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THURS/11

ATHENS POPFEST Athens-based indie-pop label Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records begins an ambitious slate of poppy entertainment at two venues, the 40 Watt Club and the nearby -- and much smaller -- Little Kings. The event features five nights of catchy, often twee, pop and rock acts beginning at 3 p.m. and going on till last call in the wee hours. $40 (four-day pass). 3 p.m.-2 a.m. 40 Watt, Little Kings, Athens. 706-549-7871. www.hhbtm.com/popfest. -- Lee Valentine Smith

ATLANTIS MUSIC CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL 2005 SHOWCASE More than 300 local, regional, national and international bands/artists perform in 18 Atlanta music venues. Most scheduled to play are "unsigned" acts; some are on their way up. A one-price "wristband" offers admission to all Atlantis showcases, with the caveat that minimum age limits vary and are set by each venue. See Vibes p. 95. $30 three-day pass. Various times and venues. 678-819-1558. www.atlantismusic.com. -- Mark Gresham

GLASS CANDY, DANAVA, eNTERTAINME.nt, SHOCK CINEMA Glass Candy nuclei, singer Ida No and guitarist Johnny Jewel, gel with a trashy, star-spangled strut that meets T. Rex and Blondie somewhere between movie sets from Fame and The Road Warrior. Opening sleaze-rock act Danava lends Glass Candy its drummer as the group comes through in support of its upcoming full-length, Iko Iko. Local "don't call us gothic" goth punks Entertainment and Shock Cinema open the show. $5. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- Chad Radford

LUCINDA WILLIAMS, ROB JUNGKLAS From the sometimes bizarre sound of her voice on the recent live album, it appears that Williams has been riding the road a bit lately. Her performances have been inconsistent, with off-kilter vocals compounding the hard-to-understand lyrical content of her new, nonetheless spotty material. For some reason, she always seemed more interesting when she took five or six years between albums. Opener Jungklas had a minor hit in the '80s with "Boystown," but pretty much flew under the radar until his recent country-blues album, Arkadelphia. Sold out. 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden. 404-876-5859. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org. -- James Kelly

FRI/12

ATLANTIS MUSIC CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL 2005 SHOWCASE See Thurs., Aug. 11 and Vibes p. 95. $30 three-day pass. Various times and venues. 678-819-1558. www.atlantismusic.com. -- MG

BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASS The Rev. Jeff Mosier and his flock is the featured act before the Braves game tonight. The jam band's performance is an installment in the Turner South My South Rocks concert series. Mosier, one of the founders of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, will be joined by David Blackmon (Widespread Panic) on fiddle for an hour-long set of psychedelic hick-hop "bluesgrass." Free with admission to the game. 6 p.m. Fan Pavilion, Turner Field. www.alt.turnersouth.com/msot/2005/mysouthrocks.html. -- LVS

LEON REDBONE With his neo-Ragtime style and quaint archaic shtick, Leon Redbone has found a unique niche in popular music that nobody else even attempts to overtake. Redbone's deadpan delivery and understated finger picking exemplifies the classic parlor music of the early 1900s. Now THAT'S a throwback. $20. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. -- JK

SAT/13

ATLANTIS MUSIC CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL 2005 SHOWCASE See Thurs., Aug. 11 and Vibes p. 95. $30 three-day pass. Various times and venues, 678-819-1558. www.atlantismusic.com. -- MG

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA A free outdoor "blanket and picnic basket" concert of light classics on the lawn at Piedmont Park, conducted by Jere Flint. Free. 7:30 p.m. Piedmont Park. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. -- MG

DJ KLEVER, JEFF MYERS Have you heard about the party over here? It's much like the party over there, the one where you can wave your hands in the air and shake your derrière. And whether you want future breaks, spacious downbeat, rare groove or bustling drum 'n' bass, this party will provide. The round beats will bounce like two pigs wrestling under a blanket. Call for cover price. 10 p.m. Halo Lounge. 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com. -- Tony Ware

