As a member of the Nerves, PAUL COLLINS was on the front line of punk and new wave's legacies long before any of those genres even existed. Collins is a master of sharp, economical pop-song writing and is perhaps best known for the Nerves' song "Hanging on the Telephone" that Blondie made famous. With his band the Beat, Collins' tales of woe and redemption resonate as strongly in 2009 as they did in 1979. For the show Sat., JAN. 24, he enlists locals Jesse Smith (bass), Dave Rahn (drum) and Warren Bailey (guitar) as the new lineup for the Beat. Gentleman Jesse and Poison Arrows open. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.