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SATURDAY, SEPT. 1

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COMMODORES -- As with most of the soul/disco/R&B acts making the summer shed rounds, there aren't many original Commodores left. And don't expect to see Lionel Ritchie, who's busy searching for his MIA solo career. Chastain Park Amphitheatre (Horowitz)

DRAGON*CON -- Wolf and Hawk's Lisa the Wolf and Mike Browning -- both former members of Florida death-metal bands -- perform haunting acoustic-guitar-and-drum-based songs thematically similar to those of their past associations. New York's Voltaire -- who also dabbles in comic writing and stop-motion animation -- offers an acoustic solo set of his goof-goth pirate songs to wrap up the afternoon. Evening performances feature prog-rockers Spock's Beard and Z-Axis, an acoustic set by multi-instrumentalist Sir Millard Mulch, and theatrical goth rock from Bella Morte and the Cruxshadows. Hyatt Regency Atlanta (Williams)

DRIVE INVASION -- The annual three-day barrage of bands, barbecue and B-movies kicks off early today with an afternoon of rockabilly and '50s-style tunes. Talented twang-masters performing live include Clete Reid's new group, the Holy Smokes (3 p.m.), former Continentals bandleader Amy Pike (4 p.m.), guitar maestro Johnny Knox (5 p.m.), western-swingers Caroline and the Ramblers (6 p.m.), authentic rockabillies the Blacktop Rockets (7 p.m.) and the totally unhinged Belmont Playboys (8 p.m.). They're followed by The Blob, Jailhouse Rock and Queen of Outer Space on the big screen after dark. Starlight Six Drive-In (Nicoll)

420 MONKS, [MINUS], DA'SHIZ, VIRTUAL -- It's a night of on-the-rise, mostly local heavy rock. Former Stuck Mojo frontman Bonz's new act, 420 Monks, headlines, joined by Argentina's Virtual, Atlanta youngster [minus] and Da'Shiz. Cotton Club (Sarig)

THE LATE B.P. HELIUM, GREAT LAKES -- See Earshot. The Earl (Smith)

LYNYRD SKYNYRD, TED NUGENT -- With the recent passing of bassist Leon Wilkeson, there are even fewer street survivors in this touring edition of the definitive rebel-rousing '70s Southern rockers. Bowhunter Nugent has passed into wango-tango buffoonery so long ago, even Skynyrd fans won't bother to stifle guffaws as he whips through his oldies. HiFi Buys Amphitheatre (Horowitz)

MONTREUX ATLANTA MUSIC FESTIVAL -- The city's free summer festival of worldly sounds gets under way today with two stages of music. On the Main Stage: Cooper Tisdale (2 p.m.); World Mambo Mission (3 p.m.); Divinity (4 p.m.); Pocket Dwellers (5 p.m.); The Pharcyde (6 p.m.); Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh (7:30 p.m.). On the Emerging Artist Stage: We Do Blues (2:30 p.m.); Oginga Love (3:30 p.m.); Shola Lewis (4:30 p.m.); Candiamore (5:30 p.m.). Piedmont Park (Sarig)

RIVAL SCHOOLS, THURSDAY -- Some may dismiss Rival Schools as Quicksand-lite because of their post-hardcore resume, but the band -- made of former members of Gorilla Biscuits, Civ and the aforementioned Quicksand -- use their emotional experience to their advantage, howling like a punk pep rally in full swing on their debut, United By Fate. Thursday manages to crank out heavy, hard-hitting melodies while holding on to its vulnerability. Echo Lounge (Ware/Hutchinson)

SCOTT MILLER & THE COMMONWEALTH -- An alumnus of Bubbapaloozas past, Knoxville, Tenn., boy Scott Miller has a new lineup and a bunch of new material. Taking a logical step forward since the demise of the amazing V-Roys, he has blended his quick wit and rocking energy into a near-perfect combination. Miller has a ton of songs in his repertoire, and no doubt he will be covering all the bases tonight. Smith's Olde Bar (J. Kelly)

SOMETHING LEFT AFTER MISFORTUNE -- Local heavy-rock favorites S.L.A.M. do slam pretty hard and solidly, but their modern-rock sound is so common it ends up sounding rather middle-of-the-road -- conservative even. In fact, the band's new song, "News Flash" -- which features the politically charged metaphor, "useless as Republicans" -- sounds sort of like the pot calling the kettle black. 9 Lives Saloon (Sarig)

