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Live music picks, Nov. 20-25

Camera Obscura. Photo: Donald Milne

Camera Obscura. Photo: Donald Milne

FRIDAY
Camera Obscura

Only baby pandas can hold a candle to the adorableness of Camera Obscura. The band’s sprightly sweet pop is the perfect thing to cuddle up with as the days get colder, and their albums just keep getting better. This year’s “My Maudlin Career” marks a new pinnacle in memorable cuteness and charm.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $16. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404- 524-7354.

FRIDAY
Robert Earl Keen

Texas singer-songwriter and storyteller Keen has an appeal that spans generations. At a Keen show, you’ll see rowdy college kids and graying fans of alt-country, all of them having a raucous good time, singing and stomping along to excerpts from a catalog that spans 25 years.
9 p.m. Nov. 20. $20-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678- 473-1000.

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Van Hunt

FRIDAY
Van Hunt

This Atlanta singer and songwriter evokes the spirit of R&B greats such as Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield, and in a just world he would be a massive multiplatinum superstar. Since he isn’t, you can see him in more intimate venues, where his soulful sound can envelope you.
10 p.m. Nov. 20. $25-$28. Andrews Upstairs, 56 E. Andrews Drive N.W. 404-467-1600.

SATURDAY
Blake Shelton

Shelton added two more No. 1 country hits (“Home” and “She Wouldn’t Be Gone”) to his résumé in 2008, bringing his total to five. “Home,” a Michael Bublé song, included backing vocals from Shelton’s sweetheart, Miranda Lambert. This show benefits the Hudson Family Foundation, established by Atlanta Brave Tim Hudson and his wife, Kim, to help children in need. Josh Gracin also performs.
4:30 p.m. Nov. 21. $40-$60. The Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630.

SATURDAY
The Mountain Goats

Main Mountain Goat John Darnielle is more like a documentarian than your average songwriting guy with a guitar. He’s released album after album of sharply observed songs that are so fetchingly presented that the casual listener could easily miss the barbs just beneath that catchy surface. The new album, “The Life of the World to Come,” takes its song titles from biblical verses (for example, “Genesis 3:23”).
9 p.m. Nov. 21. $17.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404- 524-7354.

SUNDAY
All-American Rejects

These four Oklahoma boys self-released their self-titled debut, which was later picked up by DreamWorks Records. Then the irresistible “Swing, Swing” caught radio’s ear followed by the even more irresistible “Dirty Little Secret.” This year, the band reached a new Top 40 peak with “Gives You Hell,” which climbed to No. 4 in March. With Taking Back Sunday and Anberlin.
8 p.m. Nov. 22. $30. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W. 404- 659-9022.

Eyedea & Abilities. Photo: Jules Ameel

Eyedea & Abilities. Photo: Jules Ameel

MONDAY
Eyedea & Abilities

Eyedea & Abilities are part of Rhymesayers, a Minneapolis indie-rap collective. Word man Eyedea and producer and DJ Abilities crafted the endlessly entertaining “E&A” in 2004 but it would be five years before the pair followed it with the powerful “By the Throat.” Seasoned by numerous wins in MC battles, Eyedea’s deft wordplay is still astonishing, with some of the boastful sass of classic hip-hop.
9 p.m. Nov. 23. $8-$10. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404- 228-6769.

TUESDAY
Switchfoot

A mainstream graduate from the Christian rock market, Switchfoot had a successful run on Columbia Records. With the brand new “Hello Hurricane,” the guys made the album on their own and are releasing it through their independently owned label, lowercase people records. To give the album wider reach, the band has signed a distribution deal through Atlantic Records that still allows some independence from the major label’s machinery.
7 p.m. Nov. 24. $25. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W. 404- 885-1365.

WEDNESDAY
Aventura

This Bronx, N.Y.-based group is the biggest Latin music success story of the year. The band’s latest album, “The Last,” debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 5 in June and spent 11 weeks atop the Latin album chart. Their style is an updated form of bachata, a music of romantic longing that has its roots in the Dominican Republic, but Aventura adds elements of R&B, hip-hop and pop to the mix.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 25. $58-$108. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

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