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The Music Roundup 21/11/18

Local music news & events

Give gratitude: Offering a bit of an early start to the holiday, the Thanksgiving Shindy features five acts, including a surprise band reuniting specifically for the event. The no-cover show — its name means a noisy disturbance or quarrel — has female foursome Girlspit, hip-hop group Zooo Crew, raucous rockers Felix Holt and Concord mainstays Rippin E Brakes celebrating the local music scene. Thursday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m., Penuche’s Ale House, 16 Bicentennial Square, Concord, facebook.com/penuches.concord.

Mighty combo: Over more than 50 years with several lineups, Roomful of Blues continues to provide a superlative big band experience drawing from jazz and jump blues roots. The current group includes guitarist Chris Vachon, lead vocalist Phil Pemberton, bass player John Turner and drummer Chris Anzalone on rhythm, Rusty Scott on keys and a horn section of trumpeter Carl Gerhard with sax players Alek Razdan and Rich Lataille. Friday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m., Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry, $30 at tupelohall.com.

Slide ruler: The accolades keep rolling in for Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers. The Somerville band, fronted by rootsy guitarist Harpe and Jim Countryman, won a second NEMA for their album Meet Me In The Middle and got a 2021 Boston Music Awards nomination. The group was born almost accidentally, when their world music band Lovewhip traveled to Austin for SXSW and got a better reception for playing the blues. Saturday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, $12 at stonechurchrocks.com.

Eighties sound: Touring in support of their first new album in almost three decades, Psychedelic Furs are best known for hits like “Love My Way” and providing the title song for Pretty In Pink. Released last year, Made of Rain contains the signature drone pop sound that made them one of the favorite acts to come out of the British post-punk wave that launched The Cure, Tears For Fears and Human League. Sunday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m., Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, $29 to $49 at ccanh.com.

Family tradition: Singer, guitarist and Manchester native Liam Spain keeps busy doing solo sets like one upcoming at a hometown brewery, playing with rock band Scalawag and doing traditional music in fraternal duo The Spain Brothers; he and brother Mickey have made a few albums and toured a bunch, sharing stages with Tom Paxton, Noel Paul Stookey, Roger McGuinn, Bill Staines and others. Sunday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m., To Share Brewing, 720 Union St., Manchester, more at tosharebrewinge.com.

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