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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Fall 2015

This year has been kind to concertgoers, and it's only getting better

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    We’ve already had a stellar year for concerts. Just a few months ago, we were anticipating Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, eagerly awaiting arena tours from Foo Fighters, The Who, and Madonna, and wondering whether Alabama Shakes and D’Angelo would continue to deliver on the live performances they had come to be known for. Yeah, we had a pretty great spring and summer for music, but the year is not over yet.

    It’s important to note that all of those arena tours have yet to wrap up, and a few major festivals, like ACL, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Treasure Island, all remain. Special appearances, like Kanye West performing 808s & Heartbreak, also highlight the docket. Plus, there are sure to be a few more late-year runs still to be announced. What’s already been revealed has us all excited to cover live music for the next few months, especially these 25 tours we put at the top of our must-see list.

    25. Stevie Wonder

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    Stevie Wonder played The Taste of Chicago 2008 in Grant Park as a free event for all the hot dog-hounding denizens of the city. You’d think that music would be the last thing on the minds of folks in meat comas, but sure enough, Stevie’s park showing, his presence and bodacious sound, meted out singing, dancing, and a general sense of wowed appreciation for the legend letting it out. That’s just how good Stevie still can be. So imagine how groovy he might be if you pay to see him. OK, that sounded a little cynical, but come on, his Songs in the Key of Life Tour added 20 extra North American tour dates this past August. The hot tour was a full run of his famous ’76 double LP, and it’s carrying on from September 30th to November 24th, closing out with a big show at Madison Square Garden. —Blake Goble

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    Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life 2015 Tour Dates:
    09/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
    09/26 – Toronto, ON @ Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre
    09/30 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
    10/03 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
    10/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
    10/09 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    10/11 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
    10/14 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
    10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
    10/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
    10/23 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
    10/25 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
    10/31 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
    11/03 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
    11/05 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
    11/07 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    11/10 – Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena
    11/14 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
    11/17 – Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
    11/19 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
    11/21 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Lewis Arena
    11/24 – New York City @ Madison Square Garden

    24. FIDLAR

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    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Ever since FIDLAR rose to prominence in their native Los Angeles, the punks have been known for their raucous live shows, which, in their early days, would often get so out of hand that the police would break them up. While they’ve certainly done some growing up since releasing their self-titled debut all the way to their recent Too (if you haven’t already, check out the CoS cover story on the band, which delves into frontman Zac Carper getting sober), that hasn’t sapped any energy out of their gigs. FIDLAR’s young fanbase shows up early and in force, and with the official release of rowdy tracks like “40oz. on Repeat”, “West Coast”, and “Sober”, expect as many mosh pits and boisterous sing-alongs as ever. —Killian Young

    FIDLAR 2015 Tour Dates:
    09/15 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
    09/16 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
    09/18  – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
    09/19  – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
    09/20 – Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest Toronto
    09/22 – Montreal, QC @Theatre Fairmount
    09/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    09/26 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
    09/27 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
    09/28 – Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
    09/29 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
    10/02 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Hell Stage
    10/03 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive }
    10/05 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
    10/06 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
    10/9-11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
    10/13 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
    10/15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
    10/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
    10/17 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
    10/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
    10/22 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    10/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
    10/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
    10/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theatre
    10/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theatre
    11/10 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
    11/11 – Manchester, UK @ Ritz
    11/12 – Glasgow, UK @ Garage
    11/14 – London, UK @ The Forum
    11/15 – Birmingham, UK @ The Institute
    11/17 – Berlin, DE @ Posbahnhof
    11/19 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon Hall
    11/21 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
    11/22 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
    11/23 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoliredenburg

    23. Ride

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    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Questionable choice of headwear aside, the announcement last November that ‘90s shoegaze pioneers Ride would be reuniting for the first time since breaking up in 1996 left many excited on this side of the pond as well as in the band’s native UK. After playing festivals like Coachella and a few one-off shows, Ride is set to embark this fall on a full US tour, giving the whole country a chance to hear the classics again. While not every reunion is executed as well as it sounds in theory, reports from the band’s spring festival appearances were glowing, indicating that Andy Bell and co. haven’t become too rusty in almost two decades away. Contemporaries such as Besnard Lakes and DIIV, who are set to release their sophomore album this fall, will open select dates on the tour. Reunion tours like this often draw skepticism, but the chance to see one of the most influential bands of the ‘90s again should not be missed. —David Sackllah

