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WEDNESDAY, OCT 31

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AEIOU -- Careerists through and through (the group's press packet includes resumes), aeiou say they're "hard working and goal oriented." From a purely technical standpoint, they've already labored successfully toward perfection. And if the goal is to sample the Samples -- or to approximate Oingo Boingo, minus the boing! -- this San Diego trio has both aims achieved. CJ's Landing (Rowland)

DAVE MATTHEWS COVER BAND -- Cover bands tend to be the guys playing "Shout" at weddings or covering Kiss tunes the band doesn't touch anymore. The Dave Matthews Cover Band promises more: a high-energy, song-packed show with plenty of favorites and the best DMB concert value this side of the nosebleed section. "Everyday" got ya down? The DMCB's 40-song playlist is packed with old favorites -- even some of the fabled Lillywhite Session songs. Roxy (Drake)

FAMILY VALUES -- The scenario: It's 2021, it's 3 a.m., and you can't fall asleep thanks to a case of acid indigestion. You're watching a "Law & Order" marathon on Lifetime when the following commercial comes on: "Millennium Rock: Bands of the Family Values Tour CD, featuring Stone Temple Pilots, Staind, Static X and Linkin Park! Relive the days when rock 'n' roll was the province of thick-necked jocks who wore their hats backward!" Sure, hindsight is 20/20, but I'm telling you ahead of time, this stuff blows. Philips Arena (Robertson)

FULL MOON HALLOWEEN FETISH BALL -- Sue Stimulant, the chirpy former leader of the Stimulants, now fronts the dark and dingy din of Salome's Wish. They play inside, along with the brooding and atmospheric keyboard-driven spookiness of L.A.'s The Last Dance. And scary newcomers Elocia just may unhinge the creaking front door of the Masquerade with their unsettlingly dense opening set. Out back in the Music Park, locals 5 More Dead highlight a lineup that includes Pagan Drumming, Worm's Union, Sex and Death Tribe and Thought Police. Masquerade (Smith/Sarig)

KARL DENSON'S TINY UNIVERSE, JACK JOHNSON -- A favorite of the jam-happy Phish-heads, the ex-Lenny Kravitz hornman is a sort of contemporary Maceo Parker, injecting jittery hip-hop loops and hard funk into his traditional jazz-lines. Although he leaves the turntables at home in his current lineup, Denson's flute, alto and tenor sax works equally well as dance music and serious listening. Johnson's a Cali surfer whose successful contribution to a G.Love album provided an outlet for his likeminded laid-back, acoustic hip-hop. Variety Playhouse (Horowitz)

AMEL LARRIEUX, JULIE DEXTER -- Infinite Possibilities brings the soul back to Auburn Avenue's Royal Peacock theater with a double bill featuring former Groove Theory vocalist Amel Larrieux and Atlanta's own (by way of England) Julie Dexter. Royal Peacock (Sarig)

LIQUIFIED'S SEVENTH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION -- Liquid Groove turns its attention away from international superstars to celebrate its local DJs. While Kazell now spends more time on the West Coast, his progressive trance/house has been a Liquid Groove staple. And DJ Hyst represents the ATL massive, dropping 2-step, intelligent drum 'n' bass and nu_breaks. Riviera (Ware)

CURTIS SALGADO -- With stints with Robert Cray, Roomful of Blues and Steve Miller, Salgado has worked a stage or two in his time. His own albums remain overlooked gems, though, filled with blue-eyed soul nuggets sung with the earnest conviction of a guy who works hard but lives the life he loves. Blind Willie's (Horowitz)

SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS, CHICKENS AND PIGS -- With a live show that's equal parts rock 'n' roll, country, psychobilly, surf and garage rawk, SCOTS have always been the perfect Star Bar act. Their chicken-slinging antics have long since bumped them up to bigger stages, but tonight they return to one of the little clubs where their wild reputation was forged. Local yokels Chickens and Pigs -- whose music suggests Hank Sr. and Tom Waits on a horror hayride -- opens. Star Bar (Nicoll)

