Fri.Jazz singer Sachal Vasandani, a frequent guest with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, performs this weekend at Twins Jazz (202-234-0072).

Sat.We say, warped but not Warped: The Dirty Black Summer tour brings Himsa, the Agony Scene and other noisemongers to Jaxx (703-569-5940). . . . Sounding more like an action-film festival than a concert, the Getaway Car, Spiraling and the Argument perform at Iota (703-522-8340). . . . Old-school soul at a classic old-soul venue: The Dells, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes and Washington's own the Jewels share a bill at Carter Barron Amphitheatre (202-426-0486). . . . Dutch DJ-producer Ferry Corsten brings his signature trance sound to Glow at Fur (202-842-3401).

Sun.No Washington Capitals last season, and we're going to have to wait a while for the Frozen Four championship at MCI Center, but die-hard addicts can try to make do with Minnesota's Hockey Night, appearing with VCR at the Black Cat (202-667-7960). . . . Pittsburgh-based garage/indie rockers the Yards are at Arlington's Galaxy Hut (703-525-8646).

Mon.On their own: Glen Phillips, former frontman of Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Peter Bradley Adams, former frontman of eastmountainsouth, do their solo things at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566). . . . Dale Watson, the veteran honky-tonk singer and longtime champion of the Bakersfield sound, is at Iota with A.J. Roach (703-522-8340).

Wed.The Alternate Routes, featuring songwriting duo Tim Warren and Eric Donnelly, open a five-week-long Wednesday residency at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566) this week with Charlottesville's Small Town Workers and Todd Martin. . . . Two great country-rock bands of the '80s, Poco (with Rusty Young and Paul Cotton) and Pure Prairie League (with Craig Fuller) are at the Birchmere (703-549-7500).

Thurs.Virginia Coalition's recent CD, "OK to Go," was produced by Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Blues Traveler). The Coalition opens for Blues Traveler at Wolf Trap (703-218-6500).

-- Richard Harrington