Hottest Summer Concert Lineups

This summer, don’t just settle for parking it on the couch to watch Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. Get out and catch some of the amazing tours that are happening across North America and Europe. Here are the ten hottest summer concert lineups that should not be missed this summer.

 

 

 

Hopscotch Festival

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Hopscotch Festival

Okay, so The Independent Weekly’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC may be a long commute for you. But if you can swing it, this show will definitely be worth it. Tickets for the entire 3-day show from September 8-10 are only $105. The lineup includes The Flaming Lips, All Tiny Creatures, Steve Gunn, Drive-By Truckers, Mouthus… the list goes on and on. Take at look at it yourself below.

Concert lineup: http://hopscotchmusicfest.com/bands/

 

 

 

Death Cab For Cutie

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Death Cab for Cutie

Due to popular demand, Death Cab for Cutie recently added additional dates to their summer tour schedule, extending the tour into July and August in the US and Canada. Better snatch them up quickly, though. Several dates to see the 4-man group from Bellingham, Washington have already sold out. Opening for them on the extended leg will be the Scottish band Frightened Rabbit.

Tour dates and locations: Paste Magazine

 

 

 

Trombone Shorty by Randy Cremean

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

This group of 7 headed by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has created a ridiculously catchy genre of music that they refer to as supafunkrock. It’s a mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip hop and soul, and yes, it’s definitely as catchy as it sounds. They’ll be touring throughout North America through June, and Europe throughout July before returning to the US.

Tour dates and locations: http://www.tromboneshorty.com/

 

 

 

Roger Daltrey

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Roger Daltrey performing The Who’s Tommy

Chances are good that you’ve seen The Who’s Tommy before, maybe at your local community theater or as a tour. But have you seen the rock opera performed live by Roger Daltrey himself? Probably not! You won’t get to see Pete Townshend, unfortunately, but this may be your last chance to hear Daltrey perform the role he originated.

Tour dates and locations: The Who Official Band Website

 

Beirut

Beirut, originally the solo project of Zachary Francis Condon of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has a sound that is really pretty outstanding. Condon is a crooner, while the instruments that accompany him include cello, accordion, mandolin, ukulele, drums, violin, organ, tambourine, piano, glockenspiel, trumpet, and euphonium, amongst others. If you think you’ve heard something like their unique mix of American and Eastern European folk music before, you may be mistaken.

Tour dates and locations: Bands In Town

 

 

 

Kid Cudi

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Kid Cudi

Singer and rapper Kid Cudi will tour throughout North America this summer, including a performance in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio on July 1. Recently, Kid Cudi announced the name of his new record label, Wicked Awesome Records, and is slated to release his album Wizard later this year. Seems like everything’s coming up Cudi…

Tour dates and locations: Eventful

 

 

 

Archers of Loaf

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Archers of Loaf

They’re back! Indie rock band Archers of Loaf will kick off a tour in their home state of North Carolina this May—their first tour in 13 years. Check out their North American tour dates to see if they’ll be coming to a city near you.

Tour dates and locations: Brooklyn Vegan

 

 

 

Scissor Sisters

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Scissor Sisters

A little bit electronic dance and a little bit pop with a big ol’ dose of glam rock, New York’s Scissor Sisters always put on a show that is every bit as colorful and kooky as you think it will be. This summer you can catch them across the US and Europe.

Tour dates and locations: http://www.scissorsisters.com/tour

 

 

 

Bonnaroo

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Bonnaroo

Where do we even start with the Bonaroo lineup this year? The complete list includes Eminem, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Primus, Ratatat, Neon Trees, Chiddy Bang, Loretta Lynn, and literally dozens of others. It’s kind of hard to believe. Take a look at the full lineup for yourself, then start making your travel plans to Manchester TN for the event June 9-12.

Concert lineup: http://www.bonnaroo.com/artists/2011.aspx

 

The Civil Wars

The duo that makes up The Civil Wars, Joy Williams and John Paul White, are relative newcomers on the scene. They met at a music conference in Nashville in 2008. Shortly thereafter, they were named ‘Best of What’s Next’ by Paste Magazine. Williams’ sweet, melodic voice over blue-grassy banjo and guitar riffs will definitely make for a chill, soothing show. You can also catch a select number of shows they’ll be playing with Adele. They’ll be on the east coast in May and the west coast in June.

