Must-See Tours of the Summer

Alanna Weissman

Summer is concert season and, with both warm weather and the end of the academic year in sight, the underground live-music scene is poised to kick into high gear with upcoming acts like the ever-pop­ular Warped Tour and several bands touring in support of their newest albums. Whether it’s an annual music festival or an individual band on tour, here are the shows you won’t want to miss this summer.

1. Warped Tour

The definitive summer tour, Warped Tour’s coast-to-coast lineup for this summer in­cludes bands such as Paramore, A Day to Remember (who headlined the massively suc­cessful Warped Tour ’09) and 3OH!3. With nearly 50 stops nationwide, Warped is also one of the most accessible tours and a can’t-miss opportunity for any fan of alt-rock.

2. Download/Sonisphere

The British answer to America’s Bamboozle festival, Download and Sonisphere are two an­nual three-day music festivals held in the UK, the former in June and the latter in July. This year’s Download features headliners Def Leppard, System of a Down and Linkin Park, with metal-heavy supporting acts ranging from Avenged Sevenfold to Bullet for My Valentine; Sonisphere boasts nearly 70 big-ticket bands and a slew of stand-up comedians.

3. Aiden’s Horror Nights Tour

This summer has horror-rock band Aiden setting out on a national tour in support of their new album, Disguises. Just like all of their previous tours, the band will likely live up to their track record of providing energetic, interactive shows that epitomize the spirit of underground rock.

4. Rise Against

Touring after the recent release of their album Endgame, their April-through-May tour features co-headliner Bad Religion.

5. The Take Action Tour with Silverstein & Bayside

After a year of nearly nonstop touring and in anticipation of their upcoming album, Silverstein stays strong with their new tour, featuring Bayside as support. Unlike on their previous tours, the Take Action Tour has both bands playing comparatively larger venues, adding a new dynamic to the same old shows.

6. Eisley

Following the release of their record The Valley, the Texas family band will be bringing their unique brand of folksy alt-rock to a stage near you in late May.

7. LG Ones to Watch Tour featuring The Maine and Augustana

Up-and-coming pop-punkers The Maine set out on tour with Augustana of “Boston” fame for what will inevitably be an energetic, upbeat set of shows.

8. Hinder

Touring in support of their newest album All-American Nightmare, these admirable concert veterans – they have toured with band such as Nickelback, Papa Roach and Saving Abel – are back on the road again.

9. Against Me!

May and June has the punk-rockers playing Northeastern venues ranging from amphi­theaters to clubs, including a stint as support for Snoop Dogg on the second day of this summer’s two-day B.O.M.B. Fest.

10. The AP Tour featuring Black Veil Brides

The tour may have nearly finished its run, but with sold-out venues on multiple dates, the AP Tour, featuring seemingly overnight successes Black Veil Brides, is certainly deserving of a spot on this list.