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THURSDAY, MAY 17 

ARLO, THE MERCURY PROGRAM -- Just because Arlo recall the bounce and buzz of New York 1976 and Seattle 1991 doesn't mean they're dated. The six-man band has two of everything (drums, bass and guitar), which equals double the pogoing fun. Making for a strangely mixed bill, the Mercury Program come from the school of Slint-like post-rock restraint. No Mogwai-ish squalls here (at least on record), but their jazzy drumming, dreamy vibes, piano and gently wafting guitars are captivating. MJQ Concourse (Ware)

DAVID BYRNE, JOE HENRY -- The ex-Talking Head previews songs from his first new album in four years (see Record Reviews, p. 117) -- a mixed blessing -- and hopefully will add in a hefty hunk of old crowd-pleasers as well. Opener Joe Henry is shaping up as one of pop's great musical searchers, an iconoclastic songwriter in the tradition of Tom Waits. Over a decade, Henry evolved from straight rock to alt-country to intellectual funk to his new release, Scar, an out-jazzy in-loungey collection on which instrumental greats such as Ornette Coleman and Marc Ribot enliven his increasingly esoteric songwriting. Roxy (Horowitz/Sarig)

KATE CAMPBELL -- With grace and gumption befitting the daughter of a Baptist preacher, Kate Campbell brings a Nashville sound to traditional church hymns. Mixing her original works with a mosaic of Old South Sunday-morning favorites, this Christian artist tills the middle ground between gospel and folk. Eddie's Attic (Butler)

DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY MEN, TIFT MERRITT -- Ex-Blaster singer/songwriter/guitar burner Dave Alvin won a Grammy for best traditional folk album, which perfectly encapsulates his lifelong career heralding American music. With his remarkable Guilty Men in tow, it's just a louder, grittier kind of folk. The C&W of sweet-voiced Merritt is an appropriately low-key opener. Smith's Olde Bar (Horowitz)

MUSICARES -- Kevin Lawson of Supermatic and David Dunning perform at this event to benefit MusiCares, an organization focused on helping musicians in their time of need. Rene Rene also presents a fashion show. Tongue & Groove (Keel)

REV. UNCLE LAFFO'S QUALITY TALENT SIDESHOW -- Jim Stacy dusts off the Rev. Laffo character and hosts yet another variation of the talent extravaganza. Instead of banging a gong, Laffo blasts an air-horn when the talent sucks. There should be a lot of blowing tonight. Sign up at 9 p.m. Star Bar (Smith)

TARBOX RAMBLERS -- Roots music doesn't get any rootsier than this as the Boston-based quartet covers almost exclusively pre-WWII blues, country and hillbilly tunes with punk-like energy. But when they plug in and dig down into the Americana mud, it's like Tom Waits getting behind the mule. Blind Willie's (Horowitz)

ANDALUZ: Tarde Latina with DJ Carlos Morales

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: Open-mic

APACHE CAFE: The Free Spirits with members of the Chronicle

BILLY'S: Eric Veil & friends

BLIND WILLIE'S: Tarbox Ramblers

BLUE RACCOON: Open jam with Bill Sheffield

BRANDYHOUSE: Afroskull, Instant Kharma

BRIDGES: Vocalist Paula Harris with Doug Jervey on keys

BUFFALO'S-SHANNON MALL: Al Brock

CAFE 290: The Mike Kelly Trio

CAJUN KITCHEN: Flight

THE CHAMBER: Club Fetish

CHECKERED PARROT: Randy Harper

CHIP'S-WINDER: Walter Trout

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Jerry Fields, Vecino del Mundo

CJ'S LANDING: Hobex, the WoodCOMEAUX'S: Sean Costello & Donna HopkinsCOWBOYS: Talent Night

DAILEY'S DOWNSTAIRS: Obie Jesse Trio

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Blind Sight, Lights Out, Grove

DARWIN'S: Liz Melendez

DIXIE TAVERN-MARIETTA: Heater

THE EARL: No. 13 Baby, Firey Jack

ECHO LOUNGE: Rockin' Pontoons, Cool for August

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Kate Campbell, Danzig & Woolley

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Chickenshack

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Dodd Ferrelle & Tin Foil Star, Necatrines, World of Gamblers

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Tommy Thompson

FUZZY'S: Work in Progress

HARVEST CAFE: Open-mic

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Dr. Gonzo, Ghost Trane

KAZOO'S: Band X

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

MASQUERADE: Munkigrip, Black Acid Disco, Remi

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Fursday Nite Lounge

MJQ CONCOURSE: Arlo, The Mercury Program

9 LIVES SALOON: Skin Engine, Haitus, Imagine Me Weightless

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: P.C. Connection with Marro's, Ulises

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: The Breeze Kings

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Snake Oil Medicine Show, Da Funk of Brotherhood

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Jaa night with Surface Tension

POPPERS: Open jam with Steve Hawkins

RED LIGHT CAFE: Dappled Grays with Steel Blue

ROXY: David Byrne, Joe Henry

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Pharris Scott

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, Tift Merritt

SOMBER REPTILE: Low Z, Cypher Zero, New Town Holler

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

STUDIO 72: Kream with DJ Special T & Shakim

STUDIO CENTRAL: LOA

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Jazz beats with DJ Red

TONGUE & GROOVE: MusiCares with Kevin Lawson, David Dunning

UNCLE VITO'S-DULUTH: The Hollowmen

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

WOODEN NICKEL: Angry Monkey Project

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