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Philly show NOT to be missed: The Griswolds + Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness & more at The Fillmore!

28 Nov

The Griswolds play The Fillmore tonight at 7PM opening for Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness!!


Tonight Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, New Politics, The Griswolds and Lolo are set to perform a SOLD-OUT show at The Fillmore in Philadelphia! This is an early show starting at 6:30PM.

I couldn’t be more excited to check out The Griswolds for the first time. The band from Sydney will help you get your dance workout in tonight as they play some epic tracks off their debut record Be Impressive. The album is out now on limited edition vinylCD and digitally here.

The Griswolds recently released a music video for their single “If You Wanna Stay”, watch below with some of our other favorite tracks and tie your dancing shoes on tight for the show tonight! Get your spot on the dance floor by 7PM because that is the exact time they are going to start rocking your world.

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xx Cher

late night listen: Daughter “Numbers”

20 Nov

Watch the new music video for “Numbers” by Daughter below. Get your tickets now to their show at Union Transfer on March 3rd!


Happy Friday! I’ve spent half the day listening to this gorgeous new song from North London’s Daughter. “Numbers” is the new single from the band’s upcoming album Not To Disappear due out on January 15th via 4AD and Glassnote Records. You can pre-order the album now via CD/LP here and on iTunes here.


Daughter will be touring to support the new record with a release show in Cambridge, UK at the Cambridge Corn Exchange January 15th. The band will be touring the UK and Europe and head to the US in March! Their first stop in the US will be Philly (as it should be). The band will be playing Union Transfer on March 3rd, so make sure you get your tickets now  before they sell out! Tickets are only $18 and you can get them here. Doors are at 7:30PM and the show starts at 8:30PM. To find out when Daughter is playing your city, and for tickets and tour information follow the band on Songkick here.

Watch the gorgeous new music video for “Numbers” below, directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.





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xx Cher

morning jam: Beat Connection “Reality TV” + Show this Sunday at Johnny Brenda’s!!!!

20 Nov

Beat Connection are playing Johnny Brenda’s this Sunday to support their new album Product 3 out now!


This is an exciting weekend for Philadelphia. Just when you thought your weekend would wind down, it’s actually getting wound up this Sunday night at Johnny Brenda’s- thanks to Seattle-based dream team Beat Connection.

Taking your dance workout to the next level, Beat Connection will be playing new tracks from their new album  Product 3 out now on ANTI- Records. The album has been years in the making and well worth the wait. The band has already released singles from the album including “Reality TV”, “So Good”, “Rosealene” and “Illusion” that lift your mood while making you move. The tracks promise to be even more special when experienced live, so get your tickets here or at the door.

Tickets are only $10 ($12 day of show) so make sure you get yours now before they sell out. This is 21+ show and doors open at 8PM with the show starting at 9PM. Bondage & Discipline will open the show at 9PM with Phantoms playing at 10PM followed by your boys Beat Connection at 11PM. Get there on time and don’t miss these awesome supporting bands.

Not from Philly? Check out Beat Connections’ tour dates below to see them in a city near you. You can find tickets and more show details on Songkick here. Going to see Beat Connection? Tag us in your photos and video [at]mylifeinsound so I can experience the show with you. Make sure you follow mylifeinsound on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see my pics and video from the Philly show.

Listen to some of my favorite Beat Connection tracks below, and see you at the Philly show!

Beat Connection Tour:

11/20 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
11/21 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
11/22 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
11/25 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
11/27 – Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC
11/28 – The Drake – Toronto, ON
12/02 – The Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
12/03 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
12/04 – The Frequency – Madison, WI
12/05 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN 12/06 – Vega – Lincoln, NE
12/09 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
12/10 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
12/11 – Watercolor – Boise, ID
12/12 – The Bartlett – Spokane, WA
12/17 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
12/19 – Fortune – Vancouver, BC





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xx Cher


Philly Show NOT to be missed: Allen Stone TONIGHT at the TLA!!!!

12 Nov
Allen Stone plays the TLA tonight in Philadelphia!

Allen Stone plays the TLA tonight in Philadelphia!

He’s back! Allen Stone, the powerhouse singer from Chewelah, Washington, was in Philly last October to shower us with soul at Union Transfer. He was here again this past summer at The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing with O.A.R., and now he’s back for round three to debut his new album Radius. Radius is full of honesty and thought-provoking lyrics, but keeps you on your feet with funky beats ranging from hip-hop to disco. Every time I see him perform, I look around the venue to see everyone’s jaw drop. His flawless voice will floor you and his groove will make it impossible to stand still. Don’t miss Allen’s soulful dance party at the TLA tonight! Doors are at 7PM and the show starts at 8PM, so there is plenty of time to see Hippo Campus at The Barbary and Allen Stone tonight at The TLA! Tickets to see Allen Stone are available here or at the door. See you there!

