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Got Taste in music?

We know what you're thinking: Taste of Chicago is great, but it can be overwhelming, especially when it's hot. You want to hear music that will put you at ease--and not put you to sleep--so take a deep breath, relax, and make the time to let these artists provide the soundtrack to your noshing.

• Start off the Taste with a little soul with The O'Jays June 30.

• No need to go way out yonder. Just enjoy the bluegrass/jam band sounds of Yonder Mountain String Band July 1.

• Independence Day at the Taste is a blast, with a solid triple bill of Ray Davies, My Morning Jacket and Mike Doughty.

• Feeling smooth? Anthony Hamilton sure is. Check out the R&B singer July 5.

• Get funky on July 7 with Macy Gray and Liquid Soul.

Matt Pais is the metromix music producer.

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