Tour dates and locations: http://www.myspace.com/thecivilwars/shows

Adele tour dates and locations: Paste Magazine

 

 

Videos: Three Great Covers by Anna Calvi

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Anna Calvi is one of the most promising female performers to appear in the last six months — and her rise has been almost meteoric. London born- and -raised Calvi got her start playing music early, beginning with the violin, later switching to guitar. As a solo artist more or less from the start, she played around her home city for a few years, but never really fit into any prescribed scene. She was, after all, a singular female with an unorthodox playing style, an unusual voice, and an obsession with dark glamour and offbeat musical predecessors like David Bowie.

 

Anna Calvi

 

In an era of so much cookie-cutter music, though, this kind of strident individualism struck a chord with a certain breed of music fan, especially those in the fashion world.  Though Calvi shuns any kind of designer-focused style, she carefully chooses clothing as dramatic as her music, often appearing in frilly, men’s flamenco-style shirts.

 

This all added up to a self-titled first record this past January that debuted at number 40 on the U.K. charts. With its off-kilter song patterns and quavering, haunting guitar work, the success was well deserved. But beyond Calvi’s original compositions, she’s also known as an interpreter of other people’s songs, especially live. Here are three that are particularly striking.

 

“Sound and Vision,” originally by David Bowie

In this early, self-filmed YouTube video, Calvi attacked one of the greatest tracks by her idol Bowie in her attic, accompanied by a friend playing a squeezebox.

 

Anna Calvi onstage in London

“Jezebel,” originally by Edith Piaf

It takes definite guts to cover a song as renowned as Edith Piaf’s “Jezebel.” But not only did Anna Calvi do so, but she’s performed the song to rousing reactions in Paris.

 

 

 

“Joan of Arc,” originally by Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen songs cover a wide, moody emotional palette, making them particularly suited to Calvi’s introspective re-workings. Her tinkling, wavy guitar playing gives the song almost an aquatic effect in this clip, taken from a performance at Le Nouveau Casino in Paris.

 

Anna Calvi

 

 

Are Individual Band Shows Better than a Festival?

Although festivals are a great way to socialise with friends and see lots of bands, how many bands do you actually get to see? Getting a lot of people organised to move between tents and stages can be difficult and it is often easier to grab a beer and sit with friends relaxing. There will always be one or two bands that people must see but the rest of the day can become quite hazy with regards to filling your time. Festivals are great fun but for some people, they are all about a major act or two.

 

In recent years, more and more bands have been staging big events of their own and 2011 looks set to be no different. You have boy band Take That ruling stadiums all across the UK once again but bands like Arcade Fire and the Arctic Monkeys have also announced major outdoor shows for the summer. The prices for these one day events are usually comparable or cheaper when compared to the summer festivals but they also have a number of benefits.

Arctic Monkeys

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There is no need to camp

As these events are usually one day affairs, there is no provision for camping but that also means there is no need to sleep in a tent and no mud!

Festival Mud

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The majority of open air one-off gigs will take place in major cities which are accessible by public transport. If you stay in or near the city you can make it home to your own bed at the end of the night. If you do not stay near the city, there are plenty of hotel options to select which means you can at least grab a shower and get a good night’s sleep. In this regard, one of gigs are more enjoyable and comfortable than a festival held in a field in the middle of nowhere.

 

 

Returning to the idea that people turn up for festivals to see one or two bands, surely this type of event is better for these fans? With the headline act responsible for bringing in the majority of the crowd, it will be more likely that the support bands will be of a similar nature and will be more appealing to the people who will come along to the big gig. A festival may provide 100 bands to see but if the majority of them play music you do not like, they are not going to be of interest to you.

 

The focus will be on the headline act

These one off shows allow the music to be tailored towards a particular genre or fan, which should make the bill better value for money. It is also worth remembering that if a band is playing a one-off show near you, it is likely that they will not be performing at a festival near you, such is the way of contracts and exclusivity deals.

A headline slot at one of these shows should also allow the band to play for longer and to create the stage set-up in the way they want. This means that fans of the band will get better value for money and the stage set-up will be more tailored to the performance the band wants to give, something which does not always happen at a music festival. Festivals are great and they are always going to be around but if you like a particular band or musical genre, a more focussed one-off special gig may be much more appealing!

 

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