Eli Young Band Members Help Each Other Carry the Weight of Country Stardom

Republic NashvilleOne of the perks of being in a band versus being a solo artist is the ability to divide up the workload among all the band members. Eli Young Band frontman Mike Eli learned to delegate some of the band's big business tasks -- like keeping up with the money -- to band mate Jon Jones early on in their career.

He says, "At the time I was managing us, booking us, and the deposits weren't always correct 'cause maybe I wasn't getting enough sleep. So, Jon kinda came in and started helping me with that."

Now that Eli Young Band is one of country's top bands, they have managers, accountants and record label staff helping them keep everything straight. Still, their hectic schedule of playing shows, recording albums, writing songs, shooting videos and giving interviews can still be overwhelming. That's why drummer Chris Thompson is thankful they have each other to take up the slack when one of them is falling behind.

Says Chris, "The really great thing is when one of us is really off and not having a good day or whatever, there's three other people to kind of pick it up and to figure out where -- to kind of fill in that space that needs to be filled in."

Eli Young Band kicks off their CMA Music Festival week Monday night with a performance at Darius Rucker's Darius and Friends benefit concert at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon. Thompson Square, David Nail, Kenny Rogers and Clint Black are also on the bill. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Rascals Drummer Says Original Lineup Won't Tour This Year, Hints at 50th Anniversary Events in 2015

PRNewsFoto/Once Upon a Dream Starring The RascalsHere's some disappointing news from The Rascals' camp.  Drummer Dino Danelli has announced on the band's official Facebook page that the group's original lineup has no plans to tour this year.

Danelli also points out that singer/keyboardist Felix Cavaliere will be performing shows with his own version of the band this summer, and Danelli apparently isn't pleased that photos of the original four band members -- himself, Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati and Gene Cornish -- are being used in ads promoting those concerts.

"Be assured these are not 'Rascals' performances (there will be no group appearances in 2014)," the drummer writes.  "PLEASE DON'T BE DECEIVED."

Danelli does seem to imply that new reunion performances could be in the offing next year, writing, "Everyone please STAY TUNED for my info about The RASCALS 50th ANNIVERSARY in 2015!!"

In late 2012, The Rascals reunited for the first time in more than 40 years for a multimedia musical production written and co-produced by The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt.  After the initial shows, which took place in Port Chester, New York, the production moved to Broadway for a spring 2013 run, followed by other performances later that year in a variety of North American cities.  The show had lined up a second Broadway engagement that was to have run from mid December to early January 2014, but those performances were canceled, reportedly because of scheduling conflicts involving Van Zandt.

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Peter Frampton Expands 2014 North American Tour

Photo: Gregg RothPeter Frampton just keeps adding dates to his already busy 2014 tour itinerary.  The guitar whiz now has more than 40 concerts on his schedule, including solo headlining shows, joint gigs with The Doobie Brothers and special Guitar Circus performances whose special guests so far include Buddy Guy and Robert Randolph.

Frampton's tour gets under way on June 20 with a free show in Rosemont, Illinois, and is plotted out through a September 14 appearance at the Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, Colorado.

Frampton's trek begins just three days before he's scheduled to release his new mini album, Hummingbird in a Box, which features music he composed for his 2013 collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet.

Here is a full list of Peter's confirmed dates, according to Frampton.com:

6/20 -- Rosemont, IL, Rosemont Theatre
*6/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
*6/24 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater
*6/25 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
*6/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
*6/28 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino
*6/29 -- Gilford, NH, Meadowbrook
7/2 -- Moncton, Canada, Casino New Brunswick
7/3 -- Moncton, Canada, Casino New Brunswick
7/5 -- Danbury, CT, Ives Concert Park
7/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Harrah's Atlantic City
7/8 -- Washington, DC, Lincoln Theatre
7/9 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace, Theatre
*7/11 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
*7/12 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
*7/13 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
*7/15 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
*7/17 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
*7/18 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
*7/19 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Amphitheater at the Wharf
*7/20 -- New Orleans, LA, Mercedes-Benz Superdome - Champions Square
8/2 -- New Lenox, IL, Community Center
8/3 -- Carmel, IN, The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
8/6 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair Park
8/8 -- Wisconsin Dells, WI, Crystal Grand Music Theatre
8/10 -- Littleton, CO, The Hudson Gardens and Event Center
8/11 -- Pueblo, CO, Memorial Hall
8/13 -- Albuquerque, New Mexico, Popejoy Hall
8/15 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino
8/16 -- Laughlin, NV, Edgewater Hotel and Casino
8/17 -- Jackpot, NV, Cactus Pete's Casino
8/19 -- Sandy, UT, Sandy Amphitheater
**+8/21 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
**8/23 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery
**8/24 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
**8/26 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
**+8/27 -- Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Bowl
**8/29 -- Visalia, CA, Oval Park
**8/30 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Rincon - The Events Center
**+8/31 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheater
9/14 -- Telluride, CO, Blues & Brews Festival

