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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Fall 2015

on September 16, 2015, 8:00am

We’ve already had a stellar year for concerts. Just a few months ago, we were anticipating Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, eagerly awaiting arena tours from Foo Fighters, The Who, and Madonna, and wondering whether Alabama Shakes and D’Angelo would continue to deliver on the live performances they had come to be known for. Yeah, we had a pretty great spring and summer for music, but the year is not over yet.

It’s important to note that all of those arena tours have yet to wrap up, and a few major festivals, like ACL, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Treasure Island, all remain. Special appearances, like Kanye West performing 808s & Heartbreak, also highlight the docket. Plus, there are sure to be a few more late-year runs still to be announced. What’s already been revealed has us all excited to cover live music for the next few months, especially these 25 tours we put at the top of our must-see list.

25. Stevie Wonder

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Stevie Wonder played The Taste of Chicago 2008 in Grant Park as a free event for all the hot dog-hounding denizens of the city. You’d think that music would be the last thing on the minds of folks in meat comas, but sure enough, Stevie’s park showing, his presence and bodacious sound, meted out singing, dancing, and a general sense of wowed appreciation for the legend letting it out. That’s just how good Stevie still can be. So imagine how groovy he might be if you pay to see him. OK, that sounded a little cynical, but come on, his Songs in the Key of Life Tour added 20 extra North American tour dates this past August. The hot tour was a full run of his famous ’76 double LP, and it’s carrying on from September 30th to November 24th, closing out with a big show at Madison Square Garden. —Blake Goble

Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life 2015 Tour Dates:
09/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
09/26 – Toronto, ON @ Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre
09/30 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
10/03 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
10/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
10/09 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/11 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
10/14 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
10/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
10/23 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
10/25 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
10/31 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
11/03 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
11/05 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
11/07 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
11/10 – Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena
11/14 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
11/17 – Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
11/19 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
11/21 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Lewis Arena
11/24 – New York City @ Madison Square Garden

24. FIDLAR

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Ever since FIDLAR rose to prominence in their native Los Angeles, the punks have been known for their raucous live shows, which, in their early days, would often get so out of hand that the police would break them up. While they’ve certainly done some growing up since releasing their self-titled debut all the way to their recent Too (if you haven’t already, check out the CoS cover story on the band, which delves into frontman Zac Carper getting sober), that hasn’t sapped any energy out of their gigs. FIDLAR’s young fanbase shows up early and in force, and with the official release of rowdy tracks like “40oz. on Repeat”, “West Coast”, and “Sober”, expect as many mosh pits and boisterous sing-alongs as ever. —Killian Young

FIDLAR 2015 Tour Dates:
09/15 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
09/16 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
09/18  – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
09/19  – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
09/20 – Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest Toronto
09/22 – Montreal, QC @Theatre Fairmount
09/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
09/26 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
09/27 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
09/28 – Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
09/29 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/02 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Hell Stage
10/03 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive }
10/05 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
10/06 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
10/9-11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/13 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
10/15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
10/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
10/17 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
10/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/22 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
10/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theatre
10/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theatre
11/10 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
11/11 – Manchester, UK @ Ritz
11/12 – Glasgow, UK @ Garage
11/14 – London, UK @ The Forum
11/15 – Birmingham, UK @ The Institute
11/17 – Berlin, DE @ Posbahnhof
11/19 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon Hall
11/21 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
11/22 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
11/23 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoliredenburg

23. Ride

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Questionable choice of headwear aside, the announcement last November that ‘90s shoegaze pioneers Ride would be reuniting for the first time since breaking up in 1996 left many excited on this side of the pond as well as in the band’s native UK. After playing festivals like Coachella and a few one-off shows, Ride is set to embark this fall on a full US tour, giving the whole country a chance to hear the classics again. While not every reunion is executed as well as it sounds in theory, reports from the band’s spring festival appearances were glowing, indicating that Andy Bell and co. haven’t become too rusty in almost two decades away. Contemporaries such as Besnard Lakes and DIIV, who are set to release their sophomore album this fall, will open select dates on the tour. Reunion tours like this often draw skepticism, but the chance to see one of the most influential bands of the ‘90s again should not be missed. —David Sackllah

