Over the past five years, J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival has become one of the top artist-fronted music events in the business, alongside Tyler The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival. The lineups, curated by J. Cole, have included some of the hottest up-and-coming talents and biggest names in the game, as well as Dreamville’s roster, which grows in prominence each year. Here’s all the info you need for next year’s Dreamville Festival, which will be the event’s fifth iteration.
When Is Dreamville Festival 2024?
Dreamville Festival 2024 is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7.
Are Dreamville Festival 2024 Tickets Sold Out?
As of press time (Wednesday, November 29, at 10 a.m. PT), General Admission tickets have not sold out yet. You can add yourself to the waitlist for GA+ and all VIP tickets.
How Much Are Dreamville Festival 2024 Tickets?
Ticket prices are below:
A 2-day General Admission pass is currently $299.99
2-day GA+ tickets are $549.99.
2-day JV VIP tickets are $899.00.
2-Day Varsity VIP tickets are $999.99.
2-Day MVP VIP tickets are $1,999.99.
What Is The Dreamville Festival 2024 Lineup?
As of press time, the lineup for Dreamville Festival 2024 is TBA.
Where Is Dreamville Festival 2024?
Next year’s Dreamville Festival is booked for Dorothea Dix Park near downtown Raleigh.
Will Dreamville Festival 2024 Have Merch?
Presumably, yes. You can actually purchase exclusive tees from the 2023 festival on the ticketing site here. The official Dreamville Festival merch site has branded, non-festival year-specific gear here.
Militarie Gun dropped a bunch of new surprises for fans today. The band put new spins on tracks from their recent debut album, Life Under The Gun. The first, “Never F*cked Up Twice,” is now a collaboration with Bully (Alicia Bognanno), which opens with a twinkling instrumental and calming vocals, as she tackles the second verse of the emotional track.
The second reimagined song out today is called “Very High (Under The Sun).” This takes a similar vibe, creating a dreamy tone with an acoustic guitar, despite the vulnerable lyrics.
Additionally, Militarie Gun announced dates for a new 2024 North American Tour next year. Presale tickets open this Friday, December 1 at 10 a.m. local time, with more information available through their website.
Check out both of the band’s songs above. Below, find a complete list of their new tour dates.
01/31/24 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge*
02/02/24 — Dallas, TX @ Rubber Gloves*
02/03/24 — Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
02/04/24 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues Bronze Peacock*
02/06/24 — Nashville, TN @ Basement East*
02/07/24 — Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)* #
02/08/24 — Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar*
02/09/24 — Miami, FL @ Gramps*
02/10/24 — Tallahassee, FL @ 926 Bar*
02/12/24 — Raleigh, NC @ Kings^ #
02/13/24 — Washington, DC @ The Atlantis^
02/14/24 — Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church^
02/15/24 — New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom^
02/16/24 — Boston, MA @ The Sinclair^
02/17/24 — Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques^
02/18/24 — Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey^
02/20/24 — Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground^
02/21/24 — New Kensington, PA @ Preserving Underground^
02/22/24 — Detroit, MI @ Edgemen Printing^
02/23/24 — Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge^
02/24/24 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry^
02/25/24 — Kansas City, MO @ recordBar^
02/26/24 — Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre+
02/28/24 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court+
02/29/24 — Las Vegas, NV @ Eagle Aerie Hall+
03/02/24 — Santa Cruz, CA @ The Atrium at The Catalyst+
03/03/24 — San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop @ Rickshaw Stop+
03/05/24 — Sacramento, CA @ The Starlet Room+
03/07/24 — Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall+
03/08/24 — Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre+
03/09/24 — Seattle, WA @ Neumos+
05/29/24 – 06/02/24 — Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
# = no Pool Kids
* = w/ Death Lens
^ = w/ Spaced
+ = w/ Roman Candle
Offset has announced the return of his annual Toys 4 The Nawf Christmas, which will take place this Saturday (December 2). For the second year, Offset will partner with the Ann Cephus Family Fund Corporation to provide toys and support to families in the Atlanta ara.
