1.Because It's Time for Live Music, People


Hear that? It's the sound of school bells, which means that, yes, autumn has nearly arrived. And what better way to get ready for the diminishing sunlight and plummeting temps than by planning your upcoming indoor concerts? Artists of all types—indie rockers to rappers, pop-punks to metalheads, and beyond—are packing up their gear and hitting the road.

Here, SPIN picks the fall's must-see shows, digging up the essential info so you can pick your ultimate live experience. Read on. Rock on! —William Goodman


2.Because It's Time for Live Music, People


Hear that? It's the sound of school bells, which means that, yes, autumn has nearly arrived. And what better way to get ready for the diminishing sunlight and plummeting temps than by planning your upcoming indoor concerts? Artists of all types—indie rockers to rappers, pop-punks to metalheads, and beyond—are packing up their gear and hitting the road.

Here, SPIN picks the fall's must-see shows, digging up the essential info so you can pick your ultimate live experience. Read on. Rock on! —William Goodman




Dates: October 3-November 3
Price: $49.50-$125
Why You Should Go: Blur mastermind Damon Albarn's animated group is launching their first-ever U.S. tour—and it's in concert that they really come alive. Expect contributors who appear on Plastic Beach, like Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, Lou Reed, Mark E. Smith, Mos Def, and others to make appearances. Plus, it's the only chance to see two members of the Clash in action: guitarist Mick Jones and bassist Paul Simonon, reunited for the first time since 1983, are both members of Gorillaz's massive (strings, horns, back-up singers, etc) touring band.
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Dates: August 28-September 26
Price: $23.75-$94.75
Opening Acts: Beach House, Dum Dum Girls, The Very Best
Why You Should Go: It's indie rock's 2010 all-star team: Vampire Weekend's Contra hit No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with its tropical sounds and Columbia-educated frontman Ezra Koenig's smarty pants wordplay; Baltimore duo Beach House's woozy, reverb-soaked Teen Dream scored a spot on SPIN's Best Albums of 2010 So Far… list; and Dum Dum Dum Girls—a Ronettes-meets-Ramones quartet from Los Angeles—is one of 2010's hottest new bands thanks to their debut full-length, I Will Be, which SPIN praised for singer Dee Dee's "scuzzy" yet "contagious" ruminations on love.
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Dates: September 20-Novemeber 6
Price: $29.25-$95.25
Opening Act: Clipse
Why You Should Go: This Toronto emcee went from playing wheelchair-bound smoothy Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen soap Degrassi to the No. 1 position on the album chart in less than a year with his debut Thank Me Later. The frenzy extends to his live gigs, too. A free show in New York City was canceled after thousands of fans overcrowded the venue and started a riot. This fall, Drake's mentor, Lil Wayne, will celebrate his release from prison by joining Drizzy onstage at a special November 5 concert.
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Dates: September 13-November 5
Price: $22-$29.20
Why You Should Go: It'll be total sensory overload in the best way possible: Confetti, Jetsons-like costumes, Kevin Barnes' African American alter-ego Georgie Fruit, at least one gravity-defying hairdo, black-and-white suits, and lots and lots of theatrics and dance moves. Their tunes aren't bad either. SPIN praised Of Montreal's False Priest for folding heartbroken lyrics into the band's "most accessible" sounds yet. And Monae's The ArchAndroid earned nine out of 10 stars from SPIN. "Monáe can really sing; she could follow in Beyoncé's designer pumps if she wanted, but she's clearing a new path for black female entertainers," we wrote. "She's venturing so far away from soul that she's come back around to it."
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Dates: October 27-November 20
Opening Act: Peggy Sue
Price: $20-$29.35
Why You Should Go: With her second album My Best Friend Is You, this 22-year-old Brit has transformed from a foul-mouthed songstress with an acoustic guitar and a grudge, into a bonafide riot grrrl armed with a secret weapon: producer Bernard Butler. The former guitarist for influential Britpop pioneers Suede helped Nash channel her fixation for Liz Phair, Sleater-Kinney, and PJ Harvey into radio-ready gems. On the opening night of her spring tour in Toronto, she channeled her punk idols' spirit; wielding a scrappy electric guitar, she told the crowd "a cunt is a useful thing" and "you don't have to suck dick to succeed," while "teetering at the edge of the stage as if deciding whether to jump," we wrote then.
