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Friday, Dec. 21

THE A-SIDES -- With tonight's show, former solo guy Adam Leland unveils his new band, the A-Sides (featuring family members Stephanie and Eric Leland) and the new label, Pint-Size, behind the A-Sides' debut 7-inch single. Strongly reminiscent of Elvis Costello and T-Bone Burnett in vocal and songwriting style, Leland's "Tonight's Lows" and "Love Song Free Zone" also reveals a taste for '60s pop (while the CD bonus track is a straight Dylan rip-off). Enjoyable, if unoriginal. Red Light Cafe (Sarig)

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- In a season full of performance debuts, music director Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in another first, presenting all six of the Bach Brandenburg Concertos in one evening. These chamber pieces have, over the years, somehow become associated with the season, as orchestras increasingly perform them as a classical holiday alternative that's more artistically satisfying than, say, "Jingle Bells." And the ASO promises to present these works "in an elegant setting" -- whatever that might mean. Symphony Hall (Brown)

BILLY PILGRIM, DAVID FRANKLIN -- Andrew Hyra and Christian Bush released one of the strangest records to come from the Decatur scene this year. Their Billy in the Time Machine is an amazing song cycle. Here's hoping they perform it in its entirety. Opening act David Franklin is a soul-searching folk songwriter who can still rock when he has the urge. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

BILLY RAT'S FIFTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR -- Truckadelic is no more (although there's talk of a New Year's Eve reunion show), so impish guitarist Billy Rat is hosting the 2001 Toys For Tots benefit by himself. Guest performers include Shitty Claus with his band, Yule Log (Jim Stacy and friends playing punked-up Christmas carols), hard-hitting Bitch, heavy-hitting Bully, the Half-Crocked Rockets (a chopped-down version of rockabilly favorites the Blacktop Rockets), along with Patterson Hood (from the Drive-By Truckers) and irrepressible tiny superhero songbird Danger Woman. It all starts at 8 p.m. Admission to this loopy party is one new unwrapped toy, which U.S. Marines will collect at the door. Star Bar (Nicoll)

KRS-ONE -- Hip-hop's teacher tours again. Returning the boom-bap to the beats and the social consciousness to the lyrics of hip-hop, KRS-One -- no small man -- literally towers over audiences (but doesn't speak down to them) with his mix of classic and contemporary material for shaking free asses and attitudes. He worked through a blown speaker system last time he was in town, so let him work you up. EarthLink Live (Ware)

NILLAH -- See Earshot, p. 91. Echo Lounge (Smith)

ROGER RUZOW/WOODY WILLIAMS DUO -- The blistering wind of trumpeter Roger Ruzow meets the rolling thunder of master percussionist Woody Williams in a storm of beautifully improvised music. Eyedrum (Khalid)

6X, HELGAS, PLASTICS -- Tired of hearing those same old sappy, overplayed Christmas songs? Well, come clean out your eardrums with a triple assault of hard-blastin' punk rock. 6X are Atlanta's own sizzling answer to Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Helgas sport sardonic silliness amidst volcanic bombast and the Plastics offer overdriven amperage in the best Stooges/Dolls tradition. Together they crank out enough energy to electrify a whole forest's worth of Xmas trees. The Earl (Nicoll)

SOUND TRIBE SECTOR 9 -- Sound Tribe Sector 9 brings its granola-powered, Roland-generated grooves back to its home state. Psychedelic improvisation that's beguiled both the VW Van and VapoRub sets, Sound Tribe Sector 9's looping, danceable dub ranges from the repetitious to the hypnotic. Tabernacle (Ware)

WINTER CHILL CELEBRATION -- International electronica/DJ star Chris Brann (Wamdue, Ananda Project, P'Taah) comes home to Atlanta to highlight a lineup that also includes Marc-Alan Gray, Ryan Wofford and Bil Clancey. Trinity (Sarig)

YOUNG ANTIQUES, LEGEND OF THE GIANT SQUID, GARRISON FIELD -- The Young Antiques continue their reign as one of Atlanta's best live acts with an appealing mixture of rock, folk and Americana. Legend of the Giant Squid is a slippery creature full of mythological scene veterans, including Tom Branch of Insane Jane and Gib Fenning of Silent Peas. Opening act Garrison Field is an earnest, well-honed rock act with a sensibility that suggests Peter Gabriel. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith)

