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CL previews upcoming concerts (Nov. 24-30) 


CHUBB ROCK The rapper who walked away from his pre-med life at an Ivy League school to launch his rap career in the late-1980s is probably still looking back on dropping out as a great decision. Nearly 20 years removed from his peak, the man who gave us "Treat 'Em Right" and three other No. 1 singles is still performing and still recording. His performance will be part of a Live VH1 taping for an upcoming reality show. $5, The Breakfast Club, (Mike McCray)

BRET MICHAELS Way back when, when newspapers made money and the Loaf's offices were on Old Pineville Road, I sauntered in early — for me — one morning, and the first human voice I heard was Bret Michaels'. Mind you, this was on a voice mail, but still. He sounded so irrepressibly perky at doing press that I was almost charmed enough into calling him back. We all know Poison, and the younger generation knows him as something of a reality TV Zelig. Thinking back on all this, we should have seen it coming. Michaels was always so at home with talking about himself (either in his songs, his interviews or his TV work) to the point where he seemed homeless doing anything else. Which he damn near was for a while, if you'll remember. $30, Whisky River, (Timothy C. Davis)

TRUCKSTOP PREACHERS One of the best regional bands plunking down raucous, old-school honky-tonk. With a baritone that's naturally country, and the music, unfiltered, rough around the edges, hell nice and rickety all around, the Truckstop Preachers are coming up on a decade of honky-tonking and playing authentic, rockabilly-laden country music. Don't look for tear-jerking ballads with these cats, just plenty of git-off-yer-ass-and-move music. $5, Neighborhood Theatre, (Samir Shukla)


THE NEW FAMILIARS The group has been spending a lot of time on the road, so it only makes sense that the rock 'n' soul quartet should return home for a gig around the holidays. They've gotten a bit more plugged in since the old acoustic folk-rock days, but that's not to say they've lost their roots. Expect solid originals, new material and a jaw-dropping cover or two. $10. 10:30 p.m. Visulite Theatre, (Jeff Hahne)


DUWAYNE MOTLEY This Mount Pleasant, S.C., based musician (real name Kevin Smith), has made a name for himself over two decades in two different scenes. First as a fixture of the rave scene during the '90s in the Southeast then later as a member of a live house band making jazz-heavy jams with him producing and engineering. He also does house and electronic remixes. Dharma Lounge. (McCray)

COREY SMITH RIYL (recommended if you like): Busch light, shootin' fireworks on the beach, owning a Jeep, the "color" khaki, Chili's, yelling "you the man!" at golf tournaments, "doin' some fuckin' Jager," the New York Jets, bank clerks with lower back tats, manicured beards, yelling "get in the hole!" at golf tournaments, AXE body spray, USC "Cocks" hats, USC "Cocks" hats turned backward and generally acousti-coolin' out with 35,000 of your closest MySpaceBook "friends." With Rehab. $27.20, The Fillmore Charlotte, (Davis)

MANDOLIN ORANGE The acoustic duo, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, writes wonderful tales and weaves them with two-part harmonies and music that emanates from the heart. The Chapel Hill combo's mix of folk, country and a sprinkling of blues beckons humming along, chilling on a river bed, or lazing on a porch-front chair, the summer sun fading on the horizon. Sounds hokey? Not in the least bit. With the Honeycutters. $8, The Evening Muse, (Shukla)


TWIZTID This group makes music that puts you in the mood to blow some shit up. Bad clown makeup is one thing, horrible hairdo's another, but add all of that to a whack hip-hop image and you've got yourself one hell of a catastrophe. Image aside, the group actually has decent lyrical content if you can get past the fact that it's extremely depressing. They've definitely caught our attention at CL — unfortunately, it's for all the wrong reasons. With Blaze, MicLordz, Sauce Funky and DJ Clan. $18-$20, Amos' Southend, (Debra Renee Seth)


BEN KWELLER Singing tunes etched out with piano and a voice custom-made for contemporary pop, Kweller appeared on the scene as a youngster leading the trio Radish, which garnered much indie buzz and cred in the late '90s but never quite made it to the land of hits. That's OK, because Kweller has continuously honed his craft and has emerged as a songwriter of high caliber, capable of writing songs with staying power. Julia Nunes will open. $15-$17, Visulite Theatre, (Shukla)

JULIA NUNES Calling 21-year-old Julia Nunes a perky blonde singer might give you the completely wrong impression. But her vocal tone and usually upbeat lyrics can easily bring a smile to your face. It's not the typical gloom and doom solo acoustic singer-songwriter stuff here. It's hard to be sad when someone breaks out the ukulele, too. $15-$17. 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre. (Hahne)

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