2012 Summer Guide: It's a Scorcher

A summer concert season to melt your face off.

Identity Festival, featuring Wolfgang Gartner, Excision, Paul Van Dyk, August 11, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Now in its second year, this traveling festival is capitalizing on the hot and heavy resurgence of electronic music and its kid brother dubstep. IdFest is a very well put together roadshow, and worth checking out if you haven't been into the blips and beeps since you sold your Fatboy Slim and Chemical Brothers discs for beer money.

Jason Mraz, August 12, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


Dig your feet into the sand, er, lawn of the pavilion up in The Woodlands for a night of cutesy rock jams from one of the dearest singer-songwriters to hit the industry since at least Tiny Tim. Jason Mraz is like catnip for girls, and usually makes boys shrug in confusion. Even still, we turn up the volume when his "I'm Yours" comes on the radio. Shut it.

Crosby, Stills & Nash, August 15, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

When David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash combine their voices onstage and on record, they make an almost angelic chorus of harmony. They now have almost six decades in the music industry under their collective belts, and any appearance by the group is a must-see event. Recent CS&N sets have included solo and Buffalo Springfield work from all three members, so it's also a history lesson.

Iron Maiden, Coheed & Cambria, August 18, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

New-school meets the old-school for this double bill, and there's a healthy love between the two. Both Maiden and Coheed put on arguably the most masterful live shows in metal today, making for a great value. Okay, that sounds a tad boring. Just come prepared to have your face melted off and bring money for merch.

Linkin Park, Incubus, MuteMath, August 28, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Linkin Park and Incubus, two of the titans of modern-rock radio in the early '00s, join forces for this Honda-sponsored tour, coming around these parts just as the long, hot summer begins to wind down and school starts up again. Incubus released one of the best albums of their career in If Not Now, When? last summer.

Kelly Clarkson, The Fray, Carolina Liar, September 7, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Miss Clarkson has another hit on her hands with last year's Stronger, yielding three hit singles and counting. She's managed to strike a chord with fans male and female with her catalog of work, including the stupidly catchy "Since U Been Gone."

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