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In Brief, Dec. 27 

FRIDAY 12/28

Blue-eyed soulman Big John Miller keeps you in the holiday spirit with wide-ranging covers at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Delta bluesman Watermelon Slim has a master's degree, spent some time at Middlebury and hangs out with Mensa types. He's at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5. Reggae stalwarts One Stone rock steady at Juanita's, 10 p.m. Mobile, Ala.'s Ugli Stick blend pop, hip-hop and funk in mostly acoustic arrangements at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $5.

SATURDAY 12/29

Rising local emo-rockers School Boy Humor kick off their national tour with “American Idol” also-ran Sean Michel and Box Wine, 9:30 p.m., $6. “The End of Completion” is a “holy-hip-hop” showcase at the Village, 7 p.m., $10 adv./$12 d.o.s. At Discovery, Jiminy Kickit and Platinumb get the crowds in the end of the year spirit, midnight. Local funk-rock act Quadraphonic headline at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5. Piano man Dell Smith plays just about everything at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.

THURSDAY 1/3

G-force, the best and most diverse DJ in town, headlines at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. Or for more laid-back virtuosity, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio plays jazz at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5.

FRIDAY 1/4

Local troubadour Kevin Kerby and his backing band Battery are at White Water Tavern with Mikal Evan, 10 p.m. Blue-eyed soulman Big John Miller returns to the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. At Vino's, rising young emo-rockers After the Tragedy, who were recently featured on MTV2's “The Dew Circuit Breakout,” with Farewell Flight, Lorien and Federated Crush, 8 p.m., $7. Rootsy singer/songwriter Shannon Boshears headlines at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5.

SATURDAY 1/5

Impressive local roots-tinged rockers the Munks celebrate the release of their sophomore CD, “Sing Dirty Songs,” at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Excellent Nashville pop-rockers the Nobility perform at Sticky Fingerz with Fayetteville's Benjamin Del Shreve, Flattop Tony and Purple Canoes, 9 p.m., $6. At White Water Tavern, impressive local rock quartet Grand Serenade continues to support its fine new album “Lean Times,” 9 p.m., $5.

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