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APHRODITE -- The urban takeover continues as Pleazure brings back Aphrodite, the undisputed king of jump-up jungle, to Friday night's "Playhouse," traditionally a progressive trance night. Aphrodite's hype breaks will make the Playhouse a jungle gym, giving dancers a real workout with sub-bass and sped-up hip-hop. Masquerade (Ware)

FOO FIGHTERS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE -- After weathering Nirvana's media maelstrom, Dave Grohl revealed he made a great frontman full of tongue-in-cheek theatrics. Anyone who saw the Foo Fighters open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers realize the Foo Fighters make the most of their arena-ready hits. The kind of hits opening act Queens of the Stone Age inspire, however, are bong hits, as their heavy stoner rock hangs heavy in the air, all fuzz effects aside, creating a smooth, mellow buzz that stays with you. Tabernacle (Ware)

CINDY LOU HARRINGTON & SHOWDOWN -- Atlanta always "goes Nashville" when this fine local gal fires up her country rock twang-gang. Harrington's band tonight includes Tom Wolf and Craig Rafuse, who are fine solo performers in their own right. This 90-minute performance is also a benefit for blind students in Dekalb County. The music starts at 8 p.m. Celebrity Rock Café (Nicoll)

KARL DENSON'S TINY UNIVERSE -- Sax man for Lenny Kravitz during his most soulful Mama Said period, and founding member of West Coast bugaloo champions the Greyboy All-Stars, Karl Denson is the workingman's jazz player. His Tiny Universe ensemble is nothing short of infectious, one of the very few acts righteously carrying the soul-jazz torch into the year 2000. Skip the club DJ and come experience true dance music. Variety Playhouse (Hutchinson)

OTIEL AND THE PEACEMAKERS -- Stunning audiences since his days with Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, bass virtuoso Otiel Burbridge has got more chops than Benihana. Everyone's favorite scatting, bass-slapping showstopper, Otiel is taking a break from his work as bassist for the Allman Brothers Band to explore his more funk-informed jazz roots in this relatively new solo project setting. Brandy House (Hutchinson)

PAT MCGEE BAND -- To the uninitiated listener, Pat McGee Band's brand of pretty acoustic guitar tunes and wistful lyricism should be instantly familiar. This is no-frills college soft rock delivered straight to your campus. But while they might not push the most inspiring material, PMB has attained a significant level of grassroots success thanks to a relentless touring schedule and a dedicated pursuit of that college audience. Roxy (Hutchinson)

6X, CATFIGHT!, PRETTY VACANT -- Punk rock has never sounded sweeter than the way it's played by Atlanta's own 6X (who are celebrating the release of their explosive second CD tonight; see Earshot, p. 89) and Catfight! (who recently released their own sophomore disc). This is Catfight!'s final show with founding drummer Ann Ciovacco. Pretty Vacant gets things off to a '77-style start with their forceful, note-perfect Sex Pistols pastiche. Star Bar (Nicoll)

SUBSONICS, WONTONS, YOUNG ANTIQUES -- Austin's Wontons should be welcomed with open arms tonight by two other like-minded Atlanta trios. The Subsonics offer the sex-appeal and some glittery shake for the evening, while the Young Antiques continue to prove their worth, growing and ripening into one of the best rock 'n' roll bands in the city. The Earl (Smith)

SOULHAT -- Not only has Soulhat vocalist Kevin McKinney got a name which might easily get him confused with drivin' n' cryin' frontman Kevn Kinney, he's also got a voice that could get him mistaken for Shawn Mullins. McKinney sings with a soulfully Mullinsian growl across most of Soulhat's new CD Experiment on a Flat Plane, but he really hits his stride with the more uptempo, humorous number "WNBA." Smith's Olde Bar (Nicoll)

Also performing
9 LIVES SALOON: I.N.D., Star Parlor, Sidewinder 714 and King Tuesday

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Zuko, Flood City Shoot Out

513 CLUB: 969, Nuclear Saturday, Riot Act, Krave, North Star

BASIL'S CAFÉ-EAST COBB: Steven Charles Jazz Duo

BILLY'S: Heather Luttrell

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson and the Shadows

BLUE LAGOON LOUNGE: The League of Decency, The Blue Velvets


BLUE RACCOON: Bill Sheffield and the Ringtail Rounders


BRANDYHOUSE: Oteil and the Peacemakers and Squat

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four


THE CHAMBER: Alabastor

CHIP'S - WINDER: Larry Garner


CITY LIGHTS DANCE CLUB: Swing and jazz: A Nostalgic Tour

CJ'S LANDING: Buffalo Nickel, Eden

COPELAND'S: Pharris Scott & Swingtime

COWBOY'S: Trace Adkins

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Mandorico and the Velveteens

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Damian Cartier, Audiobridge, Staryard

DARWIN'S: Heaven Davis & the Aggravation Papas

DEUX PLEX: Bailamos! In night club; African Night in bistro

DOTTIE'S: Burning Clocks, Fragile X, Latter Days

THE EARL: The Subsonics, the Wontons, the Young Antiques

ECHO LOUNGE: World Mambo Mission, Janah, Rockin' Pontoons

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Memory Dean, Dezeray's Hammer


FRONT PAGE NEWS: Fanny Moon Big Butt Band

FUZZY'S: Cold Chills


HARVEST CAFÉ-ACWORTH : Kevin Chandler Project

IF COFFEEHOUSE: Sue Witty and Paul Melancon

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Little Joey's Jump and Jive

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo


MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: Pleazure Playhouse with Aphrodite, Rick West, DJ Santana and more

MURPHY'S LAW: Potion 420

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Lachez-Les (Zydefunk)



POPPERS: Steve Hawkins and the Georgia Jam

THE PUB: The Naked Truth

RED LIGHT CAFÉ: Mountain Heart

ROXY: Pat McGee Band

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Soulhat, Patrick Smith Band

SOMBER REPTILE: Blind Spot, Realize Thru Time, Hallowed Reflection and IPS

STAR BAR-L5P: 6x CD release, Catfight, Pretty Vacant

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: Bill Flemming, Night of the Living Dead (Dead tribute band)

THE TABERNACLE: Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: International Dance Party

UGLY MUG PUB: Southern Flavor

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Lake Trout

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Cazio





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