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“Underneath the Covers II”

Saturday, December 1 @ 40 Watt Club


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Last year saw the 40 Watt host “Gimme Shelter” and “Finest Worksongs” benefits, when Athens acts tackled the Rolling Stones and R.E.M., respectively, and the 2007 installment of “Gimme Shelter” took on the tunes of Neil Young. The “Underneath the Covers II” benefit show continues another tradition started last year, and numerous local bands will assume the musical identities of past titans. 2006 saw Madeline Adams work up a set of Lucinda Williams numbers, The Late B.P. Helium ram through the back catalog of Wings and Paul McCartney, and Dark Meat turn The Stooges’ album Raw Power inside out.

This time around, to raise funds on World AIDS Day, you’ve got another offering of local variety and entertainment. Hip-hop crew Deaf Judges teams up with electro agitators Pegasuses-XL to channel the Beastie Boys, and Dead Confederate gets heavy and guitar-centric to knock out some Sonic Youth sounds. Still, Small Voice & the Joyful Noise are Elvis Costello & the Attractions, and power pop act The High Caliber plays its first set in more than a year, reappearing as the Jesus & Mary Chain. Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood gets reborn in the USA as Bruce Springsteen. (It’s Hood’s second benefit show of the week, as he’s also at Farm 255 on Wednesday, Nov. 28 to raise funds for Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival).

The $8 tickets are available in advance at both SchoolKids Records downtown and at the Georgia Square Mall’s Belk MAC counter. Everything gets going at 9 p.m. All money raised goes to benefit the local organization AIDS Athens.

Chris Hassiotis

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"Underneath The Covers 2" was a benefit for AIDS Athens, with several Athens bands covering their heroes' stuff. Patterson Hood did selections from Bruce Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge Of Town (don't worry, Clarence Clemons wasn't represented). In addition to usual cohorts John Neff, Brad Morgan and David Barbe, Patterson enlisted Jay Gonzalez (Nutria) for the crucial keyboard parts.

Track 1 - Badlands

Track 2 - Something In The Night

Track 3 - Candy's Room

Track 4 - Racing In The Street

Track 5 - Adam Raised A Cain

Track 6 - Darkness On The Edge Of Town

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