Summer of Crushes Tour: Summer Live Preview 2010
Headliner: Mates of State
Ticket prices: $10-$20 (Purchase tickets here)
Official event page: www.matesofstate.com
San Francisco-based indie rock duo Mates of State has built a steady following with its upbeat live show since its 2000 debut, "My Solo Project." Last spring the group co-headlined 1,000- to 1,500-capacity theaters with the Black Kids. But to support its newest release, "The Covers Mixtape," due June 15, Mates of State opted to scale back the venue size and increase the level and variety of entertainment.
Outlook: Concertgoers looking for a run-of-the-mill indie rock show should stay home. In addition to music sets from Mates of State and dance-rock act Free Energy, this affordable ticket includes stand-up comedy, magicians, sword swallowers, contortionists and DJ sets. "It's a pretty wild collection of acts, particularly for an indie rock club tour," Mates of State manager Ben Dickey says.