For tickets, tour information and to find out when Allen Stone is coming to a city near you, click here. Going to see Allen Stone live? Tag us in your photos and videos [at]mylifeinsound!

xx Cait

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Philly Show NOT to be missed: Hippo Campus at The Barbary in Philly TONIGHT!!!!!

12 Nov
Hippo Campus play a sold-out show at The Barbary tonight!

Hippo Campus play a sold-out show at The Barbary tonight!

Earlier this year, we caught Hippo Campus in Philadelphia on tour with Night Riots and The Mowgli’s at Union Transfer. Since then, the band has had a busy summer playing festivals like Lollapalooza, Summer Set and The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Now, they are headlining a Fall Tour which stops in Philadelphia tonight for a sold-out show at The Barbary. Read our interview below and don’t miss their show tonight!

You all went to Performing Arts High School together. Is that how you met and formed the band?

Zach Sutton (bass): “Yeah, well we all met at a performing arts High School, like you said, in St. Paul. It’s called The St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, David, our designer as well. We all met there. Jake and I were in one band and these guys in another and there was sort of a rivalry between the two. That was going on for two years and then at the end of our high school career we’re like ‘Hey! I like what you’re working with. Let’s team up!’ Put the guns down, so to speak, and work together. Bing Bang boom! Almost two years later, here we are.”

What was it like to start writing together at first? How do you write together now?

Whistler Allen (drums): “I don’t even remember the first time we practiced. I think it took a while for all four of us to end up in the room together. But, Zach, Nathan and Jake all live right next to each other and I kind of live in the outskirts. Actually, they live in the outskirts of the city and I live in the city. But yeah, it took a little while for all four of us to get together, but once we did it was really easy to write stuff. It was not difficult. It just clicked. That’s kind of how it’s been ever since then. We’ve had our struggles in the practice room but usually it ends with something cool coming out.”

Do you guys just jam and see how it goes?

Nathan Stocker (guitar): “Yeah, sometimes it’s a jam. Sometimes one of us will have an idea then bring it to the table and then we all work on it together. It’s very collaborative.”

How did you get discovered/signed?

Jake Luppen (vocals): “We actually got ‘discovered’ if you will at this weird, sort of, I mean it’s a cool venue in Minneapolis. But it was kind of a weird show. I’m pretty sure it was on a Wednesday night or something like that about a year ago?” The boys chime in the date. He continues, “December 14! The lighting guy for Trampled by Turtles, they’re a band from Minnesota who’s done very well. He was there, just happened to be running lights and he saw us and really had faith in what we were doing and really loved what he heard. He kind of passed our name along to our managers now, Jeff and Christian and they heard it and they flew out from New York to talk to us and it was a good relationship. Ever since then it’s been steady up and up. Everything’s been great.”

When you put the album together did you already have songs already written?
Jake Luppen (vocals): “Yeah we probably had, at the point of writing Bashful Creatures, I think we had about 20 songs that we’d written? Probably around 20. ‘Bashful’ was like the newest songs that we had written. We wrote those very shortly before going into the studio, over the course of that summer, then we recorded it in September.”

Zach Sutton (bass): “Little Grace” was the first single off [Bashful Creatures] was the only one that was written about a year before we recorded it. That one just happened to stick with it and fit in.” 3:40

How has tour been so far?

Nathan Stocker (guitar): “Some say it’s been like a rodeo/circus combo. Shark week…sort of vibe. It’s been a blast and a half. Really busy, really fun. Hard to sleep, hard to eat. But you know, we ride the ups and downs as if this were a roller coaster.”

What do you guys do for fun on tour?

It’s unanimous. Jake Luppen (vocals): “Sleep. We sleep.”
Zach Sutton (bass): “Professional sleepers over here.”
Nathan Stocker (guitar): “Oh yeah, actually Jake and I are really good at sleeping. If you want lessons, we do those…$20 a minute.”

Hippo Campus play an early show tonight at The Barbary with Bad Bad Hats. Don’t sleep on this one! Doors are at 6:30PM, this is an early show with two incredible bands playing, don’t be late.

To find tickets and more information about when Hippo Campus is playing a city near you, click here! If you go to a Hippo Campus show, make sure to tag us in your photos and videos [at]mylifeinsound!

