Summer's hottest tours |


Summer's hottest tours

This season, scratch your Brit-rock itch with Radiohead and Coldplay, get wiggy with Nicki Minaj, go mad for Madonna, and more

Fiona Apple She may have left her enfant-terrible days behind, but music’s favorite fruit is still as eccentric — and fantastically dynamic in a live setting — as ever. June 19-July 29

The Beach Boys On their well-earned 50th-anniversary victory lap, expect classic harmonies (and the constant, scintillating possibility of a John Stamos drum cameo). Now-July 15

Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw What has four arms, four legs, and smells like wind chimes and sunbeams and bonfires on the beach? Yep: this have-you-never-been-mellow double bill. May 25-June 29

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw Two guys with more platinum Nashville hits than any ten-gallon hat could hold join forces on this massive summer jaunt. (Shaggy dreamboat Jake Owen opens.) June 2-Aug. 25

Kelly Clarkson and the Fray Fray frontman Isaac Slade had better be doing his calisthenics if he wants to keep up with Kelly’s Olympic lung power — girl never fails to bring it live. July 25-Sept. 15

Coldplay If every teardrop is a waterfall, it’s also a hundred-dollar bill for Chris Martin & Co.; scores of tour dates on the band’s first proper American outing in three years have already sold out. June 22-Aug. 11

Dave Matthews Band Get ready for a 39-date bonanza of hemp-anklet hits and noodly grooves. Come early for openers like Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Avett Brothers, Delta Spirit, and Gary Clark Jr. Through Sept. 9

Death Cab for Cutie Ben Gibbard’s heartbreak merchants will cart a full orchestra around the country (and no doubt give new, endlessly parsed subtext to songs written before Gibbard’s 2011 split from doll-faced vixen Zooey Deschanel). July 3-Aug. 22

Def Leppard and Poison The 2009 cross-country carnival by these hard-rock ring-masters was so successful they decided to do it again — with Lita Ford along to man the ”Kiss Me Deadly” booth. June 20-Sept. 15

Drake This guy rolls deep: In addition to rising-star support acts Waka Flocka Flame, J. Cole, Meek Mill, French Montana, and 2 Chainz, Canada’s favorite hip-hop son will bring along the aspiring MC who most impresses him (and his fans) in an online contest this month. Through June 17