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The Swimmers at Nightlight; more

Saturday 3.08 

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Chapel Hill
The Swimmers
Nightlight—This mostly perfect pop band from Philly floats blue-eyed soul into a strong swill of Brit-pop and roots grit. Unlike its urban brothers in Dr. Dog, this quartet attacks melodies with fresh eyes and a propensity to charm, and it turns its Beatles tricks inside out. If you don't mind meeting somewhere between Let Go Nada Surf and Summerteeth Wilco, I'll maybe see you there. The Binary Marketing Show, 8088 Collective dudes who used to call Chapel Hill home, make a stop en route to Austin. Also, A Is Jump and The Stationary Set at 9:30 p.m. —Grayson Currin

Chapel Hill
The Men, Ex-members' Last Show
Local 506—When celebratory energy is harnessed, things can get crazy good. This queer-positive dance party is presented by the new queer-friendly collective Pinkie Swear, which promotes shows in Chapel Hill and Asheville that might pass us by otherwise. A fine example: The Men is the provocative nom de DJ of J.D. Samson and Johanna Fateman, also of Le Tigre. Here, they act as selectors to a heady mix of female and gay artists' records, both classic (JJ Fad, Sylvester) and new (The Gossip). Local electro-poppers The Ex-Members open, for the last time (for more, see Also, Hey Willpower, with members of Imperial Teen and Tussle. Pay $10 at 10 p.m. —Chris Toenes

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Lemony Snicket: The Composer is Dead
Meymandi Concert Hall—Remember Peter and the Wolf, the version narrated by David Bowie? Replace the boy and his animal accomplices with a murdered composer and pieces of an orchestra. That's The Composer Is Dead, a young person's guide to orchestral instruments with words and narration by dark-hearted children's author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and music by Nathaniel Stookey. In Prokofiev's macabre tale, most of the feathered and furred end up dead—and gruesomely so. In Snicket and Stookey's version, the composer starts out that way. Nothing like death to initiate kids into music, right? The concert features an "instrument petting zoo" an hour before the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. performances. Tickets are $13-$18. —Margaret Hair

Handler will also appear at Quail Ridge Books Friday, March 7, from 5-7 p.m. This is a signing only, and tickets are available with the purchase of a Lemony Snicket book. Visit for info.

Firefly Music Showcase
Vintage21—Youngsville-based label Firefly Music presents a showcase of its indie-slanted roster: Popster Dan Bryk, bedroom singer/ songwriter The Tourist, and pop-rock outfits Dakota Darling and Love & Reverie share the bill, and the label heads plan to share their knowledge. Bring your questions about releasing music, plus your demos and press kits, which they'll be accepting and reviewing. Music starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $6. Bring your whole band, and admission is $15. —Spencer Griffith

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