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click to enlarge Bruno Mars plays the HP Pavilion this summer. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Bruno Mars plays the HP Pavilion this summer.

Every genre gets its due this season, from metal bands to flamboyant crooners, with big-name old-school reunions sprinkled throughout.


Justin Bieber

The increasingly androgynous pop sensation continues touring his 2012 album “Believe,” which has just been re-released as an acoustic album. [7 p.m. June 26, HP Pavilion, San Jose, $56.50-$109.50]

Bruno Mars

The top-40 pop artist rolls out the epic global “Moonshine Jungle” tour, doing his James Brown dance moves. Elie Goudling opens. [7:30 p.m. July 25, HP Pavilion, $41.50-$450]

Legends of the Summer: Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z

J.T. is riding high on the release of another smooth and slick album, “The 20/20 Experience,” while hip-hop giant Jay-Z is rumored to become a daddy again. This show is nearly sold out. [7:30 p.m. July 26, Candlestick Park, S.F., $69.90-$750]

Outside Lands

Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Yeasayer and Matt & Kim are just some of the big names at this weekend festival. [Aug. 9-11, Golden Gate Park, $249.50-$545.50]

The Beach Boys

The iconic 1960s California surfer band performs hits upon release of the album “Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour.” [7:30 p.m. June 9, Mountain Winery, $35-$95]

Lynyrd Skynyrd

The Southern rockers perform with Bad Company at “Bone Bash XIV.” Black Stone Cherry and Night Ranger open. [6 p.m. June 23, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $30-$95.90]

New Kids on the Block

The 1990s favorite tween pin-up band performs with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, often considered the most successful R&B act of all time. [7:30 p.m. July 7 and July 12, HP Pavilion, $37.75-$105.50]


James “Jimmy” Cotton

The 77-year-old blues harmonica master cut his teeth working with greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Sonnyboy Williamson. He performs with his Superharp band and Matt Guitar Murphy. [8 p.m. May 31; 8 and 10 p.m. June 1; 6 p.m. June 2, Yoshi’s Oakland, $28]



Pronounced “chk chk chk,” the dance-punk band from Sacramento celebrates the release of its fifth album, “THR!!!ER.” [9:30 p.m. today, Rickshaw Stop, $15-$20]

Mystery Jets

Always entertaining live, the British band hailing from Eel Pie Island picks up where the Libertines left off, making catchy skiffle-pop and well-crafted ballads. [9 p.m. June 1, Independent, $15]

Rufus Wainwright

The chanson-style singer-songwriter with a penchant for opera collaborated with uber-trendy DJ and producer Mark Ronson on his latest album, “Out of the Game.”  [8 p.m. June 9, Davies Symphony Hall, $36-$88]

They Might Be Giants

The indie-rock stalwarts and children’s book authors continue in a 1990s vein with notes of Built to Spill and Weezer on their latest album, “Nanobots.” [9 p.m. June 14, Warfield, $26-$36]

Huichica Music Festival

Jonathan Wilson and Fruit Bats perform opening night of this two-day festival, with Cass McCombs, The Donkeys, Damine Jurado, Blitzen Trapper and more performing Saturday. [7 p.m. June 14, noon June 15, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, $18-$90]

The Dandy Warhols

The tambourine-shaking psych-pop troubadours depicted as being in a perpetual duel with the Brian Jonestown Massacre in the documentary “Dig” are still a band. [9 p.m. June 15, Fillmore, $38]

Joseph Arthur

The brooding, multifaceted singer-songwriter and artist sometimes paints onstage. He returns to touring in 2013 with the release of his 10th album, “The Ballad of Boogie Christ.” [9 p.m. June 19, Chapel, $20-$25]

Camera Obscura

The Scottish band’s new fifth album, “Desire Lines,” continues on the rich, orchestral-twinged trajectory it started more than a decade ago, well before bands like Arcade Fire caught on. [8 p.m. June 19, Regency Ballroom, $22.50-$25]

She & Him

Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward reuniting to perform songs from their latest album, “Volume 3,” is cool — but even cooler is the fact that folk goddess Emmylou Harris is playing support with Rodney Cowell. Tilly and the Wall open. [7 p.m. June 22, Greek Theatre, $45]


The Montreal band creates elegiac electro-pop with haunting choruses. [9 p.m. June 26, Bottom of the Hill, $8-$10]

Rogue Wave

The Bay Area-based indie heroes return with their fifth album, “Nightingale Floors,” featuring Zach Rogue’s trademark yearning vocals and resplendent, shimmering choruses. [9 p.m. July 12-13, Independent, $20]


Vans Warped Tour

The annual punk, hardcore, post-hardcore, emo and screamo day festival returns with more than two dozen bands, including post-hardcore noisemakers The Amity Affliction, stalwarts Reel Big Fish and Hawthorne Heights. [11 a.m. June 22, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $45]

Killswitch Engage

The Boston metal band mixes emo with screamo, while support band As I Lay Dying has canceled due to troubles with the law. Miss May I and Affiance open. [7:30 p.m. June 25, Regency Ballroom, $27-$30]

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival

Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Beheamoth, Five Finger Deathpunch and Born of Osiris are the big names at this all-day metal festival. [1 p.m. June 30, Shoreline Amphi­theatre, $42-$93.50]

Summer Slaughter Tour

The Dillinger Escape Plan — known for edgy metal with stop-start syncopations and brainiac rhythms — headline the festival, which includes the infectious Norma Jean, AEON, Animals as Leaders, Cattle Decapitation and more. [3:15 p.m. July 19, Regency Ballroom, $30-$35]


America’s Cup Pavilion
Pier 27-29, S.F.
(800) 745-3000,

Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th St., S.F.
(415) 626-4455,

444 Jessie St., S.F.
(415) 625-8880,

Candlestick Park
490 Jamestown Ave., S.F.
(800) 755-3000

Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.
(415) 864-6000,

The Fillmore
1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.
(415) 346-6000,

Great American Music Hall
859 O’Farrell St., S.F.
(415) 885-0750,

Greek Theatre
2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley
(800) 745-3000,

Gundlach Bundschu Winery
2000 Denmark St., Sonoma
(707) 938-5277,

HP Pavilion
525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose
(800) 745-3000,

The Independent
628 Divisadero St., S.F.
(415) 771-1421,

Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga
(888) 929-7849,

Outside Lands
Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 25th Avenue and Fulton Street, S.F.

Regency Ballroom
1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.
(888) 929-7849,

Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St., S.F.
(415) 861-2011,

Shoreline Amphitheatre
1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View
(800) 745-3000,

982 Market St., S.F.
(415) 345-0900,

Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
(510) 238-9200,

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