Spring has officially sprung, and we’re lucky enough to have a bevy of tours lined up to soundtrack the season with amazing live music. Many of our favorite Ones to Watch artists will be hitting the road either on their own or in support of other talented artists, and we’ve done the research to highlight the most exciting dates that deserve a spot on your radar. Check out our alphabetical list of the top 30 tours across the country this spring!
A self-described “hippie with soul,” Allen Stone’s 2016 album Radius saw him blending the two worlds in his signature style, and solidified his spot as a name to watch going forward. Expect a high-energy live show complemented by his backing band, a combination that’s sure to blaze a fiery trail across the U.S. Tickets are selling out fast; if he’s coming to a city near you, move quickly to secure your spot.
Fresh off the release of his sophomore album Encore in January, Anderson East will be touring relentlessly through the spring months, bringing the album to life in the process. Encore made waves with the southern soul that manifested itself in Anderson’s gravelly vocals as well as the production itself, acting as an impressive follow-up to his 2014 debut Delilah. Expect his star to continue to rise in 2018 as he visits various cities across the map, keeping his name in the conversation in the process.
Indie-rock outfit Big Thief spent the summer of 2017 on an extensive tour, and now they’ll be hitting the road again – both overseas and within the country. Their folk-influenced sound shined on their newest album Capacity, modernized with some experimental instrumentation that should impress in the live setting. They’ll be taking the stage at Coachella in April, but fear not if you aren’t able to make it to the festival, as they have plenty of dates lined up all the way into May.
The jazzy duo has been infusing electronic music with fresh instrumentation, earning production credits with superstar names such as Chance the Rapper, Lido, and Anderson .Paak. With a groovy flip of Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3” in their catalogue as well, their live show is sure to keep the audience on their toes, throwing just about everything through the speakers as they march across the country.
BROCKHAMPTON has toured almost relentlessly since September 2017, and after taking brief break from mid-March to mid-April, they’ll be heading out again until the middle of June. Having recently completed their Saturation trilogy in December, the rambunctious boy band has a wide range of songs and styles to choose from at their shows, making for a performance that will keep you on your toes throughout.
Here at Ones to Watch, we’re already familiar with Buddy’s rambunctious stage presence, after he gave us a firsthand look at our All Eyes On showcase back in August. Since then, he’s gifted music fans with another EP in Magnolia, which featured an impressive verse from Wiz Khalifa on “Type Of Shit.” He’s more than a capable opener for the outstanding rapper known as Joey Bada$$ and should give the audience plenty to cheer about before the man of the hour takes the stage.
Coast Modern will be embarking on an extensive tour this spring, closing here in Los Angeles at the Troubadour on April 27. The indie pop duo’s self-titled debut album continued the momentum from their numerous singles, and their playful, energetic sound should create a fun atmosphere in venues across the country.
Charlotte Cardin blew us away when she performed at our Baño Flaco showcase in November, and now the rest of the country will have the chance to see what we’re so excited about. The Canadian singer infuses plenty of soul into her electronic, jazzy records, singing in both French and English to great effect in both languages.
Devin Dawson’s eclectic sound is steeped in country, and his soulful essence has made him one of the genre’s brightest rising stars. Dawson kicked off the year with the release of his debut album Dark Horse, and he’s wasted little time in arranging a tour that will allow him to reach his newfound fanbase in an intimate setting.
Ella Vos’ debut single “White Noise” put her square on the map – and rightly so, with it’s seductive, downtempo mood. Since then, she’s continued to pick up steam in the form of her 2017 album Words I Never Said, which contained honest, vulnerable songwriting that detailed her bouts with depression in the wake of becoming a mother. One of the more sincere voices in pop music these days, expect her live show to strike a deep chord with those in attendance.
Not much is known about the electronic singer, but she’s still built a rather devoted following on the strength of her versatile talents on the mic. Since her 2016 self-titled EP, Elohim has remained on the scene with several well-received singles that build anticipation for her debut album expected at some point this year. Before the new project arrives, however, she’ll set off on a tour that will continue all the way through the month of June, hopefully providing a more tangible experience for her curious fans.
Greta Van Fleet
The American portion of Greta Van Fleet’s tour won’t get underway until soon after Coachella, but fans of the band’s classic rock & roll sound will be treated to an incredible performance one the tour finally arrives in the States. Their 2017 double EP From the Fires consisted of a re-release of their earlier EP Black Smoke Rising, combined with four new tracks to create a fresh experience for the listener.
Without a true album, Jorja Smith has built quite a fan base on the strength of her guest appearances and singles, and before her debut arrives she’ll hit the road for a stretch of concert dates that are sure to draw significant attention. Her brooding, piercing vocals have given her a unique sound, shining on songs such as “Blue Lights” and her newest song, “Let Me Down.” Fans here in Southern California are in for a special treat, as she’ll be coming to Los Angeles in between her Coachella appearances for a special show with Tom Misch at the Novo.
Judah & The Lion
Judah & The Lion, now a trio out of Nashville, TN, has made a name for themselves by blending the genuine yet diverse musical influences of all three members. Referenced in the title of their 2017 album Folk Hop N’ Roll, their sound earned them a trophy in the Best New Rock/Alternative category at the 2018 iHeartRadio awards and is sure to attract fans along each tour stop.
