This week's list of the best concert tours in America reads like a mid-2000s Warped Tour reunion. Several acts that appeared on that punk rock festival make our list, along with one of today's most insightful country artists and a quirky indie singer-songwriter. Check out our recommended live shows for the week of February 28.
5. Hawthorne Heights, Mest & the Ataris
Even if Hawthorne Heights never score another hit, they will always be known for “Ohio is for Lovers,” perhaps the most emo song ever recorded. They're touring now with pop-punk bands the Ataris and Mest, who have been making music since the turn of the millennium. Catch this joint tour this week when it travels to Dallas, Kansas City, Omaha, Sioux Falls, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.
4. Coheed and Cambria
Rockers Coheed and Cambria have played the Warped Tour numerous times over the years. Though they've never had a hit single, they have scored six consecutive Top 10 albums due to the large fan base they established over two decades. See the group on stage this week in Columbus, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, NYC, and Philadelphia.
3. Eleanor Friedberger
As one half of the Fiery Furnaces with her brother Matthew, Eleanor Friedberger created unusual yet captivating indie rock. Now touring as a solo artist, Eleanor heads to Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, Vancouver, and Seattle over the next seven days. Friedberger is promoting her third solo record New View, which arrived last month.
2. Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves' Pageant Material was one of the finest country albums of 2015. Like its predecessor Same Trailer Different Park, the record was a stunning collection of songs with meaningful stories, messages, and wisdom. On stage, the singer is witty and entertaining and tosses in fun covers with her own music. Musgraves has just a few dates remaining on her current U.S. tour, so fans in Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and Kansas City should take advantage of this final opportunity to catch her live.
1. Fall Out Boy
Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy made an admirable return to Top 40 radio over the past few years with arena-rock stompers like “Centuries,” “Irresistible,” and “Uma Thurman,” recapturing their position as one of the most commercially successful bands in rock music. Now the band brings its new hits and its classic emo-pop material to South Carolina, Virginia, New York, and Connecticut, with a solid opening act in “Sail” rockers Awolnation.