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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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    20. Coldplay

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    Look out world: Coldplay is coming to the Super Bowl. The boys from Britain are hitting San Francisco — well, technically Santa Clara — on February 7. Before they (likely) join forces with Bruno Mars and Beyoncé for their Super Bowl 50 festivities, the lads will tour South America and Europe behind A Head Full of Dreams. While their latest album received a tepid reception, Coldplay’s backlist is stocked with catchy anthems and swooning ballads that are sure to work fans into a tizzy. With a North American tour likely to occur amidst festival appearances next summer, and rumors swirling that the band may call it quits or at least take a break following this touring cycle, this may be one of your last chances to catch Chris Martin and co. for the foreseeable future. –Zack Ruskin

    Coldplay 2016 Tour Dates:
    03/31 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Estadio Unico de La Plata
    04/03 – Santiago, CL @ Estadio Nacional
    04/05 – Lima, PE @ Estadio Nacional
    04/07 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Allianz Parque
    04/10 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Maracana
    04/13 – Bogota, CO @ Estadio El Campin
    04/16 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol
    05/24 – Nice, FR @ Stade Charles-Ehrmann
    05/26 – Barcelona, ES @ Estadi Olimpic
    06/01 – Gelsenkirchen, DE @ Veltins-Arena
    06/04 – Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
    06/07 – Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
    06/11 – Zurich, CH @ Stadion Letzigrund
    06/16 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
    06/18 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
    06/23 – Amsterdam, Amsterdam Arena
    06/29 – Berlin, DE @ Olympiastadion
    07/01 – Hamburg, DE @ Volksparkstadion
    07/03 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
    07/05 – Copenhagen, DK @ Telia Parken

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    19. Lil Wayne

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    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Since his official 2014 announcement of Tha Carter V, his alleged final LP that he’s since been unable to deliver, Lil Wayne has tried just about everything within his power to hold his audience over. In an especially tumultuous 2015, Wayne put out a pair of sequence mixtapes, reunited his band Hot Boyz at his own Lil WeezyAna Fest, and sued Birdman over blocking the album’s release. But 2016 will feature him hitting the road for 19 US shows with support from Rae Sremmurd on all but one. Wayne’s Dedication Tour will run from January through at least March and is “dedicated to all of his fans in cities he has rarely visited on his past tour runs,” according to a press release. –Steven Arroyo

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    Lil Wayne 2016 Tour Dates:
    12/05 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
    12/19 – Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
    01/21 – El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
    01/23 – Hidalgo, TX @ State Farm Arena
    01/24 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Arena
    01/28 – Southaven, MS @ Landers Center
    01/29 – Lafayette, LA @ Lafayette Cajundome
    01/31 – Bossier City, LA @ CenturyLink Center
    02/04 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum
    02/05 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre
    02/18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
    02/20 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
    02/21 – Saint Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
    02/23 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
    02/25 – Toledo, OH @ Huntington Center
    02/27 – State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
    02/28 – Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Centre
    03/01 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
    03/03 – Bloomington, IN @ Indiana University Assembly Hall
    03/06 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena


    18. Dixie Chicks

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    The three country rebels from Dallas are back. Ever since getting the (cowboy) boot from their genre for criticizing George W. Bush in 2003, the three members of the critically and commercially huge Dixie Chicks have taken a step away from the limelight. Their last album was in 2006 and their last tour in 2013. That said, the group will be back in a big way this year, touring not only across North America but Europe as well. The hope is that the trio might use this time together as a springboard for new material, but after 10 years without an album, we wouldn’t hold our breath. –Philip Cosores

    Dixie Chicks 2016 Tour Dates:
    06/01 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
    06/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Amphitheater
    06/04 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
    06/05 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
    06/08 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
    06/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
    06/11 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    06/13 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    06/14 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
    06/16 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
    06/17 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
    06/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
    06/21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    06/22 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    06/24 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
    06/25 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
    07/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
    07/08 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
    07/09 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
    07/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
    07/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Toyota Amphitheater
    07/15 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
    07/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas Arena
    07/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion
    07/20 – Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
    08/05 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
    08/06 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion
    08/07 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
    08/10 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
    08/12 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
    08/13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
    08/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Alpharetta Amphitheater
    08/17 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
    08/19 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
    08/20 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
    08/24 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
    08/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Amphitheater
    08/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Minnesota State Fair
    08/30 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
    09/01 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    09/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
    10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl


