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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Fall 2016

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While the point of this guide is to look ahead at what we’re excited to see on tour this fall, it’s also a nice time to look back at just how fortunate we’ve already been this year. We’ve seen the live return of Radiohead, the launch of Kanye’s innovative new stage, in addition to stadium shows by Beyoncé, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, and The Boss. Reunion runs have also included the likes of GNR, LCD, and The Stone Roses, while we’ve sadly seen our last shows from Prince and The Tragically Hip.

It almost seems greedy to want more from 2016, but we’ve also still got four months to go. Not to mention, there are several festivals to come, where, among other happenings, the Misfits will reconvene at Riot Fest and Kevin Parker will battle Mark Ronson at Corona Capital. But aside from one-offs, the following 25 acts are what we’re most excited for this fall.

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25. Rae Sremmurd

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Photo by Philip Cosores

If you need to be told about this tour, you might just be older than 21. Rae Sremmurd, rap’s preeminent hook-masters, are taking their show on the road, and taking fellow Millenial Lil Yachty to make sure they’ve got every ounce of swag locked in. The duo can pull out jams like “By Chance” and the Lil Jon-featuring “Set the Roof” without blinking, confident that they’ve got another dozen ready to go. Take one look at the flashy drawings of the three youngsters on the tour poster (Yachty’s red dreads and gold grill really work as a cartoon) and you’ll get a good idea of the kind of boisterous energy they’ll undoubtedly deliver. –Adam Kivel

Rae Sremmurd 2016 Tour Dates:
09/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hakkasan
09/24 – Denton, TX @ Oaktopia
10/01 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans
10/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
10/04 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
10/05 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
10/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/09 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/10 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland
10/13 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
10/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Zombie Pub Crawl
10/17 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/18 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
10/19 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
10/22 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
10/23 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
10/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/25 – Richmond, VA @ The National
10/26 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
10/31 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
11/01 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
11/03 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Rockwell @ The Complex
11/07 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
11/08 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
11/09 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/12 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
11/16 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory

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24. Yusuf Islam

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In 1966, an artist named Cat Stevens released his first single, “I Love My Dog”. Now, 50 years later, Yusuf Islam is hitting the road. While Islam has played live sporadically over the past handful of years, his “A Cat’s Attic” tour will find him hosting his first public shows in New York City since 1976. As his press release notes, these dates will feature “stripped-down, introspective performances,” which in all honesty seems a little redundant given the artist in question. Can you strip down “Here Comes My Baby” more than it already is? Only one way to find out! In any event, fans of Stevens/Islam should be overjoyed that the often reclusive artist is finally taking his beloved catalog back on tour. Whatever name he goes by, the songs have lived on, and it will be a true pleasure to hear them come to life on stage once more. –Zack Ruskin

Yusuf Islam 2016 Tour Dates:
09/12 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
09/15 – Philadephia, PA @ Verizon Hall
09/17 – Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre
09/19 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
09/20 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
09/22 – Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center
09/24 – New York, NY @ Global Citizen Festival
09/27 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
09/30 – Chicago, IL @ Oriental Theatre
10/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Davies Symphony Hall
10/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre
10/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre

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23. Mitski

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Photo by Ben Kaye

Seeing Mitski live is an experience you shouldn’t miss because it requires you to be utterly present. Mitski Miyawaki’s refusal to perform insincere, half-felt emotion lends her performances a simplicity that can be easily mistaken for nonchalance or indifference. But the atypical settings of a Mitski show shouldn’t be surprising. The gravity of her music, especially her recent release, Puberty 2, makes it clear that Mitski asks of her audience engagement, not entitlement. The lack of pretense at a Mitski concert will make it one of the most intimate shows you’ll see this fall, if you let it. –Karen Gwee

Mitski 2016 Tour Dates:
09/20 – Dublin, IE @ The Workman’s Club
09/22 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
09/23 – Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahney
09/24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
09/26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
09/27 – Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik
09/28 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
09/30 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
10/01 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
10/02 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
10/04 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
10/05 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
10/06 – London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park
11/01 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/03 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
11/04 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Bag
11/05 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
11/06 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
11/10 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
11/11 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
11/12 – Miami, FL @ Gramps
11/13 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
11/15 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
11/16 – Durham, NC @ Motorco
11/17 – Charlottesville, VA @ Southern Cafe
11/18 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
11/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
11/21 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

