Recommended Ladies

And Ladyfest South music schedule

THE MOTO-LITAS (Fri., Oct. 11, 9:15 p.m., Echo Lounge) — Originally a novelty surf-rock act, the Moto-Litas' first shows were brief instrumental romps marked with endearingly amateur hijinks. But after two albums and a personnel change, the former chirpy all-female band rocks like queens of the Stone Age. Their catchy songs are still there, but now they're slammed out with sledge-hammer intensity. (Smith)

LAUREN FINCHAM (Fri., Oct. 11, 9:20 p.m., Sacred Grounds)-- After this show, Fincham is moving back home to Jacksonville to work on a new album — so catch her while you can. Her alternate tunings and literate musings recall Joni Mitchell delivered with a dark folk mystery. Tonight she'll be aided by Carol Statella on cello. (Smith)

MIRAH (Fri., Oct. 11, 9:30 p.m., The Earl) — K Records chanteuse Mirah plays lush, gorgeous pop songs. Live, her layered sound is frequently stripped down to just a guitar, but the effect is just as powerful, for her songs are great at the core. (Jordan)

DANIELLE HOWLE (Fri., Oct. 11, 9:50 p.m., Echo Lounge) — With a sassy combination of folk/country/pop/rock and even punk, Howle has been on the cusp of crossing over for nearly a decade. Her recent Skorborealis is arguably her finest yet, and live she remains goofy and unpredictable in all the best ways. (Horowitz)

AMY RAY AND THE BUTCHIES (Fri., Oct. 11, 12:10 a.m., Echo Lounge) — As half of Indigo Girls, Ray has a two decade-long legacy of acoustic craftsmanship. But in recent years she's also stepped forward as a fierce solo performer, ripping through ragged readings of folk-injected rock. Her solo debut, Stag, seethes with a fire that Ray only hints at in her Indigo Girls material. She'll be ably backed by the Butchies, Southern scene superstars on their own, pushed to their limit as they rock with Ray. (Smith)

ALASTOR (Sat., Oct. 12, 4 p.m., 10 High) — The crew of the good ship Alastor is ever- evolving, but Elizabeth Elkins has remained a steadfast captain. In many ways, Elkins personifies the Ladyfest ethic. The hard-working activist, artist and musician remains true to her vision of rock with a conscience. Alastor's live shows are an explosive mix of edgy Pretenders-style pop, played with a heavy hand and lots of boiling angst. (Smith)

CHRISTINE HORN (Sat., Oct. 12, 9:30 p.m., Echo Lounge) — Falling into the wide crack between neo-soul and show tunes, Horn is onto something new. And she's spreading the word in her own way, hosting an eclectic monthly live music event at Mumbo Jumbo called Sunday Stories. (Sarig)GIWAYEN MATA (Sun., Oct. 13, 3 p.m., Decatur Square Gazebo) — For anyone who's thinking this Ladyfest thing is just a bunch of gals with guitars, here's something a little different. The local all-female African drum and dance troupe will rock you like a hurricane, using just its elastic movements and incessant percussion. (Sarig)

LENNON (Sun., Oct. 13, 9 p.m., Variety Playhouse) — With her debut, 5:30 Saturday Morning, Tennessee's Lennon Murphy couldn't decide whether she was a confessional singer/songwriter or a bitchin' metal babe. Hopefully she'll have it figured out by the time she gets to Atlanta, because she's got passion and talent to spare. (Rowland)

KITTIE (Sun., Oct. 13, 10:15 p.m., Variety Playhouse) — These school-girls-turned-heavy-rock-goddesses bring a bit of Ozzfest to Ladyfest. As the novelty of Kittie's youth has worn off, a heated, visceral magma of riff-happy death-metal and angry alt-rock has consumed the group's poppier instincts. In other words, they're getting crankier as they get older. (Rowland)

Thurs., Oct. 10

Earthshaking Music: Wilma's Remedy (8 p.m.); Girlyman (8:45 p.m.); Laura Blackley Band (9:30 p.m.); Angela Motter (10:20 p.m.); ZRAZY (11:10 p.m.).

Echo Lounge: Galaxy Rodeo (9 p.m.); Stella Marie (9:50 p.m.); Lennon (10:50 p.m.)

Fri., Oct. 11

The Earl: Paper Doll (8 p.m.); C.O.C.O (8:45 p.m.); Mirah (9:30 p.m.); The Kitty Kill (10:25 p.m.); Shemo (11:15 p.m.); LipKandy (12:10 p.m.)

Earthshaking Music: Sarah Harmel (8 p.m.); Tara Lynne (8:45 p.m.); Julia Brown (9:35 p.m.); Nini Camps (10:20 p.m.); Heidi Hensley (11:10 p.m.)

Echo Lounge: Doria Roberts (9 p.m.); the Moto-Litas (9:15 p.m.); Danielle Howle (9:50 p.m.); Cordero (10:35 p.m.); the Butchies (11:35 p.m.); Amy Ray and the Butchies (12:10 a.m.)

Sacred Grounds: MeLinda Brown (6:30 p.m.); Ginny Wilder (7:10 p.m.); Natalia Zuckerman (7:50 p.m.); Nadine Goellner (8:35 p.m.); Lauren Fincham (9:20 p.m.)

San Francisco Coffee House: Libby Kirkpatrick (5 p.m.); Leep Frog (5:45 p.m.); Kimberly Summer (6:30 p.m.); Esperance (7:15 p.m.)

10 High: Jolynn Daniel (2 p.m.); Amanda Green (3 p.m.); BJ Bowen (4 p.m.)

Sat., Oct. 12

The Earl: Del Cielo (8 p.m.); Bellafea (8:55 p.m.); One and Twenty (9:40 p.m.); Penny Arcade (10:30 p.m.); Ze Bond (11:30 p.m.)

Earthshaking Music: Tracy Elliott (8 p.m.); Lauren Fincham (8:45 p.m.); Summer Chance (9:35 p.m.); Ellis (10:10 p.m.)

Echo Lounge: Robin G. White (7 p.m.); C.C. Carter (7:30 p.m.); Letta Neely (8 p.m.); Alix Olson (8:30 p.m.); Christine Horn (9:30 p.m.); Pamela Means (10:10 p.m.); Ember Swift (11 p.m.); Doria Roberts (11:55 p.m.)

Red Light Cafe: Tracy Walker (8:30 p.m.); TBA (9:20 p.m.); Lisa Sanders (10 p.m.); Copper Wimmin (10:55 p.m.)

Sacred Grounds: Open Mic (4-7 p.m.)

San Francisco Coffee House: Pariss Clemmons (2 p.m.); Christene LeDoux (2:45 p.m.); Lindsay Smith (3:30 p.m.); City Girls (4:20 p.m.); Sidblu (5:20 p.m.)

10 High: Jurkat (1 p.m.); Alpha Dog (2 p.m.); One and Twenty (3 p.m.); Alastor (4 p.m.)

Sun., Oct. 13

Decatur Square Gazebo: Jazz-o-rama (2 p.m.); Giwayen Mata (3 p.m.); LaTonya Peoples (4 p.m.) (rain venue: Decatur Community Center, 231 Sycamore St.)

Red Light Cafe: Moe Loughran (6:30 p.m.); Wendy Bucklew (7:20 p.m.); Kitty Snyder (8:10 p.m.); Liquid Pie (9 p.m.)

San Francisco Coffee House: Open Mic (2-5 p.m.)

Variety Playhouse: Lennon (9 p.m.); Kittie (10:15 p.m.)??

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