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    17. Sigur Rós

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    Sigur Rós at Coachella 2013
    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Sigur Rós live is always a treat with an otherworldly stage designed to transport atmospheric arrangements. Having reached a level of respect and creative freedom through multiple world tours and eight albums, the band have decided to do something different for this highly anticipated 2016 festival tour. Rather than promote a new record, Sigur Rós promise new songs to be performed alongside timeless tracks from records past. The band have taken creative risks the past few years from their most recent album, Kveikur – which is essentially a metal album (for them) – to embarking on a film project where they invited filmmakers and artists to create short films inspired by the songs on Valtari. The chosen festivals prove to be in the vein of evolution and creativity. Citadel in London – co-creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands – held its inaugural year in 2015 and boasts a one-day lineup and arts-driven program. This one, like the others, seems like a perfect fit for Sigur Rós to dip their toes in whatever uncharted waters they’ve set out to sail. –Amanda Mayo

    Sigur Rós 2016 Tour Dates:
    06/16 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
    06/18 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
    07/03 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Stereleto Festival
    07/08 – Trencin, SK @ Pohoda Festival
    07/12 – Linz, AT @ Ahoi the Full Hit of Summer
    07/16 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
    07/17 – London, UK @ Citadel Festival
    08/10-13 – Luhmühlen, DE @ A Summer’s Tale
    08/18 – Trondheim, NO @ Pstereo Festival
    08/20 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival

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    16. Iron Maiden

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    To say that Iron Maiden returned to form in 2015 is a bit of an overstatement. There’s not a true dud among the heavy metal band’s first 15 studio albums, and Bruce Dickinson and Co. have already enamored critics twice this century (with 2003’s Dance with Death and 2006’s A Matter of Life and Death). But The Book of Souls is a different kind of beast: a double album filled with some of the most inventive and exploratory material of the band’s long career. The Book of Souls World Tour couldn’t have arrived soon enough, even if it had arrived on time; unfortunately, it was pushed back to 2016 to allow Dickinson to fully recuperate from his recent cancer treatment. Now that Maiden is locked, loaded, and set to perform in 35 countries across the world beginning in February, we finally get to hear the epic “Empire of the Clouds” in person. Nobody’s more excited than the thousands of headbangers in China and El Salvador who will have the chance to meet Eddie and the gang for the very first time. –Collin Brennan

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    Iron Maiden 2016 Tour Dates:
    02/24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
    02/26 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
    02/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
    03/30 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    04/05 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
    04/06 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
    04/11 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
    04/13 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
    04/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
    04/29 – Christchurch, NZ @ Horncastle Arena
    05/01 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
    05/04 – Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
    05/06 – Sydney, AU @ Allphones Arena
    05/09 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
    05/12 – Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
    05/14 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
    05/18 – Cape Town, SA @ Grand Arena
    05/21 – Johannesburg, SA @ Carnival City Festival Lawns

    15. Carly Rae Jepsen

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    When Carly Rae Jepsen announced North American tour dates for 2016, I rejoiced, but also breathed a sigh of relief. Since the Canadian pop singer released her third album, Emotion, in August last year, the musically inclined corners of the internet have relentlessly and sometimes fruitlessly parsed everything about Jepsen, from whether she can really shake “Call Me Maybe” to how the critically acclaimed album ended up a commercial flop. Some of this exercise has been fascinating, but most of it has only been tiring, especially because Emotion, with all its purity of feeling, begs to be celebrated without all that baggage. The album’s ecstatic, larger-than-life ’80s sound demands a dance party with your best friends and fellow fans as Jepsen herself gleefully leads and oversees this communal effervescence. She’ll take America to the feeling on her headlining Gimmie Love Tour over February and March before opening for pop-rock group Hedley back home in Canada in the spring. –Karen Gwee

