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Ashley Dean
Paper Diamond at SXSW.

There’s so much going on this weekend. Everytime I try to make plans, that White Stripes song pops into my head.

“I just don’t know what to do with myself…”

There’s so much going on, in fact, that I couldn’t squeeze it into these pages. But since I’m blabbering about it all to anyone who will listen, I figured I should pass it all along here, too. Here’s what’s up.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

You are not too young for Tom Petty. No one is too young for Tom Petty.

Sure, the all-American rocker is getting up there in years, but his music is all about youth. With the warm weather seemingly here to stay, this show is also a great way to get into summer mode. Grab your lighters and prepare your vocals chords to sing along with “American Girl,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” and of course, “Free Fallin.”

The show is Thursday night at the 1st Bank Center at 7:30 with Regina Spektor opening the show. Tickets are sold out on the venue site, but you can grab some on StubHub.

Air Dubai

Air Dubai has received a lot of hype in these pages. So much so, that I probably don’t need to say much more. The vocals are smooth and the beats are fly. If you still haven’t seen them live, do it now.

The show is at the Fox Theatre tonight at 9 p.m., and tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door.

Levitate Festival

Friday night at the 1st Bank Center will be Boulder label Elm & Oak’s Levitate Festival. Prodocuer Alex B, aka Paper Diamond, brought together a bunch of DJs and electronic musicians to completely overwhelm your senses.

Paper Diamond will play, as well as Denver’s own Pictureplane. Then there’s the prolific DJ Shadow, followed by the up-and-comer, Rusko, who will headline. He’s only been on the scene for about a year, but he brought his talent to dubstep at just the right time, and he’s blowing up.

It all starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $35-$42.50 in advance and $50 at the door.

Cypress Hill

You probably know Cypress Hill best from the rap/rock group’s first mainstream hit, “Insane in the Brain.” Even though that song — and the band’s other big hits — came out in the ‘90s, the group hasn’t stopped.

Cypress Hill’s knack for blending hip hop with rock, reggae and Latin has kept them working steadily all this time, and the group still has tons of energy on stage. And really, partying along with some old-school hip-hop legends is a pretty great way to celebrate 4/20.

The show is at the Ogden Theatre on Friday at 9 p.m., and tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Das Racist

If you were at all intrigued by our guide to all things Das Racist from a few months ago, now’s your chance to see the hip-hop trio live. If you weren’t, well, check them out anyway.

Heems, Kool A.D. and Dapwell will be at the Fox Theatre on Saturday. The only way the timing could be better is if it were one day earlier, on 4/20. There’s no way to know if they’ll go for it, but these guys have a habit of lighting up on stage. Which is perhaps why the group is known for being a little sloppy live, but lately they’ve tightened things up a bit. Now they’ve got this nice balance between spot-on performances and messy parties on stage.

The show starts at 9 p.m. with Cobraconda and Wheelchair Sports Camp. Tickets are $23 in advance and $26 at the door.