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Music Picks: Madonna, Wale, the Wallflowers

The live shows you shouldn’t miss over the next seven days.

Madonna performs two shows at the Verizon Center this weekend. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Thursday, September 20

Wale joined Maybach Music just in time: He’s
ridden Rick Ross’s coattails to the big time,
so it must be a dream come true for him to headline his first
arena show in the area.
Too bad it looks like tickets aren’t going too fast for this
one—several sections
haven’t sold any tickets at all, according to

8 PM at Patriot Center, $35 to $50.

Every couple years, Wu-Tang’s
Ghostface Killah reappears to show he’s still one of the best in the game. His verse on “New Gold
Flow,” fresh off Kanye’s label’s
Cruel Summer, steals the spotlight on what was already a very good song. He’ll perform at the
State Theatre.

7 PM at State Theatre, $25.

Friday, September 21

This week was probably the year’s biggest for new releases, thanks in no small part
Grizzly Bear
’s latest,
Shields. The indie darlings wow on the genre-bending album. Good luck getting into one of
the band’s two sold-out 9:30 Club shows.

8 PM at 9:30 Club, sold out.

Emily Haines’s
Metric has remained pretty popular through the
years, proving New Wave will never really
die. Personally, I think their sound is more suited for a
sweaty dance party at the
9:30 Club than the artsy confines of Strathmore, but what can
you do? Also one time
I caught their drumstick because I am tall and well

8 PM at Strathmore, $57.

Saturday, September 22

Along with ZZ Top and that dude from Anthrax,
Leon Russell owns one of the most iconic beards in music, which is a huge accomplishment. It doesn’t
hurt that he’s also made some pretty memorable music, which got him inducted into
the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year.

6 PM at the Howard, $30.

Sunday, September 23

Before you heard the story about a wealthy family who lost everything and the one
son who had no choice to keep them all together,
Arrested Development was a psychological
issue, and also a very popular rap group who won two Grammys
in 1992. They haven’t done much of note since, but $15 to go
see “Mr. Wendal” and
“Tennessee” live ain’t too

6 PM at the Howard, $15.

Some pop singer named
Madonna Louise Ciccone is playing two nights
at the Verizon Center. It’s probably no big deal, but you might
want to check it out if you’re into that sort of

8 PM at Verizon Center, $59 to $390.

Monday, September 24

Hailing from the hippie capital of the hippiest state in the union, Olympia’s
Gossip make surprisingly catchy music, even if they do spend most of their time hanging out
in riot grrrl punkland.

7 PM at 9:30 Club, $25.

Tuesday, September 25

American Idol star and vaguely controversial figure
Adam Lambert
is playing a benefit show at the 9:30 Club to help support Maryland’s fight for marriage
equality, hence the through-the-roof prices. But if you want to support the cause
and see him in a small club, here’s your chance.

7 PM at 9:30 Club, $125 to $250.

Minus the Bear’s 2007 album,
Planet of Ice, was the perfect name for an album by
them. Their sparse but synthy instrumentation
and detached vocals make you feel like you’re on another
planet. They haven’t really
changed their sound much over the past decade, but they haven’t
lost a step,

8 PM at Fillmore, $30.

Wednesday, September 26

If you missed the
Wallflowers at both Firefly and Nationals Park, like I did, you have yet another chance to see
Jakob Dylan play “One Headlight.” It’ll be weird but awesome to see a band that was
once huge playing at Black Cat.

8 PM at Black Cat, $25.

Miguel has spent most of his career behind the
scenes, producing and writing songs for stars.
He stepped up to the mike with “All I Want Is You,” which blew
up the radio for a
bit. He’s still looking for a big second hit, but he’s got the
voice for it.

6 PM at the Howard, $25.

The Fillmore has landed yet another underground-ish-but-not-for-long MC with Harlem’s

A$AP Rocky. See him now before he’s everywhere.

8 PM at Fillmore, $35.

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