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Summertime concerts that will leave you sweating

Whoa, Nelly, it's that time again, the summer concert season. You'd think that more bands would be forward-thinking enough to come visit us in the winter, rather than come sweat with us in the summertime, but every year they come, dragging us into the muggy streets to dance with them. At any rate, as you can see, summer is already shaping up to be quite entertaining. Support your local and touring concerts, because without you, they just can't happen. And then what would we do, read?

June 1 - Stereo Total, Carter Brown
(Proletariat)

This minimalist Berlin duo mixes their homemade-trash-garage sound with underground, authentic, amateurish and ironic political pop to create one of the most mind-blowing musical blends of the 21st century.

June 1 - The (International) Noise Conspiracy
(Mary Jane's Fat Cat)

Their new album, Armed Love, produced by Rick Rubin, is the band's heaviest effort so far, and that's saying a lot. They jam punk rock played like '70s hard rock, or the other way around, with lyrics straight from the heart and straight to the point.

June 1 - The Constants, Three Fantastic
(Super Happy Fun Land)

Drawing inspiration from Pink Floyd and the early, more psychedelic Yes records, the Constants explore ambient melody, odd-metered syncopations and rise-and-crash dynamics to create a punk rock version of '70s psychedelia.

June 1 - Peter Cincotti, Chris Botti
(Verizon Wireless Theater)

The New York Times called 21-year-old pianist-singer-songwriter Peter Cincotti a "proud pop-jazz throwback." That's "New York journalist" for "a little edgier than smooth jazz." His 204 release on Concord Records, On the Moon, included infectious twists on such classic pop and jazz standards as "I Love Paris," "St. Louis Blues" and "Some Kind of Wonderful." Critics across the country gave the album rave reviews.

June 3 - Downset, Ramallah, Blacklisted, Death Before Dishonor, Demean
(Mary Jane's Fat Cat)

It doesn't get more hardcore than this. Tonight come by Fat Cat's to stomp or get stomped.

June 6 - Collective Soul
(Verizon Wireless Theater)

After a four-year hiatus, Collective Soul seems to have recaptured the hunger and determination of an indie band just starting out, rather than an act that had 19 different singles reach the Billboard charts during a seven-year span. The band released its latest album, Youth , on its own El Music Group imprint.

June 7 - Internal Bleeding, Strong Intention, Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus, Kill the Client
(Mary Jane's Fat Cat)

With names like Internal Bleeding and Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus, these bands need little introduction. They're metal in its most extreme form.

June 7 - Acoustic Alchemy
(Sambuca)

Entering its 20th anniversary year, smooth jazz pioneers Acoustic Alchemy have a transatlantic membership and wide-ranging influences that make them a conduit for a myriad of sounds and textures.

June 8 - The Living Dolls
(Engine Room)

Rats, the debut CD from the Living Dolls, contains eight songs about broken hearts, relationships gone bad and letting go. Close your eyes and let yourself go, but be careful -- you never know when a winged, fire-breathing kitty cat is going to swoop down and incinerate you, or what a rat will whisper in your ear. Or so says their utterly confusing bio. Actually they are a pop-punk-psych band who really aren't that doll-like.

June 9 - The Roots, Floetry
(HUSH)

Ten years ago, the Roots set hip-hop on its ear by actually doing the live band thing right. These days, they're still trudging along on the road, pushing boundaries and rocking huge crowds. Their last show at Numbers was huge, with Jean Grae and Skillz sharing mike duties with vocalist Black Thought. Who knows what they'll pull out of their collective bag this time around.

June 10 - Mae, Jamison Parker, Days Away, The Academy Is...
(Mary Jane's Fat Cat)

Mae, an acronym for Multisensory Aesthetic Experience, is basically a semi-technical metal band with short-haired members who wear suits and tour with bands like A Simple Plan and Coheed and Cambria. On this, their day to headline, expect a full live show of musical madness coming at you from all angles.

June 11 - Electric Frankenstein, Drunken Thunder, the Black Novas
(Engine Room)

This high-energy punk-rock-n-roll show is a must-see for fans of real, raw, aggressive sounds that hark back to the musical heyday when rockers rocked and didn't have to be all pretty about it.

June 11 - Of Montreal, Tilly and the Wall, 8 Track Charade
(Mary Jane's Fat Cat)

Of Montreal's latest CD, The Sunlandic Twins, was recently released by Polyvinyl Records and is an indie pop masterpiece. Hailing from Athens, Georgia, a city with no shortage of indie popsters, they could be the next hip thing in rock and roll.

June 12 - Gipsy Kings
(Jones Hall)

The Gipsy Kings are largely responsible for bringing the sounds of contemporary flamenco, called sevillana in Spain, to the world. They combine their traditional songs with sounds from the Middle East, Latin America and North Africa, a hint of rock and loads of fun. And they're a powerhouse live.

June 13 - Low, No Wait Wait
(Engine Room)

Possibly the slowest of the slow-core rock bands of the mid-'80s, Low is still making the rounds. Steeped in the tradition of our own H-town hip-hop legend DJ Screw, Low takes instruments and sounds that should rock you into oblivion into a complete other direction, down a spiral staircase into your own personal opium den.

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