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Venice is Sinking

Wetlands--Looking for a respite from springtime sunshine and high temperatures? This bill--Carrboro's Work Clothes and North Elementary with Athens' Venice is Sinking--won't be about sunbeams or buttercups as much as it is about mood, atmosphere and variable shades of gray, the sort of Stephen Crane naturalism-in-relationships that's smeared across the cover of Venice is Sinking's latest album, Sorry About the Flowers. The Georgia quintet sounds like Low baked below the Mason-Dixon, striking forlorn metaphors above doleful beds of violin and fireside, tube-driven guitar amplification. As the locals go, North Elementary only gets better, and Work Clothes deserves national attention for truly gorgeous songcraft. --Grayson Currin

Carrboro

Eugene Mirman, Michael Showalter

Cat's Cradle--Though their hipster fan club might not realize it, Showalter and Mirman's comedy is old at heart--vaudevillian old. Showalter's silly, surreal jokes and physical punch lines owe plenty to the off-color humor of early beloved blunderers. Ask Mirman how punk he is on a scale of one to 10: "Apple! I don't use your scale." Leo Allen opens at 9 p.m. Pack $12, laughers of the world. --Chris Toenes

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