Last year, at the inaugural Toys 4 The Nawf, Offset, and the Ann Cephus Family Fund Corporation were able to provide support to 248 local families, including approximately 500 children. They were able to achieve this with the help of community volunteers, as well as support from local organizations like the Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
“We had a great turnout last year, and I’m hoping for an even better one this year,” said Offset in a statement. “I’ve been so blessed this year, I’m excited to bless others. That’s the reason for the season.”
This year, Offset and Toys 4 The Nawf want to significantly increase their impact. They plan to double the number of families served last year, with the goal to support 500 to 600 families and 1,000 children. The crew also aims to provide winter coats to families and children in need, along with wellness checks offering immunizations and blood pressure checks.
Also during the event, barber services will be provided for children, and there will also be an educational portion for the Internet Affordable Connectivity Program, aiming to raise awareness about the importance of Internet access for all.
This year’s Toys 4 The Nawf event will feature a Christmas Carnival Theme, offering an assortment of carnival snacks and drinks. Attendees and volunteers can register here.
After delivering the surprise blockbuster hit, 300, based on the Frank Miller comic of the same name, Zack Snyder was handed the keys to the crown jewel of graphic novels: Alan Moore’s Watchmen. While others had tried and failed to bring an adaptation of the seminal comic book to the big screen, Snyder brought the movie in for a landing.
However, in a taste of things to come, Snyder delivered a massive three-hour long film (with an even longer director’s cut) that received a decisive reaction from audience and critics. There were also slow-motion action scenes, a Zack Snyder signature move, that seemed to suggest the director missed a point of the comics. These characters aren’t supposed to look cool. They’re a refutation of the notion of superheroes. Yet the film was somehow also excessively devoted to the Moore comic despite also creating an alternate ending.
Jump to the present where Snyder’s Watchmen has earned itself a notable champion: Christopher Nolan.
In a new The Hollywood Reporter profile on Snyder, Nolan outed himself as a huge fan of the Rebel Moon director’s first crack at the world of superheroes.
“I’ve always believed Watchmen was ahead of its time,” Nolan said. “The idea of a superhero team, which it so brilliantly subverts, wasn’t yet a thing in movies. It would have been fascinating to see it released post-Avengers.”
Nolan has a point, and one only has to look at the success of The Boys, which swims in very similar waters as Watchmen. Both properties deal with how superheroes would really act in real life, and mostly, they’d be messy humans who are either drunk on power or very, very disturbed.
One of the highlights of the films of Jeymes Samuel (aka The Bullitts) is the soundtrack albums he curates for them. In 2021, I praised the soundtrack of The Harder They Fall, writing that the movie often works best as a themed music video a la Beyoncé’s Black Is King. It looks like that may continue to be the case with Samuel’s next upcoming film, The Book Of Clarence, as Samuel shares its first soundtrack song, “Hallelujah Heaven” featuring Lil Wayne and dancehall legends Buju Banton and Shabba Ranks.
Samuel’s love for dancehall and reggae artists was also a fixture of the Harder They Fall soundtrack, which featured Barrington Levy, Dennis Brown, and Koffee in addition to rappers like Jay-Z, Jadakiss, and Conway The Machine. The Book Of Clarence will likewise contain appearances from Jay-Z (who is again credited as a producer for Samuels’ latest work), Kid Cudi, Jorja Smith, and more.
The Book Of Clarence is set in 33 AD and follows the exploits of the titular character (portrayed by LaKeith Stanfield) as he tries to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ — not as a disciple but as an imitator, looking to get rich quick. The film is set to hit theaters in January 2024.
You can listen to “Hallelujah Heaven” above and check out the new Book Of Clarence trailer below.
Forbes dropped their annual 30 Under 30 Lists this week, honoring some big names that are making a significant impact in their respective fields. For musicians, Ice Spice, Trippie Redd, Steve Lacy, and Latto were included among the recipients.
Others on this year’s class list were all three members of Boygenius (Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus), Gracie Abrams, Dominic Fike, Peso Pluma, Reneé Rapp, and Kali Uchis.
Ice Spice didn’t come as a surprise, considering how she took over the music scene this year. She dropped her Princess Diana EP, after getting a boost through hits like the title track, “Bikini Bottom,” and more. She appeared on the soundtrack of the Barbie movie alongside Nicki Minaj. She also collaborated with PinkPantheress, Taylor Swift, and more.
