Blue Summer LP from Cayucas

Photo Credit: Cara Robbins

LA-duo Cayucas released their groovy new album Blue Summer on Park The Van. With the album release, the Yudin brothers have dropped a retro music video for lead single “Yeah Yeah Yeah”. The serotonin boosting, summery track debuted at #1 @ SubModern Tracks, has plays on KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic and SiriusXM Alt Nation, and was featured on Apple Music “Alternative” and “New In Indie” playlists as well as Spotify “New Music Friday” (France), “Indie Highlights”, and “Lemonade” playlists.

A return to musical roots is a time-honored tradition for many established artists who have endured for the better part of a decade.“We had this mantra: Back to the beach. That kickstarted the creative process. For the first time in a while that idea felt really fresh and exciting; let’s go back to what really worked for us as songwriters and felt special, and what was most authentic for who we are as artists,” says Zach.

What people are saying about the LP:

“pure indie-pop sunlight.” – NPR 
“The surf is gnarly on this song, with groovy guitar stabs, big drums, 
and sweeps crashing together to propel the track forward.” – Stereogum
” …packed full of catchy hooks and swiftly shifting melodies and rhythms, making for 
an unpredictable and riveting listening experience.” – Paste Magazine
“a more refined but nonetheless infectious energy. It’s the kind of rock music 
that the summer beckons… ” – Cool Hunting
“a bubbly indie pop song that promises to leave you in smiles” – Atwood Magazine
“Not since the Beach Boys has the world been treated to the level of sunshine and harmonies that appear on the indie pop band’s new track ‘Malibu ’79 Long.” – American Songwriter

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Drishti Beats – Find Joy

There’s something quite inspiring about being able to find happiness during times of immense struggle. In recent years, live yoga bass group Drishti Beats has developed a solid reputation for their beautiful downtempo music, exhilarating live performances, and uplifting yoga classes. Motivated by the many difficulties of 2020, Drishti Beats turned to music as a form of healing. The results of their efforts can be experienced on their latest single titled “Find Joy,” out now. Fusing glossy synths and catchy vocal samples, Drishti Beats creates a blissful, euphoric, and buoyant sonic experience that reminds us of the true meaning of joy. Through their radiant production, Drishti Beats makes us hopeful for a brighter future and better days ahead. 

“‘Find Joy’ was inspired by the need for a shift in attitude during some confusing months when our creativity stopped due to COVID. We were craving to develop something that just made us feel good and allow us to step into an inner and outer smile that was simple, easy, and had a vibe that inspired us to more and create our yoga flows with happiness. -Drishti Beats

About Drishti Beats:

Drishti Beats is a live band yoga class experience. The band produces live downtempo electronic chill music for their signature yoga classes and sheer listening pleasure. Found on all music platforms, including their own Pandora Station, Drishti Beats continues to build momentum in both the downtempo chill and world music genres. With the Lowell family at its core, Lori and Jeremy (husband and wife) are the co-founders and creators of Drishti Beats who provide the class experience and are accompanied by an esteemed group of musicians including their daughter vocalist Ariel, their son Alec (beatboxing/rapper/producer), saxophonist Ricardo Branco, and violinist Carol Carlson. Their collaboration has resulted in a beautiful singular sound and one of a kind yoga class experience that celebrates positivity and the joy of being alive. At times,

Drishti Beats provides one of a kind dynamic yoga classes but their live music set can also stand alone to deliver a radiant and electrifying set to eagerly enthralled audiences. Watching the musicians perform on stage while Lori and Jeremy mindfully and expertly guide participants through yoga flows, speaks loudly to the celebration of music to a movement experience. Drishti Beats has brought their dynamic stage performance replete with skillful musician collaboration to festivals around the globe such as EDC Las Vegas and Mysteryland. Drishti Beats is now offering virtual yoga teacher training on their website

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Holy Freaking Crap! New Music From of Montreal

Who’s excited!?!

of Montreal is back, and on UR FUN, Kevin Barnes is more candid than ever. The public diary that started with classic album Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? and earned love from The Guardian, Pitchfork, NME, SPIN, etc. has continued into a growing string of increasingly personal works. After several albums recorded with collaborators and various band members, Barnes opted to record this one completely alone. In his home studio in Athens, Georgia, Barnes isolated himself in creative hibernation, working obsessive 12-plus hour days arranging manic synth and drum machine maps on a computer screen with bouncy, melodic basslines, glam guitars and layered vocal harmonies. The result is ten concise electro-pop songs that expose the depths of his current life, his private thoughts (both optimistic and brooding) and his passionate relationship with songwriter Christina Schnieder. Check out the new track “Peace To All Freaks” below.