* = with The Doobie Brothers
** = Guitar Circus show with Buddy Guy.
**+ = Guitar Circus show with Buddy Guy and Robert Randolph.

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Jazmine Sullivan Excited to Play New Music at Essence Festival

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Jazmine Sullivan is scheduled to perform at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, beginning July 3 and running through July 6. During a Twitter Q&A, she revealed what her fans can expect from the upcoming event.

When asked if she plans to play new music from her third album, Reality Show, Jazmine replied, "yes. I hope to perform my 2nd single from my new album. It's one of my favorites."

She also expressed hopes to share a meal with Prince, who is serving as this year's headliner.  "Honestly if prince wanted to break bread w me I'd personally cook, sing and braid his fro!" she explained. "I'd ask him to listen to 'good enuf' and sing it w me since he inspired it."

The concert also will include performances from Mary J. Blige, Tamar Braxon, Trey Songz, K. Michelle and more. To score tickets, visit EssenceFestival.com.

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Faith No More Named Headliners for Open'er Festival 

Ipecac RecordingsFaith No More has been announced as the last headliner for the Open'er Festival, which takes place in Poland July 2-5. The band joins previously-announced acts Pearl Jam, The Black Keys, Jack White, Foster The People, Interpol, and Phoenix

According to the festival’s website, Faith No More will take the stage on the last night of the event, one night after their gig opening for Black Sabbath at London's Hyde Park for what has been rumored to be Sabbath's last-ever show.

Last year’s Open'er featured headlining sets by Kings of LeonBlurQueens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys, as well as performances by The NationalAlt-JTame Impala, and Animal Collective.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Kristen Bell's co-host at the 2013 CMT Music Awards? ANSWER: Jason Aldean.

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Lorde & Her Producer Make a Great "Team"

ABC/Lou RoccoMost articles about Lorde marvel at the fact that she's only 17, yet seems so talented and wise beyond her years.  People find it difficult to believe she could've created the music on her hit debut album, Pure Heroine, at such a young age.  The fact is, she didn't do it alone -- there was someone there with her, helping her shape her raw talent into Grammy-winning tunes.

Lorde has a close musical partnership with New Zealand songwriter and producer named Joel Little.  He co-wrote every song on her album with her, and also engineered, mixed, played on and produced it.  When Lorde won the Grammy for Song of the Year, for "Royals," he got one too, as co-writer.  Lorde, who told ABC News Radio last year that "Royals" was something that was "very much collaborative" between herself and Joel, explains why they work so well together.

"I think Joel's really good at kind of refining what's already there with me," she tells ABC News Radio. "He's a pretty experienced pop songwriter. So I'll try to do something weird, or that won't quite work, and he'll kind of edit it in a way that will make it work."

Lorde also says that the sounds of Pure Heroine -- the things that make her songs stand out from everything else on the radio -- were created by her and Little, working together.

"It's definitely the sort of thing that comes about in the studio, because we write in the studio," she says. "The way we write, we don't kind of record a crappy demo and then make it sound good. Things being kind of sonically appealing from the beginning is what kind of sparks us [and] keeps us inspired."

"It's quite a swift, on-the-go way of working, I guess," she adds.  

Lorde and Little are still very close, of course, and tweet each other regularly. It's a good bet they'll end up working together on the Pure Heroine follow-up -- which, when last we heard, Lorde plans to at least start thinking about at some point in August.

