WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 

COLDPLAY, GRANDADDY -- It wouldn't matter that Coldplay was the British press' "Band of the Year 2000" or that its debut, Parachutes, went to No. 1 in the U.K. if the current U.S. market weren't so glutted with grunge rubble, bubblegum and white-boy rap. But given the landscape, Coldplay's spare, non-bombastic songs -- incorporating piano, strings and trained vocals -- beg the question: Why do the English have such good taste, comparatively speaking? Eclectic pop band Grandaddy returns to town as openers. Tabernacle (York)

THE LIKES OF WHICH -- A trio with a sound reminiscent of the Smashing Pumpkins' softer side -- but lacking Billy Corgan's searing voice -- with lyrics limited by emotional tunnel vision, wallowing in pain and longing. The familiar, almost cliched sound of their vocals weakens otherwise rich music. Dark Horse Tavern (Bethea)

METROSCENE -- Following the Coldplay show upstairs at the Tabernacle, local faux-Brits Metroscene perform downstairs at the afterparty. The show is free to anyone with a Coldplay ticket stub. PlanetJam Cotton Club (Sarig)

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS -- On her debut album, The Herethereafter, Miranda Lee Richards drifts between a sweet Neil Young acoustic trot and a sleepy Lisa Loeb lull. With a soft-pop sensibility and cotton candy-light lyrics, Richards sounds destined to be on the next "Dawson's Creek" soundtrack. Smith's Olde Bar (Butler)

SONIA TETLOW BAND, NILLAH, 1945 -- Sonia Tetlow's incendiary combo ignites a firestorm of powerful agit-pop, while the potently pneumatic power trio Nillah specialize in agile pop. Recalling the heyday of the Pixies and Superchunk, Birmingham indie-rockers 1945 craft powerful, urgent songs with a bittersweet edge. Star Bar (Nicoll/Hutchinson)

SUMMER SKOOL -- Local DJs compete to see who's top of the heap in the hardhouse/NRG arena. Sharc, T Mouse, Project C., Humble and Antnee G. spin 30-minute sets to win spots for bigger events. Riviera (Ware)

THE TROUBLE WITH SWEENEY, THE CLOSE, ROYAL CITY -- The Trouble With Sweeney play endearing twangy indie-pop with an early '70s folk influence, like an alt-country Paul Westerberg. The Close present their amped post-punk with a bouncy flair. And Toronto's Royal City play folk music for a deserted metropolis. With a warm Americana rhythm along the lines of Crooked Fingers and Smog, they lament tales of failed relationships and city living from the city limits. The Earl (Ware)


ANDALUZ: Duo Latino

ANTHONY'S SPORTS BAR: Al Brock, Charlie Kinser

B-52'S: Open-mic with Pieces Bled

BILLY'S: Heather Luttrell

BLIND WILLIE'S: "Texas Guitar Ace" Seth Walker

BRANDYHOUSE: Nitti, Sipe, and Cunningham Trio

BRIDGES: Piano with Bruce

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CAJUN KITCHEN: Megaphone Man

CHECKERED PARROT: John McClain

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

CJ'S LANDING: Dexter

COMEAUX'S: Sal Gentile and Rick Bell

COWBOYS: Darrin Robbins, Kickback

DARK HORSE TAVERN : New Talent Night with Amy Palys, Decibel 8, The Likes of Which

DARWIN'S: Open Blues Jam with Forrest McDonald

DEUX PLEX: Neo-soul Wednesday with Funk Transcendental

THE EARL: Royal City, The Trouble with Sweeney, The Close, Sleeveless Hearts Revue

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Charlie Williams (acoustic swing band)

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Ellis Paul, Michael Veitch

1848 CAFE: Jazz with Yusef Sharif

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Parakeet Nelson, Phallic Phungus, Elam Jazztet

FUZZY'S: Mike Veal

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: New South Jazz

GRAVITY PUB: Blue Plate Special

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Rodger "Hurricane" Wilson

KARMA: Cream

KAYA: Wind Down Wednesday - live jazz, spoken word, poetry

KAZOO'S: Band X

THE LIBRARY: Shelia Marshall

LUBY'S: Cackle Fruit

MASQUERADE: New Music Showcase with Frequent Disturbance, Evenkeel, Quartzz, Shockplate

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Metropolitan Wednesdays

9 LIVES SALOON: Sexual Criminal, Flathead Mike & the Mercurys, Somber

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Christmas, Sean Costello, Jon Liebman

PEASANT UPTOWN: The Steven Charles Jazz Duo

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Metroscene

THE PUNCHLINE COMEDY CLUB: Jerry Farber

RED LIGHT CAFE: Open-mic

THE RIVIERA: Summer Skool with Sharc, T Mouse, Project C, Humble, Antnee G

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Melanie Massell

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Brown, Something 5, Miranda Lee Richards

SPORTSTIME: Karaoke

STAR BAR-L5P: Sonia Tetlow Band, Nillah, 1945

THE TABERNACLE: Coldplay, Grandaddy

TRINITY: DJ Rob D

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

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