Summer may be nearly over, but don't think for one minute that means the slew of killer live shows is coming to a close. This fall, everyone from Kanye West to Jay Z, Pearl Jam to Atoms for Peace, and Queens of the Stone Age to Nine Inch Nails are headed on the road. Of course, that's just a small helping of what's in store in the months to come (other stars like Drake, Keith Urban and Phoenix are also burning rubber this fall). Read on for this season's live highlights.
Queens of the Stone Age (9/10 – 10/11)
QOTSA spent the summer pummeling festival crowds both in Europe and Stateside: check the Josh Homme-led crew’s killer sets at Lollapalooza and Made in America. And, much as they did on their exceptional new album, …Like Clockwork, the desert-bred psych-rockers keep their foot on the gas, heading out on a North American arena run this fall which includes a stop at Austin City Limits.
Arctic Monkeys (9/15-10/13)
They've performed at the opening ceremony of the Olympics, joined the Black Keys at US arenas and rocked festival stages the world over. But the Arctic Monkeys, who hit the road this fall in support of their upbeat new LP, AM, are best taken in small, maniacally rowdy rooms. Over a short run that goes through early-October, Alex Turner and the Monkeys hit prime Stateside spots, including LA's Wiltern and Chicago's Riviera Theatre.
Vampire Weekend (9/19-10/13)
The Brooklyn indie-rock outfit has been on the road more or less nonstop since releasing May's Modern Vampires of the City: VW hit Europe this summer before returning Stateside for Lollapalooza and then bringing down the house at Outside Lands. This fall, the fun continues as Ezra Koenig and his versatile bandmates, now with three albums in tow and a depth of material for a wide-ranging live show – from new, more-elaborate executions ("Ya Hey") to name-making early hits ("A-Punk") – hit auditoriums and theaters until early October.
As they displayed with a career-spanning set at last month's Lollapalooza, Phoenix have dutifully earned their right as one of the world's biggest bands. After a summer spent on the European festival circuit, including a headlong stint at Glastonbury, the Parisian rockers cross the Atlantic for a handful of US gigs in support of their latest LP, Bankrupt!, hitting Brooklyn's new music mecca Barclays before trekking south for Austin City Limits.
Kanye West (10/19-12/7)
Aside from a SNL gig in May, a spare, intimate performance of "Blood on the Leaves" at the VMAs, a much-criticized performance in Kazakhstan, and last night's performance of "Bound 2" on Fallon, West hasn't performed cuts off the boundary-pushing Yeezus much in the live setting. That changes this fall: the always-entertaining MC heads out on a seven-week North American tour , his first return to the road since 2011's Watch the Throne tour with Jay Z. If that wasn't reason to get amped: Kendrick Lamar is joining Yeezy for the majority of dates.
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