It’s 2010 – a new year, a new decade and a brand new season of great concerts coming to the District. From promising local groups to well-established bands returning to their hometown, we’re sure you’ll find something worth seeing.
Timbaland, Jan. 16, 9:30 Club
He’s worked with a lot of high-profile artists, but Timbaland can definitely put on a show solo. Tickets are $35.
We Are Scientists, Jan. 21, Black Cat
This New York-based indie rock band has recently ventured into comedy; they performed in an episode of “Lil’ MTV,” a late-night comedy shorts program. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door.
Thievery Corporation, Jan. 24, 9:30 Club
Although this group has gone far with its blend of acid jazz and world music, Thievery Corporation got its start in D.C. Grab tickets for their Sunday night show – it’s the only one out of five that has not yet sold out. Tickets are $40.
Meow vs. Meow,
This local band offers a solid set of bare-boned, energetic indie rock. Tickets are $8.
Tegan and Sara,
These Canadian rockers – and twins – are a cross between The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Regina Spektor. Tickets are $35.
Guys, if you forget Valentine’s Day… well, a John Mayer concert won’t entirely make up for it, but it might help. Tickets start at $42.50.
Black Eyed Peas,
Their E.N.D. (“Energy Never Dies”) tour is supposed to be one of the highlights of the 2010 concert circuit. Tickets start at $49.50.
Rodrigo y Gabriela,
This Mexican guitar duo performs well live with dynamic, eloquent pieces that have flamenco-style overtones. Tickets are $35.
A possible guest appearance by Alicia Keys may be reason enough to see the rapper in concert. Tickets start at $62.
French group Air has a sophisticated electronic sound, but their concerts are marked by surreal light shows and elaborately crafted improvisation. Tickets start at $10.
Jersey boy Bon Jovi released his latest album, “The Circle,” in late 2009. Tickets start at $49.50.
“The Fall,” Jones’ latest album, is a departure from her standard low-key jazz, but a slightly edgier pop sound suits her and will sound great live. Tickets are $62.
D.A.R. Constitution Hall
With their sophomore album, “Contra,” being released this month, this group has already sold out in D.C. Check Craigslist for tickets.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists,
Their latest effort, 2010’s “Brutalist Bricks,” perfects their brand of bouncy punk-indie rock. Tickets are $15.