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May 23 - 29 in nightlife: Backstreet Boys, Paul Simon, Maryland Deathfest, Scapescape

After so much back and forth, the 9th Maryland Deathfest will finally take place this week at Sonar. And, it won't be a dry festival as many feared, as the club has, against all odds, recovered its liquor license. No doubt it'll be more depraved than this year's tame Preakness infield. Elsewhere this week, Big Freedia, the Death Set, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Dan Deacon and Celebration, and Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block have performances planned.

On Monday, Jason Webley, the Seattle accordionist and folk singer, performs at Cyclops bookstore, 30 W. North Ave. Starts at 8 p.m.

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On Tuesday, Raphael Saadiq performs at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. 8 p.m. $35.

On Wednesday, New Orleans M.C. Big Freedia, the subject of a very appreciative Sasha Frere-Jones profile in this week's New Yorker, performs at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. 8 p.m. $12. Also: Paul Simon performs a sold-out show at DAR Constitution Hall. Look for a review Thursday.

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On Thursday, the Maryland Deathfest kicks off at Sonar with performances by Cathedral and Tragedy. Doors open at 4 p.m. Thursday's show is sold out, but there are still tickets available for other days at the festival's website. Three-day passes are $132.

On Friday, J. Roddy Walston and the Business begin a two-night residency at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. 9 p.m. $13, both nights. 

On Saturday, the Death Set performs twice on Saturday, 3 p.m. at Sonar, and 9 p.m. at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave. Tickets are $10 for both shows. Also: Fans of Trina might want to keep an eye out for this. According to her Facebook page, she's performing at Washington's Club Fur on Saturday, but the venue's calendar lists someone named Casey Keyworth performing that night.

On Sunday, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys perform at 1st Mariner Arena,  201 W. Baltimore St., on their new joint tour. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50. Look for our preview story later this week. Also: Celebration, Arbouretum, Dan Deacon, Mickey Free, Rapdragons are just a few of the performers at the Gspot's Scapescape. Starts at noon. Tickets, at $20, are on sale at missiontix.com.The Facebook event listing has the full line-up.


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