Every year, as spring melts into summer, we see more and more great musical events popping up on the calendar. 2012 is no exception, with great bands on tour already, and a number of cool festivals taking place in the weeks ahead. In conjunction with the Coors Light “Search for the Coldest” competition, we’ll be keeping you up to speed on what live events to look out for in different regions of the country, as well as upcoming album releases.

Here’s what’s on tap for this week:

New York/New Jersey:

  • Bamboozle Festival, May 18-20, Asbury Park, New Jersey; artists include: Skrillex, Foo Fighters, Blink 182 (and Bon Jovi); 2012.thebamboozle.com
  • Electric Daisy Carnival, May 18-20, Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey; artists include: Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Bassnectar; electricdaisycarnival.com

 Southern California:

  • House of Blues, Sunset Strip, West Hollywood: Linkin Park on May 18, Too $hort on May 19; houseofblues.com
  • The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills: The Game on May 19; canyonclub.net

 Chicago:

  • Hozac Records Blackout Fest (underground, alt., and punk), May 18-20; artists include: Redd Kross, Ketamines, Teledrome; musicfestivaljunkies.com

 Gulf Shores, Alabama:

  • Hang Out Music Fest, May 18-20; artists include: Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Yelawolf, Julian Marley; hangoutmusicfest.com

 Album Releases, May 15-21:

  • Lil Scrappy, The Grustle
  • Killer Mike x El-P, R.A.P. Music
  • Slaughterhouse, welcome to: OUR HOUSE
  • Tenacious D, Rize of the Fenix

Well be posting updates weekly, so keep checking back, and visit searchforthecoldest.com for information on more great music in your area.