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

15 Apr

Ben Khan

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

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Philly show NOT to be missed xx: Temples at Kung Fu Necktie TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!!

22 Nov


This might be the longest countdown I’ve had for a show in a while. When I found out Temples were finally coming to Philadelphia months ago, I practically made an advent calendar I was so excited.

Temples, a band from the Midlands, England, had my heart at first listen…and then second, and then third. I realized with each track that they released this band was really special, bringing something new, and magical yet reminiscing to psych rock…and they don’t even have an album out yet. In fact, their debut album Sun Structures is due out through the UK’s Heavenly Recordings on February 10th and February 11th in the US on Fat Possum! You can pre-order the album now in the UK here and the US here.

Sure I can joke about how beautiful and British they are, and how incredible their hair is, but at the end of the day their dreamy, trippy, epic jams are what gets the blood pumping faster through my veins. I absolutely cannot wait to hear those tracks live, this Saturday at Kung Fu Necktie. This will be the band’s first show in Philly and you don’t want to miss it! This is definitely a concert you are going to be bragging about how you were there to everyone you meet from now on.

The show tomorrow will also feature the bands Needle Points and Bonzai and is only $10, you can get your tickets here or at the door. The show starts at 8PM so make sure you are there on time and don’t miss any of these stellar bands.

xx Cher

lovelovelove xx: mylifeinsound at ACL!!! Day 1 Schedule

4 Oct


I’m in Austin and I can’t stop smiling, I love it here. I’ve already met some incredible people, ate some stellar food, and heard some amazing music, but I could not be more stoked for today, the first day of Austin City Limits Music Festival.

This is going to be a tough weekend because so many people I love are playing, and unfortunately a lot of them overlap, but here are some bands and musicians I am hoping to check out today in order of what time they play:

1:00 PM




Thao & the Get Down Stay Down


Jimmy Eat World




Local Natives


Jake Bugg


The Black Angels

Arctic Monkeys

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens Of The Stone Age


Depeche Mode

Are you going to ACL? Tell me who you are most excited to see! Remember, if you are in Philly there are some stellar shows happening this week including The Weeknd tonight, check them out here! Stay safe, party hard, and have an epic music-filled weekend. Happy Friday!!

Tonight!! Vinyl Williams, Holy Other, and Mount Kimbie at Union Transfer!!! + Chris Malinchak at Morgan’s Pier!!!

31 May

vinyl williams

This has to be the best Friday, ever. Mystical dream team Vinyl Williams are opening up the Mount Kimbie show tonight, along with Holy Other, at Philly’s own Union Transfer!! I absolutely cannot wait… I became obsessed with LA band Vinyl Williams after hearing their trippy and mesmerizing track “Higher Worlds” from their 2012 release Lemiscate. Luckily, the rest of their record is just as magical and I am stoked to hear it live tonight in one of my favorite venues. Listen to some tracks from Vinyl Williams, Holy Other and Mount Kimbie below to get ready for the show tonight! Tickets are available online and at the UT box office for only $15! See you there.



Chris Malinchak

After the show I am heading to Morgan’s Pier to get my dance on with Chris Malinchak tonight! His track “So Good To Me” is one of my absolute favorites right now and an everyday repeat. NYC’s finest will be playing tonight for only $5 so make sure you get there as early as you can and check out his set! Obviously, I will be on the dance floor so meet me there!

xx Cher

Philly shows NOT to be missed xx: Midnight Magic at Barbary, Boys Noize at TLA, and Other Lives at Johnny Brenda’s TONIGHT!!!!

1 Dec

Happy December to Philly!! Tonight there are three super rad shows in our dear city, so make sure you spend tonight getting your dance on no matter what your style.

midnight magic

Midnight Magic are a 9-Piece party from NYC and tonight they are taking over The Barbary. Since the Barbary is small I am hoping this means members of the band will be playing their instruments randomly around the Barbary Love Actually style instead of trying to fit on one stage, but that just be me.

But on a serious this band rules!! Their music reminds me of the 1970s disco era I am very upset I did not get to experience first hand. Their music makes me want to put on roller skates and roller disco around my house.

Cheryl Skating

Just saying, the Barbary does have wooden floors and a disco ball sooo….

Tickets are $5 and you can get them at the door. Show starts at 10pm!


Boys Noize will be heating up the dance floor of the TLA tonight with DJEDJOTRONIC and Sammy Slice as support! Boys Noize just released a new track “yellow” you can buy and listen to here. He is making major moves with his song and sick music video for “Ich R U”. Show starts at 8pm and you can purchase tickets here!

