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Summer Concerts 2010: Rock and Pop Concert Rundown

May 30, 2010

June 4

LCD Soundsystem. The virtues of LCD Soundsystem — a surgeon's attention to detail, the pleasure of a slow-burning bass groove — are ageless. "This Is Happening," the third and reportedly final LCD Soundsystem record, perfectly executes singer James Murphy's ideas for disco-rooted rock. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $29.50. (323) 962-7600.

June 5

KROQ Weenie Roast. Local heroes Silversun Pickups, arena- emo mavens Paramore and the surprisingly faithful Sublime with Rome are a few highlights at the annual compendium of mainstream guitar rock. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 1 p.m. $45-$150. (949) 855-8095.

Maxwell. "BLACKSummers' Night" is full of meditative jams written on the continuum between ardor and heartache. But as genteel and deceptively traditionalist as is Maxwell's veneer, he's always been bent on taking urban music forward: he just takes obsessively careful, small steps. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 7 p.m. $29.50-$252.50. (213) 742-7340.

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. Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. June 5, 6:30 p.m. $22.50. (323) 464-0808. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. June 6, 9 p.m. $25. (213) 388-1400.

June 8

Health. Health is a ravenously ambitious quartet that walks a knife's edge between lacerating noise and uncannily pretty textures. Most pop fans would probably find about half of their new album, "Get Color," bordering on unlistenable. But if you look at a band's worth as its ability to create something new, then nobody else in Los Angeles even touches Health. The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $12-$14. (213) 413-8200.

June 11

The Glitch Mob. For much of their young career, the default setting of the L.A. electro trio the Glitch Mob could be summed up in the title of their popular mixtape: "Crush Mode." Built off skittish, compressed-to-death drum loops and Dre-inspired synthesizers that could saw through metal, the Glitch Mob redlined practically every mixing board they played through. Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. $22.50. (323) 464-0808.

June 11-12

Henry Rollins. L.A.'s patron saint of snide hardcore punk has become more of a mogul than musician in recent years. With a new KCRW radio show on his resume, his popular spoken-word nights are full of vim and vinegar. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $15. (310) 855-0350.

June 15

Woodsist Fest. Real Estate, Woods, Kurt Vile and Abe Vigoda are among the headliners at this catalog of scuzzy yet melodic and haunting indie rock, as curated by the much-touted and similarly-inclined band Woods. The Echoplex, 154 Glendale Blvd., L.A. 6 p.m. $10-$12. (213) 413-8200.

June 16

Sting. Reggae-rock's foremost purveyor, augmented with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, turns on the red light for a SoCal stint. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 6:30 p.m. $30.50-$201. (949) 855-8095.

June 19

daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra. In appreciation of the LA Opera's performance of the Ring Cycle, the daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra presents "Gangster Wagner," which combines the drama of the ring with the in-your-face reality of West Coast gangsta rap. California Plaza, 300-350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Free.

Country Throwdown. Old hands like Montgomery Gentry and young bucks like Jamey Johnson get equal billing at this rustic roadshow. Come early for the swagger and wry humor of the rising singer Eric Church. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 1 p.m. $15-$35. (949) 855-8095.

Powerhouse 2010. KPWR-FM's annual festival brings the heavy hitters of hip-hop ( Snoop Dogg), r&b (Ne-Yo) and wanton pop under one roof for a celebration of all that is insouciant teenagedom. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. 7 p.m. $60.45-$108.50. (714) 704-2500.

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. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. $38.50-$101. (323) 665-5857. /

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