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22. Morrissey

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An upcoming Morrissey tour will always be on both a list of most anticipated tours and least predictable. The former Smiths frontman has notoriously canceled more than his fair share of tour dates, but simultaneously refuses to be slowed down by cancer treatments and reportedly has new material in the hopper. Thirty years after The Queen Is Dead, Moz still commands massive crowds with feisty performances and strong opinions. Morrissey has been touring for decades and likely has hit your town in the last couple of years, but legends like this don’t come along every day, making each successive tour feel that much more important. And while a Smiths reunion may never happen, you’re at least pretty likely to see “Meat Is Murder”, an iconic song from one of the essential artists of a generation. –Lior Phillips

Morrissey 2016 Tour Dates:
09/17 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/20 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
09/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
09/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
09/28 – Tokyo, JP @ Orchard Hall
09/29 – Tokyo, JP @ Orchard Hall
10/01 – Yokohama, JP @ Bay Hall
10/02 – Osaka, JP @ IMP Hall
10/06 – Hong Kong, CN @ MacPherson Stadium
10/12 – Jakarta, IN @ Senayan Golf Driving Range
10/15 – Singapore City, SP @ Marina Barrage
10/18 – Bangkok, TH @ Moonstar Studio
10/22 – Melbourne, AU @ Festival Hall
10/26 – Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton Theatre
10/28 – Canberra, AU @ Royal Theatre
10/29 – Wollongong, AU @ WIN Centre
10/31 – Newcastle, AU @ Civic Theatre
11/04 – Irvine, CA @ Bren Events Center
11/05 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
11/09 – Irvine, CA @ Bren Events Center
11/11 – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre
11/14 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
11/16 – Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Auditorium
11/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center
11/19 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
11/23 – El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre

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21. Danny Brown

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Danny Brown’s long-awaited follow-up to the excellent Old is shaping up to be fodder for a real rager of a tour. Early samples of Atrocity Exhibition “When It Rain” and “Pneumonia” bite hard. The opener is called “Downward Spiral”, and System of a Down’s Toxicity is a touchstone, so snarling, bouncing energy should be a given. The record is also inspired by post-punks Joy Division and Talking Heads, leaving room for plenty of chilly, claustrophobic feels. And then you’ve got Brown’s voice, a unique instrument that bounces from razor-sharp to radioactive burn. Add in fellow Detroiter ZelooperZ and up-and-coming Houston spitter Maxo Kream, and crowds should be in for a long night of intense moshing. –Adam Kivel

Danny Brown 2016 Tour Dates:
09/02 – Denver, CO @ National Western Complex
09/03 – Denver, CO @ National Western Complex
09/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
09/15 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
09/16 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
09/17 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
09/18 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
09/19 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
09/21 – Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
09/22 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
09/23 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
09/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
09/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
09/27 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
09/28 – Lincoln, NE@ The Bourbon Theatre
10/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/02 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
10/04 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
10/05 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/06 – Vancouver, Canada @ Vogue Theatre
10/07 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/08 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
10/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency
10/12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
10/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
10/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
10/18 – Albuquerque, NM @ SINSHINE THEATRE
10/20 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/21 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall
10/22 – Tucson, AZ @ Dusk Music Festival
10/23 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Austin
10/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans
10/26 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
10/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/28 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
10/29 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/30 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/01 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Springs
11/02 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
11/03 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/04 – Toronto, Canada @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/05 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop

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20. Against Me!

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Photo by David Brendan Hall

It’s not like we haven’t had ample time to see Against Me! live by this point. The band has basically lived on the road for much of its existence, and the retooled lineup toured extensively behind 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues. With the release of last year’s 23 Live Sex Acts, frontwoman Laura Jane Grace and co. showed that they’ve settled in somewhere between the ragtag DIY shows of their Floridian youth and the arena-sized productions of their White Crosses era. “Comfortable” isn’t usually a word we look for in punk, but Grace has finally moved past the point where her transition subsumes the entire narrative. She’s still one of rock’s biggest advocates for transgender visibility, but she’s also writing better, more confident melodies than ever before. The songs we’ve already heard from Shape Shift with Me are going to be a blast to sing along to when the band hits the road in September. –Collin Brennan