Julien Baker is one of the most heartfelt, genuine singers on the map right now, and from now until the end of April you’ll have the chance to see her tell her story live and in person. An introspective writer, songs like “Turn Out the Lights” see her struggling with loneliness and display impressive vocal range as she ascends to beautiful high notes with fully evident passion.
The Texas trio owns a sound that will instantly put you on a dreamy cloud, holding your attention with distorting guitar chords and static percussion. In January 2018, they released Con Todo El Mundo, which saw them take a step forward with their mellow grooves and instrumentation. With a concert that will likely bring plenty of downtempo jam sessions, their show should be the perfect way to unwind after a long, bustling day.
Nick Hakim’s modern twist on elements of old soul has sparked significant praise from fans and critics alike, and his sound has only improved with each release. 2017’s Green Twins was yet another step forward for him, and now he’ll bring the album across the country with dates lined up through early June. Hakim is known for his intimate performances that experiment with instrumentation, which should make for an engaging experience when the show comes to a city near you.
Nina Nesbitt’s 2018 single “Somebody Special” is already one of the singer’s most popular tracks, and for good reason. A versatile and relatable lyricist,, Nesbitt impresses over acoustic cuts as well as electronically produced songs, with a slew of dance remixes by accomplished DJs bringing new energy to select songs as well.
NoMBe made the unusual choice to release his debut album, They Might’ve Even Loved Me, piece by piece, giving fans one new single a month. Now, the physical album has finally released on March 23, just in time for him to join Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement tour in April with Mansionair and Mikky Ekko. His psychedelic sound should shine in the live setting, helping make for a stacked lineup you won’t want to miss.
Ravyn Lenae’s new release Crush is her third EP to date, and signaled a change in direction thanks to producer Steve Lacy’s contributions throughout the project. Last year, she traveled the country as an opener for SZA’s stacked Ctrl tour, and now she’ll be headlining her own dates as she looks to promote her new EP. Flipping between Crush’s funky production and the forward-thinking R&B elements of her previous EPs, it’s set to be a rather captivating night when the show hits your city.
Made up of seven Boston-based musicians, the band known as Ripe has been putting a funky spin on dance music for several years now. They’ve already released two singles this year in “Downward and “Little Lighter,” and plan to release their true debut on April 6, right in the middle of their cross-country tour. It wouldn’t be a shock if they decide to treat fans at the earlier shows with a sneak preview of the album, while concert-goers after the release date will have a chance to hear the material performed live almost as soon as they’ve heard the recording for the first time.
Since departing from Vampire Weekend in 2016, ROSTAM has kept busy producing for a slew of the industry’s biggest names, and also released his debut solo effort Half-Light in September 2017. The album was hailed an impressive step into the spotlight for the Iranian-American artist, and he’ll look to keep the momentum rolling as he parades through select venues beginning in March.
SiR’s recent album November is one of 2018’s early standout R&B releases, and he’ll be joining forces with another powerhouse in the genre this spring. The TDE crooner will be touring in support of Miguel, serenading the audience with the sweeter side of the genre before Miguel electrifies the stage with his rock-influenced sound. It’s sure to be among the most high-powered tours of the season, and one you won’t want to miss if you’re even a moderate fan of R&B.
Soccer Mommy has burst onto the scene as of late, with an organic indie sound that warmly welcomes the listener into the story. Her previous album Collection was a handful of reworked versions of some of her earlier material, and on March 28 she gave us her first true studio debut in Clean. Highlighted by the single “Your Dog,” the album contains relatable lyrics and carefree guitar strumming that will put your mind at ease, especially when she’s singing the notes in person at her concert.
The truly one-of-a-kind collective called Superorganism built heavy anticipation for their self-titled debut, and now that it’s finally out, they’re wasting little time bringing the album to venues around the world. The art pop group never fails to find unique ways to experiment with production and presentation, and should bring an interesting, equally unique stage presence to their various concert dates.
Tash Sultana got her start in music by busking on the streets of Melbourne, but now her sound is selling out venues across the country and around the world. A skilled vocalist and guitarist, her hypnotic melodies shine on her acclaimed songs like “Jungle” and “Notion,” and should be just as incredible to witness in the live setting.
With his new album Geography scheduled for an April 6 release, Tom Misch will be hitting the road this spring beginning with a performance at Coachella the following weekend. Thus far he’s released three singles to promote the album, balancing between upbeat grooves, downtempo ballads, and laid-back rhythms to give fans a taste of the project’s breadth.
Electro-pop singer VÉRITÉ’s platform skyrocketed after she covered The 1975’s song “Somebody Else,” which has over 86 million Spotify streams to date. The rest of her catalogue is just as impressive, however, including her 2017 album Somewhere in Between as well as the collection of remixes that dropped in February 2018. Expect a versatile performance at her spring dates, as she looks to create a memorable experience for her devoted fans.
The 24-year-old producer creates vibing, upbeat electronic cuts, and should keep you moving throughout her show as she travels the country this spring. Thus far she’s released two acclaimed EPs to heavy acclaim, singing in both English and Korean over sparse house beats. Her catalogue should make for a long, continuous groove in the live setting, that won’t disappoint if you’re in the mood to dance.
Yellow Days’ experimental, indie sound will have you lost in the clouds, thanks to his scratching voice that gives new life to familiar notes. By way of Haslemere, England, the soulful singer incorporates influences from timeless artists like Ray Charles and Mac Demarco, setting his captivating vocals above interesting, psychedelic production that creates a one-of-a-kind experience.