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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Summer 2015

From AC/DC to Zedd, here's how you can spend your next three months.

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    Artwork by Cap Blackard

    With school letting out, the weather getting warmer, and daylight extending into the early evening, choices for how to spend your hard-earned dollars and precious time off have a lot of competition in 2015. There seem to be more summer music festivals than ever; meanwhile, online services like Airbnb and Uber make travel increasingly manageable. Needless to say, the Internet has made the world smaller and more accessible for many.

    Summer concert tours remain a big attraction in the US and beyond, with many artists using festivals as springboards to connect with the rest of the country, plotting their stops between larger festivals and creating a bevy of options for fans looking to experience large arena gigs or more intimate club shows. In the pages that follow, we’ve collected some of the most notable artists to hit the road this summer, from huge rarities to some of music’s most exciting emerging talent.

    Enjoy.

    –Philip Cosores
    Contributing Editor

    AC/DC

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    Photo by Philip Cosores

    With their original booking as a Coachella headliner, AC/DC turned some heads, prompting questions as to both their continued relevance and their drawing power. But if their huge ‘chella audience wasn’t a good enough indication, maybe their stadium tour this summer, beginning in Europe and then coming to the US, will convince naysayers. Playing both iconic football yards like the homes of the Patriots and the Giants (and Jets), and beloved baseball stadiums like the homes of the Cubs, Giants, and Dodgers, AC/DC will turn yards infrequently used for concerts into havens for rock ‘n’ roll. —Philip Cosores

    AC/DC 2015 Tour Dates:
    05/29 – Barcelona, ES @ Estadio Olympic
    05/31 – Madrid, ES @ Estadio Vicente Calderon
    06/02 – Madrid, ES @ Estadio Vicente Calderon
    06/05 – Zurich, CH @ Letzigrund
    06/07 – Zurich, CH @ Letzigrund
    06/19 – Cologne, DE @ Jahnwiesen
    06/21 – Hannover, DE @ Messe
    06/25 – Berlin, DE @ Olympia Stadium
    06/28 – Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
    07/01 – Dublin, IE @ Aviva Stadium
    07/04 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
    07/06 – Dessel, BE @ Graspop Metal Meeting
    07/09 – Imola, IT @ Autodromo
    07/12 – Gelsenkirchen, DE @ Veltins Arena
    07/15 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival Site
    07/17 – Oslo, NO @ Valle Hovin
    07/19 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
    07/22 – Hameenlinna, FI @ Open Air Park
    07/25 – Warsaw, PL @ National Stadium
    08/22 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
    08/26 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
    08/28 – Quebec City, QC @ Plains Of Abraham
    08/31 – Montreal, QC @ Olympic Stadium
    09/03 – Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
    09/05 – Moncton, NB @ Magnetic Hill
    09/08 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
    09/10 – Toronto, ON @ Downsview Park
    09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
    09/17 – Winnipeg, MB @ Investors Group Field
    09/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium
    09/22 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
    09/25 – San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park
    09/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
    11/04 – Sydney, AU @ ANZ Stadium
    11/12 – Brisbane, AU @ QSAC
    11/21 – Adelaide, AU @ Oval
    11/27 – Perth, AU @ Domain Stadium
    12/06 – Melbourne, AU @ Etihad Stadium

    Alabama Shakes

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    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Now that Alabama Shakes’ sophomore album has reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, maybe fans won’t mind the omission of the band’s signature tune from its setlist. Earlier this year when the quartet previewed Sound & Color at dates scattered across the US, including Coachella, “Hold On” didn’t make the cut. Pretty ballsy move for a group so young. If the Rolling Stones can dig up “Satisfaction” at every show over the last 40 years, the combustible Brittany Howard surely can’t squelch the Boys & Girls standout after only three. This tour, which takes a European detour before landing in North America just in time for Lollapalooza, finds the Shakes adding to its ranks with two additional instrumentalists and three backing singers fluent in gospel. Not that Howard needs the help, but the extra pipes intensify the multiple climaxes at the end of each song’s slow burn. —Janine Schaults

    Alabama Shakes 2015 Tour Dates:
    05/13 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
    05/15 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
    05/28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Fox Theatre $
    05/29 – Kansas City, MO @ THe Starlight Theatre $
    05/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hall’s Island $
    06/02 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park $
    06/03 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre $
    06/05 – Seaside Heights, NJ @ Gentlemen of the Road
    06/06 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
    06/07 – Hunter Mountain, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
    06/09 – Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion !
    06/10 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park +
    06/12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
    06/24-28 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury
    06/27 – Beuningen, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole
    06/28 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
    06/30 – Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island
    07/01 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
    07/04 – Dublin, IE @ Marlay Park
    07/05 – Belfort, FR @ Les Eurockeennes
    07/06 – Koln, DE @ Live Music Hall
    07/08 – Lucca, IT @ Summer Festival Lucca
    07/10 – Rotterdam, NL @ North Sea Jazz Fest
    07/12 – Kinross, UK @ T in the Park
    07/30 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
    07/31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
    08/01 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel
    08/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Harden
    08/05 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Garden
    08/07 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield *
    08/08 – Redmond, VA @ Marymoor Park
    08/09 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
    08/12 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre *
    08/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *
    08/14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
    08/16 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre %
    08/18 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie %
    08/21 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    09/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center for the Performing Arts %
    09/18 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion %
    09/19 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium %
    09/22 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
    09/25-27 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
    10/02-04 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
    11/18 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
    11/19 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

