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It would be criminal to neglect this lyric, on an album called Songs about Women and Dying, from a band called GUTSHOT AND THIRSTY: "If I knew then what I know now, I would still be lonely." What does this drone-tone hook sung in a death-toll, heart-broken song called "Heavy" mean? Is it attempted closure in a relationship song about smooth sailing becoming a rocky road? Or is it about the Golden Rule's black corollary: When death comes calling, you'd better be right with yourself? This Athens band's debut comes with a reverent cover of Dinosaur's "Freak Scene" bleated over a broken-box boot-scoot. This is cosmic country, dripping black blood. MOUNT MORIAH, one of the best new bands in the Triangle, opens. Expect slow climbs to perfectly despondent heights. They play at NIGHTLIGHT in Chapel Hill on Friday, Jan. 27 and at BICKETT GALLERY in Raleigh on Saturday, Jan. 28. Both shows start at 10 p.m. and cost $5.

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