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EX-HUSBANDS, HANGTOWN -- For country music delivered with rock star attitude, there's nobody quite like the Ex-Husbands. They've got great big hats and a sound to match, sort of like Hank Jr. fronting the Who. Hangtown are an excellent match for them, a rock 'n' roll band out of Florida whose sound leans heavily toward country. Star Bar (Nicoll)

HARVEY PITTEL SAXOPHONE QUARTET -- Call it a recital or call it a gig, Pittel and his quartet work from an exhaustive repertoire that spans from Bach to Dave Brubeck. A critically praised instrumentalist and music educator, Harvey Pittel has a strong foothold in both jazz and classical territories. Spivey Hall (Hutchinson)

KING JOHNSON -- Oliver Wood and his royal family hold court tonight, bringing the subjects a required dose of soulful N'Awlins-style gumbo and some extended jams. A veteran of Chip's Blues Festivals in its previous roadhouse incarnation, this new hot 'n' spicy version of King Johnson should be a welcome attraction to the funk-hungry locals in quaint little old Winder, Ga. Chip's/Winder (Smith)

ANDREA MARCOVICCI, ASO -- See Cabaret article, p. 73. Symphony Hall (Brown)

MOJAVE 3 -- See article, p. 77. Echo Lounge (Ware)

SLOWEARTH -- These Earth-movers roll into 9 Lives tonight to ruminate on the future of mankind and rock the joint a little, too. Ponderous lyrics and rolling thunder instrumentation frame a fairly entertaining band, doing their bit to save the world, or what's left of it. Check them out before California crumbles into the sea. 9 Lives Saloon (Smith)

SOULHAT -- Genre-bending folk rock with a turbo-charged blues vibe, Austin's Soulhat has been at it in one form or another for the past 10 years. While most of the tracks on last year's Terminus Records release, Experiment on a Flat Plane, are rooted in acoustic guitar and the band is fronted by lone remaining founder Kevin McKinney, Soulhat's complete melodic sound goes beyond the realm of the band-augmented singer-songwriter. Smith's Olde Bar (Hutchinson)

SOUP -- For their first Atlanta show since last October, the Soup boys are promising 15 new songs. They also claim they've got a newer, tighter style -- with more emphasis on electric guitar -- and that most of the new compositions are only four minutes long. Do the math. PlanetJam Cotton Club (Nicoll)

SUNNYTIME SOUP -- See Earshot, p. 79. Kids 'R' Kids Auditorium (Smith)

WEEKEND OF SWING -- The Georgia Tech Dance Association organizes a weekend of swing dancing (yes, that trend from yesteryear following that trend that happened yesteryears ago). Each night features beginner's lessons and expert bands. The lessons begin at 8 p.m., while the dance, featuring the music of local big band A Moment's Notice, begins at 9 p.m. A demonstration by 2000 North Atlantic Dance Lindy Hop Champions Steve Bailey and Carla Heiney is included. Watching all that fancy footwork and those pretty clothes might make you think there's still some flash left in that pan. For more info visit http://swingswingswing.com/gtswing/. Georgia Tech Student Center (Ware)

WOMEN-OF-ROCK-IN-THE-ROUND -- Following the career of Caroline Aiken is like charting the course of Atlanta's acoustic/Eddie's Attic scene. She helped inspire the Indigo Girls. She performs a song by Michelle Malone on her live CD, Live Bait. Angie Aparo provides background vocals on the same album. Aiken injects a strong, sensual presence to contemporary, bluesy folk through the shimmer of 12-string guitar, much the way, say, Mary Chapin-Carpenter does to country. The songs have been lived and lived in. Some choice covers of adult contemporary artists such as Elton John are possible as well. Also performing are jazzy Diane Durrett and folk rocker Donna Hopkins. Eddie's Attic (Ware)

BASIL'S CAFÉ: Steven Charles

BILLY'S: The Beni Braun Trio

BLUE RACCOON: Bill Sheffield and the Ringtail Rounders

BRANDYHOUSE: Blueground Undergrass, Sue G. Wilkinson

BRIDGES

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke: Jazz with the Sharp Four

CAJUN KITCHEN: Astral Swing, Entropy

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster - progressive hits

CHECKERED PARROT: Randy and Mike

CHIP'S-WINDER: King Johnson

CJ'S LANDING: , Amy Palys Band, Karen Russ & Radiant Tribe, Liquid Ginger, Ian Schumacher

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B

COSMOPOLITAN: DJ Ted Fortenberry

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Persona, Loud American Tourists, Feel Love Fury

DARWIN'S: Breeze Kings

DILLONS: Askia Bakori

THE EARL: Spectralux with special guests

ECHO LOUNGE: Mojave 3, Push Stars, Sid Hillman Group

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Caroline Aiken, Diane Durrett, Donna Hopkins

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Fatt Bottom

FIREHOUSE: Parnassus

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Jucifer, Le Guano

FUZZY'S: Lou's Blues

GEORGIA TECH STUDENT CENTER: Weekend of Swing featuring Steve Bailey, Carla Heiney and A Moment's Notice

THE HANGAR: TenBall

HARVEST CAFÉ: Emerald Rose

HEMINGWAY'S TROPICAL BAR & GRILL: A1A

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Rodger "Hurricane" Wilson

KAYA: Northern Exposure with V-103's Frank Ski, DJ Kemit, Buddy and J-Nice playing house and hip-hop plus soul/funk

KIDS 'R' KIDS AUDITORIUM-1625 EXECUTIVE PARKWAY: CD release party for Sunnytime Soup, featuring entertainer Paula Greenfield, comedian Tim Settemi, dancers and others

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LUBY'S SPORTS BAR: DJ Mark Savage

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: The Big Boys of Rock - Gargantua, Mastadon, El Caminos

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: 13 Stories

MJQ CONCOURSE: Controlling Variable - Team Rollers Family Picnic

MURPHY'S LAW: Big Al Jano and the Blues Mafia

NEXT DOOR AT SWEETWATER-LAWRENCEVILLE: Alien

9 LIVES SALOON: Bend, slowEarth, Smugface, Rareair

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: SoCo with DJs Michael Scott, Marcos Pieras and live guest Aerial

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: The Electromatics

OLDE PECULIAR PUBLIC HOUSE: Bufkin & Davis of the Lizardmen

PIPER'S PUB: Thrill Machine

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: One-Year Anniversary with Soup, Film, Cornbread

PHUNKY PHISH TAVERN: Flow

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Bullethead

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Mina

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Soulhat, Marathon

SOMBER REPTILE: Vertigo Lounge, Cold Fusion, Descending Fire

STAR BAR-L5P: Ex-husbands, Hangtown

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Alanzo

SWISSOTEL: Graham Jackson, Jr.

UGLY MUG PUB: Southern Flavor

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Steve Cole

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

WILD WING CAFÉ: Shana Alverson

WOODEN NICKEL: Bullet Proof

YA-YAS: Peadboy and friends

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