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Carolina Chocolate Drops 

When: Fri., Sept. 21, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $39-49
www.pinecone.org

This powerhouse of tradition and innovation not only knows its place in restoring lost ideas of traditional American music but can definitively trace it back, thanks to the tutelage of the late iconic African-American fiddler Joe Thompson. The Drops honor old-timey ways—even playing jug and washboard at times—but also appreciate this stuff's connection to the present (with covers of "Hit 'Em Up Style," "You Be Illin'"). While the attention's coming fast and furious after a Grammy, the departure of primary vocalist Justin Robinson does not feel fully addressed on their latest, Leaving Eden. Sure, they're such a talented act that they can still blow audiences away at this adjusted strength, but they're on the rebound and seem to be searching yet. —Chris Parker

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