    Carly Rae Jepsen 2016 Tour Dates:
    02/12 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
    02/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore Charlotte
    02/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
    02/15 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live Orlando
    02/17 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
    03/19 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
    02/20 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
    02/21 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
    02/24 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
    02/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
    02/26 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove Of Anaheim
    02/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
    02/29 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
    03/01 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    03/02 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
    03/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
    03/05 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
    03/07 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
    03/08 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
    03/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
    03/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
    03/12 – Chicago, IL @ Metro / Smart Bar
    03/13 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
    03/14 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
    03/17 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
    03/18 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
    03/19 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
    03/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
    03/22 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
    03/23 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
    03/25 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
    03/26 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

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    14. Animal Collective

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    When you purchase tickets to see Animal Collective, you’re picking up dice and trying your luck. That much is no secret. The psych-rock weirdos are notorious for hit-or-miss live sets, especially when it comes to playing their hits. A tempo divide on “Purple Bottle” could lead to them skipping it altogether, or a double-digit jam on an EP deep cut could leave casual fans clueless. That doesn’t mean you should skip this tour. With Deakin stepping out of the frame once again and an eclectic set of electronica pop setting into the frame, 2016 is a new year for the band. Heck, it’s worth it just to dance to “FloriDada” live. Given their 10th album, next month’s Painting With, holds heavy ties to dinosaurs, it’s safe to assume their colorful stage decorations and absurd inflatables will leave another lasting impression. –Nina Corcoran

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    Animal Collective 2016 Tour Dates:
    02/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
    02/20 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
    02/22 – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston *
    02/23 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
    02/26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall *
    02/27 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall *
    02/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
    03/01 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre *
    03/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
    03/04 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
    03/05 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater *
    03/07 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
    03/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre *
    03/11-13 – Phoenix, AZ @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival
    04/01 – Brussels, BE @ Le Botanique Orangerie ^
    04/02 – The Hague, NL @ Rewire Festival
    04/04 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahrlich ^
    04/05 – Berlin, DE @ Postbahnhof ^
    04/07 – Milan, IT @ C2C Festival ^
    04/08 – Stans, CH @ Stanser Musiktage Festival
    04/09 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale ^
    04/11 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire ^
    04/13 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy ^
    04/28 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge +
    04/29 – Austin, TX @ LEVITATION
    05/01 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom +
    05/03 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant +
    05/04 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre +
    05/06 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works +
    05/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre +
    05/08 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel +
    05/10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club +
    05/13 – Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live at the Queen +
    05/14 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom +

    * = w/ Ratking
    ^ = w/ GFOTY
    + = w/ Kaitlyn Smith


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    13. Ween

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    Gene and Dean Ween have been sliming the edges of indie pop since the mid-’80s, but four years ago, it looked as if they’d hung up their hats and retired from their posts as music’s favorite acid-tripping uncles. Luckily, band breakups don’t last long in this century, and late last year the mighty Ween reemerged from hibernation. Not only will they take the stage alongside their longtime touring bandmates, but the duo has also promised some brand-new material to emerge from the depths of their sick, sick minds. “Ween is an extension of who we are. It’s not a persona that we put on to go onstage,” said Dean, aka Mickey Melchiondo, in a statement announcing the reunion. As much as the band has tried to escape themselves, it seems they can’t help being Ween — and thank gosh for that. –Sasha Geffen

    Ween 2015 Tour Dates:
    02/12 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center
    02/13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center
    02/14 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center
    03/04-06 – Okeechobee, FL @ Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
    04/14 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
    04/15 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
    04/16 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
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    12. Future

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    After conquering 2015 with an unparalleled run of mixtapes, albums, and collaborations, Future is taking some time away from cranking out new music at an exhilarating rate to embark on a Spring US tour. Often some of the best rap concerts come when artists choose to display a snapshot of the greatest hits that encompass their career, playing a minute or two from each of their many hits rather than sticking to full songs. With Future, he can craft a set full of greatest hits from his 2015 output alone, and in recent concerts, he has indulged fans by playing favorites from DS2, 56 Nights, Beast Mode, Monster, and What a Time to Be Alive. Beyond being one of the more prolific and beloved artists of the past few years, Future is also a skilled performer who knows how to work a crowd and give them exactly what they want. For fans who spent the past year debating which release was the best to gift to friends who only know “F*ck Up Some Commas”, Future’s tour is not one to miss. –David Sackllah