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Dates: October 14-November 21
Price: $25-$33.25
Opening Acts: Saves The Day, Valencia, A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Why You Should Go: After more than a decade toiling in the underground, these pop-punk and emo elder statesmen are finally getting the mainstream attention they deserve. The latest releases from the tour's co-headliners, MCS' 2010 album My Dinosaur Life and SA's 2009 self-titled effort, both scored career-bests on the Billboard alum chart in the No. 15 and No. 25 slots, respectively. Ditto for opener Saves the Day, whose 2007 effort Under the Boards landed at No. 19. Thankfully, all three still have plenty to lament in concert—watch Say Anything's Max Bemis play three emotionally-charged songs acoustic, here.
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Dates: September 24-October 21
Price: $6.50-$103.50
Why You Should Go: Because these are the three pillars of thrash metal, and they're all at the top of their game nearly three decades in: Slayer (supporting their heavy new album World Painted Blood) and Megadeth just kicked off a U.S. tour with a whiplash-inducing set in Upstate, NY (see photos!), and Anthrax's Scott Ian has been keep busy playing with supergroup the Damned Things alongside members of Fall Out Boy. And there will be refreshments: lots and lots of Jagermeister shots. It's going to get crazy, kids.
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Dates: October 12-November 5
Price: $27-$37.50
Why You Should Go: The wacky Brooklynite is back—and this time he'll be playing actual songs. Stevens—who broke out with his 2005 album Illinoise, then boasted that he'd write an album for the remaining 49 states (he's since rescinded)—has focused recently on a series of experimental projects, including BQE, a "symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway," commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Highbrow! Stevens is currently working on more traditional new album with the National, though "traditional" isn't exactly his forte: he's turned to the Chinese zodiac, serial killer John Wayne Gacy, and the ghost of poet Carl Sandburg for musical inspiration, and sews his own stage costumes (like cheerleader outfits and angel wings).
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Dates: September 21-November 23
Price: $30-$40
Opening Acts: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Civil Twilight
Why You Should Go: The Arizona pop-punk mainstays are returning to their roots with their seventh album, Invented (out September 28). For the first time since their breakthrough 2001 release, Bleed American, the boys are reuniting with producer Mark Trombino, who also manned the knobs on their first efforts Static Prevails and Clarity. Another blast from the past: Tom Linton, the band's original singer, who later focused on guitar ceding the mic to Jim Adkins, will sing lead on one song. At the New York stop of their 10th anniversary Clarity tour, SPIN wrote that the quartet's songs sounded "as vital as they did ten years ago."
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Dates: August 22-November 19
Price: $23.90-$40.05
Opening Acts: Yelawolf, Asher Roth, Playboy Trey
Why You Should Go: Eminem likes him. Paramore's Hayley Williams, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Janelle Monae, and Lupe Fiasco like him, too. In fact, they all appear on his smash debut, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which dropped via Grand Hustle, owned and operated by T.I. (who also really likes him). The Atlanta-bred mix tape king, who fuses hip-hop and R&B with arena rock, seems to have hooked everyone with hits like "Nothin' on You" and "Airplanes." No wonder he knocked Justin Bieber from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart. Live, he brings it, too, at points shredding on guitar and playing the drums.
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Dates: September 22-October 12
Price: $46-$60
Opening Act: Calexico
Why You Should Go: Because this is the Montreal indie collective's moment of triumph. They sold-out Madison Square Garden, not one but two nights in a row. They closed out Lollapalooza "with an exclamation point," wrote SPIN, "unleashing a remarkable display of energy, virtuosity and humility." Then they hit No. 1 on the charts with their new album The Suburbs. Not bad for a week's work. That's right: a week. Start warming up your vocal chords now for those big sing-alongs.
