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This Week’s Playlist: Summer Concerts in Austin

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 19, 2013

As May draws to a close, UT ends its 2013 session and temperatures begin to creep into the unbearable range, we are all forced to face the reality that summer is upon us. The good news? It’s summer concert season, when big shows hit the road filling concert venues around the city. This week’s Spotify playlist, Summer Concerts in Austin, is a look at some of the tours that will swing through town this summer. For this playlist we’re primarily featuring larger touring acts — we’ll include more club shows in our monthly lookaheads. In terms of time, we defined summer as the period between June 1 and October 1, because let’s face it folks, those are the long hot months ahead of us. Also, ACL Fest seems to mark the end of touring season, even beyond our city’s borders.

First the bad news, if you’re trying to see Mumford and Sons at the Austin360 Amphitheater, New Order at the Austin Music Hall or Fall Out Boy at Stubb’s, you’ll have to contact your local scalper. All of those shows are technically sold out.

So what’s good? If you missed LL Cool J serving jams from a giant Doritos machine during SXSW, he’ll be back at Stubb’s BBQ with a monster lineup including Public Enemy and De La Soul on July 2. Cyndi Lauper will also be at Stubb’s this summer doing the 30th anniversary tour for ‘She’s So Unusual’ on June 25. For more summer nostalgia head over to ACL Live for the Unity Tour featuring 311, Cypress Hill and G. Love and Special Sauce on July 26. And if you want to take it way back try Family Reunion 2013 with Gladys Knight and the O’Jays at ACL Live on August 2, the Monkees (seriously) at The Long Center on July 31 or Steely Dan at Bass Concert Hall on August 28.

For more new school sounds, pop/r&b upstart Bruno Mars will be at the Erwin Center on August 14, hip-hop artists Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky headline the Under the Influence of Music Tour at the Austin360 Amphitheater on July 25, and the next great British indie-pop hope Alt-J will be at Stubb’s on September 25.

Like a little more thrash in your summer sounds? Black Sabbath is at the Erwin Center on July 27 and Iron Maiden and Megadeth are at the Austin360 Amphitheater on September 10.

This is just the broad overview. For a more in depth look/listen, kick back and dig into our Summer Concerts in Austin spotify playlist.