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FRI/DECEMBER 29
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BELMONT PLAYBOYS, MOONSHINE KILLERS -- Talk about a double-shot! As if the surreal, unchained wailing of the Moonshine Killers wasn't jolting enough, tonight you get the thundering unleashed rockabilly of the Playboys as a chaser. Definitely catch a cab ride home after this one. Star Bar (Nicoll)

BERNARD LINNETTE'S INTERACTIVE SEXTET -- Linnette, a profoundly talented jazz drummer, has worked with Freddy Cole, Little Jimmy Scott and Dakota Staton. His sextet -- inspired by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, with tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter and trumpet player Freddie Hubbard -- strives for a well-arranged blend of straight-ahead, Latin and avant garde grooves and choice ballads. The sextet features Linnette, Rodney Jordan (bass), Dennis Springer (tenor sax), Lester Walker (trumpet), Gary Motley (piano) and Veronica Tate (vocals). Expect explorations on songs such as Shorter's "This Is for Albert," John Coltrane's "Soul Eyes" and the Jazz Messengers' "One by One." Churchill Grounds (Powell)

BLUE STRING -- Yet another band capitalizing off the Widespread Panic/Gregg Allman-fueled weekend. They do the same roots-rock multi-instrumentalist thing, so you best have a hankering for banjo or mandolin or some such. If you like the Allman Bros., Widespread, Sister Hazel, Leftover Salmon or any other jangly Southern-influenced college-circuit jam band, you must be in heaven. Free with a Sister Hazel or Peach Bowl ticket. PlanetJam Cotton Club (Ware)

CIGAR STORE INDIANS, BLUE JAYS -- The Indians stomp out a rockabilly war dance whenever they play, but tonight's opening act is equally enjoyable. With two vocalists perfectly complementing each other, the swingin' Blue Jays can make a Bobby Goldsboro chestnut sound as cool as a Gene Vincent classic. They also offer outstanding guitar work, sweet pedal steel and some of the crispest drumming you're ever likely to hear. Admission is $10 and two cans of food. Smith's Olde Bar (Nicoll)

FASCIA -- Preparing to wrap up their exhibition, running at both the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and Gallery eleven50, multimedia collective Fascia will perform in Atlanta one last time before relocating to New York. In symphony with video and digital photographic visual displays, fascia creates lush ambient landscapes with the occasional slight hint of jungle breaks. MJQ (Hutchinson)

LEE GRIFFIN BAND -- If you haven't seen Lee Griffin lately, you haven't seen him. An always talented blues guitarist (who for several years held the Monday night slot at Fat Matt's Rib Shack), Griffin has evolved into a remarkably fluent and versatile jazz player as well. He puts his diverse skills to good groovin' use in this ensemble, which also features B-3 organ player Dan Seifert, tenor saxophonist Al Shepard and drummer Paul Fallat. Comeaux's/Alpharetta (Powell)

HUDSON FALCONS -- The GMM Recording artists hit the 513 tonight for a night of slammin' working-class punk. The hard-touring New Jersey band will be joined by A.P.A, Callaghan and the Persuagins. Should be a fun evening of uncontrolled anarchy. 513 (Smith)

KING COTTON BAND -- Blues standards and originals at the roadhouse. Tonight authentic blues, jump and R&B will be harvested by the big band fronted by Cotton, former leader of the Bonedaddys, and his pickers. Chip's-Winder (Smith)

PLEASANTDALES -- The Pleasantdales play their final show by revisiting each era of their five years with the different drummers and guitarists who made them possible. Opening are Eden and Elliott James and the Snakes. Dark Horse Tavern (Ware)

DORIA ROBERTS -- The intense singer and activist is the featured act at tonight's "Five Act Friday" series at Eddie's. She's sure to perform songs from her new album, radiodoria, and comment on current events. Also on the bill are Danzig and Wooley, Michael Tolcher, Kit Rodgers and Tammy Fowler. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

SISTER HAZEL -- Sister Hazel's riding a "Champagne High" -- the second single from their 2000 album, Fortress (recorded at Atlanta's Nickel and Dime Studios). These Gainesville, Fla., native purveyors of sing-along arena pop/rock return to the Tabernacle for another year-ending show. Breaking out of the Southeastern circuit, their 1997 major label debut album, Somewhere More Familiar sold more than 1 million copies. Sort of Hootie-ishly anonymous regular guys, the earnest crowd-pleasing quintet makes sure the concert experience is "All For You." Tabernacle (Kimes)

