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CL previews upcoming concerts (Nov. 17-22)



MICHELLE SHOCKED Since her out-of-nowhere debut album The Texas Campfire Tapes (it was recorded on a Sony Walkman tape recorder, er, around a campfire in Texas) and 1988's Short Sharp Shocked, which earned her a sizable pre-NPR Song of the Day/Starbucks listenership, Shocked hasn't exactly set the world on fire, you'd be forgiven for thinking. Except that she's been singularly excellent ever since those early successes, if she didn't exactly fit into the whole cowpunk/rebel grrl box the media had her fitted for, even delving into gospel, dub and bluegrass in recent years, all to fine effect. $20-$35, Neighborhood Theatre, (Timothy C. Davis)

FANTASIA To say the last year has been turbulent for former American Idol and Charlotte resident Fantasia Barrino would be an understatement. After a suicide attempt earlier this year, Fantasia has regained her focus on music and is returning to the road. The current tour is in support of her third album, Back to Me. With Eric Benet and Kandi. $46-$86. Ovens Auditorium. (Hahne)


JIMMY HERRING BAND Herring, longtime sideman in bands such as Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers Band and the Dead (and current gunslinger for Widespread Panic) is making his second stint as a bandleader on this tour — and what a band it is. Along with Herring, JHB features drummer Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit), keyboardist Matt Slocum (Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks), and Neal Fountain on bass (Col Bruce Hampton). Those who've seen the guitarist in person know that Herring's style ­— a pepperpot of raga-inspired rags, clean, piercing runs and free improvisation ­— ought to accent his jazzbo-jam backing band to a T. $23-$26, Visulite Theatre, (Davis)

DAVE BARNES Born in South Carolina, this Mississippi-raised singer/songwriter has taken a lifetime of R&B/soul, blues and rock influences and transformed that into a soulful, folk rock of his own. Completely immersed in the Nashville scene, his music isn't what that city usual puts out, but it's certainly got the same heart behind it. Who would've expected this from someone whose first CD was Young MC? $20, The Evening Muse, (Mike McCray)

PACKWAY HANDLE BAND Another good ole bluegrass outfit from the fertile musical plains of Athens, Ga. Nothin' fancy here, just Southern, rural heartland music. Time-tested acoustic instruments and melodies are played with heart and a sense of belonging. Now coming up on a full decade of making music, their tight-knit harmonies and swift plucking remain intact. Count PHB among the genuine. With Big Daddy Love. $5, Double Door Inn, (Samir Shukla)


TRAMPLED BY TURTLES Some members of Trampled by Turtles are refugees from indie and punk bands, so their bluegrass-laden Americana has a teeth-gritting fervor to it. The roots music outfit from the frozen climes of Duluth, Minn., fuses bluegrass, jug band and acoustic punk, with hell-bent fiddler, strummers and pickers, into rambunctious American music. The quintet is touring in support of its new recording, Palomino. With the Infamous String Dusters. $14-$16, Visulite Theatre, (Shukla)

GHOST TOWN REVELRY The Charlotte quartet has been quietly evolving its sound since its inception a couple of years ago. Self-described as psychedelic space cowboy rock, translate that as swirling guitars and keyboards, touched with psychedelia, just the right amount of effects, funky bass, country and pop. Their genteel rock, with generally cohesive writing, is showcased in this CD release gig for their freshly pressed eight-song disc, Phasmatis Apparatus. With Bridges & Powerlines. $5, The Evening Muse, (Shukla)


BEN FOLDS Talk about leaving town and making a name for yourself. Folds, a Winston-Salem native, formed Ben Folds Five in the mid-'90s and saw tons of success throughout their seven-year run. He, wisely, continued to put out solo projects. Now a solo act, he's not exactly making "punk rock for sissies" as he once put it, but with collaborator, Nick Hornby, he's put out solid, interesting music. Some with a hint of humor, others despair but always well-executed. His viral presence can't be understated as well — cool videos. $41.50, The Fillmore Charlotte, (McCray)


2013 WOLVES And on the sixth day of the inaugural CasseroleFest, The Milestone brings you 2013 Wolves. Neil MF Harper and Robert Childers bring the intensity to some heavy-handed industrial rock that's gritty, distorted and fun as hell to listen to. Subtle blues and progressive hints are layered in, but just grab a beer, sit back and enjoy it. With David Liebe Hart & Adam Papagan, Andy the Doorbum, PPR and For Science. $10. The Milestone. (Hahne)


THE NOISES 10 This band is really good, but when you add in front man Jason Scavone's voice they go from really good to freaking awesome. The Noises 10 move from note to note in complete sync and songs like "Stuck in the Backseat" and "Sea Level" are so smooth and well-arranged you'll want to hear them again and again. The talented group of musicians recently considered packing up and leaving town; lucky for Queen City natives, they stayed. Catch them now or regret it later. Free, The Comet Grill, (Debra Renee Seth)

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