Tops in Summer pop concerts 

click to enlarge Kiss and Mötley Crüe: More rock than metal, the makeup maniacs still incite hair-flying headbanging, as do anthem-makers Mötley Crüe. [7 p.m., Aug. 16, Sleep Train Pavilion, $75.50-$188] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Kiss and Mötley Crüe: More rock than metal, the makeup maniacs still incite hair-flying headbanging, as do anthem-makers Mötley Crüe. [7 p.m., Aug. 16, Sleep Train Pavilion, $75.50-$188]

A look at this summer's hottest Indie, Old School, and Headbanging concerts.

Indie

Mogwai: This band’s surreal, spacey compositions are cinematic in scope.  [9 p.m. June 1, Regency Ballroom, $25]

Poor Moon: Members of Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls and the Christmas Cards combine delicate folk talents in this new band. [9 p.m. June 1, Brick and Mortar Music Hall, $10-$12]

The Temper Trap: The Aussie band has several likely future stadium anthems, most notably the “Joshua Tree”-era U2-style song “Sweet Disposition.” [7 p.m. June 16, The Warfield, $28]

Mark Gardener
: The shoegaze hero and former Ride frontman celebrates the 20th anniversary of Ride’s seminal album “Going Blank Again.” [9:30 p.m. June 23, Café Du Nord, $12-$15]

Foster The People: This band’s catchy pop hooks turned it into the new Vampire Weekend almost overnight.
[7:30 p.m. June 29, Greek Theatre, $37.50]

Outside Lands Music & Art Festival: Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, Jack White and Beck share headlining spots in the fifth musical extravaganza. [Aug. 10-12, Golden Gate Park, S.F., $195-$495]

The Duke Spirit: The psych-garage band is notable for vocalist Liela Moss’ deep, scratchy, seductive vocals a la Patti Smith. [8 p.m. June 4, Slim’s, $18]

Headbang Heaven

  • GBH: The influential U.K. punk pioneers have been kicking out hardcore jams since 1979. [7:30 p.m. June 3, The Independent, $20]
  • Gaza: Combining death metal, grindcore and sludge, these inventive virtuosos are known for piercingly intense shows; the band opens for old-school metalheads Corrosion of Conformity. [7 p.m. June 9, Slim’s, $21]
  • DEATH: Considered by some the founding father of death metal, the late Chuck Schuldiner of DEATH pushed into territories of never-before-seen aggression. The remaining DEATH members play a benefit for Sweet Relief in his honor. [9 p.m. June 22, Regency Ballroom, $28-$32]
  • Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: Motörhead, Slipknot, Slayer and Anthrax are the heavy hitters at this all-day extravaganza. [1:30 p.m. July 1, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $42-$83.50]
  • Summer Slaughter Tour: Metal gods Cannibal Corpse headline the daylong festival, which also includes appearances by Between the Buried and Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Job for a Cowboy, Goatwhore, Exhumed, Cerebral Bore and more. [2:30 p.m. Aug. 24, The Fillmore, $44.50]
  • Iron Maiden: The British band debuted in the mid-1970s with a shinier, faster sound that defined metal for a decade. Its epic show includes the latest incarnation of mascot Eddie. [7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $33-$112.50]

Old School

  • The Beach Boys: The classic surf-pop band reunites, celebrating it 50th anniversary. [8 p.m. June 1, Greek Theatre, $45-$125]
  • Van Halen: David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen play their big hits. They’re touring with Kool & The Gang. [7:30 p.m. June 3, Oracle Arena, $61-$173.95; 7:30 p.m. June 5, HP Pavilion, $59.25-$164.50]
  • Scorpions: The “Rock You Like a Hurricane” rockers have sold more than 22 million albums since 1972. Big-hair balladists Tesla also appears. [7 p.m. June 9, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $25-$90.20]
  • Chicago and the Doobie Brothers: The double bill is as American as apple pie. [7 p.m. July 14, Sleep Train Pavilion, $43-$82.90]
  • Neil Diamond: The “Sweet Caroline” crooner still performs in his iconic bedazzled shirts. [8 p.m. Aug. 7, HP Pavilion, $65.75-$134]
  • Duran Duran: The 1980s hitmakers appear fresh from opening Olympics ceremonies in July in London. [7:30 p.m Aug. 8-9, Mountain Winery, $59.50-$149.50]

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