Andaluz live flamenco guitars

Atlanta Brewing Company Local Bands

Bayou Room Crystal Clear

Blind Willie's Houserocker Johnson & The Shadows

The Blue Raccoon Bill Sheffield & the Ringtail Rounders

Borders Books & Music-Duluth Jus' Cynthia

The Brandyhouse Ghost Trane

Breakers Ill Mic, Eliot James & The Snakes, Driven

Buffalo's-Pleasant Hill Bob's Karaoke

C.K.'s Wood-Grilled Pizza CK's Jazz Combo

CJ's Ghost Town, Elephant, 20 West

The Chamber Alabaster - progressive hits

Checkered Parrot Fyre & Rain

Chicago's Ron Cooley and Hard Times

Chip's Electric Eels

Chrystal's on the Square Hound Dog Handsome

Churchill Grounds In the Spirit

Cowboys Swingin' Medallions

Daddy D'z Kindle Williams Sr.

Dailey's Obie Jesse Trio

Dark Horse Tavern Three 5 Human, Johnny Prophet, Hot Action

Darwin's X Miss Americas

The Derby Donnie McCormack

Deux Plex Apologetic Fridays

The Earl 6X, The Helgas, The Plastics

EarthLink Live KRS-One, Broady Champs, Mother Superior

Echo Lounge Nillah, STB

Eclipse di Luna Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

Eddie's Attic Billy Pilgrim

eleven50 Nidel Crisen, J-Luv

Eyedrum Roger Ruzow & Woody Williams Duo

Fat Matt's Eric Austin

Fuzzy's Motor City Josh

The Grape at Vinings Charlie Robinson Duo

Jake's Roadhouse Zydefunk

Kaya Northern Exposure with V-103's Frank Ski, DJ Kemit, Buddy and J-Nice playing house and hip-hop plus soul/funk

Last Great Watering Hole Doctor Jackyl

Lenny's Diesel Cockwrench and the Pornographs

Libby's Libby Whitemore, Connie Sue Day

The Living Room Garage, House, Guest DJ's

Luby's The Cooper Tisdale Band

Lush Life Cafe Singing Chef Ras Chemash Lamed

Mary's Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

Masquerade Miller's Tale, Left Front Tire

The New Beer Mug Midwest Collaboration

9 Lives Saloon Leadfoot, Place of Skulls, Shockplate

Nomenclature Museum SoCo Audio Fridays - DJs Michael Scott and Marcos Pieras

Northside Tavern Mudcat

Pecker Head Brewery Voodoo Cadillac

Piper's Papillon

Players Jtalessi and friends, Passersby, Jubal

The Poetry Planet Dinner and a Movie

Poor Richards' Pub Noble Jones

Popper's Sammy Blue

Pura Vida Pura Vida Social Club

Queen of Sheeba Live jazz

Red Light Cafe Rockin Pontoons, Eddie Banned, The A-Sides

Resto Nax Tim Bower

Safari Bar & Grill Alien

Scrooge's Trick Stew

Slocum's Mike Veal, Barry Thrasher Duo

Smith's Olde Bar Garrison Field, Legend of the Giant Squid, Young Antiques

Somber Reptile Missionary Bleu, Bizarre Creation

Spike's Brick Oven Pizzeria Traci Wynn Trio

Sports Time 3-Man

Star Community Bar Billy Rat's Christmas Spectacular

Sweet Melissa's Tammy Allen and her Talent Showcase

Sweetwater Bar Bear and the Bobcats

The Tabernacle Sound Tribe Sector 9

Tasty World PopKorn, Rocket, ****Volcanic

Ten27 DJ Drama and J-Sun

Trinity Winter Chill Celebration: Chris Brann, Marc-Alan Gray, Ryan Wofford, Bil Clancey

The Vault Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

The Velvet Room The Velvet Room Christmas Party

Whisker's Tavern-Dunwoody 285

Wild Wing Cafe Homemade Jam

Wooden Nickel Hung Jury

Ya Ya's Cajun Cuisine Jay Birds Blues

Zoo Tavern Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Blues Band

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