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Friday, Dec. 28

CATFIGHT!, SHARKS AND MINNOWS -- This is bound to be one of grrl trio Catfight!'s last shows before founding member Katy Graves goes on maternity leave, so don't miss your chance to watch her balance the bobbing bass on her belly. Opening act Sharks and Minnows blend jangle-rock stylings with reverberant echoes of Husker Du and the Replacements. The Earl (Nicoll)

SEAN COSTELLO -- Slowly but surely, Costello's been getting the national respect he deserves. From major blues magazine cover stories to Handy nominations, he's the real deal -- and he has the chops to prove it. Now that he's graduated to playing for festival crowds, be prepared for an eye-opening night of deep, soulful blues from a youngster who has earned every bit of his newfound acclaim. Chip's (Horowitz)

EL CAMINOS -- Atlanta's El Caminos take their glam-metal loose and loaded, with a ladle full of fresh saliva. Their leather-trou-and-eyeliner shtick may not have anything to offer in the way of innovation, but you can't deny the group's nostalgia-fed enthusiasm on its recent release, Last Band Standing, a sentiment that -- if the quintet's slovenly amalgam of G'N'R grandstanding and New York Dolls vamping -- is less a bawdy boast than a simple statement of fact. Lenny's (Rowland)

FORTY-FIVES, SUBTEENS -- With more firepower than a pair of semi-automatic Colts, Atlanta's own Forty-Fives blast out a fiery barrage of '60s-style garage pop in the exciting Woggles/Swingin' Neckbreakers tradition, but with even more of a frantic, overdriven punk rock edge. The high-energy Subteens open with their own brand of unpolished pop gemstones. Star Bar (Nicoll)

GREGG ALLMAN & FRIENDS, ROBERT RANDOLPH -- The flipside of the monstrous ABB summer shed jams, Allman and his evolving band of "friends" play it loose and laid-back in smaller venues. This year's lineup features the debut of a horn section. Count on seeing Allman's beloved Hammond B-3 organ, but probably not Dickey Betts. Rising star Robert Randolph, a gospel-oriented steel guitarist who collaborated with North Mississippi Allstars on The Word project, opens. Tabernacle (Ruggiero/Sarig)

SARA HICKMAN, NATHAN SHEPPARD -- Storyteller/humanitarian Hickman brings her bag of heartwarming tales to the Attic. The Houston-born singer/songwriter -- known for her hit, "I Couldn't Help Myself" -- also has been recognized for her stand against former label Elektra, which involved the unusual tactic of enlisting fans to help buy back master tapes of her material. Athens-based Americana artist Nathan Sheppard opens. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

EDWIN MCCAIN, BLUE DOGS -- Taken as a whole, the best songs from singer/songwriter McCain's four albums would make one pretty great disc. The guy can write a weepy wedding ballad with the best of them, and even rocks a little if urged. Assuming he sticks with his best stuff, he's a better-than-average pop/rocker who works hard for the money and won't disappoint live. Like-minded regional faves the Blue Dogs make appropriate rootsy openers. EarthLink Live (Horowitz)

REALM 4 -- Mining the no-man's land between hip-hop and techno musics and subcultures, D.R.E.S. tha Beatnik's 4 Kings Entertainment presents the latest installment of its Realm 4 party. Highlighting tonight's lineup are performances by Aerial, the most visually exciting sequencer-based group you'll see around here, and Proton, the most exploratory and genre-bending hip-hop group the Atlanta underground has produced. In addition, Katapolt, Good Company and Psyche Origami perform, while DJs Rasta Root and Gnosis spin. MJQ Concourse (Sarig)

ANNIE SELLICK -- There is something undeniably unique about Nashville jazz vocalist Annie Sellick. Her calculated style sacrifices some level of rawness, but she makes up for it with an intelligent, informed, ultimately charismatic delivery. Like any apt pupil of jazz, you get the feeling she understands what she hears and applies what she has learned. Churchill Grounds (Hutchinson)