 

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Saint Misha – “On Fire”

Saint Misha is a Toronto-based DJ with a growing international following, both online and through traditional radio — he is already being played in multiple countries. An accomplished artist in other mediums, now solely focused on DJing/Production, he has taken his passion to new heights.

His potential to make a global impact is truly felt when he plays live, as he understands crowds and has the ability to both satisfy audiences in the moment, while leaving them wanting more.

As he continues to record and release music, watch out for several new releases from Saint Misha coming in late 2019 and early 2020!

“On Fire” by Saint Misha, released on Enormous Tunes (Nora En Pure, Croatia Squad) has been a deep house smash hit this year, being supported by the likes of Hardwell, and Nora En Pure. With heavy radio play in many countries, the quality of production is evident, Saint Misha is one of the ones to watch for 2020 with many releases to come

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#CareForTheCaravan Info

Texas native and actress/activist Amber Heard has recorded a special message for Buffalo Tree Presents’ #CareForTheCaravan launch event with Polyphonic Spree and other special guests on Saturday, May 18th at The Granada Theater in Dallas.

The following day, the #CareForTheCaravan truck heads to Still Austin Whiskey Co for a sister event in Austin where all in attendance will be treated to an exclusive first look at Willie Nelson’s unreleased video, “Immigrant Eyes.” Here are just a couple shots from the powerful video:


Actress/activist and first-ever Mexican superhero cast in the U.S,  Natalia Cordova (Agents of Shield)has contributed a video for the effort as well. Cristela Alonzo, the first Latina woman to create, produce, write, and star in her own US prime-time comedy, Cristela – will be joining the Buffalo Tree Presents crew in McAllen to drop off supplies and volunteer her time. More announcements will be made along the way.

With multiple events taking place over three days and covering 507 miles, #CareForTheCaravan will work to highlight this humanitarian crisis, mobilize grassroots support and bring critical aid to those in need at the southern border. Buffalo Tree Presents is collecting monetary donations as well as essential items (listed below) to bring aid to refugees and migrants in need at the border near McAllen, TX.

For full event details and donation requests see below.

A Donation Drive to the Border.
An Act of Resistance & Humanity.
Three Events, Three Days, 507 Miles.May 18th (Dallas): Launch Event at The Granada Theater w/ The Polyphonic Spree,
Cure for ParanoiaCry Havoc Theater Company, and Tiarra Girls

May 19th (Austin): Sister Event at Still Austin Whiskey Co.
WILLIE NELSON “IMMIGRANT EYES” VIDEO SNEAK PEEK TO TAKE PLACE AT THIS EVENT! 
+ ft Olga Campos BenzKiko Villamizar,  Atash, Bamako Airlines, Leti GarzaTiarra Girls, and Grupo Massa

May 19th (San Antonio): The Buffalo Tree Team makes a final stop at the Burleson Yard Beer Garden for a final donation pick-up en route to McAllen.

May 20th (McAllen): #CareForTheCaravan arrives at the border

We strongly encourage bringing one or more of the items listed below to these events as they will be delivered directly to those in need upon #CareForTheCaravan’s arrival at the border.Requested items include (new items only):
· Toiletries including deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, feminine hygiene products, etc
· Tennis shoes for men, women, children and infants of all sizes
· Clothes (pants, t-shirts, blouses, underclothing) for children and adults of all sizes
· Baby supplies for toddlers (diapers, baby wipes, baby bottles)
· Gift cards to purchase food items
· Resealable plastic bags (ziplock, etc)
· Phone cards
· Jugs of water

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Phantogram Tour Dates

Photo Credit: Charles Reagan Hackleman

Phantogram has announced their highly anticipated return today with a North American headline tour this summer, kicking off on August 16th in Reno, NV and making stops in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and more. The full list of tour dates can be found below. Sign up to receive the pre-sale code now at phantogram.com. Presale begins tomorrow, May 14th at 10:00am local time. General on-sale tickets will be available on Friday, May 17th at 10:00am local time.

Phantogram – the New York duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel— has continued to change the zeitgeist for almost a decade by consistently challenging it with their signature blend of hard-hitting beats, guitar-driven dark psychedelia, and electronic pop. Since the arrival of 2010’s Barsuk Records debut release Eyelid Movies, the pair has amassed nearly half-a-billion streams, achieved two Gold-Certified singles in the form of “Fall In Love” and “When I’m Small,” headlined sold-out shows worldwide, become a festival staple, and toured with artists including The xx, Muse, M83, Alt-J and more.

Their 2016 third full-length, Three, reached career-high positions on the Billboard Top 200 chart (#9) and Billboard Top Albums Sales chart (#5), as the lead single “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” climbed the alternative radio charts. The album was also met with critical acclaim from Pitchfork, Billboard, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, People, Vogue, New York Magazine, The FADER, Stereogum, NYLON, PAPER and many others.

