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The 23 Must-See Spring Tours of 2016

From Iggy Pop to Young Thug, live music is comin' at you fast this season

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Ahhhh! You smell that? That's the scent of spring's fresh flowers, budding trees, and...mmm...we're getting a whiff of some new live music.

That's right. Spring is upon us, music-loving friends, and everyone from Rob Zombie to Corinne Bailey Rae is packing their bags to bring us new sets. There are a lot of shows to comb through this season, so Fuse took it upon ourselves to filter out the best 2016 spring tours you need to see. Keep in mind, we've only included North American dates.

Click through to plan which tours you should hit up, and happy spring!

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Alabama Shakes

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) Recording artists Steve Johnson, Brittany Howard, Heath Fogg, and Zac Cockrell of music
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What: Continuing support for 2015's sophomore album Sound & Color

When: April 21– August 12

Alabama Shakes will toast a stellar year, which included a No. 1 album debut and an Album of the year GRAMMY nod, by bringing their blues-rock to a host of large venues and festivals. Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater will kick things off on Apr. 21, and from there Brittany Howard & Co. will head to Hangout Fest, Sasquatch! and Forecastle, among others. —Jason Lipshutz

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Janet Jackson

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Recording artist Janet Jackson on stage during the 2015 BET Awards on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles
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What: The Unbreakable World Tour

When: May 14 – August 28

Despite all the postponements, icon Janet Jackson has scheduled her 55-date North American leg all the way until the end of summer. Go, if not just to hear some Jackson classics, but to also see her perform music off her latest album, Unbreakable—Emilee Lindner

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Good Charlotte

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Benji Madden (L) and Joel Madden of "Good Charlotte" visit SiriusXM Studios on J
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What: A tiny reunion tour

When: April 18 – April 30

The boys are back! Benji, Joel and crew are gearing up for a reunion album (out sometime this summer) and to celebrate, Good Charlotte is playing a few gigs on the East Coast. If you're lucky enough to reside in New York, Philly, D.C. or Boston, you'll get to see them. Their sets are now just like a straight-forward medley of hits (they have sooooo many singles), so you won't regret a trip to one of these cities. 

Before you go, though, take our Which Madden Brother Are You? quiz. —Maria Sherman

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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: Hy!£UN35 U.S. Tour

When: May 1 – May 25

The Atlanta rap weirdo announced this run with a video of himself riding a horse in the street, so it's reasonable to hope Young Thug rides one out onto the stage, too. Regardless, Slime Season 3 is dropping March 25, and with the tour named after his still-unreleased debut studio album (pronounced "Hi-Tunes"), we can hope for even more boundary-pushing new music in the setlist. —Zach Dionne

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Teen Top

NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 08: Yoo Chang-hyun, Lee Byung-hun, Lee Chan-hee, Bang Min-soo, Ahn Daniel, and Choi Jong-hyun of 'Teen To
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What: The Red Point U.S. Tour, Teen Top's second stateside trek

When: April 2 – April 10  

After coming for their first U.S. tour in 2013, the lovable Teen Top return stateside for a new jaunt. Since we last saw them, the guys have sharpened their dance skills (have you seen the "Ah-Ah" video?), matured in their ways (see latest single "Warning Sign") and gained experiences that should help them put on the best shows of their career. They're playing larger venues than they did in the past—they need to bring it. —Jeff Benjamin

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Pearl Jam

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Jeff Ament performs onstage during 2015 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 i
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What: North American tour

When: April 8 – August 22

The iconic alternative rock band’s last tour wrapped in 2014, but luckily for fans they’re ready to hit the road again this spring with stops at festivals like BonnarooPearl Jam has an arsenal of classic tunes, so impassioned singalongs to “Even Flow,” “Alive” and “Black” are bound to occur. —Bianca Gracie

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SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7,
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What: The Formation World Tour

When: April 27 – July 31

It’s officially time to get in formationQueen Bey will be embarking on a stadium-only trek (did you expect anything less?) next month. Expect it to be filled with “YASSS!”-worthy vocals, fun dance moments to your favorite tunes, booty shaking sessions and—[crosses fingers]—the live debut of new Beyoncé music. —Bianca Gracie

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Rob Zombie & Disturbed

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Director Rob Zombie live in The IMDb Studio In Park City for 'IMDb Asks': Day Three - on January
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What: Co-headlining tour for The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser and Immortalized

