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FRI/MARCH 16
SQUAT, APARTMENT PROJECTS -- One of the most enduring and under-appreciated groups from Athens, Squat create jazz that is both raw and classy. Grant Green meets Cachao in the group's mixture of clean, upfront guitar lyricism and Latin bass jump. Combine this with Squat's fresh energy and contemporary groove savvy and you get an invigorating jazz experience. Also, don't miss this rare treat to see Jeff Sipe and company -- or you'll have wait until next week before you can possibly catch these languid and prolific jammers again. Smith's Olde Bar (Hutchinson/Smith)

LESLIE BERRY -- Sometimes somber, sometimes politely simmering, South Carolina songwriter Berry's intense delivery forces listeners to pay attention. Her occasionally provocative material is witty, edgy and stares unblinkingly at a variety of unusual topics. A captivating entertainer. Borders Books and Music Café/Kennesaw (Smith)

BLUESTRING -- While bluegrass-fusion often is synonymous with sloppy, Athens' Bluestring craft economical tunes that couple bluegrass' lead instrumentation with a more funk-inclined rhythm section. The result isn't groundbreaking, but the young group's tight and polished sound is immediately ear-friendly. Planet Jam Cotton Club (Hutchinson)

RICK BRAUN -- Smooth jazz is a perplexing creature. It's innocuous elevator music associated with hold buttons and the dentist's office. Yet it's at times a valid, even innovative, jazz movement that calls many talented musicians its own. Straddling this fence is Rick Braun, whose week-old release, Kisses in the Rain, strikes the painfully perfect balance between compelling grooves and mind-numbing cheese. Robert Ferst Center/Ga. Tech (Hutchinson)

BROOKLYN COWBOYS, BLUEJAYS -- The Cowboys (see article) are a country/rock supergroup led by Gram Parsons-associate Walter Egan, best known for his hit "Magnet and Steel." The touring band also includes Lona Heins (a Grammy nominee for her singing on The Gram Parsons Notebook), Buddy Cage (New Riders of the Purple Sage) and Jeff Davis (Amazing Rhythm Aces). Velvety-voiced ensemble the Bluejays, featuring former members of Dry County and Poor Little Fools, opens. Star Bar (Nicoll)

CONTINENTAL DRIFTERS, BLACKTOP ROCKETS -- A very low-key supergroup of wildly diverse songwriters, the Drifters boast a lineup including Peter Holsapple (dB's), Vicki Peterson (the Bangles), and Susan Cowsill (the Cowsills). Imagine the Lovin' Spoonful and the Mamas and Papas reincarnated as a sextet of hip fortysomethings. The Blacktop Rockets open, offering authentic roadhouse rockabilly. Echo Lounge (Smith)

DRESSY BESSY, MARSHMALLOW COAST, ESSEX GREEN, CASPER FANDANGO & THE COOKIES -- Elephant 6 offshoot bands Dressy Bessy, Marshmallow Coast and Essex Green are considerably less distinct than their boho-musical-collective forebears. Though hardly terrible, each band covers territory already thoroughly explored by the likes of the Apples in Stereo and Of Montreal. Of the three, the Essex Green feels the most durable. Their preternaturally sunny, AM radio pop goes down like confectioner's sugar. For Casper Fandango & the Cookies, see article, p. 74. The Earl (Robertson)

DURAN DURAN -- See listing for March 14. Earthlink.Live (York)

GLITTERDOME -- A year ago, a strange thing happened at The Chamber and it had nothing to do with clothespins on nipples or candle wax. Mascara-drenched men and women lined up alongside fist-in-the-air metalheads to witness a resurrection of the gender-bending glam rock of the '70s and '80s. To celebrate the one-year anniversary, a host of divas of questionable genders, including Faster Pussycat's Taime Downe, Lourds and Brigit Brat, rock 'n' roll all night and probably party for a few days. The Chamber (Williams)

HALCYON, TAMMY FOWLER -- Always a favorite of the Agnes Scott crowd, Halcyon are a joyful, charismatic duo who may remind Attic regulars of the young Indigo Girls. They play two shows tonight. Tammy Fowler, a skillful and amusing singer/songwriter who's alone worth the admission price, opens the late show. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

THE LUDDITES, THE BOGUES -- Two of the city's best-kept musical secrets pair off tonight. The Luddites, celebrating the release of their third CD (see Earshot, p. 85), sneak some wry post-grad wit into their pop-rock, as if Lewis Carroll wrote for Flo & Eddie. The Bogues are a thinking-man's party band as well. Overflowing with sly double-entendres and obscure references, their tunes also provide delightfully danceable fun. Red Light Café (Nicoll)

JOHN MCDERMOTT, ASO -- Glasgow-born Canadian Irish tenor McDermott (of Three Tenors fame) performs a Scottish and Irish repertoire that may lean toward the latter this time, for obvious reasons. Symphony Hall (Falstaff)

