The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Summer 2016

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Whether you are still in school or in the work force, the connotation of summer never really changes. Sure, you get a three-month vacation when you are younger, but professionals still treat the warmest months as a time for play. That’s part of the reason so many great concerts happen during the season, with outdoor venues fully functional and music festivals commencing every weekend.

What’s so special about this year? Quite a lot, actually. From one-of-a-kind pairings (AC/DC with Axl Rose) to the return of absolute favorites (Radiohead, The Cure, PJ Harvey), this year is lining up to be a memorable one in terms of entertainment. Hopefully you haven’t slept on getting tickets to these 25 tours, which span everything from hip-hop and rock to comedy and country. Put on some sunscreen and stay cool.

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25. Louis C.K.

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Louis C.K.’s recent web-only TV series, Horace and Pete, is a dark, dark, dark tragedy that was through-and-through a creative success, and while it had laughs of its own to offer, they were usually much less comfortable and frequent than those his stand-up demands. Nobody is accusing Louie’s act of being light (re-watch his Saturday Night Live opening monologue about child molesters to quickly debunk that theory), but regardless, he’s getting back out there and bringing an edgy set of fresh material on the road for a 20-city tour between May and September. Louie wrote in an email to fans that his act is all new and said, “I think I’m better at comedy right now than I’ve been for a while,” and on that front, he’s never given us a reason to doubt him. –Derrick Rossignol

Louis CK 2016 Tour Dates:
05/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (early show)
05/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (late show)
05/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (early show)
05/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (late show)
05/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
05/20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
05/20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre (late show)
05/25 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Grand Theatre
05/26 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Grand Theatre
05/31 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
06/01 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (early show)
06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (late show)
06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (late show)
06/08 – Wikes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena
06/09 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
07/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
07/09 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
07/10 – Inglewood, CA @ The Los Angeles Forum
07/12 – Houston, TX @ NRG Arena
07/14 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
07/15 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
07/22 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
08/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
08/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
08/03 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
08/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
08/05 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
08/06 – Springfield, MA @ MassMutual Center
08/12 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
08/15 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
08/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
08/18 – Jerusalem, IS @ Jerusalem Payis Arena
08/20 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Copenhagen
08/21 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
08/22 – Prague, CH @ Prague Congress Centre
09/08 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
09/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
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24. Garbage

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Photo by Frank Mojica

The Wisconsin-based, Scot-fronted rock act, with hits that include “Push It”, “Special”, and “I Think I’m Paranoid”, have the perk of being a throwback act that appeals to folks who grew up in the angsty 1990s when alternative was a lifestyle and nu-metal was considered a breakthrough. This means that the current wave of ’90s nostalgia constitutes perfect timing. Garbage could not pick a better year to tour, and if for no other reason, catch this to see Shirley Manson do what she does best: radiate pure cynicism and make you feel happy about it. –David Buchanan

Garbage 2016 Tour Dates:
05/24 – Reims, FR @ La Cartonnerie
05/26 – Dortmund, DE @ Rock im Revier Festival
05/27 – Frankfurt, DE @ Women of the World Festival
05/28 – Munich, DE @ Rockavaria Festival
05/30 – Amsterdam, NL @ The Paradiso
05/31 – Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier
06/01 – Nyon, CH @ Caribana Festival
06/03 – Lyon, FR @ Le Radiant
06/04 – Montereau, FR @ Montereau Confluence Festival
06/05 – Grenoble, FR @ La Belle Electrique
06/07 – Ljublijana, SI @ Center Urbane Kulture Kino Siska
06/08 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique
06/10 – Nickelsdorf, AT @ Nova Rock Festival
06/13 – London, UK @ Troxy
06/14 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
06/16 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
06/18 – Chicago, IL @ 101WKQX PIQNIQ
07/06 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
07/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
07/08 – Omaha, NE @ SumTur Amphitheater
07/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
07/12 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
07/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
07/16 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
07/17 – Columbus, OH @ PromoWest Fest
07/19 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
07/20 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
07/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
07/23 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore Charlotte
07/25 – Richmond, VA @ The National
07/27 – Sayerville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
07/28 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues Boston
07/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philly
07/31 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
08/01 – New York, NY @ Summerstage
08/03 – Washington, DC @ The Lincoln Theater
08/06 – Rheinfelden, CH @ River Nights
08/08 – Lokeren, BE @ Lokerse Festival
08/10 – Luhmühlen, DE @ A Summer’s Tale
08/12 – Landerneau, FR @ Fête du Bruit
08/14 – Riga, LV @ Kubana Festival
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23. John Carpenter