SUBSONICS, DQE -- Those rocking, take-no-shit Subsonics are the perfect post-holiday depression antidote. One good shot of Clay's Cramps-and-Velvets-flavored elixir should make the after-season bright. Also glittering dervishes Buffi and Christy should make you forget all about that lame shirt your folks gave you for Christmas. Rip it off and rock, mama's boy. Grace Braun and her current Empire offer some leftover gift-wrap, holding odd yet endearing tales from Cabbagetown. The Earl (Smith)

3 DOORS DOWN -- 3 Doors Down come into town to inaugurate the House of Blues new venue with a two-day stand, strong as Superman on their hit radio singles including "Kryptonite." Days of the New and Dust for Life also perform at this all ages show. Center Stage (Ware)

WOGGLES, BLACKTOP ROCKETS, YOUNG ANTIQUES, LIZARDMEN, POSH DIGS -- The Echo is having a massive year-end bash with a Mardi Gras theme and tonight's line-up is certainly reason to celebrate. A gaggle of Atlanta's best real rock 'n' roll bands will converge to burn down the joint. A set from the Woggles alone is an exhausting dance party, but on this show they are preceded by the authentic rockabilly of the Blacktop Rockets; the rootsy-new-wave gothic of the Young Antiques; the early '60s beat happening of the Lizardmen; and a visit from new-wave combo Posh Digs to kick things off. Echo Lounge (Smith)

Also performing


9 LIVES SALOON: Rev 7, Mighty Fine Haggis, 100 Dollar Day, Lickity Split

513 CLUB: Hudson Falcons, A.P.A., Callaghan, Persuagins

BASIL'S CAFÉ: Steven Charles

BAYOU ROOM: Retro Pleasures

BILLY'S: Beni's Basement

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson

BLUE LAGOON LOUNGE: Mr. Moonlight

BLUE RACCOON: Chicago Joe

BRANDYHOUSE: Col. Bruce Hampton & the Code Talkers

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BUFFALO'S-AKERS MILL: Karen Leppo

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILLS: Karaoke

CENTER STAGE: 3 Doors Down, Days of the New, Dust for Life

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster

CHECKERED PARROT: Spider Kelly Band

CHIP'S-WINDER: The King Cotton Band

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFÉ: Bernard Linnette's Interactive Sextet

CJ'S LANDING: The Ajax Heavies, Morning Glory

COMEAUX'S: Lee Griffin Band

COPELAND'S: Gewn Hughes

DARK HORSE TAVERN : The Pleasantdales final show, Elliott James and the Snakes, Eden

DARWIN'S: Microwave Dave & the Nukes

DOTTIE'S: Earthtone Sound System

THE EARL: Subsonics, DQE

ECHO LOUNGE: Woggles, Young Antiques, Lizardmen, Posh Digs

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Doria Roberts, Danzig & Woolley, Michael Tolcher, Kit Rodgers, Tammy Fowler

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Delta Rockers

FUZZY'S: Barry Richman

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: "Chicago Bob" Nelson & the J-Birds

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Tyler Wails

LUBY'S: Andrew Leonza

MARY'S: Music Videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: Stranger By Day, Imagine Me Weightless, I Spy, King's Indian

MCDUFF'S IRISH PUB: Open Mic with Vicki Salz

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Stars

MJQ CONCOURSE: Fascia

MURPHY'S LAW: Alien

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: King Johnson

OLDE PECULIAR HOUSE: Bufkin & Davis

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: After Midnight Jam with Blue String

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Bullethead

THE PUB: The Naked Truth

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Cigar Store Indians, the Blue Jays

SOMBER REPTILE: Downlift, Hollowed Reflection, Zero Machine, Chaos Orb, Pig=Donut, Tortion

STAR BAR-L5P: Belmont Playboys, Moonshine Killers

SWISSOTEL: Graham Jackson, Jr.

THE TABERNACLE: Sister Hazel, Marathon

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

WILD WING CAFÉ: Chronic

WOODEN NICKEL: Vagrant Justice

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