Not in Philly? Check out Boyz Noise on the rest of his tour:

Boys Noize Tour:
12/02 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues * w/ DJEDJOTRONIC
12/06 – Montreal @ Telus Theatre * w/ DJEDJOTRONIC
12/07 – Toronto @ Sound Academy * w/ DJEDJOTRONIC, Rynecologist
12/08 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon *
 w/ Le1f, DJEDJOTRONIC, Destructo
12/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
12/14 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre * w/ Strip Steve
12/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium * w/ Le1f, UZ, Strip Steve, Destructo
12/16 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues 
* w/ Strip Steve, Destructo
12/17 – El Paso, TX @ Buchanan’s


Finally tonight I will be going to see one of my favorite bands, Other Lives, who are returning to Philly to play Johnny Brenda’s!!! After touring with Radiohead, and playing Coachella, Other Lives took some time to record and release their new EP Mind The Gap which is an absolutely brilliant taste of what their next record could bring. Thom Yorke lead super-group Atoms For Piece even recorded a remix of Other Lives’ “For 12″ for the EP. I am interviewing lead singer, multi-instrumentalist, and dream of all dreams Jesse Tabish, so look for that in the future on our YouTube channel. The show starts at 9PM at Johnny Brenda’s and make sure you get there on time to see opening band Indians! Tickets are $14 and on sale here!

Have a great night, party hard and stay safe!!

xx Cher

Philly show NOT to be missed xx: Saskatchewan at Ortlieb’s w/ Orca Orca tomorrow!!!

25 Nov

This week was a little crazy, I still can’t believe tomorrow is Monday. I worked a lot, but also had a great time being able to go home and see family for Thanksgiving, and celebrate two of my best friends (twins) birthday the night before. Catching up with friends from high school that are in different states right now was awesome, and I got to do that twice this week. It’s easy to forget how stressful work can be with friends that love to dance as much as I do.

On my normal routine walk to my favorite cafe/record store in Philadelphia, Milkcrate, I saw dollar records for sale outside. I was on the phone with my mom who was super confused why I kept mentioning it was freezing outside every five minutes. I shamefully admitted that I was outside scouring through the dollar records bin… “Oh no Cheryl, stop looking….dollars add up.” I said my reply which she already knew was following, “I know, but I…can’t…stop”. Thirty-five dollars later and 35 brilliant classics to add to my collection, I walked out of Milkcrate with a smile on my face and a tear in my wallet. I definitely broke out the Nile Rodgers classic albums I bought that night for a mini dance party at my house before going out with my friends to dance at the bars. Sometimes, there is nothing better than dancing to your own records in your room, and I can’t wait to listen to all my new finds.

Tomorrow is back to work for a crazy hectic week, but I definitely have some after-work fun to look forward to. Tomorrow night, Florida-based band Saskatchewan will be playing Ortlieb’s Lounge in Philly for…um, what? Only $5… Don’t mind if I do!

Saskatchewan’s music is super chill and dreamy, and I can’t wait to hear it live. Saskatchewan will be playing five more shows after Philadelphia on this tour including dates in North Carolina, Georgia, and ending in their home state of Florida in early December. Listen and download Saskatchewan’s music via Soundcloud below!

Don’t live in Philly? Make sure you check on Saskatchewan in a city near you!

Saskatchewan Tour Dates:
Nov 26 @ Ortliebs Lounge w/ Orca Orca, Philadelphia, PA
Nov 27 @ the Cave, Chapel Hill, NC
Nov 29 @ Apothecary w/ Sin Kitty, Asheville, NC
Dec 1 @ TBA w/ New Animal Atlanta, GA
Dec 3 @ Wills Pub w/ Roadkill Ghost Choir & Day Joy, Orlando, FL
Dec 7 @ New World Brewery w/ Dent May, Tampa, FL

xx Cher

obsessed xx: Converse City Carnage featuring Viva Viva, Black Bananas and The Kills!!

25 Aug

Last Saturday was an absolute rock and roll rager. Check out my experience at Converse City Carnage in NYC featuring Viva Viva, Black Bananas, and The Kills on Volcom Girls Volcomunity!! Click the picture below for my post on Volcomunity and the photo of The Kills below for more photos from the show!

xx Cher

myweekendinsound xx: Incubus, Viva Viva, Black Bananas and The Kills !!!!

19 Aug

Best weekend ever? This one definitely makes the list. Friday night I volunteered at the Honda Civic Tour show featuring Incubus and Linkin Park with Headcount, non-profit that gets music fans to register to vote. Usually we watch the show from the lawn area after volunteering at that venue, but Reverb surprised us with pit passes! I almost passed out. It was my 10th time seeing Incubus and I thought, would be also the farthest away I’ve ever seen them. When I got into the pit I danced my way to the second row right in front of Ben Kenney and experienced one of the best performances and set lists from the band so far. They really tore it up! I was in heaven. I had such a good time singing (screaming) all the words and dancing my heart out I could barely walk back to my car after. My 10 show anniversary with them was brilliant! Saturday I woke up early to journey to NY for the Converse City Carnage show featuring Viva Viva, Black Bananas and The Kills. I was so stoked to represent Volcom Girls there and see two of my favorite bands, Black Bananas and The Kills, while gaining a new favorite band, Viva Viva. All three bands rocked so hard and were incredible live. Jennifer Herrema and Alison Mosshart are absolute rock goddesses and I look up to them so much, I was floored with the opportunity to see them back to back. I will tell you more in detail via Volcom Girls, but to hold you over for now check out some Instagram pics I took over the weekend. Follow me on Instagram @mylifeinsound! I hope you all had a rocking weekend as well!!