Three was completed in the wake of Barthel’s sister’s passing due to suicide, a shattering event which brought suicide prevention awareness to the forefront of the band’s consciousness and has informed their charitable giving and community outreach ever since – as they’ve done on past tours, one dollar from the purchase of each ticket to Phantogram’s upcoming headline performances will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

PHANTOGRAM’S UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
June 2                         Camden, NJ                Radio 104.5 12th Birthday Celebration
July 19                         Seattle, WA                 Capitol Hill Block Party
August 16                    Reno, NV                    Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort*
August 17                    Ogden, UT                  Twilight Concert Series*
August 18                    Denver, CO                 The Mission Ballroom
August 20                    Bellvue, CO                 Mishawaka Amphitheatre*
August 22                    Council Bluffs, IA         Stir Cove at Harrah’s*
August 23                    Kansas City, MO          KC Live!*
August 25                    St. Paul, MN                Palace Theatre*
August 27                    Madison, WI                The Sylvee*
August 28                    Columbus, OH             Express Live!*
August 29                    Detroit, MI                    The Fillmore*
August 30                    Toronto, ON                 Rebel*
August 31                    Clifton Park, NY           Upstate Concert Hall
September 3                Boston, MA                  House of Blues*
September 5                Brooklyn, NY                Kings Theatre
September 6                Washington, D.C.        The Anthem*
September 9                Atlanta, GA                  Tabernacle*
September 10              Birmingham, AL           Avondale Brewing Company*
September 12              Houston, TX                 White Oak Music Hall*
September 13              Dallas, TX                    The Bomb Factory*
September 14              Austin, TX                    Stubb’s*
September 16              Phoenix, AZ                 The Van Buren*
September 18              San Francisco, CA       Bill Graham Civic Auditorium*
September 20-22         Las Vegas, NV             Life Is Beautiful
* with Bob Moses

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GRiZ Tour Dates!

GRiZ Rocks is back y’all! The G man will be returning to Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a set of back-to-back performances on Friday, August 30th and Saturday, August 31st.

Friday’s performance will span classic hits and early foundational favorites from his 2010-2017 catalog while Saturday will showcase tracks from his recently-released studio album Ride Waves as well as some unreleased material.

8/30 – GRiZ: ’10-’17 Set
8/31 – GRiZ: Ride Waves Set

Pre-sale tickets are SOLD OUT. The general on-sale will be this Friday, May 10 at 10am MT.

🎟 Tour Dates 🎟
Can’t make it to Red Rocks? Don’t sweat it – catch GRiZ’s Ride Waves Season One Tour at a venue near you 🏄‍♂️
MAY 08

PALACE THEATRE*

ALBANY, NY

BUY TICKETS
MAY 09

BUFFALO RIVERWORKS*

BUFFALO, NY

BUY TICKETS
MAY 10

KINGS THEATRE*

BROOKLYN, NY

SOLD OUT
MAY 11

THE MET*
PHILADELPHIA, PA

BUY TICKETS
MAY 14

IROQUOIS AMPHITHEATER*
LOUISVILLE, KY

BUY TICKETS
MAY 15

EXPRESS LIVE!*
COLUMBUS, OH

BUY TICKETS
MAY 16

THE PAGEANT*

ST. LOUIS, MO

BUY TICKETS
MAY 17-19

HANGOUT MUSIC FESTIVAL^

GULF SHORES, AL

BUY TICKETS
MAY 17

THE ARMORY*
MINNEAPOLIS, MN

BUY TICKETS
MAY 18

CROSSROADS KC*
KANSAS CITY, MO

BUY TICKETS
MAY 27

MOVEMENT^
DETROIT, MI

BUY TICKETS
JUN 1-2

WORLD DJ FESTIVAL^
SEOUL, KR

BUY TICKETS
JUN 9

SPRING AWAKENING^
CHICAGO, IL

BUY TICKETS
JUN 14

BONNAROO^

MANCHESTER, TN

BUY TICKETS
JUN 23

FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL^

DOVER, DE

BUY TICKETS
JUL 05

WE ARE ELECTRIC^

LIEMPDE, NL

BUY TICKETS
JUL 10-14

DOUR FESTIVAL^

DOUR, BE

BUY TICKETS
JUL 10

MAD COOL FESTIVAL^

MADRID, ES

BUY TICKETS
JUL 12

NASS FESTIVAL^

BRISTOL, UK

BUY TICKETS
AUG 2-4

OSHEAGA MUSIC FESTIVAL^

MONTREAL, QC

BUY TICKETS
AUG 9-11

SHAMBHALA MUSIC FESTIVAL^

SALMO, BC

BUY TICKETS
AUG 30

RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE

MORRISON, CO

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YINZFEST 2019

Mark your calendars if you’re in the Pittsburgh area! Saturday, July 27, 2019 from noon until midnight, YINZFEST is happening at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale.