Lacy was previously honored this year on the Time Most Influential People of 2023 list. He continued performing his hit “Bad Habit,” including at the Grammys this year, and dropped a new video for his song, “Helmet.”
And Rapp has remained incredibly busy, dropping her debut album, Snow Angel, and securing the lead role in the forthcoming Mean Girls reboot movie.
Most of the recipients released new albums or projects this year, thus making their inductions feel like a tribute to their hard work. To view the rest of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, visit their official website.
Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.
Spotify Wrapped is officially here. Today (November 29), Spotify users received their annual interactive summary of their listening habits, along with fun character and personality assessments.
While some are excited to see their Spotify Wrapped, some are a bit confused about their results. Because of this, they are hoping to get on top of the tracking process and produce more accurate assessments for future editions of Spotify Wrapped.
When does tracking start for Spotify Wrapped?
Tracking begins on January 1, according to varioussources. This can also be confirmed by the fact that each Spotify user is told which song they kicked off each year with.
Tracking continues over the course of several months, however, ends at an unknown date toward the end of each calendar year. The date has often been thought to be Halloween, however, Spotify has since confirmed that this isn’t the case.
Spotify remains secretive about the process, however, individual Spotify users are encouraged to share their Wrappeds with their friends. For this year’s Wrapped, Spotify introduced Blend, a feature with allows each Spotify User to combine Wrapped playlists with one or more fellow Spotify users.
Spotify users can see their Wrappeds by opening up the app on their mobile device, or by visiting here.
Making new friends as an adult is challenging. While people crave meaningful IRL connections, it can be hard to know where to find them. But thanks to one Facebook Group, meeting your new best friends is easier than ever.
Founded in 281, NYC Brunch Squad brings together hundreds of people who come as strangers and leave as friends through its in-person events.
“Witnessing the transformative impact our community has on the lives of our members is truly remarkable. We provide the essential support and connections needed to thrive amid the city’s chaos,” shares Liza Rubin, the group’s founder.
Despite its name, the group doesn’t just do brunch. Members also hold book clubs, seasonal parties, and picnics, among other activities.
NYC Brunch Squad curates up to 10 monthly events tailored to the specific interests of its members. Group organizers handle all the details, taking into account different budgets and event sizes – all people have to do is show up.
“We have members who met at our events and became friends and went on to embark on international journeys to celebrate birthdays together. We have had members get married with bridesmaids by their sides who were women they first connected with at our events. We’ve had members decide to live together and become roommates,” Liza says.
Members also bond over their passion for giving back to their community. The group has hosted many impact-driven events, including a “Picnic with Purpose” to create self-care packages for homeless shelters and recently participated in the #SquadSpreadsJoy challenge. Each day, the 100 members participating receive random acts of kindness to complete. They can also share their stories on the group page to earn extra points. The member with the most points at the end wins a free seat at the group’s Friendsgiving event.
If you want to meet the group in person, NYC Brunch Squad, along with many other locally-based New York groups, is participating in the upcoming Facebook IRL event on December 2. This pop-up experience in New York City’s West Village will provide a space to discover new hobbies, find new friends, and connect with others around the things they love.
Learn more about the event and sign up to attend here.
Not in the New York area but still want to get involved? As a result of NYC Brunch Squad’s popularity, the group is expanding across the country.
“With a robust community established in NYC, we’re now excited to announce our expansion with pop-up events in the works in 15 additional cities. What’s more, we’re launching a travel club, extending our mission to foster connections beyond the city limits and to help people build life-changing friendships in new and exciting places,” Liza says.
If you’re ready to make new meaningful connections, join NYC Brunch Squad! You might just meet your new best friends.