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For over four decades, John Carpenter has dazzled film audiences with scores for iconic horror films (Halloween, The Thing), as well as pulse-pounding action flicks (Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from New York). Last year’s Lost Themes even inspired the CoS staff to dream up nine original films for the tracks. Now, the grandmaster of horror has returned with Lost Themes II and is touring theaters throughout the US. For these gigs, he’ll be backed by a six-piece band (including his son Cody on synths). The shows are billed as “live retrospectives,” and Carpenter estimates a 75-25 split between his classic movies and original compositions – perfect for letting your imagination run wild. “I’ve never played live music on this scale,” the filmmaker admitted in a CoS interview. “There aren’t a lot of things that scare John Carpenter, but that is one of them.” –Killian Young

John Carpenter 2016 Tour Dates:
05/27 – Athens, GR @ Piraeus Academy
05/28 – Athens, GR @ Piraeus Academy
05/30 – Copenhagen, DK @ DR Koncerthuset
06/02 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/14 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount
06/15 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer
06/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
06/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum
06/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Mesa Center for the Arts
06/21 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
06/23 – Austin, TX @ Moody Theatre
06/24 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater
07/03 – Asbru, IS @ ATP Iceland
07/06 – Neuchatel, CH @ International Film Festival
07/08 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theatre
07/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
07/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
07/12 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
07/15 – Detroit, MI @ The Masonic Temple
07/16 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
07/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
08/26 – Turin, IT @ Today’s Festival
08/28 – Rome, IT @ Auditorium Parco Della Musica
10/28 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
10/29 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
10/31 – London, UK @ Troxy
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22. Deftones w/Refused

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Last summer’s most anticipated tours list had a few notable kings: Refused’s first time back since Coachella! Deftones with Incubus and Death from Above 1979! This year we get to combine those two: Refused open for Deftones fresh off their slick new record, Gore, playing some of the largest venues they can play: casinos! Coney Island! Outdoor amphitheaters! Knowing both bands mix electronic sounds with thrashing rock guitars, maybe they’ll end up throwing each other a bone and coming out during each other’s sets. One can dream, right? –Dan Bogosian

Deftones 2016 Tour Dates
05/24 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
05/25 – Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
05/26 – Oklahoma, OK @ Criterion Theater
05/28 – El Paso, TX @ Neon Desert Festival
06/03 – London, UK @ SSE Arena Wembley
06/04 – Nürburgring, DE @ Rock am Ring
06/05 – Numberg, DE @ Rock im Park
06/09 – Nickelsdorf, AT @ Nova Rock
06/10 – Paris, FR @ Download Festival
06/11 – Leicestershire, UK @ Download Festival
06/14 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium
06/15 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
06/17 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
06/18 – Reykjavik, IC @ Secret Solstice
08/02 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Events Center ^
08/03 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Concert Pavilion ^
08/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphitheater ^
08/07 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena ^
08/09 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ^
08/10 – Asbury, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage ^
08/12 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre ^
08/16 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth
08/17 – Clive, IA @ Seven Flags Event Center
08/18 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
08/20 – Magna, UT @ Saltair Resort Main Pavilion
08/23 – Fresno, CA @ Woodward Park
08/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
08/25 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
08/30 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
08/31 – Mesa, CA @ Mesa Amphitheatre

^ = w/ Refused
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21. Beach House

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally are no strangers to tour life. Releasing an album about every two years (or two albums in one year), the dream pop aficionados frequently find themselves on the road. This year, though, they came with a secret weapon. To keep themselves from losing creative steam, the Baltimore rockers have been traveling with a fiber optic installation, which only accommodates about 200 people per show. Therefore, this could be their most unique tour yet. They’ve already mastered the live show, which inflates their generally sleepy tracks to epic shoegaze-y proportions. Add some new creative juices to this formula, and we’re bound to see greatness. –Danielle Janota

Beach House 2016 Tour Dates:
06/01 – Bordeaux, FR @ Theatre Barbey
06/03 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/05 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not a Love Song
06/06 – Nantes, FR @ Stereolux
06/07 – Toulouse, FR @ Bikini
06/10 – Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
06/12 – London, UK @ Field Day Festival
06/13 – Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion
06/14 – Paris, FR @ Casino de Paris
06/17 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
06/18 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
07/11 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
07/15 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
08/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
08/07 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Music Festival
08/08 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
08/09 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
08/10 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
08/12 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
08/12-13 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Music Festival
08/14 – Iowa City, IA @ Englert Theatre
08/16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Centre
08/17 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners
08/19 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
08/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
08/22 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
08/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
08/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
09/09 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival

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20. Paul Simon

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Photo by Robert Altman

Age rarely settles into someone as peacefully as it has with Paul Simon. The iconic singer-songwriter still tours frequently enough to keep his music sharp and his zydeco beats bouncy, but he spaces each route far enough apart so that he won’t wear himself thin, allowing for four-year breaks. With his newest album, Stranger to Stranger, Simon confronts the unavoidable — the proximity of death, the fragility of love, the slyness of wisecracks — and strengthens his live set in the process. Never has a man so small been full of a spirit so large. –Nina Corcoran

Paul Simon 2016 Tour Dates:
05/23 – Boise, ID @ Botanical Gardens
05/25 – Portland, OR @ Schnitzer Concert Hall
05/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
05/28 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau St. Michelle
05/29 – Woodinville, WA @ Chatea St. Michelle
06/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
06/03 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
06/05 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
06/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight
06/12 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
06/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
06/18 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival Pavilion
06/19 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook
06/21 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
06/22 – Montreal, QC @ Place Des Arts
06/24 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
06/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
06/27 – Vienna, VA @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
06/28 – Vienna, VA @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
06/30 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
07/01 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
11/03 – Bournemouth, UK @ Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)
11/04 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
11/07 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
11/08 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
11/10 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
11/12 – Manchester, UK @ Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

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19. The National

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Photo by Philip Cosores

These Ohio-bred and Brooklyn-based indie rockers will kick off their summer tour within weeks of dropping Day of the Dead — a compilation tribute album curated by the band’s second set of brothers, Aaron and Bryce Dessner. While most dates on this tour will serve up a platter of old National hits, the final tour date seems most promising considering it’s titled “Day of the Dead performance.” But that doesn’t mean there’s not a chance the group will perform its own contribution to the album, a cover of “Morning Dew”, or better yet, bring out a handful of special guests during some of their other tour dates. –Lyndsey Havens

The National 2016 Tour Dates:
06/05 – Houston, TX @ Free Press Summer Festival
06/11 – North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA
06/23 – Odense, DK @ Tinderbox
06/24 – Beuningen, NL @ Down The Rabbit Hole
07/12 – Pistoia, IT @ Pistoia Blues Festival
07/14 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
07/16 – Southwold, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/17 – Dublin, IE @ Longitude Festival
07/23 – New York, NY @ Panorama
07/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *
07/29 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre *
07/31 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
08/12- Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires #

* = w/ The Lone Bellow
^ = w/ Real Estate
# = Day of the Dead Performance with Aaron, Bryce and friends

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18. Haim

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Photo by Amanda Koellner

It’s no surprise the Haim sisters needed a breather after their debut album sent them skyrocketing to success. Since 2013’s Days Are Gone, the kooky trio have mostly remained in the shadows, opting for features (on the Hunger Games and Divergent soundtracks) and cameos (on Chromeo’s “Old 45s” video) over full Haim-centric exposure. Now that the Cali rockers have perfected their sound in the studio, they’re set to battle the wicked sophomore slump amid an expansive festival circuit. Given their intrinsic charisma and talent, they’ll most likely hurdle that beast with ease. –Danielle Janota

HAIM 2016 Tour Dates:
05/17 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
05/18 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
05/20-22 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
05/21 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varisty Theatre
05/24 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
05/25 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
05/27 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
05/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Indoor
05/29 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
06/04 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
06/05 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival
06/06 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
06/07 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
06/08 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
06/11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
07/23-24 – Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival
07/22-24 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music and Arts Festival
07/29-30 – Montreal, QB @ Osheaga Festival
07/31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/11-13 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
08/12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Tivoli Festival
08/13 – Oslo, Norway @ Oya Festival
08/27 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
08/28 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
09/02-04 – Laois, IE @ Electric Picnic
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17. 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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16. Bruce Springsteen

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Photo by Joshua Mellin

They call him “The Boss” for a reason, actually a few. Not only does Bruce Springsteen remain an ardent champion of America’s working class more than four decades into his career, but he and the E Street Band have also proven themselves to be monstrous live performers. Fans along the East Coast (and Chicago) can catch Bruce on the summer leg of his tour celebrating The River. Lost somewhere in the shuffle between classics like Born to Run and Born in the USA, The River is a vintage Springsteen record that more than holds its weight 35 years later. But really, do you need your arm twisted to go see Bruce and friends live? –Ryan Bray

