Summer in the Bean

BY KEVIN DIFFILY // MAY 1, 2012 // 

For music fans living in the Boston area this summer, there are quite a few exciting events that will be taking place in the city.

The Paradise Rock Club (located on Boston University’s campus) will be hosting Rhode Island-based folk/country/indie group Deer Tick on Friday, June 16, and Fountains of Wayne (yes, that’s the “Stacy’s Mom” band) on Friday, June 29.

The House of Blues (located across the street from Fenway Park) will play host to British indie rockers The Kooks on Saturday, May 26, ska-punk legends Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish on Wednesday, June 20, Swedish garage band The Hives on Saturday, June 23, and longtime punk rockers The Bouncing Souls on Saturday, August 4.

Dee Snider, of 80’s hair metal band Twisted Sister, is performing at Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA, on Thursday, May 24. The venue also plays host to The Machine (a tribute to Pink Floyd) on Friday, June 1, as well as Satisfaction (a Rolling Stones cover band) on Saturday, August 11.

Royale (located in the theater district, near Chinatown and Emerson College) will host melodic hardcore outfit Thrice on Saturday, May 26.

The Middle East (located in Cambridge, a couple blocks away from the Central Square Red Line stop) plays host to Motion City Soundtrack on Saturday, June 30, surf guitar legend Dick Dale on Thursday, July 19, and of course the weekly installment of “Throwed,” the electro/dubstep dance party hosted every Tuesday night. The Middle East also has countless shows for local and underground bands, most of which are well worth the price of admission.

Some of the larger-scale events that will occur this summer include Avicii on Sunday, June 15, Neil Diamond on Monday, June 23, Aerosmith at TD Garden on Tuesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 19, and Coldplay on July 29 and July 30, all at the TD Garden.

The Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., has large-scale acts all summer, including (to name a few) Radiohead on Tuesday, May 29, Summer Jam featuring Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Big Sean on Saturday, June 2, Dave Matthews Band on Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6, Drake on Saturday, June 17, Vans Warped Tour (featuring Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, Streetlight Manifesto, All Time Low, and Yellowcard, amongst many others) on Thursday, July 19, Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller on Wednesday, August 1, and Mayhem Fest (featuring Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying and Asking Alexandria) on Friday, August 3.

Other shows will be added at each of these venues over the course of the next few weeks, so keep checking each venue’s website for updates. It looks to be a summer chock-full of concerts in the Boston area, whether you prefer small club shows or arena shows.

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