I can never remember the name of this album. I had to Google it again just now. It will forever exist in my mind as “The Andre 3000 Flute Record.” For the sake of efficiency, I wish he had just called it that. But I suspect it will be permanently known by that colloquial moniker in retrospect, in the same way that The Beatles is known as “The White Album” and Weezer is identified by everybody as “The Blue Album.” Let me just say that I love this record as a gesture. I am extremely happy that it exists. By the “as a gesture” standard, it’s my record of the year. But as an album, I have listened to it one and a half times, and I’m not sure I will go back to it. And that’s fine. Again, the “as a gesture” part is probably enough for me. However, at the risk of being wet blanket-y, I must point out the following: The fun of a “bold left turn” record is reacting against the people who initially hated it upon release. That’s the whole point of a revisionism — if, for instance, Bob Dylan puts out a live album in 1979 in which he radically re-arranges his songs so that they sound like Hot August Night-era Neil Diamond, part of the fun of playing that album in 2023 is pointing out the ways in which all of those mean critics were wrong about the record 44 years ago. That’s not going to happen with New Blue Sun. People have bent over backward to call it a work of genius. And while I’m not doubting their sincerity I do wonder if that relegates New Blue Soon to a different kind of historical dustbin once the novelty wears off. Nobody wants to be the jerk that future generations wind up telling off. But does this self-consciousness ultimately impair an ongoing critical conversation in retrospect? Let’s check back in 10 years!
2. Bob Dylan, The Complete Budokan 1978
Speaking of that Bob Dylan live record, the frankly stunning existence of this box set commemorating the single most polarizing release in his catalogue represents either a worthy reappraisal of a flawed but fascinating effort (my view) or an example of revisionism run amok. Originally released on August 21, 1978 as a Japan-only release, and then worldwide the following April, Bob Dylan At Budokan was recorded at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan Hall on February 28 and March 1 of ’78. It contains 22 songs, including many of Dylan’s most famous tunes: “Like A Rolling Stone,” “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “The Times They Are A-Changin,’” “All Along The Watchtower,” “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” etc. Judging by the tracklist, Bob Dylan At Budokan appears to be a greatest hits record, except that the songs are played live. But while the album is that in form, it is not in execution a straight-forward recounting of past glories. It is the opposite of straightforward. It is crooked and backward. For At Budokan, Dylan employed an expansive 11-piece band staffed with, among other musicians, three backup singers, an extremely audible percussionist, an ex-King Crimson drummer, Eddie Money’s keyboardist, a blonde guitarist who performed in the Broadway production of Hair, and (most notoriously) a horn player doing double duty on saxophone and flute. That’s right, flute. “But what Dylan songs require a flute?” you ask. On At Budokan, way more than you might expect! In case anyone needed to be reminded: The Complete Budokan 1978 is yet more evidence that the canon is always in flux. And that today’s trash might very well be tomorrow’s $159.99 retail-priced doorstop.
3. Hotline TNT, Cartwheel
One of my favorite albums of 2023, and definitely one of my top “CD album” albums of the year. A fuzzed-out corker with shoegaze guitars that lean more in the direction of Copper Blue than Loveless, Cartwheel sounds amazing while driving, it’s the right length to soundtrack most errands, and it’s easy to find in that between-seats middle compartment. I can’t honestly think of a higher function for a record than this.
3. MJ Lenderman, And The Wind (Live And Loose!)
While the bulk of this excellent live record is made up of the slacked-up and witty country-rock tunes from last year’s tremendous Boat Songs, the most revelatory performances are of material that pre-date Lenderman’s indie fame, particularly the numbers from 2021’s Ghost Of Your Guitar Solo. Lenderman recorded that album by himself, and the songs are skeletal and rendered in bottom-of-the-barrel fidelity. On Live And Loose!, great tunes like “Catholic Priest” and “Someone Get The Grill Out Of The Rain” are transformed with extra layers of instrumental muscle, with Lenderman’s Crazy Horse-like band fleshing out their bones with sympathetic washes of lap steel and chunky guitars. Taken in tandem with the murderer’s row of stunners from Boat Songs — plus the fantastic recent single “Rudolph” — the revamped Guitar Solo tracks make Live And Loose! feel like something more important than a mere tour souvenir. It just might be Lenderman’s best effort yet, and the definitive document of this rising star’s 1.0 era.
5. Cat Power, Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert
The third live album on this list, and the second one to involve Bob Dylan. But otherwise Chan Marshall, as always, is operating entirely on her own wavelength. Her decision to cover one of the most the famous live performances of the rock era — the one where Dylan faced off with an audience of pissed-off folkies triggered by his decision to play with The Hawks, including one anonymous buffoon who called him “Judas” — flips the drama of the original concert. Whereas the electric half of Dylan’s show overshadows the opening acoustic half, just for the sheer drama on display between him and the clueless audience, the acoustic portion of Cat Power’s redux is where this album truly beguiles. No matter her capable backing band, she simply can’t match the firepower of Dylan and the Hawks. But her run through the stoned and winding likes of “She Belongs To Me,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and “Desolation Row” is an absolute delight, spotlighting both the timeless power of Dylan’s songs and Marshall’s own once-in-a-generation voice.