Bruce Springsteen 2016 Tour Dates:
05/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Camp Nou
05/17 – San Sebastian, ES @ Anoeta Stadium
05/19 – Lisbon, PT @ Rock in Rio Lisboa
05/21 – Madrid, ES @ Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
05/25 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Etihad Stadium
05/27 – Dublin, IE @ Croke Park
05/29 – Dublin, IE @ Croke Park
06/01 – Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
06/03 – Coventry, UK @ Coventry Ricoh Arena
06/05 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
06/14 – The Hague, NL @ Malieveld
06/17 – Munich, DE @ Olympiastadion
06/19 – Berlin, DE @ Olympiastadion
06/22 – Copenhagen, DK @ Parken Stadium
06/25 – Gothenburg, SE @ Ullevi
06/27 – Gothenburg, SE @ Ullevi
06/29 – Oslo, NO @ Ullevaal Stadion
07/03 – Milan, IT @ San Siro Stadium
07/05 – Milan, IT @ San Siro Stadium
07/09 – Werchter, BE @ Festival Park
07/11 – Paris, FR @ Accorhotels Arena
07/13 – Paris, FR @ Accorhotels Arena
07/16 – Rome, IT @ Circus Maximus
07/20 – Horsens, DK @ Casa Arena
07/23 – Gothenburg, SE @ Ullevi
07/26 – Trondheim, NO @ Granasen Arena
07/28 – Oslo, NO @ Frogner Park
07/31 – Zurich, CH @ Stadion Letzigrund
08/23 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
08/25 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
08/28 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
09/01 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
09/03 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
09/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
09/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
09/14 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
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15. Wolf Parade

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Photo by Ben Kaye

Now this is how you do a reunion tour. Not content to limit themselves to shortened festival sets, Wolf Parade have slowly but surely been announcing dates throughout North America and Europe. A handful of small pub shows in British Columbia and a new EP aren’t enough to whet our apetitite for sold-out residencies in New York, London, and Toronto. While there hasn’t been much footage, a setlist from one of last week’s pub performances show that the band are willing to dig deep into their catalog and pull out some classics like “Modern World”, “This Heart’s on Fire”, and “California Dreamer”. And if you dont live in or near those three cities, it’s looking like Wolf Parade are back for the long haul. –Edward Dunbar

Wolf Parade 2016 Tour Dates:
05/17 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/21 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/24 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
05/25 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
05/26 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
05/27 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
05/28 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
06/14 – London, UK @ Scala
06/15 – London, UK @ Scala
07/08 – Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Festival
07/09 – Halifax, NS @ Spatz Theater
07/14 – Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Music Festival
07/16 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Blues Fest
07/22-O7/24 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ Wayhome Music & Arts Festival
07/29 – Montral, QC @ Corona Theater
07/30-07/31 – Monteal, QC @ Osheaga
08/05-08/06 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
08/07 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
08/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
08/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
09/02 – Denver, CO @ Riot Fest
09/08 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
09/16-09/18 – Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival
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14. Blink-182

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Photo by Philip Cosores

There’s an obvious asterisk with this one: Tom DeLonge, the iconic voice of Blink-182 who knows that aliens are out there, is no longer with the band. Still, Mark Hoppus — Blink’s other half-the-time singer — and the rest of the gang are still them and still getting after it. If their first post-DeLonge single, “Bored to Death”, is any indication, new member Matt Skiba (also of Alkaline Trio) has given the group renewed vigor following the so-so LP Neighborhoods and the subpar Dogs Eating Dogs EP. In case that’s not enough mid-2000’s alt-rock firepower, every date of this packed tour will also feature some combination of A Day to Remember, The All-American Rejects, and All Time Low. –Derrick Rossignol

Blink-182 2016 Tour Dates:
07/22 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena *
07/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
07/26 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center *
07/28 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena *
07/29 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion *
07/30 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
07/31 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
08/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood *
08/03 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Arena *
08/05 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre *
08/06 – Tampa, FL @ Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre *
08/08 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater *
08/09 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center *
08/10 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center *
08/12 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion #
08/13 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach #
08/14 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center #
08/16 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater #
08/19 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center #
08/21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre #
08/23 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheatre #
08/24 – Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center #
08/25 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain #
08/27 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Pavilion #
08/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion #
08/30 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater #
09/02 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theater #
09/03 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion #
09/04 – Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center #
09/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center *
09/09 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *
09/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center *
09/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *
09/13 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center *
09/15 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena *
09/16 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena *
09/17 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena *
09/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Abbotsford Centre *
09/20 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater *
09/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Usana Amphitheatre #
09/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion #
09/25 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater #
09/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater #
09/29 – Irvine, CA @ Meadows Amphitheater #
10/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum #

* = w/ A Day to Remember and The All-American Rejects
# = w/ A Day to Remember and All Time Low
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13. Coldplay

