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FRIDAY, NOV 23

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CAVE IN, ICARUS LINE -- Cave In, a Massachusetts alternative metal band, started treading the same ground as densely packed, expressive bands such as Neurosis -- topping a crushing wall of frenzied riffs with gut-wrenched vocals. As exhibited by their latest, Jupiter, the band has begun to explore even more psychedelic, emotionally layered options. West Coast road warriors Icarus Line meld instrument-abusing, audience-bombarding brutality and influences from the Stooges to Black Flag into a quick, compelling sound favorable to fans of a throat-shredded At The Drive-In meets a feedback-driven Drive Like Jehu. Echo Lounge (Ware)

THE CULT -- The Cult's gothic Jim Morrison-fronts-Zeppelin shtick felt a tad out of place amidst the Southern jangle and post-punk roar that dominated college radio during the band's mid-'80s heyday. Today, retrofitting their proto-melodic metal with a few strategically placed Tool-isms have certainly made them sound more contemporary, but it hasn't gone a long way to making them much more interesting. Final verdict: dopey hard rock for the career nostalgist. EarthLink Live (Robertson)

DAYROOM -- Dayroom's reunion shows last month at Smith's Olde Bar and the Georgia Theatre in their hometown of Athens sold out, so like 'N Sync or U2, they're coming back to town to milk a little more money out of their fanbase. This time, the show is an all-ages event, so those legions of teenagers who have posters of frontman Michael Winger on their walls can finally see their idol in person for one night only. Roxy (Smith)

DRIVIN N CRYIN -- Like R.E.M. before them, drivin n cryin return to Atlanta every Thanksgiving. This year marks the anniversary of what was almost their farewell show last year. However, the band returned after only a brief hiatus, revitalized with additional member Mac Carter (who wisely left the sinking ship called the Brand New Immortals) and his former Kathleen Turner Overdrive cohort, drummer Dave V. Johnson. Yes, they still do all the old favorites, and a few obscure gems as well. Say your blessings, eat your Turkey Day leftovers, and go "Straight To Hell" with one of the Southeast's best live acts. Tabernacle (Smith)

EDDIE'S ATTIC OPEN-MIC SHOOTOUT XV -- More than 20 musicians, each one a winner from a weekly Open-Mic Shootout during the past six months, face off against each other tonight in one-on-one competition for a $1,000 prize. These events are always packed with plenty of first-rate music (as well as tremendous suspense when the field narrows down). Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

GLENN PHILLIPS BAND, SUPREME COURT WITH JEFF CALDER -- Legendary local guitar wizard Glenn Phillips plays a special double show, performing both with his own band and as a member of the majestically sonic Supreme Court. Swimming Pool Q's bandleader Jeff Calder also has a seat on the Court, and tonight he's celebrating his 50th birthday. Scheduled guests include Mike Holbrook of the Hampton Grease Band, and the club will be decorated with artwork inspired by the album Supreme Court Goes Electric. There are two shows, 8:30 and 11 p.m., and each band will play at both shows. Red Light Cafe (Nicoll)

ALEX GOLD -- The face of Xtravaganza Records (home to crossover act Chicane), Alex Gold spins worldwide but is most known for his residency every summer in Ibiza. Gold brings a booty-moving set full of progressive trance and house anthems that ebb and flow with washes of euphoria. eleven50 (Ware)

ICP ORCHESTRA -- See article, p. 100. First Existentialist Congregation (Khalid)

JUPITER COYOTE, MARATHON -- Dead/Phish-heads who need to get out and tape something else could do worse than these decade-old road veterans. The songs meander in a country/blues-ish way, but they'll play all night if you let 'em. The local openers have played with like-minded Sister Hazel, Pat McGee Band and the Blue Dogs, which indicates their frat-pop direction. Variety Playhouse (Horowitz)

THE LOVE PARADE -- Macton Entertainment and Ibiza Eclipse push that end-of-summer feeling on with DJs bringing that warm European island vibe. DJs from London, Belgium and Amsterdam take the decks next to local talents including DJ Kemit, DJ Haze, Chris Brann, Marc-Alan Grey and Jonathan Edwards, laying down lush sounds from deep house to hardcore, two-step to techno, garage to rare groove. Studio Central (Ware)

