If you’re looking for a music festival lineup that doesn’t cater to the top 40 artists, then boy do we have a bill for you.
On Wednesday (Feb. 12), Memphis in May unveiled its lineup for the 44th annual Beale Street Music Festival. Headlining this year’s event are The 1975, Weezer, The Smashing Pumpkins, and…Lil Wayne? Yup. You read that right.
The 2020 Beale Street Music Festival stays far away from the typical music festival roster, which usually features current chart-topping acts with a few artists from other genres to round it out. Instead, Beale Street gives us a mix of stadium-caliber groups, some old-school rappers, a couple of hip-hop acts, and a slew of rock bands.
Joining The 1975, Weezer, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Lil Wayne on this year’s roster are the Lumineers, Dababy, The Avett Brothers, three 6 Mafia, 311, the Deftones, AJR, Lindsey Buckingham, Portugal. The Man, Nelly, and more. The event reportedly host “60+ top musical acts from today and beyond.”
The first set of performers was announced in mid-December. At the time, it was confirmed that the Lumineers, Lil Wayne, the Avett Brothers, and Three 6 Mafia would head to Memphis during the beginning of May.
Tickets for the three-day music festival are currently available for purchase here. Three-day passes will run you $145 while single-day passes will cost you $55 (there’s a limited amount of single-day passes). If you feel like splurging, then VIP passes will set you back $699.
The Beale Street Music Festival will return to its longtime home of Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis during the weekend of May 1-3.
The full lineup for the 2020 Beale Street Music Festival can be found below.
Want to jumpstart your weekend with some feel-good content? Well, AJR has your back.
Last week, the New York-founded band joined forces with PS22 Chorus to give the trio’s current single “100 Bad Days” their own spin. Watch the video of the collaboration above and try your hardest not to get a case of the feels (believe us, it’s hard not to).
“100 Bad Days” is featured on AJR’s recently released record, NEOTHEATER. NEOTHEATER is the follow-up to 2017’s The Click.
In support of NEOTHEATER‘s release, AJR previously announced plans to embark on a massive world tour. The upcoming trek will find the group performing at venues across the country throughout September, October, and November. The 24-stop outing will include shows in Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, Detroit, St. Louis, Austin, Orlando, and more.
The first leg of the tour begins on Sept. 20 at the Harrah’s Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa and concludes almost two months later on Nov. 12 at the Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta.
Before hitting the touring circuit in the fall, AJR previously announced a few music festival appearances in the summer. They’re scheduled to perform at LaureLive in Beachwood, Ohio on June 9 before taking the stage at BottleRock, Bonnaroo, and Firefly.
AJR just confirmed the release of their new studio album earlier this week, and now it looks like the group has no plans on slowing down. On Friday (March 15), the New York-founded act announced plans to embark on a United States-centric tour later this year.
Dubbed the NEOTHEATER world tour, the upcoming trek will find the group performing at venues across the country throughout September, October, and November. The 24-stop outing will include shows in Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, Detroit, St. Louis, Austin, Orlando, and more.
The first leg of the tour begins on Sept. 20 at the Harrah’s Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa and concludes almost two months later on Nov. 12 at the Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta. Tickets for the newly announced excursion go on sale next Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. local time.
The upcoming tour is in support of the band’s forthcoming third studio album, NEOTHEATER. The record is due out April 26 through their own label, AJR Productions. Pre-orders for the album are currently available here.
NEOTHEATER is the follow-up to 2017’s The Click.
The band announced the release of the forthcoming release earlier this week when they shared the music video for the song’s lead single, “100 Bad Days.” A day later, they treated fans to another song titled “Birthday Party.”
Before hitting the touring circuit in the fall, AJR previously announced a few appearances in the summer. They’re scheduled to perform at LaureLive in Beachwood, Ohio on June 9 before appearing at several music festivals such as BottleRock, Bonnaroo, and Firefly.
AJR’s current tour itinerary can be found below.
