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27 Must-See Fall 2015 Tours

Pop icons return, metal all-stars unite, ascendant rappers chart major headlining runs, stadium singalongs are alive and well—here's everything you've gotta see this autumn

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The Get Up Kids

READING, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 28: Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids performs on the Lock Up Stage during the second day of the
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What: The #TGUK20 Tour, celebrating the group's 20th anniversary

When: August 28 – December 16

Why It’s a Must-See: Although it’s been 20 years since the Get Up Kids first hit the scene, the band’s music remains timeless. With a promise to play old songs (let’s be honest, they’re all old songs at this point), deep cuts included, this is the perfect tour for any Get Up Kids fan who wants to revisit the whole catalog and take a cruise down memory lane. And is there a better way to get acquainted with a group than watching 'em rip through a pristine, frenzied career retrospective? —Rose Campbell

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Janet Jackson

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Honoree Janet Jackson performs onstage during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June
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What: First North American leg of the Unbreakable Tour

When: August 31 – November 12

Why It's a Must-See: Well, first of all it's Janet—one of the greatest performers in all of pop music. The legend is prepping a new album that will likely drop in the midst of the trek, but no matter which stop you attend, you'll have more than enough hits to get down to like, say, the "No Sleeep," or singer's ten No. 1 jams. —Jeff Benjamin

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ROCHESTER, MI - JULY 29: Hozier performs at Meadow Brook Music Festival on July 29, 2015 in Rochester, Michigan.  (Photo by S
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What: Fall tour supporting debut self-titled record

When: September 4 – October 23

Why It’s a Must-See: It’s an interesting time to see Hozier. The Irishman is almost a year removed from his big hit, “Take Me to Church,” meaning the substantial buzz his debut attained has subsided a bit. That may not mean much, but you might also be spared having to sit through a show where the person next to you talks the entire time until he/she finally hears “Take Me to Church” and leaves. —Kevin Rutherford

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Death Cab for Cutie

IRVINE, CA - MAY 16: Singer Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie performs onstage at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on May 16, 201
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What: New fall dates on continuing North American tour

When: September 4 – October 1

Why It’s a Must-See: Death Cab for Cutie have scored hefty openers for their 2015 tours ever since earlier this year, when tUnE-yArDs and Built to Spill were among the openers. This fall, the now-trio embarks on what are currently their final North American dates behind this year’s Kintsugi, taking indie stalwarts Best Coast, Twin Shadow and Explosions in the Sky, depending on which show you're at. Death Cab’s no slouch, but with openers like these, this is like a two-for-one. —Kevin Rutherford

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Nick Jonas

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - AUGUST 09: Nick Jonas performs at Coliseo Jose M. Agrelot on August 9, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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What: Nick Jonas: Live in Concert

When: September 6 – October 25

Why It’s a Must-See: It’s tough to pass up a headlining tour when the artist is right on the brink of releasing new music. Such is the case with Nick Jonas, who has teased a new album, the follow-up to last year’s self-titled effort, either by the end of 2015 or early 2016. That’s right, you’re going to hear what could be the next “Jealous.” —Kevin Rutherford

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Twenty One Pilots

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 02: Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots performs on stage during Lollapalooza 2015 at Grant Park on August
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What: Autumn run supporting Blurryface

When: September 8 – October 31

Why It’s a Must-See: It should be a crime for it to be this easy to see two of alternative rock’s rising stars under one roof. Echosmith have two strong hits in “Cool Kids” and “Bright,” but Twenty One Pilots will be the stars of the evening, showing audiences why Blurryface was a No. 1 album—and that their star is only growing. This will be one of the fall's most energetic live rock shows. —Kevin Rutherford

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TORONTO, ON - JUNE 28: Music producer Anton Zaslavski known as the artist ZEDD performs at 2015 Bud Light Digital Dreams Elec
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What: The True Colors Tour