    Future 2016 Tour Dates:
    02/17 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
    02/18 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
    02/19 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
    02/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
    02/25 – Ledyard, CT @ The Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Resort
    02/26 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
    02/27 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
    02/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
    02/29 – Washington, D. C. @ The Fillmore
    03/02 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
    03/04 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
    03/05 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
    03/06 – Okeechobee, FL @ Okeechobee Music Festival
    03/07 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
    03/10 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
    03/11 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
    03/12 – New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Festival
    03/13 – Houston, TX @ Revention Center
    03/15 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
    03/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pot of Gold Festival
    03/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
    03/19 – San Jose, CA @ Event Center at SJSU


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    11. The Who

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    Out of all the classic rock bands still touring, The Who are the only band still together that nail their songs without losing the speed of their youth. Mick Jagger’s got moves, but Keith Richards is ready to topple over. Sure, only two of the original four Who members are still alive, and sure, they’re certainly old (70 years old, in fact), but you wouldn’t guess their age by watching them windmill chords or whip the microphone in aerial loops. Saying farewell to the group responsible for hits like “Pinball Wizard”, “Baba O’Riley”, and “My Generation” is tough. The fact that this tour celebrates their 50th year as a band makes that goodbye wave a bit easier, especially with renowned bassist Pino Palladino filling in for John Entwistle and Zak Starkey filling in for Keith Moon. –Nina Corcoran

    The Who 2016 Tour Dates:
    02/27 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
    03/01 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    03/03 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    03/07 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
    03/10 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
    03/12 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
    03/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
    03/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
    03/19 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
    03/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
    03/24 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
    03/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
    03/29 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
    04/26 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    04/29 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
    05/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
    05/04 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
    05/06 – Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
    05/08 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
    05/10 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
    05/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
    05/15 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center
    05/17 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
    05/19 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
    05/22 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
    05/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
    05/27 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
    05/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Colosseum at Caesars Palace

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    10. Bon Iver

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    Bon Iver’s continued existence was a giant question mark at this time last year. Even after the band’s first performance in three years at the Eaux Claires Music Festival, mastermind Justin Vernon was cagey about the project’s future. Then in November, it finally became clear that 2016 would see the return of Bon Iver with the group’s first announced tour dates. True, the shows are currently only scheduled for Asia (the first time the band’s traveled there), but it does raise hopes for a North American trek to be announced soon. Add that to the fact that they debuted new material at their only 2015 gig, and it seems like this year could be the one we’ve been waiting three years for from Vernon and co. –Ben Kaye

    Bon Iver 2016 Tour Dates:
    02/21 – Seoul, KR @ AX Hall
    02/24 – Taiwan, TW @ TICC
    02/26 – Singapore @ The Star Theatre
    02/29 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast
    03/02 – Osaka, JP @ Zepp Namba
    03/05 – Manila, PH @ Wanderland Music & Arts Festival
    03/08 – Hong Kong @ MacPherson Stadium

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    09. Ellie Goulding

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    Getting booked at Coachella as direct support for LCD Soundystem on opening night is just one of many signs that British pop singer Ellie Goulding has fully arrived. Another is the arena tour she has scheduled leading up to it, the largest venues she has headlined in her still blossoming career. Many could say they saw it coming, from her topping the BBC’s Sound Of… poll in 2010 to her high-charting single “Lights” in 2011. However, it might be a movie soundtrack for 50 Shades of Grey and her contribution “Love Me Like You Do” that has really cemented Goulding as a mega-star. Seeing how she responds to an even brighter spotlight will be well worth the price of admission. –Philip Cosores

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    Ellie Goulding 2016 Tour Dates:
    04/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
    04/02 – Seattle, WA @ Seattle Center – Key Arena
    04/03 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden – Theater of the Clouds
    04/05 – Sacramento, CA @ Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
    04/06 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
    04/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center Arena
    04/09 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
    04/12 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center*
    04/13 – West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Center*
    04/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre*
    04/18 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie*
    04/19 – Cedar Park, TX @ Cedar Park Center*
    04/23 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena*
    05/05 – Saint Paul, MN @ Theater at Xcel Energy Center*
    05/06 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena*
    05/07 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center – Cleveland State University*
    05/09 – Ypsilanti, MI @ EMU Convocation Center*
    05/10 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre*
    05/11 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center*
    05/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE*
    05/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farmers Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park*
    05/16 – Saint Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena*
    05/17 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater*
    05/18 – Oklahoma City, @ OK Zoo Amphitheatre*
    05/20 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion*
    05/21 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center*
    06/02 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
    06/03 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
    06/04 – Orlando, FL @ University of Central Florida – CFE Arena
    06/06 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
    06/07 – Charleston, SC @ Volvo Cars Stadium
    06/09 – Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheater at The Music Factory
    06/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre
    06/13 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
    06/14 – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
    06/15 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
    06/18 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
    06/19 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    06/21 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden


