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Japanese metalheads, country megastars, and comedians are headed to Washington

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

Japanese metal band Dir en Grey comes to Rams Head Live on August 27 as part of its tour, ominously titled The Unwavering Facts of Tomorrow Tour 2010. Catering to fans of Slipknot and Korn, Dir En Grey maintains its gothic-rock and death-metal sensibilities with its seventh album, 7th Symphony. Tickets ($25) are available July 16 at noon.

The Airborne Toxic Event plays an acoustic set at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on September 7. Don’t worry about contamination: The band is named for a chapter in the 1985 Don DeLillo novel White Noise. Advance tickets ($25) go on sale July 16 at 10 AM.

R&B artist Trey Songz teams up with ’90s songstress Monica for a joint tour, which stops at DAR Constitution Hall on September 4. Tickets ($45 to $60) are available July 16 at 10 AM.

The now middle-aged members of ’90s hip-hop group Kottonmouth Kingdom come to Rams Head Live on September 11 with new songs from their latest album, Long Live the Kings. Tickets ($20) go on sale July 17 at noon.

Country fans, rejoice: Toby Keith comes to Jiffy Lube Live on September 11. He’s joined by fellow country star Trace Adkins. Tickets ($54.25 to $69.25) are available July 16 at 10 AM.

Politically conscious punk-rock group Anti-Flag comes to Baltimore’s Ottobar (2549 North Howard St.; 410-662-0069) on September 21. Expect left-leaning criticism commentary along with hardcore punk tunes. Tickets go on sale July 16.

Comedian Elon Gold takes the stage at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on October 7 with his standup show, “Half Jewish, Half Very Jewish,” which offers barbs about Jewish and secular life. Advance tickets ($21) go on sale July 16 at 10 AM.

Louis C.K., star and creator of the new FX comedy Louie, heads to the Warner Theatre on October 22. Tickets ($35) go on sale July 16 at 10 AM.

The surviving members of Peter, Paul, and Mary—Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey—visit the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore on November 20. The pair are likely to pay homage to former bandmate Mary Travers, who passed away last year from leukemia. Tickets ($45 to $85) go on sale July 15 at 10 AM.

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