Summer Guide: Kelis Tries For A Rebound

With her new album Flesh Tone, the "Milkshake" singer tries on some club-pop

Faith No More
July 2 and 5

Left-field covers were always a big part of the Faith No More playbook—remember their surprise-hit rendition of the Commodores' "Easy"? Still, you had to hand it to the reactivated Bay Area art-metal outfit when they opened their Coachella set last month with "Reunited" by Peaches & Herb—especially since they pulled it off without resorting to lame indie-band condescension. Here they're doing two nights at the Williamsburg Waterfront to benefit the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn. Go for the cause; stay for tasty FNM chestnuts like "Epic"and "Last Cup of Sorrow." Williamsburg Waterfront, 63 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn,

Siren Festival
July 17

The Voice's annual summer-music blowout turns 10 this year, and to celebrate the occasion we've booked as headliners the most enthusiastic band we know: Brooklyn's boy-girl synth-pop duo Matt & Kim. (No word yet if they'll take the opportunity to give Erykah Badu another lesson in public nudity.) East Coast agit-punk lifers Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will also appear, as will local twee-popsters the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Florida guitar guys Surfer Blood, and Harlem, who actually come from Austin. Still not excited? More acts are due to be announced soon. Coney Island,

Hard NYC
July 24

M.I.A. headlines this all-day dance-music extravaganza with what the Los Angeles promotions company HARD calls one of her first live performances in support of her upcoming third album. (The "Born Free" singer-rapper will appear at HARD's L.A. event earlier in July.) Also on the bill are two acts currently signed to M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. Recordings label—Baltimore-based rapper Rye Rye and Brooklyn noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells—as well as Die Ant-woord, the South African Internet-rap sensation. Pack those Flip cams, people. With Skream, Benga, Theophilus London, Borgore, Destructo, and more. Governors Island,

Paramore/Tegan and Sara
August 6

With last year's Brand New Eyes, Tennessee-based Paramore vaulted to the head of the pop-punk class; no group of Warped Tour vets currently boasts sharper riffs or a more ferocious singer. Actually, few singers, period, live up to Hayley Williams right now—she fronts Paramore like Kelly Clarkson in a pair of beat-up Converses. Openers Tegan and Sara also released a strong 2009 disc in the form of Sainthood, on which the twin sisters beefed up their guitars without dumbing down their words. With New Found Glory, whose guitarist Chad Gilbert is also known as Williams's main squeeze. Jones Beach,

August 12

In Europe this summer, metal fans have several opportunities to see the so-called Big Four of thrash on one stage—that's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, in case you spent the '80s listening exclusively to Kajagoogoo. Here in the States, we'll have to settle for Slayer, Megadeth, and Bay Area journeymen Testament, a triple bill originally slated to hit the road in January before Slayer's Tom Araya was forced to undergo back surgery. Obviously, the Europeans are getting the better deal. But these dudes'll still rip your face off and make you say thanks. Izod Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey,

Justin Bieber
August 31

Last summer, you didn't know his name, and now he presides, Poseidon-like, over a frothing sea of prepubescent hormones: Justin Bieber could teach Olympic sprinters a thing or two about moving fast. The pint-size Canadian crooner told the Houston Chronicle recently that fans should attend shows on his first headlining tour expecting "some electronic things that haven't been seen before." But digital tricknology hardly seems like the point here (unless we're talking Auto-Tune); tonight promises to be all about the power of the tweenaged squeal. With Sean Kingston, Bieber's current duet partner in their song "Eenie Meenie." Madison Square Garden,

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