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    08. Pearl Jam

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    Well, bad news first: it seems unlikely that we’ll get a new Pearl Jam album this year, as the band made it known that they’ve yet to really hit the follow-up to 2013’s Lightning Bolt head-on yet. But the good news is that isn’t going to keep the band from touring, as they also announced they plan to make their way across the US this year. While we don’t have specific dates and locations yet, Consequence of Sound has personally confirmed one major stopping point for the Seattle legends: Bonnaroo. We’d guess that the rest of the tour might surround that June appearance in some way. Stay tuned. –Philip Cosores

    Pearl Jam 2016 Tour Dates:
    TBA


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    07. Tool

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    When Tool announced their 2016 tour dates, it initially looked very similar to their 2014 mini-run, when the band played California, Arizona, Texas, and not much else. But soon the tour expanded and now runs through all of January, hitting up much of the South as well. Without new music to debut, the move appears to be a quick jaunt to pad bank accounts for the continued work on their long-awaited follow-up to 10,000 Days, now 10 years old. But with a band like Tool, the reason for the tour is of less interest than the performance they put on. The band is promising to be dwarfed by giant video projections and is bringing Primus along for the ride, meaning hard rock fans will have reason to celebrate this winter. Just as long as they don’t live above the Mason-Dixon Line. –Philip Cosores

    Tool 2016 Tour Dates:
    01/06 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
    01/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
    01/09 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena *
    01/10 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena *
    01/13 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
    01/14 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center *
    01/16 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center *
    01/17 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre *
    01/19 – Southaven, MS @ Landers Center *
    01/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center *
    01/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Center *
    01/23 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
    01/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center *
    01/26 – Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum *
    01/27 – Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum *
    01/28 – Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena *
    01/30 – Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Bay Center *
    01/31 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center *

    * = w/ Primus


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    06. Black Sabbath

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    The Ozzman Cometh. And the Ozzman Goeth. But not before a final jaunt 48 years after Black Sabbath’s inception in working-class Birmingham. Heavy metal founding fathers Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Ozzy Osbourne himself have had some of the wildest career turns in rock n’ roll. And while it’s a shame that on-going disputes will prevent original drummer Bill Ward from joining this last waltz, session drummer and substitute player Tommy Clufetos (also of Ozzy’s solo band) will make sure a thunderous percussion section is included in the ticket price.

    Both Black Sabbath and Ozzy have toured extensively for decades, selling out arenas, headlining festivals, and even reuniting more than once at the frontman’s titular Ozzfest. Now, as the live era reaches its conclusion, the group has shared that this final tour “promises to surpass all previous tours and will feature the band’s most mesmerizing production ever.” New dates have also been added, meaning you’ll have plenty of chances in 2016 to bid farewell to your metal overlords. But please remember to refrain from biting the heads off winged animals. –Dan Pfleegor

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    Black Sabbath 2016 Tour Dates:
    01/20 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
    01/22 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
    01/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
    01/27 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
    01/30 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Centre
    02/01 – Calgary, ON @ Scotiabank Saddledome
    02/03 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
    02/06 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
    02/09 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
    02/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
    02/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
    02/15 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
    02/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
    02/19 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
    02/21 – Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre
    02/23 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
    02/25 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    02/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    04/15 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
    04/17 – Adelaide, AU @ Entertainment Centre
    04/19 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
    04/23 – Sydney, AU @ Allphones Arena
    04/25 – Brisbane, AU @ Entertainment Centre
    04/28 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
    04/30 – Dunedin, NZ @ Forsyth Barr Stadium
    06/01 – Budapest, HR @ Groupama Arena
    06/08 – Berlin, DE @ Waldebuhne
    06/11 – Donington, UK @ Download Festival
    06/13 – Verona, IT @ Arena di Verona
    06/15 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadon
    06/17 – Dessel, BE @ Grasspop
    06/23 – Halden, NO @ Tons of Rock
    06/25 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhall
    06/28 – Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle
    06/30 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena
    07/02 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena
    07/05 – Riga, LV @ Riga Arena
    07/07 – Helsinki, FI @ Monsters of Rock
    07/09 – Stockholm, SE @ Monsters of Rock
    07/12 – Moscow, RU @ Olympisky Arena
    08/17 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
    08/19 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
    08/21 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
    08/23 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
    08/25 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
    08/27 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
    08/29 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    08/31 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
    09/02 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
    09/04 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    09/07 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
    09/09 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Ampitheater
    09/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Ampitheater
    09/13 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Arena
    09/15 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
    09/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
    09/19 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
    09/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion

    05. Rihanna

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    As of press time, we still don’t have an album release for Rihanna to tour behind, as Anti remains on hold due to the rumored dissatisfaction of her boyfriend, Travis Scott. Regardless of the album’s lack of a clear release plan, the show must go on, and RiRi is set to launch her massive world tour on February 26th in San Diego. Scott will support in the US, while the European leg will be even grander with The Weeknd and Big Sean set to appear. The run will span most of the spring and summer, her first large-scale set of dates since her co-headline stadium run with Eminem. Still, without word on what exactly she is supporting (unless the only new songs she will feature are her inescapable recent singles “Bitch Better Have My Money”, “FourFiveSeconds”, and her latest, “American Oxygen”), the tour remains a bit of a mystery. This will likely be more clear before the end of February. –Philip Cosores

    Rihanna 2016 Tour Dates:
    02/26 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena *
    02/28 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center *
    03/01 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena *
    03/04 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center *
    03/05 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center *
    03/06 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center *
    03/08 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center *
    03/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena *
    03/12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Arena *
    03/13 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena *
    03/15 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena *
    03/18 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
    03/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena *
    03/20 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena *
    03/22 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *
    03/23 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center *
    03/24 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills *
    03/26 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center *
    03/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
    04/02 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center *
    04/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *
    04/05 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron *
    04/06 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *
    04/09 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena *
    04/10 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *
    04/13 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Center *
    04/15 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *
    04/18 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre *
    04/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place *
    04/21 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome *
    04/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *
    04/24 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena *
    04/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena *
    04/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay *
    05/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum *
    05/07 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena *
    06/11 – Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Arena ^
    06/14 – Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Arena ^
    06/16 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff Stadium ^
    06/18 – Sunderland, UK @ Stadium of Light ^
    06/21 – Dublin, IE @ Aviva Stadium ^
    06/24 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium ^
    06/27 – Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park ^
    07/04 – Stockholm, SE @ Tele2 Arena ^
    07/07 – Copenhagen, DK @ Refshale Island ^
    07/09 – Hamburg, DE @ Volkspark Stadion ^
    07/13 – Milan, IT @ San Siro ^
    07/15 – Nice, FR @ Allianz Stadium ^
    07/17 – Frankfurt, DE @ Commerzbank Arena ^
    07/19 – Lyon, FR @ Grande Stade ^
    07/23 – Lille, FR @ Stade Lille ^
    07/26 – Prague, CZ @ Synotip Arena ^
    07/28 – Cologne, DE @ Rhein Energie Stadion ^
    07/30 – Paris, FR @ Stade de France ^
    08/02 – Berlin, DE @ Olympiastadion ^
    08/05 – Warsaw, PL @ PGE Narodowy ^
    08/07 – Munich, DE @ Olympiastadion ^
    08/10 – Vienna, AT @ Ernst Happel Stadium ^
    08/12 – Zurich, CH @ Letzigrung Stadion ^

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    * = w/ Travi$ Scott
    ^ = w/ The Weeknd and Big Sean


    04. The Cure

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    The Cure are an institution at this point. The goth pop-rockers have been going steady since 1976, releasing 13 albums and helping teenagers of multiple generations deal with their complex feelings. While some of their later work has not been as critically adored, their live performances have remained remarkably steady. Robert Smith’s voice remains a timeless bastion of heartache and longing, sweetly crooning over the band’s impeccable post-punk arrangements. It’s a time for old fans to rekindle their love for the band and for new fans to find that emotional release promised from their parents’ old copies of Disintegration. We’re lucky to have The Cure still going strong and shouldn’t take this opportunity for granted. –Dusty Henry

