barefoot Dave with Donnie Mac

THE DERBY-NESBIT FERRY: Sean Costello

DOTTIE'S: Border Collies, Mad Kate

THE EARL

: Drums and Tuba, Rob Mallard's Positive Propaganda

ECHO LOUNGE: Tyro, Telepathics

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Ellis Paul, Don Conoscenti, Christopher Williams

THE ELBOW ROOM: YG

EYEDRUM: YXIMALLOO

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Austin Brashier Band

FIRST EXISTENTIALIST CONGREGATION: N. Ravikiran and Dr. Ram Sriram

FOX THEATER: Jars of Clay with Jennifer Knapp and Luna Halo

FUZZY'S: Barry Richman

HIGH MUSEUM OF ART: Chopper Johnson with Adom and Shelley Yankus

HODGSON CONCERT HALL-UGA: Anoushka Shankar

HUEY'S NEW ORLEANS CAFÉ: Live jazz

JACKALS: Blue Collar Workers

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: The J-Birds featuring J.T. Speed and guest Chicago Bob Nelson

JIM R. MILLER PARK-MARIETTA: North Georgia State Fair free concert with Bryan White

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

MARY'S: Music Videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: Zakk Wylde and The Black Label Society with Crowbar, Sixty Watt Shaman, Progression Session; The Playhouse in Hell

MEANS STREET ARTERY: Underground rave

MIKE-N-ANGELO'S: Slim Chickens

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: King Johnson

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

THE PLACE: Boneshakers

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Radio Free Dixie

POPPERS: Steve Hawkins and the Georgia Jam

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Tony Winston Jazz Trio

RIVIERA: Paul Sforza at Happy Hour

SAND BAR AND GRILL: Zafar So Good

SCROOGE'S: Soul Shine

THE SHACK: Groove Street

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Tommy Thompson Band, Five Pound Bass, John McVey

STAR BAR-L5P: Mondo Heptet, League of Decency

STUDIOPLEX: Sweet Auburn Independent Music Festival

THE SWALLOW AT THE HOLLOW-ROSWELL: The Blue Bird Show with Danny Flowers, Pat McLaughlin and Gary Nicholson

SWEET MELISSA'S RESTAURANT-DECATUR: Totally Savage

UGLY MUG PUB: Butch and the Buckheads

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Leon Redbone

WILD WING CAFÉ: Snake Dance

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