6. Golden Apples, Bananasugarfire
I’m tempted to compare this crafty Philadelphia power-pop band to Apples In Stereo, even if it seems hacky to the extreme. Would this thought had entered my mind if both bands didn’t happen to include “Apples” in their name? Screw it — apples or not, it’s an apt comparison. Bananasugarfire has that jangly ’60s vibe goosed up with loud guitars that veteran Elephant 6 lovers will recall from the glories of Fun Trick Noisemaker, a reference I suspect this band would appreciate.
7. Ryan Davis & The Roadhouse Band, Dancing On The Edge
As has been noted elsewhere, this has been a banner year for indie-rock bands discovering the power of pedal-steel guitar. Few instruments automatically make a band better more quickly than this mysterious conjurer of high-lonesome sounds. Louisville singer-songwriter Ryan Davis clearly gets this, given the prominent pedal-steel that glides throughout Dancing On The Edge. But this is not another by-the-numbers wannabe country-rock troubadour LP. Drawing on the tradition of iconoclastic Americana smart-asses like Terry Allen and David Berman, Davis marries down-home music to sprawling story songs that drag on in mesmerizing fashion for several minutes at a time, like an Aristocrats joke lollygagging to a surprising finish.
8. R.E.M., Up (25th Anniversary Edition)
The last great R.E.M. record. And perhaps the best and truest rock album ever about processing the trauma of your friend leaving the band you started together. Unlike virtually every other rock band that has lost an essential member, R.E.M. did not pretend like it was business as usual on their first record after Bill Berry’s exist. (They actually didn’t make a conventional rock album for another 10 years.) On Up, they deliberately leave holes in the middle of the songs as constant reminders of who is not there. Drums either are absent or replaced with drum machines. R.E.M. doesn’t even sound like a band much of the time; sounds are layered in a manner that recalls the late-’60s Beach Boys, one of the album’s obvious influences. (Another touchstone is OK Computer, though Up ultimately sounds like a prequel to Kid A.) What’s apparent is R.E.M.’s thoughtfulness about rethinking their musical milieu in the wake of becoming a trio, and how correct their choices seem. They absorbed a critical loss and somehow spun it forward as the next logical step in their creative evolution. The resulting record simultaneously mourns the version of R.E.M. that no longer exists, while also positing that this latest incarnation is a perfect next step. That the next two albums were less successful reiterations of Up shouldn’t diminish this achievement. (Especially since those records, 2001’s Reveal and 2004’s Around The Sun, are better than their reputations suggest.) Even when R.E.M. fell apart, the pieces fell in all the right places.
Spotify Wrapped 2023 has arrived! The popular annual campaign already has music fans around the world sharing their lists of favorite artists, albums, and songs along with the cheery, colorful graphics that make the event so anticipated each year. And while the focus is usually on users’ individual lists, it’s also fun to see what everybody else was listening to. So, what was the most-streamed album? Well, that depends. The world likes one thing, but of course, the US likes its own thing. Find out more below.
Spotify’s Most-Streamed Album Globally For 2023
The most-streamed album on Spotify in the world was Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny, a popular icon in much of the Spanish-speaking world (and a big chunk of the Anglophone one as well). You might think it would have been Midnights by Taylor Swift due to her massive Eras Tour shifting the global economy — and you’d be close, as she came in second.
Spotify’s Most-Streamed Album In The US For 2023
However, when it came to America, the biggest hit was in a completely different, more homegrown genre. One Thing At A Time by Morgan Wallen was the No. 1 album on Spotify in the US, which only makes sense, as country music isn’t quite as popular outside of our cowboy-obsessed corner of the continent (there’s also some weird culture war stuff going on, which… yeah). R&B is also much more popular at home than abroad; SZA overtakes Taylor for the second position with SOS, while Swift comes in third.
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