When: September 8 – October 31

Why It’s a Must-See: One of EDM’s weightiest tours of 2015’s end finds German superstar producer Zedd bringing along some of his famous friends on the road, including Madeon and Dillon Francis on select dates. A huge Madison Square Garden show in New York will go so far as to add AlunaGeorge to the mix. Dare we hope for even more special guests? —Kevin Rutherford

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Singer Madonna performs onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live o
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What: The Rebel Heart Tour

When: September 9 – January 28

Why It’s a Must-See: "Spectacle" is the name of the game on virtually all Madonna tours, and the North American jaunt behind Rebel Heart should prove to be no different. On tap: Bullfighter costumes, a secret video featuring Mike Tyson, and comedian Amy Schumer as an opening act in New York City. Oh, and 13 albums worth of material, of course. You’ll find something to scream along to. —Kevin Rutherford

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Nate Ruess

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Singer Nate Ruess (C) performs onstage during his record release party at Teragram Ballroom on Jun
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What: The Grand Romantic Tour

When: September 11 – November 21

Why It’s a Must-See: Before now, Nate Ruess’ touring behind debut solo release Grand Romantic has consisted primarily of either one-offs or sets at major festivals. That’ll change in September as the fun. frontman embarks on a handful of dates showing off his penchant for more grandiose pop and rock versus bandmate Jack Antonoff’s Jersey-fied alt-rock in Bleachers. Come out to help assuage your despair knowing that the fun. hiatus still has no end in sight. —Kevin Rutherford

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Ricky Martin

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 17: Ricky Martin performs live for fans at Vector Arena on April 17, 2015 in Auckland, New Zeal
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What: The One World Tour

When: September 15 – October 25

Why It's a Must-See: Mr. "Livin' la Vida Loca" has remained a major force in the Latin music world, as evidenced by his latest tour, which will see the singer playing huge arenas like Madison Square Garden in New York and Chicago's Allstate Arena. While you're waiting for the Puerto Rican prince, you'll also be treated to must-know opening acts like rapper Wisin—who's one-half of the massive reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel—and Mexican-American pop duo Ha*Ash, who have more than a decade in the industry. —Jeff Benjamin

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Of Monsters and Men

HILVARENBEEK, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 20: Ragnar Thorhallsson and Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir of Of Monsters And Men perform on st
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What: Next leg supporting Beneath the Skin

When: September 15 – October 17

Why It’s a Must-See: Sure, Of Monsters and Men's new album may not have a “Little Talks,” but they’ll play that, so don’t worry. You should come for the hits but stay for the sparse melancholy of the newly released Beneath the Skin, which stands among some of the most beautiful work the band’s entire folk-pop genre has managed in 2015. —Kevin Rutherford

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Young Thug

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 31: Young Thug performs at Grant Park on July 31, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Erika Goldring/Get
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What: First solo North American headlining tour 

When: September 18 – November 1

Why It’s a Must-See: He may have been a bit overshadowed by some of the year’s monster rap releases, but Young Thug’s Barter 6 is one of 2015’s top hip hop projects, a scintillating lead-in to his debut full-length Hy!£UN35. This is his first major headlining tour, and it’s likely just the beginning. —Kevin Rutherford

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A$AP Rocky & Tyler, the Creator

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What: The Rocky and Tyler Tour

When: September 19 – October 9, November 10 – November 15

Why It’s a Must-See: Two hip hop visionaries with ambitious 2015 full-lengths take on North America together with a trip beginning in September. Danny Brown and Vince Staples are along for the ride, and there’s a chance that more dates will be added to the tour, as the November ones did after the initial announcement. —Kevin Rutherford

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Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Frank Turner visits hmv to perform live and sign copies of his new album 'Positive Songs For Neg
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What: The Positive Songs for Negative People Tour

When: September 19 – October 29

Why It’s a Must-See: Supporting his amazingly titled new record Positive Songs for Negative People, Frank Turner and his band the Sleeping Souls are bringing their brand of British folk-punk back to the states for a little more than a month of gigs. With over 1,700 live shows under his belt, the 33-year-old Turner has perfected the art of making his shows feel more like a party than a concert. This one's a guaranteed a night full of dancing and sing alongs. —Rose Campbell

