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DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, HEY MERCEDES -- Dashboard singer Chris Carraba's confessional acoustic tunes mine a landscape of spurned love, broken hearts and emotional torment with sturdy pop hooks and emo anguish, attracting a rabid female following more in keeping with a Backstreet Boys concert. Hey Mercedes follows in the footsteps of Braid (it features three former members), but leavens their post-hardcore sound with a more openly melodic approach. Masquerade (Parker)

TIM FLANNERY -- Pro baseball player, coach, songwriter and storyteller Flannery played with the San Diego Padres from 1979-1989 as an infielder and currently serves as third base coach for the team. He's touring to support his third CD, Pieces of the Past, an album featuring contributions from Jackson Browne and Bruce Hornsby. His song "Blow 'em Away," a comic blues rant about a pistol-packing commuter, was recorded by David Wilcox. Kathy Mattea and Sara Hickman also have recorded Flannery's songs. Chuck Brodsky throws the first pitch tonight with his opening set. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

COLIN HAY -- What's Colin Hay been up to since the mercurial rise and fall of his '80s outfit Men at Work? More than you might think. A perusal of the singer/songwriter's resume uncovers the following: no less than six solo releases, including the new all-acoustic Going Somewhere on his own label, Lazy Eye Records (a reference to his wandering eyeball, the real star of the classic "Who Can It Be Now?" video); acting gigs in assorted Australian films, including a turn as a hard-drinking paraplegic alongside Russell Crowe in Heaven's Burning; non-stop road work on his own and with Men at Work. All of which leaves very little time for any sort of full-fledged "comeback" bid, and that's just as well. Hay is way too approachable for prolonged superstardom anyhow -- a quality that comes across loud and clear at his solo gigs. C.J.'s Landing (Rowland)

KATIA AND MARIELLE LABEQUE -- Classical piano's most famous duo comes to town when the Labeque sisters, Katia and Marielle, return to Atlanta for an all-classical concert. They somehow manage to combine cool elegance with fire -- watch for their impetuous leaps off the piano bench. Robert Ferst Center/Ga. Tech (Brown)

LES SAVY FAV, THE APES -- See Les Savy Fav in Record Reviews, p. 96. The Apes are a guitarless quartet on Les Savy Fav's bassist's label. Their latest, The Fugue in the Fog, does an admirable job of presenting their organ-grinding intensity, but their frenetic live shows are threatening to pass in to urban legend. Slot Racer also perform. The Earl (Ware)

RAUL MALO -- See Record Reviews, p. 96. Cotton Club (Ruggiero)

ANDALUZ: Flamenco Company of Atlanta

BRIDGES: Piano with Bruce


CJ'S LANDING: Colin Hay (of Men at Work), Eddie Bush

CLUB GENO'S: The Brethern


COWBOYS: Darrin Robbins, Kickback


DARWIN'S: Open blues jam with Liz Melendez

DILLON'S SPORTS BAR: Tommy Lee Thompson

THE EARL: Les Savy Fav, The Apes, Slot Racer

EARTHLINK LIVE: Dashboard Confessional

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Bonaventure Quartet with Amy Pike

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Tim Flannery, Chuck Brodsky

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics

FUEL: The Soul Lounge

KARMA: Cream

KAYA: Wind Down Wednesday - live jazz, spoken word, poetry

LUBY'S: Stuart Sullivan

MASQUERADE: Dashboard Confessional, Hey Mercedes

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Metropolitan Wednesdays

9 LIVES SALOON: Bitch, Horse

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Reunion - featuring dark wave, ether pop and trance

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Daniel "Mudcat" Dudeck

THE POETRY PLANET: Bare Soul Wednesday

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

ROBERT FERST CENTER/GA. TECH: Katia And Marielle Labeque

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Raul Malo (of the Mavericks)

SOMBER REPTILE: Underground Records Showcase

STAR BAR-L5P: JJ-180, DJ Swivel, DJ Quiz

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: Gunnison, Ghost Trane

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

Contributors to this week's Menu are Patrick Berkery, Keely Brown, Mitch Foy, Hal Horowitz, Gregory Nicoll, Chris Parker, Bryan Powell, Hobart Rowland, Bob Ruggiero, Roni Sarig, Lee Smith and Tony Ware.

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