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It's the middle of summer and there are two kinds of people: those who want to spend some time outside, basking in the sun, and those who want nothing more than to take shelter in the nearest air conditioned building. Thankfully, there's live entertainment in both camps this month.

For those wishing to soak up the sun, there are several tours that visit outdoor arenas, like Phish and Justin Timberlake, as well as a handful of outdoor festivals, including Summerfest and Pitchfork Music Festival. There are also baseball games jam-packed through July.

But for a break from the heat, wrestling events such as WWE Background might do the trick, or there are theater events, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which Neil Patrick Harris will soon be leaving, and Marvel Universe Live!, a superhero-filled, live action adventure people of all ages will enjoy.

Here's a closer look at what's happening this July.

Concerts

Justin Timberlake: The pop singer kicks off his second North American leg for The 20/20 Experience World Tour on July 9. Timberlake will first visit Buffalo, NY, and is scheduled to wrap his tour just before Christmas, on Dec. 20.

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Phish: Following the release of their 12th studio album Fuego, Phish heads out on its 2014 U.S. tour. It kicks off July 1 in Mansfield, MA, stopping in major cities like Chicago, IL; Charlotte, NC; and Birmingham, AL.

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Crosby, Stills and Nash: Starting July 2, Crosby, Stills, and Nash embark on their summer 2014 tour, which goes through October. As part of the tour, the band will perform three nights at the iconic Beacon Theatre in New York — July 8, July 9, and July 11.

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What People Are Talking About

Luis Suarez (and other World Cup highlights)

Everyone knew soccer player Luis Suarez's name this week when he sunk his teeth into opponent Giorgio Chiellini during the match between Uruguay and Italy. The weird thing? This is not the first time Suarez has bitten an opponent. Biting someone once is one time too many, but multiple times? Seriously? Suarez was banned for nine international matches and suspended for four months from any football activity by FIFA. Of the bite, Suarez simply said, "I've collided with his shoulder" and insisted the whole thing wasn't a big deal. I imagine his feelings would be a little different had he been the one bitten in the shoulder, but okay. In less bizarre news, Team USA advanced to the World Cup knockout stage. Congrats, Team USA!

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Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Day(s)Event  
Fri Buffalo Bills Buy tickets
Fri Jacksonville Jaguars Buy tickets
Fri Cirque du Soleil - Varekai Buy tickets
Fri Cirque du Soleil - Dralion Buy tickets
Fri Cirque Dreams Buy tickets
Fri Mike Epps Buy tickets
Fri Jason Mraz Buy tickets
Fri Brad Paisley Buy tickets
Fri Tom Petty Buy tickets
Fri/Mon Ringling Bros. Circus Buy tickets
Sat Cincinnati Bengals Buy tickets
Mon Denver Broncos Buy tickets

The onsales for football game games and theater shows continues at a steady pace this week. First up are the home games for the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bills and Jaguars have 19 games between them on sale this Friday. Meanwhile, the Bengals have eight on Saturday, and the Broncos have 10 on Monday.

Over on the theater side, two Cirque du Soleil shows, Dralion and Varekai, have shows onsale Friday. Dralion has 13 for Bloomington, IL; and Varekai has seven for Hershey, PA. The unrelated Cirque Dreams: Holidaze has eight shows on sale Friday. Finally, the Ringling Bros. Circus has 55 shows in seven cities on sale Friday and Monday.

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Concert news

The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival is back! Last year, the Funny or Die event debuted, headlined by comedian Dave Chappelle. Although there were a few snafus with the 2013 tour (most notably, when Dave Chappelle walked offstage), the 2014 tour promises it'll be even better than the last.

This year's line-up includes: Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick, Bill Burr, Brent Morin, Dave Attell, Demetri Martin, DJ Trauma, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Jermaine Fowler, Jerrod Carmichael, Jim Jefferies, Julian McCullough, Michael Che, Moshe Kasher, Nate Bargatze, Reggie Watts, Ron Funches, Rory Scovel, and Whitney Cummings.

Check out where the show is heading below, or visit the Oddball Comedy page for more information on tickets.

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Sam Smith Covers Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know'

By now, you've probably heard of Sam Smith. He's been on everyone's mind lately, especially with the release of his cover of Whitney Houston's song "How Will I Know" — released late last week — which already has more than 2 million views.

The 22-year-old British singer is currently touring in intimate venues across the U.S., like the House of Blues and the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Check out Sam Smith's cover above, and let us know what you think!

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