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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Summer 2016

Keep cool, put on some sunscreen, and don't miss these shows!

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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.


    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

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    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

    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

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    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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