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Only one event hosts over 85,000 fans on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee and that, of course, is the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, set to take place from June 11 through June 14 at Great Stage Park. Since 2002, Bonnaroo has brought music diversity to the stages, mixing pop with alternative rock, indie rock, hip hop, EDM, metal, funk, jazz, Americana, country, bluegrass, reggae, folk and other music genres to reach a widespread audience.

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Not on all occasions, but usually album releases and tours go hand it hand. In 2015, artists seem to be keeping up with the long time tradition. Check out these four artists/bands who have recently dropped albums and will soon be touring in their support.

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New Album: Song & Color

Although they first began gaining popularity a few years back, Alabama Shakes have really taken off in 2015. In April, the band, led by singer and guitarist Brittany Howard released their sophomore album, Song & Color. The album sold 96,000 copies in its first week and became Alabama Shakes first number one album. Song & Color was met with almost all positive reviews and was given a four out of five by Billboard and The Observer.

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The Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour kicks off today, May 13 at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, Texas. The 47-show United States leg of the tour runs from May 13 through September 13, before the live concert series goes overseas for 21 shows across Europe, including the United Kingdom, Belgium, France and Italy.

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Music festivals have been surging in popularity in recent years, and it makes sense. Why wouldn’t you want to go to a festival? Sure, you could go to different concerts at different venues in different cities, OR, you could take a long weekend from work, stay at one location and have the talent come to you. However, many festivals only feature one or similar genres of music, which may be a turn off to the multi-genre music listening community. Luckily, multiple festivals comprise of a wide array of genres to jam out to. Below are a few well-known festivals that are sure to suit all your music tastes.

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The Resurgence of the Absurd: Weird Al Reemerges

I’m old enough to remember UHF, a film so off the wall and, frankly, stupid, that it transformed into a cult classic all its own. If you haven’t seen it and have 90 or so minutes to abuse your gray matter, you should probably look it up. Filled with screwball hijinks, such as “Wheel of Fish,” the work seems to be a time capsule of late 1980s ennui and confusion (and bright colors). Most importantly, the 1989 opus starred that King of the Spoof Single, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic. A mainstay on the music scene by the mid-‘80s, Weird Al charmed the MTV generation with goofball covers of the latest hits, from “Eat It” to “Like A Surgeon,” no single was sacred, no artist too untouchable to lampoon. He got into hot water with Coolio for riffing on his 1995 hit “Gangster’s Paradise,” a single that was featured in the clichéd white savior film, Dangerous Minds. Weird Al’s “Amish Paradise” may have ruffled Coolio’s feathers, but it almost (almost) eclipsed the original in terms of popularity, or at least it did among the sixth grade set that I ran with at the time.

And perhaps that explains Weird Al’s ascent back into popular culture in a big way in the past few years. While Yankovic has continued to produce music throughout his 30-plus year career, after the late ‘90s, he sort of slipped off the radar. To be fair, we were all a bit tired of his shtick – there are only so many pop parodies remixed with polka over tones and tone-deaf singing that one culture can absorb, which is why it was all the more impressive and surprising, perhaps even a bit refreshing, when Yankovic released last year’s Mandatory Fun album.

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