As the leaves turn colors and we reintroduce layers to our wardrobe, many of our favorite musicians get ready for a new touring season. Thanks to the New Jersey and New York area being an essential tour staple, we are guaranteed a phenomenal range of concerts to attend in Fall 2014. The Aquarian Weekly has gathered some of the best upcoming shows in the area for you to choose from:
The Black Keys
The duo that brought us the smash hit rock albums Brothers and El Camino recently released their eighth album in May titled Turning Blue. Singles off the record include “Fever” and title-track “Turn Blue.” In support of the release, they have announced a fall arena tour. See the duo live at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sept. 24.
Coheed And Cambria
Coheed And Cambria are releasing a remastered version of their second album, In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3. The rock quartet is known for their concept albums that depict the science fiction story written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez titled The Amory Wars. Catch the band this fall live at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia on Sept. 24, TheWellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on Sept. 25 and at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on Sept. 27.
Singer-songwriter Paloma Faith has released a new album, A Perfect Contradiction. Faith is known for her quirky retro-glam style and soulful vocals. The Pharrell-produced lead single “Can’t Rely On You” introduced us to her new music, and “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” and “Trouble With My Baby” followed up. She’s sure to put on a show when she comes back to NYC on Sept. 26 at the Highline Ballroom.
Legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac are on tour again. The group consists of original members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie, who rejoined the band earlier this year. Be sure to sing along when you catch them live at one of their tour stops nearby: Madison Square Garden on Oct. 6 and 7, the Prudential Center in Newark on Oct. 11, and the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 15.
Heavy metal pioneers Judas Priest are heading out on a tour named after their newest album, Redeemer Of Souls. Their latest work is their 17th in a long musical history that started in 1970.Prepare for a night of rock when they stop at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Oct. 9, Harrah’s Atlantic City on Oct. 10, the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Oct. 15, and the IZOD Center on Oct. 17.
Legendary rock band Kansas continue to keep classic rock alive by continuing to tour with a lineup which features six members, two of which are original members. The band is best known for their two mega-hit singles “Carry On My Wayward Son” and “Dust In The Wind.” See them live at The Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ on Oct. 10, the Paramount Theatre in Peekskill, NY on Oct. 18, and at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ on Oct. 19.
The former lead singer of My Chemical Romance has not let the band’s breakup stop him from continuing music. His new album, Hesitant Alien, comes out Sept. 30 featuring a new vocal and musical style. Catch his new solo act at Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia on Oct. 17, Irving Plaza in NYC on Oct. 20, Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on Oct. 22, and Webster Hall in NYC on Oct. 23.
Fresh 102.7 is putting on their second annual Fall Fest at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on Oct. 16. The artists on the lineup have contributed hits to the radio waves including “Am I Wrong” and “Girls Chase Boys.” The show has lined up a number of acts for the evening, including Ingrid Michaelson, Neon Trees, Bleachers, Matt Nathanson, and recently added Nico & Vinz. Celebrate a night of music with the beloved radio station.
One of NYC’s breakout bands of the ‘90s are still around making music today. Spin Doctors are an alternative rock group that had two singles make the top of the charts in the earlier half of the decade, most famous being “Two Princes.” The band has been on and off but they have continued to make music together over time. Spin Doctors will put on a show at B.B. King Blues Club in NYC on Oct. 19.
The Beach Boys
One of America’s longest beloved bands is still performing live for all their fans to see. The Beach Boys have a long history that includes over 50 years as a musical act. The band is one of the quintessential groups of the California doo-wop rock and roll scene. See them on Oct. 23 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ, on Oct. 24 at The Music Box in Atlantic City, and on Oct. 28 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ.
Horror rock pioneers the Misfits are embarking on yet another tour. The Lodi, NJ natives have been making music for over 30 years now, and their commitment to their original aesthetic continues to keep the band’s cult following strong. Join the fans and show up to some of their performances in our area, including Philadelphia at the Theatre Of Living Arts on Oct. 24, in Sayreville, NJ at Starland Ballroom on Oct. 25, and NYC at Irving Plaza on Oct. 28.
Demi Lovato is without a doubt one of pop’s current powerhouses. Her latest release, Demi, has been one of her biggest albums to date, her singles are at the top of the charts, and although she’s fresh off her Neon Lights tour, she’ll be back on the road for her Demi World tour. Ms. Lovato finishes off the American leg of her tour at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Oct. 25 and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Oct. 27.
