Following in the glorious, hook-heavy wake of epic rockers like Cheap Trick and the Replacements, Watershed plays exactly the kind of brash and heartfelt music Fort Lauderdale fiends for. Thing is, the up-and-coming fourpiece is from Columbus, Ohio, and it's blazing across the country in a terminally unhealthy van. Its early June tour of the Southeast (read all about it -- and listen to tracks from the powerhouse album Fifth of July -- on the band's website, www.watershedcentral.com) was all sweltering, daylong treks and late-night Art Bell sessions that took their toll on the old beast. Word from guitarist Marc "Poochie" Borror is that the group may have a more reliable repository for all those Gibson guitars and Marshall amps, "possibly in a new van, because our old van is cursed beyond repair." Tour is hell, music is heaven, and only the van can deliver you from one to the other. We're all pulling for you, fellas.
Watershed plays at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Maguire's Hill 16, 535 Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The show costs $3 and is 18 and over. Call 954-764-4453.