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Enough shows to keep concertgoers busy all season long

Jenny Lewis, Heartless Bastards

Warehouse Live

June 24

Coldplay come to town July 22 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
Coldplay come to town July 22 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

When Miss Lewis isn't fronting indie swooners Rilo Kiley, the fiery redhead and former child film star has her own twangy solo projects. She's currently touring behind her critically lauded solo album Acid Tongue, released just last fall.

Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood

Toyota Center

June 24

Clapton is still God. Even at 64 years of age, the man still manages to astound guitar students with his live work. Humans will still be deciphering his illustrious playing with Cream, Derek and the Dominos, and a monolithic solo career, until the sun burns out. Listen to "Layla" again if you don't believe us. If that doesn't convince you, congratulations on being an emotionless robot.

Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

June 30

Bob Ritchie, a.k.a. Kid Rock, is still riding high from his ridiculously successful "All Summer Long" single almost a year after its release. What better way to capitalize than with a headlining tour with Southern rock royalty Lynyrd Skynyrd? The Budweiser will no doubt be flowing all over The Woodlands like a busted dam.

"Vans Warped Tour" With Bad Religion, Flogging Molly, Shooter Jennings, Underoath

The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park

July 3

Each year, you can count on the Warped Tour to deliver solid bands, wicked sunburns and enough teen rebellion to fuel a rocket to the moon. With the floundering economy, tour founder Kevin Lyman scaled back the festivities. Fewer bands on tour will mean longer sets for groups in front of the sweaty throngs. For older bands like Bad Religion, this means longer career-spanning sets, and for newer bands, it's a chance to make an even bigger impression on the crowd.

Beyoncé

Toyota Center

July 4

What better way to celebrate our country's birthday than with Mrs. Jigga herself, Beyoncé Knowles? Lady B comes home to wow all the single ladies with songs from last year's massive I Am...Sasha Fierce. Who knows, maybe Shawn Carter will be sipping something strong backstage...

Aerosmith, ZZ Top

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

July17

This could be one of those shows where you might very well see three generations in one family rocking out in unison. Concerts as boogie- and raunch-fueled as this don't come through very often, and seeing that between both Aero and ZZ you have about 500 years of rock experience, we should be in able, if not shaky, hands.

Rise Against, Rancid

Verizon Wireless Theater

July 18

Two generations of punk rock converge on Bayou Place today as Rancid and Rise Against go head-to-head as duel headliners. Rancid has been lording over pits since the early '90s, and just recently released its first album of new material since 2003's Indestructible. Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath has a punk howl in him whose likes haven't been heard since the days when Henry Rollins used to testify in basements with Black Flag.

Coldplay

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

July 22

After selling a trillion copies of its four studio albums (not really, but awfully close), Britain's Coldplay has come into its own as one of rock's hugest acts. After enduring years of being backhandedly compared to U2 and Radiohead, folks are now discovering how powerful Chris Martin and company are in their own right.

Rod Stewart

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

July 24

Mr. Hot Legs has been shimmying onstage for close to 50 years, and the dude can still make even your Grandma get the vapors. He's found a way to climb back into our hearts, over the past decade releasing five albums chock full of his covers of some of music's most loved songs. We all may change, but his rooster haircut has stayed the same.

Judas Priest, Whitesnake

Verizon Wireless Theater

July 24

Leather-clad Rob Halford and the old crew are set to perform 1980's British Steel in its entirety today. Whitesnake will probably play "Here I Go Again" at least twice. No word yet whether Halford will be hitting up Montrose's premiere leather/Levi's club Ripcord after the show, but a boy can surely dream.

"Crue Fest 2" With Mötley Crüe, Godsmack, ­Hinder

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

August 8

For a second straight year, a group of men that should have rightfully been tagged and bagged two decades ago hit H-Town for a night of rock debauchery. Mötley Crüe brings this years "Crüe Fest" to order with fellow sleaze-tastic rockers Godsmack and Hinder in tow. A lot of guys' girlfriends will probably be backstage...

Green Day

Toyota Center

August 8

A generation removed from Dookie, Billie Joe, Tre and Mike bring their damaged rock opera spectacle to the massive confines of the Toyota Center. The band will be firing off cuts from their new 21st Century Breakdown full-length, along with nuggets from their already beloved catalog of anthemic punk singles and masturbatory odes.

"Mayhem Festival" With Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

August 15

This is the kind of show that would have made our mothers shudder for our eardrums — and our very souls — back in the day. Nothing much has changed, except the fact that we will be bringing fancy new earplugs. Manson has reunited with guitarist Twiggy Ramirez, delighting plenty of folks who grew up on Antichrist Superstar in the late '90s. And Slayer? Still as brutal and sadistically loud as ever.

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