Electro-pop act Lights is coming back to the States. Her new album, Little Machines, is out now through Warner Bros. Records. The disc was back to basics for the Canadian musician, as she focused on songwriting and sought out inspiration from famed female vocalists. The singer will be in our area on Oct. 29 at Irving Plaza in NYC, on Oct. 31 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park and on Nov. 2 at the Theatre Of Living Arts in Philadelphia.
The Outsiders Tour
The Outsiders tour will happen this fall featuring The Ready Set, Metro Station, The Downtown Fiction, and Against The Current. All of the bands have new music to perform their work this fall. The Ready Set released a new album, The Bad & The Better, earlier in March. Metro Station will release their new EP, Gold, in a few weeks. The Downtown Fiction’s latest, Losers & Kings, came out in June. Against The Current had their debut in May with their EP, Infinity. The tour has some stops in our area including the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on Nov. 6, District N9NE in Philadelphia on Nov. 8, and GameChangerWorld in Howell, NJ on Nov. 9.
Fitz And The Tantrums
Los Angeles-based band Fitz And The Tantrums are going on a fall tour that will bring their fun music to the East Coast. Last year they released their second full-length record, More Than Just A Dream, featuring the single “The Walker.” The six-member group will perform on Nov. 7 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia and on Nov. 12 at Terminal 5 in NYC.
The Pretty Reckless
2014 has been a busy year for NYC-based band The Pretty Reckless. Their sophomore album, Going To Hell, was released in late March. The disc is their best commercial debut to date. They’ve also toured endlessly since the end of February, globetrotting as they headlined the Going To Hell tour in support of the record. Their final U.S. stop for the year is in NYC on Nov. 8 at the Best Buy Theater.
Singer-songwriter Martina McBride continues her Everlasting tour this fall with some stops in our area. As one of country’s vocal powerhouses, she will without a doubt put on a marvelous show with the support of her 11-member ensemble. Catch a performance or two on Nov. 13 in Jim Thorpe, PA at Penn’s Peak and on Dec. 5 in Red Bank, NJ at the Count Basie Theatre.
The World Tour
Rockstar Energy presents The World Tour featuring some of biggest bands in today’s hardcore scene. Headliners Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens are sure to put on a high-energy, intense show. Pierce The Veil are nonstop since the release of their third record, Collide With The Sky. Co-headliners Sleeping With Sirens recently announced that they were working on a new album. They also have special guests Beartooth and This Wild Lifejoining them. Check out the stop down in Toms River at the Pine Belt Arena on Nov. 20.
Pop rock singer-songwriter Andy Grammer recently released his sophomore album, Magazines Or Novels. To gear up for the new record, he released a featured single titled “Back Home.”Hear him for yourself on Nov. 20 in Bethlehem, PA at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, on Nov. 22 at Tropicana Atlantic City, and at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on Nov. 28 and 29.
Most musical journeys don’t typically include getting a doctorate in psychology, but that’s what makes singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky unique. Despite her success in the worlds of academia and psychology, her friends would pull her back into the music by asking her to appear and feature on their work. Kaplansky continues to have extensive experience in music; she has released seven solo albums between 1994 and 2012. She’ll perform live on Nov. 29 at the Union Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ.
Coming all the way from the UK, The 1975 are making their way to the States for a few shows. The popular band built their following through a series of EP releases that resulted in the release of their self-titled full-length debut in late 2013. See them live at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia on Dec. 3, at Terminal 5 in NYC on Dec. 4 and 5, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Dec. 8, and at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on Dec. 9.
Country pop singer LeAnn Rimes is heading out on tour. The vocalist released her 22nd studio album, Spitfire, last year. Rimes explained that her latest work serves as a platform where she can share her truth with her audience in an intimate way. Although currently making a reality TV show, the singer can’t stay away from the stage for too long; she’ll be at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ on Dec. 13.
Taking Back Sunday
The Aquarian Weekly presents the first annual Holiday Spectacular featuring two nights with Taking Back Sunday and special guests The Menzingers, Modern Chemistry and Modern Baseball. Headliners Taking Back Sunday released their sixth studio album this March, Happiness Is, with “Flicker, Fade” as the lead single. The Menzingers recently released their fourth studio album, Rented World. Modern Chemistry released their second album this past August, and Modern Baseball have been touring in support of their sophomore effort, You’re Gonna Miss It All. The shows takes place Dec. 27 and 28 in Sayreville, NJ at Starland Ballroom.