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GARY ALLAN -- Allan proves that, in country music, donning a big hat does not necessarily make one a "hat act." Unlike the stream of Nashville pretty-boys, Allan is the latest exponent of country's West Coast capital, Bakersfield, Calif., -- closer to hard-living, hardcore acts such as Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam. The secret to Allan's success, however, seems to be his ability to make Western honky-tonk while delivering enough adult-pop to give his Nashville label something to sell. It's a fair compromise, and makes Allan one of the more promising acts to hit the country charts in recent years. Cowboy's/Kennesaw (Sarig)

CHUBBY CARRIER AND THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND -- Carrier's not the guy who invented the Twist, but his new album, It's Party Time, parodies the artwork for Chubby Checker's Limbo Party. Carrier is from a long line of hard-partying New Orleans musicians. Swamp Band guitarist Cookie Chavis, also of distinguished Zydeco lineage, was formerly a member of Buckwheat Zydeco. Should be fun. Chip's (Smith)

JOHN HAMMOND -- See review. Smith's Olde Bar (Horowitz)

LESS THAN JAKE, NEW FOUND GLORY -- The ska-punk hybrid that came of age in the '90s can have an unfortunate cut-and-paste feel, as Gainesville veterans Less Than Jake exemplify. On their latest release, Borders and Boundaries, the sextet writes punk songs with tack-on horn adornments rather than organic compositional wholes. Invigorating the bill is another Florida punk act, New Found Glory. With its smart, melodic pop-punk -- á la Blink 182 -- major record label support and general youthful exuberance, NFG could easily be headed for bigger things. Also performing are Anti-Flag and the Teen Idols. Masquerade (Hutchinson)

MONOCHROME, BLACKLIGHT POSTERBOYS -- Monochrome is, despite the name, a colorful, fiery young alt-rock band from Atlanta (see Earshot). They are effectively paired tonight with the city's most shamelessly unreconstructed glam-rockers, the amazingly long-lived Blacklight Posterboys. Star Bar (Nicoll)

NASHVILLE PUSSY, BOETZ -- Sleaze rockers Nashville Pussy may not be flying high as hell since losing their fire-breathing bassist, but they're more than a gimmick. AC/DC and Motorhead comparisons aside, this moonshine-for-blood rockers have their own thing going. It's good enough to inaugurate a new night, "Rock," at Kaya. Opening act Ernie Boetz is a throw-back to an era when men were serious about their music, their motorcycles and, hopefully, their split ends. Boetz makes shoulder-length '70s Southern boogie freedom rock. He's walked through the darkness, he's prayed for love to set him free, he probably knows how to do that cool trick where you spin a guitar around your back and catch it mid-chord. Balls-out rock indeed. Club Kaya (Ware)

PARTLY FUNNY WITH A CHANCE OF FAME! -- It's a night of silly songs and tuneful parodies when musical comedians Carla Ulbrich, Gregory Fleeman, Bob Malone and Tom Wolf share the stage. Ulbrich is still getting laughs with her raunchy number about the "F-word," and Fleeman has some hilarious new material this time, including "Monster Trucks on Ice" (inspired by an actual sporting event he attended recently in Macon). Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

BILLY'S: Dave Desmelik

BLIND WILLIE'S: Francine Reed

BLUE RACCOON: Open Jam hosted by Bill Sheffield

BRANDYHOUSE: Jelly Roll, Fat Apple

BRIDGES: Vocalist Paula Harris with Doug Jervey on keys

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Family trivia

CAFÉ 290: The Mike Kelly Trio

CAJUN KITCHEN: Sophia Darcell

THE CHAMBER: Club Fetish

CHECKERED PARROT: Dave Williams

CHIP'S-WINDER: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

CJ'S LANDING: Billionaire, Film

COSMOPOLITAN: Mike Magno

COWBOY'S-KENNESAW: Gary Allan

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Slowearth, Jodo Kast, Rant

DARWIN'S: Mike Lowry and friends

THE EARL: Forever, Ladder Day, The Authors Apology

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Carla Ulbrich, Tom Wolf, Gregory Fleeman, Bob Malone

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Chickenshack

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Jet By Day, the Gossip, Annaray

FUZZY'S: Lou's Blues

KAYA: ROCK with Nashville Pussy, Boetz and DJs T-Rock and Brutha P

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LUBY'S: Andre Leonza

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: Less Than Jake, A Newfound Glory, Teen Idols, Antiflag

METROPOLITAN BAR: Fursday Nite Lounge

MJQ CONCOURSE: Antique Erotica, Ubereasy

9 LIVES SALOON: Sidewinder 714, Rockin' Pontoons, Lickety Split

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: "Chic" with Justin Hale and DJ Ulises

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: The Breeze Kings

PIPER'S PUB: Brad Large

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Jazz Night featuring Surface Tension

POPPERS: Open Jam with Steve Hawkins

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: John Hammond

SPORTS TIME BAR & GRILL: Karaoke

STAR BAR-L5P: Monochrome, Blacklight Posterboys

SWEET DEVIL MOON: DJ Red

SWISSOTEL: Graham Jackson, Jr.

SYCAMORE TREE COFFEEHOUSE: Harry Lester

VININGS INN: Ian Schumacher

WOODEN NICKEL: Angry Monkey Project

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