The 1975, Weezer, and Lil Wayne to headline the 2020 Beale Street Music Festival

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.

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Blink-182, Weezer, and Limp Bizkit to headline Inkcarceration 2020

Inkcarceration_2020_header.jpgIs it just us, or are the 90s making a full comeback?

If you’re shaking your head, not quite sure what we mean, all you need to do is take a look at the current state of fashion or the lineup for the 2020 incarnation of Ohio’s Inkcarceration Festival.

On Wednesday (Dec. 18), the people behind the annual rock-centric music and tattoo festival unveiled their lineup for their third annual event.

Headlining the three-day festivities are Blink-182, Weezer, and Limp Bizkit (yes, Limp Bizkit).

Joining Blink-182, Weezer, and Limp Bizkit on the 2020 roster will be Papa Roach, Halestorm, Mastodon, Underoath, Atreyu, New Politics, All That Remains, We Came as Romans, The Devil Wears Prada, New Years Day, Escape the Fate, and many more.

According to a press statement, additional bands will be unveiled at a later time. Over 40 groups will reportedly take over one of two stages during the weekend-long gig.

Because this is a music and tattoo festival, festival organizers also revealed that 60 tattoo artists will be on hand to give concertgoers some new ink.

In addition to the killer musical lineup and tattoo artists, the event will also include tours of the Ohio State Reformatory (aka the Shawshank prison), gourmet food trucks, drinks, and the return of the popular haunted house attraction, Escape from Blood Prison.

Talk about celebrating Halloween in July.

Inkcarceration 2020 will return to its home at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, during the weekend of July 10-12.

Tickets for Inkcarceration 2020 are currently available for purchase here.

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Watch Weezer get ‘Lost in the Woods’ for their ‘Frozen 2’ soundtrack contribution

Weezer is getting a little help from a Disney princess for their latest music video.

On Monday (Dec. 9), the California-founded band unleashed the music video for “Lost in the Woods,” their contribution to the “Frozen 2” soundtrack.

The three-minute clip finds the band isolated in the fairy tale woods from the movie. Throughout the video, we watch as frontman Rivers Cuomo (who is dressed up as Kristoff) walks through the woods searching for something or rather someone. That someone turns out to be Princess Anna herself, Kristen Bell.

Watch the music video for “Lost in the Woods” above.

“Lost in the Woods” was initially performed by Jonathan Groff, who plays Kristoff in the latest installation of the hit Disney franchise.

Weezer joins the movie’s stars Idina Menzel (Elsa), Bell (Anna), Josh Gad (Olaf), Groff (Kristoff), and Evan Rachel Wood (Iduna) as well as Panic! at the Disco, and Kacey Musgraves on the soundtrack.

Like Panic! at the Disco’s version of “Into the Unknown,” Weezer’s take on the song is played during the end credits of the movie.

In other Weezer news, the group recently announced their new studio album Van Weezer will be out on May 15, 2020. Because a new album (and its accompanying single) wasn’t enough, the band also dropped the music video for another new song titled “California Snow,” while Cuomo penned and performed the theme song for Netflix’s “Green Eggs & Ham” series.

Next summer, Weezer will join Green Day and Fall Out Boy on their massive Hella Mega tour.

The lengthy outing will include shows in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and Canada during the summer months of 2020.

The lengthy trek begins on June 13 at La Defense Arena in Paris and concludes almost three months later on Aug. 29 at Citizens Bank Park. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Watch a modern romance unfold in Fall Out Boy’s music video for ‘Bob Dylan’

Surprise! Fall Out Boy has released a brand new music video.

On Wednesday (Dec. 4), the Chicago-founded act unleashed the three-and-a-half-minute clip for their new song “Bob Dylan.”

The video follows Frankie, a cartoon character, who only wants a girl named Star Dust, to answer his text messages.

The clip begins with our star relaxing in a bathtub, sending a text to Star Dust while simultaneously watching Fall Out Boy’s music video for “Dear Future Self (Hands Up).” Like we all fear, Frankie drops his phone in the tub (he’s going to need A LOT of rice to fix that). He submerges himself under the slew of bubbles to rescue his probably-messed-up device and ends up in an alternate universe.

In this world, Frankie is a star, getting rides in limos, appearing on billboards, going on late night shows, showing up to red carpet events, and appearing on magazine covers. All the while, he’s still trying to get Star Dust’s attention, which she doesn’t reciprocate.

