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Crooked Still, Carolina Chocolate Drops : Among the most neglected chapters in our folk history is the once-vibrant school of African-American string bands. Equal parts sly jug band and old-time pickin' party, the young Carolina Chocolate Drops are changing all that. Their sound is muscular, raw, and evocative -- whoop-it-up proof that there's much more to African-American tradition than Saturday night blues and Sunday morning gospel. They should get just the right hearing alongside Boston's own neotrad darlings, Crooked Still. At Sanders Theatre, Nov. 9. Tickets $22, $28. 617-876-4275, worldmusic.org -- SCOTT ALARIK
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Crooked Still, Carolina Chocolate Drops: Among the most neglected chapters in our folk history is the once-vibrant school of African-American string bands. Equal parts sly jug band and old-time pickin' party, the young Carolina Chocolate Drops are changing all that. Their sound is muscular, raw, and evocative -- whoop-it-up proof that there's much more to African-American tradition than Saturday night blues and Sunday morning gospel. They should get just the right hearing alongside Boston's own neotrad darlings, Crooked Still. At Sanders Theatre, Nov. 9. Tickets $22, $28. 617-876-4275, worldmusic.org

-- SCOTT ALARIK
(Patricia McDonnell for the Boston Globe)
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