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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Fall 2016

Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and Sia will bring all the spice to pumpkin season

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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.


    25. Rae Sremmurd

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    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

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    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


    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


    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


    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

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    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


    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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