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Posted at 3:42 PM ET, 02/17/2005

Tickets on Sale Soon

By washingtonpost.com

Thursday is usually a big day for concert announcements, but today was especially busy, with a little something for everyone. First, for the blogging, indie-rock loving masses, there's a slew of new shows announced at the Black Cat. I'm most excited about The Wedding Present (May 1), Brit-pop heroes of yesteryear who have quasi re-formed (main man David Gedge is the only original member still in tow) and will be touring in support of their new album, "Take Fountain." It's a good listen, but I'm hoping to hear some tunes from their 1994 classic, "Watusi." Other just-announced shows of note at the Black Cat include local post-punk heroes Q and Not U on April 27, the delightfully chaotic British Sea Power on May 12, and the curious pairing of local Spanish guitar duo Young and Rollins with New York antifolk wunderkind Regina Spektor on March 25.

On the other end of the spectrum, "American Idol" fans have lots to be excited about. The most recent winner, Fantasia, will be at Fur next Thursday, and tickets go on sale Saturday for Kelly Clarkson at Constitution Hall. Kudos to her for keeping ticket prices under $40. And I must say, at the risk of losing the credibility I'm in the process of attaining, I saw Kelly on "Saturday Night Live" the other week and it actually wasn't terrible. They've given her sort of a "rock chick" makeover, and she pulled it off pretty well, at least as well as a totally manufactured pop star can pull something off.

Some more heads ups? Before there was Shaggy and Sean Paul, there was Shabba Ranks, and he'll be at Crossroads in three weeks. And while tickets aren't yet available, that boy in da corner, Dizzee Rascal, he of the grimy, two-step beats and marble-mouthed rapping, will be coming to the 9:30 club on April 25. --David

By washingtonpost.com  | February 17, 2005; 3:42 PM ET
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Great shows at The Black Cat, for sure. Turns out they have been asking their patrons which bands they want to see live, on stage - see http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=76606 - an article that describes how music lovers can actually get their requests heard by local venue owner, promoters, and bands from anywhere so they can get booked for gigs! What an awesome idea. I use it every time I think of a band I'd love to see. Other venues around the region are doing the same thing on their web sites through a company that has a web-based request line called TourVote. Velvet Lounge, Jaxx, The Funk Box, The Vault, Whitlow's are all doing it, too. I went to the TourVote.com site and it looks like all the votes from all web sites go into one database so the bands and venues can see the total local demand for the bands to play. You GOG guys should let us vote on this blog, too :-)

Posted by: Al Bennett | February 23, 2005 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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