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Concert news: Erykah Badu, Dan Deacon, Celebration, Matmos, The Kooks, Holy Ghost!

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Erykah Badu will perform at Rams Head Live December 2, it was announced Wednesday. Consider that an early Christmas present. Badu puts on an exceptional show, clever, iconoclastic, a blast.

She's promoting her two-part album, "New Amerikah," whose second half was released in Spring of last year. You might have seen "Window Seat" already, give the tender "Out of my Mind" a try. Tickets, at $75, go on sale Friday.

Also December 2, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, fresh from a bunch of festival dates, like All Good in West Virginia, will perform at the Ottobar. Tickets, at $15, are already on sale.

The Ottobar has an impressive line-up of local bands scheduled to finish off the year. On December 16, Dan Deacon, Celebration and Matmos are all scheduled to perform. Tickets, at $10, are on sale.

Deacon's plugging a couple of re-releases: "Meetle Mice," "Silly Hat vs. Eagle Hat," and "Spiderman of the Rings" on LP.

The day after, December 17, Wye Oak will perform. The duo released the excellent "Civilian" earlier this year; here's our interview with singer Jenn Wasner in April. Tickets, at $12, are on sale.

Dave Portner, (Avey Tare of Animal Collective), who'd announced a show a U Street Music Hall, has also scheduled a local show. He'll be at Metro Gallery November 29. Tickets, at $13, are on sale.

The Kooks, out with new album "Junk of the Heart," will be at the 9:30 Club November 20. Tickets are already sold out.

A few days later, on November 23, Holy Ghost!, the formerly electropop duo that are now a six-piece, will be at the same venue.

Out this year with their self-titled debut album, the band will kick off their first headlining tour in hometown New York later this month. Tickets, at $20, are on sale.

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