MUDCAT -- Popular local blues and roots-music bandleader Danny "Mudcat" Dudek is just back from Europe, where he performed at the Lucerne Blues Festival. Tonight and tomorrow night's gigs are homecoming parties. Northside Tavern (Sarig)

DJ TIESTO, NOEL SANGER -- See DJ Tiesto review, p. 107. Spinning along with Holland's Tiesto is Florida's Noel Sanger, who adds variation to the evening by leaning toward the lighter, more vocal side of progressive trance than Tiesto's fist-pumping anthems. Underground house maestro Kolia also adds to the main room's vibe, with local DJs including Shadrach, Bombazi and Jygawatt holding down the second room. Club NV (Ware)

TOM COLLINS, POSSIBILITIES -- Currently one of the area's biggest buzz bands, the Tom Collins aren't afraid to rock -- even while copping more than a few slacker Led Zeppelin-isms. The Possibilities, who often back up Jack Logan, recently opened for R.E.M. in Athens. Their song "You Don't Mean It" was covered by R.E.M. sideman Scott McCaughey's band the Minus Five. The Earl (Smith)

ANDALUZ: Ruda

BAYOU ROOM: Crystal Clear

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson & the Shadows

BRANDYHOUSE: Iratowns with Flat Broke & Busted

BREAKERS: Handcrafted, Cirrus, Switch

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster - progressive hits

CHECKERED PARROT: Lou's Blues

CHIP'S-WINDER: E.G. Knight

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Gwen Hughes

CJ'S LANDING: Wes Yokum & Friends, Brian Jones

C.K.'S GRILLED PIZZA: CK's Jazz Combo

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Damien Cartier, Sour Mash, Lights Out

THE DERBY-NESBIT FERRY: Willie Hill

DEUX PLEX: Apologetic Friday

DT'S DOWN UNDER-ATHENS: Nathan Sheppard

THE EARL: Tom Collins, American Dream, The Possibilities

EARTHLINK LIVE: The Cult, Like Hell

ECHO LOUNGE: Cave In, Icarus Line

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: $1000 Acoustic Open Mic Shootout XV

ELEVEN 50: DJ Alex Gold & Xtravaganza

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Richard Marks and the Marksmen

FIRST EXISTENTIALIST CONGREGATION: ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Scott Thompson

HARRIS & JACK'S: Jabari Jazz Group

JACKALS-LILBURN: Blue Collar All-Stars

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Ghost Trane with The Green Light Council

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

KAZOO'S: Band X

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Fault Line

LIBBY'S: Libby Whittemore and Connie Sue Day

LIQUIFIED: DJ Tiesto

THE LIVING ROOM: Garage, House, Guest DJ's

LOCOS-NEWNAN: Ghost Trane

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

McCOLGAN'S PUB: Mickle-A-Do

MONTANA'S: Alien

MURPHY'S LAW: Uncle Don's Bullet Proof Band

9 LIVES SALOON: Dick Delicious, Guardy Loo & special guests

THE NEW BEER MUG: BARE FACTS w/ Wayne Saules

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: SoCo Audio Fridays - DJs Michael Scott and Marcos Pieras

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Mudcat

PECKERHEAD BREWERY: Fat Bottom Blues Band

PIPER'S PUB: Three Man

PLAYERS: Maxwell Lumis, Jubal

THE POETRY PLANET: Dinner and a Movie

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: The Naked Truth

QUEEN OF SHEEBA: Live jazz

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Waveform with Doc Samuels, Larry Jackson, Tom Woodruff

RED LIGHT CAFE: Glenn Phillips

RIVIERA: Natural

ROXY: Dayroom

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Eliot James & the Snakes, The Enigmatics, S.M.O.

SOMBER REPTILE: Liquid Jungle, New Breed, Texture

SPIKE'S BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA: Traci Wynn Trio

STAR BAR-L5P: Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys, Johnny Knox Trio

STUDIO CENTRAL: Ibiza Eclipse- The Love Parade

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Mauricio Manuza

THE TABERNACLE: Drivin' N Cryin', Will Hoge

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: Call

TEN27: DJ Drama and J-Sun

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Jupiter Coyote

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: 285

WILD WING CAFE: ATMA

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