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M.I.A. British-based Sri Lankan M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam) was a visual artist video-documenting Elastica's 2000 U.S. tour when Peaches introduced her to the Roland MC-505 sequencer and changed her avocation. Though a novice, M.I.A. picked it up quickly, vigorously applying pastiche principles in fashioning her vibrant sound. M.I.A. mixes a dizzying variety of sources and styles, with an intoxicating rhythmic vocal delivery. Her latest, Kala, improves on the much-feted Arular, working an even broader blend of hip-hop, ragga, electronica, eastern tones and even punk. $22. 9 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. -- CP

SCOUT NIBLETT Scout Niblett is a rare beast in the highly derivative indie-rock world: an artist with a unique voice. Her grungy blues hits hard like rock 'n' roll thunder, and her voice jumps to the tug and push of the music. Her albums, including the just-released This Fool Can Die Now, are difficult, unusual and not always easy to enjoy. Her Atlanta performance should be lots of fun, though, as it will be part of the Star Bar's Halloween festivities. Rock City Dropouts and Burmese Crush join her. $8. 8 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-5740. www.starbaratlanta.com. -- MR

SHOUT OUT LOUDS Stockholm, Swedish group Shout Out Louds aims to write shimmering, perfect pop. It frequently hits the mark on its new album, Our Ill Wills; and when it falters, its wryly earnest charm carries it through. As a veteran of the L.A. hipster rock wars, Nico Vega is slightly less optimistic, playing tough rock 'n' roll that recalls Concrete Blonde and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Stockholm duo Johnossi opens. $12. 9 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. -- MR

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PYLON, THE SELMANAIRES, NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS Pylon is the true survivor of the Golden Age of Athens Music. The only band from that halcyon era to completely retain its credibility, quality and original lineup, its small but influential catalog of music has inspired everyone from the members of Sleater-Kinney to James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem. Longtime fan Murphy has reissued Pylon's classic debut LP Gyrate on his DFA label, making it widely available on CD for first time ever. The deluxe, expanded Gyrate + will be on sale tonight, while the new wave-injected Selmanaires and newish Athens band the New Sound of Numbers open the show. $12. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- LVS

Bands/performers/venues wishing to be included in Sound Menu's noted-acts boxes may send recordings, press material and schedules two weeks in advance to Creative Loafing c/o Rodney Carmichael, 384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30313, or e-mail information to: rodney.carmichael@creativeloafing.com. To be included in the listings only, e-mail venue and band schedules by Friday at noon (for the issue that comes out the following Thursday) to soundboard@creativeloafing.com.

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