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Detroit Free Press Brian McCollum column

December 4, 2013

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Dec. 04--THURSDAY

Michael Bolton

The big-voiced blue-eyed soulster with an affection for Motown alights in Mt. Clemens for one of his final shows of the year, nine months after the release of his album "Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A." 7 p.m., Macomb Music Theatre, 31 N. Walnut, Mt. Clemens. 586-541-1107. $44.95-$99.95.

Halestorm

Having headlined this summer's Stars & Stripes Festival, Halestorm is back for another bite of Michigan, this time supporting the latest in the band's ongoing series of EPs, "Reanimate 2.0: The Covers," featuring songs by Judas Priest, Fleetwood Mac and others. A year that kicked off with a Grammy win ends on a reliably hardworking note from the Pennsylvania hard rockers helmed by potent-voiced Lzzy Hale. Opening are Redlight King and Stars in Stereo. 6:30 p.m., Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. 248-399-2980. $19.99, $25.

MONDAY

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Ricky Skaggs' traditionalist leanings certainly seeped into his mainstream country hits during the 1980s, but the ensuing decades are when he truly defined himself as a hero and preservationist in the world of bluegrass. As one of Nashville's most respected and well-liked musicians, Skaggs has a glowing pedigree to go with the prodigious talent on mandolin and guitar, and with his crack band Kentucky Thunder he'll serve up a career-spanning survey of music. 8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. 734-761-1451. $40, $50, $60.

TUESDAY

The Kills

With a new Dead Weather project in the works, 2014 will likely bring Alison Mosshart back this way with Jack White. For now you can get a glimpse of the hot-throated singer in her original habitat, paired with Kills partner Jamie Hince for a set of roiling, noisy rock. This date is part of a quick four-show blast, the band's first North American performances in more than a year. With U.S. Girls. 8 p.m., Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward, Detroit. 313-833-9700. $25.

WEDNESDAY

Tegan and Sara

The ongoing musical journey of these Canadian twin sisters led them from their gritty folk-rock origins to the lush, full-blown pop of this year's "Heartthrob," which landed earlier this year in Billboard's Top Five to become their best-charting record yet. T&S finish a long round of touring with their second metro Detroit appearance this year. 6:30 p.m., the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward, Detroit. 313-961-5450. $29.50-$45.

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