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Saturday, Dec. 29

BLOODKIN -- Unfairly lumped into the black hole of jam rock, this Athens band is actually a gritty Stones-inspired rock unit. Tonight, they'll celebrate the release of their new CD The Bloodkin Community Gospel Rehab. Expect a few guests on stage and maybe even a glimpse of some of the 'Panic gang, frequent collaborators of 'Kin Paul "Crumpy" Edwards and Daniel Hutchens. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith)

CANDIASS -- If you never stopped putting another dime in the jukebox, baby, Charleston's Candiass should be your next push-button musical selection. Lead vocalist Emily Richards has that same flavor of rugged, push-up-the-sleeves-on-your-leather-jacket defiance that defined a generation of empowered rock frontwomen, a la Joan Jett and Pat Benatar. Breaker's Music Hall/Jonesboro (Hutchinson)

DROPSONIC, DAVID BARBE AND COAXIAL FLUTTER -- Sonic hedgehog Dan Dixon and company have backed Athens-based producer and musician Barbe many times through the years, and the two musicians played in the Tom Collins for a brief time as well. Tonight they'll be playing separate sets with Dropsonic, leaning heavily on tunes from their recent The Big Nothing album. Barbe, perhaps best known as bassist in Bob Mould's Sugar, will flutter with members of Athens underground supergroup Now Its Overhead. The Earl (Smith)

EL CAMINOS -- See listing for Fri., Dec. 28. 9 Lives Saloon (Rowland)

FLASH TO BANG TIME, MARTYR AND PISTOL, AMERICAN DREAM -- Lynda Stipe's latest project, the cello-driven orchestral madness known as Flash to Bang Time, incorporates elements as diverse as Fred Frith and Mitch Easter. Still, FTBT is a scruffy punk band at heart. Fellow Athenians Martyr and Pistol also have a considerable arsenal at their disposal. Kera Schaley hovers over her cello like a lo-fi angel, while her bandmates (on guitar and drums) offer minimal but solid support. The third act in tonight's "Cellorgy" is American Dream, David Railey's brainchild, featuring the devilishly angelic Deisha Oliver on cello. Star Bar (Nicoll)

MATTHEW KAHLER, BLAKE GUTHRIE -- Stepping out from under the shadow of Shawn Mullins, singer/songwriter Matthew Kahler is a longtime Mullins cohort who's got just as much charisma -- and an equally impressive repertoire -- as his better-known buddy. Colorful and well-seasoned local troubadour Blake Guthrie, whose best work deftly balances the comic and the profound, opens the late set. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

CYNDI LAUPER, ULTRABABYFAT -- Lauper's colorful videos, including her biggest hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," were inescapable during the formative years of MTV in the early '80s. Now 48, the singer, actress, lovably loopy pop culture icon is busy as ever after finally finding her own kind of fun. Local girls who also like to have fun, Ultrababyfat, open. EarthLink Live (Smith)

TIMO MAAS -- Prepping the world for his upcoming first full-length of original material (not counting his mixed compilations of countless remixes and additional production work), Dusseldorf's Timo Maas unleashes his mix of elastic bass, and trancey and tech beats. eleven50 (Ware)

EDI KRIZ OKRI -- Atlanta-based, African-born musician Edi Okri -- self-proclaimed "Nigerian King of Pop" -- performs the first of two shows this week. His recent African Dream CD is heavy on R&B-pop and dancehall styles, and relatively light on African flavors. But at its most energetic, Okri's music is just the thing to get the party moving. Somber Reptile (Sarig)

ROLLERGASM 2 -- Local DJ collective the Sharc Tank presents a party featuring Atlanta expatriate Tommie Sunshine (now of Felix Da Housecat's Chicago courtship), Dallas' Kid Icarus and locals Cor e and Chris LeClair. Expect a night of funk-filled hard house. Skate rental included. Cumming Skate Center (Ware)

