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Music Matters

Five can't-miss summer concerts — and yes, one leaves me open for mocking

Five can't-miss summer concerts — and yes, one leaves me open for mocking

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros open for Dave Matthew Band at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Photo by Meredith Rainey
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Walk Off The Earth gained fame with a YouTube cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." Photo via Walk Off the Earth/YouTube
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys are on tour for the first time in more than 20 years.  Photo via The Beach Boys
The Gourds
The Gourds shouldn't be missed. Photo by Joe Ryan
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The sounds of Explosions in the Sky is more than just a nice back drop for Friday Night Lights. Photo by Nick Simonite
Austin Photo Set: News_Meredith_mumford and sons_play with Austin Hight_march 2012_edward sharpe
News_Five people play a guitar_Walk off the Earth
The Beach Boys
The Gourds
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Summertime is undoubtedly concert season, and — despite the sticky Houston heat — arguably the best time to see live music. Indoor venues offer free air conditioning! Outdoor shows afford cooling breezes! 

There is something for everyone on the concert calendar throughout May and June, but here are the five that I won't miss. 

Dave Matthews Band with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Yes, I know that I'm setting myself up for mockery here. And trust me, I'm as baffled by this pairing as you surely. But maybe it works? DMB has a cult following and, if we're being honest, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros kind of look a little cult-ish

Their tours converge for two Texas dates — one being at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on May 18. 

Walk Off The Earth

Will Walk Off The Earth's live performance be as compelling as that YouTube video that earned its members millions of views and so many kudos? That remains to be seen, and we'll be there to witness. 

The Canadian group plays the House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room on June 3. 

The Beach Boys

I grew up listening to the Beach Boys' surfer hits. The band's psychedelic albums proved formative in developing my college-age musical tastes. In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the group is reuniting for the first time in two decades. And while this reunion may not live up to their former glory, I'm a realist, and Brian Wilson will be there.

I can't think of a better way to enjoy the show than on the lawn, under the stars, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on June 8. 

The Gourds with Mary McBride

With catchy beats and twangy lyrics that showcase a sense of humor and a quick wit, the Gourds are endlessly entertaining — both live and on the radio.

And plus, who can resist a free show? June 14 at Discovery Green.

Explosions in the Sky

Explosions in the Sky has this cinematic instrumental music that never fails to entrance and mesmerize — whether at an expansive music festival or an intimate, hole-in-the-wall venue.

See them at ​Warehouse Live on June 17. 

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