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THANKSGIVING It's not a band, it's a holiday. However, if you still want to get out and away from the family unit for a while, there are still some shows going on. Check out the calendar to see what's good. (Jeff Hahne)


The Derek Trucks Band The Duane Allman comparisons will always be there (the historic last name and the fact he's played in Allman's old band don't help), but the hotshit slide guitarist is also proficient with Sea Level-style jazzy overlays and reggae-flecked chooglers, too. What's more, he's equally at home wielding an acoustic. His current soul-infused take on Southern-fried blues – see his take on Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead," among other covers – even shows a tilt towards My Morning Jacket windmills (albeit without quite as much bourbon-y oomph or lyrical prowess). He'll be there on Saturday, Nov. 29, too. McGlohon Theatre (Timothy C. Davis)

Other People You might have first heard of N.C. jam-friendly conglomerate The Other People thanks to their omnipresent bumper stickers – "Be Kind to Other People" – which served the dual purpose of reminding you to A) treat your fellow humans with love and respect and B) hook the band up with some sticky-icky were you so "kindly" inclined. The band's reunited since its '90s heyday a few times over the intervening years, and they're well worth a lesson for those folks who are fans of Dead-style extendo-riffing peppered with that band's bluegrass and jugband cues (Cito Giulini's Garcia-style guitar is the most "Dead-on" take on Jerry that I've yet heard). Visulite Theatre (Davis)

The Virginia Reel The band's name maybe taken from a centuries-old folk dance, but the Charlotte band composes a somber, mellow and jazzy rock that's subtly intense and evokes some of the best works of the Velvet Underground and Lou Reed. The combo is releasing their new CD EP Dark Ages of the Virginia Reel this evening. This is twilight music that eventually finds its way into the dark depths of midnight. See QC Inferno in this edition for more. Also on the bill: South Career. Snug Harbor (Samir Shukla)


Tropic Culture Usually, it's just impressive to see so many musicians up on one stage, but this collective will have you moving your feet, too. I've seen them play with as few as five or six band members and more than 10. Either way, the groove is gonna getcha. Trying to describe the band's music can be challenging, but the name evokes the best image – tropical, Latin, reggae, jazzy, funky ... With Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band. Neighborhood Theatre (Jeff Hahne)


The Have and Have Nots/Matthew Paul Butler & the Beards of Power/The Holly Days A trio of next-generation Charlotte acts offering solid proof of a burgeoning local scene – The Have and Have Nots feature Ben Henry playing guitar shards and razor wire and singing like end-times are imminent, while Jess Donahue does the Large Hadron particle collider-thing on the kit. Mr. Butler is a recent arrival to Charlotte, and if his Harlot EP is any indication, his Richie Havens-strumming-Songs:Ohia-narratives suggest we're the richer for it. The Holly Days are so new they're practically still in the wrapper, but there's no masking their soul inclinations via the MySpace stuff, like your iPod is playing Style Council and Nixon-era Lambchop simultaneously. Snug Harbor (John Schacht)

Kate Campbell For the better part of a decade and a half, southern chanteuse Campbell has been writing and releasing dandy folk and gospel-laden country music. The sweet southern twang is wrapped around tales that could be told on a porch front, under a shady Magnolia tree, in a church, or in a smoky music hall. Her newest and 12th album, Save the Day, is more akin to a collection of folk tales set to music than a recording of songs. The Evening Muse (Shukla)


Shiny Toy Guns Shiny Toy Guns are on the road pumping their sophomore release Season of Poison, a mélange of keyboards and synth driven hard rock and electronic dance caressed with breathy female vocals. This is a change from their debut record that was more dancey new wave. Their blend of synth-pop, punk and shards of guitars-laden metal seems to work on dance floors as well as in front of fist-waving hoolingans looking to start a pit. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

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