ULTRABABYFAT, KOKOMO, SNAGGLEPUSS -- The poppin'-fresh 'Fat gang have had a busy year, with a new album, a slot on the Vans Warped tour and endless cross-country touring. Tonight is the tireless scene vets' first show here since September. They'll be joined by quirky Florida pop outfit Kokomo, featuring the drummer from the Causey Way (Boy Causey). Snagglepuss features some familiar faces from the '80s North Carolina pop scene in a new incarnation, playing a danceable brand of rock on saxophone, trumpet and keyboards. Echo Lounge (Smith)

ZODIAC V 5.2 -- Pleazure and Liquified present an extended set by Paul Oakenfold. A persistent winner in top DJ polls and the founder of the popular Perfecto label, Oakenfold has introduced the public to some of the best up-and-coming trance talent. This may be the only chance in the near future to see this scene founder, so get tickets early and arrive by 1 a.m. Also performing is Pleazure resident Dean Coleman, whose yearly sets of deep, hard house are always a welcome treat. DeKalb Atlanta Centre (Ware)

Andaluz live flamenco guitars

Atlanta Brewing Company Local Bands

Bayou Room Heart to Heart

Blind Willie's Sandra Hall

The Blue Raccoon Bill Sheffield, Ringtail Rounders

Brandyhouse Col Bruce & the Code Talkers

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

CJ's Ethan & the Ewox

The Chamber Alabaster - progressive hits

Checkered Parrot Lou's Blues

Chip's Sean Costello

Churchill Grounds Annie Sellick

Dark Horse Tavern Drednot, 8 Bus, Novocaine

Darwin's The Hybrids

The Derby Derek St. Holmes

Deux Plex Apologetic Fridays

The Earl Catfight, Chocolate Kiss, Sharks and Minnows

EarthLink Live Edwin McCain, Gibb Droll, Blue Dogs

Echo Lounge Ultraybabyfat, Kokomo, Snagglepuss

Eclipse di Luna Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

Eddie's Attic Sara Hickman, Nathan Sheppard

eleven50 Ian Van Slyke, Greg Adamson

Fat Matt's Rib Shack Big Royal & the Revue

40 Watt Flash to Bangtime, Martyr and Pistol, Thimble Circus

Fuzzy's Place Rats in the Attic

The Grape at Vinings Sodz Thomas

Jackal's Alien

Jake's Roadhouse Kodac Harrison

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

Lenny's El Caminos

The Living Room Garage, House, Guest DJ's

Luby's RS3 & Six

Lush Life Cafe Singing Chef Ras Chemash Lamed

MJQ Concourse Realm 4 w/Proton, Aerial, Greasekydz, Catapult

Mary's Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

Masquerade 6 Against 7, Cloud 10, 9 From 10, Loud American Tourists

The New Beer Mug Midwest Collaboration

9 Lives Saloon Vagrant, Romeo Delite, Skin Engine, Dust

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

Northside Tavern The Organizers

Pecker Head Brewery Roger Hurricane

Players Rich Wells, David Ledford

The Poetry Planet Dinner and a Movie

Poor Richards' Pub Legend

Queen of Sheeba Live jazz

Red Light Cafe Phoenicians, Bachelor Red and Zach Carr

Resto Nax Tim Bower

Smith's Olde Bar Emma Gibbs Band

Spike's Brick Oven Pizzeria Traci Wynn Trio

Star Community Bar Forty Fives, Subteens

The Tabernacle Gregg Allman and friends, Robert Randolph

Ten27 DJ Drama and J-Sun

The Library Bambu de Asiatic, Jay Mills, A-bomb, I-coalition

Tongue & Groove DJ Ted Fortenberry

Variety Playhouse Deep Banana Blackout

Varketta's Adebi

The Vault Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

Wild Wing Cafe Gordon Shay

Wooden Nickel All Stars

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