Consequence of Sound’s Summer Tour Guide will lead you to the darkest, dankest (not every venue has a ventilation system, folks) concerts where you can dance the night away after spending too many hours in the sun. From Dirty Projectors to Phish to the Diplo/Grimes/Skrillex extravaganza that is the Full Flex Express, we’ve listed the best and brightest artists that are touring new or as-of-yet unreleased albums, touring around festival appearances, or just touring because it’s damn fun.
Feature artwork by Mike Zell.
Photo by Phillip Roffman
Who: Beach House
Support: Wild Nothing
Key Dates: July 13th at Forecastle Festival // July 23rd at Central Park Summer Stage
What CoS Says: Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House are supporting their expansive, haunting new LP, Bloom, and the floating, wonder-drenched tunes therein will echo majestically through many concert halls. The disc is likely to hit at or near the top of many best of the year lists, and this will be your chance to see things unfurl in person. –Adam Kivel
Who: Dirty Projectors
When: July – August
Key Dates: July 10th at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park // July 13th at Pitchfork Music Festival
What CoS Says: Dirty Projectors may have produced their masterpiece on 2009’s Bitte Orca, but on this tour they’ll be playing tunes from their first attempt to top that, Swing Lo Magellan. The early sounds from the disc suggest we’re in store for more hocketing and other multi-part vocal insanity that needs to be seen produced live to be believed. –Adam Kivel
Who: Fiona Apple
When: June – July
Key Dates: June 24th at New York’s Governors Ball Music Festival // July 10th at the Chicago Theatre
What CoS Says: After drawing eyes and ears from critics everywhere at this year’s South by Southwest, Fiona Apple hit the road for a select number of intimate gigs, all to critical acclaim. Most reviews championed this unspoken, newfound energy in her performances, where she twisted and turned some of her older tracks like “Criminal” or “Extraordinary Machine” into urgent personal affairs. With her forthcoming LP – The Idler Wheel... – due out June 19th, Apple will have plenty to get off her chest once and for all. In other words, expect something emotional. -Michael Roffman