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ANGELUS AD VIRGINEM -- Atlanta Schola Cantorum, an independent 30-voice chorus, presents a program of choral music for the Advent and Christmas season. The concerts promise a historical pastiche, with selections ranging from medieval carols and chant to contemporary works. The performance begins at 8 p.m. tonight, and 4 p.m. on Sunday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Hutchinson)

ATLANTA SINGERS -- See Earshot, p. 91. Show time is 8 p.m. Spivey Hall (Brown)

BLUEJAYS -- Pouring out a bourbon-smooth blend of Orbisonic country music, vintage Gene Vincent-style rockabilly and sweet Bob Wills-ish western swing, Atlanta's own Bluejays will proudly hold forth in Buckhead North. Blue Lagoon Lounge (Nicoll)

BOETZ -- See Earshot, p. 91. 9 Lives Saloon (Smith)

SHALINI CHATTERJEE (W/ MITCH EASTER), CRICKET, BLAKE RAINEY - Chatterjee's recent disc We Want Jelly Donuts weaves a classic pop sensibility with an avowed modernist's approach. Thus the omnipresent retro-jangle is ingeniously spiked with a combination of slinky dance rhythms and big rock beats. Though much credit must go to band member/uber-producer Easter (who hasn't sounded this spot-on since his Let's Active days), final props belong to Chatterjee, thanks to her charming vocals and astute knack for penning intelligent, hook-filled ditties. Cricket's insightful yet tough, slightly jaded facade hides a vulnerable character the singer assumes in her low-fi masterpieces. Blake Rainey of the Young Antiques (deserving heirs to Mitch Easter's legacy) opens with a brief set of his engaging folk-rock solo compositions, sure to get this evening off to the perfect start. Echo Lounge (Robertson/Smith)

ERIC CULBERSON AND THE EROK BAND -- Eric Culberson's articulate tone and smooth fret dancing can easily be compared to the likes of Jimmy Herring and Warren Haynes, but Eric has a much more rootsy feel. His blues voice never wants for authenticity and his songwriting skills are refreshingly genuine. Northside Tavern (Layden)

KRISTEN HALL -- Warm-voiced Hall is as welcome as a favorite sweater and usually just as comfortable. The singer/guitarist certainly needs no introduction to fans of acoustic-based folk, having been a fixture of the Decatur scene for years. Tonight she's in her element, shining brightly on this still, chilly night. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

HEALING OF THE NATION -- Local-boy-done-good DJ Klever returns to spin for the first time in his hometown since winning the U.S. National DMC Championship and attending the World Competition in England. Vinyl better be shaking in its crates, because this turntablist ain't even scratched the surface of his fierce routines. Also performing are DJ Hazeus and MC Sinista, M.U.R.D.A.H.O.N.E. and Thunderbush Sound spinning drum 'n' bass, ragga and reggae, as well as Star the Fem Mcee, Liuns Den and Bambu de Asiatic on the mic. Liuns Lair/660 Murphy Ave., WestEnd Lofts D-16 (Ware)

HENRY'S GHOST PROJECT -- Tonight's show is a CD release party for Submarine Records' latest, Henry's Ghost, which features the May Family Reunion's original song, "Henry's Ghost," and five interpretations/reworkings by acts on the Submarine roster. The May Family Reunion, Underwater and Larvae (who each appear on the CD) perform live, as do Underwater side project Gaijin. Eyedrum (Sarig)

LIQUIFIED NATION 2 -- Party promoters Liquid Groove deviate from booking DJs from abroad to concentrate on some of America's best. Featured are "trance messiah" Christopher Lawrence, tribal drum 'n' bass ruler Dieselboy, the king of Florida breaks Icey and Washington, D.C.'s progressive prince Scott Henry. Complementing their sets will be Kazell, Kolia, Mayhem, dj. inc., Darki and DJ After. Center Stage/1374 West Peachtree St. (Ware)

LIZARDMEN, MODELTONES -- Have Mersey! The Beatlesque beat of the Lizardmen gets an early-evening boost tonight from the Modeltones, a new Atlanta band (featuring former members of the Flinch and the Valentines) with a McCartney-Costello vibe. Star Bar (Nicoll)

MOONDY -- Local songwriter Moondy unveils his new CD, Turnip, a low-key but nevertheless very impressive collection of tuneful keyboard-driven (Fender Rhodes, piano and Nord) classic AOR-pop songs, written by Moondy and friends, and each dedicated to a friend (e.g. "Benjamin's Song," "Ricky's Song"). Warm, intimate and catchy, Turnip might be the sleeper hit of the year's local releases. Moondy and friends perform at the CD's release party, starting at 8 p.m. Admission is two cans of food. Art Farm/835 Wylie St. (Sarig)

99X DECK THE HALL BALL -- 'Tis the season to kiss the program director's butt, as all three of these over-hyped, under-whelming bands have gotten the heavy rotation nod from 99X honchos. Not that the Wallflowers need the exposure since comely Dylan Jr.'s mug already graces the cover of every slick music magazine around. But judging from their short, stiff gig here a few months back, they need a heavy shot of adrenaline on stage. Neither the melodic, MTV-friendly Vertical Horizon or the faux American Radiohead-isms of Paloalto (see article, p. 79) seem to have strong enough legs to outlast their 15 minutes of commercial airplay fame, although the latter has released a better than average debut. Buck the alt-rock lemmings and catch them headlining a club instead. Civic Center (Horowitz)


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