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Future days: A visit from Grandmaster Flash, Kanye tells stories and Nick Jonas hits the late night circuit


Katherine McPhee's new album is in stores Tuesday.

Here's your quick look at this week's concerts album releases and TV appearances of note.

In concert: The Warner Theatre hosts a night of classic American sounds on Friday night with a double-bill featuring gospel icons Blind Boys of Alabama and New Orleans mainstays Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Expect uplifting and funky. Jazz piano great Mose Allison has long been known for his slippery, idiosyncratic tunes; he starts a four-night run at Blues Alley on Thursday. Adam Franklin, former frontman for '90s overdrive guitar heroes Swerverdriver comes to DC9 Wednesday night favoring a folkier sound. And legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash spins the classics Saturday night at Ibiza.

In stores: Are you ready for another album from someone who didn't win "American Idol"? Too bad! Katherine McPhee is back with her sophomore effort, "Unbroken." A name you will hear quite often during 2010: Ke$ha. Her single "Tik Tok" just set the record for biggest selling single by a female artist and she hopes to maintain the momentum with her debut album, "Animal." Kanye West superfans will be on the lookout for the CD/DVD release of his "VH1 Storytellers."

On TV: The late night shows are back from their holiday breaks and you might find some reasons to stay tuned in to the very end. Vampire Weekend plays on "Letterman" Tuesday. (Everyone knows how cold Dave keeps his studio, so the scarves will be acceptable.) Nick Jonas plays a sold out show at Warner Theatre on Wednesday, and will follow with a double-shot of late night performances with "Letterman" on Thursday and "Fallon" on Friday. (Will the Roots back him?) Local power-poppers OK Go play "Conan" on Friday and Clipse perform on "Fallon" on Wednesday. (We're pretty sure the Roots will indeed back them). And Alicia Keys will be the year's first musical guest on "Saturday Night Live."

By David Malitz  |  January 4, 2010; 4:27 PM ET
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Grandmaster Flash, Kanye West, Ke$ha, Nick Jonas, Vampire Weekend  
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