SLY WILLIE DOWN -- There was a time when rock 'n' roll was pure. A time when songs about cars, ladies, avoiding the cops and making it big ruled the airwaves. Local four-piece Sly Willie Down revisits that era, kicking down no-frills hard rock with a classy flair. Dark Horse Tavern (Hutchinson)

VIRJIN -- The final installment in Seks' progressive house/trance residency at the Chamber, the last night of Virjin plays host to Atlanta favorite Danny Howells, of Global Underground/Renaissance U.K. fame. Howells' dark, tribal, sexy, funky trance has gained him a worldwide reputation. Howells is joined by resident Gene Carbonell for one last wild night. The Chamber (Ware)

WIDESPREAD PANIC -- The Athens jam-band institution's reach is pretty, um, widespread, expect the usual assortment of acid-casualty freaks and diehards, along with an impressive cross-section of other music fans. Their successful blend of elements of the '80s Athens scene (especially the easy-grooving Squalls) and jazzy psychedelia has served them well, as they are consistently one of the highest grossing acts nationwide. Philips Arena (Smith)

Andaluz live flamenco guitars

Bayou Room 911

The Blue Raccoon Andrew Black and the Believers

Brandyhouse Slow Motion Suicide, Kush

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

CJ's The Superbz, Rev 7, Jadabloom

Checkered Parrot Lou's Blues

Chip's King Cotton

Club Geno's Milkshake Quartet

Cotton Club Bluestring

Cowboys Darrin Robbins, Eric Key, Marta Tyree, Kickback

Dailey's Obie Jesse Trio

Dark Horse Tavern RF3, Six, Sly Willie Down

Darwin's Liz Melendez

Dekalb Atlanta Center Zodiac V 5.2 w/ Paul Oakenfold, Dean Coleman

The Derby Derek St. Holmes

The Earl Dropsonic, Dave Barbe and Coaxial Flutter, Her Love Filled the Room

EarthLink Live Cyndi Lauper, Ultrababyfat

Echo Lounge PH Balance, Minaminagoodsong, Mars ill

Eclipse di Luna Trio Latino Band

Eddie's Attic Matthew Kahler, Blake Guthrie

eleven50 Timo Maas

Fado Party our Bass off

Fat Matt's Rib Shack Red Lea

40 Watt SciFu, Garbage Island

Fuzzy's Place Rats in the Attic

The Grape at Vinings Matthew Smith

Inside the Song Acoustic Cafe Orville Davis

International Artists Guild Electric open mic

Jackal's Alien

Jake's Roadhouse Basment w/Entropy, DJ Genetic

Kaya DJs Trama and Special T.

The Living Room George Greenlee/Progressive Dance, High Energy

Luby's Lou's Blues

Lush Life Cafe Singing Chef Ras Chemash Lamed

Masquerade festish dancy party

The New Beer Mug Live Music

9 Lives Saloon El Caminos, Unsatisfied

Nomenclature Museum Pussy Galore with DJs Kevin O and J-Luv

Northside Tavern King Johnson

Pecker Head Brewery Roger Hurricane

Philips Arena Widespread Panic

Players YG Band

The Poetry Planet Dinner and a Movie

Poor Richards' Pub Legend

Popper's Joe Kelly Band

Ray's on the River Waveform with Doc Samuels, Larry Jackson, Tom Woodruff

Ray's Pizza Larry Chapin

Red Light Cafe Pauly K, Omnibus and the Grassmen

Smith's Olde Bar Bloodkin, Horsepower

Somber Reptile International reggae, Edi Okri

Star Community Bar Flash to Bang Time, Martyr and Pistol, American Dream

The Supper Club World Mambo Mission

Tasty World Atomsplit, Annaray

Ten27 DJs Jamel & Jamed

The Tabernacle Outkast

Variety Playhouse Blueground Undergrass

The Vault Cyberia - electronica's dark side with DJ OMAC

Wild Wing Cafe Gruvnhi

Wooden Nickel All Stars

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