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THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 

JONATHA BROOKE -- Following the lead of Aimee Mann and other quality/quirky singer/songwriters rejected by major labels, ex-Story-girl Brooke has acquired a larger, more dedicated audience by releasing music on her own indie than she did lost in the MCA shuffle. Confessional, err, story-based, predominantly plugged folk-rock with melodies that trot around pop's path but never wander into predictability, Brooke is a post-Lilith artist with talent and initiative. Smith's Olde Bar (Horowitz)

CAST IRON FILTER -- Charlotte roots-rock quintet Cast Iron Filter use banjos and mandolins to evoke bluegrass shadings, but for the most part the group focuses on song-oriented rootsy, Southern rock. After tonight's headlining gig, the group opens for Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons at Smith's Olde Bar Saturday. Brandyhouse (Sarig)

EXPERIMENTAL.CONSTRUKT -- Lifeform Project, an ambient avant garde textural experiment helmed by Kula Recordings' Ecotekh, Modal and Oliver Dodd, is deployed real time at Trinity as visual chaos by the Stimulator rei(g)ns around the room. Trinity (Ware)

AMANDA GARRIGUES, KATE SIMPKINS -- Deceptively subtle Floridian Amanda Garrigues had made Atlanta her second home. The Eddie's Attic favorite plays in town twice this week. Tonight, the oft-touring singer/songwriter plays a special, free show at the recently renovated Java Monkey. Think a more melodic Ani DiFranco, without the posturing and politics. See Kate Simpkins in Earshot, p. 81. Java Monkey-Decatur (Smith)

I AM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, PARKER AND LILY -- See I Am the World Trade Center in Earshot, p. 81. Dream-pop duo Parker and Lily shuffle so gently you'd swear you can watch the cigarette smoke hang mournfully in the air. But you'll probably be too mesmerized by Parker and Lily's slow and seductive reverb-drenched romanticism to worry about silly things like smoke. The Earl (Ware)

JEFF AND VIDA -- It seems strange, almost anachronistic, to hear Vida's gritty, heart-bent balladry and Jeff's old-timey banjo and guitar twang from a compact disc -- but it's still as pleasing as a drive down a dusty mountain road. Amazingly, neither Jeff nor Vida was raised anywhere near Appalachia -- one was brought up in Jersey, the other in Europe, and they now live in New Orleans. Like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, to whom they're frequently compared, Jeff and Vida may as well have been spoon-fed grits in a Nashville manger. As true as just about any old-time country and bluegrass you'll here these days, they really deserve an ear. Red Light Cafe (Bethea)

PARTLY FUNNY WITH A CHANCE OF FAME! -- Four musicians, each with an especially warped sense of humor, team up for a special songwriters-in-the-round event devoted to comedic tunes. Carla Ulbrich's pretty face conceals perhaps the most offbeat sensibility of all (her song about the F-word is a jaw-dropping knee-slapper), but she'll have plenty of competition from merry prankster Gregory Fleeman, crackfire wit Bob Malone and deviously devilish multi-instrumentalist Tom Wolf. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

ALLSTAR SPORTS BAR & GRILL-CHAMBLEE: Karaoke

ANDALUZ: Tarde Latina, DJ Carlos Morales

APACHE CAFE: After Work Lounge Hour with J. Sevens; FunkJazz with Cosmic Stop featuring members of the Chronicle

BAYOU ROOM: Donna Hopkins Band

BILLY'S: Brian Jones & Friends

BLIND WILLIE'S: Dave Hole

BLUE RACCOON: Electric open jam with Bill Sheffield

BRANDYHOUSE: Cast Iron Filter, Red Belly

BRIDGES: Vocalist Paula Harris with Doug Jervey on keys

BUCKHEAD SALOON: Dean Dollar Band

CAFE 290: The Mike Kelly Quartet

CAJUN KITCHEN: The Czars

THE CHAMBER: Club Fetish

CHASTAIN AMPHITHEATRE: Jill Scott

CHECKERED PARROT: Randy Harper

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Jerry Fields, Vecino del Mundo

CLUB GENO'S: Charles Lattimon

CLUBTEN27: The Good Life with DJs Mars, Sense, Drama

COMEAUX'S: Hybrids with Donna Hopkins

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Grove CD release, Dexter, Popaganda

DARWIN'S: Ladies Night with Lottsa Poppa

THE EARL: Parker and Lily, I Am The World Trade Center

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Carla Ulbrich, Gregory Fleeman, Bob Malone, Tom Wolf

1848 CAFE: Jazz with Yusef Sharif

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Chickenshack

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Don Chambers, Greta Lee CD release

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Tommy Thompson

FUZZY'S: The Electromatics

GARRISON'S: Frank Valdez and James Sharp

GOLDFINGER: Live Jazz

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Home Planet

HARD ROCK CAFE: Nanyana, Jeniphoria

HEMINGWAY'S TROPICAL BAR & GRILL: Sunny Jim White

THE HIGH NOTE: Gary Motley Trio

JACKAL'S-LILBURN: Trivia

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Ghostrane with Basement

JAVA MONKEY: Amanda Garrigues, Kate Simpkins

KAYA: Island Getaway with reggae, soca, hip-hop; Cancun Nights with Latin pop, Spanish rock, salsa, merengue

KAZOO'S: Band X

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Open-mic

LENNY'S: Ladies night with Al Brock

LIVING ROOM: Latin Night

LUBY'S: Zyda Funk

MASQUERADE: Faultline, Human Abstract, M.I.D., Instigate, Born To Please

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Fursday Nite Lounge

9 LIVES SALOON: Weedeater, Gonzales, Schift

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: The Breeze Kings

PECKER HEAD BREWERY: Rock & Roll Karaoke

PIPER'S PUB: Brad Large

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Fear, The Evils

PLAYERS BILLIARDS: Team Trivia

POPPER'S: Open Jam with Steve Hawkins

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Waveform with Doc Samuels, Larry Jackson and Tom Woodruff

RED LIGHT CAFE: Jeff and Vida

REMEMBER WHEN THEATRE: John Conlee

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Jonatha Brooke, Molly Bancroft

SOMBER REPTILE: Descending Fire, Goliath Johnson

SPIVEY HALL: Roy Hargrove Quintet

STAR BAR-L5P: Rev. Uncle Laffo's Talent Sideshow

STUDIO 72: DJ Special T & Shakim

SUBURBANITE PIZZA: Heather Luttrell

SWEET DEVIL MOON: DJ Red

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: Open-mic

THAD AND JOES: Open-mic Night

TRINITY: Experimental.Construkt

VIOLETTE RESTAURANT: Jus Jazz featuring Dave Wallis, Eddie Taylor, Dan Coy, Shack Lewis, Rita Graham and Pete the bartender

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Motor City Josh

WILLS PARK-ALPHARETTA: The Original Tams & The Zodiacs

WOODEN NICKEL: Angry Monkey Project

YA YA'S CAJUN CUISINE: Johnny Knox and Rockabilly Mania

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