Against Me! 2016 Tour Dates:
09/02 – Denver, CO @ Riot Fest After Party
09/03 – Denver, CO @ Riot Fest
09/14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache
09/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
09/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
09/18 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
09/19 – Boston, MA @ Royale
09/20 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
09/21 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
09/23 – Chicago, IL @ Goose Island 312 Block Party
09/24 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
09/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
09/27 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
09/28 – Providence, RI @ Fete (Lounge)
09/30 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom *
10/01 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount *
10/03 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
10/04 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
10/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore *
10/06 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore *
10/07 – Charlottesville, VA @ Champion Brewing Company *
10/08 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore *
10/09 – Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre *
10/11 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues *
10/12 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing *
10/14 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live *
10/15 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater *
10/16 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
10/18 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland *
10/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue *
10/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Foundry Hall *
10/22 – San Diego, CA @ Ye Scallywag *
10/24 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater *
10/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
10/26 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo *
10/27 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre *
10/29 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades *
10/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfieled Theatre *
11/03 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre *
11/04 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium *
12/06 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 2
12/07 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
12/08 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
12/09 – Glasgow, UK @ Garage
12/10 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
12/11 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
12/13 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
12/14 – Brussels, BE @ Magasin 4
12/15 – Zurich, CH @ Dynamo
12/16 – Munchen, DE @ Backstage Halle
12/17 – Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island
12/18 – Vienna, AT @ WUK
12/19 – Linz, AT @ Posthof
12/20 – Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
12/21 – Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik
12/22 – Berlin, DE @ SO 36

* = w/ Bad Religion

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19. Lush

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Photo by Lior Phillips

Still fresh off their reunion after nearly a decade apart, there seems to be a genuine glow radiating from shoegaze legends Lush, a real sense of pride. Their festival performances earlier this summer have been full of beloved tunes and plenty of noise; while the term shoegaze may have been originally coined as a pejorative, times have changed, and Lush are now a legendary band in serious demand, and the genre they helped shape is an institution. Catching their set at OFF Festival this summer, the group put in the work, delighting the crowd. “This is our last song, and then I can get drunk,” Miki Berenyi shrugged. And while she may have been looking forward to a pint or two, living inside the swirling magic of tracks from Lovelife is enough to get any fan of shoegaze drooling. –Lior Phillips

Lush 2016 Tour Dates:
09/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Wiliamsburg
09/14 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
09/15 – Boston, MA @ Royale
09/16 – Toronto, ON @ Toronto Urban Roots Festival
09/17 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison Common, Fort York
09/18 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
09/19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
09/21 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
09/24 – Hollywood, CA @ Fonda Theatre
09/25 – Hollywood, CA @ Fonda Theatre
09/27 – Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom
11/03 – Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves
11/05 – Kiel, DE @ Rolling Stone Weekender
11/25 – Manchester, UK @ Academy

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18. Kaytranada

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Photo by Killian Young

Kaytranada isn’t a household name … yet. The 24-year-old producer had been working behind the scenes on tracks for artists like Mobb Deep and Vic Mensa shortly before making his presence pronounced back in May with his debut album, 99.9%. Earlier this year, he ventured around Europe and the United States, but now he’s returned for a victory lap. This is good news, though, giving fans another chance to see the up-and-comer before he reaches universal appeal. His music bounces between dance-heavy bangers and jazzy slow-burners. This leaves a lot of promise for a killer DJ set, a challenge that Kaytranada is absolutely up to taking on. —Dusty Henry

Kaytranada 2016 Tour Dates:
09/02 – Santiago, CL @ Centro El Cerro
09/03 – Rio De Janeiro, BR @ Frabrika
09/06 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Superloft
09/07 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Niceto Club
09/16 – Quebec, QC @ L’Imperial Bell
09/17 – Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach
09/22 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Austin
09/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
09/24 – Atlanta, GA @ 787 Windsor
09/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
10/01 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
10/02 – San Diego, CA @ CRSSD Festival
10/05 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/06 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
10/07 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/08 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/21 – Melbourne, AU @ 170 Russell
10/22 – Northbridge, AU @ Metro City
10/26 – Melbourne, AU @ 170 Russel
10/27 – Fortitude Valley, AU @ The Tivoli
10/28 – Auckland, NZ @ The Studio
10/29 – Newtown, NZ @ Enmore Theatre
11/12-13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Camp Flog Gnaw

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17. Angel Olsen

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Angel Olsen is dropping one of the best albums of the year. The folk singer-songwriter kicks over expectations on My Woman, a record that’s as much a tribute to early ’70s psych as it is to ’60s jam rock, and she’s too rife with energy to sit still. In fact, she’s more like a rockstar now than anything else. Be it the eight-minute sprawl of “Sister” or the punchy demands of “Shut Up Kiss Me” (which she owned with pizazz on The Late Show), Olsen is claiming 2016 as her year, and live she seizes her momentum. Olsen went from a woman with a backing band to a full-blown bandleader, and as she told us in our recent interview, there’s no looking back. Catch her this fall to fight for what you want in life the same way she is on My Woman, no exceptions. –Nina Corcoran