Frankie seems to be doing all that he can to get Star Dust’s attention, but in the end, it doesn’t matter. She finally sends him a text saying that she likes him for him.

Watch the music video for “Bob Dylan” above.

“Bob Dylan” is featured on Fall Out Boy’s latest greatest hits compilation Believers Never Die Volume 2. The 13-track collection was released last month and features the group’s singles from 2003 to 2008 (aka right before they went on that heartbreaking hiatus) as well as two new tracks (“Dear Future Self (Hands Up)” and “Bob Dylan”).

Next summer, Fall Out Boy will join Green Day and Weezer on their massive Hella Mega tour.

The lengthy outing will include shows in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and Canada during the summer months of 2020.

The lengthy trek begins on June 13 at La Defense Arena in Paris and concludes almost three months later on Aug. 29 at Citizens Bank Park. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Green Day to embark on a ‘Hella Mega’ tour with Weezer, Fall Out Boy

The good news?

Green Day, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy ARE totally hitting the road together for a massive (and epic) tour.

The bad news?

The tour isn’t happening until summer 2020.

Cue the groans of fans across the world.

On Tuesday (Sept. 10), the California punkers finally confirmed what fans have been speculating for a week or so. Dubbed the “Hella Mega” tour (a worthy name, if we say so ourselves), the upcoming trek will find Green Day, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy sharing the mantle of headliners while the Interrupters will play the role of supporting act throughout the long journey.

The lengthy outing will include shows in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and Canada during the summer months of 2020.

“It’s kind of a Green Day idea. And we talked about how we weren’t really wanting to do stadiums and do something that was like [a] throwback to Monsters of Rock Tour. There was, of course, Fall Out Boy and Weezer and now we’re stoked,” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong tells Zane Lowe on his Apple Beats 1 show.

Tickets for the “Hella Mega Tour” go on sale next Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. local time.

Watch the ridiculously creepy announcement video for the tour here.

The “Hella Mega” tour will be in support of Green Day’s recently announced new album, Father of All… (its official title is Father of All Motherfuckers). The record, their 13th full-length LP, is due out Feb. 7, 2020, via their longtime home of Reprise/Warner.

To coincide with all the announcements, the group has unleashed the album’s first single and title track “Father of All…” Listen to the new song above.

According to Armstrong, Green Day’s new album is going to be relatively short, clocking in at under 30 minutes.

“[The album] is only 26 minutes long, so it’s the shortest record we’ve made, I think since Dookie or Insomnia,” the frontman told Lowe.

“I realized I hate long songs.”

Father of All… is the follow-up to 2016’s Revolution Radio.

Later this month, the trio will release their new graphic novel Last of the American Girls (yes, it’s named after a track from their eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown). The book is due out Oct. 29 through Dey Street Books.

Like Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy have some new tunes on the way. Weezer is set to drop their 14th studio album Van Weezer in May 2020 while Fall Out Boy will release a complication album titled Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die – Volume Two in November.

THE HELLA MEGA SUMMER 2020 TOUR feat. GREEN DAY, WEEZER, AND FALL OUT BOY

June 13, 2020 – Paris, France @ La Defense Arena
June 14 – Groningen, Netherlands @ Stadspark
June 17 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis
June 21 – Vienna, Austria @ Ernst Happel Stadium
June 24 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Bellahouston Park
June 26 – London, England @ London Stadium
June 27 – Huddersfield, England @ The John Smith’s Stadium
June 29 – Dublin, Ireland @ RDS Arena
July 17 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
July 21 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park
July 24 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
July 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
July 28 – Commerce City, CO @ DICK’s Sporting Goods Park
July 31 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Field
Aug. 1 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
Aug. 5 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
Aug. 6 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field
Aug. 8 – Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
Aug. 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field
Aug. 13 – Chicago IL @ Wrigley Field
Aug. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
Aug. 16 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
Aug. 19 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
Aug. 21 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
Aug. 22 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
Aug. 24 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
Aug. 27 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
Aug. 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park

Watch: Weezer channel A-Ha for ‘Take on Me’ cover

A few weeks after releasing their surprise covers album, Weezer has returned with the music video for one of the songs on the album. On Tuesday (Feb. 12), the California-founded band unleashed their version of A-Ha’s one-hit wonder, “Take on Me.”

