Big names from various genres are hitting the road this week, with Imagine Dragons and Brad Paisley heading the list of the week's top concert tours. The hard rockers and the country singer are heading to arenas across America, but they're not the only acts worth seeing in the coming days. Here's our countdown of the best live bands for the week of June 7.
5. Delta Spirit
Lollapalooza veterans Delta Spirit hit up the Pacific Northwest this week with shows in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, plus a gig in San Francisco on Saturday. The band's latest release, Into the Wide, became their highest-charting effort to date, with a No. 70 showing on the Billboard 200 and a No. 18 peak on the Independent Albums chart.
4. Charlie Wilson, Kem, and Joe
Former Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson is an R&B legend. The 62-year-old has remained relevant with appearances on tracks by Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Boyz II Men and Beyonce in recent years. Wilson has shows this week in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Clarkston, Michigan. At the Clarkston show, “Uncle Charlie” shares a bill with hitmaking vocalists Kem and Joe.
3. Best Coast
The indie rock duo Best Coast has a brand new album called California Nights that amps up the band's guitar power and pop melodies. Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno have a devoted fan base that has followed them since their acclaimed 2010 debut Crazy for You. Best Coast's five concerts over the next seven days take them to Minneapolis, Omaha, St. Louis, Boston, and to Brooklyn for the Northside Festival.
2. Brad Paisley, Justin Moore, and Mickey Guyton
More than 15 years into his career, Brad Paisley is still “Crushin' It,” hence the name of his newest single and his latest road trip, the Crushin' It Tour, which rolls through Nevada and California this week with hot newcomers Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton as support acts. Paisley's previous release, “Perfect Storm,” was his 15th No. 1 hit on the Country Airplay chart, proving that he's still one of the genre's most popular superstars.
1. Imagine Dragons and Metric
“Radioactive” vaulted Imagine Dragons into the top echelon of rock bands in the world, and now the guys are headlining arenas from coast to coast. Their latest album, Smoke + Mirrors, debuted at No. 1 in several countries around the world. The band behind “Top of the World,” “Demons,” and “I Bet My Life” has five big shows this week in Winnipeg, St. Paul, Omaha, St. Louis, and Milwaukee, with rock-solid opening act Metric.