Here are our eight most anticipated concerts of the summer, spanning a range from pop to hip-hop to noise to R&B. If nothing here rings your bell, peruse our Calendar music listings for so many more options.
The Claypool Lennon Delirium Caught with a rare mutual moment of free time between their myriad projects, bassist Les Claypool (Primus) and polymath Sean Lennon got together at Claypool's house and started casually jamming out "old school psychedelic prog." Pleased with the results, they recorded the songs that would became Monoliths of Phobos and decided to take the show on the road. 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Beacham, $30-$45
Justin Bieber It doesn't even matter what I say about this show, but here goes. By the time of the Orlando date, Bieber is going to be a total fucking machine, as the worldwide tour for his new album Purpose will have been steamrolling teenage dreams since March. It's his first extended tour in three years, and though the set will be Purpose-heavy, he does bust out "Baby" and apparently even plays both guitar and drums during varying points in the evening. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Amway Center, $47.50
Kool Keith Cult hip-hop legend Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs, Rhythm X, Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, etc.) has been a Zelig-like figure in popular music for over two decades, always changing and innovating, but avoiding the harsh glare of mainstream appeal. He is one of the most singular and entertaining performers in hip-hop, so don't miss the only Florida show of his tour.
9 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Will's Pub, $16-$20
State-of-the-art grindcore madness is what the Michigan-based punk band Cloud Rat deal in. The guitar/drums/vocals (NO bass) trio has released four lightspeed albums and nearly as many EPs and splits in their brief five-year run; vocalist Morgan is already establishing herself as one of the great grind screamers.
8 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Uncle Lou's, $8
Guns N' Roses
Will they? Won't they? Although a good deal of the intrigue around this concert is speculation about whether GNR will even show, how many "original members" they'll be down to, or if Axl will still be confined to his guitar throne, there's no doubt that if they stick to early material, this one will be memorable.
8 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Camping World Stadium, $60
On the exact same night as the GNR extravaganza, you could opt for a very different take on musical heaviness with the double bill of Earth and Japanese avant-garde metal band Boris. In 1989, Dylan Carlson began his drone project Earth, whose early albums influenced everyone from Nirvana to Sunn0))). Carlson now leads Earth in more cinematic, ornate directions but still with the same glacial pacing.
8 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Social, $20
R&B and neo-soul icon Maxwell spent the last three years working on his eagerly anticipated blackSUMMERS'night opus, which left a Maxwell-shaped void in the popular music landscape. That's all over now, as the Man has shut down his lab, wrapped the album and is ready for an extended summer tour. August just got that much more sultry.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Walt Disney Theater, $45
Ava Mendoza and Jessica Pavone
A rare pairing from two new titans of experimental/improvised music, this double bill of guitarist Ava Mendoza and violist/violinist/bassist Jessica Pavone promises to be a mind expander. Whether in countless collaborative ventures or individual sonic excursions, each has carved out her own distinctive aesthetic. Close out the summer with some adventurous listening.
7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Gallery at Avalon Island, donations encouraged