late night listen xx: Lana Del Rey “West Coast”

17 Apr

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OB.SESSED. When Lana Del Rey brought out her new track “West Coast”- quite appropriately at Coachella- no one had any idea what hit them. The new track is dark, sensual and packs a lot of attitude. The sound is innovative and progressive yet is still signature Lana Del Rey. If this is what we can expect from the new album, I absolutely can not wait any longer to hear more. A music video is to follow the audio teaser below and the track is available now for pre-order via iTunes here! Considering my replaying this song is probably responsible for the majority of it’s 5 million hits on YouTube, I think it’s time to pre-order…

xx Cher

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Philly show NOT to be missed: William Fitzsimmons at Union Transfer TONIGHT!!!!

17 Apr

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Tonight the breathtaking beardface folk sensation William Fitzsimmons will be playing Union Transfer! The tour is in support of his recently released full-length Lions out now via Nettwerk Records. The album, produced by Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla, is soft, acoustic, raw, uplifting, heartbreaking, and overall stunning. Lions is definitely a record to pick up immediately from your local record store or tonight at the show! Stream the full album below.

I can’t wait to hear new songs from Lions performed live tonight, as well as old favorites! Doors open at 8PM and the show starts at 8:30PM with Leif Vollebekk as support. Tickets are only $22 and you can get yours now here or at the door.

If you’re not in Philly, make sure to catch William Fitzsimmons when he comes to your town on the rest of his tour:
April
18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater*
20 – Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre^
21 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery***
22 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern*
24 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House*
25 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl^
26 – Chattanooga, TN – Barking Legs Theater^
27 – Nashville, TN – Exit In*

May
03 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall^
04 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre^
06 – Iowa City, IA – The Englert Theatre^
07 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center^
08 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room^
10 – Denver, CO – Daniels Hall @ Swallow Hill^
11 – Boulder, CO – eTown Hall
13 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room^
15 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door (Early & Late show)^
16 – Bellingham, WA – The Wild Buffalo^
17 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret^
18 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge^
19 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall^
21 – Sacramento, CA – Harlows^
22 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent^
23 – Los Angeles, CA – Largo at the Coronet^
24 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour^
25 – Pomona, CA – The Glass house*
27 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel Casino*
28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom*
30 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler Theater*
31 – Austin, TX – The Parish*

June
01 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Fest
05 – St. Louis, MO – The Gramophone*
06 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music*
07 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark*
08 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club*
09 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works*
11 – Quebec, QC – Le Cercle**
12 – Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus**
13 – Burlington, VT – Signal Kitchen*
14 – Northhampton, MA – Iron Horse*
15 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair*

*- w/ Leif Vollebekk
^- w/ Ben Sollee
**- An Evening With William Fitzsimmons
***- w/ Jake Phillips

xx Cher

late night listen xx: Blonde “Foolish”

16 Apr

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Blonde is made up of two producers from the UK and I can’t get enough of their new track “Foolish”! Featuring vocals from Ryan Ashley, the track is smooth, cool and dance floor ready. “Foolish” is the title track from their upcoming EP which you can pre-order now here!

xx Cher

late night listen xx: Ben Khan “Drive (Part 1)”

15 Apr

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I’m back from a road trip from Philly to Coachella and 4 glorious, ridiculous, absolutely incredible days in California. After two hours of sleep and a day working, I could not be more pumped to deliver you a dark, sultry, addictive new track from British dreamboat Ben Khan for tonight’s late night listen.

I’ve had “Drive (Part 1)” on repeat all day and definitely added it to the Makeout Music Playlist for your hearing pleasure. The track is from Ben Khan’s upcoming 1992 EP due out May 5th which you can pre-order now here! I’m already obsessed with the EP and can’t wait to hear more new music and am looking forward to his full length album. His music is perfect for getting down in a live setting and I’m also hoping he heads over to the States to grace us all with those knee-weakening tunes in concert.

To keep up with Ben Khan, follow him on Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, and track future shows on Songkick here.

xx Cher

Philly Show NOT to be missed: James Vincent McMorrow TONIGHT at Union Transfer!!!!!!

5 Apr

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Everyone is getting pregnant at Union Transfer tonight. Well, maybe just figuratively. Dreamy, soulful, crooner James Vincent McMorrow is back in Philly tonight to make all of our knees week while touring his gorgeous new album Post Tropical.

This is absolutely a show you can’t miss tonight at Union Transfer! Tickets are only $20 and still available here or at the box office. McMorrow will be supported by Aiden Knight and the show starts at 8:30 PM with doors opening at 8PM.

Listen to Post Tropical below and float on that cloud all the way to Union Transfer tonight to hear this divine creature live.






xx Cher

Morning Jam xx: Bleachers “I Wanna Get Better”

3 Apr

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As longtime fan of Jack Antonoff (Steel Train was my JAM in high school and up until they called it quits…okay they’re still my jam), I was ecstatic to hear that he has a new project called Bleachers. FUN. was highly successful and all, but see Jack sing his own songs while he blows your mind playing his guitar is an electricity that ever music fan should feel.

I was even more excited to hear his new single “I Wanna Get Better”, a windows down, stereo UP shout-along jam you can listen to on repeat and not only never get sick of, but love a bit more every time. The single is from Bleachers’ debut album due out this Spring on RCA Records! He also performed the song Late Night with Seth Meyers, you can watch it now here.

