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The Cheat Sheet: Summer Concerts

The Cheat Sheet: Summer Concerts
Roll over photos for a quick look at the summer concert season. Click here for the complete listings.
Rock & Pop
  • June 5-6: The XX
  • June 20: Erykah Badu
  • June 26: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
  • July 16: MGMT
  • Sept. 18: Phoenix
Festivals
  • June 25-26: Electric Daisy Carnival
  • July 10: Lilith Fair
  • July 17: Hard LA.
  • Aug. 21-22: Sunset Junction
  • Sept. 4: FYF Fest
Superstars
  • June 16: Sting
  • July 21: Rihanna
  • Aug. 11: Lady Gaga
  • Aug. 21, 23: Dave Matthews Band
  • Sept. 23, 25: Muse
Jazz
  • June 12-13: The Playboy Jazz Festival
  • July 28: Count Basie Orchestra
  • Aug. 13-15: Long Beach Jazz Festival
  • Aug. 15: Vijay Iyer
  • Sept. 1: Herbie Hancock
June 5-6: The XX
The XX is a young British band whose self-titled debut is a quiet, 3 a.m. (eternal) masterpiece of smokey restraint. Singer-guitarist Romy Madley Croft looks like a young Alison Moyet and picks at her guitar with intent; bassist Oliver Sim moves to and from the mic with casual grace, and percussionist Jamie Smith pokes at vintage synthetic beat boxes using his fingers as drumsticks.

Photo credit: Associated Press
June 20: Erykah Badu
Neo-soul's reigning weirdo is on her second installment of her "New Amerykah" series, this one a little more rooted in organic instrumentation than digital wonkery. Live, she's a hypnotic, riveting performer full of righteous rage and deep-rooted feeling. Janelle Monae opens.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times
June 26: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
"I Learned The Hard Way" is the latest album from the airtight soul crew, who pulls from vintage Stax and Motown yet never fails to sound wholly modern and fresh. Jones is a firecracker of a vocalist and performer that proves vitality knows no age in music.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times
July 16: MGMT
Don't hold your breath waiting for the Brooklyn duo to play their 2007 sleeper hit, "Kids." They skipped it at this year's Coachella in favor of "Congratulations," their now-experiment with prog rock.

Photo credit: Associated Press
Sept. 18: Phoenix
Phoenix, with the Grizzly Bear and Girls. The Bowl kicks off a virtual "indie week" with French rock stars Phoenix, which has gradually built its stateside fanbase to become one of the biggest guitar bands in America. Openers are indie barbershop quartet Grizzly Bear and San Francisco pop rock masters Girls.

Photo credit: Associated Press
June 25-26: Electric Daisy Carnival
L.A. has become possibly the most fertile new soil for techno festivals today, and Electric Daisy has deep roots in it. Moby, Deadmau5, Armin Van Buuren and Groove Armada headline this installment.

Photo Deadmau5. Credit: Los Angeles Times
July 10: Lilith Fair
The '90s showcase of women in music returns after an extended hiatus with a genre-defying lineup of musicians from every walk of life, style and age group, including Norah Jones, Mary J. Blige, Loretta Lynn, Heart, Gossip, Erykah Badu, Cat Power and Emmy Lou Harris.

Photo: Cat Power. Credit: Los Angeles Times
July 17: Hard LA
This year's festival boasts its most buzz-worthy lineup in recent memory with rap-rave Internet sensations Die Antwoord, local Low End Theory guru Flying Lotus, Sleigh Bells, N.E.R.D. and headliner M.I.A.

Photo: Sleigh Bells. Credit: Los Angeles Times
Aug. 21-22: Sunset Junction
The annual Silver Lake street fest has a retro-look in 2010, with local soul-influenced acts Mayer Hawthorne and Fitz and the Tantrums among the early bookings. Also on the bill: the Ohio Players, the Whispers and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times
Sept. 4: FYF Fest
One of the best underground rock festivals in the country returns to the downtown LA State Historic Park with a two-day festival of hardcore punk, spazzy electronic, noise and indie. Line-up and ticket pricing to be determined, but rest assured it'll pack a wallop for hipsters on a limited budget.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times
June 12-13: The Playboy Jazz Festival
The 32nd annual summer music party returns, with performances by Chick Corea, George Benson, Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Hutcherson, the Manhattan Transfer and more.

Photo: Esperanza Spalding. Credit: EPA
July 28: Count Basie Orchestra
The Bowl thinks big with this date headlined by the long-running jazz institution, which also features large ensembles led by the reliably adventurous bassist Dave Holland and trumpeter Dave Douglas.

Photo: Dave Douglas. Credit: Los Angeles Times
Aug. 13-15: Long Beach Jazz Festival
Three days of crowd-pleasing jazz and R&B with Boney James, Dave Koz, the Original Jazz Crusaders featuring Joe Sample, Marcus Miller with Christian Scott and more.

Photo: Christian Scott. Credit: EPA
Aug. 15: Vijay Iyer
A fiery, gifted improviser who topped a number of year-end lists with his 2009 album "Historicity," this pianist is equally comfortable with his own knotty originals as he is with inside-out covers of artists ranging from M.I.A. to Andrew Hill.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times
Sept. 1: Herbie Hancock
Seven Decades The ever-restless jazz giant celebrates his 70th birthday with guests from across the musical spectrum, including Wayne Shorter, the Allman Brothers Band's Derek Trucks and others.