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Foo Fighters Post First Trailer to HBO Series, "Sonic Highways"

Steve GullickJust two weeks after news broke of a fall Foo Fighters album and TV series, HBO has posted an official trailer for the latter, titled Sonic Highways. 

The brief clip -- just nineteen seconds long -- features Dave Grohl on voice over, revealing that the idea for the series "all started with the idea of recording at different studios all over the country." The video footage shows recording studios and various towns, with Grohl explaining, "You can tie all of these people and places together with these sonic highways. This is a musical map of America."

You can see the trailer now on HBO's official youTube channel and on the Foos' facebook page

Concerning the forthcoming album, according to an earlier press statement, each of the eight songs was recorded in a different studio using local talent, and "every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process."

The studios featured on the album and in the HBO series are located in Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and New York.

Though HBO hasn't yet specified a premiere date for the series, it does say it will premiere "on the eve of Foo Fighters' 20th anniversary."  That would be sometime this October, 20 years after Dave Grohl recording the very first Foo Fighters songs at Robert Lang Studios in Shoreline, WA.

The HBO teaser simply says, "Coming soon."

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Allman Brothers Band Announce the Final Shows of Their Career

Image credit: Allman Brothers BandAll good things must come to an end, and that includes the live career of the Allman Brothers Band.  The group has announced what will be its final live shows, and the venue is one that's fitting, given the group's history there: New York City's Beacon Theatre.

Those performances will take place on October 27 and 28.  On-sale information for those shows will be announced shortly.  In their 45-year career, the Allman Brothers have played the Beacon Theatre 232 times since they began holding yearly residencies there in 1989

In addition, ABB has rescheduled dates for four shows at that same venue that were postponed in March; those dates are October 21, 22, 24 and 25.  Fans who bought tickets for the postponed March shows can use those same tickets for these dates.  Fans who can't attend can get a refund at the point of purchase up until August 1.

While the Allman Brothers will wind things down in October, there are still several opportunities to check them out in concert.  This Sunday, they'll perform at this year's Mountain Jam festival in Hunter, New York, and on August 14-17, they'll  headline their own Peach Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  On September 7, the band will close the Lock'n Festival in Arrington, Virginia.

Here's a rundown of the Allman Brothers Band's remaining dates:

6/8 -- Hunter Mountain, NY, Mountain Jam
8/14-17 -- Scranton, PA, Peach Fest
9/7 -- Arrington, VA, Lockn' Music Fest
10/21-- New York, NY,  Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 25 honored)
10/22 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 26 honored)
10/24 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 28 honored)
10/25 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre (tickets for March 29 honored)
10/27 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
10/28 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre

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Chris Brown Released from Jail

RCA RecordsChris Brown was released from jail in Los Angeles last night, less than a month after he was sentenced to 131 days for violating his probation.  The 25-year-old rapper was released at two minutes after midnight Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Brown was actually sentenced to a year in jail on May 9, after he admitted to an L.A. court that he’d violated his probation by getting into an altercation last October with a man outside of a Washington, D.C. hotel.  However, the judge reduced the sentenced by giving Brown credit for the 116 days he spent in rehab beginning last November, plus the 59 days he spent in jail after being thrown out of that rehab facility last March.

Brown is on probation for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009.  He still faces trial in Washington, D.C. for the alleged assault there.  Last April, Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was found guilty of misdemeanor assault in the incident and will be sentenced June 25 -- the same day Brown’s trial is scheduled to begin.  Hollosy has refused to testify against Brown, who allegedly participated in the physical altercation, in an effort to avoid incriminating himself prior to his sentencing.

Hollosy faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine at sentencing, the same punishment Brown faces if he’s found guilty.  He’s denied hitting his accuser.

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50th Anniversary of Beatles Film "A Hard Day's Night" to Be Marked with Video Reissues, Screenings

Janus FilmsA newly-restored version of The Beatles' first movie, A Hard Day's Night, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 24 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the film's premiere.  In addition, the flick will be screened in a variety of U.S. theaters for one night only on July 4.

