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ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY -- Yeeee haaaaaaw! Here's some rip-roaring Southern boogie from old Richmond, Va., that speaks to the crotch first -- then the brain, if there's time. A little Sabbath? Hell, yeah. Allman Brothers? Yep. What else do you want at 9 Lives? This ain't no angelic choir, Bubba. Get down on it or these boys'll kick your ass just because they can. 9 Lives Saloon (Smith)

CREED, FINGER ELEVEN, SEVENDUST -- This Florida band's massive commercial success remains almost as vexing as what to do with those damn dimpled chads. Creed's whitewashed, neo-grunge pap rock employs the genre's standard ingredients (metallic melodies, vaguely ominous drum rumble and self-flagellating angst), resulting in an approach about as fresh as a Spandau Ballet reunion. Perhaps the kids, wearied by spit-shined, teenybopper fluff, just wanna rock again. Or maybe every generation just gets the Grand Funk Railroad-esque band they deserve. For more on Creed, see article, p. 79. Opening act, Ontario-based Finger Eleven, are overshadowed by the blinding commercial success of labelmates Creed, but the five-piece bring a similar hard-guitar/sensitive-lyrical-side sound to their music. The deviation comes in F11's often heavier, chunkier rhythm guitar and dissonant hardcore hooks, which bring Korn more to mind. Also on the bill, semi-local heavy rockers Sevendust. Philips Arena (Robertson/Hutchinson)

JUNO REACTOR -- Juno Reactor (Ben Watkins and associates) has been producing some of the most interesting, arresting psychedelic Goa trance (named after an area of India where the style flourished at outdoor raves) of the '90s, though Juno Reactor will probably be most notoriously remembered for working with Traci Lords. Juno Reactor's first major gig was providing chill-out tunes along the Orb tour of roughly 1993. Now Alex Patterson of the Orb returns the favor, touring with Juno Reactor, so expect a mix of hard-hitting beats, squelching basslines and airy melodies. Goa trance's heyday may have peaked by 1996, when Paul Oakenfold stopped heavily supporting the style on his Perfecto Fluoro label (the genre's most public forum), but that hasn't stopped Juno Reactor from continuing on, breeding a unique blend of powerful tunes (a little on the industrial side), unlike what most so-called trance DJs spin nowadays. Masquerade (Ware)

PRODUCER'S BALL -- The Atlanta Entertainment Association hosts a benefit for the Arts in the School Program, featuring music care of DJ Mars. The event is also a CD release party for People Get Ready, a tribute to Curtis Mayfield featuring local producers. $20 donation. Velvet Room (Ware)

UZ JSME DOMA -- These wild Czechs have been at it for years, pumping out their unhinged avant garde party music. It swings, it bounces and occasionally throttles you by the neck. You haven't seen anything quite like it, yet the vibe is altogether engrossing. Eyedrum (Foy)

Also performing


9 LIVES SALOON: Alabama Thunderpussy, Gonzales, Throttlerod

513 CLUB: Kill Your Idols

THE BAYOU ROOM: Monday Night Football

BLIND WILLIE'S: Frankie Lee and the Blues Mission

CHECKERED PARROT: Karaoke

DARWIN'S: Liz Melendez and Donna Hopkins acoustic

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Acoustic Open Mic

EYEDRUM: Uz Jsme Doma, Twittering Machine

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Kaizer Blades

FUZZY'S: Francine Reed & Henry Parrilla

MARY'S: BritPop Video Night

MASQUERADE: Juno Reactor, the Orb's Alex Patterson

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Northside Blues Jam hosted by Larry Griffith

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: 420 Monks featuring Bonz of Stuck Mojo

PHILIP'S ARENA: Creed, Sevendust, Finger Eleven

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: The Strange, Travisty Theory

STAR BAR-L5P: Hari-karaoke, Stomp and Stammer rock and roll trivia

THE VELVET ROOM: Producer's Ball featuring DJ Mars

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