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SAT/MARCH 31
AL-N -- American in the 21st Century, the solo debut by Atlanta native/Nashville resident Mark Allen (aka Al-n), is so post-Beck it sounds downright Canadian. A concept album of sorts, with all the requisite absurdities the title suggests, it's goofy and eclectic in a way that can grow annoying, but catchy and ambitious enough to rate a look. Smith's Olde Bar (Sarig)

INDIA ARIE -- Local singer/songwriter India Arie (see record review) unveils her long-awaited Motown debut, Acoustic Soul, with tonight's show. Catch her now before folks in Wisconsin start calling her "diva." PlanetJam Cotton Club (Sarig)

BIG DUMB FACE -- Limp Bizkit's spotlight-hogging guitarist Wes Borland's side project (see record review) is a messy, jumbled, incoherent Ween/Ministry-lite trip that proves he shouldn't quit his day job. Masquerade (Horowitz)

BLESSID UNION OF SOULS -- Inoffensive, strummy -- if slightly faceless -- multi-racial pop/folk/rock, BUOS don't do anything Hootie can't do better. Thankfully their Christian leanings and "love is the answer" clichés are kept on low-boil, though they're not beyond tossing in the occasional schmaltz. It's free, so who's complaining? Centennial Park (Horowitz)

DJ SPOOKY -- As long as "that Subliminal Kid" keeps his neo-philosophical ramblings to himself, this should be a pleasant experience. Not much to see, but Spooky provides an earful of thick beats, ambient drones and some seriously hallucinogenic processing. His recent collaboration with Scanner is a treat, worthy of a listen in a dark room. Masquerade (Khalid)

GIWAYAN MATA -- Atlanta's all-female African drum and dance troupe presents "Rising to Our Power 2001," which showcases the group's heart-pounding and eye-popping performance. Truly a local treasure. They do three shows: at 8 p.m. tonight and Sunday at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Baldwin Burroughs Theater/Spelman College (Sarig)

JORMA KAUKONEN, MICHAEL FALZARANO -- Oddly ignored by the blues community, ex-Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna-man Kaukonen is a veritable encyclopedia of traditional folk/blues and a phenomenally gifted guitarist. Embraced by Deadheads, he's done more to popularize the work and distinctive acoustic style of the Rev. Gary Davis than any other contemporary picker. Although his nasal voice is an acquired taste, Kaukonen has class, talent and an obvious love for the material. Variety Playhouse (Horowitz)

PADDY KEENAN & TOMMY O'SULLIVAN -- Legendary Irish piper Keenan (ex-Bothy Band) returns after packing them in 18 months ago at the same venue, where he made his Atlanta debut. This time Dingle-based singer and guitarist Tommy O'Sullivan of Sliabh Notes fame accompanies. Red Light Café (Falstaff)

PATTY LABELLE, DAVE HOLLISTER -- One of the original R&B divas, Ms. Labelle has settled into comfortable, mushy albums with songs penned by schmaltz queen Diane Warren. Thankfully she has a hefty catalog of more substantial tunes -- not to mention a powerhouse voice and great hair -- so when she belts out a set-closing "Lady Marmalade," it's roof-raising time. "Hip-hop soul preacher" Dave Hollister opens. Fox Theatre (Horowitz)

PRESSURE -- Liquid Groove presents a variety of eclectic drum 'n' bass talents. Founder of UK label Good Looking Records, LTJ Bukem consistently has produced and played material that blends flavors of hip-hop, down tempo, jazz, break beat and drum 'n' bass. Also appearing: European DMC mixing champ, DJ Hype, who executes a rougher style of drum 'n' bass; Dieselboy, who presents the darker, harder side of jungle; MC GQ and local artist Edo. DeKalb-Atlanta Center (Morin)

PSYCHEDELIC FURS -- The Butler brothers have a catalog of classic art-punk that remains relatively fresh two decades down the line. As long as Richard doesn't pull a mood swing and dig into Love Spit Love's greatest hits, they'll unwind sing-along faves geared to 30-somethings, nostalgic for their black-clad, alienated youth who consider Pretty in Pink influential. EarthLink.Live (Horowitz)

RED, WHITE AND BREW -- This fundraiser for the High Museum features a wide selection of food from area eateries and beer from more than 25 microbreweries. The band King Konga provide Dave Matthews-lite processed-cheese product. Then again, faux-funk seems appropriate music for dining on top of a shopping center parking deck. Call 404-786-3538 for more info. Lenox Square Parking Deck (Smith)

SKINLESS, DYING FETUS, GORGUTS -- Skinless mix up their brand of extreme metal with relentless slashing, chugging and grinding. Songs such as "Tug of War Intestines" reflect their black humor, but the tip that opens their latest disc says the most about passive appreciation of this music: "Sit back, slip on your absorbent undergarments and let the mayhem begin." Red Room/Valdosta (Foy)

