Rammstein promo shot

Rammstein promo shot (Rammstein official MySpace)

Next year's concert announcements are already starting to roll out.

The German industrial metal band Rammstein will perform at 1st Mariner Arena, of all places, on April 25. Expect lots of pyrotechnics.

The band is promoting a greatest hits package, "Made in Germany 1995 - 2011." The band's "Sehnsucht" album, from 1997, is still the highest-selling non-English rock album, according to the RIAA. Tickets, starting at $58.80, go on sale Thursday.

PS! and by the way, a bunch of Penn State academics are looking for contributions to their upcoming scholarly volume on Rammstein, whose "oeuvre has escaped the full-scale, in-depth treatment that it undoubtedly deserves." As far as I'm concerned, writing that abstract is your weekend best bet.

Noel Gallagher, lead guitarist of Oasis, is going on tour to support his first album, "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds," since he shed those other guys.

He'll perform at the Warner Theatre November 18 March 28. Tickets, at $52, go on sale Friday.

Gary Clark Jr., the Austin, Texas blues and rock 'n' roll songwriter, is going on tour to promote his debut album for Warner Bros., "The Bright Lights."

He'll perform at the 8X10 December 16, one of only a handful of dates on Clark's Fall tour. Tickets, at $19, are on sale today.

Cuneiform Records, a Maryland label specializing in experimental and avant-garde music, is holding a two-day label showcase November 19 and 20 featuring 11 bands.

The first day, to be held at Morrell Park's Orion Sound Studios, will focus on non-mainstream rock and feature six bands, including headliner Thinking Plague, a Colorado prog-rock band.

The second day, focusing on jazz, will be held at An Die Musik Metro Gallery and feature four New York bands, and Chicago drummer Jason Adasiewicz. The schedule is posted at Cuneiform's website. One-day and two-day passes are already on sale. Update: Jazz day has been moved to Metro Gallery, Cuneiform Records said Wednesday.

Henry Rollins, the comic and musician, will perform at Baltimore Soundstage March 16 as part of his Long March tour. Tickets, at $25, are on sale now.

The arena DJ Fedde le Grande, who normally commands big club venues on tour, will appear not at U Street Music Hall when he comes to Washington, but the Lima Lounge on December 8. Tickets, at $20, are on sale now.