March music

This month in concerts, live music is so hot in the Washington area that one-third of the shows are already sold out – thank heaven for scalpers.

On Thursday, Coldplay and Fiona Apple will play dueling pianos (we wish) at the MCI Center. With both artists rapidly selling their new albums – Coldplay’s X&Y and Apple’s Extraordinary Machine – they should deliver a stellar show with plenty of piano-laced rock fusion and deep lyrics about life and sour relationships.

On Friday, the international electro-pop group Brazilian Girls will return to the 9:30 Club to play over singer Sabina Sciubba’s sexy multi-lingual voice. With a sound that can only be described as trippy, electronic and groovin’, Brazilian Girls thumping rhythms and the 9:30 Club’s stellar light show provide for an excellent concert experience.

On March 9, Queen with Paul Rodgers will perform at the MCI Center. No, you didn’t misread. Queen – the legendary band responsible for classics like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You” – will freakin’ rock your socks off. Yes, Freddy Mercury is dead, and yes, his voice is what defined Queen, but rocker Paul Rodgers is up for the challenge.

On March 21, the UK-based band Stereolab will play the 9:30 Club. With the release of their new album fab four suture, the band will perform songs both new and old for fans.

On March 23, the original firestarters, The Prodigy, will play The Nation. Everyone remembers their 1997 Fat of the Land album, featuring greats such as “Smack My Bitch Up” and “Firestarter.” The band has since released a new album this year entitled Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.

The following night on March 24, the D.C.-formed punk band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will play at the 9:30 Club.

For you metalheads, the end of March features hard rock performances, including Korn with Mudvayne at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore on the 25th, and Powerman 5000 at the Recher Theatre on the 26th.

Finally, on March 29, emo/indie rockers Saves the Day will play the Recher Theatre.

March Concerts
3/3: Brazilian Girls – 9:30 Club – $25

– The Subways w/ The Shys
9:30 Club – $10

– Queen with Paul Rodgers
MCI Center – $38-$128

– Metric
9:30 Club – $15

– Earth Wind and Fire
D.A.R. Constitution Hall – $70

– Larry the Cable Guy
Patriot Center – $41

– Pretty Girls Make Graves
Black Cat – $13

– Buckethead
Recher Theatre – $15

– Ray Davies
9:30 Club – $35

3/21: Stereolab – 9:30 Club – $18

3/23: The Prodigy – The Nation – $35

– Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
Black Cat – $14

– Korn w/ Mudvayne
1st Mariner Arena (Baltimore) – $34-$42

– Saves the Day
Recher Theatre – $16.50-$19

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