SUBSONICS, KING BROTHERS -- Atlanta's Subsonics are a stripped-down, no-frills garage rock trio, as sleek, slender and efficient as a 10-speed bike. The King Brothers are a trio from Osaka, Japan, playing ultra-heavy blues and unchained Godzilla-stompin' garage punk in the tradition of Guitar Wolf. Their roar is a wildly joyful celebration of rock in its most raw, chaotic and primal form. The Earl (Nicoll)

THIRD DAY -- Top Christian rock band returns home to Atlanta, this time upgrading from the large north-'burb church venues to the roomier confines of the former Lakewood Amphitheater. They're still touring on their Grammy- and Dove-nominated Offerings, a part-live worship album. Lincoln Brewster and Kendall Payne open. HiFi Buys Amphitheater (Sarig)

TOM COLLINS, H.O.T.S., THE MEADOWLARKS -- The Collins boys have watered down their Led Zep cocktail a bit and added some smooth but still-potent sippin' rock into the mix. Hotty Brett Busch and his old-school '80s devotees raise the temp a bit as they signify and testify in the middle slot. The Meadowlarks -- featuring former members of the Titanics, #1 Family Mover and Opal Foxx Quartet, and current members of Man Or Astro-man? and Ultrababyfat -- offer a lemony sweet racket that adds the perfect twist to this intoxicating lineup. Echo Lounge (Smith)

WOGGLES, KURT WOOD -- As a special treat, the mighty Woggles have invited former drummer Kurt Wood -- an internationally known collector of obscure, wild and wonderful '60s garage punk records -- to set the appropriate mood for their concert by DJing a pre-show sock hop. Star Bar (Nicoll)

YAMAGATA -- Yamagata was a Japanese Shogun Warrior. This Yamagata is a Tennessee noodle band. Jazz fusion, funk and jams from Memphis. The Phish magazine The Pharmer's Almanac called them "a band we love." Get the picture? Brandyhouse (Smith)

BILLY'S: Mike Renna

BLUE RACCOON: Chicago Joe

BORDERS-COBB PARKWAY: John Griffin

BORDERS-DOUGLASVILLE: Mickle-A-Do

BORDERS-DULUTH: Michael Curtis

BORDERS-DUNWOODY: Drawing Lines

BORDERS-EAST COBB: Dave Potts

BORDERS-KENNESAW: Debra Peterson

BORDERS-SNELLVILLE: Bill Kahler

BRANDYHOUSE: Pharmers Almanac featuring Yamagata

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four, local artists

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

CHECKERED PARROT: Citizen Cain

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COSMOPOLITAN: Mike Keir

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Damien Cartier, Loud American Tourists, Brandon Harvey

DARWIN'S: Liz Melendez

THE DERBY-NESBIT FERRY: Mike Veal

THE EARL: Subsonics, King Brothers, Rabies Babies

EARTHLINK.LIVE: The Psychedelic Furs, Tinfed

ECHO LOUNGE: The Tom Collins, H.O.T.S., the Meadowlarks

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Pierce Pettis, Ruthie Foster, Cyd Cassone

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Sailcats

FIREHOUSE FOOD & SPIRITS: Storm Warning

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Elf Power, 8-Track Gorilla, What

FOX THEATER: Patti LaBelle, Dave Hollister

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Blind Slim

FUZZY'S: Barry Richman

HEMINGWAY'S TROPICAL BAR & GRILL: Time Machine

HIFI BUYS AMPHITHEATER: Third Day

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Freak The Jones

KLASSICS-ATHENS: Alien

KAZOO'S: Paradise Radio

LAZY DOG TAVERN-LILBURN: Work In Progress

THE LIBRARY GRILL & BAR: NSP

LOCOS DELI & PUB: Flood City Shoutout

LUBY'S: Lubypalooza - 13 Bands

MASQUERADE: Big dumb face, El Greco; DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid -- in Hell

MELLOW MUSHROOM-BUFORD: Randy Harper

MICHAEL'S COFFEE: Open Fist

9 LIVES SALOON: DoubleDrive, Tangerine, Exit 8, S*L*A*M

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Cool John Ferguson with Mudcat

PECKERHEAD BREWERY-DOUGLASVILLE: Anthony Gomes

PIPER'S PUB: Dead Dog Blues

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: India Arie

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Open Mic with Sam Makler

POPPERS: Reddog

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Mina

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Emma Gibbs Band featuring David Blackmon, Cast Iron Filter, AL-N

STAR BAR-L5P: Woggles, Kurt Wood

SWISSOTEL: Graham Jackson, Jr.

UGLY MUG PUB: Big Royal

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Jorma Kaukonen and Michael Falzarano, Kudzu Kings

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

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: The New Educators

WILD WING CAFE: Parrothead Party

WOODEN NICKEL: TBA

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