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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Fall 2018

on September 12, 2018, 8:00am
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Our best days are behind us. That’s how the music industry makes us feel about the fall. We’re packing up our songs of the summer along with our beach blankets. Album releases will start dwindling in the next month or two to match the shortening days. The most bustling weekends of festival season are in our collective rearview. And before you know it, we’ll be looking back on 2018 and talking about the best and worst of the year that was.

[See Also: The 25 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall]

But between the fading of summer and the hopeful prospects of the new year, let’s not forget all that fall brings: namely fall tours. It’s a chance to see those festival sets turn back into full-length headlining shows, an opportunity to find more intimacy than summer fests or massive outdoor venues can offer, and a reason to pull out your favorite band hoodie — you know, the one you couldn’t have imagined ever wearing again just a few weeks ago when you were riding the festival rails in 90-degree heat.

When you put it that way, fall doesn’t sound so bad. And when you take a look at the 25 tours below that are heading your way, you have all the more reason to rethink any gloom the end of summer might bring. So, chin up, cheer up.  And, like always, we’ll save you a seat.

–Matt Melis
Editorial Director

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Deafheaven

Deafheaven

Deafheaven, photo by Spencer Kaufman

Black metal titans Deafheaven have expanded their touring schedule to include a new leg of US tour dates in continued support of their latest album, the excellent Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. It’s not surprising given how the band have turned your average indie rock fan into a burgeoning metalhead. As for Deafheaven’s travel plans, the new stateside dates begin at the end of October and run through mid-November. DIIV have been tapped to support. Just remember: if it’s too loud, you’re too old. –Lake Schatz

(Read: 10 Other Metal Albums Deafheaven Fans Should Check Out)

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J. Cole

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J Cole (Philip Cosores), Jaden Smith (Philip Cosores), and EarthGang

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J. Cole knows as well as anyone that hurricane season can bring about scheduling conflicts with festival season. Sadly, this weekend’s one-day Dreamville Festival won’t be happening as Hurricane Florence creeps towards land. Better safe than sorry, of course, and not to fret. There are still a month and change of dates left on Cole’s slate. That means lots more J. Cole, Young Thug, Jaden Smith, and our personal favorites, Atlanta duo EarthGang. They don’t wrap until October 10th in Boston, so don’t let Flo spoil your flow. –Regan Bexler

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Drake and Migos

Drake and Migos 2018 Tour

Drake and Migos

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In June, Drake released his new album, Scorpion. In support, he mapped out a gigantic North America tour with fellow hip-hop titans Migos. The aptly titled “Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour” kicked off August 12th in Kansas City after a series of postponements. Spanning over 40 dates, the tour includes multiple nights in Drizzy’s hometown of Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Miami, and Houston, before wrapping up with a pair of shows in Migos’ hometown of Atlanta in mid-November. –Alex Young

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Childish Gambino

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Childish Gambino, photo by Ben Kaye

Childish Gambino has officially extended his 2018 tour itinerary into the fall. Previous reports said the Renaissance man aka Donald Glover would be going on this October run with Tyler, the Creator, but it turns out he’ll be joined by Vince Staples instead. The new dates follow Gambino’s run of shows with Rae Sremmurd throughout September (an additional New York City gig has been added to that stretch on the 15th). Staples will join Gambino the following month for dates in San Jose, Inglewood, Glendale, Denver, and Nashville. All of this precedes Gambino’s “immersive virtual reality, multi-sensory concert experience” known as Pharos, which is set to land in Auckland, New Zealand, on November 23rd-25th. –Ben Kaye

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4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince

Prince

Prince in Concert

Questlove has curated a Prince tribute tour called “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.” The 36-date trek, which was officially approved by the late musician’s estate, features a 27-piece orchestra performing Prince’s iconic songs alongside a full band and guest vocalists. The celebration began last week in New Jersey and will continue on through late October across much of the country. According to a press release, some of the songs that will be featured on the tour include “For You”, “Nothing Compares 2 U”, a medley of “Venus de Milo” and “Alexa de Paris”, and another medley of “All My Dreams” and “1999”. Now what could compare 2 that? –Ben Kaye

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MC5

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Lineup for MC50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of MC5’s debut album, Kick Out the Jams, and band leader Wayne Kramer has some big plans in the works. Kramer has recruited an impressive backing band to accompany him on the road for a 35-date North American tour, including Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil and Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty. The tour kicked off a week ago and culminates with an October 27th concert in the band’s native Detroit before heading overseas. Don’t miss your chance to kick out the jams! –Alex Young

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Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, NOS Alive 2018, Portugal, Photo by Lior Phillips

Nine Inch Nails, photo by Lior Phillips

Nine Inch Nails will remain on the road this fall, and they’ll be joined by fellow alt-rock trailblazers The Jesus and Mary Chain. The “Cold and Black and Infinite” North American tour kicks off September 13th in Atlanta and promises multiple nights at several iconic venues, including Red Rocks in Morrison, CO; Radio City Music Hall in New York City; and the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. The expansive outing now has been extended to include dates in 2019. –Alex Young

