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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18

Noted Acts
GET HUSTLE -- Kill Rock Stars recording artists who offer mo' bump fo' yo' rump. Touring behind their album recorded in San Francisco, Valentine and the gang should make the Earl's already peeling paint flake all the way off. The Earl (Smith)

MAN OR ASTRO-MAN?, KINGSIZED -- The crazed Athens-based rockers Man or Astro-Man? are interstellar geeks whose propulsive dance-rock varies from classic '60s twang to what might well be chart-topping electronica from the Year 2525. They also put on one of the wildest, most entertaining live shows around. The swing-a-billy titans of Kingsized have a towering lead singer, Mike Geier, with one of the smoothest and strongest voices in the Southeast. Also on the bill is blues wizard Mudcat, a favorite of the Northside Tavern set, who's making a rare Little Five Points appearance tonight. This is an 8:30 show and admission's only $5. In the shameless self-promotion department, it should be mentioned that this show will celebrate Creative Loafing's annual Best Of Atlanta issue. Variety Playhouse (Nicoll)

MOTO-LITAS, THE NOW!, CHOPPER JOHNSON -- The all-grrl new wave-ish Motos continue their October residency tonight with a benefit show for injured Fabulous Lounge Punks guitarist Scott Lambert. It's a grab-bag local triple bill featuring the Now! (who get their kicks with classic '60s garage-jangle in the style of Paul Revere and the Raiders) and Chopper Johnson (who have a harder-edged modern rock rumble, packed with pedal-to-the-metal power). Star Bar (Nicoll)

SOULS OF MISCHIEF, X-ECUTIONERS -- The granddaddies of West Coast indie-rap (having been at it since the early '90s) team up with the high priests of East Coast turntablism for what should certainly be a fine exhibition of virtuoso hip-hop skills, both MC and DJ represented. Masquerade (Sarig)

ZEKE, NEW BOMB TURKS -- Born in the maelstrom of then-grunge-happy Seattle in 1993, Zeke melds metal, punk and nihilistic political lyrics, leaving audiences punch-drunk and asking to be hit one more time. In this show, they'll get what they ask for. New Bomb Turks, an Ohio band at the forefront of punk's ever-returning revival, follows with its own ferocious set. Echo Lounge (Allen)

Also performing
9 LIVES: MBP, Candela, Slow Earth

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Jazz night: Tin Hat Trio, Megaphone Man

513 CLUB: The Goons, Anger, Random Conflict

BASIL'S CAFÉ: Showtyme Jazz Duo

BAYOU ROOM: Lachez-Les

BLIND WILLIE'S: Sandra Hall and the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Ron Cooley and the Hard Times

BRANDYHOUSE: Fat Mama with the Tone Mutts

BRIDGES: piano with Bruce

CAFÉ TU TU TANGO: Live reggae with Poshtoner

CJ'S LANDING: Tin Roof, Acres, Remi; Open-mic contest on the deck

COSMOPOLITAN: Mike Veal and Barry Thrasher Acoustic Duo

CULTURE CLUB: Apollo night

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Perfect Strange, Falling Up, Paul Sforza

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

DISCOVER MUSIC: Keller Williams

THE EARL: Get Hustle (on Kill Rock Stars), Hubcap City

ECHO LOUNGE: Zeke, Catfight!, New Bomb Turks

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Jen Cohen, Michael Tolcher

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics

FUZZY'S: Lou's Blues Revue

KAYA: Wind Down Wednesday with live jazz, spoken word and poetry

MASQUERADE: X-Ecutioners, The Souls of Mischief; Sessions with J-Luv in Hell

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: "Ghosts:" Paul Mercer's electronically manipulated strings

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Mudcat

PEASANT UPTOWN: Steven Charles Jazz Duo

POPPERS: Eric Austin open-mic night

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Keller Williams, Dexter Grove

SOMBER REPTILE: Pigeon

STAR BAR-L5P: Moto-litas, the Now, Chopper Johnson

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: Hudson Bell, The Mudhens, A Few Loose Screws

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta Party with Man or Astro Man?, Kingsized and Mudcat

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Eric Quincy Tate

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