Ride 2015 Tour Dates:
09/17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
09/18 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall *
09/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *
09/21 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
09/22 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza #
09/23 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony #
09/25 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theater #
09/26 – Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Festival
09/27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Festival
09/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City #
10/01 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall #
10/02 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues #
10/03 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Club #
10/11 – Leeds, England @ O2 Academy Leeds
10/12 – Norwich, England @ University of East Anglia
10/14 – Brixton, England @ O2 Academy Brixton
10/15 – Liverpool, England @ O2 Academy Liverpool
10/17 – Bristol, England @ Anson Rooms
10/18 – Newcastle, England @ O2 Academy Newcastle
10/19 – Edinburgh, Scotland @ Corn Exchange
10/21 – Nottingham, England @ Rock City
10/22 – Birmingham, England @ The Institute
11/06 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
11/07 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Festival
11/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
11/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
11/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
11/14 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/15 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/16 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
11/17 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
11/19 – Honolulu, HI @ The Republik
11/24 – Osaka, Japan @ Namba Hatch
11/25 – Tokyo, Japan @ Zepp Divercity
11/27-29 – Hong Kong, Hong Kong @ Clockenflap Festival
11/28-29 – Singapore, Singapore @ Neon Lights Festival

* with DIIV
# with Besnard Lakes

22. Yo La Tengo

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Yo La Tengo has been a three-piece band for the vast majority of its existence, but on their 1986 debut LP, Ride the Tiger, they had a second guitarist by the name of Dave Schramm. Schramm has since appeared with the band on rare occasions – including on Fakebook, Yo La Tengo’s 1990 precedent to the half-original-half-covers Stuff Like That There – but their current tour behind Stuff will feature him back on lead guitar regularly for the first time since the early days, executing the extra delicate solos brought into play on the new record. See their recent CBS Sunday Morning spin on “Automatic Doom” by their fellow Hoboken band The Special Pillow for an idea of just how delicate those solos can get. —Steven Arroyo

Yo La Tengo 2015 Tour Dates:
09/23 – Troy, NY @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
09/24 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
09/25 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
09/26 – Durham, NC @ The Carolina Theatre of Durham
09/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
09/29 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
09/30 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/02 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
10/03 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
10/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
10/15 – Dublin, IE @ National Concert Hall
10/16 – Glasgow, UK @ The Garage
10/18 – Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
10/19 – Coventry, UK @ Warwick Arts Center
10/20 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10/23 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale
10/24 – Holland, NL @ Paradiso
10/25 – Leuven, BE @ Het Depot
10/27 – Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen
10/28 – Koln, DE @ Kulturkirche
10/30 – Bologna, IT @ Teatro Antoniano
10/31 – Rome, IT @ Auditorium Parco della Musica
11/05 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
11/06 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
11/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
11/09 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
11/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Sayers Club
11/12 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
11/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
11/15 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater
11/17 – Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
11/18 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
11/20 – Seattle, Neptune Theatre
11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
12/18 – Tokyo, JP @ O-East
12/19 – Osaka, JP @ Club Quattro

21. HEALTH

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Photo by Philip Cosores

HEALTH has long earned a reputation as a pulverizing live act, but with the LA group’s new album, Death Magic, the band has created music that is less esoteric, with bigger hooks and a softer edge. At FYF Fest, HEALTH leaped around the stage, shouted manically, and created an overall chaotic spectacle, proving that the resulting live show still manages the intensity and force of their previous output, just with some songs with pop backbones thrown in. HEALTH is more well-rounded now, providing pleasures from varying sources, and giving a good reason why they jumped to a major label for their newest album. —Philip Cosores

HEALTH 2015 Tour Dates:
10/09 – Brussels, BE @ Bozar
10/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Mojo Club
10/12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
10/13 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain
10/16 – Krakow, PL @ Unsound Festival
10/17 – Prague, CZ @ Meet Factory
10/19 – Frankfurt, DE @ Mousonturm Saal
10/20 – Stuttgart, DE @ Im Wizemann
10/22 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
10/24 – Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival
10/25 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Music Week
10/26 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
10/27 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
10/28 – London, UK @ Heaven
10/30 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival
11/10 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
11/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
11/13 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
11/14 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/15 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/16 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
11/17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/19 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time at Voyeur
11/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/24 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
11/25 – Montreal, QC @ Le Ritz
11/26 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
11/27 – Detroit, MI @ Pike Room
11/28 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
11/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
11/30 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
12/01 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
12/03 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
12/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
12/05 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
12/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
12/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
12/09 – Portland, OR @ Holocene

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