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Saturday marks the first official day of summer. With that in mind, this weekend is also offering the best of summer music, from folksy daydreaming sounds to more mini festivals to Hollywood Bowl majesty under the stars. Whatever your mood and musical preference, the summer music season is here for your enjoyment!

Robyn Hitchcock – Friday, June 20th – McCabe’s Guitar Shop – Tickets
Kick back with some summer surrealism from singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock. Heavily influenced by Bob Dylan and the like, the British artist has had a rather illustrious career, from his earlier days in The Soft Boys to his solo act throughout the last three decades. Whether it’s some fine lyrical inspiration you’re after or the folk-tinged sounds of his guitar and harmonica, let Hitchcock take you to another time and place.

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Back to Basics 3 – Saturday, June 21st, and Sunday, June 22nd – The Observatory – Tickets
If you’re still riding the high of last weekend’s mini festivals, then head down to OC for Back to Basics 3. This 2-day hip-hop festival featuring Talib Kweli, Murs, Aesop Rock, and more will provide you with the fix you need.

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Janelle Monáe – Sunday, June 22nd – Hollywood Bowl – Tickets
Janelle Monáe played the Bowl way back when she opened up for Adele in 2009, but now The Electric Lady is headlining the venue for what’s sure to be a night of intergalactic, retro, R&B cool. Pack your picnic basket and your dancing shoes, and get thee to the Hollywood Bowl!

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