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Music: in concert, CDs

April 24, 2003

Vickie Winans / Church

Vickie Winans is probably one of the hardest-working women in gospel. For nearly 20 years, the Detroit native has captivated audiences worldwide with her soul-slathered, down-home vocals and humorous monologues. Her coming album, available May 6, is Bringing It All Together, and it features modern, hip-hop-laced productions by her son, Mario "Yellowman" Winans.

She performs Thursday night at Washington's Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church, 610 Rhode Island Ave. N.E. Show starts at 7:30, and admission is free.

The Ataris / 9:30 Club

The Ataris have produced three albums of punk-inflected pop. The band was discovered by Vandals founder Joe Escalante in 1997. The group hasn't broken into the mainstream yet, but its cult following has strengthened in the last three years or so after the release of 1999's Blue Skies, Broken Hearts ... Next 12 Exits. The band performs next week with the Juliana Theory, Further Seems Forever and Damone.

The show is at the 9:30 Club in Washington, 815 V St. N.W., Monday night at 7. Tickets are $15. Buy tickets at www.930.com.

Busta Rhymes / Bohager's

Busta Rhymes is known for his street-meets-carnival clothes, his volcanic energy on stage and manic style on the mike. In recent years, the hip-hop veteran has smoothed things out a bit. The dude has even sung with Mariah Carey. But his energy still boils on his latest album, It Ain't Safe No More.

The native New Yorker and his crew, the Flipmode Squad, hit Bohager's tonight at 9. Tickets are $20-$40 and are available through Ticketmaster at 410-481-SEAT or in person at Bohager's (701 S. Eden St.). For more information, visit www.anipresents.com.

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