YINZFEST prides itself on showcasing the underground Pittsburgh scene and counter-culture. All three stages AND the courtyard will be used to feature over 30 bands performing their original music, including 3 from Wake Up On Fire’s own brand new developmental roster: Mellowphobia (think Catfish & the Bottlemen), Murderboat (think Art of Drowning era AFI meets Dookie-era Green Day), and Soul Alliance (shoegaze grunge inspired by Alice in Chains, Zeppelin, Cage the Elephant, and Slowdive).

Also announced with Round One (of three) were Dopamine, Larga Veda, Mellowscape (indie rock), Before You Leave (Deftones meets Middle Class Rut), Rebel Revolver, Wild Blue Yonder, and Not Your Average Losers! Twenty other bands along with poets, magicians, comedy and more, will be announced in two more musical rounds (May 20 and June 10), and a non-musical round on June 17.

A fundraiser will also be held to benefit Creative Life Support.

AND —- they’re doing a 90s sub-theme! Many bands will be playing one 90s cover in their set. Flannel, JNCOs, hacky sacks, disposable cameras — they are all super encouraged — and turn those cell phones off, too.

 

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Care For The Caravan

Buffalo Tree Presents a donation and awareness drive to the border–#CareForTheCaravan

Two events taking place over three days and covering 507 miles, #CareForTheCaravan will work to amplify this humanitarian crisis, mobilize grassroots support and bring critical aid to those in need at the southern border. Essential items will be collected (listed below) as well as monetary donations and clothing to be delivered to refugees and immigrants in need at the border near McAllen, TX.

The donation drive kicks off May 18th at The Granada Theater in Dallas, TXwith a concert and appearances featuring The Polyphonic Spree, Cure for Paranoia, and Cry Havoc Theater Company. Proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations will go toward purchasing more supplies and delivery costs. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased via this link.

OnMay 19 Still Austin Whiskey Co. in Austin will host a sister event emceed by honored anchor/reporter and author, Olga Campos Benz, with Tiarra Girls performing. In addition to collecting essential items on site, Austin Whiskey Co. will donate 10% of the event’s sales to the cause.

Donations can be made via PayPal (donate button here).  In addition, it’s strongly encouraged to bring one or more of the items listed below to these events as they will be delivered directly to those in need upon #CareForTheCaravan’s arrival at the border.

All donations will be collected and loaded onto the#CareForTheCaravanTruck at the Dallas show. A sister event will also collect donations at Still Austin Whiskey Co. show on the following day, May 19th. Voter registration booths will be available at both events.

On May 20th the #CareForTheCaravan truck will arrive in McAllen, TX. The Buffalo Tree crew will spend the day volunteering and helping to distribute items.

Refugees and migrants are arriving at our borders, often times having fled unimaginable atrocities. These are families fleeing violence and poverty from Central America and they need our help. Immigrants make America great.

Requested items include (new items only):

  • Toiletries including deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, feminine hygiene products, etc
  • Shoes (sandals, tennis shoes, loafers) for men, women, children and infants of all sizes
  • Clothes (pants, t-shirts, blouses, underclothing) for children and adults of all sizes
  • Baby supplies for toddlers (diapers, baby wipes, baby bottles)
  • Gift cards to purchase food items
  • Resealable plastic bags (ziplock, etc)
  • Phone cards
  • Jugs of water

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Check ‘Em Out: BENE – “Soaked”

Hailing from the suburbs of Auckland, 19-year-old Bene has emerged as New Zealand’s up and coming indie pop artist of 2019 with a Gold-Certified chart-topping hit that’s already garnered millions of streams and support from Zane Lowe, Lily Allen and more. Newly signed to Republic Records, Bene is re-releasing her breakout single “Soaked” as she sets her sights on the U.S.

After posting GarageBand demos on SoundCloud when she was just a senior in high school, Bene caught the ear of producer, Josh Fountain, and began writing and recording at his Golden Age Studio. “Soaked” quickly climbed Spotify’s Viral Charts, streaming over 14 million times, charting on Australia’s Triple J radio Hottest 100 of 2018 and holding the number one spot on New Zealand’s Shazam Top 100 for two months, not to mention achieving Gold Certification in New Zealand and Australia. With endorsements like Zane Lowe and Apple’s Beats1 radio, Bene went from playing her first small club gig to her first arena show—opening for longtime role model Lily Allen—in a matter of months.

Of “Soaked,” Bene says, “To see my song catch on with so many people already has been amazing. And now signing with Republic to bring my music out into the world is just bloody crazy.”

“Soaked” sets the stage for further music to be released from Bene this spring.

 

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