When: Wed., Aug. 3, 7 p.m. 2011

Muse's giant sound is informed by prog-rock, Queen-style arena rock and Radiohead-esque experimentation. The English band, formed in 1997 by three guys who had been playing together since age 13, are perhaps most renowned for their live show, which manages flights of transcendence even in an anti-transcendent setting like your average outdoor amphitheatre (Red Rocks excluded, but not, unfortunately, our Verizon Wireless Music Center). With opener Cage the Elephant, the Kentucky-born band that moved to London when they found greater success overseas than in the States.

Price: $30-$40 (plus fees), all-ages

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