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Walk the Moon

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Eli Maiman, Nicholas Petricca and Kevin Ray of Walk The Moon perform on stage at Heaven on May 20,
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What: The #TALKINGISHARD Tour, fall leg

When: September 24 – October 29

Why It’s a Must-See: Walk the Moon continue to be the little band that could, rising quite swiftly from Cincinnati nobodies to a rare rock band that actually got some U.S. Top 40 radio play. (“Shut Up and Dance” peaked at No. 4 earlier this year.) Talking Is Hard? Sure, can be. Singing along to some of rock’s catchiest choruses? More like hard to resist. —Kevin Rutherford

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R. Kelly

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 21: Celebrating 10 Years Of Great Music at Sunlife Stadium on March 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by
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What: Fall jaunt supporting Buffet

When: September 24 – October 24

Why It’s a Must-See: Catch him while you can. The nearly 50-year-old Kelly will debut new album Buffet in late September, and if you’re interested in seeing what the R&B star has to offer on the new record (oh, and hearing “Bump n’ Grind," duh), get on that. Currently, the short tour finds R. Kelly at just seven locations, three of them in California. —Kevin Rutherford

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Tove Lo

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 02: Tove Lo performs live on Day Three of the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival on August 2, 2015 in Mont
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What: Three-week run in support of Queen of the Clouds

When: September 28 – October 21

Why It’s a Must-See: Two Swedes take on America this fall as Tove Lo continues to support Queen of the Clouds. She’ll have Erik Hassle, a recent RCA signee, as an opener. Current hit “Talking Body” should receive a warm reception alongside “Habits,” the song that introduced the 27-year-old to an American audience. —Kevin Rutherford

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 03: Musicians Guy Lawrence (L) and Howard Lawrence (R) of Disclosure perform during HARD Summer at W
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What: First North American tour behind Caracal

When: September 29 – October 24

Why It’s a Must-See: Caracal is bound to cause a ruckus in both the EDM scene and on American radio (thanks again, Sam Smith), which is what makes the timing of Disclosure’s upcoming tour so enticing. Just four days after the album drops, they’ll kick off a cross-country jaunt in Los Angeles, with a stop planned at Madison Square Garden to finish ‘er off. Expect major guests at some of the bigger venues. —Kevin Rutherford

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MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 07: Jonathan Davis of Korn performs on Day 1 of the Heavy Montreal Festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Aug
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What: Final leg of 20th anniversary tour

When: October 1 – October 30

Why It’s a Must-See: Might be hard to believe, but Korn have been Korning it up for over 20 years. For the final leg of their 20th anniversary tour, the rockers will tour the entirety of October, playing their self-titled 1994 debut from front to back. Superfans, rejoice. —Kevin Rutherford

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Brian Venable and Ben Nichols of the band Lucero perform at Tipitina's on February 27, 2
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What: American tour (with two Toronto dates) supporting All a Man Should Do

When: October 1 – December 16

Why It's a Must-See: The good-luck-trying-to-categorize-'em rockers recently told Brooklyn Vegan they're playing two sets every night—"one acoustic and stripped down, and one electric and rowdy"—and coming out without an opening act. "We decided that with so many softer songs to incorporate into the set we wanted to be able to set the pace of the whole night," said Lucero frontman Ben Nichols. "With no opener we can start as delicately and intimately as we want to." Their 11th full-length, All a Man Should Do, drops two weeks before.

