, REBECCA GATES
-- Stereolab helped popularize the retro-futurist Space Age Lounge sound in the early to mid-'90s, but then seemed to get stuck in the past for a few years. But on their latest, Sound-Dust
, the British band with the French/German sound and American college following have added newly animated arrangements to their electronic drones and melodic hymns that recall their best moments. Former Spinanes leader Rebecca Gates, whose latest release, Ruby Series
, is rift with robotic rhythms and sonic textures. Live, Gates brings seductive, breathy pop -- minimalist but moving, intimate but inventive -- like pillow talk on a public stage. Variety Playhouse
If MTV can have celebrity sports, then why shouldn't Atlanta? 99X-MOE'S FIFTH ANNUAL CELEBRITY SOFTBALL SLAM -- with a lineup that includes jocks Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Javier Lopez, Evander Holyfield, along with Collective Soul's Will Turpin, Marvelous 3's Butch Walker and many others -- promises to entertain for a good cause. Proceeds from the NOV. 15 event benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Georgia. $8. 7 p.m. Georgia Dome, One Georgia Dome Drive. 404-223-9200. www.99x.com.