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Pylon Reenactment Society, Dressy Bessy (Back Room)

When: Thu., Feb. 18, 8:30 p.m. 2016

Pylon Reenactment Society

For a moment in early-eighties Athens, Georgia, just as R.E.M. and the B-52s were polishing their chops, Pylon—led by Vanessa Briscoe Hay's take-no-prisoners vocals and Randall Bewley's slashing guitar—was the band others measured themselves against. Upon hearing Pylon's "Crazy," Peter Buck declared that "Radio Free Europe"—the single his band had just released—was wanting. R.E.M.'s eventual cover of "Crazy" raised Pylon's profile significantly, but the band never broke big. Re-forming for brief tours in subsequent decades, the members finally retired the name after Bewley died in 2009. But the music lives on through Pylon Reenactment Society, a mix of original members and talented extras, including Joe Rowe of The Glands. Neither a tribute act nor a re-enactment, this is a sincere revisitation of a band that, much like Big Star, never received its due in its own time but has influenced and inspired in lasting ways. Dressy Bessy opens. —David Klein

CAT'S CRADLE, CARRBORO 8:30 p.m., $15–$18, www.catscradle.com

Price: $10-$12

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