Classes have been in session for more than two weeks, which means the bright-eyed, eager to learn, attentive and optimistic student you promised yourself you’d be has disappeared somewhere beneath useless syllabi and free T-shirts. Sometimes even college life can use some spicing up, and there’s no better way to do that than to catch an amazing concert. Grab your friends, break your figurative piggy bank (no one carries cash), and hit up one, two, or six of the best concerts coming your way.
The rapper’s Club Paradise tour starts on Feb. 14 (perfect for Miami valentines!) and wraps up its U.S. leg on March 11 in San Diego. After serenading the states with special guests Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky, Drizzy’s taking the show to Europe.
The U.S. Siberia tour kicks off in Williamsville, N.Y. on Feb. 28, makes three attempts during South by Southwest, and ends March 24 in St. Louis. Catch the electro-rock artist on a college-friendly budget — I didn’t see a single ticket over $20 (excluding SXSW).
The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys
These two bands will be coming your way anytime between March 2 (Cincinnati) and May 16 (Milwaukee). If you’ve got your heart set on catching them buy your tickets sooner rather than later — The Black Keys have practically sold out Europe from Zurich to London.
Whether you’ve been following the pop songstress from her American Idol days, or just like the way she trashed her boyfriend’s apartment in the Since U Been Gone video back in 2005, the Stronger tour is one you should catch. The show hit the road on Jan. 13 in Mashantucket, Conn., and will end April 10 in San Diego.
Catch funny guy Donald Glover as sarcastic lyricist Childish Gambino. He’ll be on the road from March 16 in Atlanta until April 22 at Coachella in Indio, Calif. Rapper Danny Brown will even be on the bill for a few cities.
Young the Giant
My apologies to California readers in denial of how hot this show would be — every appearance in the state is sold out (Feb. 8-12). As for the rest of you, catch them starting Feb. 15 in Tucson, Ariz., before the show runs its course and ends on July 16 in New York City. However, those in Arizona may want to hurry, for California’s fate is quickly approaching.
Foster the People
Let me guess — you haven’t stopped singing Pumped Up Kicks since you heard it like, forever ago and way before all of the annoying people that only know it because of the radio, right? Fight the song-stuck-in-your-head blues and just jam out to it live. Catch Foster and his “people” right as the semester wraps up between May 29 (New York City) and July 7 (Las Vegas).
Bonus: June 25-July 7 come with a Mayer Hawthorne performance — sold!
The rapper’s latest album Blue Slide Park makes for an energetic show with a range of emotions. Stop that “under the weather” feeling and catch him between Feb. 17 (Meadville, Pa.) and May 18 (Asbury Park, N.J.) before he takes the show overseas.
Death Cab for Cutie
The U.S. tour for what is possibly the most mellow band in the world starts April 10 in Denver and ends May 13 in Seattle. You may be looking for The Sound of Settling but if you don’t buy your tickets soon you’ll be hearing the sound of sold out — this show has already reached max capacity on over five dates.
The pop icon has been reportedly scheduled to tour North America for the months of August and September. The tickets are bound to sell out within a ridiculous amount of time, and may prevent you from eating this semester or buying books for the next, so save up cash from your summer job and treat yourself to decades of pop sing-a-longs.
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