First Annual Planting The Seed Summit

Luck Presents is proud to announce the lineup for Luck Summit: Planting the Seed, their inaugural cannabis convention which benefits HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project. Presented by Rocket Seeds and hosted by Nathaniel Rateliff, the multi-day summit seeks to destigmatize, educate, and promote cannabis culture in an informative and entertaining way. During the summit, which runs virtually April 26-29, Luck and fellow cannabis-advocate partners will showcase the cannabis plant through the lenses of history, science, entertainment, and culture. 

“In the first year of the event, it is important to us that we create a bi-partisan, stigma free conversation around cannabis in its many forms,” stated Matt Bizer, co-founder of Luck Presents. “We truly believe that Willie Nelson has been a unifier for so many in his years as both a cannabis activist and humanitarian. With Willie as our landlord we are able to set a stage and a platform for this unique conversation here in Texas and throughout the country.” Team Luck unveiled a highly curated lineup that is both entertainingly enlightening and recreationally educational, with keynote addresses by Steven Hawkins, interim CEO of the United States Cannabis Council, and legendary activist and artist Willie Nelson.

The summit is the latest in Nelson’s long history of supporting legalization and normalization of cannabis use. He has been in the legal business since 2015 when he co-founded GCH. In 2016, the company launched Willie’s Reserve, the premium cannabis brand where Nelson serves as Chief Tasting Officer. In 2019, they expanded to introduce Willie’s Remedy, a line of hemp infused products for the natural food and wellness market. 

Luck Summit: Planting the Seed will feature something for everyone-from the cannabis curious to the long-time 420-friendly-on all aspects of the cannabis plant: economics, logistics, agriculture, legalities, legislative approaches, culture, and revenue streams. 

Luck Summit: Planting the Seed will also include musical performances by Early James, Devon Gilfilian, Marcus King, Jonathan Tyler, Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Nude Party, and more. 

Additionally, team Luck has partnered with the much-loved podcast, Great Moments in Weed History. The episodes released in partnership with Luck Summit: Planting the Seed will dive deep into humanity’s 10,000+ year relationship with cannabis to find the humor, heart, and historical importance of this very special plant. As part of Luck Summit, hosts Abdullah Saeed and David Bienenstock proudly present five short films tracing Willie Nelson’s 60-year love affair with cannabis-from his first toke in Fort Worth, Texas in 1954 to the creation of his very own cannabis companies, Willie’s Reserve and Willie’s Remedy. The first episode, “Willie and Weed: The Origin Story,” is available now, and features Ethan Hawke and Charlie Sexton. Click here to watch. 

Sponsors for the event include Rocket Seeds, Koan, Willie’s Reserve, GRAV, Greenbelt Botanicals, Gibson, Clay Imports, Dad Grass and Weed, and Whiskey News.

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Brand New Music From The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers are back!

Legendary electronic music pioneers The Chemical Brothers return with new single The Darkness That You Fear.  The six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning duo —Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons— release the brand-new song today via Republic Records, the first new music since 2019’s critically acclaimed No Geography.

A limited 12” of the single will be available for Record Store Day on RSD Weekend June 12, 2021 with artwork by the late Cornwall-based abstract artist Sir Terry Frost.

Built around two distinct and disparate vocal samples and a woozy swirl of psychedelic sound, The Darkness That You Fear is the sonic equivalent of light at the end of the tunnel – a rush of hope and a pointer towards a brighter, more open future.

About the new track, Tom Rowlands commented, “’The Darkness That You Fear is a hopeful piece of music. When we found the combination of the different voices worked set to the flow of the music, it made us feel optimistic—like it was something we wanted to share.”

A wildly hallucinogenic and beautifully evocative video for the track has been made by Ruffmercy, the Bristol based director who has previously worked with artists such as Thom Yorke, Run The Jewels and DJ Shadow. 

Ruffmercy comments, “When I first heard the song I immediately connected with the theme and the overall positive vibe. New government rules for relaxing lockdown had been announced and combined with the sun shining, it left me feeling positive about the forthcoming summer. It also triggered a strong sense of nostalgia that led to me going back to look for visual inspiration from the period in time when I first discovered The Chemical Brothers in the mid ’90’s. The video combines archive rave footage from the mid to late 90’s with hand painted Super 8 film textures and hand drawn animation. I love using colour to create chaos and evoke emotions and this was the perfect project to do that.”

Republic Record’s executive Glenn Mendlinger, who brought the duo to the label comments, “The Darkness You Fear marks the return of the mighty Chemical Brothers.  It is a classic Chemical Brothers opus that is psychedelic, lush and full of optimism.  Tom and Ed once again prove they are pioneers of the genre with this uplifting track that is perfectly timed as the world comes out of darkness into light and color.”

Gearing up to hit the stage later this year, The Chemical Brothers have also been confirmed as Friday night headliners at this year’s Creamfields festival in Daresbury, Cheshire (26th – 29th August – the event has already sold out) and Sunday night headliners at TRNSMT in Glasgow.

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Newest Love: Clubhouse

Columbus, Ohio five-some Clubhouse reveal “Heartbroke,” the follow up to “Weekend”, which Billboard described as: “a happy couple-filled video for “Weekend,” the singsong chorus of which evokes the dream pop stylings of Absofacto and Half Alive.”

