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Sharp Notes May 06 2004

Shocking: Around 11 p.m. Saturday, April 24, after experiencing difficulty breathing during a day off from touring in Washington, D.C., I Am the World Trade Center's Amy Dykes was taken to the emergency room at Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, Va., by bandmate Dan Geller. For the past month, Dykes had complained of fatigue, facial swelling and shortness of breath. Initially, some of these symptoms were thought to be associated with a facial laceration incurred while partying at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.

On Sunday, April 25, doctors at Fair Oaks found a tumor in Dykes' chest. After a couple of days waiting for test results, the tumor was found to be cancerous, indicative of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Biopsy results found that the cancer was at least in stage three, which means that it had infected cells both above and below the diaphragm. On Friday, April 30, after she and Geller had returned to Athens, Dykes began her regimen of chemotherapy.

"She is very positive," says Geller about Dyke's current temperament. "In fact, we are playing a short set this Friday [May 7] in Athens at the 40 Watt. It will be the last show for a while."

For more information about Dykes' condition, visit www.iamluxe.com/ worldtrade/Amy.html.

Awe-inspiring: Those looking for an onstage train wreck would have done better to see Courtney Love at Music Midtown Sunday night rather than heading to the Earl Monday, May 3. "Trippin'" on feverish amounts of Red Bull and shrouded in low light, Atlanta-bred songstress Chan Marshall — Cat Power — coasted through a set of about 11 songs, heavy on covers, to the mass approval of a mostly filled Earl.

There was light banter, which, though totally random, was also oddly witty. It included a diatribe about her new fictional project Sittin' on a Ruin, a group that sings a song by the same name featuring guest appearances by DMX and Mariah Carey. In a somber moment, Marshall mentioned the notable absence of recently deceased scene-fixture 315. Ever the Good Samaritan, she invited a local street musician to play trombone after her set.

This was Marshall's third appearance in Atlanta since the release of the stellar You Are Free. And it was most definitely the charm.