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* Comic singer-songwriter J. Chris Newberg, from "America's Got Talent," "Last Comic Standing" and Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," come shome for a pair of shows -- 7 and 10 p.m. -- Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Corey Hall and Nicole Aimee also perform. Tickets are $15. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

* Troy-based Something Utopic celebrates the release of its new album, "Synthesis," with a show on Friday, Nov. 25, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Drunk Dom & the Roaches and Croatone are also on the bill. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

* Small's in Hamtramck continues its 12th anniversary week with a full weekend of shows starting with Sponge headlines on Friday, Nov. 25 with Curbside Beauty and Saturnine Hello; cover is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Mean Mother and Scandinavian Pleather play Saturday, Nov. 26; cover is $6, $10 for under 21. And the Los Angeles band Touche Amore headlines a bill on Sunday, Nov. 27 for $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. all three nights. Small's is located at 10339 Conant. Call 313-873-1117 or visit www.smallsbardetroit.com.

* The Ark, Ann Arbor's venerable listening room, has a true home-for-the-holidays weekend lined up this year. Singer-songwriter Matt Watroba kicks things off at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 (tickets are $15), while boogie-woogie piano specialist Mr. B plays at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 ($20). The twin siblings of Gemini then perform a family show at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 ($10). The Ark is located at 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

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