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Cat Power

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Cat Power, by Lior Phillips

Chan Marshall will return next month with a new album as Cat Power. Entitled Wanderer, the 11-track LP is due out on October 5th through Domino Records. In support of the release, Marshall will embark on an expansive tour beginning with an appearance at Riot Fest this weekend. She’ll also play some shows with The National before embarking on her own headlining outing in early October. Now, that the cat’s out of the bag, go snag your tickets. –Alex Young

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Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney, photo by Joshua Mellin

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Next week, Paul McCartney will launch his “Freshen Up Tour” with a leg of Canadian tour dates before headlining Austin City Limits in early October, all in support of his newly released solo album, Egypt Station. The initial five dates include McCartney’s first-ever visit to Madison, Wisconsin, as well as his long-awaited return to Lexington, Kentucky, after 28 years away. Other stops include Raleigh, North Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; and Moline, Illinois. The Macca cometh, and that’s never a bad thing. –Alex Young

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Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera on The Tonight Show

Christina Aguilera has signaled that her return and pop comeback will continue into the fall, as she’s now revealed her first full tour in a decade. The 22-city trek kicks off in late September with gigs in Hollywood, Florida; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Washington, DC. She’ll then play two nights at New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall before heading off to Boston, Detroit, Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Atlanta, and another two-nighter in Chicago. And if seeing this genie in a bottle again wasn’t enough, Outkast’s Big Boi will be opening most of the dates. –Ben Kaye

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BROCKHAMPTON

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BROCKHAMPTON, photo by Ben Kaye

After several false starts, BROCKHAMPTON finally announced they’d be dropping a new album called Iridescence in September. Now, our favorite hip-hop boyband have scheduled a North American fall tour in support of that release. Spanning 27 dates, the “I’ll Be There” tour officially kicks off October 3rd in Mesa, Arizona, before making its way through Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, and Las Vegas, among other cities. The itinerary also includes festival appearances at Austin City Limits and Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw in Los Angeles. Consider your calendars saturated with opportunities to see hip-hop’s hottest collective. –Lake Schatz

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Lykke Li

Lykke Li, Osheaga 2018, photo by Lior Phillips

Lykke Li, Osheaga 2018, photo by Lior Phillips

In June, Lykke Li celebrated the release of her excellent fourth album, so sad so sexy. In support of the record, the Swedish songwriter announced a new round of North American tour dates, set to take place in October. She’s expected to hit cities like Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Portland, among others. The trek follows a series of festival sets, including Lollapalooza in Chicago and Sziget in Budapest. –Lake Schatz

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Fleetwood Mac and Lindsey Buckingham

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Fleetwood Mac new lineup with Neil Finn and Mike Campbell

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Fleetwood Mac are set to embark on an extensive North American tour next month. The 52-date outing will see the legendary outfit incorporating new members Mike Campbell, the longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, who were both brought into the fold to replace Lindsey Buckingham. Incidentally, this fall Buckingham will go head to head with his former bandmates, as he’s just announced a solo tour that’s scheduled to kick off just days after Fleetwood Mac begin their own North American outing. –Lake Schatz and Alex Young

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Public Image Ltd.

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Public Image Ltd., photo by Amanda Koellner

John Lydon has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of Public Image Ltd. throughout 2018. Already they’ve premiered a documentary film about the band and released a career-spanning box set in July. Having just wrapped a UK/European summer, now Johnny Rotten sets his eyes on a similar jaunt through North America for this October and early November. The tour kicks off in New Orleans on October 9th and crosses the country before coming to an end in Mexico City on November 6th. Before that, they’ll host the theatrical premiere of their aforementioned documentary, The Public Image Is Rotten, in New York City on September 14th. God save us all! –Alex Young

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The Internet

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The Internet, photo by Alex Crick

July brought the release of Hive Mind, the new album from The Internet. Now, in continued promotion of the acclaimed LP, the R&B collective have announced a North American headlining tour that takes place this fall. Set to commence October 17th and run through mid-December, the months-long trek will pass through Minneapolis, Portland, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Austin, Charlotte, Boston, and Detroit, among other cities. The itinerary, which comes after a series of dates supporting Gorillaz, also includes a set at Gorillaz’s own Demon Dayz Festival in Los Angeles. –Lake Schatz

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Ladies of LCD Soundsystem

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Nancy Whang and Gavin Rayna Russom

Gavin Rayna Russom and Nancy Whang have announced a joint tour they’ve appropriately dubbed the “Ladies of LCD Soundsystem Tour.” Stepping away from James Murphy’s band, the pair will perform DJ sets across 16 US cities this fall. Kicking off in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 18th, the trek includes stops in Seattle, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Austin, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. Each show will see local women or non-binary artists serve as openers. In addition, a dollar from each ticket sale will be donated to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), which is the US’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. It’s got all the makings of an unforgettable jaunt, not to mention a remedy to too many summer festival lineups that painfully lacked diversity. –Ben Kaye

