It’s rock ’n’ roll season as summer brings pop stars to the Bay Area 

Chart-topping pop stars past and present will shimmy across Bay Area stages this season, with something for everyone — both in and out of doors — slated in upcoming weeks. Even fans of bands with a doomsday outlook and Cookie Monster vocals have something to smile about.

Click the picture at the right to see a photo gallery of the artists.

SUNNY SIDE UP

Stern Grove Festival

Among the pop acts slated for the 74th season of The City’s popular free festival are Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on June 19; Neko Case on July 3, the English Beat on July 17 and Aaron Neville on Aug. 7. [2 p.m. Sundays June 19-Aug. 21, Sigmund Stern Grove, free]

Vans Warped Tour

Against Me!, Hellogoodbye, Lucero, A Day to Remember, Moving Mountains and Ask Alexandria are among the lineup. [11 a.m. July 2, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $45]

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

Muse, Girl Talk, Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, the Shins, MGMT, Arctic Monkeys, Beirut and the Decemberists are just a few of the multitude of bands scheduled to appear at this event’s fourth outing. [Aug. 12-14, Golden Gate Park, $199.50 and up]


BLAST FROM THE PAST

New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys

The question is whether or not fans still have their “I Heart Joey” buttons to wear to the concert. [7:30 p.m. July 2, HP Pavilion, $30-$105]

INXS, Berlin

The 1980s Australian pop rockers return on a double bill with iconic ’80s synth-pop heavyweights. [7:30 p.m. July 19, Mountain Winery, $69-$107]

KFOX’s Kihncert 2011

Old-school prog-rockers Styx and Yes co-headline the show, which also features appearances by Kansas and the Greg Kihn Band. [5:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $18-$79.50]

Sade

The enigmatic pop-soul act comes back to the stage for the first time in a decade. John Legend opens. [8 p.m. Aug. 25 at HP Pavilion; 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at Oracle Arena, $53-$179]


COUNTRY CLASSICS

Lucinda Williams

The evocative songwriter, a longtime critics’ darling, headlines a show featuring opener David Lindley. [7:30 p.m. June 25, Mountain Winery, $35-$69.50]

Dolly Parton

The brassy, bold singer songwriter doesn’t let her bedazzled denim and sequined leather get in the way of her excellent music. [7 p.m. July 24, Sleep Train Pavilion, $82.90-$235]

Toby Keith

Eric Church opens for the top-selling country star who came to fame in the 1990s. [7:30 p.m. Aug. 5, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $29.75-$90.75]


THE COOL KIDS

Matt and Kim

The infectious duo has an effortless gift for spreading its love of sing-along rock-pop guaranteed to make listeners smile.  [8 p.m. June 18, Fox Theater, $25]

Okkervil River

Vocalist Will Robison Sheff’s soulful vocals and a penchant for distortion-twinged folk have turned the band into indie icons. Rabble rousing punksters Titus Andronicus and Julianna Barwick also perform. [7:30 p.m. June 22, Fox Theater, $25]

Dr. Dog

The performer’s lo-fi psychedelia has grown into a captivating live performance. Billy and Dolly support the bill.  [7:30 p.m. June 28, Independent, $25]

Ty Segall

The artist’s captivating cocktail is a mix of 1960s pop, distorted surf guitar, garage rock and endearingly scratchy vocals. [9 p.m. July 2, Independent, $10]

Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile

The Sonic Youth legend co-headlines with Matador Records’ latest rising star. [8 p.m. July 26, Great American Music Hall, $22]

 

HEAVY METAL HITTERS

Origin

The death metalers show off virtuosic chops headlining the brutal night, which also includes Hate Eternal, Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn. [8 p.m. June 21, Slim’s, $19]

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

The all-day headbanging festival features Disturbed, Megadeath, Godsmack, Machine Head, In Flames and Trivium. [2 p.m. July 10, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $35.50-$75]

Summer Slaughter Tour

The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Dying Fetus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Six Feet Under and more perform. [3:30 p.m. July 29, The Fillmore, $39]

 

POP-TASTIC

Britney Spears

Brit Brit is making a comeback with her latest album “Femme Fatale,” which debuted on Billboard this year at No. 1. [7 p.m. June 18, HP Pavilion, $46.50-$374]

Rihanna

The chart-topping dance-pop songstress is back at the top of the charts with hit single “S&M.” Cee-Lo Green and J. Cole also perform. [7:30 p.m., June 30, Oracle Arena, $20.25-$115.80]

Katy Perry

Russell Brand’s bride has expanded on her perky pop aesthetic to territories more surreal and galactic with her single “E.T.” [7:30 p.m., Aug. 12, HP Pavilion, $45.25-$57.50]


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