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Dates: October 13-29
Price: $15-$20
Why You Should Go: It's indie rock's own version of Beauty and the Beast, starring Isobel Campbell, the fair blond from Scottish pop outfit Belle and Sebastian, and Mark Lanegan, the towering grunge growler from Screaming Trees. They're certainly an odd couple. But together they make beautiful music. On their new album, Hawk, Campbell writes, arranges, and produces the 13 vintage-sounding soul and garage rock tunes, highlighting the tension between her wispy coo and his menacing baritone. Finally, after a more than one cancellation, the duo will launch their first U.S. tour.
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Dates: September 16-October 16
Price: $45-$77.45
Why You Should Go: It's one-stop shopping for metal heads: This holy trinity represent more than 55 years of head banging across numerous sub genres—grunge and hard rock (Alice in Chains), progressive metal (Mastodon), and alternative metal (Deftones). No matter your preferred niche, the tour—dubbed "Blackdiamondskye," an amalgamation of the titles of each band's new album: Black Gives Way to Blue, Crack the Skye, and Diamond Eyes, respectively—is sure to be a whiplash-inducing good time. Bring ear plugs… or, better yet, don't.
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Dates: October 12-December 1
Price: 10-$15
Why You Should Go: Both made SPIN's Artists to Watch in 2010 list in January, and since then they've proved that they're Artists. You. Should. Watch. Now. With Free Energy you get care-free, good-times rock'n'roll fit to soundtrack a party scene from the classic stoner flick Dazed and Confused. Cincinnati's Foxy Shazam are a dramatic, hyper-electricrifying rock band with a flashy frontman in a handlebar mustache, spandex suit, and feather earrings, who eats lit cigarettes onstage. Sometimes four at a time.
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Dates: October 7-29
Opening Acts: Golden Bears, Hungry Ghost
Why You Should Go: SPIN named Sleater-Kinney's 1997 release Dig Me Out one of the 125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years—and it's not like all that talent just evaporated since the trio went on hiatus in 2006. The Portland, OR-based singer-guitarist will debut songs off her debut solo album, 1,000 Years (out October 5), which she has called her "middle-aged mom record." Yeah... if by "mom" you mean one of music's fiercest feminists and guitar goddesses who happens to have two kids.
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Dates: September 24-October 23
Price: $40.50-$93.75
Opening Acts: Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells
Why You Should Go: Actually, it's more like, "Why shouldn't you go?" With This Is Happening, singer James Murphy, aka the hipster plumber, strikes dance floor gold by folding emotional tales of failed relationships into disco punk jams. But he finds time for a light-hearted moment, too: "Drunk Girls," an annoyingly catchy new-wave nod that's a top contender for song of summer. Throw in Hot Chip and Sleigh Bells on select dates, with all three coming together for a blowout in Hollywood, and you've got yourself one helluva dance party.
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Dates: October 1-November 10
Price: $16-$22.15
Opening Acts: Casino Versus Japan, Real Estate, Deakin from Animal Collective
Why You Should Go: The Atlanta band's singer-guitarist-mastermind Bradford Cox is one of the more talented folks in indie rock. Whether it's his side-project Atlas Sound or collaborations with the likes of Animal Collective's Panda Bear and Black Lips, his stream-of-consciousness writing style is lush, and downright moving. Such is the case with Deerhunter's fourth album, Halcyon Digest (out September 28). Highlights like "Revival," "Helicopter," and "Desire Lines" are already in the band's live arsenal.
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Dates: September 30-November 7
Price: $25-$37.50
Opening Acts: Times New Viking, Blitzen Trapper
Why You Should Go: Not only is 52-year-old Akron, OH, native and GBV leader Robert Pollard the (sadly, underappreciated) godfather of the late-'80s, early-'90s DIY movement, he's also alt-rock's hardest working songwriter with more than 1,300 tunes to his name (including solo and side-project work). So while the band's reunited '93-'96 lineup will focus on albums from that period, including 1994's lo-fi landmark Bee Thousand, they'll have no shortage of material to cull from: GBV, notorious for their drunken marathon shows, have more than 40 full-lengths, EPs, and singles to choose from.