    Ride 2015 Tour Dates:
    09/17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
    09/18 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall *
    09/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *
    09/21 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
    09/22 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza #
    09/23 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony #
    09/25 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theater #
    09/26 – Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Festival
    09/27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Festival
    09/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City #
    10/01 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall #
    10/02 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues #
    10/03 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Club #
    10/11 – Leeds, England @ O2 Academy Leeds
    10/12 – Norwich, England @ University of East Anglia
    10/14 – Brixton, England @ O2 Academy Brixton
    10/15 – Liverpool, England @ O2 Academy Liverpool
    10/17 – Bristol, England @ Anson Rooms
    10/18 – Newcastle, England @ O2 Academy Newcastle
    10/19 – Edinburgh, Scotland @ Corn Exchange
    10/21 – Nottingham, England @ Rock City
    10/22 – Birmingham, England @ The Institute
    11/06 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
    11/07 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Festival
    11/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
    11/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
    11/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
    11/14 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
    11/15 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
    11/16 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
    11/17 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
    11/19 – Honolulu, HI @ The Republik
    11/24 – Osaka, Japan @ Namba Hatch
    11/25 – Tokyo, Japan @ Zepp Divercity
    11/27-29 – Hong Kong, Hong Kong @ Clockenflap Festival
    11/28-29 – Singapore, Singapore @ Neon Lights Festival

    * with DIIV
    # with Besnard Lakes

    22. Yo La Tengo

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    Yo La Tengo has been a three-piece band for the vast majority of its existence, but on their 1986 debut LP, Ride the Tiger, they had a second guitarist by the name of Dave Schramm. Schramm has since appeared with the band on rare occasions – including on Fakebook, Yo La Tengo’s 1990 precedent to the half-original-half-covers Stuff Like That There – but their current tour behind Stuff will feature him back on lead guitar regularly for the first time since the early days, executing the extra delicate solos brought into play on the new record. See their recent CBS Sunday Morning spin on “Automatic Doom” by their fellow Hoboken band The Special Pillow for an idea of just how delicate those solos can get. —Steven Arroyo

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    Yo La Tengo 2015 Tour Dates:
    09/23 – Troy, NY @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
    09/24 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
    09/25 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
    09/26 – Durham, NC @ The Carolina Theatre of Durham
    09/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
    09/29 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
    09/30 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    10/02 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
    10/03 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
    10/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
    10/15 – Dublin, IE @ National Concert Hall
    10/16 – Glasgow, UK @ The Garage
    10/18 – Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
    10/19 – Coventry, UK @ Warwick Arts Center
    10/20 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
    10/23 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale
    10/24 – Holland, NL @ Paradiso
    10/25 – Leuven, BE @ Het Depot
    10/27 – Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen
    10/28 – Koln, DE @ Kulturkirche
    10/30 – Bologna, IT @ Teatro Antoniano
    10/31 – Rome, IT @ Auditorium Parco della Musica
    11/05 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
    11/06 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
    11/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
    11/09 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
    11/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Sayers Club
    11/12 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing
    11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
    11/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
    11/15 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater
    11/17 – Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
    11/18 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
    11/20 – Seattle, Neptune Theatre
    11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
    12/18 – Tokyo, JP @ O-East
    12/19 – Osaka, JP @ Club Quattro

    21. HEALTH

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    Photo by Philip Cosores

    HEALTH has long earned a reputation as a pulverizing live act, but with the LA group’s new album, Death Magic, the band has created music that is less esoteric, with bigger hooks and a softer edge. At FYF Fest, HEALTH leaped around the stage, shouted manically, and created an overall chaotic spectacle, proving that the resulting live show still manages the intensity and force of their previous output, just with some songs with pop backbones thrown in. HEALTH is more well-rounded now, providing pleasures from varying sources, and giving a good reason why they jumped to a major label for their newest album. —Philip Cosores

    HEALTH 2015 Tour Dates:
    10/09 – Brussels, BE @ Bozar
    10/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Mojo Club
    10/12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
    10/13 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain
    10/16 – Krakow, PL @ Unsound Festival
    10/17 – Prague, CZ @ Meet Factory
    10/19 – Frankfurt, DE @ Mousonturm Saal
    10/20 – Stuttgart, DE @ Im Wizemann
    10/22 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
    10/24 – Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival
    10/25 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Music Week
    10/26 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
    10/27 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
    10/28 – London, UK @ Heaven
    10/30 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival
    11/10 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
    11/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
    11/13 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
    11/14 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
    11/15 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
    11/16 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
    11/17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
    11/19 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
    11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time at Voyeur
    11/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    11/24 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
    11/25 – Montreal, QC @ Le Ritz
    11/26 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
    11/27 – Detroit, MI @ Pike Room
    11/28 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    11/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
    11/30 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
    12/01 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
    12/03 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
    12/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
    12/05 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
    12/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
    12/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    12/09 – Portland, OR @ Holocene

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