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Acoustic pop-rock, reality-show dance moves, and a free mega-show are on Washington’s concert horizon

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

The alternative rockers of Fall Back Plan head to Rams Head Live August 28. The Baltimore natives recently released their first full-length album, Dance in the Reign. Tickets ($10) to the event went on sale Wednesday.

Penny pinchers, this is for you: Virgin Mobile FreeFest takes place at Merriweather Post Pavilion September 25. Featured musicians include M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, Joan Jett, Thievery Corporation, Jimmy Eat World, and Sleigh Bells. Free general-admission tickets and pavilion passes ($125) are available starting Saturday, July 24, at 10 AM.

Degrassi-heartthrob-turned-rap-star Drake visits DAR Constitution Hall October 2 as part of his Light Dreams and Nightmares tour. The rapper will perform songs from his latest album, Thank Me Later, which was released in June. Tickets ($50 to $65) go on sale Friday, July 23, at 10 AM.

Think you have some hot moves? See how your talents measure up at a performance by the cast of the So You Think You Can Dance live tour at the 1st Mariner Arena October 5. Tickets ($35 to $53) are available starting Friday, July 30, at 10 AM.

The perpetually touring band Guster returns to Washington October 23 for a show at DAR Constitution Hall. On October 5, the acoustic pop-rock trio plans to release its sixth studio album, Easy Wonderful, so keep your ears open for new material. Tickets ($34) go on sale Saturday, July 24, at 10 AM.

The Dandy Warhols band, who returns to the road to promote its greatest hits album, The Capitol Years, makes a stop in Baltimore at Rams Head Live November 9. Tickets ($25) go on sale Friday, July 23, at 10 AM.

Hard-rock guitar legend Frank Marino comes with his band, Mahogany Rush, to the Birchmere November 2. Considered by many to be one of the most underrated musicians of the 1970s, Marino is most often compared with another rock god, Jimi Hendrix. Tickets ($25) go on sale Friday, July 23, at noon.

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, arguably the world’s most famous flute-rocker, heads to the Birchmere November 15. Tickets ($79.50) go on sale Friday, July 23, at noon.

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