Top 5 Concerts
U2 & The Lumineers: AT&T Stadium│Arlington, TX│May 26th
U2 is off on their “The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour” with huge opening acts. This segment of the tour includes The Lumineers as the opener. Therefore, the concert lineup is a great mix of old, classic rock and new indie rock.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers & Joe Walsh: Red Rocks Amphitheatre│Morrison, CO│May 29th
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are another band celebrating an anniversary by going on tour. Their 40th anniversary tour takes the group across the country and through some of the most historic ballparks in America. Joe Walsh is opening for the group, and Chris Stapleton is opening for the ballpark dates. Their Red Rocks Amphitheatre show brings one of the most famous outdoor venues to life on Memorial Day.
BottleRock Music Festival: Napa Valley Expo│Napa, CA│May 26th-28th
BottleRock Music Festival takes center stage this weekend along with Boston Calling Music Festival. On opposite ends of the country, BottleRock Music Festival takes place in Napa, California at the Napa Valley Expo. It is a three-day festival from Friday May 26th to Sunday May 28th.
Zac Brown Band: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion│Gilford, NH│May 27th
Zac Brown Band just dropped their new album Welcome Home two week ago. They are now on their “Welcome Home Tour” all summer and early fall, playing venues and bringing their feel-good vibes all around the country until October.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter│Portland, OR│May 26th
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are continuing their huge “SOUL2SOUL World Tour” on the Northwest coast.
What’s In Tune: New Music
Lil Yachty│Teenage Emotions│C+
Lil Yachty makes a statement. That is under no debate. Whether or not the hip-hop realm or hip-hop fans always appreciate it is another story, but one thing is for certain: Lil Yachty doesn’t seem to care either way. His Teenage Emotions album cover art is yet another example of how Lil Yachty makes his mark, bright and colorful, blazing it onto the hip-hop charts. Teenage Emotions‘ cover shows “all these different aspects of teenage life,” as Lil Yachty stated in a Billboard interview. The diverse, inclusive photo portrays a gay couple kissing, an albino boy, a punk rock chick, a plus size girl, and other people of different backgrounds. In the middle is Lil Yachty – staring straight at the camera with his signature. goofy smile. Ironically, he fashion and hairstyle don’t stand out much from the surrounding crowd, and I think that’s exactly how he wanted it.
Lil Yachty further explained that he didn’t experience a wider diversity of people until high school, so the cover and title reflect an open-minded perspective. Therefore, expect the album’s tracks to reflect this sense of inclusiveness, something that Lil Yachty has already tackled with fun hits such as “iSpy” by Kyle.
Teenage Emotions Tracklist:
1. “Like a Star”
2. “DN Freestyle”
3. “Peek A Boo” feat. Migos
4. “Dirty Mouth”
6. “All Around Me” feat. YG & Kamaiyah
7. “Say My Name”
8. “All You Had to Say”
9. “Better” Feat. Stefflon Don
10. “Forever Young” feat. Diplo
11. “Lady in Yellow”
12. “Moments in Time”
13. “Otha Shit” (Interlude)
14. “XMen” feat. Evander Griim
15. “Bring It Back”
16. “Running With the Ghost” feat. Grace
17. “FYI (I Know Now)”
19. “No More”
20. “Made of Glass”
21. “Momma” (Outro) feat. Sonyae Elise
Gucci Mane│Drop Top Wop│B-
Drop Top Wop Tracklist:
1. “5 Million (Intro)”
3. “Hurt a Nigga Feelings”
5. “Met Gala” feat. Offset
6. “Finesse The Plug (Interlude)”
7. “Dance With the Devil”
8. “Both Eyes Closed” feat. 2 Chainz and Young Dolph
9. “Bucket List”
10. “Loss For Words” feat. Rick Ross
Roger Waters│Is This the Life We Really Want?│B+
Roger Waters, member of the iconic band Pink Floyd, is taking an analytical, introspective take on his new album Is This the Life We Really Want? Many artists have dropped records in the past year nodding at inclusiveness and disapproving of the tense political climate. However, Waters is never one to shy away from his social issues viewpoints. His new album seems to attack them head on. “The Last Refugee,” for example, screams about the refugee crisis from Syria and surrounding nations during this time of extreme violence. There also seems to be some more personal notes regarding love in “Wait for Her” and “The Most Beautiful Girl,” as Waters seems to balance the micro and macro perspective in his work.
Waters also begins his huge “Us + Them Tour” starting today. The tour extends through the fall, guaranteed to bring Waters’ solo performance style of intricate technological effect in conjunction with his solo music as well as Pink Floyd’s hits.
Is This the Life We Really Want? Tracklist:
1. “When We Were Young”
2. “Déjà Vu”
3. “The Last Refugee”
4. “Picture That”
5. “Broken Bones”
6. “Is This the Life We Really Want?”
7. “Bird in a Gale”
8. “The Most Beautiful Girl”
9. “Smell the Roses”
10. “Wait for Her”
11. “Oceans Apart”
12. “Part of Me Died”
What’s In Tune: Television Appearances
Iggy Azalea came back to the music radar last week with her single “Switch” featuring Anitta. She explained recently that her ended engagement encouraged her to write “aggressively confident” music according to People. Her 2nd album Digital Distortion is set to drop June 30th.
The Pixies, known for their innovative work in the rock genre, are touring in 2017. They are set to tour into December, taking a break this summer after a string of dates in May to start back up in September.
Nelly is set to tour with Florida Georgia Line this summer. Nelly is one of the first hip-hop artists to cross the line between country and hip-hop, and he seems to continue to trend towards the collaboration of genres in his current work.