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Dates: November 11-December 1
Price: $25-$60.30
Why You Should Go: Because few concerts are as intensely menacing and hilarious as that of Nick Cave's side-project. Where else can you watch a gravel-voiced Aussie rock legend wearing a handlebar mustache sing about drinking panther piss or lamenting his "No Pussy Blues" over turned-up-to-11, scuzz-fuzz guitars? The quartet is also expected to debut songs from their second album, Grinderman 2 (out September 14), which drummer Jim Sclavunos called "raw" and "unproduced." He told Exclaim! of the sessions: "There were no rules. No limitations. We improvise everything so you never know where it's going to go."
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Dates: October 17-Novemeber 4
Price: $24-$39.50
Opening Act: Emilie Autumn (on select dates)
Why You Should Go: Because "Cars," the Brit electro-pop pioneer's 1979 hit, kicked started an electronic music movement, ushering in New Wave bands like Flock of Seagulls and influencing future artists from Trent Reznor to LCD Soundsystem. And it's just one of the songs on Numan's landmark album Pleasure Principle, which he'll play in its entirety across the U.S. this fall. Fingers crossed: After Numan guested at NIN's final show last year, Reznor, rumored to be recording a collaborative album with the synth-pop mainstay, certainly owes him one.
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Dates: October 8-November 20
Price: $19.25-$25
Opening Act: Craig Wedren from Shudder To Think
Why You Should Go: For the first time in his 25-year career, the alt-rock lothario is hitting the road as Greg Dulli. The Ohio native—who transcended genres with his defunct '90s band Afghan Whigs, and currently records as Twilight Singers—will play bare-bones versions of tunes spanning his storied catalog, including selections from Gutter Twins, his recent side-project with ex-Screaming Tree Mark Lanegan. Backed by Twilight Singers guitarist Dave Rosser and Polyphonic Spree multi-instrumentalist Rick Nelson, Dulli is also expected to premiere songs from TS' upcoming album, a "'70s AM radio affair," due early next year.
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Dates: November 10-December 4
Price: To be announced
Why You Should Go: With the Killers taking a much-deserved break, frontman Brandon Flowers is going solo with the release of his debut Flamingo (September 14). The record is a loosely based concept album about Flowers' experiences in his hometown of Las Vegas, and at a warmup concert—fittingly held at a casino—Flowers performed alongside photos of legends like Elvis. SPIN reported: "The show climaxed with 'Playing With Fire,' a bluesy torch song with touches of lap steel where Flowers ratchets his voice up to near falsetto heights… As the song built momentum, Flowers became increasingly animated, climbing atop a stage monitor, fists clenched, punching the air. 'I've got this burning belief in salvation and love,' he sang, its flames rivaled by the fire in his belly."
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Dates: September 2-September 16
Price: $16-$32.65
Opening Act: Does It Offend You, Yeah?
Why You Should Go: When Bloc Party went on hiatus in 2009 and singer-guitarist Kele Okereke hit the studio for his debut solo album, he had his eye on the dance floor. He teamed with Spank Rock's DJ-producer XXXChange and the result is The Boxer, a throbbing debut with skittering drum machines, synths, and enough bass to shake the bolts from a tank. Finally, after his summer tour was postponed, Kele is heading stateside to prove he can hold his own, on his own.
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Dates: September 1-October 30
Price: $15-$20.75
Opening Acts: Ganglians, Love as Laughter, Besnard Lakes
Why You Should Go: Watch out, She & Him, there's a new boy-girl duo in town: Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and singer-songwriter Jonathan Rice, a Los Angeles-based couple known by the nom de tune Jenny & Johnny (read our interview). They wear leather jackets, sing about snakes and switchblades, and play '70s AM pop- and garage-rock. Their debut album's title, I'm Having Fun Now, couldn't be more appropriate: They're in love; they're rocking out; they're having fun trading verses, guitar riffs, and probably smiles. Expect all the above on their first tour.
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Dates: September 15-October 21
Price: $15-$25
Opening Act: Dum Dum Girls
Why You Should Go: Kurt Cobain once called Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, the duo behind Glasgow's twee-pop pioneers the Vaselines, his "favorite songwriters in the whole world," and Nirvana covered their tracks "Son of a Gun," "Molly's Lips," "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam." The Vaselines are back with their first album in 23 years, and their legendary sound remains; they're still "the Ramones of sunbeam, patty-cake pop," says SPIN's review of Sex With an X (out September 14).
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