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Week ahead: Weird Al's in town; Drake's album drops

weird alWeird Al - you know you love him. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)

In concert: Pantha Du Prince is performing just a handful of shows in America on his first tour since 2007. One of the German electronic music producer's stops will be Tuesday at U Street Music Hall. Wednesday is an especially full day. If you like it heavy, Isis and Melvins at Black Cat is the call. American standout Tift Merritt performs at the Birchmere. The Black Cat has a pair of quality shows: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Surfer Blood show is sold out, but the downstairs pairing of Disappears and Woven Bones is just as strong. Gil Scott-Heron is enjoying a well-deserved revival thanks to his excellent new album, "I'm New Here." He begins a four-night stand at Blues Alley on Thursday. Maxwell and Jill Scott get soulful at Verizon Center on Friday while Weird Al Yankovic does pretty much the opposite. The Brooks & Dunn farewell tour hits Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday while '80s hair metal lives again at Merriweather with Scorpions, Cinderella, Vince Neil, Kix and more. Sunday night don't miss Damien Jurado at Iota. He's a great songwriter and a captivating figure on stage.

In stores: A pair of old reliables - Tom Petty and Sarah McLachlan - return with new albums. But the big release of the day is "Thank Me Later" by Drake. The Gaslight Anthem look to breakthrough with "American Slang" - could it be their "Boys and Girls in America"? Devo and Steve Miller Band also have new ones. Really! And be on the lookout for "Sand and Lines" by Athens, Ga., dream-pop group Venice Is Sinking.

On TV: Deer Tick visits "Letterman" on Wednesday. Kelis performs on "Leno" on Friday. Miley Cyrus takes the "Good Morning America" summer concert stage on Friday morning. The Roots will be accompanied by Yim Yames, aka the dude from My Morning Jacket on "Fallon" on Friday. And D.J. Qualls plays on "Ferguson" Friday. Wait, he's not a DJ - he's that skinny dude from "Road Trip" - my bad!

By David Malitz  |  June 14, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Drake, Gil Scott-Heron, Miley Cyrus, Pantha Du Prince, Tom Petty, Weird Al Yankovic  
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