When: May 3 – May 25

The Rob Zombie live experience is never to be missed, and with the tour kicking off days after the April 29 release of his sixth studio album, he should have a totally rejuvenated show. (Fingers crossed we get to see the song called "Well, Everybody's Fucking in a U.F.O." live.) Disturbed, meanwhile, have been honing their pummeling craft for the better part of two decades and are riding the raucous wave of their 2015 album Immortalized, which broke a five-year drought. Pop Evil is coming along for support.—Zach Dionne

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Tori Kelly

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Recording artist Tori Kelly performs onstage at A+E Networks "Shining A Light" concert at The
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What: The Unbreakable Tour

When: April 5 – May 21

Coming off her 2015 album, her run of awards-show performances and, oh yeah, her GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist, Tori Kelly is ready to hit the road with a slew of dates in North America. Get your tickets and don’t forget to bring along your unbreakable smile. —Emilee Lindner

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At the Drive-In

READING, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Tony Hajjar and Jim Ward of American post-hardcore group At
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What: A reunion tour!

When: May 17 – June 23

Post-hardcore favorites At The Drive-In have announced an official reunion (never mind their 2012 Coachella set.) It feels real now: They're working on new music and they will be hitting the ground running for the majority of the spring. Whether you live in central Europe or America's Midwest, you'll be able to catch these El Paso guys on the road. Peep the dates here—Maria Sherman

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Kaytranada performs on Day 1 of Lovebox festival taking place at Victoria park on July 17, 2015 in
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What: Kaytranada

When: May 5 –  August 21

As you'll note by the dates above, Haitian-Canadian electronic musician Kaytranada is going on the road for like freaking forever, so there's no excuse to miss one of his energetic sets. If the name is unfamiliar to you, well, his sounds aren't: The guy has produced for Azealia BanksVic Mensa, The Internet, Talib Kweli and up-and-comer Anderson Paak. You know his trademarks, now get to know him. —Maria Sherman

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Tech N9ne

SAN BERNADINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 7: Tech N9ne performs as part of the Rock the Bells Tenth Anniversary at San Manuel Amphitheatr
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What: The Independent Powerhouse Tour

When: March 30 – May 27

The speed-rapping artist is bringing along a handful of his Strange Music label mates (including Stevie Stone and Krizz Kaliko) on the road this spring. If you’re a fan of hardcore rap firestorms mixed in with a little industrial rock, Tech N9ne's tour is just for you. —Bianca Gracie

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Corinne Bailey Rae

Arrives at the BRIT Awards 2013 at the O2 Arena on February 20, 2013 in London, England.
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What: A three-week run in support of her comeback album

When: May 20 – June 10

It’s been six years since CBR released an album, and on May 13, she’s coming back with The Heart Speaks In Whispers. If that’s not enough to get you excited, then the mention of watching her working her magic live might do you good. She’ll be making eight stops around the U.S. before heading to the U.K. to open for Lionel Richie’s tour. —Emilee Lindner

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ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 27: (L-R) Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, and Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix p
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What: The U.S. leg of Pentatonix's world tour

When: April 13 – May 12

While Pentatonix could easily slay the stage with their pot of familiar pop tunes performed with mind-blowing arrangements, but the famous a cappella group will need to rise to the challenge of bringing their latest original tunes to life. We have a feeling they're going to pull it off and showcase a cappella in a new, exciting light. The group's resident beat-boxer, Kevin Olusola, recently told Fuse that "when we say 'world tour,' it's going to be for sure a world tour." They're not here to play. Consider us ready. —Jeff Benjamin

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Lamb of God

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 28: Singer Randy Blythe of Lamb of God performs at the Las Vegas Village on August 28, 2015 in Las Veg
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What: More live shows celebrating July 2015's VII: Sturm und Drang

When: May 3 – June 7

The Virginia metallers' new lease on life following singer Randy Blythe's manslaughter acquittal in the Czech Republic has been nothing short of spectacular. Lamb of God's live shows since VII: Sturm und Drang—one of Fuse's 20 best albums of 2015have been almost nonstop, with a January run with Anthrax now being followed by a road trip with Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity.—Zach Dionne

December 2015, guitarist Mark Morton told Fuse he still takes the job super seriously. Take the comment as an extra pump-up:

"Every night before we play, I have a little moment with myself where I sit and think about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it and hope or pray, or whatever you want to call it, that what we’re doing translates into joy for people. Whether that be on a level of catharsis for them, so that they can process some of their own emotions, or just unity for the crowd, for people to come together and have a good couple hours rallying around music and the energy in the room. For my part, I think that’s all I can do."