Cold Play in Concert in NYC

Photo by Robert Altman

Seven studio albums into an illustrious career, Coldplay might really be calling it quits. If that truly is the case, the band’s trek across Europe and the US over the next few months may be the last chance to see one of the most successful stadium-filling acts of the past 15 years in person. Despite the lukewarm reception of their most recent offering, 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams, Chris Martin and pals can still rush blood to heads, and their discography is still packed with anthems like “Fix You” and “Yellow” that are great on record but transcendent live. –Derrick Rossignol

Coldplay 2016 Tour Dates:
05/24 – Nice, FR @ Stade Charles-Ehrmann *#
05/26 – Barcelona, ES @ Estadio Olimpic *#
05/27 – Barcelona, ES @ Estadio Olimpic *#
06/01 – Gelsenkirchen, DE @ Veltins-Arena *#
06/04 – Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium *#
06/05 – Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium *#
06/07 – Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park *#
06/11 – Zurich, CH @ Stadion Letzigrund *#
06/12 – Zurich, CH @ Stadion Letzigrund *#
06/15 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium *#
06/16 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium *#
06/18 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium *#
06/19 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium *#
06/23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Arena *#
06/24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Arena *#
06/26 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
06/29 – Berlin, DE @ Olympiastadion *#
07/01 – Hamburg, DE @ Volksparkstadion *#
07/03 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena #
07/05 – Copenhagen, DK @ Telia Parken *#
07/06 – Copenhagen, DK @ Telia Parken *#
07/16 – Meadowlands, NJ @ MetLife Stadium #
07/17 – Meadowlands, NJ @ MetLife Stadium #
07/20 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse #
07/21 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center #
07/23 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field #
07/24 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field #
07/27 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center #
07/28 – Columus, OH @ Nationwide Arena #
07/30 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium #
08/01 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagra Center #
08/03 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills #
08/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center #
08/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field #
08/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl #
08/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl #
08/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena #
08/25 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center #
08/27 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium #
08/29 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center #
08/31 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivant Smart Home Arena #
09/01 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena #
09/03 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium #

* = w/ Lianne La Havas
# = w/ Alessia Cara

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12. Sting and Peter Gabriel

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Peter Gabriel has been anything but lazy in recent years. Whether it’s collaborating with multiple artists for a two-disc covers album or touring an entire orchestra, the original Genesis bandleader and world music champion has remained active in some capacity. Sting is … well, he’s frankly a bonus at this juncture. To pair these two ’80s icons in any fashion should be nothing but successful, and much like Desert Ship — the ultra-hyped setlist featuring The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, and more — who knows if it’ll ever be seen again!? Get your tickets! Do it, now! –David Buchanan

Sting and Peter Gabriel 2016 Tour Dates:
06/21 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
06/23 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
06/24 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach
06/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ BB&T Pavilion
06/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
06/29 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
06/30 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/02 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
07/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphiteatre
07/05 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
07/07 – Québec, QC @ Festival d’été de Québec (Plains of Abraham)
07/09 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
07/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
07/12 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
07/14 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
07/15 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Harvey’s
07/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
07/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
07/21 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
07/23 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
07/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
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11. Paul McCartney

We Are Listen @ KEXP

Photo by Jim Bennett

Paul McCartney’s One on One Tour has already been full of pleasant surprises, like when he kicked off his first performance by playing “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Love Me Do” fully for the first time in 50 years. Macca hasn’t been shy about opening up his discography, either, performing everything from The Quarrymen’s “In Spite of All the Danger” all the way up to his Kanye West/Rihanna collaboration, “FourFiveSeconds”. McCartney also has been toggling between electric and acoustic parts of his sets, hitting on all the Beatles and Wings megahits, like “Band on the Run”, “Hey Jude”, and “Yesterday”. And of course, he’ll close out this tour with two sold-out shows as part of the massive classic rock lineup on Desert Trip. –Killian Young

Paul McCartney 2016 Tour Dates:
05/28 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Esprit Arena
05/30 – Paris, FR @ Accor Arena
06/02 – Madrid, ES @ Vicente Calderon Stadium
06/10 – Munich, DE @ Olympic Stadium
06/12 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop Festival
06/14 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbuhne
06/16 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena
06/24 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenhus Fortress
06/27 – Herning, DK @ Jyske Bank Boxen
06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
07/10 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
07/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
07/17 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
07/19 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
07/21 – Hamiliton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre
08/07 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
08/09 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
08/10 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
08/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium
08/15 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
08/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
08/18 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
10/04 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
10/05 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
10/08 – Indio, CA @ Desert Trip
10/15 – Indio, CA @ Desert Trip

