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Brand Nubian
Cat's Cradle—Grand Puba, Lord Jamar, Sadat X and DJ Alamo crafted early '90s East Coast hip hop with militant Five-Percenter rhetoric (an offshoot of the Nation of Islam). They did well on the charts, promoted black consciousness and caused some controversy before splintering briefly in the mid-'90s. Upon reuniting after a few years, the themes had mellowed. Whether the young or the old Brand Nubian show up, expect a classic hip-hop show with creative beats and on-point rhymes. The music kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Visit to RSVP for the free show.  The night includes Connie Price and the Keystones, SOUP (Jurassic 5) and a DJ set by Cosmo Baker (The Rub, BK). —Andrew Ritchey

David Fuller Cook's Reservation Nation
Regulator Bookshop—Durham author, naturalist and educator David Fuller Cook works to preserve North Carolina by collecting its oral history and through co-founding the Durham-based Schoolhouse of Wonder in 1989. His novel Reservation Nation is narrated by Warren Eubanks, a Native American who grew up on a reservation in North Carolina's Uwharrie National Forest. Raised by his grandparents, Eubanks watched as a child in the 1950s and in the following decades as the already unhappy reservation was continually besieged by the outside world, forcing the Native Americans to find a way to "continue being Indian." For more info, visit or call 286-2700. —Megan Stein

Chapel Hill
Barn Burning, The Wading Girl
Reservoir—Tonight's visiting acts build out from a country base, using yearning and inherited instrumentation like granite cornerstones that welcome heavy accent and action overhead. Providence's Barn Burning casts its distinct strains to the cosmos, then, letting the hurt sear instead of flame outright. Though the textures range from layers of reverb to redolent violins, the consistent aim seems to be to float above the hurt. Virginia trio The Wading Girl is worth keeping an eye on, especially if The Avett Brothers, Bright Eyes and soul music are mutual interests. Bibis Ellison—who hasn't sung her spare, elegiac songs in clubs of latereturns. Come at 10 p.m. and donate generously. —Grayson Currin


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