The revamped flick was restored using the latest digital technology, starting with a nearly complete original 35-millimeter camera negative as the main source, and the finished product was approved by A Hard Day's Night director Richard Lester.  It also features a soundtrack with a newly-created 5.1 surround mix overseen by producer Giles Martin at London's Abbey Road Studios.

A Hard Day's Night will be available as a three-disc dual format Blu-ray/DVD collection and as a single DVD.  The multi-disc package will offer a bevy of bonus features, including audio commentary by cast and crew members; a 2002 documentary about the making of A Hard Day's Night featuring Lester, Beatles producer George Martin and screenwriter Alun Owen; new pieces that focus on Lester's early film projects and directing methods; and a new interview with acclaimed Beatles author Mark Lewison.

A Hard Day's Night, which premiered on July 6, 1964, took a humorous, cartoonish, fictional look at the lives of the band's members during the height of Beatlemania.  The movie included scenes of the Fab Four performing such classic tunes as the title track, "Can't Buy Me Love," "I Should Have Known Better," and "If I Fell," and went on to influence the music video as we know it.

As for the theatrical screenings, the restored movie is confirmed to be shown in dozens of locations across the U.S. on July 4.  In addition, a special screening has been scheduled for July 6 at the Catalina Island Museum in Avalon, California, which will include an in-person appearance by the late George Harrison's first wife, Pattie Boyd, who appeared in A Hard Day's Night and met Harrison on the film's set.

To check out all the details about the A Hard Day's Night Blu-ray and DVD re-release and screenings, visit JanusFilms.com/HardDaysNight.

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Lady Gaga Writing Poetry While Recovering from Bronchitis

ABC/Matt BrownWhat has Lady Gaga been up to since postponing her concerts in Seattle and Vancouver due to a bout with bronchitis? Writing a little poetry and playing with her little dog.

Gaga has been fairly active on Instagram since the postponements were announced in the middle of last week. On Friday, she posted a selfie and wrote, “Miss you monsters. Been writing a lot of poetry. It's so hard to write sometimes, I'm afraid of what I'll read.”

She also uploaded a few pictures of her black dog, Asia.

By the way, those postponed concert dates have been rescheduled. Gaga will now visit Seattle on August 8 and Vancouver on August 9.

Her artRave: The ARTPOP Ball tour is scheduled to resume Monday in San Diego.

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PSY's "Gangnam Style" Hits Two Billion Views on YouTube

ABC/Richard HarbaughPSY has hit another YouTube milestone. Over the weekend, his "Gangnam Style" music video became the first clip to earn more than two billion views on the video-sharing site.

Last year, PSY's follow-up hit, "Gentleman," set a record for the most views in a single day, with more than 38 million views. That video has garnered more than 690 million total views to date.

PSY will appear with Snoop Dogg on a special edition of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Sunday at 7 p.m. Eastern time. They collaborated on a music video, "Hangover," which will debut after the show.

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Bret Michaels Cancels Shows Due to Illness

Paul Warner/Getty Images Bret Michaels was forced to cancel a couple of concerts over the weekend as he continues to battle the norovirus.

The Poison frontman cancelled a show in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, that was scheduled for Friday and a concert in Albany, New York, that was supposed to take place the following night.

Bret, who's 51, had to cut short a performance in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday night due to what his camp has described as "complications involving insulin shock & severe low blood sugar, along with other conditions which doctors later determined included exhaustion/dehydration/fever and the noro flu virus."

Bret's next scheduled concert is June 13 in St. Louis.

Michaels, a type 1 diabetic, survived a brain hemorrhage, a "warning stroke" and a hole in his heart in 2010.

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Miley Cyrus Victim of Another Break-In at Her North Hollywood Home

ABC/Lou RoccoMiley Cyrus was the victim of another break-in at her North Hollywood home over the weekend.

The Los Angeles Police Department reports that on Friday, cops responded to a burglary call at Miley's house in the North Hollywood area. According to the report, "a male and female scaled a fence to gain access to the property."

Police say the suspects were able to gain access to the residence and garage.  They removed property including jewelry and a 2014 white, four-door Maserati Quattroporte.

No one was home at the time of the burglary.

This is the second report of a break-in at Miley's home in as many years. The first time was back in November, a day before the "Wrecking Ball" singer turned 21.