    % = w/ Drive-By Truckers
    $ = w/ Father John Misty
    ! = w/ Strand of Oaks
    + = w/ Courtney Barnett
    * = w/ Blake Mills

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    Joey Bada$$

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    The most meaningful live event of Brooklyn rapper and Pro Era leader Joey Bada$$’s summer won’t be a regular tour stop, but rather Steez Day, a festival that Joey and Pro Era are putting on to honor the fallen Capital Steez. You could say Joey has been honoring Steez (who committed suicide on Christmas Eve in 2012) with all his new music, too, most notably B4.DA.$$, his great debut album from January. Full of both heart and displays of technical skill, B4.DA.$$ is a statement of youthful intent, which partly explains the title of Joey’s summer tour, World Domination (also the name of a song on his breakthrough mixtape, 1999). Divided into West Coast shows (the “Westside Connection” phase) and international outings (“Worldly Festivities”), the tour will also feature Chicago’s Mick Jenkins and Florida’s Denzel Curry. –Michael Madden

    Joey Bada$$ 2015 World Domination Tour Dates:
    06/10 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red *
    06/11 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory *
    06/12 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory *
    06/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda *
    06/14 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre  ^
    06/16 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst  *
    06/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency  *
    06/18 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall *
    06/19 – Portland, OR @ Wonder  ^
    06/20 – Seattle, WA @ KUBE Radio Show  *
    06/25 – Norrköping, SE @ Bravalla Festival
    06/26 – Seinäjoki, FI @ Provinnsrock Festival
    06/27 – Odense, DK @ Tinderbox Festival
    07/03 – London, UK @ Wireless Festival
    07/04 – Tilburg, NL @ Woo Ha! Hip Hop Festival
    07/05 – Brussels, BE @ Coloeur Café Festival
    07/07 – New York, NY @ Steez Day Festival
    07/09 – Zamárdi, HU @ Balaton Sound Festival
    07/10 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich
    07/11 – Berlin, DE @ Splash Festival
    07/15 – Island of Pag, HR @ Fresh Island Festival
    07/17- Tonsberg, NO @ Slottsfjell
    07/18 – Stuttgart, DE @ Hip Hop Open
    07/24 – Tokyo, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival
    08/21-23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Lowlands Festival

    * = w/ Mick Jenkins & Denzel Curry
    ^ = w/ Denzel Curry

    J. Cole w/ Big Sean, Jeremih, and YG

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    Photo by Philip Cosores

    The real is back, the ’ville is back. J. Cole released his underrated 2014 Forest Hills Drive with very little publicity before the record dropped at the end of last year, but the Roc Nation rapper is pulling out all the stops for this tour, which will hit up Madison Square Garden, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and a home state gig at Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion. Jermaine will be assisted by YG, Jeremih, and Big Sean, whose Dark Side Paradise ranks as one of this year’s better hip-hop albums. —Killian Young

    J. Cole w/ Big Sean, YG, and Jeremih Tour Dates:

    07/12 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
    07/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
    07/17 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    07/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
    07/21 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
    07/24 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    07/25 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre**
    07/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
    07/28 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    07/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
    07/31 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
    08/03 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
    08/04 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    08/06 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
    08/07 – Montreal, BC @ Bell Center
    08/08 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
    08/09 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
    08/11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend
    08/12 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
    08/13 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
    08/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre
    08/16 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
    08/18 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    08/21 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    08/22 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
    08/23 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
    08/25 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    08/29 – Fayetteville, NC @ Crown Colliseum
    Toronto, ON @ TBA

    D’Angelo and the Vanguard

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    Album releases after a decade-plus hiatus seem to be all the rage lately, but D’Angelo’s Black Messiah carries none of that baggage. It’s already a standalone piece of experimental R&B glory. Pino Palladino’s low-end thumbprint lends the same perfect undertow as it did on Voodoo, and with the Vanguard behind him, D’Angelo’s tour is sure to be one of the best this summer. Archer has always been a slow moving creature, but the 2012 Bonnaroo super-jam was an indelible reminder of his oft-unspoken talents. 2015’s incarnation sees a fit D’Angelo back on point with self-aware lyrics: “I used to get real high, now I just get a buzz.” Me too, D’Angelo, me too. —Kevin McMahon