Angel Olsen 2016 Tour Dates:
09/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
09/10 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
09/11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater
09/12 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
09/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
09/15 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/16 – Hudson, NY @ Basilica Soundstage
09/17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
09/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
09/20 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
09/21 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
09/22 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
09/23 – Montreal, QC @ Pop Montreal
09/24 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
09/26 – Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
09/27 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
09/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
10/01 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
10/13 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
10/14 – Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
10/15 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Studio Warehouse
10/16 – Bristol, UK @ The Marble Factory
10/17 – London, UK @ KOKO
10/19 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
10/20 – Copenhagen, DK @ Koncerthuset, Studie 2
10/21 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
10/22 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Strand
10/23 – Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik
10/25 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
10/26 – Munich, DE @ Ampere
10/27 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
10/28 – Koeln, DE @ Stadgarten
10/29 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
11/04 – Paris, FR @ La Gaite Lyrique
11/06 – Amsterdam, NL @ Tolhuistuin

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16. ScHoolboy Q

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Photo by Killian Young

Back when ScHoolboy Q was announcing the special edition of his Blank Face LP, he posted a fake cover that featured a crying Jordan with the facial features erased. Looking at the rapper’s massive 66-date international tour, I find myself reacting pretty similarly. That calendar is a beast, but if anyone can handle that kind of intensity and has the material to back it up, it’s Q. With Joey Bada$$ as opener, that hard-hitting quality doubles. The ultra-dramatic, maximalist Blank Face should make for compelling performance, and Q was already the “Man of the Year” before this record even showed up. Considering the videos he’s put together for the record’s tracks, visual presentation has never been far from Q’s mind. –Adam Kivel

Schoolboy Q 2016 Tour Dates:
09/06 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre *
09/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *
09/09 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Theater
09/10 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
09/11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
09/14 – Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena *
09/16 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz *
09/17 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
09/18 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
09/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle *
09/21 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace *
09/23 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
09/24 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater
09/25 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
09/27 – Orlando, FL @ Venus 578
09/28 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
09/29 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach
10/01 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion *
10/04 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues *
10/05 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center *
10/06 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom *
10/07 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
10/08 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/09 – El Paso, TX @ Buchanans Event Center
10/10 – Albuqerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
10/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheater
10/13 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
10/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
10/15 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park *
10/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
10/21 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater *
10/22 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Center
10/23 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore *
10/24 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
10/25 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/26 – Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center *
10/27 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth *
10/28 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
10/29 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/Eagles Club *
10/30 – Bridgeview, IL @ Freaky Deaky Festival
11/03 – Auckland, NZ @ Logan Campbell Centre
11/04 – Sydney, AU @ Hordern Pavilion
11/05 – Newcastle, AU @ This That Festival
11/08 – Brisbane, AU @ Eaton’s Hill
11/09 – Melbourne, AU @ Festival Hall
11/10 – Northbridge, AU @ Metro City
11/21 – Helsinki, FI @ THE CIRCUS
11/22 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
11/23 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
11/24 – Frederiksberg, DK @ Falconer Salen
11/25 – Hamburg, DE @ Docks Hamburg
11/26 – Warszawa, PL @ Klub Progresja
11/27 – Berlin, DE @ Astra Kulturhaus
11/29 – Paris, FR @ Zénith de Paris
11/30 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
12/01 – Nimes, FR @ Paloma
12/02 – Zuerich, CH @ KOMPLEX 457
12/04 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal Club
12/05 – Brussels, BE @ AB Main Hall
12/06 – Frankfurt, DE @ Gibson
12/07 – Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
12/09 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivolivredenburg
12/11 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
12/13 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
12/14 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
12/15 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute Birmingham

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15. Phish

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If there’s one thing Phish know how to do, it’s tour, having once drawn a crowd so successfully that they upped the population of small Maine town Limestone from about 3,000 to over 75,000 during The Great Went in 1997, temporarily making it the largest town in the state for the weekend. That’s part of the reputation that has positioned the jam band as the de facto modern-day Grateful Dead, owing their prestige more to their adventurous live sets than to recorded material. Their passionate fanbase still buy up all the tickets for festivals the band periodically hosts, so expect an excitable crowd and lively atmosphere when Phish spend the latter half of October playing a few Southern venues before spending four nights performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. –Derrick Rossignol

Phish 2016 Tour Dates:
10/14 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum
10/15 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum
10/16 – Jacksonville, FL @ Veterans Memorial Arena
10/18 – Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
10/19 – Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
10/21 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
10/22 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
10/24 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
10/25 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
10/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/30 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/31 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
01/13 – Rivera Mexico, MX @ Barceló Maya Beach
01/14 – Rivera Mexico, MX @ Barceló Maya Beach
01/15 – Rivera Mexico, MX @ Barceló Maya Beach

