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BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH, SLIM CHANCE -- With one of the coolest band names to come down the tracks, BSOJC ought to exude some of the tough, uncompromising outlaw appeal of their Man in Black namesake. Instead we get pleasant, unvarnished, jangly country rock that's far from edgy. More likely to walk the line is Cash-lovin' honky-tonkin' opener Slim Chance, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things C&W. Smith's Olde Bar (Horowitz)

KHALED -- He's an international superstar and one of the great innovators of rai, the distinctive Algerian music style he's helped blend with pop over the past 25 years. Fronting a 10-piece band on his first headlining tour of the U.S., Khaled hopes to raise his profile in this country. Variety Playhouse (Falstaff)

SELENE MCCARTHY -- An unusually gifted Decatur chanteuse, McCarthy offers evocative sonic glimpses into everything she loves -- from horses to coffee -- on her latest CD, Fresh Flowers. This Open Mic Shootout winners' showcase also features performances by Antje Duvekot and Sanjay Kothari. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

RYE COALITION, KYLE FISHER AND OWEN -- Where Rye Coalition once pounded and writhed with the unrestrained intensity of the dark, nihilistic Chicago rock strain epitomized by the Jesus Lizard and Shellac, they've now settled into a blues-inflected boogie that recalls a hungover ZZ Top on a crystal meth bender. Kyle Fisher's (Rainer Maria) solo debut, Open Ground, is a somber acoustic affair with a certain muted grace. Owen is actually Mike Kinsella, who has a solo CD of his own and joins Fisher's band. The Earl (Parker)

SCRAPPY HAMILTON, BLUEJAYS, SONORAMIC COMMANDO -- Reckless and irresistibly charismatic, Asheville's Scrappy Hamilton stomps out old-timey hot jazz with snake-handling, fire-eating, glass-walking abandon. Like a long blow on a deep jug, the Scrappilachian mountain sound resonates for a country mile. Smooth-sounding rockabilly combo the Bluejays have successfully incorporated the Lizardmen's Mr. Lucky and the Vidalias' Henry Bruns into their lineup. Opening act Sonoramic Commando sprays out a sizzling mix of instrumental madness ranging from bluegrass to surf-rock. Echo Lounge (Hutchinson/Nicoll)

WOODY WILLIAMS AND THE WORLD DRUM COLLECTIVE -- On this occasion, Williams is joined by fellow eclectic percussionists Ram Sriram and the fantastic Mor Thiam. Thiam has played with the World Saxophone Quartet and Freddie Hubbard, but is best known for his trademark piercing slaps on the djembe drum. Also joining the trio for this free show is local saxophonist Joe Jennings. 404-681-3643. Sister's Chapel/Spelman College (Khalid)

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