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Spider Bags, Whatever Brains

When: Thu., May 27, 10 p.m. 2010

Local Beer, Local Band—the popular partnership between N.C. State's radio station, WKNC–FM, 88.1, and downtown Raleigh Irish pub Tir Na Nog—has been pairing free bands with cheap local beers for more than three years now. This might be the series' best bill yet: On record, Chapel Hill trio Spider Bags mix roaring rock 'n' roll anthems that celebrate life's grim exigencies with broken garage-country blues that sulk in the same. Live, though, the blokes barrel ahead, slurring and swirling would-be hits like "Teenage Eyes" and "Dog in the Snow" (both A-sides from recent, forever-glorious 7" singles). Frontman Dan McGee seems possessed by these tunes, delivering them like first-person disasters as he tries to exorcise the monsters of his past from stage every night. Though Raleigh's Whatever Brains apply much of the same electric grit to their more angular, no-less-anthemic tunes, the quartet's delivery is wonderfully disinterested. It's as if they've found these tunes—too pop to be punk, too proud to be pop and way too vile to be pop-punk—in a basement, and now it's your choice whether to take them or leave them. If you've ever needed convincing that Thursday is, indeed, Little Friday, tonight's the night. —Grayson Currin

Price: Free

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