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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

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DIVA DESTRUCTION -- A dark and trippy goth act fronted by a pair of Siouxsie Sioux-esque, well, divas, Debra and Severina belt anguished anthems to cruelty and co-dependency with the genre's expected vigor. Pack the Percocet, kids, it's going to be a long night. Nomenclature Museum (Butler)

THE DROPSCIENCE -- Avant-hard experimentalism from San Diego, the Dropscience's upcoming release, Experimenting with Contrast, is subtitled "an audio interpretation of color, light and space." That, of course, is just a fancy way of saying "we threw some loud shit together." In its more accessible moments, however, the album recalls the loose, ultra-earnest energy of Fugazi. Definitely for the margin-friendly ear. Squaresville/695 Woodward Ave. (Hutchinson)

LES CLAYPOOL'S FLYING FROG BRIGADE -- On a hiatus from his 17-year career fronting Primus, bass guru Les Claypool makes an impressive foray into the ever-popular genre of jam music. However, instead of cloning Phish, Claypool infuses his oddball brand of heavy funk with the Frog Brigade's wailing horns and tribal drums to create a sound that's like no other. Variety Playhouse (Jordan)

JOHNNY NEEL -- Latter-day Allmans pianist Neel is touring as frontman of his own band, the Lost World, with whom he recently released the CD, Late Night Breakfast. Smith's Olde Bar (Sarig)

ROSE HILL -- Guitar/dobro duo Rose Hill unveils more of its hypnotic folk-blues -- part Red House Painters, part Mississippi John Hurt -- at this 9 p.m. gig. Dark Horse Tavern (Sarig)

TOADIES -- Apparently someone out there was actually anxiously awaiting a new Toadies album. It's been six years since their last release, but the band doesn't seem to have noticed. Their singularly uninspired, by-the-numbers grunge/metal sounded anachronistic in 1995, but here in the 21st century it seems downright silly. Hell, the whole thing almost makes you pine for a Soundgarden reunion. Almost. PlanetJam Cotton Club (Robertson)

ANDALUZ: Flamenco Company of Atlanta

BAYOU ROOM: Eric Austin

B-52'S: Open-mic with Pieces Bled

BILLY'S: Heather Luttrell

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson

BRANDYHOUSE: Nitti Cunningham Trio

BREAKER'S MUSIC HALL-JONESBORO: Dexter Freebish

BRIDGES: Piano with Bruce

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Live entertainment

CHECKERED PARROT: Dave Williams

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Pursuance with Lee Hogan & Dan Furman

CJ'S LANDING: Top of the Tree III Band Competition with STB, Fusebox, Candella

CLUB GENO'S: The Brethern

COMEAUX'S: Sal Gentile & Rick Bell

COWBOYS: Ladies Night with Darrin Robbins, Kickback

DAILEY'S DOWNSTAIRS: Obie Jesse Trio, Atlanta Blaze

DARK HORSE TAVERN: New Talent Night with David Brown, Star Parlour, Rose Hill

DARWIN'S: Open Blues Jam with The Blues Barons

DEUX PLEX: Neo-Soul Wednesday with Funk Transcendental

ECHO LOUNGE: Bellini, Shannon Wright, Fred Weaver

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Bonaventure Quartet

1848 CAFE: Jazz with Yusef Sharif

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: John Mayer

FUZZY'S: Mike Veal

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: New South Jazz

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Superstring Theory

KARMA: Cream

KASTAWAYS-MARIETTA: Motor City Josh

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

KAZOO'S: Band X

LOCA LUNA: Latin jam session with Andre Rievers

MASQUERADE: Dyke Night with Sonya Leigh, DJ Jacqueen

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Metropolitan Wednesdays

9 LIVES SALOON: Bitch, Slow Motion Suicide, Sleazoid

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Diva Destruction, Salome's Wish

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Daniel "Mudcat" Dudeck

PEASANT UPTOWN: The Steven Charles Jazz Duo

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Toadies, Diffuser, Slangbanger

POPPER'S: Bill Sheffield's Acoustic Blues

RIO BRAVO-ALPHARETTA: Andrew Leanza

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Mina

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Johnny Neel, Delta Moon

SOMBER REPTILE: Hybrid, Cold Fusion, New Breed

SQUARESVILLE-WOODWARD AVENUE: The Dropscience

STAR BAR-L5P: Haricot Vert, Rizzudo, Machodonkeywrestler

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Mauricio Amaya - "Vientos del Pueblo"

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: Danger Room Drum and Bass

THE TURNING POINT: Lotsa Poppa & Atlanta Heat

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Les Claypool's Flying Frog Brigade, Col. Bruce Hampton & The Codetalkers

VININGS INN: Ian Schumacher

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

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