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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28

Stevie Wonder I don't know which is harder to believe – that Stevie Wonder has been performing for more than 40 years, or that he's only 57 years old. His last studio album was '05s A Time to Love. He's touring for the first time in more than 10 years, so catch him while you can on his "A Wonder Autumn Night Tour." Who knows when the next chance to catch this living legend in person will be ...? Charlotte Bobcats Arena (Hahne)

Sister Hazel Currently touring in support of "Santa's Playlist" and "BAM!" on their "12 Days of Christmas Tour," the Florida five-piece blends folk and Southern rock. They might have had their biggest hit – "All For You" – back in the late 1990s, but the following remains loyal. They'll do an in-store appearance and signing at Borders at Northlake Mall at 5 p.m. before the night's concert. Neighborhood Theatre (Hahne)

THURSDAY, NOV. 29

Oteil and the Peacemakers Bassist Oteil Burbridge coaxes jazz, blues, funk, southern rock and soul into a thick groove. His band the Peacemakers further tweak the blend into a fusion of soul and funk inlaid with warm jazz accents. Oteil's nimble playing has helped rejuvenate the Allman Brothers Band for the past half-decade. He was also a member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit for many years. With Dead End Parking. Double Door Inn (Shukla)

FRIDAY, NOV. 30

The Old Ceremony This sartorially gifted Triangle ensemble make equally snazzy Tin Pan Alley pop free from any cloying alt-country or pseudo-folkie poses. Led by songwriter/front-man Django Haskins, you often hear the names Randy Newman and Nick Cave mentioned in conjunction with their sound, but contemporaries like Michael Penn or early Andrew Bird seem more appropriate. Brainy literate pop with some exotic flourishes to distinguish it from the masses. With The Young Sons and Erika Blatnik. Snug Harbor (Schacht)

Del McCoury Band In an age where many of his compatriots have either severely limited their touring schedules, stopped touring altogether, or have crowded around the mic in the Great Beyond, Del McCoury and his band reign. McCoury has paid his dues in all the right places (Bill Monroe), shown a willingness to try new things (an ill-fated record and tour with Steve Earle), and, most importantly, has continued to pen album after album of rock solid, creek-clear bluegrass. A few years back, McCoury even got to add a feather to his cap with probably the greatest honor a traditional musician can receive – membership into the Grand Ole Opry. Neighborhood Theatre (Davis)

SATURDAY, DEC. 1

The Moaners This dynamic duo, Melissa Swingle (guitar and vocals) and Laura King (drums and occasional guitar), play coarse yet haunting blues-rock. There's dissonance to be sure, but the veteran musicianship churns out a full sound, proving that a pared down combo can be as expansive as bigger ensembles. Their most recent recording, Blackwing Yalobusha was produced by Jimbo Mathus. With Raised by Wolves. Snug Harbor (Shukla)

3 Inches of Blood Iron Maiden gone thrash. Canadian sextet features dual vocalists Cam Pipes (soaring high notes) and Jamie Hooper (guttural). That combo goads the band to thrash harder than a shark feeding frenzy. And it also makes matters more interesting, with melodic soft spots one moment and the whole shebang crashing through the walls the next. The lyrics could fit right in with Lord of the Rings' dark, brooding castles. Opening for GWAR. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

Tartufi Voted Best Indie Band of 2007 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian based on their superb '06 release, Us Upon Buildings Upon Us, the duo of Lynne Angel and Brian Gorman hew a rich, fractured world out of looped guitars, keys and voices, shape-shifting time sigs, and crashing percussion. They can go from Slint-inspired explosions or Built to Spill epic to Joan of Arc-like baroque or Breeders chug in a measure or two, the shifts revealing unassailable logic as they unfurl. Nine out of 10 buzz bands don't deserve it; Tartufi does. With L.A. Tool & Die, both opening for Kimosabe's final show. Milestone (Schacht)

Doc Watson A North Carolina treasure, Watson's influence on flatpicking guitar is immense. An inspiration to most any folk artist who ever picked a tune post-1960, Arthel "Doc" Watson is a living songbook of American music styles, having incorporated blues and country, even R&B, way before such fusions were widely accepted. In fact, the indefatigable Watson (RoboDoc?) now seems more energetic than ever, gleefully plying the crowd with a well-placed story (often a little history lesson in American music), a choice bit of gossip or G-rated joke, all the while still picking like a man half his age. Ever wish you could have seen a Charlie Christian or a Woody Guthrie while they were still alive? Watson's pretty much a talent of that caliber. Neighborhood Theatre (Davis)

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