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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 

INDIA ARIE -- The meteoric national rise of local soul singer/songwriter India Arie -- whose debut Motown album shot near the top of the R&B charts in its first week of release -- seems like justice, given how long we've been waiting for it to come out. Arie returns to the town that gave her a start to perform during Neo-Soul Wednesdays. Deux Plex (Sarig)

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, MYSSOURI -- San Francisco's BRMC wrap their hooky songs in Jesus and Mary Chain haze, and while you never quite believe their detached singers actually burn for love, you do get the feeling these three love rock 'n' roll (see Record Reviews). Local dark-school leaders Myssouri brood delightfully as the opening act. The Earl (Ware/Sarig)

DEBORAH COLEMAN -- There aren't many up-and-coming female African-American blues guitarists on the scene these days, but Coleman doesn't get by on novelty value. She's a rugged, if not terribly inventive, soloist who works hard for the money. A ringer for Joan Armatrading with a sensual and emotional voice, her newly released fifth album adds just enough pop to push into crossover status, but not too much to piss off deep-blues fans. Blind Willie's (Horowitz)

KELLY HOGAN, ANDREW BIRD'S BOWL OF FIRE -- Nowhere does Kelly Hogan's talent shine more spectacularly than on stage. Recently she's been performing a Prince semi-obscurity ("The Beautiful Ones") that'll make the hair on the back of your neck stand up for a week. Former Squirrel Nut Zippers sideman, violinist Andrew Bird, has his own thing going with Bowl of Fire. The band's latest, The Swimming Hour, reveals an eclectic outfit that owes as much to Chicago indie-rock and country-punk as the old-timey hot jazz of Bird's past. Echo Lounge (Robertson)

NILLAH, WEAKLAZYLIAR, THE INDICATORS -- Nillah continues their Grrrl Power residency with a set of fun female-fronted pop. Gerlinda Grimes' trio is actually strong and active, and it'll honestly move early arrivals with moody and intelligent musings. The Indicators are an all-male band, but are supposed to perform in drag tonight. See if Mike Goldman wears his trademark baseball cap with a dress. Star Bar (Smith)

POUNDHOUND -- The solo project of King's X frontman Doug Winnick, Poundhound's comprehensively titled Massive Grooves from the Electric Church of Psychofunkadelic Grungelism Rock Music pretty much sums up what the band's all about. As in King's X, Winnick's trademark subterranean basslines and souled-out vocals take the spotlight on a thrash-heavy rock stage. Masquerade (Hutchinson)

SEVEN NATIONS -- Noisy Celtic wannabes from Florida, known for endearing and alienating audiences at Stone Mountain Highland Games (blowing others off neighboring stages with over-the-top amplified bagpipes and guitars), Seven Nations keep churning out dull indie albums (eight to date) with the same lame songs on them. The jigs and reels medleys, though, finally are showing promise. Smith's Olde Bar (Falstaff)

THREE MO' TENORS -- When PBS could no longer inflict the endless re-airings of the Three Tenors on its audience, it chanced upon something radically different: Three Mo' Tenors. That's Mo', you know, as in black folks. Hokey as the concept may be, the program sung by these three African-American tenors -- Puccini to Ellington, Sondheim to Gamble & Huff -- is admittedly appealing. Tonight's the second of two Georgia Tech performances. Robert Ferst Center (Sarig)

ANDALUZ: Flamenco Company of Atlanta

ANTHONY'S SPORTS BAR: Al Brock, Charlie Kinser

BILLY'S: Heather Luttrell

BLIND WILLIE'S: Deborah Coleman & the Thrill Seekers

THE BLUE RACCOON: Acoustic Open Mic hosted by Steve Bekersky

BRIDGES: Piano with Bruce

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK: Tropicus 22

CHECKERED PARROT: Lou Vendoro

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Totally Naked Jazz with Eric Vaughn, Kenny Banks, George Grier, Kebbi Williams

CLUB GENO'S: The Breatheren

COMEAUX'S: Sal Gentile & Rick Bell

COWBOYS: Darrin Robbins, Kickback

DAILEY'S DOWNSTAIRS: Atlanta Blaze

DARK HORSE TAVERN : New Talent Night with ADGG, Brandy Irvons, Smash Nova

DARWIN'S: Open blues jam with Forrest McDonald

DEUX PLEX: Neo-soul Wednesday with India.Arie

THE EARL: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Myssouri

ECHO LOUNGE: Kelly Hogan, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Charlie Williams (acoustic swing band)

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Open-mic finalist show with Elephant, Cameron Williams, Nathan Beaver

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics

FUZZY'S: Mike Veal

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Mike Hartnet and the Aliens, Ghost Town

KARMA: Cream

KAYA: Wind Down Wednesday - live jazz, spoken word, poetry; Mighty Samson, DJ Chigga & Poppa John

KAZOO'S: Living Large

THE LIBRARY: 17th Floor

LUBY'S: 96 Rock bikini contest with Southside Steve

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: PoundHound, 420 Monks

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Metropolitan Wednesdays

MJQ Concourse: Antique Erotica

9 LIVES SALOON: No Fucking Excuse & guests

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Reunion - featuring dark wave, ether pop and trance

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Christmas, Jon Liebman & Oliver Wood

PEASANT UPTOWN: The Steven Charles Jazz Duo

POPPERS: Bill Sheffield

RED LIGHT CAFE: Open-mic

ROBERT FERST CENTER-GA.TECH: Three Mo' Tenors

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Forte

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Seven Nations

STAR BAR-L5P: Indicators, Nillah, Weaklazyliar

UNCLE VITO'S-DULUTH WAL-MART: Platinum

VININGS INN: Ian Schumacher

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

WOODRUFF PARK: Melanie Massell

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