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14. Norah Jones

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Fun fact: Each of Norah Jones’ first four studio albums went platinum. Her last effort, 2012’s Little Broken Hearts, was her most experimental effort to date, and also the first time she slightly faltered. (It only went Gold.) Jones’ upcoming LP, Day Breaks, seeks to return to her jazzy, piano-driven roots, which made her debut, Come Away with Me, a runaway, diamond-certified hit. She recorded the new album with other Blue Note luminaries after they performed together for the label’s 75th anniversary concert, setting up a potentially intriguing, new live setup. But as early single ”Carry On” shows, Jones’ beautiful, smoky voice alone should justify the price of admission. –Killian Young

Norah Jones 2016 Tour Dates:
09/22 – Denton, TX @ Petty Fest Oaktopia
09/23 – Denton, TX @ Oaktopia
10/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Benaroya Hall
10/20 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
10/27 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
10/28 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
11/08 – Milan, IT @ Teatro degli Arcimboldi
11/09 – Padova, IT @ Granteatro Geox
11/11 – Lyon, FR @ Ampitheatre Cite des Congres
11/12 – Lille, FR @ Theatre Sebastapol
11/14 – London, UK @ Palladium
11/15 – Paris, FR @ Salle Pleyel
11/16 – Bordeaux, FR @ Teatre Femina
11/18 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio Municipal de Congresos Campo
11/21 – Paris, FR @ Olympia (Blue Note Festival)
11/28 – Kingston, NT @ Ulster PAC
11/29 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
12/03 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
12/04 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
12/08 – Providence, RI @ The VETS
12/09 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
12/10 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

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13. Amy Schumer

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Following a year that saw the comedian release the LeBron James-assisted movie Trainwreck and the third season of her Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer, the blockbuster comic is getting back on stage and taking her live act across the country … nay, the globe. Her world tour begins this month in Ireland, then takes her through more of Europe before heading to North America and then Australia. Schumer will be traveling the planet through the end of the year, but if anybody can handle the pressures of the road, it’s her: She’s the only female comedian to ever sell out Madison Square Garden, a feat that proves that, yeah, she can handle herself just fine. –Derrick Rossignol

Amy Schumer 2016 Tour Dates:
09/03 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester
09/04 – London, UK @ The O2 Arena
09/15 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
09/16 – Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
09/17 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
09/23 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
09/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
09/28 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
09/29 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
09/30 – Springfield, MA @ MassMutual Center
10/01 – Syracuse, NY @ Oncenter War Memorial Arena
10/05 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Wing Events Center
10/06 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
10/07 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
10/08 – Highland Heights, KY @ BB&T Arena
10/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/12 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at the BJCC
10/13 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Civic Center
10/14 – Memphis, TN @ FedexForum
10/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
10/16 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
10/18 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
10/20 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
10/22 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
10/23 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
11/03 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
11/05 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre
11/09 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
11/10 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
11/11 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
11/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
11/17 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
11/18 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
11/19 – Durant, OK @ Choctaw Casino
11/20 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
11/25 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
11/26 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
11/29 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
11/30 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
12/01 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
12/02 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
12/03 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
12/10 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
12/12 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
12/14 – Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
12/15 – Sydney, AU @ Qudos Bank Arena
12/17 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
12/31 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center

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12. Brand New w/ Modern Baseball

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Photo by Ben Kaye

The end is near. With Brand New repeatedly warning fans that 2018 will be the end of the band in some capacity (Their last record? Their last performance before a hiatus? Their last performance before … the end?), any chance to see them perform material is another chance you should take. This fall, Brand New team up with Modern Baseball and The Front Bottoms for what many fans consider to be a dream tour. Maybe they’ll perform new songs that aren’t “Mene” or “I Am a Nightmare”. Maybe Jesse Lacey will play early demos. Maybe they’ll play early hits that made them one of the top 10 pop-punk bands of all time. Whatever it is they bust out, it will get a room full of kids to howl along with just as much energy as the die-hard adult fans in the crowd. A storm is coming, and it’s as emo as ever. —Nina Corcoran

Brand New 2016 Tour Dates:
09/17– Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
10/13 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Army *^
10/14 – Glen Falls, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center *^
10/15 – Portland, ME @ Cross Insurance Arena *^
10/17 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theater *^
10/18 – Ithaca, NY @ Ithaca College Athletic & Events Center *^
10/20 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center *^
10/21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ DeltaPlex *^
10/22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom *^
10/23 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium *^
10/25 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The District *^
10/27 – Missoula, MT @ Adams Center *^
10/28 – Garden City, ID @ Revolution Event Center *^
10/29 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort *^
10/31 – San Jose, CA @ Event Center at San Jose University *^
11/01 – Las Vegas, NV @ Chelsea Theater *^
11/03 – El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum *^
11/05 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street *^
11/07 – Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theatre *^
11/08 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Arena *^
11/10 – Fairfax, VA @ Eagle Bank Arena *^
11/11 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center *^
11/12 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center *^