Plus, hometown tour kickoffs are the best, right? So if you can hit Nashville on Oct. 1 to witness Lucero's home-state starter, just a hop, skip, jump, and, okay, another jump away from their Memphis HQ, you're gonna be in heaven. —Zach Dionne

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OTTAWA, ON - JULY 15: Lauren Mayberry and Martin Doherty of Chvrches performs on Day 7 of the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest on Jul
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What: First North American tour for Every Open Eye

When: October 1 – November 5

Why It’s a Must-See: Come on, how can you miss your first chance to see new Chvrches music in the flesh? After what’s felt like an eternity since debut album The Bones of What You Believe, the Scottish electronic trio will drop sophomore effort Every Open Eye in late September—and lo and behold, their North American tour begins directly afterward. Perfect. Get ready to hear plenty of new material, but worry not: We’re sure they’ll still play “The Mother We Share.” —Kevin Rutherford

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NANJING, CHINA - MARCH 02: (CHINA OUT) South Korean boy band BigBang perform on the stage in concert at Nanjing Olympic Sport
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What: American leg of the K-pop phenoms' second world tour, simply called Made

When: October 2 – October 13

Why It’s a Must-See: It's been three years since BIGBANG toured the States, and their new Made tour will mark their second North American arena tour—a first for any Korean act—which is hitting big cities like New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and more. Not only will the band have a whole new album's worth of material to bring fans (including recent standout singles like "Loser," "Bang Bang Bang" and "Sober"), but their signature spectacle show looks to be even more explosive than their 2012 Alive Tour—which will be tough to beat given what we saw at that one. —Jeff Benjamin

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 08: Musician Sean Scanlon of Smallpools performs onstage during Rock In Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festiv
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What: The American Love Tour

When: October 8 – November 5

Why It’s a Must-See: After selling out venues across the nation on their headlining tour earlier this year, Smallpools are hitting the road again, this time with their friends Phoebe Ryan and Machineheart. We’ve already talked about how Smallpools released one of the best records of the year in Lovetap; with stage antics ranging from throwing giant blow up killer whales into the audience to extended drum solos, we don't recommend missing the chance to hear the new music live. —Rose Campbell

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All Time Low & Sleeping With Sirens

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What: The Back to the Future Hearts Tour

When: October 9 – November 24

Why It's a Must-See: We wouldn't have thought to pair pop-punk rulers All Time Low with the rockers in Sleeping With Sirens, but it had that peanut butter and jelly effect as soon as we heard. ATL's Future Hearts dropped in April and SWS's Madness hit in March, meaning fans have been marinating with the records just long enough to be oh-so ready to see the new songs live. The headliners will see support from Japanese four-piece One Ok Rock. —Zach Dionne

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Chance the Rapper

SQUAMISH, BC - AUGUST 07: Chance the Rapper performs onstage during Day 1 of Squamish Valley Music Festival on August 7, 2015
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What: The Family Matters Tour

When: October 11 – November 25

Why It’s a Must-See: Hard to argue with a lineup like this one. Chance the Rapper is enough of a draw on his own, especially after this year’s surprise album Surf (released under the Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment project) found well-deserved critical acclaim. Adding producer extraordinaire Metro Boomin and up-and-coming rappers D.R.A.M. and Towkio is just icing on the cake. —Kevin Rutherford

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Mastodon & Judas Priest

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What: A selection of coheadlining dates during each band's own fall tour

When: October 16 – November 12

Why It's a Must-See: For 11 unforgettable dates, newish metal legends Mastodon shall overlap with the British overlords of Judas Priest. Is it not a bill worth driving three, four, six states to see? If you're feeling slightly less hungry/if you're more than six states away, Mastodon's non-Priest dates (concluding November 13) include Clutch and/or Corrosion of Conformity, both solid offerings for fans of heavy music. If Mastodon comes out with visuals even remotely as crazed as their "Asleep in the Deep" video, you'll be leaving in a coma. —Zach Dionne

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Motion City Soundtrack & the Wonder Years

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What: The pop-punk outfits' joint tour

When: October 17 – November 27

Why It's a Must-See: Motion City Soundtrack and the Wonder Years have new albums coming out within two weeks of each other this September; this tour should create perfect synergy to collectively hype up the fans. Not only will both the long-time faves be showing off their latest material, but folks will also get to check out still-rising acts State Champs and You Blew It!, who are definitely worth coming early to see if MCR and TWY have given their cosign. —Jeff Benjamin


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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chance the Rapper and Iman dance at KENZO x H&M Launch Event Directed By Jean-Paul Goude' at Pier

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