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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of 2016

These are the absolute must-see shows you'll find us at this year

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    We’ve already run down the albums you should look out for in 2016, and the movies, but one of our favorite aspects of looking ahead has to do with what bands and musicians we will get to see out in the world. Our list includes rising stars and known commodities, ranging from pop stars to underground rockers, with venue sizes ranging from tiny clubs to football stadiums.

    And even beyond what we’ve picked out as the best of the known commodities, we also have a ton to look forward to that is currently unknown. Will Radiohead play shows in support of their next album? Probably. What about that LCD Soundsystem reunion tour? Likely. And will Kanye West bring Swish to an arena near you? Hopefully! As always, we’ll probably have to update these by summer, but for now, here are the 25 concert tours we’re most looking forward to in 2016.


    25. Vince Staples

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    If 2015 was the year Vince Staples introduced himself to the world outside Long Beach, 2016 is the year he brings Long Beach to the world. The rapper has already toured the country as an undercard with Danny Brown on the A$AP Rocky and Tyler, the Creator show, but he recently announced that he’ll be headlining his own 23-city tour in support of his double-LP debut, Summertime ‘06, one of our top 50 albums of 2015. The tour will also take him to a handful of notable music festivals around the globe, including Delaware’s Firefly and Denmark’s Roskilde. Wherever he goes, the 22-year-old can’t help but be the main attraction. His youthful physicality allows him to keep flowing long after his peers would be gasping for air, and his volatile personality is rarely less than captivating. Even hometown audiences have a hard time discerning when Staples is joking and when he’s taking himself deadly seriously. When he takes his show on the road, the potential for explosiveness will be high. –Collin Brennan

    Vince Staples Circa ’06 2016 Tour Dates:
    01/30 – Singapore, SG @ Laneway Festival
    02/01 – Auckland, NZ @ Laneway Festival
    02/05 – Port Adelaide, AU @ Harts Mill
    02/06 – Bowen Hills, AU @ Brisbane Showgrounds
    02/07 – Rozelle, AU @ Sydney College of the Arts
    02/09 – Moore Park, AU @ Max Watt’s Sydney
    02/10 – Melbourne, AU @ Max Watt’s Melbourne
    02/13 – Footscray, AU @ Footscray Community Arts Centre
    02/14 – Fremantle, AU @ Esplanade Park
    02/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall
    02/28 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
    03/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
    03/02 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
    03/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
    03/05 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
    03/07 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
    03/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
    03/09 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
    03/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
    03/12 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners


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    24. Justin Bieber

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    Anticipating a Justin Bieber tour may have some wondering “What Do You Mean?”, but alas, here we are — with a polished and PR-crafted, apologetic, and possibly tamed version of a former man-child gone wild. His latest album, Purpose, is appropriately named considering there is somewhat substantial meaning behind most of the lyics, with generous cushioning from synths and electronic beats. It seems logical his tour would follow a similar trajectory, purposely relying on his handful of latest hits — 17 of which made Billboard’s Hot 100 — and leaving songs from his bowl cut haircut days in the past with his innocence. Bieber’s Purpose World Tour (the 58-date North American leg begins March 9 in Seattle and ends July 18 at the iconic Madison Square Garden) should shed the juvenile behavior of Bieber’s past (keyword being should) and showcase his new, more sensitive self, tears and all. In a time when teen pop stars from Selena Gomez to Nick Jonas are venturing into their more mature and sensual selves, considering Bieber’s collection of WTF moments, he may be the most entertaining to watch of them all. –Lyndsey Havens

    Justin Bieber 2016 Tour Dates<:
    03/09 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center
    03/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live! at Rogers Arena
    03/13 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center @ at Rose Quarter
    03/15 – Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Arena
    03/17 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
    03/18 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
    03/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
    03/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
    03/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
    03/26 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
    03/29 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
    03/30 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
    04/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
    04/04 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
    04/06 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
    04/07 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
    04/09 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
    04/10 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
    04/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
    04/19 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
    04/20 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
    04/22 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
    04/23 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
    04/25 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace Of Auburn Hills
    04/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
    04/28 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
    04/29 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
    05/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
    05/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
    05/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
    05/10 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
    05/13 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
    05/14 – Quebec City, BC @ Videotron Centre
    05/16 – Montreal, BC @ Bell Centre
    05/18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    05/19 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    06/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
    06/13 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
    06/14 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
    06/16 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
    06/18 – Fargo, ND @ FARGODOME
    06/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
    06/21 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
    06/22 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
    06/24 – Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
    06/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    06/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
    06/29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    06/30 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
    07/02 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
    07/06 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
    07/07 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
    07/09 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
    07/10 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
    07/12 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
    07/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
    07/15 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
    07/18 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden

