Your D.C. Summer Concert Guide 2011

Mumford & Sons, Neko Case, Animal Collective and more vie for your attention (and money) this summer.

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Aug. 2: Taylor Swift, who may or may not have had "one of the best videos of all time," is headed to the Verizon Center (601 F St. N.W.) TICKETS: $39-75-$98.35.
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Aug. 9: Kings of Leon (also known as brothers from Tennessee) come to Jiffy Lube Live. TICKETS: $39.50-$74.50
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Aug. 11 and 19: “American Idol” Live comes to the 1st Mariner Arena (201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore) on Aug. 11 and the Verizon Center (601 F St. N.W.) on Aug. 19. This year’s tour features the top 11 from the most reacent season, including Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart and Jacob Lusk. GET TICKETS: Baltimore $53.45-$75; D.C. $57.25-$78.75
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Aug. 7: Death Cab for Cutie's June show at the 9:30 Club (815 V ST. N.W.) sold out quickly, so order your tickets soon for the August show at Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.). The new album, "Codes and Keys," has put guitars on the back burner this time, influenced by Brian Eno's groundbreaking "Another Green World." GET TICKETS: $35-$45.
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Aug. 12: Kentucky rockers My Morning Jacket and singer-songwriter/sometime-New Pornographer Neko Case play Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.). GET TICKETS: $35-$45, on sale June 3.
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Aug. 13: When O.A.R. arrives at Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.), it’ll be 11 days after their newest album, “King,” drops as the followup to 2008’s generally panned “All Sides.” Vocalist Marc Roberge writes about the new album’s process on their website, discussing his wife's fight with cancer. “And in the end, the hardest year of our lives delivered us every song that was missing from the record and our story, he wrote. GET TICKETS: $35-$45.
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Aug. 13: Tim McGraw heads to Jiffy Lube Live on the Emotional Traffic Tour with Luke Bryan and The Band Perry. GET TICKETS: $40.25-$84.45.
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Aug. 14: Nas and Damian Marley are touring together on their new collaborative album "Distant Relatives," and they're bringing a show of reggae, hip-hop and African roots to Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.). Chuck Brown and Bilal will also perform as part of this Summer Spirit Festival. GET TICKETS: $44-$80.
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Aug. 21: Ke$ha brings her Get $leazy tour to the Patriot Center (4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va). Well, sure, if that's a goal in life. GET TICKETS: $49.50.
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Aug. 22: Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock take their Born Free Tour to Jiffy Lube Live. GET TICKETS: $23-$276.
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Aug. 24: Train, Maroon 5 (pictured) and Gavin DeGraw head to the Merriweather Post Pavilion for all your mellow rock needs. GET TICKETS: $40.50-$75.50.
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Aug. 27: Parrotheads doubtlessly already have their tix for the Jimmy Buffet show at Jiffy Lube Live. Everyone else, click the following link. GET TICKETS: $48.50-$157; VIP Club Combo $50.
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Aug. 30: The legendary B.B. King takes the stage at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D St. N.W.). GET TICKETS: $148-$446.
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