SUBVERSE RECORDS SHOWCASE -- New York indie label Subverse is emerging as the premiere avenue to national exposure for Atlanta's hip-hop underground. Tonight's showcase marks the release of former Company Flow MC and part-time Atlantan Bigg Jus' 13-track single (!?) Plantation Rhymes. Fellow New York transplants Scienz of Life also unveil a Subverse single, a mere four-song affair. Metal-faced marauder MF Doom, formerly of cult group KMD and also living down here now, promotes his solo debut, Operation: Doomsday. Two more homegrown Subverse signings open: duo the Hemisphere and lady MC Empress Starr. Jus and Scienz of Life also perform in-store, 6 p.m., at More Dusty Than Digital (736 Ponce de Leon Ave.). Kaya (Sarig)

WITCHES BREW -- A band that likely has no difficulty booking Halloween gigs, Atlanta's Witches Brew are like the evil twins of rising homeboys El Pus. They make fairly conventional rap-rock, but with occasional flourishes that reveal a knack for pop and, of course, the requisite horror imagery to live up to its name. 9 Lives Saloon (Sarig)

APACHE CAFE: Al Smith and Friends Jam Session

THE BAYOU ROOM: 911

BILLY'S: Martay and the Partay

BLIND WILLIE'S: Curtis Salgado

BLUE RACCOON: Acoustic Open Mic with Stevie B

BRIDGES: Piano with Bruce

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Name That Tune

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

CJ'S LANDING: aeiou

CLUB GENO'S: The Brethern

COTTON CLUB: Bob Schneider

COWBOYS: Darrin Robbins, Kickback

DARK HORSE TAVERN: 9 from 10, Fusebox, Falling Up

DARWIN'S: Open Blues Jam hosted by X Miss Americas

ECHO LOUNGE: Gargantua, Drill Team, The King's Pills, The Pits & Hillbilly Werewolf

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Bonaventure Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Jason Blackwell

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Halloween Party: Jucifer, Donkey Punch, Melvins

FUZZY'S: Mike Veal

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Scott Thompson

HARD ROCK CAFE: Rock & Soul National Battle of the Bands

KARMA: Cream

KAYA: Bigg Jus, C Rayz Walz, MF Doom, Scienz of Life, Empress Star, Hemisphere

THE LIVING ROOM: R&B, Funk, Acid Jazz, House

MASQUERADE: Full Moon Halloween Fetish Ball with 5 More Dead, Pagan Drumming, Worm's Union, Sex and Death Tribe, Thought Police, Salome's Wish, The Last Dance, Elocia

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Metropolitan Wednesdays

MORE DUSTY THAN DIGITAL: In-store signing with Bigg Jus, Scienz of Life, C Rayz Walz

9 LIVES SALOON: Halloween Theater of Horror with Bitch, Thompson Roulette, Witches' Brew

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Daniel "Mudcat" Dudeck

PHILIPS ARENA: Family Values Tour: Stone Temple Pilots, Staind, Linkin Park

PHUNKY PHISH: Blue Collar All Star

THE POETRY PLANET: Bare Soul Wednesday

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

RED LIGHT CAFE: Open Mic

RIVIERA: Liquified's Halloween Celebration

ROXY: DMCB

ROYAL PEACOCK: Amel Larrieux, Julie Dexter

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Mina

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Sasquatch, Ludowici

SOMBER REPTILE: Pagans

STAR BAR-L5P: 10th Anniversary Party featuring Southern Culture on the Skids, Chickens and Pigs

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: Rosa Believe with opener Gary Motley

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Jack Johnson

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

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: The Surpriz

WILD WING CAFE: Flux Capacitor

YA-YA'S CAJUN CUISINE: The Luxury KingsContributors to this week's Menu are Keely Brown, Shannon Drake, Mitchell Foy, Hal Horowitz, Matt Hutchinson, James Kelly, Omar Khalid, Kevin Madigan, Gregory Nicoll, Beth Perry, Bryan Powell, Justin Robertson, Roni Sarig, Hobart Rowland, Jane St. John, Lee Smith, Tony Ware.

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