Thursday 13 

BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS — A demented and offbeat performance art troupe in the tradition of the Jim Rose Sideshow. You must be 18 or older to attend, since this act is about as "family" as the Manson Family. Variety Playhouse (Nicoll)

GENTLE READERS — Gearing up for another CD release, these breezy-sounding scene survivors bring their refreshingly modern "girls-play-guitars" alternapop to the Attic tonight, with support from the Suzy French Connection and Kenny "Mr. Ubiquitous" Howes, whose bushy jawline betokens chops which are more than mere mutton. Showtime's 8 p.m. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

KEOKI — A star DJ in New York for over a decade, and more recently in L.A., Keoki has released a bunch of mix CD as well as Ego Trip, an album of original music. He heads South to inaugurate Deux Plex's Invisible Thursdays club night. Deux Plex (Sarig)

KORN — Like it or lump it, Korn seems destined to be around for a bit longer. Their canny meld of bleak, post-grunge metal (very heavy, minimally melodic) and hip-hop repartee is all the rage with the kids these days. And rage is the key word here. Korn have tapped into the "teen angst" market niche very effectively. That the band members are all well into their twenties indicates either a severe case of arrested development or an extremely shrewd marketing sense. Philips Arena (Robertson)

MICHAEL McDONALD — The voice of the Doobie Brothers during their adult contemporary period brings his microphone snugglin' self to the Roxy tonight. Expect "What a Fool Believes" and other late '70s and early '80s Doobies retreads. Expect a long line at the bathroom as he showcases his recent solo material. Roxy (Smith)

D.L. MENARD — Often referred to as the "Cajun Hank Williams," Menard is one of the more interesting acts to come out of the bayou state. He's been at it for a long time, and his blend of classic country and Cajun styles is unique. His trips to Atlanta have decreased in recent years, so it might be worth your while to catch him at one of two shows this time around. Blind Willie's (Kelly)

IAN MOORE, GIBB DROLL — See Ian Moore review on p. XX. Virginia jazz-rock guitarist Gibb Droll opens. Smith's Olde Bar (Thompson)

MY COUSIN TROY, JUSTIN HALE, RAMADAMAFIA, FRACTIONS — White-boy rapper Johnny Davidson, who might well be the Adam Sandler of Atlanta pop, celebrates the release of a CD by his laid-back trip-hop project My Cousin Troy. Fellow rappers Justin Hale, Ramadamafia and various other members of the Kaleidoscope/Cicada Sings posse join in. Opening up: Augusta hip-hop duo Fractions, still going strong and in relative obscurity after 13 years. The Earl (Nicoll/Sarig)

PEDRO THE LION — See review on p. XX. Echo Lounge (Ware)

SKYLARKS, ESKIMOS — The Skylarks are Byrds of many colors, with a sound that ranges from hard-driving rock to Gram Parsons twang. The Eskimos are Athenian boys whose laidback rock evokes Dylan and The Band. Star Bar (Nicoll)

STEREOPHONICS — The Welshmen return on the second U.S. leg of a never-ending tour supporting their internationally-acclaimed Performance and Cocktails album. Those who've never heard Kelly Jones' scratchy vocals (think Rod Stewart) or the band's kick-ass riffs (think Stones or even AC/DC) and infectious, sloppy refrains (think Replacements) are in for a royal treat. Cotton Club (York)


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