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Detroit Free Press Brian McCollum column

July 3, 2013

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July 03--THURSDAY (July 4)

Counting Crows and the Wallflowers

This summer bill teams up two bands that hit big in the '90s by finding the fruitful zone where rootsy sounds, alt-rock and pop hooks all mingled. While the tour is officially a co-headlining affair, Counting Crows have been closing these shows, and will do the same for this Independence Day stop. 7 p.m., Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills. 248-377-0100. $26-$46.

SATURDAY (July 6)

Freddie Jackson

The "Rock Me Tonight" singer leads a nostalgic night of smooth R&B with Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson. 8 p.m., Chene Park Amphitheatre, 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. 313-393-7128. $27-$75.

Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls

If you had to distill the sound of 1990s pop-rock radio into a pair of voices, you could well go with Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas and Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik, whose vocals often seemed omnipresent across the airwaves in the Clinton era. Their multiplatinum days may be behind them, but these bands are by no means washed up: M20's "North" topped the U.S. album charts last fall, while the Goo Goo Dolls debuted at No. 8 last month with 10th album "Magnetic." Opening is Alaska-born singer-songwriter Kate Earl. 7 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at Exit 89, Clarkston. 248-377-0100. $25-$75.

Jimmy Eat World

Back at the turn of the century, Jimmy Eat World's penchant for incisive melodies and heart-on-sleeve lyrics helped the Arizona group become the emo world's first big breakout success. Whatever you might label the stuff now -- power pop, adult indie, just plain old pop-rock -- those winning elements are intact on the band's sophisticated eighth album, "Damage," released last month. This is Jimmy Eat World's first metro Detroit visit in three years. 7:30 p.m., Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. 248-399-2980. $28, $30.

MONDAY (July 8)

David Byrne and St. Vincent

St. Vincent is the nom-de-stage of Annie Clark, the New York musician whose eclectic resume has included stints with the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens' band. "Love This Giant," her 2012 collaboration with Talking Heads founder and thinking-man's-rocker David Byrne, landed strong reviews and has sent the duo on a year-long global tour. This brass-backed show will include a mix of both artists' solo material, Talking Heads songs and numbers from the new album. 8 p.m., Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. 734-668-8397. $65-$100.

Gigantour 2013

DTE is night four on this sixth edition of Megadeth's traveling metal fest, which brings a Dave Mustaine-picked lineup that includes Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society and Device, the new industrial-rock project from Disturbed's David Draiman. Also on the bill are HellYeah, Death Division and Newsted -- the new band founded by Battle Creek native Jason Newsted. Mustaine and Newsted -- both Metallica vets -- have said they'll link up onstage to play one of their former band's vintage songs. 4 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at Exit 89, Clarkston. 248-377-0100. $15-$75.

TUESDAY (July 9)

Dave Matthews Band

It's easy to take the group for granted these days, but DMB is still a touring machine, consistently playing to sellout crowds and grossing more than $1 million a night. The band's fluttery grooves have been a summer tradition for nearly two decades now; this tour follows last fall's "Away with the World," the band's eighth album and its reunion with producer Steve Lillywhite. 7 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at Exit 89, Clarkston. 248-377-0100. $75 pavilion, $40.50 lawn.

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