Vampire Weekend performs at the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Photo by Charlotte Bray (Special to the Press-Enterprise) 

Vampire Weekend performs at the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Photo by Charlotte Bray (Special to the Press-Enterprise) 

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Spring might be when showers pour and flowers bloom, but summer is when concert season really springs to life throughout D-FW. Here are 10 can't-miss concerts this summer.

Anderson Paak, June 12

With apologies to new-generation hip-hop titans Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper, there might not be a rapper alive with as much critical acclaim in the past five years as Anderson Paak. He infuses his style with a funk-flavored live band, the Free Nationals, and his latest album, Ventura, has merely continued the trend of Paak gathering a new heap of praise with each passing year, each new album.

At the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Visit thepaviliontmf.com for tickets.

Paul McCartney performs onstage during the Out There Tour 2015 on May 2, 2015, in Seoul, South Korea. 

Paul McCartney performs onstage during the Out There Tour 2015 on May 2, 2015, in Seoul, South Korea. 

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Paul McCartney, June 14

As if Sir Paul McCartney hasn't accomplished enough in his life, the former Beatle is set to become the only artist to headline a concert at both the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, which he did back in 2009, and the home of the Texas Rangers, Globe Life Park, which he will do in June. For what it's worth, the iconic "Hey, Jude" singer has also performed in the current home of the Stars hockey and Mavericks basketball teams, American Airlines Center, as well as their former home, Reunion Arena. And while we're at it, the so-called "cute Beatle" has even performed in the former home of the Cowboys, Texas Stadium in Irving, back in 1990. All that makes this show some sort of musical grand slam, right?

At Globe Life Park. Visit ticketmaster.com for tickets.

Jennifer Lopez performs onstage during the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. 

Jennifer Lopez performs onstage during the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. 

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Jennifer Lopez, June 24

It seems like it wasn't all that long ago when the music world wondered if the actress Jennifer Lopez could be taken seriously as J.Lo the pop diva. But it's actually been two decades, and the questions were all quickly put to rest with the release of her slick, dance-ready debut LP, On the 6. A string of glittery hit singles ensued, and "Jenny From the Block" has since arguably become more known for her music than she ever was for her acting.

At American Airlines Center. Visit ticketmaster.com for tickets.

Jason Isbell and Father John Misty, June 27

On the surface, it doesn't seem as though roots-rocking Grammy winner Jason Isbell and mercurial neo-folk songwriter Father John Misty fit together all that well in a co-headlining sort of scenario. But aside from the heavy bro-fan crossover, both artists deal rather expertly in painting a picture of the world as they see it through a vocabulary only each individual can properly work within. It's not hard to view this show as what it might've been like had Neil Young and Elton John toured together four decades ago.

At the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Visit thepaviliontmf.com for tickets.

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Beck and Cage the Elephant, July 27

This show represents a sort of then-and-now for modern rock fans. For a quarter century, Beck has been a tireless innovator, employing everything from hard rock to electronic to acoustic folk in order to get his message across. Kentucky's insurgent rock band Cage the Elephant, though still relatively young, has  long since made a name for itself as a band that promises to keep rock moving forward through its own way of taking brash sounds from the past and making them feel new.

At Dos Equis Pavilion. Visit livenation.com for tickets.

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Hammer's House Party, Aug. 2

When you get to be a certain age, it's OK to at least partially reclaim a bit of your youth and embrace the possibly silly ways you spent your school days. For those of us who remember trying Crystal Pepsi in the high school cafeteria, this package show featuring MC Hammer, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Kid 'N Play and 2 Live Crew is a great way to relive the old days.

At the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Visit thepaviliontmf.com for tickets.

Social Distortion and Flogging Molly, Aug. 13

Led by Mike Ness, California's Social Distortion is a legendary, all-American punk-rock success, and Flogging Molly, though also formed in SoCal, offers its punk music through an Irish filter. This is the summer show that proves punk rock can grow old gracefully while still shredding and slamming. 

At the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Visit thepaviliontmf.com for tickets.

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Vampire Weekend at iHeartRadio Theater on May 09, 2019, in Burbank, Calif. 

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Vampire Weekend at iHeartRadio Theater on May 09, 2019, in Burbank, Calif. 

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Vampire Weekend, Aug. 18

After a six-year break, the Ezra Koenig-led squad of preppy rockers is back with a new album. And though we're not as keen on the new Father of the Bride album as we are the band's 2013 Modern Vampires of the City LP, it'll be exciting to see how the boys have grown up and into their new role as indie-rock elder statesman.

At the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Visit thepaviliontmf.com for tickets.

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Shakey Graves and Dr. Dog, Aug. 22

From a part-time stint on Friday Night Lights over a decade ago to headlining the biggest  festivals everywhere, Shakey Graves has become the one-man band you can't miss. His 2018 LP, Can't Wake Up, shows off an expanded sonic palette that takes his rootsy sound into dreamier, more electric territory.

At the Bomb Factory. Visit thebombfactory.com for tickets.

TLC, Aug. 25

Though seeing TLC now can't possibly be the same as watching the chart-dominating trio at the highest point of its mid-'90s fame before the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, it will still be great because the fact is, iconic hits like "Waterfalls" and "No Scrubs" are timeless and sound every bit as fresh now as they ever have.

At the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Visit thepaviliontmf.com for tickets.

T-Boz (left) and Chilli (right) of TLC during a performance at American Airlines Center in Dallas, on Thursday, May 14, 2015. 

T-Boz (left) and Chilli (right) of TLC during a performance at American Airlines Center in Dallas, on Thursday, May 14, 2015. 

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