Can Joann

Kings–Two Chapel Hill bands split CD release party duties with a show in–gasp!–Raleigh. New Jersey’s indie stalwart Bar None Records re-released the underrated, self-titled debut from Hotel Lights–the perfect rainy-day-melody quintet of ex-Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jesse–earlier this year. They finally celebrate with a hometown gig. Can Joann, a Chapel Hill quartet whose Aiden Grace EP sported some of the sharpest local hooks of 2005, finally gets around to releasing a full-length of its own, Hurt People Hurt People. Recorded in part at Pox World Empire and in a 19th-century farm house in Chapel Hill, Hurt People illustrates the band’s capacity to write more than V-C-V pop songs. Memorable wares for fans of Modest Mouse and Nada Surf. Shakermarker, a simpatico hybrid of both, opens. –Grayson Currin



Duke University–Those currently wrinkling up their noses at the title: Unwrinkle quickly and get in line for tickets. The broad-witted musical with the tacky little title is a surprisingly sophisticated send-up of musical theater cliches and other Broadway sins, in a (so far) fictional city whose extreme water crisis means people have to pay every time they have to–well, you know. We’re not kidding about the line for tickets either, since Hoof ‘n’ Horn is resurrecting this production from earlier in the semester for graduation weekend. Get in for $10, and if you miss tonight’s show, it runs twice on Saturday, at 2 and 8 p.m. –Byron Woods