Check out Hippo Campus’ new single “South” and photos from their show at Union Transfer below:

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xx Cher

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Morning Jam: Born Ruffians “(Eat Sh*t) We Did It” + Playing Johnny Brenda’s TONIGHT!!!

2 Nov


Hey world, your new anthem “(Eat Sh*t) We Did It” is out now thanks to Born Ruffians. This Canadian band of babes are playing Johnny Brenda’s tonight to serenade Philly with the sweet sounds of their new album RUFF out now via Yep Roc Records! Doors are at 8PM and the show starts at 9PM with Young Rival and Hurry supporting. Tickets are only $14 and you can get them here or at the door. See you there!

Don’t live in Philly? Born Ruffians are touring the US and Canada through December, look for a city near you in the dates listed below! Going to a Born Ruffians show? Tag us in your photos (at)mylifeinsound so we can rock along with you.

Until then, pre-game the show with this super rad music video for “(Eat Sh*t) We Did It”.

Born Ruffians Tour Dates:
Oct 27 Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen*
Oct 28 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*
Oct 29 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair*
Oct 30 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Nightclub*
Nov 02 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s*
Nov 03 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel*
Nov 04 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom*
Nov 06 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5*
Nov 07 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon*
Nov 08 Houston, TX @ Studio at Warehouse Live*
Nov 09 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
Nov 10 Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder*
Nov 12 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*
Nov 13 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar*
Nov 14 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*
Nov 15 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s*
Nov 17 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
Nov 18 Seattle, WA @ Barboza*
Nov 19 Nanaimo, BC @ The Cambie Pub*
Nov 20 Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub*
Nov 21 Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial Theatre*
Nov 23 Nelson, BC @ Spiritbar*
Nov 26 Calgary, AB @ SAIT’s Gateway*
Nov 27 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room*
Nov 28 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s*
Nov 29 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre*
Nov 30 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry*
Dec 01 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall*
Dec 02 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch*
Dec 03 Windsor, ON @ Olde Walkerville Theatre
Dec 10 Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar
Dec 11 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Dec 12 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
*w/ Young Rival

xx Cher

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Less Than Zero: An Interview with ZouZou Mansour from Soraia Part II + Show At Milkboy Tomorrow!!!

1 Oct

Soraia TBird and ZZ (Beth)

Back in January, I heard a song on Little Steven’s Underground Garage that rocked so hard I stayed in the car until it was over even though I arrived at my destination. I took a picture of the band’s name to remember to look it up later, somewhat ashamed. How have I never heard of this badass babe from the 70s named Soraia covering The Kinks song “(I’m Not) Like Everybody Else”? To my surprise, when I googled the musician, it turned out to be a band, and a current one, from my hometown of Philadelphia. I immediately found out who was singing and reached out to ZouZou Mansour the powerful, earth-goddess vocal machine who sounds like she’s from another time. We soon met at a coffee shop for an interview. I wanted to know everything about her life and her band, and I was pleasantly surprised at how raw, honest, and open she was. ZouZou’s story not only moved me, but it ignited the fire and passion I have for music talking to such a strong, influential woman in the industry.

In honor of Soraia’s album release show and music video shoot at Milkboy in Philly this Friday, I am releasing our interview in three parts over the course of this week. Read part two below and buy your tickets to this Friday’s show and music video shoot now here! Tickets are only $10 and with The Good Excuses and The Droogettes opening, you do not want to miss this epic night of pure rock’n’roll. Didn’t read Part I yet? Click here.

Soraia Instagram

“I went to jail once. I was arrested on my 21st birthday. I remember that the woman that was checking my hair was checking my hair for drugs. She said, “Honey look I”m really going to have to mess up your hair, mess up your clothes, I am really sorry,”. She was apologizing to me and I’ll never forget that because I got this sense that I didn’t belong in the life I was living. I didn’t think I was better than or worse than, I knew I didn’t belong there. That wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing with my life, and I had that feeling the whole time. I didn’t understand with all the suicide attempts…I’d be like why don’t you just take me? Just take me. I think there was a point where I was living with a dealer and his girlfriend. She’s dead now, most of the people I used with are dead. Where I was shooting and I had one day away from them but they’re so paranoid that they thought I went to the cops or something and they started beating me up and I knew I was going to get killed and I jumped out of a window and ran.”

