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FRI/DECEMBER 15
Noted acts
BIG SKY, THE MAYFLIES USA, COLOR -- Frat-friendly Big Sky return to Atlanta tonight, fresh from their 30 cities in 40 days college campus tour. Joining them will be North Carolina's Mayflies USA. A very strong pop/rock band, the Mayflies should give the Sky-liners a run for their money with tunes from their excellent Chris Stamey-produced album The Pity List. But don't feel sorry for them, they are the highlight of the bill. Matt Serletic's newest product, Color, open. Admission is $7 plus two cans of food. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith)

BILLY PILGRIM -- Andrew Hyra and Christian Bush are war horses of the most noble and durable lineage. They've survived both indie and major-label politics and remained true to their vision of simple, acoustic rock. Pure and simple. An Eddie's favorite and a Decatur institution. Talia Paul opens. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

THE BIG ART SHOW -- The art of Phil Cheney & Woozle is accompanied by live music from Snake Oil Medicine Show for "a great night where art & music collide in a cosmoverse that is unknown to common man." Um, OK. Red Light Café (Ware)

THE BOGUES, ALLISON JARRELL -- The Bogues are Atlanta's best-kept pub-rock secret, playing at Atlanta's coolest new musician's hangout. Tonight, in addition to playing all their rollicking gems, they'll present a special intimate set by the spellbinding Allison Jarrell. Blue Lagoon Lounge (Smith)

CATFIGHT, 6X, LUST, PUDDIN, BORN TO PLEASE -- A female-fronted Who's Who of Atlanta punk/pop gathers tonight at the Echo. Catfight!, with new drummer Suzanne Gibboney (Lust, Vendettas) shares the bill with the explosive one-two punch of Lara Kiang and Rob Gal in 6X; Lust, with Gibboney again; Puddin, featuring Julius Pleaser/Loaded Dice vixen Kim Breeden; and new kids on the pop block, Born To Please. Tonight also marks a Mouthbreathers reunion of sorts. The Rej brothers Kevin (in 6X) and Jonny (in Puddin) will both be in the house. Echo Lounge (Smith)

SEAN COSTELLO -- Guitarist/vocalist Costello is dedicated to the blues/R&B tradition, and he communicates his commitment with energy and taste. Recovered from throat problems that scuttled some recent gigs, Costello is wrapping up a thoroughly successful Y2K with local gigs. He's also is in pre-production for a new CD. Northside Tavern (Powell)

THE EVE OF ROCK IN THE S.W.A.T.S -- Brought to you by the folks you do the "Alternative Rock Soul-U-Tions" show on WRFG, this night of black-oriented rock aims to expose urban areas to "alternative" music (that is, stuff not considered urban music -- rock, metal, old-school hard funk). E.X. Vortex, Eve of Reality and Edenrage perform, and D-Rock Soul-Jah spins, at this new venue in the heart of the West End. African House of Peace/840 Ralph D. Abernathy Dr. (Sarig)

THE FLINCH -- Longtime local pop/rock act re-unites, bringing their Elvis-Costello-goes-South-of-the-Border sound back to the Dark Horse for yet another go. (Does this betoken a new chapter for that Beside the Music mockumentary they were filming around the time when they originally disbanded?) They're headlining and will probably go on at midnight. Dark Horse (Nicoll)

GLITTERDOME -- See article. The Chamber (Williams)

LOCAL INGREDIENTS -- It's a Kaleidoscope party featuring Pam Howe, Justin Hale, Defacto, D.R.E.S. tha Beatnik, Minamina Goodsong, Jermy Salas and Associates, Barney, DJ T'Challa, Allison Powell and Elizabeth Davidovich. See article. The Earl (Smith)

MIKE KELLY TRIO -- See listing for Dec. 14. Churchill Grounds (Powell)

MICHAEL W. SMITH CHRISTMASTIME SHOW -- You may remember Michael W. Smith from his early '90s hit, "Place in This World." Well, even before his pop cross-over, Smith had a place on Christian radio (as keyboardist for Amy Grant) and he's bringing to Atlanta his own brand of rock mixed with respectful worship, as well as similarly sacred-yet-secular acts Anointed and the Katinas. Atlanta Civic Center (Ware)

TIM O'BRIEN, DARRELL SCOTT -- Since Hot Rize's debut over 20 years ago, multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Brien has successfully established himself as the premier bluegrass musician. O'Brien is the master of the rare triumvirate; vocals, songwriting and playing. For the last four years he has busied himself with solo, duo and group efforts including the acclaimed NewGrange. This Friday's show with Darrell Scott will be a bluegrass highlight not to be missed. Wadsworth Auditorium/ Newnan (Prusin)

DAVID OLNEY, KEVIN WELCH, KIERAN KANE -- See article. Swallow at the Hollow/Roswell (Kelly)

ROCK 'N' ROLL CHRISTMAS BENEFIT FOR THE CHILDREN'S CENTER -- Ocelot play math rock, but the kind of math in the movie Pi -- emotional, complex, compelling, multi-level equations of harmonic patterns. Kid Boom Boom are hardcore with a hint of Boredoms-style noise no wave. Sterling and the Shine also perform. Eyedrum (Ware)

