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Dance-floor glam, film-star cool, and ’90s throwbacks go on sale at area concert venues.

Every Thursday, we find out the hottest concerts and when they’re going on sale in the days ahead so you don’t have to do the work. Read on for this week’s lineup.

Lovers of ska, are you longing for the days of its dominance in ’90s? Take note: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are coming to the 9:30 Club August 21. The band shares the stage with punk bands Teenage Bottlerocket and the Flatliners. Tickets ($25) go on sale July 9.

Glam rockers the Scissor Sisters make a stop at DAR Constitution Hall August 23. The risqué glam band will play tunes from its recently released album, Night Work. Tickets ($38.50) go on sale July 9 at 10 AM.

On August 23, the ’80s English pop-rock group Tears for Fears comes to the 9:30 Club. Opening for the duo is singer/songwriter Wainright—sadly there’s no relation to Rufus or Martha. Tickets ($45) go on sale July 9. 

The Hasidic reggae singer Matisyahu plays the 9:30 Club August 25. Named Most Lovable Oddball at Esquire magazine’s Esky Music Awards in 2006, Matisyahu continues to break with convention to produce outside-the-box music. Tickets ($35) go on sale July 9.

Thirty Seconds to Mars drops in on Sonar in Baltimore on September 1. The Jared Leto-fronted band has been around since 1998 and seems to be doing better than the actor’s film career. The band continues to promote its latest studio album, This Is War, released in December. Ticket sales ($25) began Tuesday.

On September 10, comedian Demetri Martin yuks it up at the Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. On his Comedy Central program, Important Things With Demetri Martin, he combines sketch, standup, and musical comedy. Tickets ($35) go on sale July 9 at 10 AM. 

Also hitting Sonar is the German group Atari Teenage Riot on September 24. Known for its unique brand of digital hardcore, the band relishes the political and accordingly, the controversial. Its staunchly anti-Nazi lyrics have garnered both praise and criticism in their home country. Tickets ($15) went on sale Tuesday. 

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