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I'm going to need to stop writing about Raleigh's Patty Hurst Shifter or risk being mistaken for their press agent. There's also the fact that, after recently calling them "a smooth-humming guitar-rock Mustang" and "the hardest working band in Triangle show business," I'm officially running out of things to say. This nod, though, will be straightforward: They're headlining the NARAL Pro-Choice Benefit at Kings on Aug. 2, so go out and see 'em for an important cause. (NARAL, www.naralnc.org, is a grassroots organization dedicated to, among other things, educating the public about the importance of reproductive rights and working to see that pro-choice candidates are elected.) Joining Patty Hurst Shifter--who are appearing in their third benefit in the last two months, it's worth noting (I repeat: I'm not their press agent)--are the Cartridge Family (pictured) and the Bleeding Hearts. The former has a swampy sound that Jim Dickinson would appreciate, with a Wurlitzer organ often serving as the rallying point for their boisterous, vaguely rootsy rock songs, while the Bleeding Hearts, based on reports from people I trust on such matters, flat-out rock.

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