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Mitski

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Mitski, photo by Philip Cosores

Breakout indie artist Mitski returned August 17th with her new album, Be the Cowboy. Following a solo US jaunt in June and a European summer trek, Mitski will return to North America in October for a full band tour. The run will open on the 19th in Philadelphia and wrap up with a two-night stand at New York’s Brooklyn Steel, the only shows that don’t feature Jessica Lea Mayfield as support. –Ben Kaye

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Billie Eilish

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Billie Eilish, photo by Ben Kaye

Sixteen-year-old pop prodigy Billie Eilish has announced a headlining tour of North America in support of this year’s don’t smile at me EP and her forthcoming full-length debut. “The 1 By 1 Tour” kicks off on October 23rd, with the pop star taking the stage at Portland’s Roseland Theater and wraps up in Los Angeles on November 20th. It’s definitely one of those rare chances to see an artist just before they explode into stardom for good. –Randall Colburn

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Tash Sultana

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Tash Sultana, photo by Caroline Daniel

After a summer of turning heads on the festival scene and a September that will be spent conquering and converting Europe, Consequence of Sound August Artist of the Month nod Tash Sultana will return to North America soon enough. The Australian one-person jam band will bring their unique mix of psychedelia, reggae, and looping to Vancouver at the beginning of November and spend the rest of 2018 crossing the States. With a killer new album under their belt, you’ll have no excuse not to sing along once the vibes overtake you. –Regan Bexler

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Elvis Costello and the Imposters

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Elvis Costello, photo by Ben Kaye

Elvis Costello has a new album on the way with The Imposters next month, which will mark Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas, and Davey Faragher’s first with Costello since 2008’s Momofuku. The legendary songwriter has also announced a coast-to-coast tour supporting the release for this fall. Called “Look Now And Then…It’s Elvis Costello & The Imposters,” the 20-date tour kicks off on November 2nd in Bethlehem, PA, and wraps up in early December in Vancouver. God give us strength to wait. –Ben Kaye

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Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams’ 1998 Americana masterwork. To celebrate, the songwriter will embark on a tour this fall wherein she’ll play the album in full. Kicking off in Collingswood, New Jersey, on November 2nd, each night of the tour will begin with a full performance of the album, then segue into a set comprised of songs from throughout Williams’ career. Prior to the tour, Williams will play sets later in September with Charles Lloyd and Robert Plant. Don’t miss your chance to show off those cowboy boots you bought when you went to Dallas on business. Yeah, we know about them. –Randall Colburn

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Tenacious D

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Tenacious D. photo by Philip Cosores

This fall, Jack Black and Kyle Gass will take Tenacious D out on the road for their first full-length US tour in five years. The outing begins November 3rd in Brooklyn — the day after the duo’s new album comes out — and wraps in Oakland in mid-December. Black also recently mentioned that a sequel to the band’s 2006 musical comedy, The Pick of Destiny, was in the works — meaning there could be sneak peeks into that project as well as the chance to hear brand-new massive mamma jams live. To quote the D themselves: “Fuuuuuuck!” –Alex Young

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Julien Baker w/Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus

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boygenius (Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus), photo by Lera Pentelute

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus have formed the ultimate singer-songwriter supergroup: boygenius. The trio of musicians will soon release their self-titled debut EP under the new moniker, which they’ll support with a North American tour this fall. The three artists’ joint tour kicks off in early November. While it’s not officially a boygenius trek — meaning they’ll each play their own solo sets — a press release teases possible surprise collaborations. –Lake Schatz

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Travis Scott

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Travis Scott, photo by Philip Cosores

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Travis Scott is taking Astroworld on the road. In support of his No. 1 album, Scott has revealed dates for “The Wish You Were Here Tour.” The initial leg spans 26 dates, beginning November 8th in Baltimore, Maryland. Other notable stops include Miami, New York, Toronto, Chicago, and Scott’s hometown of Houston, where he’ll stage the inaugural Astroworld Festival on November 17th. As of now, the tour is set to conclude at the LA Forum on December 17th. Joining Scott on the road will be Virgil Abloh, Sheck Wes, Trippie Redd, and Gunna. –Alex Young

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Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke, photo by Philip Cosores

Thom Yorke, photo by Philip Cosores

With Radiohead’s latest North American leg having come to an end, frontman Thom Yorke is planning his next extended road trip. In late November, he’ll return to the US for more touring, this time as a solo artist. The 19-date outing kicks off in Philadelphia on November 23rd and runs through most of December. As was the case for his European solo tour earlier this year, Yorke will be accompanied on stage by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and audiovisual artist Tarik Barri, both of whom collaborate with Yorke in Atoms for Peace. Cellist Oliver Coates will serve as the tour’s opening act. During his most recent solo shows, Yorke debuted a number of new songs, including “I Am a Very Rude Person”, “Saturdays”, and “The Axe”. In other words, get your ass to the box office.–Alex Young

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