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Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don’t have to.
By Ayesha Venkataraman
Catch Florence and the Machine at Merriweather in September. Photograph by Flickr user Jason Persse.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Santana and the Allman Brothers Band come to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Monday, July 30. Santana are releasing their 22nd studio album, Shape Shifter, on May 15, and the Allman Brothers Band were just awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets ($45 to $125) are on sale now through Ticketfly.

Famed crooner Barry Manilow performs at 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday, September 15. The smooth vocalist often topped the charts with his love ballads, including "Looks Like We Made It" and "Mandy." Tickets ($17.99 to $127.99) go on sale Saturday, May 19, at 10 AM through Ticketmaster.

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Posted at 10:20 AM/ET, 05/10/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don’t have to.
By Ayesha Venkataraman
Catch Linkin Park at Jiffy Lube Life on August 11. Photograph by Flickr user NRK P3.

Get your electro-house fix with Eric Prydz, who comes to Jiffy Lube Live for the Identity Festival on Friday, July 27. Other notable acts of electronic wizardry appearing include Paul Van Dyk, Nero, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner, Excision, Noisia, Showtek, and Porter Robinson. Tickets ($25 to $60) go on sale Friday, April 27, at 10 AM through Live Nation.

Linkin Park perform at Jiffy Lube Live as part of the Honda Civic Tour on Saturday, August 11. Their new album, Living Things, will be released on April 26. They will be joined by New Orleans-based alt-rockers MuteMath. Tickets ($31 to $78.50) go on sale Saturday, April 28, at 10 AM through Live Nation.

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Posted at 05:00 PM/ET, 04/25/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don’t have to.
By Ayesha Venkataraman
Catch Erykah Badu at the Summer Spirit Festival in August. Photograph courtesy of the artist’s website.

Psychedelic trance duo Shpongle come to the 9:30 Club tonight, April 18. Having toured the globe since the release of their debut album in 1998, Shpongle's sound is characteristically eclectic, featuring Turkish operatic singing, Moroccan drums, and a flute. Tickets ($25) are on sale through Ticketfly.

Portland-based alternative rock group the Dandy Warhols play at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, May 29. Their 2001 hit "Bohemian Like You" catapulted them to international success, and they're due to release their eighth studio album, This Machine, on April 29. Tickets ($25) are on sale through Ticketfly.

Grammy-winning soul singer Erykah Badu performs at the Merriweather Post Pavilion for the Summer Spirit Festival on Saturday, August 4. The festival also features acclaimed rapper CommonSharon Jones & the Dap KingsChuck BrownEstelle, and Eric Robinson. Tickets ($44-$125) go on sale Friday, April 20, at 10 AM through Ticketfly.

Tweens, rejoice! UK's newest heart-throbs One Direction come to the Patriot Center on Thursday, May 24. They came third in 2010's The X Factor and recently won a Brit Award for their single "What Makes You Beautiful." Tickets ($29.50 to $59.50) are on sale through Ticketmaster.

Posted at 04:57 PM/ET, 04/18/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don’t have to.
By Marshall Worsham
Chris Isaak plays two shows at the Birchmere in May. Photograph by Flickr user Dani Canto.

R&B diva Jill Scott brings her Summer Block Party to the Verizon Center with Kem, Salt N Pepa, and Doug E. Fresh on Thursday, June 21. The Grammy-winning poet/singer/songwriter has collaborated with Erykah Badu, Common, and the Roots's Questlove, among others. Tickets ($39.75 to $125.75) go on sale Saturday, April 14, at 10 AM through Ticketmaster.

Parrotheads unite! Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will play Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday, September 1. Buffett's tropics-inspired music has led him to build one of the most recognizable brands in America. His empire extends from Margaritaville restaurants and Land Shark beer to best-selling novels and sold-out summer festivals. Tickets ($36 to $136) go on sale Saturday, April 14, at 10 AM through Live Nation.

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Posted at 01:20 PM/ET, 04/11/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don’t have to.
By Ayesha Venkataraman, Marshall Worsham
Catch Jason Mraz at Merriweather on Friday, August 24. Photograph by Flickr user Evamaria N.

Pop rock singer and Virginia native Jason Mraz performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday, August 24. He gained international acclaim with his hit "I'm Yours" in 2008. Tickets ($40 to $60) go on sale Friday, April 13, at 10 AM through Ticketfly.

Queen fans rejoice! The official Queen tribute show, Queen Extravaganza , comes to the 9:30 Club on Friday, June 8. The band's legendary guitarist and drummer, Brian May and Roger Taylor, are behind the show, constructing a touring band of four vocalists and five musicians after intensive 12-week auditions. Tickets ($35) are on sale through Ticketfly.

Indie darling Ani DiFranco takes the stage at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, November 10. Since 1990, she has self-produced an astounding 17 studio albums through her own label, Righteous Records. Tickets ($40) are on sale now through Ticketfly.

Light Asylum, an electro-disco duo from Brooklyn, play at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, May 5. They are produced by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy. Tickets ($12) are on sale through Ticketfly.

Posted at 03:20 PM/ET, 04/04/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don’t have to.
By Ayesha Venkataraman, Marshall Worsham
Aerosmith comes to Jiffy Lube Live July 3. Image courtesy of the band’s website.

Legendary hard rock band Aerosmith take the stage at Jiffy Lube Live on Tuesday, July 3. They will be accompanied by Cheap Trick, who are best known for their song, "I Want You to Want Me." Tickets ($35.50 to $155.50) go on sale Saturday, March 31, at 10 AM through Live Nation.

The Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express steams into Bristow's Jiffy Lube Live, Friday, May 18, bringing '70s rock heavyweights Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent to the stage. Think classics as "Mr. Roboto," "Can't Fight This Feeling," and "Cat Scratch Fever." Get your tickets ($21 to $71) now through Live Nation.

Grammy-winning rapper, songwriter, and actor Drake comes to the Verizon Center on Friday, May 25. As part of the Club Paradise Tour, he will be performing with hip-hop artists J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, and French Montana. Tickets ($59.75 to $109.75) go on sale Friday, March 30, at 10 AM through Ticketmaster.

After a 19-year hiatus, post-punk group the Feelies released a studio album, Here Before, in 2011. Their 2012 tour brings them to the 9:30 Club on Friday, September 14. Rolling Stone applauded the band as a "landmark of jangle, guitar-driven avant-pop" whose shimmering, almost evasive guitar sound became a major influence for bands like R.E.M. and Sonic Youth. Tickets ($20) are on sale now through Ticketfly.

Country singer-songwriter Toby Keith plays Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday, July 14. Keith's 2011 album, Clancy's Tavern, included his biggest single to date, "Red Solo Cup," which hit number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tickets ($29 to $89) go on sale Friday, March 30, at 10 AM through Live Nation.

Posted at 10:15 AM/ET, 03/29/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don’t have to.
By Ayesha Venkataraman, Marshall Worsham
Poison play Merriweather Post Pavilion with Def Leppard Tuesday, July 10. Image courtesy of the band’s website.

Renowned folk rock band Crosby, Stills, and Nash come to the Pier Six Concert Pavilion on Monday, July 2. Their last album as a group, Looking Forward, was released in 1999. Tickets ($37 to $69.50) go on sale Friday, March 30, at 10 AM through Ticketmaster

Symphonic pop rock chorus the Polyphonic Spree come to the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue on Monday, May 21. Formed in Dallas in 2000, the dozen-plus-member Spree are known for shows featuring flowing technicolor robes and vibes that range from highly melodic to densely introspective. Tickets ($31.50) are on sale now through Sixth and I's website.

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Posted at 12:35 PM/ET, 03/21/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don’t have to. By Ayesha Venkataraman, Marshall Worsham

The Black Keys play Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday, May 18. Photograph by Flickr user kate.gardiner.

After a sold-out show at the Verizon Center last weekend, the Black Keys will bring their raw, blues-inspired tunes to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday, May 18. They released their most recent studio production, El Camino, last December. Tickets ($40 to $55) go on sale Friday, March 16, at 10 AM through Ticketfly.

If you haven’t gotten enough of the frat-driven glam-rock revival over the past few years, find a fix with Scorpions this summer. Best known for their 1984 anthem “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” they play Merriweather Post Pavilion on Thursday, July 12. Tickets ($45 to $75) are go on sale Friday, March 16, at 10 AM through Ticketfly.

Post-rock quintet Mogwai come to the 9:30 Club on Monday, June 11. Known for long, melodic instrumental pieces, the Glaswegian band has had multiple albums on UK top-25 charts. Get your tickets ($20) now via Ticketfly.

Tune-Yards, the music project fronted by New England native  Merrill Garbus, comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion 9:30 Club on Sunday, June 3. Garbus creates her distinctive sound using looping devices to layer her songs with various instruments including the ukelele. Tickets ($20) are on sale now through Ticketfly.

California-based ’90s nu metal powerhouse Korn come to the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday, May 4. (Regrettably, our style doesn’t permit us to write the iconic, Toys ’R’ Us–esque backward “R” in their name.) Surprisingly enough, the band have nabbed two Grammys for their singles “Freak on a Leash” and “Here to Stay.” Their tenth studio album, The Path of Totality, was released in digital format in May 2011. Tickets ($45) go on sale Friday, March 16, at 10 AM through Live Nation.

Posted at 03:58 PM/ET, 03/14/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don't have to. By Ayesha Venkataraman, Marshall Worsham

Radiohead plays the Verizon Center Sunday, June 3. Image courtesy of antiquiet.com.

Alt-rock heavyweights Radiohead come to the Verizon Center on Sunday, June 3. Tickets ($69.50) go on sale Saturday, March 10, at 10 AM through Ticketmaster.

Lord of heavy metal and horror Rob Zombie performs for the first time with Megadeth and Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, May 13. Tribute bands including Battery, Sanctuary, and Moon Baby, honoring Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Godsmack respectively will also play at the adjoining Fantasies’ Festival Stage. Tickets ($40 to $55) go on sale Friday, March 9, at 10 AM through Merriweather’s website.

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Posted at 12:51 PM/ET, 03/07/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don’t have to. By Ayesha Venkataraman, Marshall Worsham

The Dave Matthews Band play the Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday, June 16. Image courtesy of gear-vault.com.

The Dave Matthews Band will swing through the area this summer, playing the Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater in Bristow, Virginia, on Saturday, June 16. The band formed in nearby Charlottesville in 1990 and have had five number one album debuts. They’ll be playing with saxophonist Jeff Coffin of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Tickets ($40.50 to $75) go on sale Friday, March 9, at 10 AM through Live Nation.

Queen of Funk Chaka Khan will play two shows at the Howard Theatre on Saturday, May 5, at 8 and 11 PM. A onetime frontwoman for the iconic 1970s funk-soul group Rufus, Khan has won ten Grammys and has landed several songs on Billboard’s Top 100, including her excellent cover of Prince’s “I Feel for You.” Tickets ($75) are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

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Posted at 12:33 PM/ET, 02/29/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()