Glassjaw and Quicksand
Two stables of the post-hardcore scene are truly back in full effect. After each releasing their first records in well over a decade late last year, Glassjaw and Quicksand are hitting the road together this summer. So far, the bands have mapped out a 20-date co-headlining tour set to kick off in July. It concludes a month later with a pair of dates in the NYC metropolitan area. The summer just got a lot louder. –Alex Young
Hamilton Live Tour
Sometimes shit just comes together and falls into place. In a country where our own president, let alone its voting public, doesn’t know the first thing about history, who would have thought that a sung and rapped musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton (okay, now you know who he is) would captivate an entire nation of theater and non-theatergoers alike? Well, if you haven’t yet been able to see what all the hype is about, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is finally coming to a city near you. Throughout the summer and into the fall, the show will be establishing residencies of varying lengths in 36 different American cities. If you miss it this time, it’s your own damn fault. Word. –Regan Bexler
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill’s iconic debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, turns 20 this year. To mark the occasion, The Fugees legend is heading out on a special US tour during, which she’ll perform the LP in full. The 20-date run launches in early July and runs through mid-September. She’s set to visit cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Nashville, San Diego, and Portland. Hill’s headlining set at Pitchfork Fest in Chicago is also part of this itinerary. If you miss this chance, you’ll feel like killing yourself softly. –Lake Schatz
J. Cole with Young Thug
J. Cole returned earlier this year with his fifth studio album, KOD. Now, he’s planning to bring the LP to audiences all across North America with an expansive tour featuring support from Young Thug. The trek officially commences August 9th in Miami and runs through mid-October. The itinerary also includes stops in Atlanta, New Orleans, Chicago, New York City, Montreal, and Boston, as well as in Raleigh, NC, where Cole will present the first-ever Dreamville Festival on September 15th. –Lake Schatz
Last year, Janet Jackson embarked on her 56-date “State of the World Tour”. This year, she’s following up that tough act with a new run of summer US dates. The trek is sandwiched around previously announced appearances at New Orleans’ Essence Festival, New York’s Panorama Festival, and San Francisco’s Outside Lands. It kicks off on June 11th in Austin, Texas, and hits cities including Cincinnati, Syracuse, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Miami before winding down in mid-August. –Eddie Fu
Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have announced dates for a massive stadium tour. It’s their second such outing together following 2014’s On the Run Tour. The new jaunt — appropriately dubbed, On the Run II — spans more than 35 dates and just kicked off overseas his week. A string of UK and European shows precedes the North American tour, which officially starts on July 25th in Cleveland. If reports from opening night taught us anything, now is the time to catch the power couple onstage — happier and hotter than ever. –Alex Young
This past September saw Ted Leo deliver The Hanged Man, the indie rocker’s first album to be released under his own name. His current tour, however, is devoted to one he put out a decade and a half ago alongside The Pharmacists. In May, Leo kicked off a short jaunt celebrating the 15th anniversary of his band’s fifth album, 2003’s Hearts of Oak. Each stop on the tour is spread across two nights, with the first date featuring Hearts of Oak in its entirety after some “warm-up songs.” On the second night, Leo plays a greatest hits set comprised of cuts from across his career. Fans in DC, Brooklyn, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles should rejoice. –Randall Colburn
Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie
Marilyn Manson is reuniting Rob Zombie for another expansive co-headlining tour. Coming six years after their previous outing together, “The TWINS OF EVIL: The Second Coming Tour 2018” kicks off July 11th and spans nearly 30 dates.
The original “Twins of Evil Tour” took place in 2012 and was not without its drama. Early on in the tour, Manson accused Zombie of deliberately cutting into his set time. Things came to a head during a concert in Detroit, when Manson told the audience, “I’m sorry if you came to see Rob Zombie, and he can’t come on, because I’m going to beat his ass … twice … three fucking times.” Zombie responded by covering Alice Cooper’s “Schools Out”, which he dedicated to “the only real shock rocker there ever was, Alice Cooper, not some punk-ass bitch.”
The two hard rockers eventually made amends and finished the tour without further incident. Now, they’ll give it another go this summer, and in a nod to their past drama, they’ll kick off the new tour in Detroit. –Alex Young
Mastodon with Dinosaur Jr.
Two of music’s loudest and hardest-hitting rock bands are joining forces for a North American tour this September. Mastodon and Dinosaur Jr. will play 13 shows together beginning September 1st in Edmonton, Alberta. A majority of the dates take place in Canada, but there are also shows scheduled in Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Grand Rapids, among others. Oh, and in case you missed it, Mastodon is already out on the road with Primus through early July. Trust us. No matter what the chants say, neither of these bands suck. –Alex Young
Wayne Kramer has revealed the 35-date itinerary for MC5’s upcoming 50th anniversary North American tour. “Kick Out the Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour” kicks off on September 5th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and runs through the end of October, concluding with two nights in MC5’s native Detroit. Each show will feature a full-album performance of MC5’s seminal album, Kick Out the Jams, plus an encore of other MC5 material.
Kramer will be joined on the road by an all-star backing band. Dubbed “MC50,” the lineup features Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, King’s X bassist Dug Pinnick, and Zen Guerrilla frontman Marcus Durant. Additionally, drummer Dennis Thompson, the only other living member of MC5, will appear at select dates. –Alex Young