Antonoff’s babe Lena Dunham (favorite couple alert) directed an incredible new music video for the song featuring some hilarious characters (watch now below). Bleachers are set to play some more shows including X Fest, Governors Ball, Wireless, Lollapalooza, and Firefly Music Festival this summer! To make sure you never miss a Bleachers show in a town near you, follow Bleachers on Songkick here!


xx Cher

Philly Show NOT to be missed: Nico’s Gun, Cruiser and Walking Shapes TONIGHT at KFN!!!!

25 Mar

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Not only am I still awake after 4 shows in 4 days, I am straight up pumped for the show tonight at KFN. With two of my Philly favorites opening, Walking Shapes take the stage tonight for what will be an Tuesday night show. To find out more of what we are in for tonight, I interviewed Walking Shapes frontman Nathaniel Hoho to find out about their life in NYC, their life on the road, and what they are most excited for this year.

C: How long have you all lived in NYC and how did you meet and decide to form the band?

N: Most of the guys in the band have been in NYC their entire lives, other than myself and Dan. I grew up on a bison farm in Pennsylvania and moved here about 5 years ago and Dan moved here from Trenton to attend NYU.

C: What’s like it like living in NYC with such a rich music scene?

N: It’s a really great community to be a part of. Living here opens you up to new thoughts and approaches to art (and life for that matter) subconsciously. When you’re here you’re in the ether and you’re participating whether you know it or not.

C: What do you think sets you apart from the other bands coming out of that scene?

N: Walking Shapes has a musical depth to it that not many bands out there have right now. Through those layers and subtle intricacies the band has been capable of finding a sound unique to ourselves with a stylistically vast palate. We have roots in rock and roll, Balkan folk, Jazz, and also two of us work as audio engineers and producers which gives us the tools to capture moments of inspiration which has been huge for us, especially on this record. To capture a moment, a record of time and not have to go into the studio later to try to recreate a preexisting moment or feeling.

C: What is tour life like for your band? What is funniest thing that’s happened on tour? What’s the luckiest thing that’s happened on tour?

N: We’re a pretty young band so other than this tour kicking off today at Kung Fu Necktie, we’ve done one other tour out to SXSW with DRGN KING. That was a great time, we had just played Atlanta and were staying with a friend who said she’d house both bands for the night. Lucky; because we didn’t have to stay in a hotel and we experienced some Southern hospitality, however she didn’t mention she had a studio apartment….11 of us ending sleeping in the tiny apartment head to toe. I definitely woke up with Dom from DRGN KING’s feet in my face.

C: You are currently touring in support of your debut album, what was it like recording the album together? How long did it take? Did you write everything together during the recording process, or did you have a lot of music already written?

N: Taka Come On was hands down the greatest recording process I’ve experienced to date. We worked with producer Gus Oberg who’s worked at Electric Lady Studios for years where he’s worked with The Strokes, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and the list goes on and on. We sent him 60 songs we had recorded of a years time. He chose 16 songs to work, he never revealed the whole list of 16 to us. We’d just go in and work on one or two tracks a day and each day was a surprise. The result was a beautiful black diamond.

C: What do you like better: touring or recording?

N: I love them both. I can’t wait for tour, I love playing shows, traveling and meeting people! That being said I spend most of my time in the studio so when we return home we’ll get right back to it working out ideas. It’s one in the same to me, you record music for the sake of documenting a moment in time, then it’s a privilege to go out and share that with people.

C: If you could go on tour with any band who would it be?

N: My Morning Jacket, Future Islands (did you see that Letterman performance?), and Queens of the Stone Age.

C: Do you have any upcoming shows or festivals you are really looking forward to?

N: I’m excited for the entire tour we are going to be out for 30 days. Here’s the first leg:

Mar 25 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, PA
Mar 26 Double Happiness Columbus, OH
Mar 28 ELBO ROOM Chicago, IL
Mar 29 The Heavy Anchor St. Louis
Mar 30 The Yeti Tulsa, OK
Apr 1 Las Vegas Nevada, Backstage Bar ( needs locals )
Apr 03 The Satellite Los Angeles, CA
Apr 04 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
Apr 05 Acerogami Pomona, CA
Apr 06 Brick & Mortar Music Hall San Francisco, CA
Apr 07 Bardot Los Angeles, CA
Apr 08 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Apr 12 Dallas – The Door

C: What’s your favorite city to play so far? Where would you like to go?

N: Austin, LA, Chicago, San Fran, and NYC hold a special place in my heart, but I love touring and enjoy each stop. I’m looking forward to playing in Tokyo and Barcelona, I’ve heard great things about playing those cities.

C: How did you decide on your band name?

N: A butterfly drifted past my review mirror, I was cold it was warm. The sun was beating on a velvet couch along the highway and Walking Shapes was written on it with white paint. It was beautiful.

C: What was the first album you’ve ever purchased?

N: The Four Tops greatest hits or Michael Jackson’s Bad (i think) I was 3 or 4.

C: What are your favorite places to hang out in NYC?

N: Museum of Natural History

C: What record should everyone listen to from start to finish?

N: Taka Come On out on April 8th.

I see what you did there! The album plugging pros Walking Shapes play KFN TONIGHT with Nico’s Gun and Cruiser as support. The show starts at 8PM and you can get your tickets at the door!








xx Cher

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