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23 concerts to take in this summer

If throwbacks, patio lanterns, sweaty dance parties and robotic rodents are music to your ears—you’re in luck!

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June 16
Holy Fuck w/JOYFULTALK, Wet Paint
Don't believe the censored Facebook event, it's not Holy Firetruck, it's Holy Fuck. And if you can't handle a swear then you probably can't handle the dance-inspired rock that Holy Fuck provides.  The Marquee Ballroom 2037 Gottingen Street, 9pm-1am, $15, tickethalifax.com

June 17
Backlot Bash w/The Sheepdogs, Port Cities, Garrett Mason Band, The Royal Volts
Canada's good ol' boys flood your ears with Southern-via-Saskatoon blues rock. Start growing your hair (all of it) now. Halifax Seaport, behind Garrison, 1096 Marginal Road, 5:30pm-11pm, $35-$40, tickethalifax.com

OUT OF TOWN
June 17
Burton Cummings w/Jimmy Rankin
Part of Bridgefest 150, Burton Cummings makes his now basically yearly trip out east to play some hits that you know and love (or at least your mom knows and loves). Credit Union Place, 511 Notre Dame Street, Summerside, PEI, 8pm $53-$81, ticketmaster.ca

June 28
The Warmth of the Sun
Stewart Legere, Rich Aucoin, Tara Thorne and other local golden vocal chords sing songs about the sun and why we like it for Zuppa Theatre's annual fundraiser (#10!). Might I suggest first a quick PowerPoint reminding us what the sun is, what it looks like and how it feels? The Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Road, 7:30pm-10:30pm, $35 tickethalifax.com

June 28
Akon w/Trey Carter OG Boo Dirty, Tone Tone
Glory to those who have their tickets, else you will not hear Akon's classics like "Lonely" and "I'm So Paid" and be able to enjoy the #tbt vibe of the whole thing.   Pacifico, 1505 Barrington Street 7pm-2am, sold out, universe.com

July 1
Adam Baldwin
Baldwin brings his straight-shooting Bruce Springsteen cosplay to the Marquee on this, the most Canadian of days. The beer will taste so good, and the denim will feel so right.  The Marquee Ballroom 2037 Gottingen Street, 10pm-1am $23-$28, sonicconcerts.com

July 1
Deadmau5 w/Reeny Smith, Matt Mays, Ashelin, Isabelle Ouellet
While you're waiting for your red and white maple leaf face paint to dry you might as well enjoy a Grammy-nominated international progressive house superstar on the Common for free right? That's what I thought. It's followed by fireworks, so time your dosing correctly. Halifax Common, 2037 Gottingen Street, 5pm-11:30pm, free

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July 8
The Zombies
The harmonies that break your brain, the organ solos that melt your face, the bizarre choice of leather blazers for 70-year-old men, there is no band like The Zombies. They are the kings.   Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Showroom, 1983 Upper Water Street, 8pm, $60-$70, ticketatlantic.com

July 13
Dan Mangan and friends
Canadian indie rock's friendly uncle stops by ever so briefly, to play a sold out house show along with the Good Lovlies, Andrew Sisk and Corey Isenor. Sorry if you're only hearing about this now. Follow The Syrup Factory to stay in the loop for future events. The Syrup Factory, 7pm, sold out

OUT OF TOWN
July 13
Loverboy
If you love Mike Reno's voice (OK) enough to drive out to Moncton to hear "Working For the Weekend" live (hmm) then here's a midsummer concert just for you. They come here a lot though, so put that on your pros and cons list.   Casino New Brunswick, 21 Prom Casino Drive, Moncton, 8pm, $30-$40, tickets-ca.ticketfly.com

OUT OF TOWN
July 14
Rawlins Cross
These Celtic party-bringers will have you reeling and rolling on the dance floor. A lobster supper beforehand is a must.   The Shore Club, 250 Shore Club Road, Hubbards, 10pm-11:30pm, $35-$40, eventbrite.ca

