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This is a call to those who sport Carolina blue when the sap rises in the springtime and to those rock club wallflowers whose life expectancy leapt 10 years when the Cradle went non-smoking. This Saturday night get in your car and get on I-40 East. Stay straight until you see the Wade Avenue exit. Get off, and stay straight again until you find McDowell Street. You may never have been here before, and you may lose a few friends back home for doing it now, but you are in Raleigh--to hear music! Go to Kings (that would be 424 East McDowell St.) to see Utah! (pictured above), the posse of three emigre Michiganders who lived for a bit in Chapel Hill before settling in Raleigh to record the best local rock record of the year under the aegis of Greg Elkins. Eddie Pellino's voice will throw you at first, but its alley cat swagger and hair metal melodrama strikes a brilliant contrast with Mickey D' Loughy's math-rock, time-trip drumming and Ann Polesnak's cello dramatics. They put on a damn good rock show. If you down-the-road scenesters need an excuse, though, Kingsbury Manx is on the bill too. Grey Ghost opens. Call 831-1005 for more.

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