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FATAL FLYING GUILLOTINES, SIDS, GOD'S AMERICA, DRY LUNGS Fatal Flying Guillotines uphold a long-standing Texas tradition of sloppy and manic garage punk, bearing the torch of everyone from the Big Boys to the Butthole Surfers. The group manhandles the blues into a drug-fueled flash of high-energy rock and pink costumes. Athens art-punks Sids plays caustic and distorted lashings. Former Blame Game vocalist Ian Deaton unveils his new project, God's America. Local art/punk/noise maker Suitcases opens the show. $7. 8 p.m. Lenny's. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. -- Chad Radford

FOO FIGHTERS, WEEZER Watch out for flying hooks and random sing-along choruses at this post-grunge power-pop fest. Rivers Cuomo's ultimate geek meets cool dude Dave Grohl and everyone wins on one of the better arena double-headers this year for smart rockers. Both are also promoting good-to-great new albums, which is always a plus. $29.50-$39.50. 7:30 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center. 770-813-7600. www.gwinnettcenter.com. -- Hal Horowitz

FREEDY JOHNSTON Sincere, gifted and occasionally overearnest, the Kansas-born songsmith has etched an enviable career with an impressive canon of simple yet effective material. His calm, everyman vibe helps hammer home the evocative lyrics. Be quiet and listen. $12. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- Lee Valentine Smith

JETTIE Not to be confused with local band Jetty. This Swedish band is pleasantly pleading, offering easy-listening and quickly evaporating "alternative" with a slight, icy abrasiveness that evenly balances keyboard-tinkling pop melodies with depressing melancholy. Sigh. Oh, what Coldplay hath wrought. Waking Ashland, Jameson Parker and New Atlantic share the bill. $10. 6:30 p.m. The Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. -- LVS

LESLIE BERRY The charming singer/songwriter brings her eclectic piano pop back to the Brown Bag Lunch in downtown Marietta -- Glover Park to be exact. Even in this busy outdoor setting, Berry is an enthralling performer and is sure to cease all conversation with her thought-provoking lyrics and honest delivery. Free. Noon. Glover Park at Marietta Square. For more info, contact Maggi Knox at MKnox@City.marietta.ga.us. -- LVS

FRI/9

CHARLIE HUNTER, CADILLAC JONES Hunter would be a monster musician even if he didn't play bass and lead guitar simultaneously on his custom eight-string gizmo. But more importantly, he's a classy, tasteful jazzman, equally at home with funk, lounge, straight-ahead or experimental improvisation. Local fusion funkers Cadillac Jones should adequately rev up the crowd of guitar students. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- HH

KATE CAMPBELL Southern singer/songwriter/chanteuse Campbell has been churning out lovely, folk-gospel-blues-country albums for a decade, amassing a bulging catalog of evocative, acoustic songs. Her beautiful Emmylou Harris-styled voice and tasteful, often introspective tunes mesh in near perfect harmony on her new Blues and Lamentations release, as fine an album as she has recorded. $14-$16. 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. -- HH

JIVA, DONNIE, ANTHONY DAVID, HESTON Local supergroup Jiva, known for its upbeat and eclectic sound, celebrates the release of its new album Sun & Moon at ATL's soul headquarters, Apache Café. The band is joined by heavyweights Donnie, still back on the comeback trail; Heston, sporting his trademarked smooth, Caribbean-influenced sound; and the city's hardest working soul-brother Anthony David. Call for ticket prices. 9 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. -- Carlton Hargro

MAURA O'CONNELL She was the angelic voice of Ireland's De Danann 25 years ago, and O'Connell still has it. Spending the last decade or so in Nashville has opened her up to a wide array of musical styles, from jazz to Appalachian folk songs, and in O'Connell's hands, they all sound amazing. $25. 8:30 p.m. Red Light Café. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. -- James Kelly

OCTOPUS PROJECT Austin, Texas-based instrumental trio Octopus Project merges the experimental elements of post, prog and straight-up rock, with a haze of electronica, forging a live, electroacoustic pop entity. Part man, part machine, Octopus Project's sound is the product of an assemblage of broken instruments wired into each other, inking out a cloud of organic, though seemingly unnatural sounds. $6. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. -- CR

SAT/10

BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASS From 1998 to 2002, the Reverend Jeff Mosier and BGUG hammered out its "psychedelic hick-hop bluesgrass" to anyone who'd listen. Earlier this year, the multitalented Mosier reignited the band with a few new faces. They return to town tonight for another high-energy evening and note to Panic fans: Check out David Blackmon on the fiddle. $12. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. -- LVS

DEBORAH ALLEN Allen has had a slew of hits as a songwriter, and has done quite well for herself as a recording artist. With a great voice and a top-notch band, you will hear some familiar surprises tonight, all from her pen. She's worked with Roy Orbison, Tennessee Ernie Ford, but this is her show. $20. 10 p.m. Swallow at the Hollow. 678-352-1975. www.theswallowatthehollow.com. -- JK

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