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THURS/FEBRUARY 22
ACOUSTIC SYNDICATE -- Down-home Americana from the McMurry family rattles the upstairs stage at Smith's tonight. This North Carolina-based band calls their music "newgrass" -- a hybrid form of jazz and bluegrass with some funk thrown in, naturally. Three-part harmonies and banjos are often featured, and since they supposedly play for three hours, some jamming must ensue. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith)

ADOM -- Promising new local group for whom the term "alt-rockers" is a perfect fit, given their constant alternating between English and Irish rock influences with rich, full and rewarding results. Midnight Caravan opens the show. Star Bar (Nicoll)

ROY CARRIER AND THE NIGHT ROCKERS -- Accordionist Carrier and his crew carry on with a set of authentic Zydeco. Carrier is a bluesman at heart, inspired by Clifton Chenier, and his brand of roadhouse raunch should be the perfect soundtrack for a visit to Chip's. The former oil rig-worker drills for good times and most likely strikes it rich. Chip's/Winder (Smith)

EMPIRE 44 -- If Empire 44 are any indication, Atlanta is a Metropolis. Not the kind Superman flew through, but rather the darkwave/industrial label that continues to release high-quality output like VNV Nation and Funker Vogt. Empire 44 are along those lines: rhythmic and electronic, but not cold and distant. They've got an in-your-face testifying qualifying, like some dark church service. Sure, they seem a little too serious, with uniform-clad Imperial Guard go-go dancers (probably a lot of fog and crushed velvet clothing as well), but it comes with the territory. The tunes, though, stay just this side of melodrama. AudioBridge and Nothing Inside also perform. Masquerade (Ware)

FATTY MELT TOUR -- The Georgia Theatre becomes a THC-atre as the jam-friendly musical stylings of the Ominous Seapods, Agents of Good Roots and Athens' own Fuzzy Sprouts roll on stage. Though promoted to appeal to the jam band contingency (as the oh-so subtle weed-pun tour name should indicate) all three of these bands have a tighter, more compact songwriting side on exhibition in this compressed format. Georgia Theatre (Hutchinson)

JENNIFER KNAPP -- It's an eventful week for contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Jennifer Knapp. Up for a Grammy in the Best Rock Gospel Album category for her sophomore effort Lay It Down, Knapp kicks off a 40-city tour in Athens a mere one night after the awards show. Spiritually introspective in a way that comes off classy rather than corny, Knapp brings a mainstream sensibility to the often marginalized Christian Rock genre. Prince Avenue Baptist Church/Athens (Hutchinson)

THE ROCK COACHES -- The mostly instrumental, mostly jokey local trio celebrates the release of its debut CD, Our Freshman Year at Rock Coach High, with tonight's show. The album, which features a cover of theme song from HBO's "Mr. Show," places the band firmly in the netherworld between Trans Am's indie-prog jamming and your high school cheerleading squad. MJQ Concourse (Sarig)

THE ROSENBERGS -- See record review. PlanetJam Cotton Club (Mann)

BILLY'S: Heather Luttrell and "Nobody"

BLUE RACCOON: Open jam hosted by Bill Sheffield

BLUE SKY TAVERN: Kindle Williams Sr. and Blue Soul

BRANDYHOUSE: Iratowns, Winslow Williard & Lunar Leaf

BRIDGES: Vocalist Paula Harris with Doug Jervey on keys

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Family trivia

CAFÉ 290: The Mike Kelly Trio

THE CHAMBER: Club Fetish

CHECKERED PARROT: John McClain

CHIP'S-WINDER: Roy Carrier & the Night Rockers

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Dan Adams Band, Open Sky Seperators, Now Denial

DARWIN'S: The John Paskoff Band

THE EARL: Chapstick, Whistle Bait

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Lisa Mosciatello, Michael Tolcher

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Chickenshack

FIREHOUSE: Karaoke

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Superdrag, Joe Marx Brothers

FUZZY'S: Lou's Blues

KAYA: Cancun Nights featurings DJs Geo, Carlos Morales and salsa lessons

LIBBY'S: Eileen Fulton

LUBY'S: Stuart Sullivan

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: Empire 44, Audiobridge, Nothing Inside, Flowers For Luci

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Fursday Nite Lounge

MJQ CONCOURSE: Rock Coaches CE release

9 LIVES SALOON: Star Parlor, Salt Circle, Asbestos, AMF

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: The Breeze Kings

OPERA HOUSE: Velcro Pygmies

PIPER'S PUB: Brad Large

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: The Rosenbergs

POPPERS: Open Jam with Steve Hawkins

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Acoustic Syndicate

SOMBER REPTILE: Karen Russ & Radiant Tribe, Vickie V

SPORTS TIME BAR & GRILL-GWINNETT: Karaoke

STAR BAR-L5P: Adom, Midnight Caravan

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Jazz with DJ Red

SWISSOTEL: Graham Jackson, Jr.

VININGS INN: Ian Schumacher, Big Ass Trio

WOODEN NICKEL: Angry Monkey

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