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    23. Mac DeMarco

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    There are two sides to Mac DeMarco: the sentimental crooner on his records and the mischievous jokester who exists in every facet of his public life. His live show is no exception to the latter. Despite his songs sounding like blissful A.M. radio romps, he’s been known to stage dive from upper balconies and include prolonged rasta jams in the middle of his sets. Even when he’s not performing daring feats, his mannerisms alone keep audiences fixated on the stage or keeling over in laughter. Whether it’s his Groucho Marx eyebrow waves or winks, it’s like being in the presence of a Tim and Eric character come to life. DeMarco is his own brand of punk rock, using easygoing vibes instead of power chord riffs to bolster his rebellious spirit. Oh yeah, and he still sounds great. –Dusty Henry

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    Mac DeMarco 2016 Tour Dates:
    01/10 – Busselton, AU @ Southbound Festival
    01/13-14 – Auckland, NZ @ Kings Arms Tavern
    01/15 – Wellington, NZ @ Bodega
    01/16 – Woolston, NZ @ Gustavs
    05/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
    05/16 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
    05/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
    05/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
    05/22 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater
    05/25 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
    05/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl
    06/02-05 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival


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    22. Joanna Newsom

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    Divers, the new album from serene songstress Joanna Newsom, marked not only her first record in five years, but also sparked the hope of indulging in the somewhat rare opportunity of hearing the power of Newsom’s voice live. Lead single “Sapokanikan” is already spellbinding as a studio track – one can only imagine its potency in the flesh. Yes, Newsom will quite possibly find her name atop the lineup posters for several marquee festivals next summer, but with all due respect to the rambunctious monster that is a music festival, Newsom’s brand of music will be best enjoyed on her current club tour. Bonus points to Newsom’s team for snagging Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold to open for her with what he promises will be all new solo material. –Zack Ruskin

    Joanna Newsom 2016 Tour Dates:
    01/19 – Melbourne, AU @ Hamer Hall
    01/21 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House
    01/23 – Brisbane, AU @ QPAC Concert Hall
    01/26 – Osaka, JP @ Osaka Club
    01/27 – Tokyo, JP @ Christ Shinagawa Church Gloria Chapel
    01/28 – Tokyo, JP @ Christ Shinagawa Church Gloria Chapel
    02/24 – Brussels, BE @ Palais de Beaux-Arts #
    02/25 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampgnagel #
    02/27 – Groningen, NL @ De Oosterpoort #
    02/28 – Nijmegen, NL @ Concertgebouw De Vereeniging #
    03/01 – Liverpool, UK @ The Philharmonic Hall #
    03/02 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall #
    03/03 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre #
    03/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre #
    03/27 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
    03/28 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall #
    03/29 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre #
    03/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre #
    03/31 – Spokane, WA @ Bing Crosby Theater #
    04/01 – Boise, ID @ Egyptian Theatre #
    04/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot #
    04/03 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater #

    # = w/ Robin Pecknold


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    21. Protomartyr

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    For their upcoming coast-to-coast US tour (plus one Vancouver date), Detroit’s Protomartyr will be supported on a chunk of West Coast shows in March by Chastity Belt of Washington state. Both bands put out a very good album last year (The Agent Intellect from Protomartyr; Time to Go Home from Chastity Belt), each of which arrived within a year and a half of yet another very good album (Under Color of Official Right; No Regrets), and they’ll be armed with a surplus of fresh material ready to be fine-tuned ontage through the end of winter. –Steven Arroyo

    Protomartyr 2016 Tour Dates:

    01/20 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
    01/21 – Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox
    01/22 – Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse
    01/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
    01/24 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    01/29 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
    01/30 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
    02/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
    02/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
    02/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
    02/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    02/14 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
    02/16 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Back Room)
    02/17 – Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
    02/18 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
    02/19 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater
    02/20 – Miami, FL @ Gramps
    02/21 – Ybor City, FL @ New World Brewery
    02/23 – Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn
    02/24 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
    02/25 – Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown (Bad Ass Weekend IV)
    02/26 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
    02/27 – Dallas, TX @ RBC
    02/28 – Norman, OK @ Opolis Production
    03/01 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
    03/02 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
    03/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
    03/04 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
    03/05 – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
    03/07 – Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir Lounge
    03/08 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Fortune Sound Club
    03/11 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
    03/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    03/13 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
    03/31 – Dublin, Ireland @ Workman’s Club
    04/01 – Liverpool, England @ Magnet
    04/02 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Broadcast
    04/04 – London, England @ 100 Club
    04/05 – Reims, France @ La Cartonnerie
    04/06 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Het Bos
    04/07 – Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
    04/08 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
    04/09 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Motel Mozaique — Rotown
    04/11 – Dusseldorf, Germany @ Zakk
    04/12 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Club Schocken
    04/13 – Munich, Germany @ Orangehouse
    04/14 – St. Gallen, Switzerland @ Palace
    04/15 – Bologna, Italy @ Covo Club
    04/16 – Rome, Italy @ Monk
    04/18 – Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Gala Hala
    04/19 – Zagreb, Croatia @ Culture Factory
    04/20 – Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea
    04/21 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Basement Bar

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