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Atlanta isn't just a hotbed of hip-hop talent these days. There's more than "crunk" crawling out of the South and making itself heard around the world. In fact, the city's punk rock scene has been flourishing since the onset of the decade, as the New York City/Cleveland/Buffalo sound -- think post-Velvet Underground art-punk, and the garage rock, razor-toting fury of the Dead Boys, the Enemies and the Jumpers -- has spawned a generation of like-minded newcomers all over the country.

The boys in the Heart Attacks make no bones about their debt to the punk progenitors of the '70s, nor should they. The blend of aloof cool, irreverent attitude, hellbound guitars and tough-to-miss hooks still has plenty of life left in it, and like all recurring rock 'n' roll tropes, this one is worth revisiting by successive generations.

The Heart Attacks caught the ear of Rancid leader and Hellcat Records founder Tim Armstrong, who promptly signed the band last year and commissioned the recording of its just-released debut, the in-your-face "Hellbound and Heartless." Since then, the group has garnered some positive critical notices ("Thoroughly infectious melodies and shout-along choruses . . . utterly rambunctious," said All Music Guide) and landed a spot on tour with punk legends the Queers.

The Heart Attacks and the Queers play the Buffalo Icon, 391 Ellicott St., at 7 p.m. next Friday. Tickets are $10 advance, through the Icon box office or Admission at the door will be $12.

-- Jeff Miers

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