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Whatever Brains, Super Vacations, The Invisible Hand 

When: Sat., Dec. 1, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $5

How many hooks can you handle? In righteously different ways, these three acts—Raleigh's venomous post-punks Whatever Brains, Virginia's insouciant jangle drifters The Super Vacations, and Charlottesville's ebullient pop bruisers The Invisible Hand—deliver inescapable anthems, all anchored to themes that will pinball in your memory long after the bar is closed. The Super Vacations' 21-track LP, Thicker Milk, flirts with fidelity issues, wrapping the irrepressible bounce of tunes like "1,000 Mirrors" in wafts of static and smoke. Meanwhile, Whatever Brains released two of the most pugnacious but endearing records of 2011 and 2012; they're deep into a 2013 LP, so listen for and learn the unfamiliar. At night's end, take home Aja, the Hand's new EP of bite-sized, sing-along surrealism.—Grayson Currin

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