Fortunately, before that annual rock ritual unfolds, there will be other opportunities to catch a diverse lineup of music without the risk of heatstroke. From mellow singer-songwriters to alternative rockers to arena-size pop acts, this month's calendar is, well, hot.
There's even the opportunity to see a
And most of the time you can leave the sunscreen at home.
Why it rocks: Singer-songwriter
Potential sour notes: As with more than a few Americana types, LaMontagne's understated material runs the risk of becoming boring in large doses.
Why it rocks: The
Potential sour notes: A lot of these heavily produced songs sound like a band more interested in imitating Coldplay than finding its own identity.
Why it rocks: Born and raised in
Potential sour notes: Is it possible to have the blues on a sunny summer afternoon? With wine in the mix?
Vans Warped Tour
Why it rocks: Yeah, the Vans Warped Tour is old enough to vote, but it maintains much of the genuine buzz and excitement that has been part of its DNA since the inaugural tour in 1995.
Potential sour notes: It's certain to be brutally hot on the shadeless fairgrounds in late July. Drink plenty of liquids and not the alcoholic kind.
Why it rocks: Pop duo MKTO --
Potential sour notes: The appeal of exuberant hits such as "Thank You" could be limited for the 14-and-older crowd. Yet the catchy melodies could be hard to resist, even for adults.
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