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    The Cure 2016 Tour Dates:
    05/10 – New Orleans, LA @ U.N.O. Lakefront Arena *
    05/11 – New Orleans, LA @ U.N.O. Lakefront Arena *
    05/13 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center *
    05/14 – Houston, TX @ TBA *
    05/15 – Dallas, TX @ TBA *
    05/17 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center *
    05/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea Theater at the Cosmopolitan *
    05/20 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater *
    05/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
    05/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
    05/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
    05/26 – Mountain View, CA @ Shorline Amphitheatre *
    05/31 – Vancouver, BC @ Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park *
    06/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center *
    06/05 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre *
    06/08 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre *
    06/10 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion *
    06/11 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion *
    06/12 – Toronto, ON @ TBA *
    06/13 – Toronto, ON @ TBA *
    06/14 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *
    06/16 – Boston, MA @ TBA *
    06/18 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
    06/19 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
    06/20 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
    06/22 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
    06/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater Lakewood *
    06/26 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater *
    06/27 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater *
    10/07 – Helsinki, FI @ Hartwall Arena *
    10/09 – Stockholm, SE @ Ericsson Globe Arena *
    10/11 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum *
    10/12 – Gotenburg, SE @ Scandinavium *
    10/14 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum *
    10/17 – Hamburg, DE @ Barclaycard Arena *
    10/18 – Berlin, DE @ Mercedes-Benz Arena *
    10/20 – Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena *
    10/22 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena *
    10/24 – Munich, DE @ Olympiahalle *
    10/26 – Vienna, AT @ Marxhalle *
    10/27 – Budapest, HR @ Papp Lazlo Sports Arena *
    10/29 – Bologna, IT @ Unipol Arena *
    10/30 – Rome, IT @ Palalottomatica *
    11/01 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum *
    11/04 – Basel, CH @ St. Jakobshalle *
    11/08 – Leipzig, DE @ Arena *
    11/10 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena *
    11/12 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportspaleis *
    11/13 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome *
    11/15 – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Arena *
    11/17 – Lyon, FR @ Halle Tony Garnier *
    11/18 – Montpellier, FR @ Park & Suites Arena *
    11/20 – Madrid, ES @ Barclaycard Center *
    11/22 – Lisbon, PT @ MEO Arena *
    11/24 – Bilbao, ES @ BEC *
    11/26 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau St Jordi *
    11/29 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena *
    12/01 – London, UK @ SSE Wembley Arena *

    * = w/ The Twilight Sad


    03. Bruce Springsteen

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    Any time Bruce Springsteen takes to the road with the E Street Band is an occasion to camp out on Ticketmaster with your cursor hovering over the purchase button, but this time out is unique. The 24-date trek will see the Boss and his band revisiting their 1980 double-LP classic, The River, in celebration of the massive reissue, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. They’ll be performing all 20 album tracks in sequential order, which might sound potentially boring, but this is The River we’re talking about. Plus, toss in some other Bruce favorites peppered through the encore, and the echoes of the legendary four-hour performances from back in ’80-’81 start to ring loud. True, the dates have sold out in record time, but all the performances will be recorded and mixed for Live.BruceSpringsteen.net as high-quality MP3s and CDs. –Ben Kaye

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 2016 Tour Dates:
    01/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
    01/19 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
    01/24 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    01/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    01/29 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
    01/31 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
    02/02 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    02/04 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
    02/08 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
    02/10 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
    02/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
    02/16 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
    02/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
    02/21 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
    02/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
    02/25 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
    02/27 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
    02/29 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
    03/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
    03/06 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
    03/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
    03/13 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
    03/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
    03/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena


