Sixteen weeks of summer shows

Festivals aside, there’s still a packed concert calendar to contend with featuring some of the biggest names in music. Here is a week-by-week look at some of the top concerts coming to Pittsburgh all summer long:

May 21:

Pharmakon and Wolf Eyes headline a night of experimental noise music at The Shop May 23. One of the first big outdoor shows of the summer comes May 25 when Future plays the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown with support from “Bad and Boujee” artists Migos, Kodak Black, Tory Lanez and more. If huge crowds aren’t your thing, head to Mr. Smalls the same night for DC rapper Oddisee. There’s also a free performance from Flo Rida after the Pirates/Mets game May 26.

May 28:

The week kicks off May 28 with Baltimore synth-pop act Future Islands at Stage AE and their dynamic, seemingly inexhaustible frontman Samuel T. Herring. Brooklyn indie punk bands Parquet Courtsrecently profiled in the New Yorker, of all placesheadline the Rex Theater June 2, the same night that Lauryn Hill (presumably) plays Heinz Hall. If that’s not enough, catch Old Crow Medicine Show at Stage AE outdoors May 30 as they perform Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde in its entirety.

June 4:

The biggest show of the summer, at least in terms of pure size, happens June 7 when U2 bring their Joshua Tree tour to Heinz Field, with support from The Lumineers. That next night, June 8, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have a sold-out show at the Carnegie in Oakland, while Wilco headlines Stage AE on June 8. And speaking of sold-out shows, Tool plays the Petersen Events Center June 5. One final show of note is Margaret Glaspy at intimate Club Cafe June 4. Glaspy is signed to ATO Records, home to Alabama Shakes, Brandi Carlile and many more.

June 11:

Four veteran rock acts perform June 13: Hall and Oates and Tears for Fears at PPG Paints Arena; Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Heinz Hall; and Michael Franti and Spearhead at the Carnegie in Homestead. Two days later, Dead and Company bring the spirit of the ’60s to the KeyBank Pavilion June 15, the same night legendary Icelandic band Sigur Rós headline Stage AE with a two-act set outdoors. For club shows, fiery Toronto punks PUP headline Spirit June 13 while southern psych-rockers All Them Witches headline Club Cafe on back-to-back nights, June 13-14.

June 18:

Start the week off June 18 with the mask-wearing, surf-rock playing luchadores of Los Straitjackets and Marshall Crenshaw at Club Cafe. Fuzzed-out Austin garage rock duo Ghost Wolves headlines the renovated upstairs at Brillobox June 20, the same night Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot descends on the Carnegie in Homestead. Finally, what would summer in Pittsburgh be without The Clarks? They headline Stage AE outdoors June 24.

June 25:

Sludge metal favorites Weedeater headline Cattivo June 25 with support from Black Wizard. On July 1, retro Americana singer/songwriter and former Third Man Records artist Pokey Lafarge headlines the Rex Theater. For a different type of throwback, head to PPG Paints Arena July 1 for a night of 1990s nostalgia featuring New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul.

July 2:

The week of Independence Day is usually a slow one, and this year is no different. Still, there are a few concerts worth a look: Reggae-rock ensemble Iration headline Stage AE indoors July 5 with support from J BOOG and The Movement. The next day, July 6, the alt-reggae-rock shifts outdoors when 311 headlines Stage AE with support from New Politics and The Skints. Pop-punk mainstays Punchline headline Mr. Smalls July 8 for their 20th-anniversary show.

July 9:

July 12, fiery DC punk band Priests kick off their summer tour at the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls. Warped Tour is back for another year in Burgettstown July 14, with dozens of bands including Attila, CKY, Hawthrone Heights, GWAR, Anti-Flag, The Ataris, Eternal Boy and more. One of the heaviest shows of the summer takes place July 11 when Megadeth and Meshuggah play Stage AE.

July 16:

A pair of cult ’80s favorites headline Stage AE July 17 when Violent Femmes perform with Echo & the Bunnymen, while the ultimate cult favorites, Phish, play the Pete July 19and don’t forget the free afterparty at the Rex Theater with Pink Talking Phish. The Pittsburgh Symphony welcomes Chicago rapper Common for a “night of symphonic hip-hop” July 20. For those who prefer their hip-hop without orchestral accompaniment, opt instead for Wu-Tang’s Raekwon at Mr. Smalls July 20, with Brooklyn MC Stann Smith. Finally, legendary crooner Johnny Mathis headlines Heinz Hall July 22.

July 23:

On July 26 take your pick between a pair of indie rock double bills: at KeyBank, Incubus headlines a set with support from Jimmy Eat World, while at Stage AE Spoon headlines a set with support from The New Pornographers. All four bands have released new albums within the past year. Folk singer Julie Byrne headlines the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls July 27, with support from Johanna Warren. And on July 28, enjoy a marquee double bill at Stage AE with Amos Lee and Lake Street Dive.

July 30:

Primus and Clutch headline Stage AE July 30 while Neurosis and Converge share the stage at the Rex Theater the same night, in case you’re looking for something a bit heavier. If you’re a fan of Primus and Clutch you’ll probably also be happy to hear The Melvins return to the Rex Theater July 31, the same night that English electronic act Glass Animals headline Stage AE outdoors for the first time. They perform alongside openers Little Dragon, from Sweden, whose new album, Season High, is more danceable than anything they’ve released before. On August 1, choose between Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars at KeyBank; Phantogram at Mr. Smalls and The Shins at Stage AE. Finally, for straightforward, guitar-heavy garage rock, don’t miss Chicago indie-rockers NE-HI at the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls August 3.

August 6:

If you couldn’t get enough Dead and Company last month (or opted for Sigur Ros that night instead) the next best thing, Dark Star Orchestra, comes to Stage AE August 10. For more classic rock, check out Tesla at the Palace Theatre August 8 or Foreigner and Cheap Trick with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at KeyBank August 12. And on August 9, South African rap duo Die Antwoord headline Stage AE in support of their fifth and final album, The Book of Zef, which comes out in September.

August 13:

Spend the dog days of summer jamming with Gov’t Mule and Galactic August 13 at Stage AE, or check-in with surf rock legend Dick Dale at the Rex Theater also on August 13. There’s more classic rock at the Palace in Greensburg August 16 with Yes, Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer, and again August 18 with Stephen Stills and Judy Collins. And at Stage AE on August 16, Taking Back Sunday headlines the indoor stage with Every Time I Die.

August 20:

The Chris Robinson Brotherhoodthat’s Chris Robinson of Black Crowes fameheadline Mr. Smalls August 22 on the heels of a new album. August 22 is also the night Bruno Mars headlines PPG Paints Arena. (Still no word on an opener for Mars yet but it was Anderson .Paak in Europe, so hopes are high for someone of the same caliber.) Finally, Canadian pop phenom Shawn Mendes will headline PPG Paints Arena August 20 at the ripe old age of 19.

Labor Day and beyond:

Expect more shows to be announced for late August and September in the coming months but we already have some big names to look out for. Singer/songwriter Rodriguez, subject of the 2012 documentary Searching for Sugarman, headlines the Carnegie of Homestead September 13. Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso headline Stage AE September 16 while Roger Waters brings the Us + Them tour to PPG Paints Arena September 19. Punk rock legends X visit the Rex Theater September 25 as part of their 40th-anniversary tour, and Toronto indie rock darlings Broken Social Scene headline the Byham October 1, with Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit.