TUESDAY, NOV 13 

FATHEAD -- Like hometown heroes The Roots, Philadelphia seven-piece Fathead combines live instrumentation with hip-hop lyricism. While MCs Herbie D. and FreAKAnature don't really have the vocal presence of Black Thought or Malik B, they rap without pretense -- an undervalued skill. And the band's sumptuous organic groove is always cozy, like a worn shag carpet under bare feet. Brandyhouse (Hutchinson)LIVE, STEREO MC'S -- Since the platinum-plus success of 1994's Throwing Copper, the blustery Ed Kowalczyk and crew have come dangerously close to painting themselves into a quasi-mystical corner. On their latest, V, they can't seem to decide whether to revisit their music-for-the-masses glory or veer off in some unexpected direction (try synths, samples, drum loops and a guest rap from Tricky). While the experimental nuances are a welcome respite from Live's relentless loud-soft arena-friendly dynamic, the mixed-up feel of the album underscores the group's ongoing dilemma -- confusing arrogance with ambition. No strangers to making a statement, South London's Stereo MC's open the show, touring behind Deep Down and Dirty, their first album in almost a decade. Tabernacle (Rowland)

PERNICE BROTHERS, THE SADIES -- If you feel you might do something drastic if another music critic gushes over the Pernice Brothers' The World Won't End, turn the page. Joe Pernice's latest collection of symphonic pop, lamenting love gone wrong and love just gone, puts him in that rarefied air of tunesmiths named Costello, Webb and Wilson. It's that good, loaded with metaphors that could spark serious self-analysis, and melodies plucked from the heavens. The Sadies, a first-rate twang/surf/garage/country band from Toronto, open. The Earl (Berkery/Sarig)

TOPAZ, SQUAT -- Furrowing their field between the old-school funk-jazz of the Crusaders and early electric Miles Davis, NYC-based saxist Topaz and the seven-piece band that bears his name find their groove. Predominantly instrumental, the group shifts from atmospheric to straight-ahead to experimental. Athens' Squat make a perfect evening of crossover, but far from slick, contemporary jazz-fusion. Smith's Olde Bar (Horowitz)

BILLY'S: Open Mic

BLIND WILLIE'S: Delta Moon

BRADLEY'S AMERICAN CAFE: Burt Mabry & Steve Ward

BRANDYHOUSE: Fathead, Basement

CALEDONIA-ATHENS: Tiger Style, Engine Down, Fin Fang Foom

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Jam Session with Danny Harper

COTTON CLUB: 6 Against 7

THE EARL: The Pernice Brothers, The Sadies

ECHO LOUNGE: Girls Night Out with DJ Cherry

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Rough Draft

GEORGIA THEATRE-ATHENS: Tim Reynolds, Janah, Devon

KAYA: House Arrest - house DJs including Kemit, Kevin O and J-Luv, plus buffet

LUBY'S: Gwinnetmusicscene.com

MCDUFF'S IRISH PUB: Open mic with Vicki Salz

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Karaoke

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Food For The Distraught with rotating DJs Spearhead X, J-Sun, Boolicious and Hazeus

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Mountain Jam hosted by Devon Oxford

OLDE PECULIAR PUBLIC HOUSE: Open-mic

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

RIALTO: Georga State Jazz Band, Tim Armacost

RIB SHACK BLUES CAFE- STN MTN:

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Topaz, Squat

STAR BAR-L5P: Funk with Romeo Cologne

THE TABERNACLE: Live

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: Benefit for Leukemia/ Lymphoma

THREE DOLLAR CAFE- SNELLVILLE: Open Mic Night

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

WHISKERS: Mark & Jody

WILD WING CAFE: The Pheromones

WOODEN NICKEL: Ian Schumacher

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