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It is very possible that Billy Corgan has advanced. That is to say, it is possible that his musical-genius has progressed to a level at which it is difficult for everyday people to understand—myself included. It’s the point at which you go from fronting a perfectly good guitar-rock band to a dour synth-wielding Nosferatu with an album titled Machina II: The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music.

Or the point at which you abandon your solo career to reunite your band with no other original members except for the drummer—who played on your solo record anyway—and record a new album which will be released in four different and equally unnecessary editions.

At any rate, those who are diligent enough to track down tickets can witness Billy’s argument for advancement themselves when Smashing Pumpkins perform a special record release show at 9:30 Club, July 10. Baltimore’s Celebration will be opening, so you’re promised at least 30-minutes of worthwhile music before Corgan even hits the stage with whatever Smashing Pumpkins means in 2007.

Black Cat has also announced upcoming shows by Atlanta’s Deerhunter on Aug. 30 and Virginian indie-pop band Pash on Aug. 31.

Rock & Roll Hotel has announced shows by Brooklyn’s Akron/Family (Tue., 9/18 on sale 6/29) and +/- (pictured) (Thu., 9/27 on sale 6/29).