SEASON OF HOPE -- The Atlanta Chapter of the Recording Academy presents a holiday party and membership meeting featuring the talents of Francine Reed, Leonard Bernstein Children's Choir, Gizmo, Arrested Development and Dottie Peoples & Choir. Academy members are admitted free; non-members pay $15. Call 404-249-8881 for info. eleven50 (Ware)

TRUCKADELIC'S FOURTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR -- Country-punk wildmen Truckadelic host this gala Toys for Tots benefit show (and may even perform a holiday song at some point), but the principal entertainment tonight comes courtesy of Shitty Claus (the ubiquitous Jim Stacy) and his band Yule Log (members of Gargantua, Greasepaint and Truckadelic), who set ablaze some beloved Christmas standards. Also performing are country songbird Anna Kramer, the mighty Bully (doing a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.) and twangsters the Blacktop Rockets. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy or a cash donation for the tots. Star Bar (Nicoll)

TWIZTID -- If you don't suffer from crippling adolescence, the music of Twiztid -- face-painted and dreadlocked protégés of the Insane Clown Posse -- is completely unbearable. Twiztid are far from the first to rap about alienation, serial killing, bitches, their nuts or going nuts, and they're far from the best. "Horrorcore" peaked with the Gravediggaz, and the only people who rap about getting some are either getting none or shouldn't be allowed to risk getting a girl pregnant. Blaze and Relative Ash also perform. Masquerade (Ware)

Also performing

9 LIVES SALOON: Cyco, Reeb, Odd Job, The Heathens

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Pitch-a-Tent party with David Lowery & Johnny Hickman of Cracker, Kevn Kinney, Champale, Bugs Eat Books

513 CLUB: Jah Warriors, My Life Denial, Before the Fall

ANTHONY'S PIZZA AND PASTA-DECATUR: SCHMEE REUNION SHOW

ATLANTA CIVIC CENTER: Michael W. Smith Christmastime Tour with Anointed and the Katinas

BASIL'S CAFÉ: Steven Charles

BAYOU ROOM: Heart TO Heart

BILLY'S: Heather Luttrell

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson and the Shadows

BLUE LAGOON LOUNGE: Ralph Ellis & friends, Deke Dean

BLUE PIG-WOODSTOCK: Blue Pig All Stars

BLUE RACCOON: Bill Sheffield and the Ringtail Rounders

BRANDYHOUSE: Homemade Jam, Blu Voodoo

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BUFFALO'S-Akers Mill: Karen Leppo

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CAJUN KITCHEN: Wide Spread Panic Party

THE CHAMBER: Glitterdome

CHECKERED PARROT: Mike & Randy

CHIP'S-WINDER: Blue Sunday

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFÉ: The Mike Kelly Quartet

CJ'S LANDING: Clutch Cargo, Trances Arc

COPELAND'S: Theodis Ealy

CRESCENT ROOM: Adom

DARK HORSE TAVERN : The Flinch, Elephant, The Wood

DARWIN'S: Roger "Hurricane" Wilson

DOTTIE'S: Heinous Beinfang, Sir Millard Mulch, Rainbow Moses

THE EARL: Local Ingredients featuring Defacto, Pam Howe and friends, Psyche Origami, Jermy Salas and Associates, Pirates of Olde, Minamina Goodsong, D.R.E.S. tha Beatnik, Justin Hale, plus dance, visual art and DJ T'Challa the Teacher

ECHO LOUNGE: Catfight, 6X, Lust, Puddin, Born To Please

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Billy Pilgrim, Talia Paul

EYEDRUM: Rock 'N' Roll Christmas Benefit for the Children's Center featuring Ocelot, Kid Boom Boom, Sterling and the Shine

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Chicago Joe Jones, Kindle Williams, Sr. and Blue Soul

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Lachez Les

FUZZY'S: Cold Chills

HEMINGWAY'S TROPICAL BAR & GRILL: Phil N the Blanks

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Rikki Fargo

KILLER CREEK: The Showtyme Jazz Duo

KLASSICS: Alien

LUBYS SPORTS BAR: Shan Alverson

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: Twiztid, Blaze, Relative Ash

METROPOLITAN PIZZA : Blacklight Posterboys

MURPHY'S LAW: Dixie Blues

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Sean Costello

THE OFFICE: Big Al Jano & the Blues Mafia

PAVILION: D.J. Neil

PEACHTREE CENTER: The Joe Gransden Trio

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Legend

THE PUB: The Naked Truth

RED LIGHT CAFÉ: The Big Art Show featuring works by Phil Cheney and Wozzle and music by Snake Oil Medicine Show

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Big Sky, Color, the Mayflies USA

SOMBER REPTILE: Deep Blue Sun, X-Pan Band, Pot & Pan, Ralph Roddenbery, Billy McKinley, David Blackman, Farm Hand Band

SPIVEY HALL: Richard Morris and Hector Olivera

STAR BAR-L5P: Toyr For Tots benefit with Yule Log, Black Top Rockets, Bully, Anna Kramer

THE SWALLOW AT THE HOLLOW: David Olney, Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane

SWISSOTEL: Graham Jackson Jr. - piano

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

UGLY MUG PUB: Alley Katz

WADSWORTH AUDITORIUM-NEWNAN: Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Stacey James Band

WILD WING CAFÉ: The Pondering

WOODEN NICKEL: Radio Show

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