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“I didn’t want to, I wanted to stay there and keep using and keep- you know, I lived to use. I didn’t live for any other reason, but something in me pulled me out of it that was bigger than me and got me out the window and I didn’t stop running. That moment I knew that there was something. I had to stop at some point but I couldn’t imagine not doing it. I continued for a while after that but it was never the same. Finally, I did go to rehab. I did relapse after that and then I got sober. I’m clean and sober a while now but it took a few tries for me. But that moment when my body did what my mind didn’t want to do I knew there was something- that all those thoughts of I don;t belong here I shouldn’t be doing this, there’s something more for me kind of came to fruition slowly but there wasn’t one epiphany, there was just a bunch of small ones. My drinking and drugging career didn’t last long, it didn’t last long at all. It didn’t have to. But it was enough. As soon as I got sober I went back to school and it took two and a half years to finish college because I was an overachiever in everything…I was an addict in everything. I went right to teaching and I taught for a few years. In the second year I knew I wanted to be a singer because I started singing. I knew I wanted to do that full time. A friend of mine said to me you can be an old teacher but you can’t be an old rocknroller, so if you want it go after it. Which is not true, but I needed to hear it at the time. So I quit my job and put a band together and eighteen drummers later,” she laughs manically, “I’m still in the same band. With everyone different except one guy. Basically the songwriters stayed, I stayed. It’s built around that energy. People come and go but it’s a good group that I have now.”


“The last record Soraia Lives was a reaction to the record before, called In the Valley of Love and Guns. That record took about three years to make. Not because anyone in the band wanted it to take that long. But at that point we were getting the help of really big people like Jon Bon Jovi helped us. This guy Billy Falcon, I co-wrote with them great songs, great songs. We were in the studio all the time, but I was just looking at something today we had like 20 or 30 vocal takes on each track, it was crazy. More than that, but it was a really long process. At the end of it there were a lot of promises. Just not from anybody in particular but a lot of promise for that record. The promise that we thought it was going to have didn’t come through. So we kind of sarcastically called the next record Soraia Lives because we should have been dead a long time ago,” She laughs. “Same thing in my life. We thought b-movie kind of thing because we loved that stuff. We did a live show in November of 2013 in New York City at The Bitter End. Little Steven Van Zandt and his wife came to our show because they loved “Voodoo” off the last record.”

“They loved the show and Steven said, “Let me work with the band on your live show”. So we went into his studio just for three sessions and changed some things we didn’t like about the songs, added some parts, took some songs out, and ended with a live set of really great songs that were really Soraia. They weren’t trying to sound like anything but us. It fit our live show, everything we did. So we decided last summer to record them, with the new songs we were coming up with. We started following what we decided to do without this thought of writing a song for an audience, we just did what came to us. Very poetic kind of stuff and some stuff very song oriented and we went in and we already had the songs down. So we went into the studio and recorded them. Didn’t take long, maybe two or three days to do ten songs. We recorded in Philly, we consciously decided to go to a studio that was- we just wanted to get the songs banged out. We didn’t need a big drum room, we didn’t care what kind of mics it had it was like the first time we just didn’t care.”

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“We just went in, we were like, ‘We are just going to record us as we are’, overdubs minimal, mostly just us. One vocal take, one everything. We didn’t know what would come of it and I didn’t have any pressure on us to be anything in particular. I just wanted to have fun. It was really important to us to have fun this time and we did. Out of it I knew there were two songs that really floated to the top one was the cover of The Kinks “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” because it’s such a statement of who we are. The second song was “What Imagination?” both of those songs I wanted to spend more time with in the final mix and mastering and we did. The one song, “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” is the one that got picked by Little Steven [Van Zandt] as the “Coolest Song In The World” and I knew it! I knew as soon as I heard it I got goosebumps listening to my own band, and just being like ‘That’s us!’ finally we captured us. Raw, non-apologetic, not perfect, not polished, but just who we are. And if people can’t hear the magic in that, shame on them. But also shame on us if we don’t put it out or we’re scared to. Because the record before that was so well done and so polished that I was afraid to put out something that was too raw. But I really loved this record. Everything that it says is really us. People responded so much to that song, and so much to that version of it that was just us being us, [and it] is so joyful. I am so grateful for that because that’s who we really are. And they loved us for who we really are more so than they loved this polished, pretty made up version of who we are- which is also is who we are. But this time we took off all the makeup and were just like, ‘here’s what I look like, do you still love me?’ and we got a good response!”

Stay tuned for part three of my interview with Soraia tomorrow and listen to a two new tracks from their upcoming record Less Than Zero “Beggar” and “Paper Man” below.

Come out to Milkboy this Friday for Soraia’s Less Than Zero record release show with The Good Excuses and The Droogettes opening at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $10 and you can get them here.

xx Cher

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