NEOTHEATER WORLD TOUR 2019 TOUR DATES:
Sept. 20 – Harrah’s Casino – Council Bluffs, IA
Sept. 26 – Shrine Expo Hall – Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 28 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
Sept. 30 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
Oct. 1 – Theater of the Clouds – Portland, OR
Oct. 3 – The Great Saltair – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 5 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
Oct. 10 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY
Oct. 16 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
Oct. 18 – Express Live! Amphitheater – Columbus, OH
Oct. 19 – Indiana Farmers Coliseum – Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 20 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
Oct. 22 – The Armory – Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 23 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI
Oct. 25 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
Oct. 26 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
Oct. 27 – The Criterion – Oklahoma City, OK
Oct. 29 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
Oct. 30 – The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
Oct. 31 – Revention Music Center, Houston, TX
Nov. 6 – The Fillmore – New Orleans, LA
Nov. 8 – Hard Rock – Orlando, FL
Nov. 9 – Yuengling Center – Tampa, FL
Nov. 12 – Infinite Energy Center – Atlanta, GA
Weeks after surprising fans with a brand new song, AJR is back with the music video for the tune. On Monday (March 11), the New York-founded act released the music video for their latest single, “100 Bad Days.” Channeling surreal paintings and pictures, the three-and-a-half-minute clip feels like an acid trip come to life with the trio’s dismembered heads floating throughout the clip while they start to appear pixel by pixel.
The music video was directed by Tim Nackashi whose resume includes Dua Lipa, Maroon 5, and Death Cab for Cutie. Watch the clip for “100 Bad Days” above and try to mouth “WTF” several times.
In addition to the music video, the band has also formally announced the release of their new studio album. Titled NEOTHEATER, the record is due out April 26.
Taking to Twitter, the group posted a one-minute video where they compared the process of recording a new studio album to “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” As it turns out, the “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” album was scrapped, and they decided to go in another direction with the end results being NEOTHEATER. Pre-orders for the new album will begin later today.
NEOTHEATER is the follow-up to 2017’s The Click.
As of now, it looks like “100 Bad Days” is the lead single off the forthcoming release. Since its debut in January, “100 Bad Days” has been streamed over 20 million times and is making its way up the alternative radio chart. The song will make its live television debut tonight (March 11) on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Currently, the group is taking a little break from the stage but will hit the road again later this summer. AJR will make their return to performing on June 9 at LaureLive in Beachwood, Ohio, followed by several appearances at music festivals such as BottleRock, Bonnaroo, and Firefly.
Everyone has had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It can be something as minuscule as your socks not matching to spilling coffee all over yourself to your car not starting, resulting in you being late for work. It just happens. That’s life.
For the guys in AJR, they’ve managed to take those crappy days and put an optimist spin on them in their brand new song. On Wednesday (Jan. 30), the New York-founded band unleashed their first new song in over a year; a track titled “100 Bad Days.”
The three-and-a-half-minute song finds the brothers telling the listener about some of their horrible days including a time they got so drunk they broke both their thumbs, putting on a gig and no one showing up, and of course getting their heart broken.
Even with all the bad memories, the Met brothers do reinstate that “100 bad days make 100 good stories” and that’s one motto we can get behind.
Listen to “100 Bad Days” above.
The new track comes hot on the heels of the act’s current radio hit “Burn the House Down.” “Burn the House Down” is featured on the deluxe version of AJR’s sophomore album The Click. In addition to “Burn the House Down,” The Click also features the group’s other hit singles “Weak” and “Sober Up.”
As of now, it looks like “100 Bad Days” is a standalone single.
As for the band’s upcoming tour itinerary, the trio will be heading across the pond in mid-February for a couple of shows. Their tour schedule includes a show at Lido in Berlin on Feb. 11, a show at Melkweg in Amsterdam on Feb. 12, and a show at The Garage on Feb. 13 in London. After that, the band will return to the United States for a show at LaureLive on June 9 in Beachwood, Ohio before their appearances at Bonnaroo and Firefly.
Imagine Dragons, Mumford and Sons, and Neil Young are just some of the musicians who will make their way to California in the spring for the 2019 incarnation of the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival. On Monday (Jan. 7), music festival organizers unveiled their musically diverse lineup for this year’s festivities due to take place in late-May.