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10. PJ Harvey

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Photo by Jim Bennett

Hot on the heels of her controversial and astounding new album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey announced her first tour in five years. While she has a sprawling European tour that will see her hit some of the world’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, Primavera, and Roskilde, North America only gets a paltry two dates in New York and California. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, especially considering her last North American tour was exactly the same, but these just might be the shows to fly out for if possible. With a nine-piece band backing her, Harvey’s already powerful live shows will surely receive a jolt of electricity. –Edward Dunbar

PJ Harvey 2016 Tour Dates:
06/01 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
06/02 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
06/04 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/05 – Paris, FR @ We Love Green Festival
06/08 – Istanbul, TR @ Zorlu PSM ^
06/10 – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound
06/12 – London, UK @ Field Day Festival
06/14 – Lyon, FR @ Theatres Roains de Fourviere
06/17 – Helsinki, FI @ Sideways
06/18 – Moscow, RU @ Ahmad Tea Music Festival
06/20 – Berlin, DE @ Zitadelle Spandau
06/22 – Zagreb, CR @ INmusic Festival
06/24-25 – Ewijk, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole
06/26 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
06/27 – Cornwall, UK @ Eden Sessions
06/29-07/02 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
06/30-07/03 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/02 – Hérouville-Saint-Clair, FR @ Château De Beauregard #
07/06 – Montreux, CH @ Montreux Jazz Festival
07/07 – Trenčín, SL @ Pohoda Festival
07/08 – Vienna, AT @ Harvest of Art
08/09 – Oslo, NO @ Øya Festival
08/11 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
08/16 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
08/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
11/02-06 – Reykjavík, IC @ Iceland Airwaves

^ = w/ Low
# = w/ Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

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09. Drake w/ Future

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Drake’s rapid-fire performance style, where he quickly cuts through his many singles, is undoubtedly polarizing for fans. But it’s undeniable the amount of hits – and energy – he brings to the table for his shows. The tour also gets a huge boost from collaborator/uber-prolific emcee Future, who’s a burgeoning star in his own right. (It should be great to see the two artists team up on the hits from their joint mixtape, from “Jumpman” to “Digital Dash”.) And outside of his gig on SNL, these will be Drake’s first true performances of 2016, giving him the opportunity to premiere Views live. What a time to be alive, indeed. –Killian Young

Drake and Future 2016 Tour Dates:
07/20 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
07/21 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
07/23 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
07/24 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
07/26 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
07/27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
07/29 – Toronto, ON @ OVO Fest
07/31 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/01 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/04 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
08/05 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
08/06 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
08/10 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
08/12 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
08/13 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
08/14 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
08/16 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
08/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
08/19 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
08/20 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
08/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
08/23 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
08/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
08/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
08/27 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
08/30 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
08/31 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
09/02 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
09/03 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
09/04 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
09/06 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
09/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
09/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
09/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
09/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
09/13 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
09/14 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
09/16 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
09/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
09/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
09/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
09/24 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
09/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
09/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
10/01 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
10/04 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
10/05 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
10/07 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/09 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
10/15 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
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08. Guns N’ Roses

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Photo by Philip Cosores

The Guns N’ Roses reunion tour looked fated to be derailed in its early stages when Axl Rose broke his foot. Fortunately, the hobbled singer borrowed Dave Grohl’s throne and soldiered through both weekends of Coachella. With Slash and Duff McKagan in tow, this classic lineup of the band have been delivering all the hits, like “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, and “Paradise City”. The old members have also performed an array of deeper cuts, from Chinese Democracy-era material all the way back to Use Your Illusion. (With news of Rose also taking over vocal duties for AC/DC, the band surprised at Coachella with covers of “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Riff Raff”, which could make their way into some GNR sets when Rose rejoins the band.) —Killian Young

Guns N’ Roses 2016 Tour Dates:
06/23 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
06/26 – Washington, DC @ Fedex Field
06/29 – Kansas City, MO @ Arrowhead Stadium
07/01 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
07/03 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
07/06 – Cincinnati, OH @ Paul Brown Stadium
07/09 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
07/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
07/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
07/16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
07/19 – Foxboro, MA @ Gilette Stadium
07/20 – Foxboro, MA @ Gilette Stadium
07/23 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
07/24 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
07/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome
07/29 – Orlando, FL @ Orlando Citrus Bowl
07/31 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
08/03 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium
08/05 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
08/09 – San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park
08/12 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
08/15 – Glendale, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium
08/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
08/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
08/22 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium
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07. The Avalanches