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Justin Bieber Apologizes After British Tabloid Publishes Video Clip of Racist Joke

Image credit: Ben WattsThere's more trouble for Justin Bieber.  When the singer was just 15 years old, he told a racist joke to a group of friends.  Now it's come back to haunt him. 

The British tabloid The Sun first published the video, which is five years old. TMZ has since posted it, too, claiming that Justin was aware that there was a camera rolling at the promotional event where it was shot.  Bieber asks, "Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?" then answers, "Run n****rn****rn****r," in a manner that imitates a chainsaw starting.

In a statement obtained by ABC News, the pop star, now 20, addresses the video clip.

Justin explains, "As a young man, I didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn't realize at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance. Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs."

The singer continues, "Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I'm very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again."

Justin concludes, "Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future.  I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what's right. Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake and I'm grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man. Once again....I'm sorry."

Meanwhile, Justin's former bodyguard, Kenny Hamilton, took to Twitter to defend his friend.  Hamilton tweeted, "As a black man I am telling the world that @justinbieber is not a racist. I have known him since he was 12 years old and I know his heart."  He added, "He will always be criticized and judged every day of his life by people who only know him because of blogs or the press. That won't change."

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Ray J Arrested for Allegedly Resisting Arrest, Battery on a Police Officer

Steven Lawton/WireImageRay J was arrested at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Friday night after allegedly getting into a argument in the lounge.

The Beverly Hills Police Department tells E! News that officers were called to the hotel in response to a sexual battery complaint.  It was alleged that Ray J had grabbed a woman’s butt, but responding officers determined the “contact was incidental.”

Beverly Hills Public Information Officer Lieutenant Lincoln Hoshino told E! News the singer agreed to leave the hotel, but when he went to retrieve his vehicle, he allegedly "became belligerent with the valets and refused to leave."

Police arrested the 33-year-old and put him in a police car.  However, he allegedly kicked the side window of the car and shattered it. Police then removed him from the vehicle and restrained his feet.  Then, cops claim Ray J spit in one of the officer's faces. 

Ray J was arrested for trespassing, vandalism, resisting arrest, and battery on a police officer.  His bail was set at $20,000.

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Corey Taylor's First Vocal Performance Was Journey's "Separate Ways"

Chapman BaehlerYou may already have heard that Vintage Vinyl News has compiled a list ranking singers by the breadth of their vocal range. One of the surprise entries is Corey Taylor of Slipknot, who was ranked second, with a five-octave range.

This, of course, is likely no surprise to Taylor.  In fact, he tells ABC News Radio that he was nine years old when his older cousin discovered he had singing talent. "My older cousin, Lisa, she was the one who started playing music for me," Corey says. "We were listening to Journey, 'Separate Ways.' I just started singing along with it, because I knew the song 'cause I had seen it on MTV. And she [just] stared at me."

Taylor says that Lisa then dragged him into a room full of family, put the record on and told him to sing in front of everyone. "I stood there, staring at my shoes, and sang it note for note," he remembers. "And my family just kind of stared at me and were like, 'Whoa!'. And when the song ended, everyone kind of lost their minds. That was the first notion that I had a talent for it."

Number one on the wide-ranging Vintage Vinyl News list is Mike Patton of Faith No More.  Two other surprise inclusions in the top ten are Jonathan Davis of Korn, and Chino Moreno of Deftones, both of whom have four-octave ranges.  See the entire list at VintageVinylNews.com.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTerri Clark's new album, Some Songs, will be released September 2 featuring five tracks co-written by Terri herself.

Josh Turner has renewed his partnership with work wear company Ariat for his recently launched Roughstock and Rambler tour.

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Kendrick Lamar Confirmed for Pitchfork Music Festival

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Kendrick Lamar has been tapped to perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place later this summer.

Organizers have announced the roster for the annual event which will see K. Dot showcasing alongside TDE label mate ScHoolboy Q. Fans can also expect performances from Pusha TIsaiah Rashad, SZA, Danny Brown and Earl Sweatshirt.

The three-day weekend event will be held from July 18 to July 20 at Chicago’s Union Park. Individual tickets are still available for $60 each.

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