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Summertime concerts that will leave you sweating

June 15 - Kasabian
(Meridian)

Kasabian mixes a bit of the Stones, Happy Mondays and Primal Scream with DJ Shadow-influenced electronics. Named after Linda Kasabian, Charles Manson's getaway driver-turned-state witness, Leicester's Kasabian brings a new sound to the table.

June 16 - Old 97's
(Meridian)

One of the most popular bands in the alternative-country movement's rock-and-roll wing, Old 97's hail from Dallas and draw inspiration from classic country, rock, early punk and power pop.

June 16 - The Moody Blues
(Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)

One of the better R&B-based combos of the British Invasion, the Moody Blues are better known for their forays into psychedelia. These days they may look like a Las Vegas lounge act, but they still pack a mean punch behind their classics "Steal Your Heart Away" and "Go Now."

June 17 - Keane, Regina Spektor
(Verizon Wireless Theater)

Hailing from Battle, East Sussex, England, Keane is leading the new British invasion. They cite Oasis, U2 and the Beatles as major influences, and you'll hear pieces of them all in their tunes.

June 23 - Skinless, Misery Index, With Passion
(Mary Jane's Fat Cat)

Longtime New York grindcore (that's death metal times ten) purveyors Skinless are still stomping away after 13-plus years of grinding out some of the heaviest of metal. Another stomper.

June 23 - Fishbone, Slightly Stoopid
(Engine Room)

The hottest, most innovative ska-punk band of the '80s joins forces with the goofiest parody of said music to come out in the '90s. At any rate, this could be the most fun show of the summer, as both bands really know how to get you on your feet.

June 24 - The Varukers, Clit 45, Scarred for Life
(Mary Jane's Fat Cat)

Mary Jane's Fat Cat is a metal club?! This summer it seems it just may be. The Varukers play punk-influenced, snot-nosed metal with an attitude. Once again, you might get stomped.

June 24 - Marc Broussard
(Meridian)

The son of Boogie Kings guitarist Ted Broussard, Lafayette, L.A.'s Marc Broussard was destined for a life as a music man. Combining an affinity for R&B alongside the traditional Cajun sounds of his home, he draws equal parts Otis Redding and Brian McKnight, alongside a sound similar to John Hiatt's or Dr. John's.

June 25 - Vans Warped Tour '05, featuring Avenged Sevenfold, the Explosion, Matchbook Romance, Strike Anywhere, the Offspring, Atreyu, From First to Lost, Dropkick Murphys, Hidden in Plain View, A.N.I.M.A.L., Bedouin Sound Clash, Fall Out Boy, the Starting Line, Plain White Ts, Senses Fail, Billy Talent, All-American Rejects, the Unseen, Silverstein, Hawthorne Heights, Another Damn Disappointment, Honchie, J4, Max Cady, Zero Syndrome, MCR, Same Day Service, the Bled, Murdocks, Minority, No Use for a Name, Mourning Maxwell, Stutterfly, Strung Out, the Transplants, Tsunami Bomb, the Fabulous Rudies, MxPx, the Twenty Twos, Underoath, Thrice, Valient Thorr, the Matches and more
(Reliant Park)

Punk-rock it on down at the football field. Don't worry about descriptions for all these bands. Basically you're gonna power punk yourself right out at this one.

June 25 - Pansy Division, Rachel Sage, Sarah Pinkster & the Stalking Horses, Sophie B. Hawkins
(Houston Pride Festival)

With selections way more hip than a lot of our other festivals around town, the Houston Pride Festival seems to be bringing something for everyone. The power-pop punk of Pansy Division meets the singer-songwriter musings of Sophie B. Hawkins. Wow.

June 26 - Buckwheat Zydeco
(Hobby Center for the Performing Arts)

He's Buckwheat, dammit! Respect that. Houston is no stranger to this zydeco accordion pioneer from the swamps of Louisiana, who is guaranteed to rock the house.

June 29 - Alanis Morissette, Jason Mraz
(Jones Hall)

Something tells us that tonight is gonna get real emotional. Think light rock with an expressive edge.

July 4 - Clint Black, LeAnn Rimes
(Buffalo Bayou Park)

Clint Black kicked off the mass-market popularity of commercial country music back in the early '90s, but we won't hate him for that. He's actually one hell of an energetic songwriter who eschews all rules and brings equal parts pop and rock into his mix.

July 5 - Eisley, Lovedrug, Pilotdrift
(Meridian)

Eisley is one of the hottest bands in the Dallas area. The Tyler, Texas, natives won Best New Band in the 2003 Dallas Observer music poll and have toured with acts like Coldplay and Ron Sexsmith.

July 8 - David Allan Coe
(Sam Houston Race Park)

One of the pioneering artists of the outlaw country movement of the '70s, Coe is a country-music cult figure.

July 9 and 10 - Alkaline Trio
(Engine Room)

This power-punk trio is gaining steam and getting big enough to merit two nights at the Engine Room.

July 15 - Cross Canadian Ragweed
(Sam Houston Race Park)

One of the hottest alt-country-rock bands in Texas, this relentless touring machine returns to Houston, one of its favorite cities, to rock the Sam Houston Race Park. They'll make you forget about all the money you lost.

July 16 - Easy Action
(Engine Room)

One of the hardest rock bands on the planet, Detroit's Easy Action is a raw, trashy combo. They're fronted by former Negative Approach/ Laughing Hyenas vocalist John Brannon, and you'll want to bring earplugs, as his primal scream has been known to pierce brains.

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