What better way to enjoy summer nights away, then to indulge in live music? With bands tours announced and on their way, this summer proves to be an exciting one in music for those lucky enough to catch some of the greats in their area. As a resident of Dallas, Texas, I am one of the lucky recipients of many bands summer stops. However, as I poured over tour dates to decide how to stretch my ever diminishing music fund, I couldn’t help but feel there were names missing — bands that seem primed to benefit from a summer tour. These are 10 bands I wish were going on tour this summer.
Radiohead enjoys trickling out their music a few singles at a time. What better way to introduce some of what they’ve been working on since January, and create even more excitement about their upcoming work, then to hop on a few summer tour dates?
The XX. South By Southwest attendees rave about them, and Austin City Limits ticket holders buzz. A summer tour would help solidify The XX in the U.S. as a dreamy pop sensation. Playing in open fields, this duos whimsical arrangements capture listeners.
The Strokes, though always popular, have dropped off many a radar. With their announced new 70s rock sound on their 4th upcoming album, a tour would help remind us all of what we’ve been waiting for.
Bon Iver‘s lyrically driven smooth melodies on their album For Emma, Forever Ago reminded us why we love simple, truthful music. However, in 2009 they announced a hiatus. For the love of summer music, come back!
Arcade Fire always delivers passionate indie music through it’s 7 members who can all magically sing and harmonize together. Sign me up!
Explosions in the Sky provides beautifully building instrumental arrangements, with firework displays set in time to their music. Perfect for a 4th of July celebration.
Cold War Kids create a toxically passionate environment with their live shows that make you want to drink, dance and sing the night away in a smoky pub.
Coldplay consistently creates inspiring live shows. For people who breathe music, Coldplay is a must see performance and essential summer pick.
The Veils is a 5 part indie rock band that when experienced live feels as though they are baring their souls to you personally. You can feel the music and intention behind each note and each line.
Sia wows audiences with her vocal perfection, Australian drawl and intense, painfully honest lyrics and delivery. A show with Sia would be perfect in a jazzy club on a late June night.