Sounds of Summer

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Foster the People, a trio from Los Angeles, is one of many bands that will perform at the Outside Lands music festival.

With the end of school comes vacation, and concerts are a summer must.
Whether it’s relaxing with friends or simply listening to quality music, concerts provide everyone with a unique and entertaining experience.
This summer, the Bay Area has a loaded lineup that has something for just about everyone. Hopefully if the weather is warm, it will be perfect to grab that picnic blanket and sunscreen and get prepared for a musically exceptional summer.

Outside Lands
Date: August 10-12
Location: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Last year the Rolling Stones called the Outside Lands Music Festival “one of America’s best.” This is no surprise considering the number and variety of artists performing at the festival.
This year Outside Lands’ lineup caters to fans of every music genre. For dubstep fans, Skrillex will be making his first appearance in the Bay Area.
In addition to featuring more contemporary acts such as Jack White and the Foo Fighters, the festival will also host classic artists such as Metallica, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.
The festival will also spotlight some rapidly-rising bands such as Fun and Of Monsters and Men.

Rock the Bells
Date: August 25-26
Location: Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View
Rock the Bells, one of the most anticipated hip-hop concerts of the year, will for the first time be a two-day event lead by artists Kid Cudi, Nas and J. Cole. With DMX headlining the festival this year, Rock the Bells has added Eve, Jadakiss, Future and Pusha T to its lineup. Also debuting will be the self-taught, Pennsylvania-based rap artist Mac Miller.Foster the People
Date: June 29
Location: Greek Theater, Berkeley

Primarily known for their popular hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” the Los Angeles based trio Foster the People is one of the most well-known bands of the indie pop movement. Their 2011 album, “Torches,”received two Grammy nominations for “Best Alternative Album” and “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.”

In addition to the viral success of “Pumped up Kicks,” other popular songs include “Helena Beat” and “Call It What You Want.” Mayer Hawthorne and the County will open the concert.

Sublime with Rome
Date: July 22
Location: Greek Theater, Berkeley
A collaboration between drummer Eric Wilson and bassist Bud Gaugh produced Sublime with Rome, a band known for its reggae-influenced music.
Singer Rome Ramirez adds a laid-back, Jamaican feel to the groove of the band’s hit “Yours Truly.” Their popular songs include “Take it or Leave It,” “Lover’s Rock” and “Same Old Situation,” which highlight the breezy, reggae style of the band.
Other groups that will be performing at the concert are the South Gate hip-hop group Cypress Hill, the two-man San Diego-based band Pepper and HB Surround Sound.

Date: June 28
Location: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
Avicii, otherwise known as Tim Bergling, is a Swedish DJ, record producer and remixer. His hit single “Levels” swept the electronic and house genre into full gear.
“Levels,” although self-written, takes inspiration from “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.”
With his remixes, Avicii adds a new flair to classic songs. Some examples include his remixes of “All You Need is Love” and “Avicii vs. Madonna — Girl Gone Wild.”

Date: June 30
Location: Fox Theater, Oakland
Keane, an English alternative rock band, is unique in its use of the piano as its primary instrument.  In doing so, Keane has transitioned from a largely piano rock sound to an electronic sound.
“Strangeland,” an album that the band released in May of this year, has lyrics which focus on the different choices and paths people take in life. This is its fifth consecutive number one album on the UK Album Charts.
The concert’s lineup will include the English band Mystery Jets as well as the indie rock California-based band Kiev.

Dirty Projectors
Date: July 27
Location: Fox Theater, Oakland
The Dirty Projectors are a classic American rock band. “Swing Lo Magellan,” its album set to release on July 10, is based off of their single “Gun Has No Trigger.”
This album has a more haunting vibe, as composer David Longstreth wanted to mirror his feelings of the harsh winter when isolated in places such as the Delaware County and New York. Wye Oak, a Baltimore folk rock duo, will open.