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STACY EPPS Since returning to her native Atlanta from Los Angeles this fall, true-school MC and vocalist Stacy Epps has been on her grind, performing spot dates around the city and finishing an album, The Awaking, for release next spring. Tonight, she'll headline a showcase featuring ATL hip-hop prospects Mojo Swagger, the Dreamer (who just released a self-titled album) and Gripplyaz. $10. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- Mosi Reeves

SAT/01

FRINGE ATLANTA Promising a classical concert experience geared to the MTV generation, this Fringe Atlanta performance features NYC-based harpist Bridget Kibbey and flutist Julietta Curenton (together aka Duo L'Esperance), violinist and Fringe music director Fia Durrett, with Atlanta DJ "Little Jen" (also a closet composer/trombonist) spinning ambient electronica in between the live segments, plus docu-video interludes of the performers and a short film. Student discount tix available. $12. 8 p.m. Church of the Redeemer (PCA-Dunwoody). 877-725-8849. www.fringeatlanta.org. -- MG

HANGAR 18, GLUE Sometimes Hangar 18 issues po-faced battle raps atypical of the indie-rap scene; other times it pours out drunken club raps to get the party sparked. The New York duo isn't easily pigeonholed, and its new album, Sweep the Leg, is stylistically all over the place. Opening act Glue, a group molded in the Atmosphere tradition, makes personal, diarylike songs. The Midwest band continues to tour behind last year's Catch as Catch Can. $8. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- MR

JANELLE MONÁE Next week, Janelle Monáe commemorates her birthday party with a concert at Lenny's Bar, and she has particular reasons to celebrate this year. She's reportedly sold more than 10,000 copies of her debut EP, The Chase, and if the rumors are true, has just inked a major-label deal with Bad Boy Entertainment. Deep Cotton, a punky soul-rock band comprised of members who worked on the EP, opens. Ticket price includes free CD. $10. 10 p.m. Lenny's Bar. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- MR

THE KING'S SINGERS Britain's enduringly remarkable male vocal sextet, the King's Singers, presents a program of Christmas music from Catalonia and Renaissance-era Germany, including works by Heinrich Schütz, Michael Praetorius, and the Munich period of Orlande di Lassus. The program also includes "House of Winter" by contemporary Brit icon Sir Peter ("Max") Maxwell Davies and the "Serenade d'Hiver" by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. A clutch of the KS' signature close-harmony selections are the show closers. $50. 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall. 678-466-4200. www.spiveyhall.org. -- MG

NINE POUND HAMMER, LIZARDMEN The mighty Hammer and the Mod Lizardmen might seem to be an odd pairing at first; well OK, it is an odd bill, but it's in the collage-type spirit of the 'Men's annual holiday show. Other performers and ticket price were TBA at press time, but these two venerable acts should draw a diverse cross-section of fans, all joined as one in the spirit of the season and rock 'n' roll in general. Ah, don't you feel an inner glow about mankind right about now? Me neither, and this is no Band-Aid, but it should be a festive time for all, anyway. Where's Bob Geldolf when ya need him? 9 p.m. Star Bar. www.starbaratlanta.com. -- LVS

TOMMY WOMACK, MALCOLM HOLCOMB, DAVID OLNEY The terrific triple bill features three left-of-center eccentrics who only marginally slot into the generic singer/songwriter genre. All three revel in dry, nuanced, often dark humor that illuminates facets of their lives, and ours, through songs too sharp and edgy to ever hear on the radio. So, despite their acoustic guitars and strummy tunes, these guys rip apart the typical boundaries of folk with veteran voices and irony-infested tunes that'll make you smirk and ponder simultaneously. $18. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 770-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- HH

TURTLE ISLAND STRING QUARTET W/ LEO KOTTKE The venue's motto of "we can all use a little culture" might frighten away the uninitiated, but this night of offbeat, often obscure holiday music is just the ticket to relieve the overwhelming Christmas commercialism. Turtle Island's strings mesh classical, jazz, bluegrass, world music and avant-garde pop in ways that sound like none of those genres. Combined with Leo Kottke's innovative acoustic-guitar stylings, the result will be mind-blowing seasonal sounds unlike anything you'll hear in the mall. And a little culture never hurt anyone. $20-$45. 8 p.m. Ferst Center. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu. -- HH

WILL KIMBROUGH As if his reputation from fronting the legendary Will & the Bushmen wasn't enough, Kimbrough is one of the most sought-after guitarists and producers in Nashville. Helping everyone else out may have kept him from hitting the big time, but he's kept on writing and recording his own material. Good rocking music, both fun and intelligent. $20. 10 p.m. Shorty's II. 3701 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker. 770-414-6999. www.myspace.com/shortys_pizza. -- JK

SUN/02

PINK REASON, PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT, PONY BONES, CLUB OF ROME Songwriter Kevin Failure's Columbus, Ohio-based outfit Pink Reason is an oppressive and slow-skulking harbinger of dread-afflicted indie rock that navigates a sea of existential pop tragedy and simple, low-fi fuzz and clang. Fellow Columbus residents and Siltbreeze label mates Psychedelic Horseshit play a fiery, tin-can throb of shoegaze and noise rock. Locals Pony Bones and Club of Rome open. $8. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. -- CR

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