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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Fall 2014

Or, 25 reasons to get out and enjoy the autumn air.

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    Why is summer typically the go-to season for tours and concerts? It’s hot out, too many unsupervised kids mill about, and somehow everything just feels more expensive. Sure, it’s hard to resist a smokey cookout and the warmth of a beach chair, but the fall offers a far more suitable choice for those looking to be all-around comfortable. For one, the weather has a personality, offering signature elements like pumpkin-scented breezes and Indian summers. Really, there are few things more life-affirming than standing outside on a cool autumn evening, even for all the summer lovin’, folks. Also, the year’s remaining top artists come out of their holes and drop their strongest work, which they celebrate by hopping into tour vans that crunch over the leave-infested roads. So, toss the swim gear in the hamper, grab a cup of cocoa, and start planning your next three months around these must-see tours.

    Cold Specks

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    If you thought Cold Specks’ “doom-soul” only resided on record, think again. The stage is where the Canadian singer-songwriter reveals her true self. Using her commanding yet ghostly presence, she deftly conjures atmospheres of urgency, awe, heartache, and even fear. While much of her live show’s success can be attributed to her murky and emotive vocals, there’s no doubt that Cold Specks’ skills as a riveting storyteller — see: 2012’s I Predict a Graceful Expulsion and her latest album, Neuroplasticity — are what really transport audiences to another place. –Michelle Geslani

    Cold Specks 2014 Tour Dates:
    09/18 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
    09/20 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
    09/23 – Paris, FR @ La Flèche d’Or
    09/25 – Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms
    09/26 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
    09/29 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
    09/30 – London, UK @ Village Underground
    10/01 – Manchester, UK @ Band on The Wall
    11/05 – Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bear’s
    11/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
    11/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
    11/09 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
    11/11 – Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic
    11/12 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
    11/14 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
    11/15 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
    11/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
    11/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
    11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
    11/23 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    11/24 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
    11/25 – Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial Theatre
    11/27 – Edmonton, AB @ Royal Alberta Museum Theatre
    11/28 – Calgary, NW @ SAIT’s Gateway
    11/29 – Swift Current, SK @ Lyric Theatre
    11/30 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
    12/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
    12/03 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
    12/05 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
    12/07 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa

    Johnny Marr

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    I’ve seen Johnny Marr once before. It was during his brief stint with The Cribs at Lollapalooza 2010, but he wasn’t front and center. I blew it last year by not attending any of his shows supporting his debut solo album, The Messenger. Fortunately, the gods have granted me (and you) another opportunity to see him. Marr’s already recorded a follow-up, Playland, and he’ll be touring the US in support of his sophomore effort beginning in November. Hopefully he’ll play some of his old Smiths tunes like he did last year.  –Justin Gerber

    Johnny Marr 2014 Tour Dates:
    10/13 – Lincoln, UK @ The Engine Shed
    10/14 – Southend, UK @ Cliffs Pavilion
    10/15 – Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr
    10/17 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic Hall
    10/18 – Cardiff, UK @ Great Hall
    10/20 – Bournemouth, UK @ O2 Academy
    10/21 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
    10/23 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
    10/24 – Bath, UK @ Pavilion
    10/25 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
    10/27 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
    10/28 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
    10/29 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
    11/01 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
    11/02 – Cologne, DE @ Luxor
    11/03 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
    11/09 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    11/12 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
    11/14 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
    11/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    11/16 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
    11/18 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
    11/19 – Montreal, QC @ Corona
    11/20 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth
    11/22 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
    11/23 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
    11/25 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
    11/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
    11/28 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
    11/29 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
    12/01 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge
    12/03 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
    12/04 – Calgary, AB @ Republik
    12/06 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
    12/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
    12/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    12/10 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    12/11 – Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
    12/12 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
    12/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    12/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    12/16 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
    12/18 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
    12/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
    12/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

    Blonde Redhead

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    Blonde Redhead have never tried to make their emotional baggage easy to read. Watch twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace wander the stage as singer-guitarist Kazu Makino sings with a whisper, however, and things begin to make sense. With 21 years of experience under their belt, the dream pop rock trio will highlight the darker corners of this year’s Barragán. Makino’s vocals will sip your soul from your body and let it dangle until you learn to distinguish between the weight of the two and how both can drag you down. Prepare yourself. Even Makino herself could break down crying. –Nina Corcoran

