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Sharp Notes May 13 2004

Athens on screen: Couch potatoes and web surfers can get their local music fix from their respective boob tubes, rather than deigning to attend a show. This Sun., May 16, at 7:30 p.m., Athens-based, indie alt-country kingpins the Drive-By Truckers will appear, at least in audio, on the FOX show "King of the Hill." The Truckers re-recorded the 1985 Tom Petty horn and guitar melange "Rebels" for the episode.

On the Internet, if you can pull yourself away from atrocious Iraqi prisoner photos, online poker and free porn for a moment, slide on over to www.vh1.com, where the music channel has discovered long-running Athens band Five Eight. The melodic punk rock trio has its entire self-titled album — released to the masses May 4 — available for streaming download on the site's "Hear Music First" section. Hopefully for Five Eight, people find the website half as addicting as the channel's "The Fabulous Life" or "I Love the '80s."

Southern hospitality:

God help you if you are a local musician in Atlanta. You may have the blues, but you may have no way to sing 'em. Last month, while loading her gear for a performance on FOX 5's "Good Day Atlanta" morning show, local blueswoman Beverly "Guitar" Watkins had her namesake stolen from under her nose. The guitar, a sunburst 1970 Fender Mustang, has the musician's name written on the back of the neck. If you have any information on the guitar, you can reach Watkins at 404-522-3740.

Local pub rock outfit the Mike Veal Band had its trailer raided the night of Sat., May 1, in its frontman's Dunwoody neighborhood. The stolen inventory includes amplifiers, pedals, monitors, mic stands and cables. Mike Veal can be reached by e-mail at mikeveal@bellsouth.net, should anyone have information concerning the missing equipment.

Local show of the week

Fresh off an appearance on the Music Midtown 99X Locals Only stage, Atlanta/Athens-based heavy rockers and Zeppelin-enthusiasts the Tom Collins roll into the Earl on Sat., May 15. In tow are Sharks and Minnows, a local quartet composing tightly bottled bittersweet power-pop that explodes from expansive use of instrumentation onstage. The Collins can usually pack it in, so leave your sweater at home.