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FRIDAY, NOV 30

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ANGIE APARO -- The cover art of Aparo's major debut, The American, eerily prefigured the heroic cleanup efforts at Ground Zero in NYC; but the music contained within -- hideous electronica tracks to which producer Matt Serletic misleadingly affixed Aparo's name -- did this fine singer an injustice. Graced with what could literally be the voice of angel, local boy Aparo needs no more accompaniment than his own acoustic guitar to hold a crowd breathless with wonder. It's high time for Atlanta to reacquaint itself with the rich, genuine talent of this hometown treasure. Cotton Club (Nicoll)

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS -- Presented by Pulse Productions and PlurPlanet, Close Encounters features two drum 'n' bass tag-teams. The first, part of "The Bomb" tour, features Atlanta's own turntablist/producers Faust and Shortee on six tables with Chicago's Danny Tha Wildchild. The second is a four-table set between Chicago's Phantom 45 and San Francisco's Siren. The vibe doesn't end there, though. Local DJs including Keri, Purple Haze, Jeremy & Kia, Sikora and more play everything from progressive trance to fierce house to funky breaks. Masquerade (Ware)

COUNTDOWN QUARTET, CADILLAC JONES -- Equipped with trumpet, sax and trombone in addition to the usual rock/funk hardware, the six-man "quartet" has all the makings of the ultimate party band. Combining pop, jazz and lounge music influences, they sound like a younger, hipper version of War merged with Southside Johnny's Ashbury Jukes ... or a more rootsy Grand Torino. Opening is Atlanta quintet Cadillac Jones, whose two-sax-driven instrumental jazz-funk grooves sound both familiar and like a whole lot of fun. Star Bar (Nicoll/Sarig)

DEJA VU -- A Vinyl Boy party spanning two nights and countless styles for one price, Deja Vu day one features Florida's breaks queen, Baby Anne, New York jungle DJ Odi with MC Trigga, Tampa's hardcore breaks champion DJ Santana, Nashville trance DJ Dave Apuzzo plus locals Core-E, Jonathan Allyn, Native Outlander, Toto and more. Globe Theater (Ware)

FLICKERSTICK -- See Record Reviews, p. 100. Roxy (York)

JIM LAUDERDALE, ASHLEY CLEVELAND, PAT MCLAUGHLIN -- Even for a guy who thrives on modest intent, Lauderdale naming his latest release The Other Sessions might just beat all. The title implies a collection of throwaways and outtakes, but that's hardly the case here. Picking up where the classy city-slicker twang of 1998's Whisper left off, Sessions frequents C&W's grittier Bakersfield roadways, slathering on the steel guitar and the soul at will. There is some truth behind the title: The songs were recorded as a (sort of) afterthought following the sessions for another more acoustic-leaning album. But Lauderdale chose to release this bunch first -- and it's obvious why. Joining Lauderdale for the Bluebird Songwriter Concert Series are Grammy-winning gospel rocker Ashley Cleveland and former Tiny Towner Pat McLaughlin. Swallow at the Hollow (Rowland)

THE LIARS, ELECTROSLEEP INTERNATIONAL -- The Liars kick around raucous post-punk energy, with a heavy Fall and Gang of Four lean. Experimental textures, unexpected forays and pulsing side roads are the rule here, not the exception. Locals Electrosleep International squirt a gooey synthetic mess across gonzo punk sprints for a mad nude dash through the streets at 4 a.m., screaming. Die Slaughterhaus/Barnes Road (Foy)

MACHA, AEREOGRAMME -- See Earshot, p. 85. See listing for Wed., Nov. 28. Echo Lounge (Parker)

NILLAH, TWITTERING MACHINE, MARTYR AND PISTOL -- Don't expect to see U2 fans Nillah in The Earl until after their heroes have played tonight, but after 11 p.m. they'll dash over to the Earl to bash out their own brand of energetic pop-rock. Then expect a liberal dose of songs from their forthcoming album, The Power of Pop. Twittering Machine veer to the calmer side of the spectrum, offering quietly intense soundscapes, aided by somber cello and accordion accents. Athens' Martyr and Pistol make their Atlanta debut tonight. Their eerie chamber music features vocalist-cellist Kera Schaley, who appeared on Nirvana's Unplugged album. The Earl (Nicoll)

THE RADIATORS, THE BIG WU -- They're undoubtedly sick of the Little Feat comparisons, but New Orleans' oldest jam band has been packing 'em in for two decades based on their rollicking, often three-hour live shows, stuffed with the swamp rock that made Lowell George's outfit so memorable. Too bad their songs aren't as good. Minneapolis' The Big Wu's mix of the typical Phish-style hyphenated genres (jazz-bluegrass-country-funk-ska-rock) is enhanced by their affinity for world music. Prepare for a long night. Variety Playhouse (Horowitz)

TRIBUTE TO JIMI HENDRIX -- BlackPerl, the Eric Austin Band, Ellpsis, Nappy's Joint and other Rock Soul-U-Tion Core members get together to celebrate the birthday of the king of black rock. D-Rock Soul-Jah of WRFG spins between sets. For information, call 404-65-8956. International Artist Guild (Sarig)

