Sept. 6-11 in nightlife: Virgin Mobile FreeFest, The National, Incubus, new Heavy Seas seasonal

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Virgin Mobile FreeFest is finally here. And unlike last year, when only High Zero conflicted with the festival, there are a ton of other things happening on Saturday. We'll have a blog post later this week on alternatives to Virgin FreeFest for Saturday. Below is what's happening elsewhere this week: besides FreeFest, Merriweather has a couple of other solid shows; so does the Ottobar; Heavy Seas will release a new seasonal beer this week; the Wham City Comedy night returns; and Metro Gallery hosts a concert photography exhibit that will feature a performance by Secret Mountains.

On Tuesday, The National will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion - 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia - with Yo La Tengo and Wye Oak, who have the excellent "Civilian" out now. Incidentally, here's the band performing "Holy Holy" on a swing set. We interviewed the National last week. 5 p.m. Tickets start at $30.

On Wednesday, Vivian Girls perform at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. 9 p.m. $10. Also: Cyclops Books in Station North holds a fundraiser for the upcoming Pigtown Festival, which is scheduled for September 17 with performances by, among others, Erin McKeown.7 p.m. Free. And: The Wham City Comedy night returns to the Zodiac with a preview of this year's road tour. 8 p.m. $5.

On Thursday, Twin Shadow returns to the Ottobar. He last played the venue in February. 8 p.m. $12. Also: Posh Cavern holds a moombahton showcase at Red Maple. 10 p.m. No cover before 11 p.m. $5 after. And: Heavy Seas Brewery will release its Fall seasonals Great Pumpkin and (the Bourbon barrel-aged) Great'er Pumpkin at Max's in Fells. 6 p.m. No cover.

On Friday, it's the opening night of IRL, a new exhibit of concert photography at Metro Gallery. Secret Mountains, Soft Cat and Arches will be on hand to perform. 7 p.m. No cover listed.

On Saturday, it's Virgin Mobile FreeFest. Doors open at 11 a.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Paid tickets are still available. We have a full schedule of the performances. Later this week, expect a post with alternatives to the festival.

On Sunday, Merriweather hosts another big show, Incubus with opener Young the Giant. 6 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

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