    D’Angelo 2015 Tour Dates:
    06/07 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
    06/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
    06/10 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
    06/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
    06/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
    06/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
    06/16 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
    06/17 – Houston, TX @ The Warehouse
    06/20 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
    06/21 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
    06/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Keswick
    06/25 – Washington, DC @ The Fillmore
    06/27 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
    06/28 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
    07/03 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
    07/06 – Rome, IT @ Parco della Musica
    07/07 – Milan, IT @ Estathe Market Sound
    07/08 – Montreux, CH @ Montreux Jazz Festival – Stravinsky Hall
    07/10 – Rotterdam, NL @ North Sea Jazz Festival
    07/12 – Liege, BE @ Les Ardentes
    07/13 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
    07/15 – Grimstad, NO @ Skral Festival
    07/16 – Oslo, NO @ Fjord Festival
    07/17 – Molde, NO @ Molde International Jazz Festival
    08/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
    08/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Festival
    09/04 – Chicago, IL @ North Coast Music Festival

    Death Cab for Cutie

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    Photo by Samantha Saturday

    If you’ve ever seen Death Cab for Cutie live, then you know there’s something extrasensory about the whole experience. Everything is just a little bit louder, sharper, and harder, and a band that you thought you knew as purveyors of soft, sad songs about heartbreak transforms into a much more complex beast. International dates with The Antlers, Explosions in the Sky, Best Coast, and a slough of other bands with loyal followings of their own are already making the tour for their latest release, Kintsugi, an event of major proportions. I already have tickets to their September 13 show in Columbia, Maryland, but I wish I were seeing them in Zagreb, Paris, or Dusseldorf instead. —Katherine Flynn

    Death Cab For Cutie 2015 Tour Dates:
    06/04 – Porto, PT @ Optimus Primavera Sound
    06/08 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
    06/09 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
    06/10 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
    06/12 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
    06/13 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
    06/14 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
    06/15 – Stockholm, SE @ Munchenbryggeriet
    06/17 – Zurich, CH @ X-Tra Hotel
    06/19-21 – Neuhausen, DE @ Southside Festival
    06/19-21 – Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
    06.20 – Tillburg, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
    06/23 – Zagreb, CH @ inMusic Festival
    06/25 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
    06/26 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
    06/27 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Open Source Festival
    06/28 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
    07/08 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield %
    07/09 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheatre %
    07/11 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre Berkeley %
    07/12 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
    07/15 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rock Amphitheatre *
    07/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series
    07/24 – Bryon Bay, AU @ Splendour in the Grass
    07/26 – Melbourne, AU @ 170 Russell
    07/27 – Melbourne, AU @ 170 Russell
    07/30 – Canberra, AT @  Anu Bar
    07/31 – Wollongong, AU @ Uow Unibar
    08/01 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House
    08/04 – Adelaide, AU @ HQ Complex
    08/06 – Perth, AU @ Metro City
    09/10 – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
    09/11 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion &
    09/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden &
    09/13 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion &
    09/15 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater #
    09/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE #
    09/18 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center #
    09/19 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion #
    09/21 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater #
    09/25 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
    09/26 – Santa Barbara, CAR @ Santa Barbara Bowl !
    09/28 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre !
    09/30 – Missoula, MT @ Adams Center
    10/01 – Spokane, WA @ INB Performing Arts Center
    10/03 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
    10/04 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
    10/05 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
    11/02 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
    11/03 – Manchester, UK @ Academy
    11/04 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
    11/05 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
    11/17 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
    11/23 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
    11/24 – Madrid, ES @ Barclaycard Center

    ^ = w/ The Antlers
    % = w/ Built to Spill
    * = w/ tUnE-yArDs
    & = w/ Explosions in the Sky
    # = w/ Twin Shadow
    ! = w/ Best Coast

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    Death Grips

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    What could be more anticipated than a band you’re not even sure will show up? Death Grips‘ breakup last summer was one of the most talked about moments of 2014 — or so we thought. It seems, as always, that MC Ride and company might have been trolling us all. As a veteran of three Death Grips concerts, I can safely say if they do show up, it will be one for the books. MC Ride has a stage presence to match his coarse vocal timbre, and the sensory overload of their recorded music carries the same force live. Also, it will be one of the rare occasions where fans can see Zach Hill, MC Ride, and Andy Morin all on stage together. Rumor (and by rumor, I mean Reddit conjecture) has it they may even be joined by Jenny Death guitarist Nick Reinhart. God, I hope they show. —Kevin McMahon

    Death Grips 2015 Tour Dates:
    06/19 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
    06/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
    06/21 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
    06/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
    06/24 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
    06/26 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
    06/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    06/28 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
    06/30 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
    07/01 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall
    07/03 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
    07/04 – Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
    07/05 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
    07/07 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
    07/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    07/11 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    07/12 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
    07/14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
    07/15 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
    07/17 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
    07/18 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
    07/19 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
    07/21 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
    07/22 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
    07/23 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
    07/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
    08/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest

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