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THURSDAY, DEC 13

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ASYLUM STREET SPANKERS, SCRAPPY HAMILTON -- See Asylum Street Spankers in Record Reviews, p. 104. An old-timey hand-jiving anachronism in the Squirrel Nut Zippers vein, Asheville's Scrappy Hamilton beautifully captures the gleeful, freewheeling spirit of old ragtime and boogie-woogie. Unlike some of the less imaginative revival-flavored bands, however, Scrappy Hamilton never seems confined by the rules of a dated style, instead sneaking in their own refreshingly contemporary musical glimpses. Smith's Olde Bar (Hutchinson)

BLACK GOLDSTEIN, MOTOR 76 -- Black Goldstein is a new quartet made up of seasoned club veterans Keli Mercadante (Wild West Picture Show), Doug Jacobs (Middlesex Records), Chandler Rentz (the Changelings, Diana Obscura) and songwriter Cricket. Together they offer a sizzlingly sensual and soulful version of high-energy early-'70s rock. Motor 76 gets its rockin' engines in gear to start this high-octane show. Star Bar (Smith)

NIKKA COSTA, MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS -- See article, p. 97. EarthLink Live (Simutis)

FORMAT -- The drum 'n' bass monthly hosted by Encore continues with local Little Jen welcoming back the intense workouts of U.K. tech-steppers Total Science and DJ Lee. Karma (Ware)

GOOD CHARLOTTE, MEST -- The headliners quote the Sex Pistols, but these button-cute ska-pop punks are about as dangerous as Smashmouth and twice as annoying. They also love God and their mums. Sweet. Mest -- which runs Clash chords through breakneck Green Day melodies and has an adorable bleach-blond singer -- thinks edgy means putting female dwarves on your CD cover and wearing "I Love Britney" T-shirts. They're not. In fact, both bands make Blink-182 look dangerous. Cotton Club (Horowitz)

GOSPEL CHRISTMAS -- Charles Floyd and Sallie B. Parrish conduct the All-Atlanta Chorus, accompanied by the ASO, through a program of Christmas music with contemporary gospel arrangements. Symphony Hall (Sarig)

KRISTEN HALL -- Tonight is a great time to see one of the Decatur scene's brightest lights in her natural environment. Hall's rough but soothing voice is like a letter from a long lost loved one. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

DJ KRUSH -- See DJ Krush in Record Reviews, p. 104. Supporting the famed Japanese producer/turntablist are some of Atlanta's finest. J. Small, Talib Shabazz and D.R.E.S. tha Beatnik lead up to the midnight main event with the boom-bap, while Lewis & Maston, J-Sun and Injex drop the needle and the tempo afterward. In the museum, trip-hop, click-hop and tech-house are on tap from pH balance's Captain Muudfish, Chris Hall, Scott "Prefuse 73" Herren and Kevin O. Tespace serves up multimedia and bubble teas. eleven50 (Ware)

MORNING 40 FEDERATION -- New Orleans' top-heavy troubadours, Morning 40 Federation, carelessly spill out jazz and ragtime like sloshes of cheap beer from a Bourbon Street dixie cup. Yet somehow, the results are breathtakingly pure -- like the soothing feel of cold bathroom tile under your swirling, drunken head. The Earl (Hutchinson)

WHITE LIGHTS, NOW IT'S OVERHEAD, JE SUIS FRANCE -- An evening of gently rockin' ethereal pop is on tap when Buffi Aguero's White Lights beam their sultry mix of cocktail tunes and early-Velvets vibes into East Atlanta. The Lights' Athens-based equivalent, the curiously named Now It's Overhead, features famed producer Andy LeMaster teaming up with members of Little Red Rocket, Lona, the Lures and Azure Ray. Opening act Je Suis France is simply tres magnifique! Echo Lounge (Nicoll)

ALLSTAR SPORTS BAR-CHAMBLEE: Karaoke

APACHE CAFE: Sessions @ Apache w/Ken Ford

BAYOU ROOM-MARIETTA: Shyanne

BLIND WILLIE'S: Francine Reed

BLUE RACCOON: Bill Sheffield's Electric Jam

BRANDYHOUSE: Down Right with The Southern Lights

BREAKERS: Hourglass

BRIDGES: Vocalist Paula Harris with Doug Jervey on keys

BUCKHEAD SALOON: Dean Dollar Band

BUFFALO'S-SHANNON MALL: Al Brock

CAFE 290: The Mike Kelly Quartet

CALEDONIA LOUNGE: Cry Baby, Sharks and Minnows

THE CHAMBER: Club Fetish

CHECKERED PARROT: Randy Harper

CHIP'S-WINDER: Nathan Sheppard

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Rusell Gunn

CJ'S LANDING: Top-of-the-Tree IV First Round featuring Pain's Promise, RS3, the Wood

CLUB GENO'S: Charles Lattimon

COMEAUX'S: The Hybrids

COTTON CLUB: Good Charlotte, Mest, Sugarcult

COWBOYS: Talent Night

CRYSTAL'S ON THE SQUARE-MARIETTA: Sippin' Whiskey

DAILEY'S DOWNSTAIRS: Obie Jesse Trio

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Spectralux, Burning Clocks, Keep

THE EARL: Morning 40 Federation, Visuals by "Mutagen"

EARTHLINK LIVE: Nikka Costa, Miranda Lee Richards

ECHO LOUNGE: White Lights, Now It's Overhead, Je Suis France

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Kristen Hall

ELEVEN50: DJ Krush, J. Small, Talib Shabazz, D.R.E.S. tha Beatnik; Lewis & Maston, J-Sun, Injex; Captain Muudfish, Chris Hall, Scott Herren, Kevin O.

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Chickenshack

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Vigilantes of Love, Bill Mallonee

FUZZY'S: Electromatics

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Jaywalk Jazz

HARD ROCK CAFE: 12 Bands of Christmas: Eden, Gruvnhi, Lud-Low, King Reno

INSOMNIA COFFEEHOUSE: RadioDAZE

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: The Immigrants

KARMA: Format

KAYA: Island Getaway - Celebrating the life of World Premier with Samson and DJ Chigga

THE LIVING ROOM: Latin Night

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Fursday Nite Lounge

MUTANA HEALTH CAFE: Soul Vibrations

THE NEW BEER MUG: 80's Night

9 LIVES SALOON: The Evils, Moose Knuckle, Apocalyptic Visions, the Heathens

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: The Breeze Kings

THE POETRY PLANET: Thursday Night Vibe Session

POPPER'S: Open Jam with Steve Hawkins

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Waveform with Doc Samuels, Larry Jackson, Tom Woodruff

RED LIGHT CAFE: The Dappled Greys

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Asylum Street Spankers, Scrappy Hamilton

SOMBER REPTILE: 3deep, Shamrock, Soundlab, Rockford; Cajun Kitchen: No River City

STAR BAR-L5P: Black Goldstein, Motor 76

STUDIO 72: DJ Special T & Shakim

SYMPHONY HALL: Gospel Christmas w/ASO, All-Atlanta Chorus

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: Tilden's Faith, B-Sides, Soundtrack Mind

VIOLETTE RESTAURANT: Jus Jazz featuring Dave Wallis, Eddie Taylor, Dan Coy, Shack Lewis, Rita Graham and Pete the bartender

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Motor City Josh

YA YA'S CAJUN CUISINE: Johnny Knox & the Rockabilly Mania

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