Road trips, barbecues, and beach parties are all key ingredients to the perfect summer, but nothing captures the carefree fun of the season quite like seeing some live music. Summer brings with it some of the biggest festivals and concert tours of the year, and with perennial favorite festivals from Pitchfork to Newport Folk rolling on, plus artists like JT & Jay-Z and Taylor Swift hitting the road, 2013 is no exception. So grab your calendar, stock up on earplugs, and get ready to soak up the best sounds this summer has to offer, as recommended by our editors! Check back every Monday in July for more of our picks.

Festivals


Warped Tour - various locations in US and Europe      Essence Festival - New Orleans      Wireless - London
Melt - Ferropolis, Germany      Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago      Mad Decent Block Party - various locations in US and Canada
Fuji Rock - Nigata, Japan      Newport Folk Festival - Rhode Island      Splendour in the Grass - New South Wales, Australia
Hard Summer - Los Angeles      Outside Lands - San Francisco      Lowlands - Amsterdam
H2O Music Festival - Los Angeles      V Festival - Essex and Staffordshire, England      Reading and Leeds - England
FYF Fest - Los Angeles, CA      Electric Zoo - New York      Budweiser Made in America Festival - Philadelphia


Tours