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More so than other comebacks this year, The Avalanches’ tour announcement came completely out of nowhere. They’ve been teasing a follow-up to their genre-breaking masterpiece, Since I Left You, for years, but right now we only have a handful of tour dates to whet our appetiite. This is, perhaps, the most intriguing out of any of these tours because we literally have no idea what they’ll do. The only live foortage we have of them are a handful of pre-Since I Left You shows that happened over a decade ago. Will they play new songs? Will they have a full band to faithfully recreate every aspect of songs like “Fronteir Psychiatrist” and “Two Hearts in 3/4 Time”? Either way, the fact that they’re back is a thriling prospect. –Edward Dunbar

The Avalanches 2016 Tour Dates:
06/03-05 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/09 – London, UK @ Oval Space
06/11 – Brighton City Airport, UK @ Wild Life
06/12 – London, UK @ Field Day
07/22-24 – Byron Bay, AU @ Splendour in the Grass
07/24 – Niigata, Japan @ Fuji Rock

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06. The Cure

The Cure 2016

Photo by Debi Del Grande

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

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 *
06/23 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
06/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater Lakewood *
06/26 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater *
06/27 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater *
07/16 – Honolulu, HI @ Neal S Blaisdell Arena
07/17 – Honolulu, HI @ Neal S Blaisdell Arena
07/21 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
07/23 – Byron Bay, AU @ Splendour in the Grass
07/25 – Sydney, AU @ Qudos Bank Arena
07/28 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
07/29 – Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Center
07/31 – Perth, AU @ Arena
09/08 – Isle of Wright, UK @ Bestival
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 *
11/02 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum *
11/04 – Basel, CH @ St. Jakobshalle *
11/06 – Stuttgart, DE @ Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
11/07 – Frankfurt, DE @ Festhalle Frankfurt
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 *
12/02 – London, UK @ SSE Wembley Arena *
12/03 – London, UK @ SSE Wembley Arena *

* = w/ The Twilight Sad

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05. Brian Wilson performs Pet Sounds

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Photo by Philip Cosores

This isn’t your mama’s Beach Boys hocking the latest Tom Cruise vehicle with Uncle Jesse on steel drums. This is the legendary Brian Wilson performing what many consider to be the greatest Beach Boys album — nay, the best pop album — of all time. Pet Sounds revolutionized recording methods, proving The Beach Boys weren’t a one-trick pony, and you get to see the most prolific of the group play it live. For you. You, who likely weren’t even a glimmer in your parents’ eyes when the album came out. You, who could use a dose of awesome. Witness the phenomenon and weep with joy. And don’t forget to smile! –David Buchanan

Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Dates:
05/24 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
05/26 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
05/27 – Glasgow, UK @ Royal Concert Hall
05/29 – Newcastle, UK @ Sage Gateshead
05/31 – Liverpool, UK @ Philharmonic Hall
06/01 – Nottingham, UK @ Royal Concert Hall
06/04 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/10 – Porto, PT @ Primavera Festival
06/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Northside Festival
06/14 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
06/15 – Portland, ME @ Merrill Auditorium
06/17 – Boston, MA @ Symphony Hall *
06/18 – Boston, MA @ Symphony Hall *
06/19 – Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood
06/30 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego County Fair
07/01 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Casino
07/03 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Jazz Festival
07/04 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
07/06 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
07/07 – St-Joseph-Du-Lac, QC @ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place Des Arts
07/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
07/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
07/15 – Elizabeth, IN @ Horseshoe Casino
07/16 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
07/17 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Horseshoe Casino
07/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre
07/21 – St. Charles, MO @ Family Arena
07/22 – Tunica, MS @ Horseshoe Casino
07/23 – Bossier City, LA @ Horseshoe Casino ^
08/16 – Bowling Green, KY @ SKyPAC
08/18 – Asheville, NC @ U.S. Cellular Center Asheville
08/19 – Raleigh, NC @ Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
08/20 – Roanoke, VA @ Elmwood Park
08/22 – Newport News, VA @ Ferguson Center for the Arts
08/23 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome Theatre At The France-Merrick PAC
08/25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center
08/27 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Caesars Atlantic City
08/28 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook
09/01 – Randers, DK @ Vaerket Randers
09/03 – Brighton, UK @ Together The People – Preston Park
09/04 – Southend-On-Sea, UK @ Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
09/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre,
09/10 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Ampitheatre
09/11 – Sarasota, FL @ Van Wezel Performance Arts Hall
09/13 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theatre
09/14 – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
09/16 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
09/17 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
09/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Blumenthal PAC
09/20 – Washington, DC @ The Music Center at Strathmore
09/21 – Red Bank, NK @ Count Basie Theatre
09/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
09/24 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
09/25 – Easton, PA @ State Theatre
09/27 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale
09/28 – Buffalo, NY @ University of Buffalo’s Center for the Arts
09/30 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
10/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
10/04 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
10/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Abravanel Hall
10/07 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/08 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
10/10 – Arcata, CA @ Humboldt State University’s Van Duzer Theatre
10/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
10/13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
10/14 – Lake Tahoe, CA @ Harrah’s Casino
10/15 – Sacramenton, CA @ Sacramento Community Center Theater

