December is traditionally a slower time of year for rock concerts, but that's not the case in 2015. The first full week of this month features live shows from one of today's most successful alt-rock bands, two noteworthy rappers, an indie dance rock troupe, and an experienced pop hitmaker. Check out our countdown of the best concerts in the U.S. for the week of December 6.
5. Amy Grant
Amy Grant got her start as a Christian pop singer before becoming one of the most successful mainstream pop stars of the early '90s with “Baby Baby,” “That's What Love is For,” “Every Heartbeat,” “Takes a Little Time,” and her cover of Joni Mitchell's “Big Yellow Taxi.” These days, her concerts feature both her religious-themed music and some of her greatest hits. Amy has two shows in Nashville this week with husband Vince Gill, plus additional shows in Dallas, St. Louis, and Minneapolis with Michael W. Smith.
Dance rockers !!! (Chk Chk Chk) have six big shows this week in L.A., Phoenix, Albuquerque, Houston, Dallas, and Austin. Expect to hear new material from the group's recently-released sixth album As If, plus past crowd favorites like “Must Be the Moon.” A special treat on these shows is that !!! will be opening for themselves, performing as Stereolad, a Stereolab tribute band.
3. Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi is hitting up the biggest markets on the East Coast this week, including Boston, Philadelphia, NYC, Washington DC, and Raleigh. The “Pursuit of Happiness” rapper has taken a detour since his first two straightforward hip-hop albums, releasing side projects and experimental music. His brand new album, Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven, is a rock record, so expect to hear all different types of genres during Cudi's live set.
2. Mac Miller
See Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller over the next seven days in Philadelphia, Richmond, Norfolk, Charlotte, and Asheville, North Carolina. His third full-length album GO:OD A.M., featuring Miguel, Chief Keef, Earl Sweatshirt, and Lil B, peaked at No. 4 after its September release. Miller is touring with Michael Christmas, and Earthgang.
1. Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots took a huge step forward with their latest album Blurryface, which debuted at No. 1 this summer and has produced multiple hits on the rock charts. Most recently, “Stressed Out” took the band to No. 1 on Alternative radio, making the group one of the hottest rock acts around right now. This week, Twenty One Pilots perform regular concerts in Vancouver and Englewood, Colorado, while also taking the stage at radio holiday festivals in Jacksonville, Seattle, Portland, and L.A.