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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of December 7–9

The Black Keys 2012 live by Reid Long c

The Black Keys , who were just nominated for five Grammy awards for their latest album, El Camino, kick off the UK leg of their fall European tour with three performances this weekend: at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle tonight, SECC in Glasgow on Saturday, and NIA in Birmingham on Sunday. The band remains in the UK till next weeks with a concert at Areba in Manchester and two at London's O2 Arena before returning to the United States for two nights in Las Vegas to ring in the New Year. Fittingly for Hanukkah, which begins this weekend, The Maccabees open throughout the UK tour.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops close out their 2012 tour with two shows in Tennessee—at the Bijou in Knoxville tonight and Track 29 in Chattanooga on Sunday—bookending a Saturday night show in their home state of North Carolina, at The Orange Peel in Asheville. Two Man Gentleman Band opens on all three nights. The band has just been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album for their latest album, Leaving Eden, the follow-up to their Grammy-winning Nonesuch debut album, Genuine Negro Jig.

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Shawn Colvin launches the final leg of her 2012 tour with two shows this weekend: at The Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina, tonight and Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, on Saturday. The tour continues with stops in Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey, and upstate New York.

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Richard Goode closes out his 2012 calendar year of performances in two concerts with soprano Sarah Shafer: at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia tonight and The Town Hall in New York City on Sunday. The performances feature a program comprised of works by Schubert, Brahms, and Mahler. Goode's 2012–13 concert schedule continues next month will performances in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

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Gidon Kremer continues his worldwide fall tour with two performances in Germany with his trio, featuring cellist Giedre Dirvanauskaite and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. They perform at Herkulessaal in Munich on Saturday and Staatsoper im Schiller Theater in Berlin on Sunday.

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Kronos Quartet closes out the calendar year with a performance at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Camber Sands Holiday Park in Camber Sands, England, tonight. Fellow performers include My Brightest Diamond, Buke and Gase, The Antlers, and the National, which curated this year’s festival. Kronos returns to the States for several concerts in California, Ohio, and Maryland in January and February.

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Lianne La Havas brings her European fall tour to a close with two performances this weekend: at La Cité in Rennes, France, for the Transmusicales Festival tonight and at Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn in Utrecht, Netherlands, on Sunday. La Havas kicks off the new year with performances at the Sydney Festival and a tour of Australia in January.

Fans around the world can hear La Havas as today's guest on NPR's World Cafe, starting at 2 PM ET. Tune in online at xpn.org.

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Jessica Lea Mayfield continues her Sibling Rivalry Tour of the United States with her brother David Mayfield, joined by T. Hardy Morris, with performances in North Carolina at The Evening Muse in Charlotte tonight and the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Saturday. On Sunday, the band heads to Nashville for a set at 3rd and Lindsley. The Mayfields bring their Sibling Rivalry Tour to Kentucky next week and then up to Ohio, where the tour concludes in their hometown of Kent next weekend.

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Natalie Merchant performs at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Prudential Hall in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday. She is joined by the Chelsea Symphony in performing music from her Nonesuch debut album, Leave Your Sleep, in which she set poetry to music. Merchant has teamed up with award-winning children's book illustrator Barbara McClintock for a new picture book based on Leave Your Sleep that includes a CD with 19 songs from the album. Both the book and the original, complete CD are available in the Nonesuch Store.

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Punch Brothers continue their US tour out West, performing at The Depot in Salt Lake City tonight. The band heads next to Colorado for shows at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen on Saturday and the Boulder Theatre in Boulder on Sunday. Milk Carton Kids support throughout the tour.

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Sara Watkins brings her fall tour of the US West Coast to a close with three performances in the Pacific Northwest this weekend: at WOW Hall in Eugene, Oregon, tonight; Mississippi Studios in Portland on Saturday; and The Triple Door in Seattle on Sunday. Aoife O’Donovan supports at all three shows, as she has throughout the tour.

Following the tour, Watkins returns home to Southern California, where she will tape an episode of the show The Song That Changed My Life before a live audience at LeStats in San Diego on December 17, and joins her brother Sean along with a number of very special guests for a festive Watkins Family Hour Christmas show at Largo in Los Angeles on December 19.

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