Sound check

Sound check

August 17, 2006

Toby Lightman -- Rams Head Tavern / After being discovered by Wyclef Jean, Toby Lightman released her debut album, Little Things. On her sophomore effort, July's Bird on a Wire, the acoustic guitarist switched to live instrumentation from a very produced approach. She plays Rams Head Tavern on Wednesday with guitarist/pianist Eric Hutchinson. Rams Head Tavern is at 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $12 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Call 410-268-4545 or visit ramsheadtavern.com.

Gwar -- Sonar / You might have seen one of their videos on Beavis and Butt-Head back in the day, but if you know shock rockers Gwar, you can expect a raunchy, interactive live show at Sonar on Sunday. Wearing horror film-inspired costumes, the band performs its obscene lyrics and often covers the audiences in nasty substances. You've been warned. Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 Sunday. Call 410-327-8333 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Chris Isaak -- Wolf Trap Barns / Crooner Chris Isaak performs his more recent rockabilly songs on Sunday at the Wolf Trap Barns, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. Also performing is singer-songwriter Anna Nalick. Show is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25-$40. Call 410-481-6500 or 800-955-5566.

[MARC SHAPIRO]

Just announced

WPOC Big Country BBQ featuring Dierks Bentley, with Pat Green and Heartland -- Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on Sept. 24. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

James Blunt -- Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on Oct. 13. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

The Black Crowes -- 9:30 Club in Washington on Sept. 17-18. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com.

Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls -- Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., on Aug. 26. 410-547-SEAT or tick etmaster.com.

Still available

Marshall Crenshaw Trio -- Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis Sept. 1-2. 410-268-4545 or ramshead tavern.com.

The Radiators -- The 8x10 on Sept. 8. 410-625-2000 or 410-547-SEAT.

Donnie McClurkin and Cece Winans -- 1st Mariner Arena on Sept. 10. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster. com.

Arty Hill -- Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills on Oct. 17. 410-356-7469 or gordoncenter. com.

Whoopi Goldberg -- Lyric Opera House on Oct. 28. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

[NATHAN M. PITTS]

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