* = Modern Baseball
^ = w/ The Front Bottoms

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11. James Blake

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Photo by Nina Corcoran

James Blake’s latest record, The Colour in Anything, is far from a festival turn-up affair (not that he ever was the partying type). It wallows and sways with pensive synthesizers and Blake’s baritone crooning. Just in time for fall, he’ll be taking the record on the road. These are tracks meant for an intimate space, even when the bass swells and rumbles to deafening volumes. It’s meant to feel overwhelming, and that’s a feeling he excels in. This is Blake’s most personal record to date. Will the tour follow suit? We can only hope so. –Dusty Henry

James Blake 2016 Tour Dates:
09/10-11 – Berlin, DE @ Lollapalooza Berlin
09/23 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
09/24 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
09/25 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
09/27 – New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theatre
09/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
09/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/01 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
10/03 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/04 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/05 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/07 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
10/08 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/09 – Chicago, IL @ Cadillac Palace Theater
10/12 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
10/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
10/14 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/18 – Santa Barbara, cA @ Arlington Theatre
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
10/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
10/27 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre
10/28 – Belfast, UK @ Limelight 1
10/30 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol
11/01 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
11/02 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy Leeds
11/03 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
11/05 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

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10. Seu Jorge

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When we first see Bill Murray’s boat in Wes Anderson’s beloved 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, the audience hears soft guitar tumbling from somewhere outside the frame. As Murray waltzes across the ship, we’re introduced to a slew of characters all dressed up in tuxes — an odd sight in retrospect given the crew usually dawns matching blue apparel with red beanies — before finally discovering who is responsible for the music. Sitting there in a red beanie himself is Seu Jorge. The Brazilian musician sings with a strange calmness, even as a boom mic swings by his face, churning out David Bowie covers. Over the course of the film, he becomes a star himself, always nonchalant, always earnest, always performing reinterpretations that color the musician’s work in a stunning shade of comforting colors. Now that Bowie has passed, Jorge is hitting the road to perform some of those classics live. Turning and facing the change becomes manageable when songs are being sung in soft-spoken Portuguese with heartfelt guitar strumming, even if it still seems impossible for someone of such undeniable influence as Bowie to be gone. –Nina Corcoran

Seu Jorge 2016 Tour Dates:
11/04 – Miami Beach, FL @ Faena Theater
11/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/08 – Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
11/09 – Boston, MA @ Symphony Hall
11/11 – New York City, NY @ Town Hall
11/12 – New York City, NY @ Town Hall
11/14 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Maisonneuve
11/15 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
11/17 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
11/20 – Vancouver, British Columba @ Vogue Theatre
11/21 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
11/22 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
11/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
11/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel

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09. Ms. Lauryn Hill

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Last spring, Ms. Lauryn Hill headlined Diaspora Calling!, a mini-festival in Brooklyn featuring Haitian art and performances from artists throughout Africa and the African diaspora. Now, the former Fugees crooner is taking the essence of that event on the road with The MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Tour, which promises special guests at each city along the way. Exactly who that may be remains mostly under wraps (outside of the Philly opener, which will feature Machel Montano, The Soul Rebels, Talib Kweli and Jesse Royal), but she’s collaborated with many exciting artists before, including The Weeknd and D’Angelo. Throughout the years, Hill has gained a reputation for not being the most punctual, but the uniqueness of each performance should be well worth the wait. –Killian Young

Ms. Lauryn Hill 2016 Tour Dates:
09/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
09/09 – La Courneuve, FR @ Fete de L’Humanite 2016
09/10 – Louisville, KY @ LouFest 2016
09/13 – Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace
09/15 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
09/16 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
09/18 – Cleveland, OH @ Hard Rock Live Rocksino
09/20 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
09/22 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre
09/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park
09/25 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
09/27 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
09/29 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/01 – Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre
10/13 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
10/25 – Osaka, JP @ Zepp
11/01 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
11/04 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
11/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
11/06 – Seattle, WA @ McCaw Hall
11/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
11/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Foundry at SLS
11/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
11/27 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
11/29 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
12/01 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
12/06 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffy Theater
12/08 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
12/13 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
12/18 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

