Summer sneaks: Music

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Blue skies combined with justified procrastination are the epitome of lazy summer days. And there is no better way to breeze through the hours than to enjoy a live performance from some of your favorite artists at one of SF's gorgeous venues.

Perhaps you're looking to celebrate the end of finals. Catering to that desire, newcomer James Blake will be playing at the Great American Music Hall on May 22. Mixing soul with gentle electronic beats, Blake knows how to deliver quietness with a punch.

On the other hand, if elegant silence isn't your thing, Sleigh Bells is sure to please. The Brooklyn-based duo combines hints of hip-hop, pop, rock with a whole lot of noise in their music. Exuding an overpoweringly energetic onstage persona, Sleigh Bells will light up the Independent on May 30.

For fans of ol' fashioned ballads, British singer-songwriter Adele is coming to campus on June 4. Charming listeners with her raw vocals and emotionally engaging tracks, the sweetheart of the soul scene will be showcasing her skills at the Greek Theatre.

As summer proceeds, lineups boast bigger names, with Death Cab for Cutie at the Fillmore on June 9, Matt and Kim at the Fox Theater on June 18, Florence and the Machine at the Greek on June 12 and Owl City at the Warfield on July 19. To cap it all off, this year's Outside Lands will feature Muse, Arcade Fire and the Shins.

If you're reluctant to shell out your savings for concerts, there are promising new releases. The highly anticipated Kanye West and Jay-Z collaboration, Watch the Throne, is bound to be the soundtrack for those chill summer days. The next few months will also bring new tracks from Lady Gaga, Death Cab, Brian Eno, Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver and Bjork.

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