The heaviest hitter is, without a doubt, the heavily anticipated collaboration between two of rap’s biggest stars: Kanye West and Jay-Z. Dubbed the Throne, the duo’s album “Watch the Throne” hits iTunes on Monday, and an early report from Spin indicates the record work should make for an awesome live show. Naturally, the two mega-watt stars will tour massive arenas, with stops at the Verizon Center on Nov. 3 and the 1st Mariner Arena on Nov. 1. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and cost $59.50-$250 for the D.C. show and $47.50-$197.50 for the Baltimore show.
Though they may not have the stature of Kanye and Jay-Z, the members of the misogynistic rap collective Odd Future have gained enough press and scorn over the course of 2011 to be one of the genre’s most divisive acts. Their shows are pretty raucous affairs, and there’s no reason to believe the Oct. 23 date at the 9:30 Club will be any different. Tickets cost $30 and go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Tickefly.
They may lack the bombast or controversy surrounding the above entries, but there’s no doubt Das Racist is worth keeping your eye on. Using jokes and obscure references, they create rhymes that can be as absurd as they are clever. They hit the 9:30 Club on Oct. 1. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. through Ticketfly and cost $20.
Not to be outdone, below there are dates with Biz Markie and Mac Miller, along with the usual assortment of venues, listed below.
Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. through Ticketfly for the following shows at the 9:30 Club:
• “The MLK Memorial Dedication Party” featuring Biz Markie Aug. 28 ($12).
• Matt Nathanson Sept. 28 ($25).
• Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, Jon McLaughlin and Deep River Nov. 5 ($20).
• Trampled By Turtles, Jonny Corndawg Nov. 18 ($18).
Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation for the following shows at the Fillmore Silver Spring:
• George Thorogood &the Destroyers Oct. 2 ($45).
• Levon Helm Oct. 3 ($45).
• Trey Anastasio Band Oct. 13 ($39.50).
• Yngwie Malmsteen Oct. 15 ($25).
• Never Shout Never, Plain White T's, A Rocket To the Moon, Fake Problems and Carter Hulsey Oct. 20 ($20-$22.95).
• Moby Oct. 26 ($30).
• STS9 Oct. 27 ($25).
• Between the Buried And Me, Animals As Leaders and Tesseract Oct. 28 ($20).
• Mac Miller, Pac Div and Casey Veggies Dec. 1 ($25).
Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketfly for Blind Pilot Nov.6 at the 9:30 Club ($18).
UPDATE: Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon through Tickets.com for the upcoming season at the Barns at Wolf Trap. Selected highlights are below. For the full list of 75 shows, head to wolftrap.org.
• Enter the Haggis Oct. 13 ($20).
• Noel “Paul” Stookey Oct. 16 ($25).
• Catie Curtis with Meg Hutchinson Nov. 18 ($22).
• Ari Hest Jan. 26 ($18).
• Solas Feb. 2 ($22).
• The Second City March 22-23 ($24).