The music video begins with young Rivers Cuomo (played by “Stranger Things” star and Calpurina frontman Finn Wolfhard) drawing in his room when his mom announces that his friends are downstairs. Being a teenager, he’s indifferent about their arrival as his mother tells him that she will be leaving for the day.

As young Rivers arrives in the living room, he tells his friends that they can finally do whatever they want (taking out his dad’s Mercedes may not be a good idea) which includes blasting their music as loud as they want. That’s when the music video truly begins.

In between the shots of the band performing the song in the living room are shots that are a direct reference to A-Ha’s video for the song. Watch the music video for Weezer’s version of “Take on Me” above.

The “Take on Me” cover joins Weezer’s version of Toto’s “Africa” and TLC’s “No Scrubs” on the group’s recently released covers record, Weezer (aka The Teal Album).

The Teal Album was a surprise gift from the band to their fans as they wait for the band’s much-anticipated 12th studio album, The Black Album. The forthcoming album is due out March 1 through Crush / Atlantic Records. Pre-orders are available here.

The Black Album is the follow-up to the group’s surprise album, 2017’s Pacific Daydream.

To date, Weezer has given fans two tracks from the upcoming album, “Zombie Bastards” and current alternative radio staple “Can’t Knock the Hustle.”

In support of both The Teal Album and The Black Album, Weezer previously announced plans to embark on a massive North American arena tour. The trek will find the quartet touring across the continent alongside previous tour mates the Pixies.

The tour will begin on March 8 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville and conclude a month later on April 12 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. Basement will open for both bands throughout the full excursion while TV on the Radio will only play at the tour’s New York City stop. The full itinerary can be found here.

Weezer surprise fans with covers album

Weezer fans may be waiting patiently for the band’s upcoming 12th studio album, but it looks like the four-piece has just thrown them a curveball. On Thursday (Jan. 24), the California-founded band unleashed a surprise covers album. Titled Weezer (aka The Teal Album), the ten-track record finds the band covering songs from artists from the 80s and 90s.

The tracklist includes their hit cover of Toto’s “Africa,” A-Ha’s “Take on Me,” Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” TLC’s “No Scrubs” and more. The full album can be streamed on Spotify.

The Teal Album comes months after the band finally confirmed the release of their much-anticipated The Black Album. The record will reportedly see a release date of March 1. Pre-orders can be found here.

Back in November, Weezer confirmed the release of The Black Album by debuting its first single, “Zombie Bastards.” Soon after, they treated fans to another new song titled “Can’t Knock the Hustle” which is finding commercial success on alternative radio.

The Black Album is the follow-up to the group’s surprise album, 2017’s Pacific Daydream.

In support of both The Teal Album and The Black Album, Weezer previously announced plan to embark on a massive North American arena tour. The trek will find the quartet touring across the continent alongside previous tour mates the Pixies.

The tour will begin on March 8 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville and conclude a month later on April 12 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. Basement will open for both bands throughout the full excursion while TV on the Radio will only play at the tour’s New York City stop. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Following the co-headlining tour, Weezer will head to California for Coachella before packing their bags and heading across the pond for a slew of European shows. Those dates can be found on Weezer’s website.

Childish Gambino, the 1975, Ariana Grande to headline Coachella 2019

Time to start packing your flower headbands, glitter, and short shorts because the lineup for the 2019 incarnation of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was just announced. On Wednesday (Jan. 2), Coachella festival organizers unveiled the complete roster for the springtime event’s 20th anniversary. Boosting an eclectic and diverse set of acts, this year’s event will include some top 20 artists, some indie/rock bands as well as some up-and-coming musicians.

This year’s headliners include Childish Gambino, the 1975, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe, Tame Impala, Solange, Kid Cudi, Khalid, Zedd, and more.

In addition to the aforementioned acts, the lineup will also include Weezer, Pusha-T, Blood Orange, Diplo, Kacey Musgraves, Anderson .Paak, Juice WRLD, the Interrupters, Aphex Twins, J. Balvin, Billie Eilish, Bassnectar, Wiz Khalifa, Christine and the Queens, Bazzi, Bad Bunny, Dillon Francis, CHVRCHES, and even a DJ set from actor/musician Idris Elba.

Coachella will return to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California for its usual two-weekend takeover. This year, those weekends are April 12-14 and April 19-21. Coachella passes are set to go on sale on this Friday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. PT.