U2, GARBAGE -- U2 has finally decided to get real after a series of increasingly bloated arena extravaganzas whose irony seemed to grow less potent with each passing tour. And that's just fine, because U2 has always been more rock band than spectacle. A rare example of a retread that actually works, the band's latest, All That You Can't Leave Behind, is proof that growing old gracefully needn't exclude the occasional glamour shot, its career-sustaining echoes of the band's late-'80s glory shot through a soft-focus fisheye filter of sophisticated production and stunningly efficient musicianship. Shirley Manson and her homelier Garbage cohorts are touring behind the lifeless Beautifulgarbage. Philips Arena (Rowland)

VIGILANTES OF LOVE, HERITAGE CHERRY, ACRES -- Eleven years and 11 albums after they formed, the Bill Mallonee-led Athens roots-rockers VOL sound as committed and unaffected as they did when they were dubbed the "next R.E.M." a decade ago. Chiming guitars, ringing melodies and moderately religious, never cloying lyrics keep them fresher than you'd expect. Heartfelt roots-pop/classic country outfit Heritage Cherry and 99X Battle of the Bands champ Acres open. Smith's Olde Bar (Horowitz)

ALPINE HELEN'S REMEMBER WHEN THEATRE: Jerry Reed

ANDALUZ: Ruda

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: High Stakes

APACHE CAFE: Bodyshop, Black Light Mic

BAYOU ROOM: Heart to Heart

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker John & the Shadows

BRANDYHOUSE: Ike Iziks Project with Homemade Jam

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BRIDGETOWN GRILL: World Beat Carribean Dance Party with Soca Calypso, DJ Tony Tempo, Wayne de Jammer Bynoe

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke with Patrick Luspisa

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster - progressive hits

CHIP'S-WINDER: Kenny Neal

CJ'S LANDING: Mike Magno, Brian Wiltsey

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

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COTTON CLUB: Angie Aparo

COWBOYS: Clay Walker

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Drednot, Sick Speed, Knuckle

DARWIN'S: Breeze Kings

THE DERBY-NESBIT FERRY: Ansari

DEUX PLEX: Apologetic Friday

THE EARL: Nillah, Twittering Machine, Martyr and Pistol

ECHO LOUNGE: Macha, Aereogramme

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Gerard McHugh's CD Release Party

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Blue Soul, Kindle Williams Sr.

FUNNY FARM: Rick Tempesta

GLOBE THEATER: Deja Vu

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: C. Robinson Duo

HARRIS & JACK'S: Jabari Jazz Group

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST GUILD: Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Kathy Carlisle

KARMA: U2 Concert After Party with DJ Guy Preston, DJ Milli Dimori Milan, DJ Brett Mauro

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: Duct Tape Rodeo

LIBBY'S: Libby Whittemore, Connie Sue Day Christmas Spectacular

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

LUBY'S: Barry Richman Band

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: Close Encounters

THE NEW BEER MUG: Live Rock with the Bnd Dr. Gonzo

9 LIVES SALOON: Soundstain, Chain Poets, Sucker Punch, Sly Willie Down

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: King Johnson

OXFORD OLD CHURCH-OXFORD: Southern Folk Advent Service featuring the Meridian Chorale

PECKER HEAD BREWERY: Andrew Black and the Believers

PHILIPS ARENA: U2, Garbage

PLAYERS: Paisans, Mescaline Man

THE POETRY PLANET: Dinner and a Movie

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: 4 Out of 5 Dentists

PURA VIDA: Social Club with DJ Sergio

QUEEN OF SHEEBA: Live jazz

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

RED LIGHT CAFE: Da Vinci's Notebook

ROXY: Flickerstick

SCROOGE'S: Red House

SLOCUM'S TAVERN: Par Three

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Vigilantes of Love, Heritage Cherry, Acres

SOMBER REPTILE: Georgia State Dancehall Party

SPIKE'S BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA: Traci Wynn Trio

SPONDIVITS-CUMMING: Donna Hopkins, Liz Menendez

STAR BAR-L5P: Countdown Quartet, Cadillac Jones

SWALLOW AT THE HOLLOW: Jim Lauderdale, Ashley Cleveland, Pat McLaughlin

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Mauricio Manuza

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: Silver Rock Band

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: The Brought Low, the Tom Collins

TEN27: DJ Drama and J-Sun

TRINITY DOWNTOWN LOUNGE: The Flylife

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: The Radiators, The Big Wu

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

VELVET ROOM: Pure Play with Sean Cusick

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: New Educators, Alien

WILD WING CAFE: Chronic

WOODEN NICKEL: The Vent

WOOD IS WONDERFUL ART GALLERY: Mohamed Diaby

YA YA'S CAJUN CUISINE: Caroline and the Ramblers

THE ZOO TAVERN: Uncle Don's Bullet Proof Blues Band

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