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Double Negative
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Whatever Brains, Double Negative, Sunglasses, Brain Flannel

Berkeley Cafe—Organizers originally slated this four-band punk, pop and Amerindie corral as a house show, but two weeks ago, the flyers changed. Let's hope the increased capacity and exposure gives the incendiary and inveterate Raleigh four-piece Double Negative the chance to recoup some lost capital following a recent practice-space robbery. Their feedback-razed hardcore salvos take tonight's three-spot in preparation for Whatever Brains, who actually turn Double Negative's "Looking at the Rats" into a fussy, rushed jangle. The Brains simultaneously suggest two poles of a magnet—the hooks and the howls draw you close, inviting shouts-along and fist pumps, though the quartet's snot-nosed sneer repels in a way that only amps the adoration. Somehow, they might not be the catchiest band on the bill: Charlotte newcomers Brain Flannel suggest Hüsker Dü with out-of-sync coed vocals and loads of juvenile zeal. Atlanta's visiting Sunglasses are deranged Dead Kennedys descendents, with broken forms and blurred tones. The 9 p.m. show costs $7. See —Grayson Currin

Prelude to a Kiss
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Prelude to a Kiss

Common Ground Theatre—Rachel Klem directs this production of Craig Lucas' Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated play about a young couple whose wedding day takes a supernatural turn when an old man kisses the bride and exchanges their souls. Some critics have called the play (which originally starred Alec Baldwin and Mary-Louise Parker) an allegory for AIDS, looking at how the disease prematurely ages many people. Ghost & Spice's production runs Jan. 8-9, 14-16 and 21-23 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for general admission and $14 for students and seniors; Thursdays are half-price. Visit —Zack Smith

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