“Heartbroke”’s accompanying music video was directed by Hunter Lyon and depicts a dramatically, haunting vision that mesmerizes throughout the entire journey.

The song is about the waves of emotions one goes through while dealing with a breakup, not necessarily the breakup itself. Judging by the upbeat instrumental, it’s not all sad and gloomy, but let’s take a look at our emotions and see if a breakup can be turned into an energizing experience.



Clubhouse says: “For us, “Heartbroke” isn’t just about one of our experiences with someone we loved. It’s a combined reflection from all five of us on those relationships that drove us absolutely nuts. When you love someone so much, but you know you’re going crazy trying to make it all work.”

After an unexpected yearlong pause from Max Reichert’s battle with bone cancer, these new songs mark soil for the band Clubhouse after his recovery. They wrote these anthemic pieces while home in Ohio during the winter holidays, reflecting on the stepping stones in new relationships that one naturally experience. While falling in love, we tend to excite ourselves and overshare, whereas Clubhouse takes the alternative route, “You know that we can do it / every weekend / but you just wanna talk on the low”. The nonchalant story of keeping it casual juxtaposes the up-tempo and jazz-filled production, welcoming the listener to experience this timeless summertime tale.

Five best friends forged from the middle school garage band made of Max Reichert, and twin brothers Ari & Zak Blumer in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. Through grade school, the three neighborhood friends developed their styles from the paradigms of Coldplay, John Mayer, The Killers, Green Day, and many more. Come university, they embraced two new members, Michael Berthold and Forrest Taylor, by the laws of serendipitous action and collaboration. The five formed the eclectic band Clubhouse, discovering early success in the greater Midwest territory, garnering millions of streams, and performing sold-out shows across the tri-state area.

Four years and five college degrees later, Clubhouse set forth on pursuing their dream to release greater records and perform around the world. Three months into this journey, the band was halted with harrowing, unforeseen news…Max Reichert had been diagnosed with stage 2 osteosarcoma in the left thigh. Max entered immediate surgeries, removing and replacing his femur & knee cap and undergoing countless chemotherapy treatments. However, with the collective strength and positivity from his best friends, they rose to the occasion through life’s most brutal and unforgiving hardships.

This genesis of new life established a collective vision for the band explained by Max best, “Make the most of the life you were given, because you only have one life to live.” Clubhouse is an invitation to come for the music and stay for the genuine gatherings of best friends that lift you from the lowest of lows and show you the highest of highs. Clubhouse makes music for when we need it most.

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Alfie Templeman – “Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody”

18 year old rising star Alfie Templeman has shared his brand new single “Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody”, and has announced details of his new mini-album Forever Isn’t Long Enough – out on 7 May via Chess Club Records. The track premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1 – his fourth consecutive Hottest Record. Forever Isn’t Long Enough, which serves as Templeman’s final and most substantial body of work before recording starts on his debut album proper, is available for pre-order HERE


“Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody” is Alfie Templeman’s first single since riotous bop “Forever Isn’t Long Enough” arrived back in September 2020; Templeman has since been included in an amazing run of 2021 tips lists, including the BBC Sound Of 2021, Radio X Great X-Pectations, MTV, Amazon Music, Vevo, The Sun, Sunday Mirror, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Official Charts UK, Wonderland Magazine, Huffington Post, and more. 

The new single – written, performed, and produced entirely by Templeman in his bedroom – takes inspiration from classic groove-laden 80s pop, with sultry sax lines weaving their way between popping guitar rhythms. The Bedfordshire teen explains: “I first wrote and recorded “Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody” back in 2017 when I was 14 years old and it’s been ingrained in my memory ever since. I’d always go back to it and try to re-record it but I could never quite get it right – then I went on a Tears For Fears binge and realized that it needed that “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” kind of production. I got back in the studio, changed a few lyrics, and cut it in a couple of hours. It’s probably my favourite song on the new record.

Adding about the mini-album: Forever Isn’t Long Enough is the most polished collection of songs I’ve ever made. I wanted to make a refined pop record somewhere between Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Tame Impala’s Currents. Making Forever Isn’t Long Enough made me realise that I needed to slow down a little and work on things more carefully. Songs could take anywhere from a day to 4 months to 2 years on this record, but I made sure each one was perfect and I’ve never been more proud of how they all came out.”

With an impressive 105k Instagram followers since his first post in 2019, over 1 million monthly Spotify listeners, and a cumulative streaming figure of over 50 million, Aflie Templeman has come a long way since the release of debut track “Like An Animal”. At one point in 2020, Templeman had three songs in the Music Moves Europe Talent Chart Top 20; was featured as the cover star of Dork Magazine; was included in the FIFA 21 soundtrack; in February, was H&M Artist of the Month in the UK, with accompanying store visuals and playlist support. Templeman was previously handpicked by Apple from a global shortlist of rising artists to front their #shotoniphone campaign and was chosen by YouTube Music to be a worldwide ‘Foundry Artist’ in 2020, following in the footsteps of artists such as Dua Lipa and Rosalia, featuring on 90-foot billboards in Times Square in NYC and Central LA.

Alfie Templeman – Forever Isn’t Long Enough mini-album – out May 7th 2021 on Chess Club Records

1. Shady
2. Forever Isn’t Long Enough
3. Hideaway 
4. Wait, I Lied 
5. Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody 
6. Film Scene Daydream 
7. To You 
8. One More Day (feat. April)

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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

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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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