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GEOFF ACHISON -- See listing for Nov. 2. Eddie's Attic (Prusin)

COLLECTIVE SOUL, DEXTER FREEBISH -- See Collective Soul review, p. 107. Was this what the Beatles had in mind for their legacy? Dexter Freebish won 1998's "Song of the Year" in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest by writing unabashedly amiable pop songs so 99X radio-friendly the specific artists they sound like are impossible to place because they sound like so many soaring-chorus songwriters. What's this genre called? Generica? Tabernacle (Horowitz/Ware)

DOUGHTY -- The former Soul Coughing frontman/absurdist, Doughty recently made his first dip into solo-careerdom (not counting his still-unreleased cult album, Skittish) with his vocal performance on BT's latest disc. Currently at work on a solo album that will actually be released, Doughty is subsidizing his literary endeavors (writing plays and newspaper columns) on tour as opener for Dido (see listing for Nov. 4) and doing these occasional headlining gigs. Smith's Olde Bar (Sarig)

JOHN WESLEY HARDING -- In a career spanning close to a decade and a half, John Wesley Harding has managed to maintain a low profile in spite of his high accomplishments. A folk-pop singer songwriter whose mellow, nasal-inflected vocals have drawn frequent comparisons to a young Elvis Costello, Harding's "I'm Wrong About Everything" was included in the excellent High Fidelity soundtrack album. Variety Playhouse (Hutchinson)

STEVE HOWE -- Currently back in the Yes lineup after an on-and-off-again career with the Brit prog-rockers, guitarist Howe's solo performance will likely mix bits of familiar Yes songs with obscure pieces from his new Homebrew 2 collection of odds and sods demos, and hopefully steer clear of the Asia and GTR dreck that plagued his '80s years. A talented and innovative musician (but not singer), Howe's handful of solo discs have been spotty, but live he oughta be magnetic enough to pull off an entertaining show even without playing "Close to the Edge" for 20 minutes. Cotton Club (Horowitz)

HUBCAP CITY -- Bill Taft's ersatz duo churns up a wrenching racket full of shouts and clangs during the noon-till-4 "dunch" (dinner/lunch) at The Earl. Music to get indigestion by? As Daffy Duck says, "Easy, stomach. Don't turn over ..." The Earl (Nicoll)

KING'SINGERS -- Popular English vocal sextet king'singers perform works by William Byrd, Peter Louis Van Dijk, Howard Goodall, Paul Drayton, a selection of British folk songs, as well as other selections. 3 p.m. Spivey Hall/Morrow (Ware)

SELENE MCCARTHY -- This 5:30 p.m. all-ages matinee is a release party for Atlanta scene veteran McCarthy's new all-acoustic album Fresh Flowers, the long awaited follow-up to her superlative 1996 release Horses and Guitars. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

PURPLE MUSTARD -- Miami-based psychedelic rockers, Purple Mustard are in the midst of an extensive Southeastern tour supporting their second CD The New Mary Jane. Their recorded material suggests Pink Floyd, Phish and Oasis, but tonight Atlanta gets to see firsthand if these cats can really cut the mustard. Dottie's (Nicoll)

JAN SMITH, FRANCISCO VIDAL, CINDY LOU HARRINGTON, GEOFF ACHISON -- There's an 8 p.m. start time for this writers-in-the-round event led by Atlanta's ubiquitous vocal coach Jan Smith. Expect more of a country vibe than usual, especially with Cindy Lou Harrington aboard -- she's appearing solo tonight, after a fiery Friday evening warm-up with her band Showdown. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

SOUTHERN MUSIC FESTIVAL/GET OUT TO VOTE RALLY -- See listing for Nov. 4. Woodruff Park (Ware)

SUNSHINE, THE CLOSE -- Moodswing Record's latest offering is by locals the Close, an indie/pop/punk unit that, for the most part, successfully spins its own little web of magic. Their song "The Tightrope of Travel" is so ace it's easy to forgive them for an unfunny, unclever cover song. Czech trio Sunshine are a sheer joy. Rock, glam, punk, psychedelic and full of excitement, their Velvet Suicide disc is too cool for words. Eyedrum (Foy)

TOM TOM CLUB -- Rebounding from the critical and commercial disappointment of a David Byrne-less Heads, the rhythm section side-project of husband and wife Chris and Tina is a welcome return to form. Funky, fun, frothy and filled with all the innocent, childlike sunshine that made you grin like a goofy kid the first time you heard "Genius of Love," this band's infectious reggae, happy hip-hop and irresistible groove can even make the dour décor and grouchy attitudes of the Masquerade staff seem palatable. The group makes an in-store appearance at Wherehouse Music at 2 p.m. Also see article, p. 86. Masquerade (Horowitz)

Also performing
BILLY'S: Karaoke



BRANDYHOUSE: Z93 Party till 12! With Jeff Dunham and Smoking Grass


DOTTIE'S: Psychedelic Psunday with Purple Mustard

THE EARL: Hubcap City, Tracy Snow

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Selene McCarthy, Jan Smith, Francisco Vidal, Cindy Lou Harrington, Geoff Achison

EYEDRUM: Sinshine, Some Soviet Station, the Close


FRONT PAGE NEWS: Chris Chandler Connection

FUZZY'S: Soulidify

THE GRAND HYATT: Sunday brunch with The Steven Charles Jazz Duo


NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Stephen Talkovich & friends

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Open-mic featuring Sam Makler

RED LIGHT CAFÉ: So You Wanna Be A Rock Star Karaoke Contest




SPIVEY HALL: The king'singers

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: Brunch Show with the 1905 Project

SYLVIA'S: Showtyme Jazz Duo

THE TABERNACLE: Collective Soul, Dexter Freebish

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: John Wesley Harding, Kevn Kinney

VILLAGE TAVERN: Showtyme Jazz Duo



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