NEVERLAND -- PlurPlanet.com presents superstar DJ Keoki. Known for his flamboyant behavior, Keoki established himself as a darling of the jet-setting NYC club scene 10 years ago. Keoki has released mix albums and is set to release his second original album, Jealousy. Expect a blend of trance and breaks. Also on the bill are Jygawatt, Jeremy & Kia, Steelo, Phalcore, Krayola Kid, Hailo and Octal. Globe Theater (Morin)

JONATHAN RICHMAN, SUBSONICS -- Richman is a rare artist, a minimalist rock legend who, along with longtime drummer (and There's Something About Mary co-star) Tommy Larkins, continues to slide in underneath the radar of unsuspecting listeners and leave them begging for more. Music that breaks your heart and still makes you dance. Opening act Subsonics set up a bunch of gear and make a bunch of noise. Variety Playhouse (Guthrie)

SLASH'S SNAKEPIT -- Those fortysomethings jonesin' for a dose of old-school '70s rock will be in air-guitar heaven tonight as the ex-Guns N' Roses fretman whips up a riff-heavy frenzy. Equal bits of old Van Halen, Aerosmith and the New York Dolls -- although without as distinctive a sound as any of them -- collide around Slash's grinding solos and a vocalist too cocky for his own good. Don't come expecting G N' R classics, but this'll be enjoyable dumb fun nonetheless. Roxy (Horowitz)

WORLD MAMBO MISSION -- In celebration of its new CD, El Zorro de Abajo, ever-expanding local Latin jazz outfit World Mambo Mission brings a little salsa flavoring to the Cajun Kitchen. Featuring six extended jams, including a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise" (which Coolio remade as "Gangsta's Paradise"), the CD showcases the band when it was a mere septet. Now boasting nine members, the World is larger and more dynamic than ever. Somber Reptile (Sarig)

ANTHONY'S: Uncle Dirty

BASIL'S CAFE: Steven Charles

BILLY'S: Heather Luttrell

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson and the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Bill Sheffield & the Ringtail Rounder's

BORDERS-AUSTELL: Wind

BORDERS-BUCKHEAD: Doug Latham

BORDERS-DOUGLASVILLE: Drawing Lines

BORDERS-DULUTH: McLauchlan

BORDERS-DUNWOODY: Queenie Mullnix

BORDERS-EAST COBB: Jonathan Adams

BORDERS-KENNESAW: Leslie Berry

BORDERS-MIDTOWN: Hal Beaver

BRANDYHOUSE: Blueground Undergrass, Beanstalk

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CAJUN KITCHEN: World Mambo Mission CD release party

THE CHAMBER: Glitterdome one-year anniversary

CHECKERED PARROT: Johnny Reed

CHIPS'S-WINDER: Rod Price

CJ'S LANDING: Film, Cornbread, 6 Against 7, Hank & Mike, Mickey David

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COSMOPOLITAN: Jeff Montleone Acoustic Duo, Ted Fortenberry

DADDY D'Z: Kindle Williams, Sr. and Blue Soul

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Ghost Town, Audiobridge, 4 Souls

DARWIN'S: Francine Reed

THE EARL: Dressy Bessy, Essex Green, Marshmallow Coast, Casper Fandango and the Cookies

EARTHLINK.LIVE: Duran Duran

ECHO LOUNGE: Continental Drifters, Blacktop Rockets

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Halcyon, Tammy Fowler

EYEDRUM: Twittering Machine

FADO IRISH PUB: Blue Collar All Stars

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Frankies Blues Mission

FIREHOUSE FOOD & SPIRITS: 285

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Jennifer Nettles Band, Jagstar

HEMINGWAY'S TROPICAL BAR & GRILL: Frogz

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Breeze Kings

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

KAZOO'S: Band X

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Tyler Wails

LAZY DOG TAVERN: Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Band

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: Catfight!, 6X, Puddin'

MELLOW MUSHROOM-BUFORD: Dave Williams

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Brian Collins

9 LIVES SALOON: Salt Circle, Ludlow, Loggerhead, Skin Engine

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: SoCo Audio Fridays - DJs Michael Scott and Marcos Pieras with Chicago's DJ Heather

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Sammy Blue Band

THE OFFICE: The Blast

PECKER HEAD BREWERY-DOUGLASVILLE: Motor City Josh

PHUNKY PHISH: Instant Karma

PIPER'S PUB: Blues Mafia

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Bluestring, Six Degrees

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Maxwell Lumas St.

POPPERS: Blues Mafia

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Squat, Apartment Projects

STAR BAR-L5P: Brooklyn Cowboys, Blue Jays

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: Zydeco T

THREE DOLLAR CAFE: Modern Hero

UGLY MUG PUB: Wenum Hill

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Jonathan Richman, Subsonics, Five Eight

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Stepdaughter AKA/ The Hooplas

WILD WING CAFE: Shana Alverson

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