For those not able to make it to California, there’s no need to worry. As with past years, YouTube has been named the festival’s exclusive live-streaming partner. This marks the ninth year YouTube and Coachella have joined forces to give fans the chance to watch the festival sets from the comfort of their homes.

The official lineup reveal comes hours after it was announced that widely speculated headliner Kanye West would no longer perform at the annual music festival. According to TMZ, the rapper was dropped from the bill following a disagreement over the stage’s size and design.

For now, the complete lineup for Coachella 2019 can be found below.

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Weezer confirm ‘Black Album’ release date, drop ‘Zombie Bastards’

Weezer may have finally confirmed the upcoming release for their long-in-the-works Black Album, but they never did give fans a formal release date. On Wednesday (Nov. 21), the California-founded band confirmed that the forthcoming studio effort is due out March 1 through Crush / Atlantic Records. Pre-orders for the Black Album are currently available on their website.

The Black Album is the follow-up to the group’s surprise 2017 release, Pacific Daydream. The upcoming album was produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.

With a lengthy past and 11 studio albums behind them, the band decided to do several things differently with this album. Firstly, frontman Rivers Cuomo wrote the album’s songs entirely on piano before heading into the studio to record the new material. Secondly, the band decided to experiment with different instruments to give the new songs a different and unique sound.

In conjunction with the album’s release date announcement, the four-piece released the second single from the new album. Titled “Zombie Bastards,” the mellow, new track is a complete departure from the record’s previous, hip-hop-tinged single, “Can’t Knock the Hustle.” Listen to “Zombie Bastards” above.

In support of the Black Album‘s release, Weezer previously announced plans to embark on a springtime North American co-headlining tour with the Pixies, TV on the Radio, and Basement. The upcoming trek will being on March 8 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville and conclude a month later on April 12 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas.

Weezer recently confirmed an additional tour stop for the upcoming springtime excursion. The quartet will take over Madison Square Garden on March 12. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be found here.

Weezer to finally release ‘The Black Album,’ announce another tour with the Pixies

After years of waiting, Weezer’s black album is finally going to see the light of day. On Thursday (Oct. 11), the California-founded band announced plans to finally release the much-anticipated darker album. The “Buddy Holly” band took to social media to officially announce the record’s release.

“The Black Album era has arrived,” the band posted on the social media platform. Though no official release date was given, the band revealed that the record will arrive sometime in 2019. The Black Album is the follow-up to the group’s surprise album, 2017’s Pacific Daydream.

In addition to announcing the release of their 12th studio album, Weezer also unleashed the first single from the forthcoming record; a track titled “Can’t Knock the Hustle.” Debuting the audio for the new track at midnight, the group followed that up a few hours later by releasing the official music video for the funky new tune which was produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.

Starring Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz as a ride-sharing driving, the clip follows the unlucky fellow as he has the worst night ever driving a couple to their final destination. The four-minute video beings with the couple getting in to Wentz’s car only to start making out not even a second later.

The woman and man can’t keep their hands off each other, and at one point Wentz who is trying his hardest to ignore the over-the-top PDA happening in his backseat. For the first half of the clip, the couple are all over each other until the woman receives some text messages from another person. Soon, she and her companion start arguing in the backseat with Wentz still trying to ignore the scene. At one point Wentz gets a hold of the woman’s phone only to see a series of sexually-explicit emojis pop up on the screen.

As the ride from hell continues, the woman starts to threaten the man with a spork. At one point, Wentz brakes hard, at a red light resulting in the spork ending up in the man’s upper thigh. To say the video is over the top would be an understatement. Watch “Can’t Knock the Hustle” above.

While a new album announcement and debuting a new single with its corresponding music video would be enough for some bands, Weezer are not just some band. The quartet also unveiled plans to hit the touring circuit in the spring of 2019 with previous tour mates The Pixies. The upcoming trek will being on March 8 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville and conclude a month later on April 12 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. The full list of tour dates can be seen below.

WEEZER / THE PIXIES 2019 TOUR DATES:

March 08 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
March 10 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
March 12 – New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden
March 13 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
March 14 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
March 16 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
March 17 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
March 19 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
March 20 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
March 22 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
March 24 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
March 26 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
March 27 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
March 28 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
March 30 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
March 31 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
April 05 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena
April 06 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
April 07 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
April 09 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
April 10 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
April 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Event Center