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A Wicked Cool Tour comes to a close: Soraia Tour Diary Final Entry

12 Apr

What a wild ride of rock we’ve had with ZouZou’s tour diary! What an absolute treat it’s been to get insight from the road via the badass front-woman of Soraia, and one of our favorite bands. All good things must come to an end, like this tour with Kurt Baker Combo, but here’s to more adventures on the road and more music from Soraia. Read ZouZou’s final tour entry below, we look forward to more, especially when the band goes to Spain to tour with Kurt Baker Combo again!

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Well,  we’ve come to an end to our three week run in the northeast and midwest USA with our label and tour mates, Kurt Baker Combo. It’s so sad at the end of tour, because you feel like you’re just getting in the swing of the movement, and it’s – all of a sudden – time to go home. And although there’s a comfort to going home, it’s not the same joy I get from being on the road. Which brings me to my point. And there’s always one – usually fifty that boil down to one. But alas—

It takes an interesting creature to be on the road. A gypsy. But a gypsy doesn’t mean you don’t have or want a home, it just means – for me – I love to wander, see new things, have new adventures, be surprised, and be in the moment. One of the greatest gifts of being on tour is being in the moment. You have to be. I’m never looking forward or looking back, I’m just here. Now. And I think that’s the most magical thing you can do in this skin. I don’t believe I’ve done that a lot since I was busy building experiences as a wee tiny thing. I’ve always added experiences to whatever I felt, but I don’t do that here. If I were to look back on the worst parts and the best parts of these past few weeks, I think that would ruin it all a bit.

What tour does for me is it makes me want to tour more. See more, Be more places. Perform to more people. Meet more people. Sleep less. Eat less. Play more.

But my body, this time around, let me know none of that was something I could do this tour. So even the sickness in the beginning was a great lesson in seeing and doing things differently.

My primary purpose out here is to sing. To be accountable to this group of people who took the time to make music alongside me, and to put passion into every ounce. The rest of the day has to be about putting that first. Whether the note or vocal be pitch perfect or shit–passion is the key to it all. There’s a saying that “People don’t remember what you did, they remember how you made them feel”. I never forgot that once it was told to me. I try to use my voice to be as free and as honest as I can be – where in other areas of my life, I may not do as well in that. But vocally—always striving for that.

Which brings me to another point: you can’t do it alone. My bandmates really took care of me. They understood when I was sick, and didn’t get annoyed or judge me for it. I can’t help but feel valued and important and a part of something much bigger. They didn’t add to my stress, but helped me come to decisions if my voice wasn’t there and helped give me a dose of reality when I wanted to believe my voice was fine. I rested because they told me to. I tried to recoup the best I could. Not just for me and the music and the commitments, but for them, too. And that–whatever that definitiion is–it is an absolutely beautiful thing.And this was the first time touring with another band—it was AWESOME.

We’ll all see each other again this fall when Soraia’s record comes out on Wicked Cool Records, and we hit Spain with our wonderful friends in Kurt Baker Combo. Until then, we’ll see you on the road all over the place again this summer. Check http://www.soraia.com/tour for all new dates being added.
It’s been an amazing ride….thank you for following along with me.
xx ZouZou

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Incubus “Nimble Bastard” + tour announcement!!!!!!!

16 Feb

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If you thought today was just going to be a normal day you were wrong. In fact, one day after celebrating the existence and creation of one of the most beautiful humans on the planet and everyone’s favorite renaissance man, Brandon Boyd, Incubus made it feel like our birthday as they released their highly anticipated new single “Nimble Bastard” this morning on KROQ.

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Yesterday was Brandon Boyd’s birthday. Today with the release of Incubus’ new single “Nimble Bastard”, forthcoming album 8, and summer tour with Jimmy Eat World announced, it might as well be our birthday.

The new single from the forthcoming album, 8, (aptly named as it is their eighth album release as a band), hits hard with slaying, gritty guitars, deep, heavy bass, and blood-pumping drums reminiscent of A Crow Left Of The Murder and Light Grenades. Boyd’s vocals, like the band, haven’t aged a day, and they cut through the epic, raw, instrumentals straight to the heart like an electric shock. This is a windows down, volume up jam perfect for the summer tour they’ve just announced with Jimmy Eat World. That’s right, Incubus and Jimmy Eat World announced a ton of tour dates for this summer with Judah and the Lion. The tour will be stopping in Camden, NJ, on July 20th at the BB&T Pavilion! Pre-sale starts tomorrow, February 17 at 12pm (local time) except Dallas and the pre-sale password is nimble8. Dallas pre-sale is February 18 12pm (local time) with the same pre-sale password. Tickets will go on sale publicly February 24th! Tour dates are listed below. You can find dates, ticket info and get access to pre-sale information on Incubus’ website now here.