Joining the aforementioned acts on the bill this year will be OneRepublic, Flogging Molly, Jenny Lewis, AJR, Lovelytheband, Pharrell Williams, Logic, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweat, Juanes, Against Me!, and two of the “greatest living guitarists” Gary Clark Jr. and Carlos Santana.
“We definitely put the emphasis on the rock in BottleRock, with Santana and Gary Clark Jr. We’re also strong on the Latino influence with Santana and Juanes. And Pharrell Williams has produced some of the most well-known songs today,” Dave Graham of BottleRock Presents said in a statement.
“Imagine Dragons can cater to 12-year-olds, soccer moms and 25- to 30-year-olds, and their music appeals to my age and up. I’m 46. Since they played BottleRock the first time in 2015, they’ve taken off and exploded. In 2017, they came out with ‘Believer,’ ‘Thunder,’ ‘Whatever It Takes’ and ‘Natural.’ We’re glad to have them back,” adds Graham.
In total over 80 acts will take over one of six stages during the three-day event.
In addition to the rocking roster, the event will also include access to wine, food, and craft beers all from the Napa Valley area as well as a culinary stage, VIP experiences, spa and salon options, and a silent disco.
Three-day passes for the upcoming festival go on sale beginning this Tuesday. Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. PT. Single-day passes will go on sale this Thursday, Jan. 10. For more information about the music festival, tickets, or the lineup, head on over to BottleRock’s website here.
BottleRock will take place in Napa Valley during the weekend of May 24 – 26. Doors open each day at 11:30 a.m. while the last act ends at 10 p.m. each night.
The full lineup for this year’s BottleRock can be found below.
Just as they are about to embark on their first tour of 2018, the guys in AJR have unleashed a brand new music video. On Thursday (Feb. 1), the New York-based brothers unleashed the music video for their current radio staple, “Sober Up.”
The almost four-minute clip begins with frontman Jack Met walking out of a subway and starting his trek down a sidewalk. While he’s waiting to cross the street, he doesn’t notice that the younger version of himself is staring back at him. He continues on his trek,but while stopped at an intersection, he sees the younger version of himself staring back at him from the reflection of some random guy’s sunglasses.
Throughout the clip Jake continues to see the younger version of himself in every reflective surface he comes in contact with. Joining him along his trip across town are his brothers/bandmates Adam and Ryan, playing their instruments as he sings his way down alleyways.
According to a press release, the music video is “a nod to the song’s nostalgic lyrics” and “evokes a longing for youthful innocence.” Watch the clip for the song above.
“Sober Up” is featured on AJR’s recently release sophomore album, The Click. the song features, and was co-written, by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo.
In support of the album’s release, the trio is set to hit the road later this month for their The Click Spring 2018 tour. The upcoming trek will kick off next Thursday, Feb. 8, at The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. After spending three months on the road travelling across the continent, the tour will wrap up on May 12 at the House of Blues in Boston.
Currently, 12 out of the 32 upcoming tour stops have been classified as sold out. In addition to their upcoming headlining tour, the brothers will appear at several summer music festivals including Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival and Kentucky’s Forecastle Festival. Check out the full list of tour stops below including those dates that are sold out.
THE CLICK TOUR DATES:
Feb. 8 – Raleigh, NC – The Lincoln Theatre – SOLD OUT
Feb. 9 – Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theatre – SOLD OUT
Feb. 10 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground – SOLD OUT
Feb. 12 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Feb. 13 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
Feb. 16 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – SOLD OUT
Feb. 17 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Feb. 18 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Feb. 20 – Memphis, TN – The New Daisy Theatre
Feb. 21 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
Feb. 22 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
March 17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
March 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theatre – SOLD OUT
March 21 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore – SOLD OUT
March 23 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
March 25 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
March 26 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater – SOLD OUT
April 6 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
April 7 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre – SOLD OUT
April 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall
April 10 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
April 11 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
April 13 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall – SOLD OUT
April 14 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues – SOLD OUT
April 15 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall – SOLD OUT
April 17 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
April 18 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
April 19 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
April 21 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
May 9 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House – SOLD OUT
May 10 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
May 12 – Boston, MA – House of Blues