HOME PARK REUNION SHOW Reuniting a grip of longtime 91.1-FM/WREK favorites and one-time residents of Atlanta's Home Park neighborhood, lady punks Catfight headline a hodgepodge of insurgent sounds. From loose punk to complex showmanship, the show will span several facets of Atlanta's ever-shifting underground. The bill also includes performances from DQE, Home of the Wildcats, Hubcap City, 'Giques and Bite. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH Yes, the South Carolina-based band peaked long ago and inadvertently spawned a generation of frat-friendly, rootsy crooners (Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain), but they have a fine new album on their hands. Looking for Lucky is as good as their big radio hits from the early '90s and nowhere near as overexposed. If you go, be sure to look for crafty sideman Peter Holsapple on keys and guitar. He co-founded North Carolina's the dB's in the '80s, and he frequently joined R.E.M. on tour and record in the '90s. $72.12-$27.84. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. www.classicchastain.org. -- LVS

PAUL HARRIS Back when ecstasy was all over the news, Mitsubishi-branded pills were all the rage. And it was a Mitsubishi commercial that introduced the world at large to the Grammy-winning trio Dirty Vegas, of which Paul Harris is a member. Coincidence? I think not. Dirty Vegas is all ecstatic about that soaring, ethereal Spanish island funk. So come check out the amped prog/acid house new wave rocktronica. J-Luv and Kevin O also lay it down and dirty. $20. 9 p.m. www.eleven50.com. 404-874-0428. -- TW

TANYA TUCKER, RESTLESS HEART A major country (and sometimes pop) music star since she was only 13, Tucker continues to be a hit-making machine. Her raspy rocking, soothing and occasionally world-weary voice and down-home beauty completes the package. Opener Restless Heart has been steadily churning out their Eagles-meets-Alabama country-pop since the late '80s. $25. 7:30 p.m. Lanierland Country Music Park. 706-216-1900. www.lanierland.com. -- LVS.

JUSTIN ROSOLINO, MIKE KINNEBREW Talented singer/songwriter Rosolino blends the spiritual and earthly with his emotive, often soulful, vocals and rock-meets-new-age acoustic guitar prowess. Wonderlust, his recent album, is a fine collection of songs from an artist in command of his own style and destiny. Mike Kinnebrew opens the late show. $8. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. www.eddiesattic.com. -- LVS

MON/15

JAMES TAYLOR "Sweet Baby James" may be a lot older and balder these days, but he is a towering icon in the short history of contemporary singer/songwriters; an archetype so imbedded in our culture that virtually all others simply fall short as they strive for equivalence. While some of his material may sound dated, much of it holds up amazingly well. Both nights sold out. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-249-6400. www.atlantaconcerts.com. -- JK

WED/17

LEANN RIMES Once thought to be the "teen" reincarnation of Patsy Cline, is all grown up and back on track after a fruitless attempt to cross over into the pop world. She has opted for a more mature and comfortable contemporary country sound, and continues to do amazing things with her stunning voice. $19-$53. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-5000. www.classicchastain.org. -- JK

POWERLUNCH, AHLEUCHATISTAS Baltimore-based instrumental trio Powerlunch churns out frenetic, head-banging assaults that traverse everything from prog metal to jazz and reggae belligerence. Stumbling between tight rounds of composition that butts heads with loose improvisation, the group pushes classical training to anarchic new heights. $5. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR

CASSAVETES, THORNTON, HOTEL Local four-piece Cassavetes plays a solid and electro-tinged take on indie rock, drawing comparisons to everyone from Wilco to Radiohead. Nashville's noir-pop outfit, so named after the group's songwriter Kevin Thornton, mixes subtle religious imagery with otherworldly melancholy. $5. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

HEADLIGHTS, VIA AUDIO Yet another project of the always-booked Tristan Wraight. In Headlights, he and another Absinthe Blind member Erin Fein traffic vocal harmonies over their sweet, sparkly jangle. Call for time and ticket price. The Drunken Unicorn. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- Nikhil Swaminathan

THURS/18

(smog), DAY MARS RAY, DREW DeMAN & A HANDFUL OF SNAKES (smog) returns to Atlanta with an all new set of peculiar folk-pop ditties about love, sex, depression and death, all delivered with a dry wit and a subtle smirk. Day Mars Ray is the current incarnation of former American Dream frontman David Railey. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- CR

TEEBEE, MAYHEM, MACHU, SUBCONSCIOUS "Sometimes when I'm driving ... on the road at night ... I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the explosion. The sound of shattering glass. The ... flames rising out of the flowing gasoline." -- Christopher Walken, Annie Hall (1977). "The best drum 'n' bass licks at your heels like the Northern Lights -- part of bleary, mangled nights part delirium, part dementia." -- Tony Ware, Old Fourth Ward (2005). $10 (Ladies Free). 10 p.m. The Mark. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. -- TW

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