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Not everyone has big Thanksgiving plans and, though plenty of folks do, they don't necessarily want to watch football or hear about Aunt Gertha's gout all day. Never fear: There's plenty of music to keep you busy over the mid-week holiday season, including some local holiday traditions and some touring acts that just happen to be pulling into town at the right time to be your anti-turkey salvation. If you need an escape Wednesday night before Thansgiving, Bickett Gallery hosts its regular Dr. Robert's Health Jazz, with leader Crowmeat Bob giving thanks to icons and iconoclasts with names like Coleman, Coltrane and Ayler with his horn. DeYarmond Edison--recent transplants from Wisconsin and one of the finest bands now in Raleigh--plays at Bickett. Plus, The Chris Boerner Quartet gets the psychedelics into the jazz at White Collar Crime. Turner Brandon and Josh Presslar take a turn on their weekly Berkeley Café open mic with a special Thanksgiving edition.

Is there a turkey call in the house?
And, of course, one of the strongest bills on the day before T-Day is at the Cat's Cradle with The Old Ceremony, Jon Shain, Armand Lenchek and The Cadillac Stepbacks all taking part in a benefit for the Helping Hand Mission.

Thanksgiving Day itself is a bit lighter in action, but The (International) Noise Conspiracy comes to the Cradle with Danko Jones and high-power conglomerate En Garde at 8:45 p.m. A Skeleton stands at the Nightlight, The Moans roar in MVP's Tavern, and One Way Glass plays at Tailgaters Sports Bar. And in Thanksgiving traditions in Raleigh, none may be as fun as Pro-L's bash down at Kings. For more listings, visit

Bull City, baby
As of last Saturday, Nov. 12, Durham has itself a new independent record store. Bull City Records opened at 1916 Perry St., next to Cosmic Cantina and Ninth Street Dance. In an e-mail to friends, owner Chaz Higgston promises to run "a modest little record shop consisting of punk, indie, garage, rock 'n' roll and a lil' bit o' soul." In somewhat related news, the brick building that once housed Durham's beloved Radio Free Records at 2803 Hillsborough Road was demolished Monday morning.

Top shows?
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