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All Things Go Music Festival

The 2021 All Things Go Music Festival returns on Saturday October 16th and makes a major move to the 20,000 capacity Merriweather Post Pavilion venue. The festival continues their female-forward billing with this year’s headliner and Grammy Album Of The Year nominee, HAIM – in addition to St. Vincent , Charli XCX and LAUV at the top of the bill.

Those artists will be joined by a slew of up-and-coming artists — Girl In Red, Cautious Clay, Beach Bunny, Soccer Mommy, Gus Dapperton, Tkay Maidza, Jelani Aryeh, Role Model, Tai Verdes, Blue DeTiger, Isaac Dunbar and Del Water Gap — all taking over two stages at the iconic Merriweather Post Pavilion, making it one of the largest independent festival on the east coast. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.allthingsgofestival.com/

For the third consecutive year, the festival will also host a conference and panel discussion as part of its programming, featuring some of the most notable voices in music, entertainment and journalism. The conference will be free to enter with RSVP – more details will be announced later this summer. Previous panel programming has included festival artists Maggie Rogers and mxmtoon in addition to Puja Patel, editor-in-chief of Pitchfork Music and many others.

The earlier festival installments were held at Union Market, with headliners such as Billie Eilish, Maggie Rogers, CHVRCHES, Carly Rae Jepsen, Foster the People, Kygo, Sylvan Esso, Vince Staples, Bleachers, Future Islands, Tove Lo, Young Thug, Empire of The Sun and Passion Pit alongside culinary partners such as James Beard Award-nominated chef Erik Bruner Yang, Shake Shack and Jose Andres’ Beefsteak. 

The festival is known for their female-focused billing and equal representation in the music industry in general, for instance the Saturday of All Things Go 2018 spotlighted an all-female lineup specially curated in collaboration with Maggie Rogers and LPX (Lizzy Plapinger), both All Things Go friends, and Plapinger, a previous partner on the All Things Gold club nights in Washington DC. 

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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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#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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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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Santigold: 10 Years Golder Tour

Santigold is embarking on a US tour to commemorate the recent 10thanniversary of her self-titled debut album. The 10 Years Golder Tour kicks off April 30th at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium. She will be performing her debut album in its entirety as well as songs from throughout her career including her latest mixtape-style album I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions (Downtown). 

This past summer, Santigold released I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions (Downtown), a spontaneous mixtape-style project she recorded with Mixpak Records producer Dre Skull. Santigold and Dre Skull bonded over their shared passion for Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music. Dre Skull, known for working across dancehall, hip hop, and electronic music as a DJ, producer and founder of Mixpak Records became an instant creative comrade of Santi’s. They decided to explore their ideas for a mixtape, which ultimately grew into a 10 song recording session, which they came to call The Gold Fire Sessions. Over the course of two weeks, they recorded the bulk of the songs, playing with Reggae and Afro-Caribbean influences while pushing and pulling their pillars with Santi’s singular point of view. As the writing and recording gained steam, Santi unearthed a few gems (ideas she had started with producers Ricky Blaze and Diplo) from her unreleased vaults and she and Dre reworked them, threading together classic Santigold ideas with the spirit of this new work. The incisive social commentary, humor, and daredevil sound that have become hallmarks of her work take on exciting new forms on this project. Unlike other Santigold albums, which are recorded over long periods and heavily curated and edited by Santi, I Don’t Want is a loose and spontaneous project, a snapshot of the infectious energy of the sessions with Dre Skull.

In the decade since her classic debut, Santi has revealed herself to be the most eclectic artist of her generation with a broad influence. She has collaborated with Jay Z, Kanye West, The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O & Nick Zinner, Beastie Boys, David Byrne, Amadou & Mariam, Q Tip, MIA, Mark Ronson, Pharrell, Julian Casablancas, U-Roy, Lykke Li, Basement Jaxx, Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, Asap Rocky, Diplo, Lil Yachty, Devo, and The Lonely Island. Her songs have been sampled by Drake & Lil Wayne and Future among others. She’s written for Gza of Wu-Tang Clan, Lily Allen, and Christina Aguilera. Santi has been handpicked for tours by Bjork, Kanye West, Jay Z, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys. She’s a singular artist beloved by her peers across genres.

10 Years Golder Tour Dates
April 30: Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
May 2: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 3: New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 5: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
May 6: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
May 8: Chicago, IL @ The Vic
May 14: Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
May 15: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 17: Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
May 18: San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic

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GRiZ – “A New Day” (ft. Matisyahu)

Check out the next single “A New Day (feat. Matisyahu),” from GRiZ’s new upcoming album Ride Waves. The song was written days after last year’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and aims to spread a message of peace, positivity, and love while sparking inspiration for change.

“Matisyahu’s voice speaks volumes to so many people. He has this unique ‘way’ of speaking and I am infinitely humbled that we were able to link up an idea that I think is very necessary today.” – GRiZ

“The song kind of wrote itself and came at a time when this was obviously what was going on around us and in our consciousness. When we walked into the studio we knew we wanted to make a meaningful song but we didn’t walk in there with this specific intention (addressing gun violence). But that’s what ended up coming out. When we came into that artistic place where we were like “let’s open up and figure out what is going on inside of us’, this is what rose to the top.” – Matisyahu

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East Forest & Ram Dass To Release Collaborative Album + Song ft. Krishna Das

Acclaimed electronic artist East Forest (aka Trevor Oswalt) has released his collaborative song with legendary spiritual teacher Ram Dass,  “I Am Loving Awareness (Feat. Krishna Das)” via Paste Music. The track is featured on East Forest’s new album East Forest x Ram Dass, which will be released in four chapters throughout 2019, with Chapter 1 out January 25 via Aquilo Records. The album features East Forest’s music accompanied by new teachings from the author of Be Here Now, Ram Dass. Listen and share “I Am Loving Awareness (Feat. Krishna Das)” here. Pre-order Chapter 1 here.

