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In addition to the Downtown Sound series, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has now unveiled the lineups for its Dusk Variations and Music Without Borders series at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. Described as "mixing pop and alternative genres with classical music," Dusk Variations features performances by Rasputina and My Brightest Diamond with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra; the Music Without Borders series, curated by Michael Orlove, includes Hanggai, RAM, Sierra Maestra, and Yemen Blues.

The majority of the summer street festivals littering Chicago are basically just blockades that make it impossible to get wherever the hell you need to go in less than 45 minutes, but a handful are actually worthwhile. The first lineup announcement for the Green Music Fest (June 25-26) features Yo La Tengo, Les Savy Fav, and the Thermals, and the Do-Division Street Fest (June 4-5) has confirmed a few acts on what looks to be an eclectic roster, with Big Freedia, Omar Souleyman, Led Zeppelin 2, and a DJ set by Bonobo.

More festival news: The ambitious Neon Marshmallow fest, introduced by Dan Smith and Matt Kimmel last year, will return for three days this June. It's been relocated to the Empty Bottle, and this year's lineup includes groundbreaking electronic-music composer Morton Subotnick, Oneohtrix Point Never, Pelt, Bill Orcutt, and White Rainbow.

Other Early Warnings this week that are more than worth a damn: Anal Cunt, the Cars, Centro-Matic, Peter Gabriel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sloan, TSOL, Wavves, Wild Flag. Check out my full list after the jump:

Amor de Dias with Damon & Naomi at Lincoln Hall on May 27 (on sale Friday at noon)
Anal Cunt at Reggie's Rock Club on April 24
Art Brut at Double Door on June 15 (on sale Saturday at noon)
Cars at the Riviera Theatre on May 18 (on sale Saturday at 10 AM)
Centro-Matic at Schubas on July 3 (on sale Friday at noon)
Curren$y with Trademark at Metro on May 26 (on sale Saturday at noon)
Peter Gabriel at the United Center on June 20 (on sale Monday at 10 AM)
Green Music Fest at Damen between North and Schiller on June 25-26
Hanggai with Aurelio Martinez at Pritzker Pavilion on June 9
Jerry Lee Lewis at Congress Theater on July 9 (on sale Saturday at 10 AM)
My Brightest Diamond at Pritzker Pavilion on August 8
Neon Marshmallow Festival at the Empty Bottle on June 10-12
Off With Their Heads at Subterranean on July 21 (on sale Saturday at 10 AM)
Other Lives at Schubas on July 22 (on sale Friday at noon)
Rasputina at Pritzker Pavilion on August 15
Sloan at Subterranean on May 26 (on sale Saturday at 10 AM)
Torche with Big Business at Bottom Lounge on July 28 (on sale Friday at noon)
TSOL at Reggie's Rock Club on May 14
Wavves at Subterranean on July 23 (on sale Saturday at 10 AM)
Wild Flag at Subterranean on July 22 (on sale Saturday at 10 AM)
Yemen Blues with Etran Finatawa at Pritzker Pavilion on July 21

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