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Week ahead: MGMT's second effort, The Specials on TV

Questlove is a huge fan of Tune-Yards. She performs at DC9 on Wednesday. (Chrissy Piper)

In concert: Today's Mothership story surely has you pumped to see George Clinton at 9:30 club tonight, right? What's the opposite of Funkadelic? That would probably be Nickelback, hitting the Verizon Center on Tuesday. Dam-Funk fave Todd Rundgren is at the Birchmere that same night. "watching tune-yards on stage now. this is some of the GREATEST ish I've seen in a minute!!!!" That was a Questlove tweet from a few months ago, and the subject of his enthusiasm will be at DC9 on Wednesday opening for Xiu Xiu. Across town the Rock and Roll Hotel hosts intense Australian rockers Liars. Thursday you can catch a free show by local faves Title Tracks at Crooked Beat and still get to the Velvet Lounge to catch the awesomeness that will be punk-funk-dub trio Mi Ami. New Jersey's Titus Andronicus have one of 2010's best albums to their credit with "The Monitor" and will play a benefit for Positive Force at St. Stephens Church. For something a little less raucous but still rousing, the "Music from the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of Virginia" tour hits Lisner on Friday.

In stores: Alt-rock breakout stars MGMT look to followup the success of "Oracle Spectacular" with "Congratulations." Sophomore slump, a bold new direction? We'll have the review tomorrow. Recent Rock Hall inductee Jeff Beck releases "Emotion and Commotion." L.A. rapper Murs is back with producer 9th Wonder for their "Forever" collaboration. Swedish folkie The Tallest Man on Earth, in town at the Black Cat next Friday, releases "The Wild Hunt." And fans of Spacemen 3 and the Velvet Underground will want to check out "Lux" by Chicago's Disappears.

On TV: Two weeks ago it was Liquid Liquid, last week it was PiL. This week the Specials hit the late night circuit, appearing on "Fallon" on Tuesday. He's also got Flaming Lips on Friday. "Kimmel" has two nights of Them Crooked Vultures to start the week, tonight and tomorrow. "Leno" has three of country's biggest names - Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney Tuesday through Thursday. Sade is pulling double duty, "Leno" Monday, "Ferguson" on Thursday. And Carson Daly gets into the fun with a La Roux, She & Him and The xx. Busy week after hours.

By David Malitz  |  April 12, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: MGMT, Mi Ami, Nickelback, The Specials, Titus Andronicus, Tune-Yards  
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Liars aren't really Australian, Angus was from Australia, but he's been in the US (or Genrmany) for years now, and I'm pretty sure the other two are Americans.

Posted by: M__N | April 14, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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