July 21
TWRP w/The Brood
TWRP was from here and now the futuristic quartet tours the world in suitably bizarre outfits. It's comedy, it's a dance party, it's a spectacle.   The Seahorse Tavern 2037 Gottingen Street, 10pm-1am $18, tickethalifax.ca

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July 27
Tegan and Sara w/Japanese Breakfast
Indie twins have earned a Grammy-nomination and the hearts of most people with ears. The likelihood is high of this selling out, if my Spidey sense means anything at all (it doesn't).   Rebecca Cohn, 6061 University Avenue, 8pm-11pm, $50 sonicconcerts.com

July 27
Kim Mitchell

I just have one question for the soda-wild party-patio lantern guy: WE CALL IT POP HERE WHO MADE YOU SAY SODA? I'll kill 'em myself.   Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Showroom, 1983 Upper Water Street 8pm, $35, ticketatlantic.com

July 29
Headstones

Touring a new album called Little Army, Headstones' alt-rock begs you to arrive on your hog wearing your Misfits shirt. Will you heed the call?  The Marquee Ballroom 2037 Gottingen Street, 9pm $33-$38, sonicconcerts.com

July 29
Joel Plaskett and Port Cities on Georges Island

One reason Joel Plaskett loves this town is probably that it allows him to do cool things like play to thousands on a little snake-infested island in the middle of the harbour. This uber-summery, 19+ showcase of east coast sweethearts starts at 11am, with ferries crossing all day.   Georges Island, 11-5pm, $35 (VIP $75), tickethalifax.com

July 29
Yukon Blonde on the beach

This delightful excuse to hang in Hubbards, which is FREE BY THE WAY, comes thanks your your hyped up friends at Red Bull, who don't just give you wings—but summer memories, too. Claim your spot before it's too late.   Hubbards Beach, RSVP at redbull.ca/yukonblonde

OUT OF TOWN
July 30
Broad Cove Rockabilly Picnic

Featuring music from The Wicked Deadlys and The Flat Hill Roadbillies, rockabilly costumes, an Elvis impersonator contest, vintage cars, dunk tank, pie auction, swings, beach volleyball, silent auction, burgers and hula-hooping, there's not much you'll be wanting for here. Bring a lawn chair. Broad Cove7147 Highway 331 2pm-6pm, $5-$12, free for under 5, vintage car drivers and Elvis contestants

July 30
Bastid's BBQ

The lineup of shenanigan-starters (AKA super legit DJs) for Skratch Bastid's seventh annual summer bash/homecoming wasn't released as of press date, but you should probably start shining your dancing shoes now.   Olympic Hall's parking lot 2304 Hunter Street, 2-10pm, $15 eventbrite.ca

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August 17
Naughty by Nature

Though they now refer to the Naughty by Nature musical relationship as strictly "business," that certainly will not affect the catchiness of hits like "O.P.P.," "Hip Hop Hooray" or "Uptown Anthem.   Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Showroom, 1983 Upper Water Street, 8pm, $55, ticketatlantic.com

OUT OF TOWN
August 17
Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan Grits & Glamour tour

Good old-fashioned country crooners team up to twang out. I bet the between-song banter will be worth the price of admission alone.   Casino New Brunswick, 21 Casino Drive, Moncton, 8pm, $40-$65 tickets-ca.ticketfly.com

OUT OF TOWN
August 24-27
Matt Mays
What's now a summer tradition, Matt Mays delivers the sweaty rock and roll in the Instagram-worthy setting of the Shore Club. Openers include David in the Dark, The Town Heroes, The Space Age and Cassie Josephine and Gabriel Minnikin. The Shore Club, 250 Shore Club Road, Hubbards, 10pm-11:30pm, $35-40 (Aug 24-26 sold out, Aug 27 tickets available), sonicconcerts.com

September 2
Mo Bounce Summer Splash w/BlowFlyy, Panda Gang
Though information is scarce right now, at the least you know this outdoor summer concert will be full of surprises?   Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, 6pm, $92-$115, ticketpro.ca

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