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We've written many Best Bets extolling Greensboro's hard-rockin' All Night--the way they're everything you want out of classic Southern rock mixed with some good punk energy, the way their big sound takes you back to the good ol' days of arena shows, the way Art Jackson is still bringing the noise after the breakup of his former band, the Mercury Birds. They're back in town doing two shows with Raleigh's The Greatest Hits--one at Kings in Raleigh, Saturday, Jan. 18 (831-0540), and the other in Carrboro at Go! Room 4, Sunday, Jan. 19 (969-1400). Get ready to rock.

So you're not a fan of the Indigo Girls? That's OK--you don't have to be to get into I-Girl Amy Ray's surprisingly tough 2001 release Stag. And with Durham's The Butchies backing her on a good many tracks, how could it not rock?

So expect their show together at the Cat's Cradle Thursday to outrock the album, even. Plus, this may be one of the last times we get to see The Butchies. Supposedly, Kaia's leaving for San Fran, although nobody--including Kaia--can say when. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $8 in advance. –Danny Hooley

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