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Posted at 9:48 AM ET, 04/21/2006

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Just because you're not in college anymore doesn't mean that you can't take advantage of the big spring concerts at local universities. Though these shows are meant for students, they offer great chances for the public to catch top acts at unbeatable prices.

Georgetown University is bringing the Hold Steady to campus tomorrow afternoon to headline its Spring Kick-Off Concert. If there was ever a band that was meant to be seen in a dark, smoky club filled with boozed up patrons it's this Brooklyn quintet that plays riff-heavy, barband-inspired indie rock. That's why it will be especially interesting to see how the band pulls off a mid-day, outdoors set. Unfortunately, the weather might not allow that to happen, and the free concert may have to be moved indoors. As of now, it's still scheduled to take place on Copley Lawn, but you'll want to check the WGTB Web site for the most up-to-date details.

Two weeks from today on May 5, hip-hop sensation Common will headline University of Maryland's annual Art Attack concert at Byrd Stadium in College Park. As a former Terrapin, I can say that the event just isn't the same since it was moved from the open, spacious McKeldin Mall to the enclosed (but still spacious, I suppose) Byrd Stadium. For one thing, non-students can't just roll on up and enjoy the festivities for free; it costs $10 now, although it's still free for current Terps. Still, $10 to see Common is a steal of a deal. After a decade as one of the most influential members of the hip-hop underground, Common made a successful breakthrough to the mainstream with last year's "Be," which featured his usual brand of sharp lyrics with solid production from Kanye West and the late J. Dilla.

--David

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