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08. Blood Orange

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Photo by Nina Corcoran

When you drop an album as critically acclaimed as Freetown Sound, you can make your tour as long or as short as you want. For Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, he’s opted for the latter, an eight-date jaunt through a handful of cities highlighted by an appearance at FYF in Los Angeles. In David Sackllah’s rave review of Freetown Sound, he name-checked luminaries ranging from Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen. It’s true: Blood Orange transcends genre, one minute discussing Trayvon Martin and the next linking up with Carly Rae Jepsen on a duet. If the live show can match the music in terms of energy and emotion, Blood Orange will only need eight tour dates. He’ll have the type of show where you simply find a way to be there. –Zack Ruskin

Blood Orange 2016 Tour Dates:
09/13 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
09/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Centre Stage
09/21 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
09/23 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater
10/01 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

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07. Japandroids

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Now that Frank Ocean has released a couple of new albums into the world, attention can now turn to others who’ve been keeping their fans waiting. Japandroids don’t have quite the wide-spread impact as Ocean, but for rock fans, their sudden return is a high point of the year. Their touring is limited, and there is no real word about new music, but the return to activity is at least a step in the right direction to following up their beloved 2012 LP, Celebration Rock. –Philip Cosores

Japandroids 2016 Tour Dates:
10/05 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
10/06 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
10/07 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
10/08 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
10/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
10/15 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
10/20 – London, UK @ Birthdays
10/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
10/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
11/25 – Mexico City, MX @ Caradura

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06. Sia

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Photo by Ben Kaye

There’s a strange duality of presence and absence at the heart of Sia’s latest tour. This year’s This Is Acting is composed of songs written for and rejected by other artists, meaning that they sometimes bounce around stylistically, identifiable as an intended Shakira song or a tune best-suited for Adele. Sia also stands at the back of the stage with her face perpetually covered, negating the audience’s access to her, to a degree. And yet the core of the songs and the base of her excellent live shows remains her ingenious pop songwriting and increasingly strong voice, two facets that could never be masked. To make up for her own face being covered, she frequently arranges complex visual performances complete with celebrity-studded videos (featuring the likes of Kirsten Wiig and Paul Dano) and contemporary dance. If you’re wanting to experience pure, shatterproof and intuitive artistry, SIA’s 2016 tour exemplifies a sense of vulnerability and strength all in one. –Lior Phillips

Sia 2016 Tour Dates:
09/10 – Cleveland, OH @ All Access
09/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/29 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena *^
10/01 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena *^
10/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena *^
10/05 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena *^
10/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay *^
10/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *^
10/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *^
10/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Cente r*^
10/15 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills *^
10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *^
10/18 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *^
10/19 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *^
10/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *^
10/22 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *^
10/23 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *^
10/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/26 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena *^
10/29 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center *^
10/30 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center *^
11/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena *^
11/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center *^
11/04 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center *^
11/06 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center *^

* = w/ Miguel
^ = w/ AlunaGeorge”

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05. Prophets of Rage

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Photo by Paul L. Carter

I didn’t know what to expect when I attended the inaugural Prophets of Rage show at Hollywood’s Whiskey a Go Go back in June, but what I found was a band hungry to prove itself and willing to dive headfirst into 2016’s fucked-up political fray. In the smattering of shows they’ve played so far, the Prophets have rarely failed to make headlines; if they’re not crashing the Republican National Convention, they’re getting kicked out of a prison and setting up shop across the street. In a supercharged election year, we need a supercharged band to remind us that rock music still has a seat at the table of influence. Prophets of Rage are that band, and whether they’re blasting through hits from Rage Against the Machine’s catalog or repurposing Public Enemy tracks to bone-rattling effect, one thing’s for sure: This is the right recipe to Make America Rage Again. –Collin Brennan

Prophets of Rage 2016 Tour Dates:
09/03 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
09/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
09/05 – Kansas City, MO @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater *
09/07 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
09/10 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre *
09/11 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre *
09/13 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre *
09/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum *
09/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion *
09/25 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion *
09/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
09/30 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater *
10/01 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater at Encore Park *
10/02 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amp *
10/04 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
10/05 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center *
10/08 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion *
10/09 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
10/11 – El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum *
10/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre *
10/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Event Center *
10/15 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre *

* = w/ AWOLNATION

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04. Temple of the Dog

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One of the year’s most exciting and unexpected reunions comes in the form of Temple of the Dog. For the uninitiated, TotD was a single-album project that included the surviving members of Mother Love Bone (before they became Pearl Jam) and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell on vocals. The project never got around to touring initially, so for many (outside of those who’ve caught Cornell sit in with Pearl Jam), this will be the first opportunity to catch Temple of the Dog. Doubtful that they bust out any material from their primary bands, but these shows are also likely to include some Mother Love Bone covers, which will be pretty cool. —Philip Cosores