This video is from the show I was at Friday night, so glad I found this! Cheers to whoever filmed it!

xx Cheryl

myweekinsound xx: Update #1 ft. M83, and new music from Sun Airway!!!

3 Aug

My friends already think know I am a psycho when it comes to music I love. Not having someone to go to a show with? No problem, I’m going anyway. They are only playing 2 hours away in NYC on a work night? No problem, I’m going anyway. Pretty sure over the past 2 weeks I’ve gotten maybe 10 hours of sleep total. But as dazed as I am, my heart is the happiest it has ever been. This week started out with my trek to NYC to see Bombay Bicycle Club Monday night then Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Tuesday (post soon to follow), but Wednesday, originally thought to be my “night of rest” (yeah right, funny joke I just told) ended with me getting a last minute ticket invite to M83, one of my absolute favorite bands to see live (thanks Mute you fucking rock!!!).

I brought my roommate Dylana, we both had just saw M83 at Union Transfer and have been dying to see them again since, so we were lucky they decided to come back to Philly so soon to play The Electric Factory.

Dylana and I are both absolutely obsessed with the bassist of M83 (who we sadly learned obviously has a girlfriend, sorry ladies…) because he goes bananas on stage, has the best dance moves, and really knows how to play cowbell (among his other instruments: bass, keys, etc.) see below:

Before even going into the venue Dylana could not shut up about them hopefully playing “Sitting” and when the time came during the show we went nuts.

*Spoiler Alert* If you are going to see M83 for the first time or plan on it (as you should) do not read the following: I ran into another friend in the crowd who had never seen M83 live before, and I wish to God I had video taped her reaction when the jazz saxophonist came out on stage for the solo during “Midnight City” it was sheer double-rainbow status and could have easily been played by Kristen Wiig on SNL, “Oh my Goooooood, oh my Goooooood, look!! look at him!!! the jazz saxophone!!! ooh my Gooooood!! He is so good!! he has been waiting for this the whole show!!! This is his moment!!! This is it!!! This is what he has been waiting…he has been waiting this whole time!!!!” Serious tears in my eyes laughing at her reaction, it was such a beautiful moment to witness in someone’s life. Picture of the badass saxophonist here.

*M83 virgins start reading again here*:
Overall, the show, once again fucking rocked. Which is why, we couldn’t be more stoked to learn that Philly’s favorite dream band, Sun Airway, will be opening up for M83 in October in NYC.

Obviously, we are going (third time this year is a charm!). Sun Airway recently released a single off their upcoming album Soft Fall due out October 2nd called “Close”. I am fucking obsessed with it and the rest of the album. If Soft Fall was a man I would take his hand, drive to Vegas immediately and marry him. I could listen to it on repeat for the rest of my life and be happy. Soft Fall the perfect mixture of dreamy layered instrumentals, romantic lyrics, tracks to chill out to and tracks to dance to until the sun rises. I cannot wait to see them open for and entrance the unsuspecting fans of M83 into a captivating state of love. But don’t listen to me, listen “Close” and decide for yourself.

Can’t get to NYC? Check out the rest of the Sun Airway / M83 Tour Dates:

Sun Airway w/ M83:
Sun Airway w/M83 tour dates:
September 26 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore
September 27 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
September 29 – Richmond, VA @ The National
September 30 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVA
October 02 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
October 03 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
October 07 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
October 09 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
October 10 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
October 11 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium

xx Cheryl

lovelovelove: mylifeinsound moves to NYC (for 2 days) Bombay Bicycle Club tonight, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs tomorrow!!!

30 Jul

Cheryl Dunn does NYC 2012 round 2! After playing a show in NYC last Thursday and a festival in Maine this weekend, my travel life is getting a ton of action all at once. Although I should be am exhausted, it’s like taking shots of Redbull every time I listen to a Bombay Bicycle Club or Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs song today at work. I have this work day to get through then I am off to NYC to see Bombay Bicycle Club live (for the 7th time) tonight at Webster Hall! I can’t wait, they are one of my favorite bands ever (if you couldn’t already tell) and they are so much fun to see live. Tomorrow I will be wreaking havoc in NY as well as posting some beloved memories from Firefly Music Festival. Tomorrow night, I am going to see Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs for the second time in NY at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, or Orlando Higginbottom, is my British dream part I & II. Talk about dance dream man! I cannot wait to get my dance on with him again tomorrow night before he goes to Lollapalooza this weekend.

By some miracle tickets are still available for both shows, so get your tickets here for Bombay Bicycle Club tonight and here to get your dance on with me at Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs tomorrow night!

*fun fact: “Household Goods” is my ringtone and the song I wake up to every morning.



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