    02. Adele

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    Adele 2016 Tour

    Three days. That’s all the time it took for Adele, the reigning queen of the music charts, to seize the crown for best-selling record of 2015 with 25. The hysteria continued to the British singer’s world tour, which hits just about every major arena in 2016, from Los Angeles’ Staples Center to New York’s Madison Square Garden to London’s O2 Arena. Unsurprisingly, many tour dates sold out in mere minutes – if not seconds – leaving many fans disappointed and scalpers eagerly licking their chops. As Rolling Stone points out in their cover story, Adele’s 2011 tour was cut short due to vocal surgery, but the procedure has actually “added four notes to the top of her range.” All signs point to her vocals still being the the real deal. The time spent out of the spotlight has only heightened the public’s enormous demand for Adele, so it’s a safe bet that 25-Mania will continue well into 2016 as the vocalist begins to perform more of her new album live. –Killian Young

    Adele 2016 Tour Dates:
    02/29 – Belfast, IE @ SSE Arena
    03/01 – Belfast, IE @ SSE Arena
    03/04 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
    03/05 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
    03/07 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
    03/08 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
    03/10 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
    03/11 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
    03/15 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    03/16 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    03/18 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    03/19 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    03/21 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    03/22 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    03/25 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
    03/26 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
    03/29 – Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
    03/30 – Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
    04/01 – Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
    04/02 – Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
    04/04 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    04/05 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    04/29 – Stockholm, SE @ Tele2 Arena
    05/01 – Oslo, NO @ Telenor Arena
    05/03 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum
    05/04 – Herning, DK @ Jyske Bank Boxen
    05/07 – Berlin, DE @ Mercedes Benz Arena
    05/08 – Berlin, DE @ Mercedes Benz Arena
    05/10 – Hamburg, DE @ Barclaycard Arena
    05/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Barclaycard Arena
    05/14 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena
    05/15 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena
    05/17 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
    05/18 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
    05/21 – Lisbon, PT @ MEO Arena
    05/22 – Lisbon, PT @ MEO Arena
    05/24 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi
    05/25 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi
    05/28 – Verona, IT @ Arena di Verona
    05/29 – Verona, IT @ Arena di Verona
    06/01 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
    06/03 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
    06/04 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
    06/06 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
    06/09 – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Arena
    06/10 – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Arena
    06/12 – Antwerp, BE @Sportpaleis
    06/13 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
    06/15 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
    07/05 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
    07/06 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
    07/10 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
    07/11 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
    07/13 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
    07/16 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
    07/17 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
    07/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
    07/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
    07/25 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
    07/26 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
    07/30 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
    07/31 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
    08/02 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
    08/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
    08/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
    08/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
    08/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
    08/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
    08/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
    08/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
    08/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
    09/06 – Auburn Hills MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
    09/07 – Auburn Hills MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
    09/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
    09/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
    09/14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
    09/15 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
    09/19 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    09/20 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    09/22 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    09/23 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    09/25 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    09/26 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    09/30 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
    10/01 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
    10/03 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    10/04 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    10/06 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    10/07 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    10/10 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
    10/11 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
    10/15 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
    10/16 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
    10/25 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
    10/26 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
    10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
    10/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
    11/01 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
    11/02 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
    11/04 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
    11/05 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
    11/08 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
    11/09 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
    11/14 – Mexico City, MX @ Palacio de los Deportes
    11//15 – Mexico City, MX @ Palacio de los Deportes

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    01. Guns N’ Roses

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    The last time Slash played with Axl Rose? Over 22 years ago, as that embattled, classic incarnation of Guns N’ Roses finished their massive Use Your Illusion Tour at the cost of growing fissures among its members. Since then, Rose forged ahead and released Chinese Democracy (2008), the band’s most recent full-length record. Meanwhile, Slash worked on solo albums and toured with Myles Kennedy. (The guitarist’s sets still heavily feature beloved Guns N’ Roses classics.)

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    Recently, the bad blood between the two rock stars has dissipated, with Slash calling his restored friendship with Rose “way overdue.” Clues slowly began to emerge, starting with Guns N’ Roses’ website. Merch appeared showcasing the classic lineup, a significant development because those rights were previously contested between Slash and Rose. Then sources told CoS that the band was “fielding offers for a potential reunion tour, with Coachella among the band’s biggest suitors.” And last week those rumors came to fruition as Coachella announced their 2016 lineup. It’s a major coup for the festival to give rock fans young and old another chance to hear Slash and Axl Rose perform Guns N’ Roses classics like “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, and “November Rain”. –Killian Young

    Guns N’ Roses 2016 Tour Dates:
    TBA

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