    Blonde Redhead 2014 Tour Dates:
    09/12 – Milan, IT @ Mito Festival
    09/13 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
    09/14 – Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
    09/16 – Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9
    09/17 – Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club
    09/18 – Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn
    09/19 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
    09/20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Tolhuistuin
    09/21 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
    09/22 – Paris, FR @ Trianon
    09/23 – Rouen, FR @ 106
    09/26-27 – Istanbul, TK @ Hayal Kahvesi
    09/29 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
    10/02 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
    10/03 – Lyon, FR @ Epicerie Moderne
    10/04 – Fribourg, CH @ Fri-Son
    10/05 – Lucerne, CH @ Club Le Schuur
    11/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
    11/02 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
    11/03 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
    11/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
    11/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue
    11/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    11/09 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    11/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
    11/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
    11/13 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
    11/15 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
    11/17 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
    11/18 – Dallas, TX @ Granada
    11/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
    11/21 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
    11/22 – Washington, DC @ Howard Theatre
    11/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    11/25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    11/26 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    11/28 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
    11/29 – Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern
    12/01 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
    12/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

    FKA twigs

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    With her alluring and excellent debut album, LP1, FKA twigs has delivered on the promise of her EPs. A different kind of pop star, she’s as enigmatic and hypnotizing a performer as her sensual brand of cerebral R&B would suggest. With a backing cast of electronic-minded players specializing in underwater soundscapes ready to let the rising UK talent take center stage, twigs is sure to fully come into her own this tour. While she’s only hinted at a certain kind of stardom, the hype from her album and her mesmerizing live persona will push to her to the top. –Josh Terry

    FKA twigs 2014 Tour Dates:
    10/02 – Brighton, UK @ The Dome
    10/03 – Birmingham, UK @ The Library
    10/04 – Manchester, UK @ RNCM Theatre
    10/05 – Galsgow, UK @ Oran Mor
    10/08 – London, UK @ Hackney Empire
    10/09 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
    10/14 – Paris, FR @ La Maronquinerie
    10/15 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
    10/16 – Brussels, BE @ Ab Box
    10/17 – Cologne, DE @ Buergerhaus Stollwerk
    10/19 – Copenhagen, VEGA
    10/20 – Hamburg, DE @ Mojo
    10/21 – Berlin, DE @ Kesselhaus
    10/22 – Warsaw, PL @ Basen
    11/06 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    11/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    11/08 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
    11/11 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
    11/13 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
    11/14 – Minneapols, MN @ Fine Line
    11/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
    11/18 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
    11/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency
    11/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent
    11/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent
    11/26 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
    11/28 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
    11/29 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic
    12/01 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
    12/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
    12/03 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

    Iceage

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    Iceage still embrace their abrasive, post-punk roots, but they’re growing up. 2013’s You’re Nothing felt sleek and more open to sonic possibilities than 2011’s New Brigade, and it appears their third LP, Plowing into the Field of Love, could follow suit. Case in point, new singles “The Lord’s Favorite”, an absolutely infectious alt rock groove of Replacements-esque proportions, and “Forever”, a morose, angst-laden ballad in the key of Nick Cave. Could they bring the freshly-pressed suits they wore in both videos out on the road? Does this mean more of a dance party than a circle pit at their shows? It’s hard to say, but that’s the appeal of Iceage: with the lines of culture and music and personal identities so blurry, the fun comes by just diving in totally blind. –Chris Coplan

    Iceage 2014 Tour Dates:
    10/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
    10/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
    10/12 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
    10/15 – Easthampton, MA @ The Flywheel Arts Collective *
    10/16 – Boston, Ma @ The Great Scott * and Rakta
    10/17 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola w/ Merchandise, Lower, Father Murphy
    10/18 – Ottawa, ON @ Gabba Hey w/ Father Murphy
    10/19 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe w/ Father Murphy
    10/21 – Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House *, Father Murphy
    10/22 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle *, Father Murphy
    10/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock *
    10/24 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
    10/25 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall *
    10/26 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive *
    10/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
    10/29 – Reno, NV @ Holland Project *
    10/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room *
    11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo * + Rakta
    11/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
    11/03 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
    11/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ 51 West *
    11/05 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister *
    11/08 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

    * = w/ Helm

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