Photo credit: Getty Images
June 16: Sting
Reggae-rock's foremost purveyor, augmented with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, turns on the red light for a SoCal stint.

Photo credit: Associated Press
July 21: Rihanna
The good girl gone bad seems to have fully recovered from her rough passage with Chris Brown and the media aftermath. Her new tour is showing off a harder, sexier edge with symbolism that can't be lost on anyone -- think riding in on a hot pink army tank.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Aug. 11: Lady Gaga
Few are as ambitiously odd as Lady Gaga, at least when it comes to fashion. But what her tunes lack in weirdness they make up for with high-gloss hooks. Expect a spectacle, as live concerts from this chart-topper border on performance art.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times
Aug. 21, 23: Dave Matthews Band
The jam band's recent "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" failed to win the Grammy for album of the year, but it did provide a streamlining of the band's sound.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times
Sept. 23, 25: Muse
Huge British prog rock band Muse takes over downtown after a successful star-turn at Coachella. Openers Passion Pit also tore up Coachella, and, combined, this promises to be a fist-pumping, brain-noodling rock rollercoaster.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times
Penelope Cruz
Last year's Oscar winner for supporting actress for her comedic turn in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," the 35-year-old Spanish superstar picks up her second nod in this category for another broad performance, this time as Carla, the highly emotional mistress of a movie director. A muse of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, Cruz received her first Oscar nomination for lead actress for his 2006 drama "Volver." -- Susan King

Photo credit: The Weinstein Company
Vera Farmiga
As Alex Goran, the sexy executive who romances a corporate downsizer, the 36-year-old Farmiga earns her first Oscar nomination for supporting actress. Critics first took notice of Farmiga in the 2004 independent drama "Down to the Bone." She also starred in the 2006 Oscar-winning best film "The Departed." -- Susan King

Photo credit: Paramount Pictures
Maggie Gyllenhaal
The 32-year-old Gyllenhaal earns her first Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role as Jean Craddock, a single mother and freelance journalist who falls in love with a boozy country singer. Gyllenhaal, who leans toward small dramas, did appear in the 2008 blockbuster "The Dark Knight." She had until now been overlooked this awards season for her work in the drama. -- Susan King

Photo credit: Fox Searchlight
Anna Kendrick
The 24-year-old Broadway musical performer received her first supporting nomination for her role as a young, tightly wound corporate employee in the Jason Reitman-directed film. Kendrick, who is known as Jessica Stanley to "Twilight" fans, has earned nominations from critics' groups for her complex and funny performance, as well as for the Critics' Choice, Golden Globe and SAG award. -- Susan King

Photo credit: Paramount Pictures
Mo'Nique
The 42-year-old stand-up comedian, actress and talk-show host is the odds-on favorite to win the supporting actress Oscar for her role as Mary, the abusive, lazy mother of a pregnant teen. Her nomination comes on the heels of receiving an overwhelming majority of critics' awards, including honors from Los Angeles, New York and the National Society of Film Critics. She also received the Critics' Choice, Golden Globe and SAG award. -- Susan King

Photo credit: Lionsgate Films
Matt Damon
The popular star of the "Bourne" thrillers earns his first Academy Award nomination in the supporting actor category as South African rugby star Francois Pienaar. Damon was nominated 12 years ago for lead actor for the drama "Good Will Hunting" and won an original screenplay Oscar with Ben Affleck for that film. -- Susan King

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Woody Harrelson
The 48-year-old actor came to fame 25 years ago on the classic NBC sitcom "Cheers" as the naively sweet bartender Woody. Since the series left the air in 1993, he's appeared in numerous films, including 1996's "The People vs. Larry Flynt," for which he received a lead actor Oscar nod. In his current war-time drama, Harrelson plays a hard-bitten soldier assigned to combat death notification detail. Harrelson won the National Board of Review award. -- Susan King

Photo credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Christopher Plummer
The elder statesman among the nominees this year, the 80-year-old Canadian actor receives his first Oscar nomination for his performance as Russian writer Leo Tolstoy in the period drama. Plummer, who made his film debut in 1958's "Stage Struck," is best known as Capt. Von Trapp in the 1965 best picture winner, "The Sound of Music." -- Susan King

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics
Stanley Tucci
The versatile character actor, 49, garners his first Oscar nomination as supporting actor for his role as George Harvey, the murderer of a teenage girl. Tucci has received numerous nominations for his performance in the Peter Jackson-directed thriller, including Critics' Choice, Golden Globe and SAG award. -- Susan King

Photo credit: Paramount-Dreamworks Studios
Christoph Waltz
The 53-year-old Austrian has left the competition in the dust this awards season, winning practically every honor possible for his chillingly delicious performance as the vicious Nazi Col. Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's World War II epic. Waltz has won the Critics' Choice, Golden Globe and SAG award. Numerous critics' organizations have also named him best supporting actor, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., National Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Circle. -- Susan King

Photo credit: The Weinstein Company
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