“Nimble Bastard”, the return of Incubus, and a tour with Jimmy Eat World?  What an absolute gift I feel like it might as well be my birthday! Listen to the new single below and get your tickets to every show on the tour here.

 

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Feb 17 – INCUBUS Presale 12pm Local (Except Dallas)
Feb 18 – INCUBUS Dallas Presale 12pm Local
Feb 24 – PUBLIC ONSALE 10am Local – varies in certain markets
Incubus Presale Password: nimble8
INCUBUS 8 TOUR with Special Guest Jimmy Eat World & Judah and The Lion 
July 6 – Perfect Vodka Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL
July 7 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
July 8 – Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
July 11 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
July 12 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
July 14 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
July 15 – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse, NY
July 16 – Bethel Woods – Bethel, NY
July 18 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
July 19 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
July 20 – BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
July 22 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
July 23 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
July 25 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
July 26 – Key Bank Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
July 27 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
July 29 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
July 30 – Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
August 1 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
August 2 – Bold Sphere at Champions Square – New Orleans, LA
August 4 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
August 5 – Austin 360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX
August 6 – Starplex Pavilion – Dallas, TX
August 9 – USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
August 11 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
August 12 – Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
August 14 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
August 16 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
August 18 – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre – Portland, OR
August 19 – White River Amphitheatre – Seattle, WA
October 3 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Denver, CO

xx Cher

Philly show NOT to be missed: Soraia, Mach22, Cold Roses and Kensington Nothings at Milkboy TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

10 Feb

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It’s been 2 years since the badass Philly blog Riot Nerd blessed us with it’s life and we are celebrating tomorrow night with a heavy dose of local, pure rock and roll. Fittingly, Soraia, one of our favorite bands of all time, are headlining the show. The band is currently in the studio recording their forthcoming record so be the first to let their new songs electrocute your world live at Milkboy tomorrow night.

Tickets are only $10 here today and will be $12  tomorrow at the door. The show starts at 8PM so make sure you are there on time to catch Kensington Nothings, Cold Roses and Mach22. Listen to all of the bands below and see you tomorrow night at Milkboy!

 

xx Cher

morning jam: Society “Protocol”

26 Aug

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Kick off your Wednesday with this new jam “Protocol” by London’s Society. The epic new track is available for download now on iTunes with a new music video on the way soon. Get your copy now here!

Like what you hear? Follow Society on Facebook here!




xx Cher

morning jam: Commonwealth Choir “Palace”

27 May

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Philadelphia’s dream team Commonwealth Choir have just released their new single “Palace”. The vibrant, summery track was recorded in the band’s house in Fishtown and produced by their good friend Dan Pawlovich (currently drumming for Panic! at the Disco and formerly of Valencia/Illinois). The band is currently working on their first full-length release and after hearing this track, we can’t wait to hear more.

“Palace” is available for streaming on Spotify, listening on repeat via iTunes, and for making your beach vacation playlist on Soundcloud.

xx Cher

late night listen: Jude Shuma “Subterranean Feelings”

26 May

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After what I hope was a heavy holiday weekend of dancing and debauchery, chill out to this absolute jam by Chicago’s Jude Shuma. “Subterranean Feelings” oozes with sickeningly sweet vocals and mesmerizing guitars. The track is taken from his upcoming debut album Afternoonified.

If you like what you hear make sure to follow Jude Shuma on Soundcloud and Facebook.

xx Cher

morning jam: Novella “Land Gone”

20 May

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Nothing like some badass babes (and beautiful beardface) to wake you up in the morning! Let your ears soak in the sweet vocal harmonies and your blood pump to the mesmerizing psych instrumentals of “Land Gone” by London’s Novella.

 

The track is taken from their debut album Land out now! If you like what you hear make sure you buy your copy of Land and follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud!

 

 

 

 

 

xx Cher

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