Beale Street Music Festival 2018: Sunday 

FedEx Stage

flor • 3 p.m.

These Oregon rockers make their Beale Street Music Festival debut on the strength of their debut album on Fueled By Ramen, come out, you're hiding. Their shimmering indie-electronica unites the sounds of the '80s with today's aesthetic.

Porcelan • 4:30 p.m.

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Dynamic, beautiful, and soulful, Porcelean was the first act signed to the Made in Memphis record label. Her debut single, "The Real Thing Don't Change" was co-written by label mastermind and Memphis music originator David Porter.

Misterwives • 6 p.m.

New York Misterwives, led by singer Amanda Lee Duffy, got attention with a Mad Max-inspired music video for "Machine," and they have a reputation of being one of the best live bands in America. For a good time, seek out the video of their cover of Hall and Oates' "Out of Touch."

The Flaming Lips • 7:40 p.m.

Typically pulling out all the stops in their live shows, Oklahoma's Lips are memorable, to say the least. Their semi-ironic sci-fi soundtrack sounds can move them to, say, shoot lasers and float through the air in giant bubbles. But the expanded band can also rock, groove, or get orchestral. See cover story on p. 12.

Odesza • 9:30 p.m.

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The electronic duo of Harrison Miles and Clayton Knight formed while the producers were still students at Western Washington University. Their current A Moment Apart Tour debuted to a sold-out Red Rocks Amphitheater, and they've been blazing their way around the world ever since.

Bud Light Stage

Tora Tora • 2:05 p.m.

Memphis' most successful hair metal act is back with a vengeance to make a most triumphant return to Tom Lee Park's Budweiser Stage. Put on your "Walking Shoes" and get ready for a blast of '80s power with the Phantom Riders!

Andrew W.K. • 3:40 p.m.

Do you like to party? The answer is yes. You know who else likes to party? "Party Hard" is an epoch defining anthem, but the energetic rocker Andrew W.K. has never rested on his laurels. His latest album You're Not Alone brings the kind of relentless positivity that has enabled the singer's side hustle as a motivational speaker. This set will provide the Sunday party pick me up you'll need.

Luke Combs • 5:15 p.m.

If you just want to surrender to country-pop and sway to the big radio beat, this is your man. The state of the art Nashville production that brings you "Hurricane" can also bring the swinging "Honky Tonk Highway," always glossy and on-point. Expect fresh songs from his sophomore album, due out June 1st.

Juicy J • 6:55 p.m.

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Rapper, producer, Academy Award-winning songwriter, and a founding member of Three 6 Mafia, Memphis' own Juicy J is one of the only trap artists to have true crossover success. Since launching his solo career a decade ago, Juicy has landed major collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, and Katy Perry.

Post Malone • 8:35 p.m.

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This New York-born, Texas-raised artist's career exploded in mid-2017 with his "live fast, die young" Gen Z anthem "rockstar," a folk-meets-hip-hop hybrid that achieved multi-platinum success. From partying with Justin Bieber at Coachella to dropping his brand-new sophomore album Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone is clearly here to stay.

River Stage

Tank and the Bangas • 2:15 p.m.

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Coming up the river from New Orleans is Tarronia "Tank" Ball and her band of funky soldiers. They made a splash last year by winning the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest, but anyone who has seen their electric live shows knows they're too big to be contained.

Valerie June • 3:50 p.m.

Her tour supporting The Order of Time has taken her all over the world, and now Memphis' glamor girl returns to the city where it all started. Expect an emotional set of folk-flavored singer songwriter rock. For more, see our cover story on p. 12.

Young Dolph • 5:30 p.m.

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"I clocked in when I was 12 and never clocked out," boasts the controversial Memphis rapper, raised in the Castalia Heights neighborhood and now living the highlife in Atlanta. An independent success — and the survivor of several violent shootouts — Dolph has landed five releases on Billboard's album charts since 2016.

D.R.A.M. • 7:10 p.m.

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His name is an acronym for "Does Real Ass Music," it's pronounced like the first syllable in "drama," and he's championed by Beyonce. This raspy-voiced, German-American rapper is best known stateside for the sunny singles "Cha Cha" and "Broccoli," as well as collaborations with Gorillaz and Memphis' own Young Dolph.

Erykah Badu • 8:50 p.m.

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Drawing on equal parts R&B, funk, hip-hop, and neo-soul, Erykah Badu is one of those rare 21st-century performers who is loved by multiple generations of fans. Her first single, 1996's "On & On," astutely predicated a career that has grown exponentially more creative over two decades of recording and performing.

Coca-Cola Blues Tent

Biscuit Miller and the Mix • 2:15 p.m.

Miller and his hot band focus on good time blues with a funky back beat. It's not surprising that he won the 2012 Blues Music Award for Bassist of the Year. But beyond his virtuosity, Miller is a showman of the first order who specializes in blues that bring you up, not down.

Reba Russell • 3:45 p.m.

Russell has been a fixture on the Memphis scene for over three decades, and she's certainly been schooled in the blues. BluesWax calls her "the best contemporary vocalist out of Memphis" and Blues Revue notes that she "relies as much on brawn as [she] does on control, authority, and emotional nuances."

R.L. Boyce • 5:20 p.m.

The longtime bass drummer for Otha Turner's Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, R.L. Boyce has picked up the guitar in recent years, continuing the Mississippi hill country blues tradition. Live, expect a fusion of Mississippi Fred McDowell's rhythmic guitar work and the more droning, hypnotic sounds of Junior Kimbrough.

Love Light Orchestra • 7 p.m.

Arising partly out of trumpeter Marc Franklin's tours with the Bobby Blue Bland band, this new Memphis group is premised on the big blues and soul stage shows of the late '50s-early '60s. Singer John Nemeth exudes both grit and polish, as the virtuoso rhythm section undergirds the horns with soulful fealty to the original vibe.

Delbert McClinton • 8:40 p.m.

Blues rocker, Grammy winner, and inductee into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame, Delbert McClinton just released his 19th studio album, Pick of the Litter. Covered by Emmylou Harris and the Blues Brothers, McClinton is perhaps best known for penning the opening track for the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day.

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