The best summer concerts: August

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    Ke$ha

    Ke$ha

  • Buddy Guy performs at Rib Rock 2011

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11 Cut Copy
Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell. 6:30pm; $35.

12 The Streets
In true soap-opera style, Mike Skinner has announced that he's killing off his own band, the Streets, after touring its forthcoming album, Computers and Blues. We'll miss the London rapper and his everything-but-the-kitchen-sink eye for detail, but we reckon he'll go out with a bang. Terminal 5. 9pm; advance $36, at the door $40.

12 Sonic Youth + Wild Flag
Scene icons and electric live act Sonic Youth share a bill with Wild Flag, a group that features the guitar heroics of Carrie "What Isn't She Good At?" Brownstein and goes a long way toward rekindling some of the Sleater-Kinney magic. The Williamsburg Waterfront. 5:30pm; $32.50.

13, 14 Roots of American Music Festival
For the past 28 years, the festival has established itself as one of the city's oldest and most venerable outdoor summer series. But it remains a hopping affair, surveying a swath of genres and talents. This year welcomes banjoist Abigail Washburn, modern blues-rockers Cody and Luther Dickinson, and soul crooner Bettye LaVette. Various locations at Lincoln Center, visit lincolncenter.org for more info. Aug 13 at 2, 6pm; Aug 14 at 2, 5pm. Free.

18 Lynyrd Skynyrd + The Doobie Brothers
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. 7:30pm; $31--$91.

20 Ke$ha + LMFAO + Spank Rock Win tickets
Wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy? We've got just the thing for you: glitter-basted pop strumpet Ke$ha and her enjoyably tawdry live romp. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. 7:30pm; $25--$49.50.

21 Rakim + EPMD + Funkmaster Flex Win guaranteed entry and reserved seats
Gritty gangster-rap pioneers Rakim and EPMD keep it Strictly Business (as the latter titled its classic album) for this free show in Central Park. Drop the bomb, Flex! Central Park SummerStage. 3pm; free.

26-28 Dave Matthews Band Caravan with Dispatch + The Roots + moe. + Gogol Bordello and more
We knew this day would eventually come: The  Dave Matthews Band is now leading its own festival, a three-day island affair that also features a bill of dorm-room favorites. Governors Island. 1pm; three-day pass $195.

27 Rib Rock 2011 with B.B. King + J. Geils Band + Buddy Guy
Lovers of greasy BBQ delicacies and downhearted electric-guitar heroics, assemble! This all-day blowout offers ribs for the stomach and solos for the ears. And these days, things don't get any bluesier than B.B. King and Buddy Guy. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. 3pm; $15--$150.

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