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Five Things You Need to Know About AJR Before our Summer Kickoff

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AJR will be taking the stage in the Red River District Tuesday, May 20 to kick off your summer. Here’s what you need to know.


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They're Brothers

 
 

If you thought the name AJR was completely random, think again. It's actually an acronym of each of the guys' names. That's because AJR is made up of three brothers; Adam, Jack and Ryan Met.

 
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Steve Frost, ThinkStock

They're Bringing Back Barbershop

 
 

AJR brings a breath of fresh air to the music world with their electric combination of pop, barbershop and dubstep. The song "I'm Ready" is primarily pop, but it incorporates a heavy dubstep beat and classic a cappella barbershop.

 
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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

They've Opened for Some Big Names

 
 

AJR has barely been playing music for a decade, yet they have been around the block with some of your favorite K945 artists. They've opened for Demi Lovato, the Wanted, Fifth Harmony and Hoodie Allen.

 
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Brad Barket, Getty Images

They Have a Melting Pot of Influences

 
 

For such young guys, AJR loves some of the old stuff, as well as the new. They claim musicians such as The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Vampire Weekend, and fun as their main influences. That's what gives them such a unique sound.

 
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Steve Frost, ThinkStock

They Were Discovered on Twitter

 
 

Never underestimate the power of social media. Twitter allows you immediate access to your favorite celebrities. Last year, AJR tweeted a link of their video for the song "I'm Ready" to about 80 celebrities. Australian singer Sia Furler liked their style and took the song to her manager. He then set them up with Columbia Records.

 

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