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Are you really surprised?We’re being hit from all angles this weekend. HU Homecoming, Halloween, and rallies? So we’ll make this brief, because I know darn well you have other things to do, like pick up your silken Cab Calloway Zoot Suit for the Cotton Club at Marvin or dust off your corduroy blazer for that Wes Andersen “costume.” And Saturday, you’ll probably be all verklempt from the overwhelming sense of fraternity and hilarity that only a faux rally inspires. Designations of “The Best” and “The Rest” seem rather futile because NOTHING BAD can happen this weekend.

The Best of Friday:

After the Yard: Hosted by Raheem DaVaughn and 9th Wonder.  Phil Ade. Thee Tom Hardy. Big Remo. Actual Proof. Phuture. Stello. Rapsody. 5 p.m. doors. 6 p.m. show. $10. U Street Music Hall.

Rick Ross. $25- $40. 9 p.m.- 3 a.m. Ibiza.

Rattler. Performing as the Misfits. 9:30 p.m. $10. Rock & Roll Hotel

Waka Flocka Flame (reviewed here) and Backyard Band. 10 p.m. D.C. Star. Call for reservations.

Serani. Mr. Vegas. Slick Rick. Free. 12 p.m. Howard University Yardfest

J. Cole & B.o.B. 9 p.m. doors.  Mansion. Tickets available at the door.

The Best of Saturday:

Bhangraween 2010 with DJ Rekha and special guest DJ Dredd $13-$15. 9 p.m. show.  Black Cat

DC Roller Girls Present: Rock and Soul Halloween Party. Billy Woodward & The Senders. The Blackberry Bells. Dirty Names. The Dupont Circles. DJ Mac. 9 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel. $10.
Clipse. $20-$60. Love. Call for showtime.
Red Bull SoundclashWale vs. Tokyo Police Club. Gates open at 5 p.m. $10. Tickets Available here. (Pennsylvania Avenue and 4th Street NW).
Hypernova. Hank. Cupcakes. $8-$12. 8 p.m. show. U Street Music Hall
The Best of Sunday: Halloween with The Zeros, The Shirks,. Beasts of No Nation, Maybe Baby. $12. 9pm show. The Velvet Lounge.
Blonde Redhead with Pantha du Prince. $25. 10 .pm. doors.9:30.

The Rest of Friday:

Erykah Badu Crampton Auditorium. SOLD OUT.

Casey Benjamin Group ft. Victor Bailey. $20/$25. 8:30 & 10:30. Bohemian Caverns.

Emmet Swimming. 9 p.m. $15. IOTA Club & Café.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band.  8 p.m. doors Also Oct. 30. $25. 9:30 Club.

Laurie Anderson. 8 p.m. $42. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Middle Distance Runner. 8 p.m. $10-$12. Strathmore.

The Corin Tucker Band. Hungry Ghost. 9 p.m. $15. Black Cat.

Freddie Redd Quintet. 9 and 11 p.m. Also Oct. 30. Twins Jazz. Call for price.

The Rest of  Saturday:
Soulja Boy at Ibiza on Saturday.
Impossible Hair. CapStan Shafts. Ringo Death Starr. Last Tide.   $10. 10 p.m. The Velvet Lounge.
Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers. 8 p.m. $25-$55. Warner Theatre.
These United States. 9 p.m. $12. IOTA Club & Café

The Rest of Sunday:

Maher Zain. $16-$40. 6pm show. Lisner Auditorium.

Bettie Serveert  8 pm. $15. IOTA Club & Café.

The Whispers. $75. 7:30 pm. Birchmere. 

8:30PM-9:30PM October 29, 2010