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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of 2016

on January 13, 2016, 12:00am

15. Carly Rae Jepsen

carly rae jepsen The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of 2016

When Carly Rae Jepsen announced North American tour dates for 2016, I rejoiced, but also breathed a sigh of relief. Since the Canadian pop singer released her third album, Emotion, in August last year, the musically inclined corners of the internet have relentlessly and sometimes fruitlessly parsed everything about Jepsen, from whether she can really shake “Call Me Maybe” to how the critically acclaimed album ended up a commercial flop. Some of this exercise has been fascinating, but most of it has only been tiring, especially because Emotion, with all its purity of feeling, begs to be celebrated without all that baggage. The album’s ecstatic, larger-than-life ’80s sound demands a dance party with your best friends and fellow fans as Jepsen herself gleefully leads and oversees this communal effervescence. She’ll take America to the feeling on her headlining Gimmie Love Tour over February and March before opening for pop-rock group Hedley back home in Canada in the spring. –Karen Gwee

Carly Rae Jepsen 2016 Tour Dates:
02/12 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
02/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore Charlotte
02/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
02/15 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live Orlando
02/17 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
03/19 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
02/20 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
02/21 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
02/24 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
02/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
02/26 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove Of Anaheim
02/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
02/29 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
03/01 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
03/02 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
03/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
03/05 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
03/07 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
03/08 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
03/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
03/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
03/12 – Chicago, IL @ Metro / Smart Bar
03/13 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
03/14 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
03/17 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
03/18 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
03/19 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
03/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
03/22 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
03/23 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
03/25 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
03/26 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount


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14. Animal Collective

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Photo by Jeremy D. Larson

When you purchase tickets to see Animal Collective, you’re picking up dice and trying your luck. That much is no secret. The psych-rock weirdos are notorious for hit-or-miss live sets, especially when it comes to playing their hits. A tempo divide on “Purple Bottle” could lead to them skipping it altogether, or a double-digit jam on an EP deep cut could leave casual fans clueless. That doesn’t mean you should skip this tour. With Deakin stepping out of the frame once again and an eclectic set of electronica pop setting into the frame, 2016 is a new year for the band. Heck, it’s worth it just to dance to “FloriDada” live. Given their 10th album, next month’s Painting With, holds heavy ties to dinosaurs, it’s safe to assume their colorful stage decorations and absurd inflatables will leave another lasting impression. –Nina Corcoran

Animal Collective 2016 Tour Dates:
02/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
02/20 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
02/22 – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston *
02/23 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
02/26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall *
02/27 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall *
02/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
03/01 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre *
03/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
03/04 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
03/05 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater *
03/07 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
03/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre *
03/11-13 – Phoenix, AZ @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival
04/01 – Brussels, BE @ Le Botanique Orangerie ^
04/02 – The Hague, NL @ Rewire Festival
04/04 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahrlich ^
04/05 – Berlin, DE @ Postbahnhof ^
04/07 – Milan, IT @ C2C Festival ^
04/08 – Stans, CH @ Stanser Musiktage Festival
04/09 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale ^
04/11 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire ^
04/13 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy ^
04/28 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge +
04/29 – Austin, TX @ LEVITATION
05/01 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom +
05/03 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant +
05/04 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre +
05/06 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works +
05/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre +
05/08 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel +
05/10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club +
05/13 – Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live at the Queen +
05/14 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom +

* = w/ Ratking
^ = w/ GFOTY
+ = w/ Kaitlyn Smith


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13. Ween

Ween reunion

Gene and Dean Ween have been sliming the edges of indie pop since the mid-’80s, but four years ago, it looked as if they’d hung up their hats and retired from their posts as music’s favorite acid-tripping uncles. Luckily, band breakups don’t last long in this century, and late last year the mighty Ween reemerged from hibernation. Not only will they take the stage alongside their longtime touring bandmates, but the duo has also promised some brand-new material to emerge from the depths of their sick, sick minds. “Ween is an extension of who we are. It’s not a persona that we put on to go onstage,” said Dean, aka Mickey Melchiondo, in a statement announcing the reunion. As much as the band has tried to escape themselves, it seems they can’t help being Ween — and thank gosh for that. –Sasha Geffen

Ween 2015 Tour Dates:
02/12 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center
02/13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center
02/14 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center
03/04-06 – Okeechobee, FL @ Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
04/14 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
04/15 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
04/16 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
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12. Future

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Photo by Philip Cosores

After conquering 2015 with an unparalleled run of mixtapes, albums, and collaborations, Future is taking some time away from cranking out new music at an exhilarating rate to embark on a Spring US tour. Often some of the best rap concerts come when artists choose to display a snapshot of the greatest hits that encompass their career, playing a minute or two from each of their many hits rather than sticking to full songs. With Future, he can craft a set full of greatest hits from his 2015 output alone, and in recent concerts, he has indulged fans by playing favorites from DS2, 56 Nights, Beast Mode, Monster, and What a Time to Be Alive. Beyond being one of the more prolific and beloved artists of the past few years, Future is also a skilled performer who knows how to work a crowd and give them exactly what they want. For fans who spent the past year debating which release was the best to gift to friends who only know “F*ck Up Some Commas”, Future’s tour is not one to miss. –David Sackllah

Future 2016 Tour Dates:
02/17 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
02/18 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
02/19 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
02/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
02/25 – Ledyard, CT @ The Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Resort
02/26 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
02/27 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
02/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
02/29 – Washington, D. C. @ The Fillmore
03/02 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
03/04 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
03/05 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
03/06 – Okeechobee, FL @ Okeechobee Music Festival
03/07 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
03/10 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
03/11 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
03/12 – New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Festival
03/13 – Houston, TX @ Revention Center
03/15 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
03/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pot of Gold Festival
03/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
03/19 – San Jose, CA @ Event Center at SJSU


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11. The Who

Photo by Joshua Mellin
Photo by Joshua Mellin

Out of all the classic rock bands still touring, The Who are the only band still together that nail their songs without losing the speed of their youth. Mick Jagger’s got moves, but Keith Richards is ready to topple over. Sure, only two of the original four Who members are still alive, and sure, they’re certainly old (70 years old, in fact), but you wouldn’t guess their age by watching them windmill chords or whip the microphone in aerial loops. Saying farewell to the group responsible for hits like “Pinball Wizard”, “Baba O’Riley”, and “My Generation” is tough. The fact that this tour celebrates their 50th year as a band makes that goodbye wave a bit easier, especially with renowned bassist Pino Palladino filling in for John Entwistle and Zak Starkey filling in for Keith Moon. –Nina Corcoran

The Who 2016 Tour Dates:
02/27 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
03/01 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
03/03 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/07 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
03/10 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
03/12 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
03/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
03/19 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
03/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
03/24 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
03/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
03/29 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/26 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
04/29 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
05/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
05/04 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
05/06 – Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
05/08 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
05/10 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
05/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
05/15 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center
05/17 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
05/19 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
05/22 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
05/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
05/27 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
05/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Colosseum at Caesars Palace

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