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FRIDAY, SEPT. 7

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AMERICA -- America was, for a time anyway, the absolute epitome of AM wimp pop. Their early '70s string of hits have guilty-pleasure stamped all over them, and anyone growing up to the radio during that era surely remembers songs like "Sister Goldenhair," "Tin Man" or the ubiquitous "Horse With No Name" with at least a tinge of embarrassing fondness. At their worst, they were Crosby, Stills & Nash-lite (no mean feat). But, of course, they at least rocked harder than Bread. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre (Robertson)

ESP101 [LEARN TO BELIEVE] -- Iris Promotions debuts their long-running ESP101 night at its new home. But even with a different venue expect the same mix of trance, breaks and drum 'n' bass. DJs include Huda Hudia, Doc Roc and locals Sikora, Cor_e, Gumbeee and Shadrauch, among others. Studio Central (Ware)

DOMINIC GAUDIOUS -- See Earshot, p. 85. Borders Books and Music/Duluth (Horowitz)

HARVEST MOON BLUESFEST -- Chip's ever-growing sixth annual Labor Day weekend music festival kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with performances by New Orleans' Juice, Walter Trout & the Radicals and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band. For more information, call 770-307-2840 or visit www.chipsroadhouse.com. Chip's/Winder (Sarig)

ETTA JAMES -- See Record Reviews, p. 98. EarthLink Live (Horowitz)

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN -- Her career spans three decades now, from country-pop waif ("If Not For You") to movie star waif (Grease) to, well, ersatz aerobic instructor waif ("Physical"). No doubt highlights from her entire career will be featured during this show, though I, for one, am hoping for a rousing rendition of, ahem, "Xanadu." Chastain Park Amphitheatre (Robertson)

OXES -- At some point or another in life, you've found yourself in an unfamiliar town, buying food at a nasty, nasty grocery store. The instrumental crud-rock of Baltimore's Oxes is the aural equivalent of such experience. Dueling guitarists Natale and Dr. Windsor Castle don't so much perform songs as they lance musical boils -- clumpy, sour riffage pouring forth like expired milk leaking slowly onto the yogurt rack. The Earl (Hutchinson)

DAVE RALPH -- Paul Oakenfold's right-hand man and well-known Cream DJ Dave Ralph, recently relocated to Florida, returns to Atlanta. The Brit veteran of Berlin's Love Parade brings the love this way with his ever-evolving and cutting-edge collection of progressive trance anthems. Alex Whalen also steers the vibe toward the stars. eleven50 (Ware)

SOULHAT, TONOHONEY -- Austin rockers Soulhat has developed a grassroots following based on live performances and two well-received recordings. Though they disbanded due to the toll of heavy touring, they've since regrouped -- though the only constant has been the playing and singing of Kevin McKinney. In 2000, the band released a new recording (Experiment on a Flat Plane) on Atlanta's Terminus Records. Picking up where they left off, they've been touring the country in a non-stop effort to support that release. The lush, rocked-out jazz groove of Atlanta's Tonohoney, as their name implies, is heavy, thick and sticky. With a stylistic breadth that ranges from straightforward blues to loungey, syncopated Latin jazz, this act lays a heavy finger on the jam button, while keeping things compositionally sophisticated. Smith's Olde Bar (Clifford/Hutchinson)

DWIGHT YOAKAM -- He's a honky-tonk man and one of the few artists from the '80s New Traditionalist movement that continues putting out real country music. While his popularity may have waned to some degree, Yoakam retains the highest level of integrity and respect. The onstage posturing and swagger might seem a bit old these days, but the music still delivers. Cowboys (J. Kelly)

ANDALUZ: Ruda

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: Frankie's Blues Mission

ATLANTA CIVIC CENTER: International Gospel Center presents gospel play "I Should've Listened"

BANANA JOE'S: Bulletproof

BAYOU ROOM: Heart to Heart

BILLY'S: Ben Dunlap

BORDERS-DULUTH: Dominic Gaudious

BRANDYHOUSE: YG with SoyBase

BREAKERS-JONESBORO: Roam, Elliot James and the Snakes, Boss

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster - progressive hits

CHASTAIN AMPHITHEATER: Olivia Newton-John

CHECKERED PARROT: Mike Russell

CHICAGO'S-MARIETTA: Ron Cooley and Hard Times

CHIP'S-WINDER: Harvest Moon Bluesfest with New Orleans' Juice, Walter Trout and the Radicals, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

CJ'S LANDING: Six Against Seven, Chris McCarty Band, Love Over Gravity

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

CLUB RARITY: DJ Das Wright

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COMEAUX'S: Sammy Blue Band

COTTON CLUB: Acres, Vinyl, Mary's Eyes, MangoCOWBOYS: Dwight Yoakam

DADDY D'Z: Kindle Williams and Blue Soul

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Smug Face, Drednot, Cringe, Waste Gate

DARWIN'S: The Joel Williams Band

DEUX PLEX: Apologetic Fridays

THE EARL: Oxes, The Remuxers, Slotracer

EARTHLINK LIVE: Etta James, Bobby Murray

ECHO LOUNGE: Plea For Peace-Take Action Tour

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: John McVey, Diane Durrett

1848 CAFE: Live band, jazz

eleven50: Dave Ralph

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Das Cowboys, Krush Girls

FREDERICK BROWN JR. AMPHITHEATRE: America

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Zydafunk

FUZZY'S: Motor City Josh

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Twelve Dollar Pen

HARRIS & JACK'S: Live jazz with Jabari Jazz Group

JACKALS-LILBURN: Live acoustic music

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: The Expand Band, Peadboy

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

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

THE LIVING ROOM: Garage, house, guest DJs

LUBY'S: Bullethead

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MCCOLGAN'S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE: Buddy O'Reilly

MURPHY'S LAW: Cross Over

9 LIVES SALOON: CYCO, Kink

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: La Chez Les

PECKERHEAD BREWERY-DOUGLASVILLE: King Johnson

PIPER'S PUB: Livin Large

PLAYERS BILLIRDS: Sean Costello

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Radio Free Dixie

QUEEN OF SHEEBA: Live jazz

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

RED LIGHT CAFE: Royal Fuzz

ROXY: Dexter Freebish

SCROOGE'S: Best Dance Band

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Soulhat, Tonohoney

SOMBER REPTILE: Step 12, Soft Trap

SPORTSTIME BAR & GRILLE: Organic

STAR BAR-L5P: Bully, Hanging Francis, Poprocket

STUDIO CENTRAL: ESP101

TEN27: DJ Drama and J-Sun

THAD AND JOE'S: The Happiest of Happy Hours

UGLY MUG PUB: Live music

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

WHISKER'S TAVERN- DUNWOODY: Heater

WILD WING CAFE: The Pondering

WOODEN NICKEL: Storm Warning

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