In June 2018, East Forest was invited to Ram Dass’ home in Maui to join in conversation and record brand new teachings from the legendary teacher. After capturing these words of wisdom, East Forest returned to his studio in the high desert of Southern Utah to compose the soundtrack to beautifully support each songs’ subject. In these new recordings, Ram Dass’ words speak masterfully to the modern challenges that so many face with technology, dark thoughts, the nature of the soul and so much more. The new East Forest record also features guest appearances from the likes of Trevor Hall and Grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das, all framing Ram Dass’ teachings with contemporary voices and cementing the 87-year-old spiritual teacher into an echelon of relevancy and immediacy — offering a direct antidote for a highly polarized nation that is deeply in need of a universal voice of wisdom, connection and unconditional love.

“Music is a language that all souls understand. I’m honored that my teachings have been paired with a musician like, East Forest, who has crafted an album with so much love.” – Ram Dass

“We forget that we are nature. We feel so much separation in our modern life, inundated with so much information; I believe our solutions will come from the inside out. They’re already here, we’re just uncovering them. It’s all a process of discovery. We need to give space for that which wants to emerge — making this music is my way of creating some space, and inside I hope we can hear an answer.” — East Forest

Ram Dass & East Forest

East Forest has been the leader of underground ‘sound healing’ ceremonies around the world since 2008. Using music as a tool, he has trailblazed the field of organic tech, building bridges between the digital and natural world. Being fully independent and playing in the private shadows allowed the sound of East Forest to emerge: an emotional and spacious musical lexicon with a sound that took shape out of a practical need to play solo for five to six hours while guiding a room full of listeners in deep meditation. Live looping and layered keyboard melodies filled the musical space while angelic vocals and original field recordings floated above.

Word organically spread and a devoted community shared East Forest’s early albums, many of which were live recordings captured directly from his sound healing performances.

Moving into festivals, theaters, and clubs, electronic beats and diverse live instrumentation eventually joined in, from strings and analogue synthesizers to african kora. East Forest’s electro-acoustic ethereal sound continued to evolve and he found himself performing in a diverse range of settings from SXSW, Google, Mysteryland, to Grace Cathedral, Summit at Sea, as well as his own TEDx talk.

More than a dozen albums later, East Forest continues to explore a path of emotionally driven music that pulls from ambient, classical, electronic and indie-pop genres.

Ram Dass made his mark on the world by teaching the path of the heart and promoting service in the areas of social consciousness and care for the dying. When Ram Dass first went to India in 1967, he was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as ‘Maharajji’, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means “servant of God.”

On his return from India Ram Dass became a pivotal influence in our culture with the publication of “Be Here Now”. In fact, those words have become a catch phrase in people’s lives for the last 40 years. With the publication in 2011 of “Be Love Now” Ram Dass completed his trilogy that began with “Be Here Now” in 1970 and continued with “Still Here” in 2004. He released “Polishing The Mirror: How to Live From Your Spiritual Heart” in 2013 and released his most recent book, “Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Love and Dying” with co-author Mirabai Bush in 2018.

Ram Dass now makes his home in Maui and teaches world wide through his website RamDass.org and continues the work of Neem Karoli Baba through the Love Serve Remember Foundation.

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DATAROCK – Back After 9 Years!

“…this band can nail any song they want, cheekiness be damned” – Pitchfork
“A note-perfect tale of nerd love from two Norwegian dance rockers” – Rolling Stone
“…a frothy elixir out of 1980s synth-pop, art-rock and new wave” – The New York Times
“Don’t be fooled by the tracksuits and ironic facial hair – these wacky Norwegian ‘new rave’ dudes actually write ace songs” – SPIN
“[Datarock] delivers another set of kitschy…songs…very catchy” – BrooklynVegan

The return of DATAROCK is finally upon us: the Norwegian tracksuited synth-stars have finally released their long-awaited third album Face the Brutality. After a nine-year absence, the new album still checks off every spot on the DATAROCK checklist: infuriatingly catchy, impeccably produced, with an undertone of lighthearted goofiness. Make sure not to miss the action-packed video for “Laugh in the Face of Darkness.”

DATAROCK’s playful brand of indie-dance crossover music has been featured everywhere from Workaholics to Vampire Diaries, to more than ten major EA games to various ad campaigns including Apple and Google — take one listen to the opening bassline of “Fa Fa Fa” and you’ll instantly recognize it. American fans have been able to catch sight of the signature red tracksuits at festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza and late night TV programs like Jimmy Kimmel. Face the Brutality will be the synth-rockers’ first LP since 2009 and first output since their musical, The Musical, in 2015. Years in the making, Face the Brutality is an album for the bored and bitter survivors of 2017, an upbeat escape with substance.

FACE THE BRUTALITY Tracklist:
  1. BMX
  2. Ruffle Shuffle
  3. Sense of Reason
  4. Laugh in the Face of Darkness
  5. Everything
  6. Feathers & Wax
  7. Beautiful Monster
  8. Invitation to Love
  9. Outta Here
  10. Darkness at the Edge of the Pit

 

 

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