VAGRANT AMERICA -- Vagrant Records -- home to some of the country's best pop-punk and emocore -- sends some of its finest out on the road together. Saves The Day mixes polished pop hooks and soaring harmonies for a sweet, if not too sugary, sound. Hey Mercedes is comprised of three of the four members of the much-missed Braid, and should thrill fans of that band's calmer moments. Punk-pop quartet No Motiv can easily go from rambunctious to reflective. Dashboard Confessional may seem the odd man out, its anguished acoustic path sounding like a more peppy Pedro The Lion mixed with Sunny Day Real Estate. Masquerade (Ware)

APACHE CAFE: Laura Friedman

BAYOU ROOM: 911

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson & the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Andrew Black and the Believers

BRANDYHOUSE: Yamagata, Basement

BREAKERS-JONESBORO: Clutch, Six, Mobstar

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four, local artists

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

BUZZ-N-BREW-ACWORTH: Superbus

CAJUN KITCHEN: Martian Honey

THE CHAMBER: Europa - modern dance music with DJ Gene Carbonell

CHASTAIN AMPHITHEATER: The Commodores

CHECKERED PARROT: Spider Kelly

CHIP'S-WINDER: Sweet Betty

CJ'S LANDING: Big Jack Pneumatic, Freeloader

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

CLUB GENO'S: Milkshake Quartet

COMEAUX'S: Zyde Funk

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COWBOYS: Darrin Robbins, Eric Key, Marta Tyree, Kickback

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Cornbread, Suburban Love Junkies, Cloud 10

DARWIN'S: Liz Melendez

DIXIE TAVERN: Uncle Funcle

DT'S DOWN UNDER-ATHENS: Nathan Sheppard

THE EARL: The Late B.P. Helium, Great Lakes

ECHO LOUNGE: Rival Schools, ThursdayECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Jennifer Nettles Band, Jodie Manross

1848 CAFE: Live band, jazz

FADO IRISH PUB: Party our Bass off

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Chilly Willy

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Kenny Howe and the Yeah, Chicos Bail Bondsmen

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Blind Slim

FUNNY FARM COMEDY CLUB: Rik Roberts

FUZZY'S: Work In Progress

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Charlie Robinson

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

HEMINGWAY'S TROPICAL BAR & GRILL: Rich Beatty

HIFI BUYS AMPHITHEATRE: Lynard Skynyrd, Ted NugentTHE HIGH NOTE: Gary Motley Trio

THE HUNGRY EAR COFFEE HOUSE: Dominic Gaudious, Daniel Gordy, Helen Back, Bill Dunn, Jill Hendrix, Maureen Jenci-Shelton

HYATT REGENCY: Dragon*Con IIIJACKAL'S-LILBURN: Live music

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Ruben and Reel Tall with Barry Richman

JAVA HOUSE: Allison Jarrell, Morning Glory with Alan Yates

KAZOO'S: Band X

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

KOLOR'S-LAWRENCEVILLE: Live music

LANIERLAND MUSIC PARK-CUMMING: Chalee Tennison

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Bad Motor Scooter

THE LIVING ROOM: George Greenlee spins progressive, dance, high energy

LUBY'S: Worm Belly

MASQUERADE: Vagrant America with Saves The Day, Dashboard Confessional, No Motiv, Hey Mercedes

MCCOLGAN'S: Duncan McLaughlin

MURPHY'S LAW: Blue Collar Allstars

9 LIVES SALOON: Something Left After Misfortune, Feds

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Pussy Galore with DJs Kevin O and J-Luv

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Sean Costello

PECKERHEAD BREWERY- DOUGLASVILLE: Motor City Josh

PIEDMONT PARK: Montreux Atlanta Music Festival

PIPER'S PUB: Livin Large

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: 420 Monks, [minus] Da'Shiz, VirtualPLAYERS BILLIARDS: Sammy Blue

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Cacklefruit

POPPER'S: The Joe Kelly Band

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Waveform

RICK'S CARIBBEAN CAFE- DUNWOODY: Live reggae

SCROOGE'S: Trick Stew

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, Heritage Cherry

SOMBER REPTILE: Slip Agent, Misc Body Prts, Cypher Zero, Kringeshaw, Resonance

SPORTSTIME BAR & GRILLE: Battle of the Bands

STAR BAR-L5P: Dave Brokie Experience

STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN: Drive Invasion ISWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: J Birds

TEN27: DJs Jamel & Jamed

THAD AND JOES: Live music

UGLY MUG PUB: Live music

THE VAULT: Cyberia - electronica's dark side with DJ OMAC

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Atlanta Sound

WILD WING CAFE: Shana Alverson Band

WOODEN NICKEL: The Vent

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