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WED/DECEMBER 13

Noted Acts
AMERICAN PLASTICS, HELGAS, PINKEYE -- Apparently enough hellraising by fans who recall the Japanese band named the Plastics (Hey, who could ever forget their set list, permanently painted on the left wall at 688 in Oriental characters?) has finally shamed the Atlanta punkers calling themselves the Plastics into appending "American" to their moniker. Tonight the APs share the stage with the Helgas (who sound a lot like 17 Years without Lara) and the all-girl punk act Pinkeye (who sound like Godzilla on helium). Star Bar (Nicoll)

BLACKWOOD AVE. -- Incorporating acoustic guitars, mandolins, heavy electric guitar and generous vocal harmonies in creating an all-over-the-place rock sound, Blackwood Ave. doesn't have a very loveable stylistic focus. For the wide breadth of their approach, BA doesn't quite attain some sense of distinctive depth. Somber Reptile (Hutchinson)

DRUMS & TUBA -- What can you say about a band that has logged tour time with loony Czechs Uz Jsme Doma as well as Ani-freaking-Difranco and screws with preconceived notions by replacing the bass guitar with a tuba? When these instrumental Texans aren't laying down booty-boogie grooves they're building atmospheric monoliths in honor of a dead race buried beneath the surface of Mars. A fine example of when different is good. The Earl (Foy)

JOE PERRI CHRISTMAS PROJECT, REBECCA WINDHAM -- No, not the guy from Aerosmith. This is Perri with an "I" and he's celebrating the holidays, not hobbling along as part of an embarrassingly aged '70s burnout unit. The other difference is that this Perri has a new CD called A Verri Perri Christmas, Vol.1. Perri will be joined by some of the musicians on his album tonight, including Kelly Andrews, Mimi Thompson and John Hopkins. Dude looks like a Santa. Rebecca Windham opens. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

FRANCINE REED -- See listing for Dec. 12. Barnes & Noble, Cumberland Mall (Powell)

AMY RIGBY, WILL KIMBROUGH -- See Amy Rigby review, p. 99. She shares a band with fellow singer/songwriter Will Kimbrough, though the two perform separate sets. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith)

Also performing


40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Empire State, the Good Life, Now It's Overhead

THE BAYOU ROOM: Tak Attack

BRANDYHOUSE: Everyday People, Tone Mutts

BUFFALO'S-KENNESAW: Karen Leppo

CAFÉ TU TU TANGO: Caliente - live reggae

THE CHAMBER: Lovebreak with E.J. & Motion and DJ Biff

CHECKERED PARROT: Mike Russell

CJ'S LANDING: "Top-of-the-Tree" competition finals - bands t.b.a

DARK HORSE TAVERN: New Talend Night featuring Lickity Split

DARWIN'S: Open Blues Jam hosted by Liz Melendez

DOTTIE'S: Jumbo's Killcrane, X-Novia

THE EARL: Drums and Tuba

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Joe Perri Christmas Project, Rebecca Windham

EMORY PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics

FUZZY'S: Mike Veal

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Mudcat

PEASANT UPTOWN-PHIPPS PLAZA: The Steven Charles Jazz Duo

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Mina

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Will Kimbrough, Amy Rigby Band, Cricket

STAR BAR-L5P: American Plastics, Helgas, Pinkeye

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