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A wide array of artists have recently announced new tours, or added new dates to their current tour schedule. Below is a list of some of the hottest concert news accompanied with ticket purchasing links and related news links:
Owl City (Average Ticket Price: $79)
Adam Young began creating music back in the late 2000s as a way to cope with his insomnia. Now it seems the Owl City leader can’t get sleep even if he wanted to with four albums under the Owl City moniker, and several other music releases under various aliases. Owl City’s latest album The Midsummer Station has collaborations with Carly Rae Jepsen and blink-182 bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus, and is scheduled to be released on August 21, 2012. The first single from the album “Good Time” was released in June and became the synthpop summer anthem with fuzzy synths and poppy dance beats. Owl City is currently touring around the world to hype up the synthpop album, and will restart their tour after the album’s release under the banner of The Midsummer Station – World Tour.
ASAP Rocky (Average Ticket Price: $93)
Part of a new generation of rappers gaining fame through internet mixtapes, ASAP Rocky is one of the biggest and well known rappers without a studio album. His first mixtape LiveLoveA$AP achieved underground and mainstream success after the song “Peso” was leaked online before the mixtape’s official release. But unlike the CIA or the FBI, the New York emcee was glad about the publicity produced by the online leak. The success of his mixtape caught the attention of many record labels, and ultimately Sony Music Entertainment signed the Harlem rapper. ASAP Rocky will embark on a 40-date national tour called the LongLiveA$AP Tour to promote his debut album of the same name scheduled to be released September 11, 2012. A$AP Rocky will be accompanied Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, and A$AP Mob. The young rapper recently appeared in pop singer Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem” music video, which exposed him to larger audience.
Alabama Shakes (Average Ticket Price: $110)
Soul and blues rockers Alabama Shakes have had one of the fastest transitions from unknown to well-known artists. Formed in 2009, the band released a self-titled EP in 2011 which brought the attention of many indie labels. The group from Athens, Alabama eventually signed with ATO Records, Sony’s indie music label. The band’s first album Boys & Girls gained critical and commercial success, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart. Jack White has taken a shine to the group and has asked them to perform live at his Third Man Records Studio in Nashville. The group’s sound can be described as a mixture of Led Zeppelin and Otis Redding with a little Janis Joplin sprinkled in. The band is currently embarking on a national tour with more tour dates recently added. The Alabama Shakes Tour will be in North America from now until October 9 before going heading off to the European leg of their tour.
Bob Dylan (Average Ticket Price: $122)
Bob Dylan needs no introduction. The folk artist has been a staple on the American music scene since the 1960s, releasing 35 studio albums, not including nine discs of his Bootleg Series. His latest album Tempest is due to be released September 10, 2012. The new album includes references to the Titanic (both film and actual ship) and John Lennon. Even though the man has seen how the times they are a-changing, Dylan’s music remains timeless. Whether he is performing alone or with a band, Dylan concerts are a must-see event. Dylan recently announced a North American tour this fall with special guest Mark Knopfler. The Bob Dylan North American Tour will span from August 10 to November 21, with more dates expected to be added.
The xx (Average Ticket Price: $131)
The indie pop group was officially formed in London in 2008 by schoolmates Oliver Sim and Romy Madler-Croft. The xx released their debut self-titled album in 2009, which met critical success from U.K. and U.S. music critics and magazines. The group has performed live extensively at many popular music festivals in the U.S. and their native U.K. Despite indie success, the group’s music has been featured in major television shows, movies, and broadcast sports. Major artists like the Gorillaz and Shakira have even covered xx hits. The group is known for their atmospheric beats and mellow vocals, and they have covered and remixed popular songs, such as Aaliyah’s “Hot Like Fire.” Their new album Coexist is scheduled to be released September 11, 2012 in the U.S., with their first single “Angels” leading the hype. The band is in the U.S. this week playing two shows in Boston and New York, before heading off to their European tour. The band will return across the Atlantic in October for the xx fall 2012 North American Tour.
Journey (Average Ticket Price: $152)
Since reuniting in 1995, the San Francisco rock band has had a stream of success with charting albums, and classic hits reintroduced into American pop culture. The group recently added new lead singer Arnel Pineda from a Filipino Journey cover band in 2007, and he has been welcomed by both fans and critics. The band released their second album with Pineda Eclipse, which achieved commercial success in the U.S. The group kicked off the Journey 2012 Tour in July 21st, and has recently added new dates. The tour will feature fellow 80s rockers Pat Benatar and Loverboy on most dates.
Bruce Springsteen (Average Ticket Price: $169)
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Wrecking Ball Tour is in full swing, and there is some good news for fans of the Boss. Last week Springsteen announced 16 additional tour dates which extend into the fall. Some dates will return to venues he performed earlier, so fans that missed him the first time get another chance. Springsteen is currently wrapping up the European leg of his world tour and will return to North America on August 14th with a show at Boston’s Fenway Park. The world tour is named after the band’s latest No. 1 album, which has received critical, as well as commercial success. Wrecking Ball is Springsteen’s tenth No.1 album, tying with Elvis for third most No. 1 albums. The Boss is still nine No. 1 albums behind The Beatles (19), but at 62 and active since 1969, the Jersey boy shows no signs of slowing down.
The Who (Average Ticket Price: $211)
One of the greatest rock bands in the world recently announced their 35-date Quadrophenia 2012/13 North American Tour. The Who officially formed in 1964 with members Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend, John Entwhistle, and Keith Moon. The band not only changed rock and roll with their sound, but also with their attitude. Townshend became the first rock artist to smash his guitar. The infamous act has been often imitated throughout the decades by famous artists and high school talent show contestants. Sadly, only Daltry and Townshend remain, but other talented artists have joined one of rock and roll’s first wild bands. The group partially reunited in the 90s with Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr’s son, on drums and Simon Townshend, Pete’s younger brother, on rhythm guitar. The group hasn’t released a new album since 2006, but has toured sporadically around the world with Starkey and the other Townshend. One of their most popular tour concepts has been the Quadrophenia revival shows, where they play their 1973 rock concept album of the same name in its entirety. The Who’s Quadrophenia 2012/13 North American Tour will not only include the entire eponymous album, but also some of their other greatest hits.