* = w/ Boston Pops Orchestra
^ = w/ Blondie Chaplin

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04. Beyonce

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Photo by David Brendan Hall

As the release of Lemonade proved, Beyoncé is more than just a singer; she’s a multimedia tour de force. And Queen Bey’s Formation World Tour boasts a robust video experience, making for shows that blend her powerhouse vocals with performance art – elaborate costume changes, synchronized dance moves and all. (Beyoncé’s devotees have made this tour one of the hottest tickets of the year, as she’s sold out arenas from LA to New York to London.) A peek at the setlist of her homecoming performance in Houston showed a dazzling array of songs from her extensive catalog, from the most recent record all the way back to Destiny’s Child singles. Bow down. –Killian Young

Beyoncé 2016 Tour Dates:
05/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ TCF Bank Stadium
05/25 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
05/27 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
05/28 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
05/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
06/03 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium ^
06/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field ^
06/07 – New York, NY @ Citi Field ^
06/08 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
06/10 – Baltimore, MD @ M&T Bank Stadium ^
06/12 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium ^
06/14 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field ^
06/28 – Sunderland, UK @ Stadium of Light
06/30 – Cardiff, UK @ Millennium Stadium
07/02 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
07/03 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
07/05 – Manchester, UK @ Emirates Old Trafford
07/07 – Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
07/09 – Dublin, IE @ Croke Park
07/12 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Esprit Arena
07/14 – Zurich, CH @ Letzigrund
07/16 – Amsterdam, NE @ Arena
07/18 – Milan, IT @ Stadio San Siro
07/21 – Paris, FR @ Stade de France
07/24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Parken
07/26 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
07/29 – Frankfurt, DE @ Commerzbank Arena
07/31 – Brussels, BE @ Roi Boudoin
08/03 – Barcelona, ES @ Eestai Olímpic Lluís Companys
09/07 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
09/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
09/17 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium
09/22 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
09/24 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes Benz Superdome
09/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome
09/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
10/02 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
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03. Adele

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 carried over 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 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:
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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02. AC/DC with Axl Rose

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Photo by Heather Kaplan

When Brian Johnson recently departed AC/DC for health reasons, the band faced the daunting task of replacing a singer for the first time since its original frontman, Bon Scott, died in the ’70s. Seeing Guns N’ Roses’ stubbornness incarnate, Axl Rose, take the wheel should have been a nostalgic implosion, the retro equivalent of dividing by zero, but whether this is inevitably a legitimate scenario or a doomed spectacle, it’s a tour you shouldn’t miss. And you can take that to the bank. –David Buchanan

AC/DC 2016 Tour Dates:
05/26 – Hamburg, DE @ Volksparkstadion
05/29 – Berne, CH @ Stade de Suisse
06/01 – Leipzig, DE @ Red Bull Arena
06/04 – London, UK @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
06/09 – Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
06/12 – Aarhus, DK @ Ceres Park
06/15 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Esprit Arena

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01. Radiohead

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Photo by Autumn Andel

More than two decades into their career, literally nothing happens in the Radiohead camp that isn’t shrouded with feverish anticipation. But rarely has there been a band in the history of popular music that’s so earned its stratospheric praise. That goes double for the band’s live show, which is equal parts eerily moody and thrillingly alive. Armed with an airtight new record and US openers Dawn of Mididi and the great Shabazz Palaces, what’s not to be excited about? –Ryan Bray

Radiohead 2016 Tour Dates:
05/23 – Paris, FR @ Zenith *
05/24 – Paris, FR @ Zenith *
05/26 – London, UK @ Roundhouse *
05/27 – London, UK @ Roundhouse *
05/28 – London, UK @ Roundhouse *
06/01 – Lyon, FR @ Nuits de Fourvière *
06/03 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/17 – Reyjavik, IC @ Secret Solstice
07/02 – St. Gallen, CH @ OpenAir St. Gallen
07/08 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival
07/26 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden #
07/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden #
07/29 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
08/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium ^
08/06 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival
08/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium ^
08/20 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/21 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
09/11 – Berlin, DE @ Lollapalooza Berlin
09/30-10/02 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/03 – Mexico City, MX @ Palacio de los Deportes
10/04 – Mexico City, MX @ Palacio de los Deportes
10/07-09 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits

* = w/ Holly Herndon
# = w/ Dawn of Midi
^ = w/ Shabazz Palaces

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