A couple of Baltimore bands are on the verge of releasing new albums.
Lower Dens will soon release "Nootropics" and is going on the road later this month to promote it. They'll be at the Ottobar May 5 and Washington's Rock 'n' Roll Hotel the day before.
The album's first single, "Brains," was released in January. Ticket information is not yet available. Upstarts Lands & Peoples, another band that has changed line-ups (it's now recording as a duo), is getting ready to release its first full-length album, "Pop Guilt." To promote it, the band will be at Baltimore's Soft House March 9. Tickets, at $5, are sold at the door.
Sonar quietly posted a Raekwon show this week. The Wu-Tang member is on his "Unexpected Victory" tour promoting last year's "Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang."
He's supposed to release "Wu-Block," a collaboration with Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna and The L.O.X., at some point. Raekwon performed in Baltimore last summer at Dubai. Tickets, at $20, are already on sale.
Also performing in Baltimore is Van Hunt. The Grammy Award winner, who is releasing his first live album in March, will perform at Baltimore Soundstage March 28. The album, titled "Live at the Troubadour," is set for March 13 and includes popular tracks like "Seconds of Pleasure." Tickets, at $17, are already on sale.
Also at Soundstage: the great neo-soul artist Mashell Ndegeocello on July 5. Ndegeocello released her last album, "Weather," last year. Tickets for the show, at $25, are already on sale. (Post incorrectly listed a later date for this show).
The-Dream has two regional shows coming up: he'll be at the Fillmore Silver Spring March 17 and Soundtage March 18.
The "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" songwriter is promoting a new album, "The Love IV: Diary of a Madman." Tickets for the Soundstage show start at $25 and are already on sale; Fillmore tickets cost the same and go on sale Friday.
Marilyn Manson is still a thing apparently. He'll be at the Fillmore May 1. The 90s rock musician is promoting his new album, "Born Villain." Tickets, starting at $49.50, go on sale Friday. The openers? The band led by Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen, the Pretty Reckless, who'll incidentally be at the Ottobar April 15. Tickets for that show cost $15 and are already on sale.