Temple of the Dog 2016 Tour Dates:
11/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
11/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
11/07 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
11/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Center
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Center
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
11/20 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
11/21 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater

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03. Bon Iver

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Photo by Nina Corcoran

Justin Vernon has put himself in an uncommon position regarding his upcoming album and tour: Usually fans hear the record first then have to wait to see how it sounds on stage, but since Bon Iver already performed the entirety of the forthcoming 22, A Million already in Eaux Claires, it’s the other way around. It’s odd, but that means we know how the record functions in a live setting: in a hauntingly gorgeous way that makes us wish his tour was slated for more than just a few California shows in October. Here’s to the itinerary being expanded once the album comes out, because you really need to hear this live. –Derrick Rossignol

Bon Iver 2016 Tour Dates:
10/01-02 – Berlin, DE @ Michelberger Music at Funkhaus
10/18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
10/19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
10/20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
10/22 – Santa Ana, CA @ Beach Goth Festival
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl #
10/26 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall ^

* = w/ Francis and the Lights
# = w/ Patti Smith and Hiss Golden Messenger
^ = w/ Julianna Barwick

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02. Chance the Rapper

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Photo by Philip Cosores

In case you’ve been asleep for the first half of the year, Chance the Rapper released what is easily the most important album of his career. And Coloring Book delivered on the promise of his previous work, giving credence to all the anticipation that led up to it. So, it goes without saying that the tour in support of the album is a key moment for Chance the Rapper. Headlining the biggest venues of his career, including his own hometown music festival, this moment will decide whether Chance is ready to ascend to the top tier of rap stars, the tier that equates him with pop artists, not just rappers. It’s a huge moment for Chicago’s beloved youngster and one that the whole music industry will take note of. –Philip Cosores

Chance the Rapper 2016 U.S. Tour Dates:
09/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America Festival
09/15 – San Diego, CA @ Calcoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
09/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
09/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
09/20 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
09/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
09/24 – Chicago, IL @ U.S. Cellular Field (Magnificent Coloring Day)
09/25 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
09/27 – Toronto, CA @ Canada Echo Beach
09/28 – Toronto, CA @ Canada Echo Beach
09/29 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
09/30 – London, UK @ Apple Music Festival
10/02 – New York, NY @ The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
10/06 – Washington, DC @ Eaglebank Arena
10/07 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
10/08 – Atlanta, GA @ The Fox Theater
10/10 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
10/11 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
10/12 – Tallahassee, FL @ Warchant
10/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Mardi Gras Ballroom
10/15 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
10/16 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
10/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
10/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/22 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek
10/24 – Seattle, WA @ Wamu
10/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
10/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
10/28 – Portland, OR @ Theater of the Clouds at Mota Center
10/30 – Davis, CA @ UC Davis
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Camp Flog Gnaw
11/15 – Copenhagen, DK @ Falconer
11/16 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Halle
11/17 – Tilburg, NL @ 013
11/19 – Manchester, UK @ Academy
11/20 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
11/21 – Paris, FR @ Zenith
11/22 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
11/23 – Dublin, IE @ Dublin Helix
11/25 – Dublin, IE @ Dublin Helix
11/26 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Apollo
12/29 – Waiohika Estate, NZ @ Rhythm and Vines
12/30 – Lardner, AU @ Beyond the Valley Festival
12/31 – Claremont, AU @ Origin NYE
01/01 – Sydney, AU @ Field Day

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01. Kanye West

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Waiting half a year after an album drop might be career suicide for some artists, but Kanye West is not just any artist. Following memorable touring runs behind Yeezus and Watch the Throne has only made fans more hungry for shows supporting The Life of Pablo, which West will bring extensively to America. Big cities like New York and Los Angeles find West selling the best and appropriately see more scheduled shows, but West isn’t so much about playing iconic locations here as he is about playing iconic shows. With endless hits from his back catalog and a ton of newer tracks to debut, the fall belongs to Yeezy. —Philip Cosores

Kanye West 2016 Tour Dates:
09/03 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
09/05 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
09/06 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
09/08 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
09/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
09/14 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
09/16 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
09/17 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
09/20 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
09/21 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
09/22 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
09/24 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
09/25 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
09/27 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
09/28 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
09/30 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
10/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
10/02 – New York, NY @ The Meadows
10/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
10/06 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
10/07 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
10/08 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
10/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
10/12 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
10/15 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
10/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
10/22 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
10/23 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
10/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
10/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
10/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum

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