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Concert Weekend: Hall & Oates, Smithereens, Flying Lotus, Zebrahead and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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We can go for this — Daryl Hall & John Oates make their nearly annual visit to the metro area at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 in the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. Mike Mains & the Branches opens. Tickets $39.50 and up at 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.

Also Playing:

• Southern California punk rockers Zebrahead, along with We Are the Union and Grey Matter, play Friday, Aug. 23, at the Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Tickets $20 at 248-546-3696 or thelovingtouchferndale.com.

• Music for the Masses: A Tribute to Depeche Mode plays music for the masses Friday, Aug. 23, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors at 8 p.m.; $15; 313-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.

• The Keynote Sisters sing at 8 p.m. Friday at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion. Tickets $15; 248-783-7105 or 20frontstreet.com.

• Life goes on, bra, as the versatile Grand Rapids quintet Desmond Jones plays at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 in the Parliament Room at Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Tickets $13 advance, $17 day of show; 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.

• Blues rockers Tommy Castro & the Painkillers and Wayne Baker Brooks play on Friday, Aug. 23, at the Token Lounge 28949 Joy Road, Westland. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets $25-$35; 734-513-5030 or thetokenlounge.com.

• The Gashounds, Pancho Villa's Skull, Jeremy Porter and others will be part of the third annual Strummer Jam Detroit, taking palce Friday, Aug. 23 as part of a worldwide network of shows to raise money for the Joe Strummer Foundation, honoring the late Clash frontman by providing instruments and music lessons for children around the world. The show takes place at 9 p.m. at PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. A minium $6 donation is suggested at the door. 313-961-4668 or pjslagerhouse.com.

• Riders in the Sky return for a night of Western swing, with King Margo opening, at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets $25; 734-761-1818 or theark.org.

• The Smithereens, with Berkley's own Marshall Crenshaw standing in for the late Pat DiNizio, rocks on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Magic Bag, Ferndale. Tickets $40; 248-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.

• Mike Skill's '67 Riot, the Trash Brats, Danny and Margaret Dollrod, the Amy Gore Band and others will perform at Looking For a Kiss: A Detroit Benefit for Sylvain Sylvain, 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Small's, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. The New York Dolls guitarist was recently diagnosed with cancer, and proceeds will go to his medical fund. $15 advance, $20 at the door. 313-873-1117 or smallsbardetroit.com.

• Synthy hard rockers I See Stars celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their "3-D" album Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors at 6 p.m. Tickets $15; 248-858-9333 or thecrofoot.com.

• EDM favorite Flying Lotus tops a bill that also includes Brandon Coleman Spacetalker, Salami Rose, Joe Louis and PBDY on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors at 8 p.m. $29.50 advance, $35 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.

• Guitarist George Bedard presents "From the Windy City to New Orleans," the seventh concert in his History of American Roots Music series — with guests including Mark "Mr. B" Braun and others — at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Ark, Ann Arbor. Tickets $20; 734-761-1818 or theark.org.

• Long Island punk rockers Iron Chic perform Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Loving Touch, Ferndale. Big Nothing, Bike Tuff and Young Hunger are also on the bill. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets $13; 248-546-3696 or thelovingtouchferndale.com.

• It'll be loud when Australia’s Northlane rocks with Erra, Crystal Lakes and Currents on Sunday, Aug. 25, in the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 6 p.m. Sold out. Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

• Wine, Women & Song hold a benefit for the Kerrytown Concert Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at The Ark, Ann Arbor. Tickets $25-$75 at 734-761-1818 or theark.org.

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