The 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia, is a hallowed place in indie-rock lore. More than 20 years ago, R.E.M., Pylon, and the B-52's got their start at the self- described "premiere music club in the Southeast," helping to create the notion that American regional music scenes had indigenous sounds. But it ain't the same in the new millennium, according to Joe Bradley, drummer for Atlanta garage-punk delinquents the Black Lips. This past August, the Black Lips were winding up their label showcase set at the 40 Watt when all hell broke loose. Bradley was minding his own business, methodically applying lighter fluid to his drum kit, when two bouncers grabbed the five-foot-ten, 135-pound musician, slapping a lighter out of his hand. "Zippo fluid only burns for a few seconds, and I moved the mics out of the way," Bradley says. "I don't know what they were so upset... More >>>