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DEAD CONFEDERATE, ALL THE SAINTS Rising from the ashes of the jam-driven Redbelly Band, this Athens quintet graduated to a shadowy keen, suffused of arid drone. The sultry thrum spikes in noisy spasms of roar, then recedes into a sturdy pulse colored in shimmering swaths of distortion and reverb. The insistent narcotized sound insinuates itself slyly, like a well-lit barroom lothario. All the Saints' chunky garage psych lingers like stoned window-shoppers as the bubbling rumble slowly accumulates like storm clouds haunted by the incipient spectre of release. $7. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar. 404-577-7721. -- Chris Parker

SWINGING CAESARS, BACKYARDBIRDS The Christmas season is a great time for recalling warm memories, and tonight the Swinging Caesars will bring back the best moments of the Swinging Richards and Caesar Speaks, a couple of once-popular Atlanta bands. With Chris Edmonds, Peter Stroud (staying busy with these reunion side projects while off the road from his Sheryl Crow duties), Kenny Creswell and Bruce Smith. The Backyardbirds open, continuing their Yardbirds tribute shows. $5 plus two cans of food. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- Lee Valentine Smith


CHRIS KNIGHT, SONIA LEIGH Once again, it's a night of deep listening. Simmer in the post-holiday blues with one of the best, darkest, gothiest folk-rock songwriters in the biz. Chris Knight is everything Steve Earle used to be. Opener Sonia Leigh has quite a task on her plate to prime this crowd, but she hasn't failed yet. $15 advance plus two cans of food, 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- James Kelly

RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND Bramblett spent 20 years backing artists such as Warren Hayes, Steve Winwood and Gregg Allman, as well as playing in Allman's offshoot Sea Level, before returning to a solo career he abandoned in the '70s. Though the first two albums echoed Winwood's jazzy blues fusion, his latest, Rich Someday, plies a swampy, organ-driven Southern blues/rock tone, and Bramblett's voice strikes a gruffer, impatient note. Featuring some of the liveliest tracks he's written yet, the album benefits from Bramblett's increasing embrace of his country roots. $12. 8:30 p.m. The Melting Point. 706-254-6909. -- CP

TIGER! TIGER!, THE HOLLAND DUTCH, SHANGHAI GESTURE It's a Pajama Dance Party, so get those jammies on and come shake off that lingering holiday malaise with Buffi Aguero's coolly mysterious Tiger! Tiger!. Shanghai Gesture holds down the middle slot. Celebrating the release of Mojo Pagoda, the Gesture's great new album was released just under the wire of 2007, no doubt for Grammy consideration. No, wait, those clueless Recording Academy fucks would never recognize anything like this: It's actually good and totally indie -- and that's a much better honor than a useless golden gramophone statue. The Holland Dutch opens the show at 9:30, with scheduled guest, wisecrackin' record producer Rob Gal on guitar. $8. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. -- LVS


THE EVERYBODYFIELDS Calling this Tennessee band "alt-country" doesn't adequately convey the sumptuous harmonies and shimmering songs of singers/songwriters Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews. Their rustic sound is grounded yet heavenly with achingly beautiful tunes that float and weave around mournful vocals. This year's release, their third, was an unqualified success, combining the duo's Americana influences with charm, grace and an easy-flowing groove that got under your skin and stayed there. Atlanta-raised, now Rhode Island-based folksinger Brian Webb also appears. $12-$16. 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 770-377-4976. -- Hal Horowitz

SKI CLUB, TWIN TIGER, ELIOT LIPP, TELEPATHE This show is divided into two sets. Local indie rockers Ski Club kick off the evening, with a show of dense and dreamy pop stylings. Twin Tiger is the rebirth of Athens' goth-afflicted pop trio Psychic Hearts. For the latter half of the night, Brooklyn-based electronic/experimental acts and Prefuse 73 cohorts Eliot Lipp and Telepathe perform. $7-$10. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. -- Chad Radford

TINSLEY ELLIS Veteran Atlanta blues rocker Ellis and his band return from touring "up North" earlier this month to close their 2007 concert year back in the 'hood where it all started. Fans can expect consistently excellent vintage Ellis, plus new songs from his summer Alligator release Moment of Truth, a CD that captures the energy of his aggressively guitar-driven live shows. Rootsy guitarist and former bandmate Oliver Wood shares the bill along with legendary Southern drummer Donnie McCormick. $15. 8:30 p.m., Variety Playhouse. 404-521-1786. -- Mark Gresham


BAND OF HORSES Ache courses through the ringing twang as the guitars disembark in soaring blasts. Like encroaching fog, singer/guitarist Ben Bridwell is enveloped in shimmering melodic warmth. Melancholy, agilely lilting indie pop tracks (such as "No One's Gonna Love You" and "Detlef Schrempf," off their latest, Cease to Begin) betray the band's Pacific Northwest origins, which it balances with rollicking roots served over discursive psych-rock moodiness. Founded four years ago from the ashes of Carissa's Wierd by Bridwell and Mat Brooke, Brooke's since left and they've relocated to South Carolina. $20. 9:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., Dec. 28-29; $20. 7:30 p.m.; $25. 9:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 31. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- CP

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