A couple of bands that played Virgin Mobile FreeFest are returning to the area on tour next year.
The Black Keys will perform at the Verizon Center March 9 as part of their tour to promote new album "El Camino." The band closed the festival in September with a muscular performance on the main stage.
Tickets, starting at $40, go on sale December 9. The album is released three days before.
And two days before the Black Keys show, on March 7, Bombay Bicycle Club, the British folk rock five piece, will perform at 9:30 Club in DC.The show is part of their first headlining US tour.
The band opened the pavilion stage at FreeFest. They're now touring in support of new album "A Different Kind of Fix." Tickets go on on sale Friday; price was not included in the announcement but in other venues tickets have cost $20.
Cass McCombs, who played Golden West earlier this year, also announced a new Baltimore show last week.
McCombs, out with the excellent "Wit's End," and "Humor Risk" (which I've yet to listen to), will perform at the Ottobar January 21.Tickets, at $12, are already on sale.
Update: Neon Indian, the electronic music Texas band, announced Tuesday a Baltimore show at the Ottobar on March 22.
The band is out promoting new album "Era Extrana" ("Strange Era"), which was released in September. The band is now selling tickets, at $21.50, directly from its website.
Matt Nathanson, who toured with Train and Maroon 5 on their co-headling tour earlier this year, will perform at Rams Head Live January 29.
Nathanson, a folk and rock singer-songwriter, is promoting "Modern Love," which he released earlier this year. Tickets, at $20, go on sale Friday.
The Roots, out with new album "undun," are back in the area next year. But unlike in the past, when they had been consistent Fall performers at Rams Head Live, they'll be playing at the Fillmore. It looks like at least in some cases, promoters' concerns about the Silver Spring venue were justified.
The band will perform at the Fillmore December 29 and 30. Tickets, at $45, are already on sale.
Also at the Fillmore: Steve Aoki, one of the headliners of this year's Starscape. The show is part of his Deadmeat tour - I think it's supposed to be a joke about Deadmau5; a bad joke about Deadmau5.
Aoki, promoting new album "Wonderland," will appear at the Fillmore February 11. Tickets, at $35, are already on sale.
Ryan Adams, who performed at the Lyric Sunday, has added another Maryland show. He will perform at the Music Center at Strathmore January 24. Tickets, at $45, are already on sale.
Die Antwoord, the South African hip hop band that performed at the 9:30 Club last year, will return February 12. Tickets, at $25, are already on sale.
And the French electronic music duo Justice will perform at the club March 21. The band is promoting sophomore album "Audio, Video Disco." Tickets, at $35, are already on sale.
In comedy: Demetri Martin, who performed at the Hippodrome last year, will perform at the Warner Theater February 3. Tickets, at $35, go on sale Friday.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun