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Sage Francis
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CAT'S CRADLE—People hate Sage Francis. They call him an asshole, a white boy, a complainer, a backpacker, a hippy, a punk and any other irrelevant softball that detracts from the fact that Francis is as capable, convincing and charismatic as any emcee hip hop has right now. Sure, he can be pompous and overblown, but he's the type of artist who keeps us honest: His braggadocio weighs a ton, and—like the emotional/ sociopolitical burdens he tosses off in hypertext rhyme—he carries it well. On the other hand, Nova Scotia rapper Buck 65 carries linguistic flips and laidback references in his back pocket like a billfold, making him one of the most likable performers you'll ever see saddle up with Sage. With Anticon's Alias. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 day-of for a 9:30 p.m. show. —Grayson Currin

VARIOUS VENUES—The first Friday of each month is a jam-packed night filled with art, music and shopping in downtown Raleigh. The streets of historic City Market are lit with a menagerie of people, places and events to watch. Restaurants, art galleries and retail shops all open their doors for extended hours. The art galleries, including Artspace and DesignBox, also have receptions for various artists. The Flabbergasters will be in front of Big Ed's City Market starting at 7:30 p.m. for a free concert. Most of the festivities start around 5 p.m. and last through the night. —Madison Owen

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