This week's list of the best concerts in America is topped by the pop singer who announced a couple of surprise dates to promote his new album. The hottest ticket in the country will be for Justin Bieber's upcoming shows, but he's not the only artist worth seeing over the next seven days. Take a look at our top 5 recommended concerts for the week of November 15.
5. Shinedown / Breaking Benjamin / Sevendust
Arenas in Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will be hosting the hard rock triple package of Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, and Sevendust. All three acts have new albums. Breaking Benjamin debuted at #1 with their latest, Dark Before Dawn, while Shinedown charted with Threat to Survival and veteran hitmakers Sevendust released Kill the Flow.
4. Michael Bolton
Much like Hall & Oates and Phil Collins, Michael Bolton was an adult contemporary artist whose work was derided by critics in the '80s but now looks more impressive in hindsight. Bolton helped make himself cool again with appearances on SNL (“Jack Sparrow”) and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in recent years. The crooner behind “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and “How Can We Be Lovers” still has an incredible voice. Hear it this week in Durant and Pocola, Oklahoma.
3. They Might Be Giants
Quirky pop group They Might Be Giants issued Glean, their 17th studio album, in April of this year. John Flansburgh and John Linnell brought in a large horn section for the new songs, a collection of tracks released by the band earlier this year as part of their Dial-A-Song phone service. The duo performs over the next seven days in Maine, Connecticut, and Vermont.
2. Ben Folds
The former leader of Ben Folds Five makes appearances this week at theaters in Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City. The accomplished pianist just released So There, a chamber pop album recorded with the yMusic Ensemble. His recent setlists have included some of the new songs, plus classic Folds material like “Song for the Dumped,” “You Don't Know Me,” and “Army.”
1. Justin Bieber
With the release of his new album Purpose, Justin Bieber scheduled two last-minute concerts for this week. On Wednesday, he takes the stage in Chicago, and on Thursday he visits Houston. Tickets for these shows will obviously be hard to come by, but local radio stations are offering lots of giveaways, so Beliebers should keep their ears open to try to nab tickets. The rest of us will have to wait until Justin's full tour commences in March, but these two shows should provide a nice preview of what his new album sounds like on stage.