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Flatbush Zombies

Erick "Arc" Elliott of Flatbush Zombies performs onstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at t
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What: Two-month run supporting 3001: A Laced Odyssey

When: March 24 – May 25

The Brooklyn-based rap group Flatbush Zombies just scored a surprising Top 10 debut with 3001: A Laced Odyssey, and they're celebrating by bringing their electric live show across the U.S. this spring. The run wraps up in the Zombies’ native NYC, with back-to-back shows at Webster Hall in May. —Jason Lipshutz

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AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Vocalist Santigold performs in concert during day one of Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores on N
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What: The We Buy Gold Tour

When: March 21 – May 6

Last month Santigold dropped her new album, 99¢, her first since 2012's Master of My Make-Believe. (It's seriously incredible; if you haven't heard the first single, "Can't Get Enough of Myself," there's no hope for you unless you do so right flippin' now.) Santi's going to be touring the new tracks extensively, so prepare yourself for a great, danceable time. —Maria Sherman

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Members of SKorea's K-pop band B.A.P perform during a concert held at Hanoi's My Dinh stadium on November 29, 2012. Seventeen

What: The Live on Earth Tour

When: April 14 – May 1

With two U.S. tours already under their belts, one of America's favorite K-pop acts returns to their fans in the west. The group last came to America in 2014, and with a slew of new releases under their belt, and the guys looking like they're having a better time than ever (caught the "Feel So Good" video yet?), B.A.P appear ready to slay the stage once again. We expect this one to be a sellout across the country.—Jeff Benjamin

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Miranda Lambert

INDIO, CA - APRIL 25: Musician Miranda Lambert performs at the Stagecoach Country music festival at The Empire Polo Club on A
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What: The fifth leg of the never-ending Platinum Tour

When: April 23 – August 27

There's a reason country's most beloved badass is still doing The Platinum Tour. Not only are the tunes from the No. 1 album some of Miranda Lambert's most impressive, but her live show has been going nearly non-stop since its summer 2014 takeoff. We imagine Lambert would want some time off after this leg so it's likely going to be your last chance to see the singer for a moment. —Jeff Benjamin

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Ellie Goulding

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What: The Delirium World Tour

When: April 1 – June 21

Ellie Goulding released one of the better pop albums of 2015, so it will be exciting to see how she translates the bombastic tunes on the main stage. Ellie is also planning to bring along Years & Years, Broods and Bebe Rexha as opening acts for the tour’s North American leg—so fans are in for a fun treat! —Bianca Gracie

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Iggy Pop & Josh Homme

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22: Singer-songwriter Iggy Pop performs onstage at the 26th Annual Tibet House U.S. benefit concert a
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What: The Post Pop Depression Tour

When: March 28 – April 28

After Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme joined forces to make their Post Pop Depression LP, they’re taking that music all over the world with QOTSA’s Troy Van Leeuwen and Dean Fertita, Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders and Chavez’s Matt Sweeney. They’ll be playing in the U.S. for a month only, so don’t miss this super group—because you never know when you’ll get to see them all together again.—Emilee Lindner

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Peter Frampton & Lynyrd Skynyrd

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 12: Mark Matejka, Rickey Medlocke, and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd perform onstage at One More F
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What: The legends' co-headlining tour

When: June 3 – August 21

As spring gives way to summer, be sure to catch longtime touring partners Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton once again joining forces for a nice, long trek. Both Skynyrd and Frampton have solo shows mixed in with their 12-date run together. —Jason Lipshutz

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Bring Me the Horizon

LEEDS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Oliver Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon performs on the main stage during day 3 of Leeds Festival at
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What: North American run in support of That's the Spirit

When: April 30 – May 22

You know the barely categorizable rockers-who-started-as-metal-kids will be taking these gigs seriously, as Bring Me the Horizon have got six arena dates lined up in their native U.K. later this year. If your life’s been lacking in the mosh department, this is the ticket. —Zach Dionne

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