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Mark your calendar: Cartoon bands, indie-folk chicks, and a comedy show about nothing are heading to Washington

Every Thursday, we find the hottest shows and let you know when tickets are going on sale so you don’t have to do the work. This week’s lineup: indie rockers, a country crooner, and a classical violinist.

The Eels come to the 9:30 Club September 26, with songs from their second and most recent album, End Times. The alternative-rock band is currently at work on a third album, Tomorrow Morning, described as the band’s “final installment of a trilogy.” Tickets ($25) went on sale today at 10 AM.

The cartoon band Gorillaz takes the stage at the Patriot Center October 11. The musical experiment, which is the brainchild of Blur rocker Damon Albarn and British cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, has snagged several awards and spawned hit singles including “Feel Good Inc.,” “Dare,” and “Clint Eastwood.” Now the group is back with songs from its third album, Plastic Beach. How do animated band members perform, you ask? The band is ditching the holograms it’s employed in the past for a combination of multimedia techniques. Tickets ($49.50 to $90) go on sale August 13 at 10 AM.

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart yucks it up at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall October 16. Hart has appeared in several films including Death at a Funeral, Along Came Polly, and the third and fourth installments of the Scary Movie franchise. Tickets ($36.75) go on sale August 13 at noon.

The folk duo Indigo Girls drops in at the Birchmere October 24 and 25, sharing the stage with the alternative folk-rock band Mount Moriah. Tickets ($45) go on sale August 13 at noon. Keep tabs here.

The New York rockers Interpol roll through Washington November 3, making a stop at DAR Constitution Hall. The band is back after a hiatus, and you’ll hear songs from its upcoming album, Interpol. Keep an ear out for two singles already available online: “Lights” and “Barricade.” Tickets ($40) go on sale August 13 at 10 AM.

Love metalcore? Fans of the hardcore-metal-meets-punk genre can bang their heads at the AP Tour, coming to Sonar in Baltimore November 17. Bands include Bring Me the Horizon, August Burns Red, Emarosa, Polar Bear Club, and This Is Hell. Tickets ($17 in advance, $20 at the door) go on sale August 14 at 10 AM.

Sitcom king Jerry Seinfeld heads to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore November 19, bringing with him—we hope—puffy shirts, chocolate babka, and a whole lot of nothing. Tickets ($62 to $77) are available August 13 at 10 AM.

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