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afternoon jam: Kim Janssen “Gouldians”

26 Apr

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I saw Kim Janssen play a house show in West Philly about 8+ years ago and needless to say I was blown away. I’ve liked his music page on Facebook ever since but haven’t heard of him coming back to the US in some time. Today, I got an email with his name in the subject line and couldn’t be more excited to open it. Kim Janssen has announced the UK release date of his upcoming album Cousins due out May 12th!

The first taste of this new album “Gouldians” sounds like a musical diary entry, a stunning soundscape to soundtrack this gratuitous look into Janssen’s life. The track is a beautiful mixture of melancholy, nostalgic and uplifting. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the new album.

Janssen was born in the Netherlands but raised in South East Asia, spending most of his youth in Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Kathmandu. He says of the album:

“My new album ’Cousins’ is a personal account about looking back and growing older, about longing and displacement, spiritual doubt, dedication, and obsession. I grew up in Asia and I guess you create your own version of every place you’ve been in your memory; I like to explore this idea with music. Growing up over there also has an influence on my lyrics, especially on this record. To me it’s a pop album. I wanted to make an album that I would actually like to listen to.”

If “Gouldians” is any indication, Cousins is sure to be a gorgeous album and instant classic. Kim Janssen is set to play several shows in the U.K. following the release of Cousins including one of my favorite festivals in the world, The Great Escape in Brighton this May! You can purchase your tickets now here.

 

 

xx Cher

 

 

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Philly Show NOT to be missed: Allah-Las, The Babe Rainbow, and Roya at Union Transfer TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!

21 Mar

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Need some sunshine-riddled grooves to get you through your week? Me too. Lucky for us Allah-Las, The Babe Rainbow, and ROYA are coming into town tomorrow night to light up all of our lives with the freshest, grooviest tunes since 1969. The show is at one of the best Philadelphia music venues, Union Transfer and starts at 8:30PM with doors opening at 7:30PM. Tickets are $18 here and $20 at the door (day of show).

L.A.-based Allah-Las are touring in support of their third album Calico Review released last year. The album’s perfect mix of mesmerizing guitars, vocal harmonies, whispered, story-telling lyrics, and upbeat, addictive, retro-pop tracks will have you floating on a cloud to another dimension… and that’s just on record. Just wait until you see these brilliant tracks performed live!  All three bands of babes will have you dancing to tunes your reformed-hippy Dad’s vinyl collection would be proud of.

Listen to all three bands below, get your tickets here, and see you on the dance floor tomorrow night at Union Transfer!

 

xx Cher

Philly show NOT to be missed: Death By Unga Bunga at Underground Arts TONIGHT!!!!!

23 Feb
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The brilliant Norwegian rock band Death By Unga Bunga are heading to Philly to play Underground Arts TONIGHT!!!!

Not just a great band name, Death By Unga Bunga are heading to Underground Arts TONIGHT to rock Philadelphia into next Thursday. The epic Norwegian rock band are currently on their US tour in support of their full-length release Pineapple Pizza and their EP Fight! both of which you should buy right now or later tonight at the show.

If you need a heavy dose of rock’n’roll to get you through the week, tonight is your night. Make sure you are at Underground Arts for this show featuring The GTVs, Pilkington and Death By Unga Bunga. Doors are at 8PM and the show starts at 9PM. Tickets are $13 and you can get yours now here or at the door!

 

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Death By Unga Bunga Tour:

FEBRUARY:

23 – @ Underground Arts Black Box in Philadelphia // http://bit.ly/PhiladelphiaDBUBbuytix

24 – @ Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey // http://bit.ly/AsburyParkDBUBbuytix

25 – @ Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn

27 – @ PJ’s Lager House in Detroit

MARCH
01 – @ The Empty Bottle in Chicago

02 – @ First Avenue & 7th St Entry in Minneapolis // http://bit.ly/MinneapolisDBUBbuytix

05 – @ Mississippi Studios in Portland // http://bit.ly/PortlandDBUBbuytix

06 – @ The Sunset Tavern in Seattle // http://bit.ly/SeattleDBUBbuytix

08 – @ Elbo Room in San Francisco

09 – @ The Satellite in Los Angeles // http://bit.ly/LosAngelesDBUBbuytix

11 – @ The Hideout San Diego // http://bit.ly/SanDiegoDBUBbuytix

 

xx Cher

afternoon jam: FREAK “Cake”

21 Feb
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Our new favorite song “Cake” by FREAK is served up with an equally epic new music video, watch below!

 

Essex-based FREAK serves up some serious bone-shaking rock’n’roll with his new single, “Cake”. Just when you thought the track couldn’t get any better, Freak released an epic music video for “Cake” which you must watch below. Try not to lose a whole day by watching it 500 times in a row like me (worth it though!). You can purchase your copy of “Cake” to listen to on repeat now here.

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FREAK is currently on tour in the UK supporting INHEAVEN this month and Black Honey next month! For a full list of tour dates, more information, and to get your tickets click here!

 

xx Cher

OOOH GIRL!!! Tash Sultana gives us all an “Electric Feel”

10 Feb

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Oooh girl! The singer-songwriter and looping artist, Tash Sultana, just made the most baby-making cover of MGMT’s classic “Electric Feel” for Triple J’s Like A Version. The mind-blowing cover is clearly just a snippet of what her live show is like. Thankfully, she is heading out on a US tour next week so we can see for ourselves!

Tash Sultana will be in Philadelphia next Saturday, February 18th, so my fellow Philly fans can watch her slay in person. She will be playing at World Cafe Live upstairs and the super-intimate show is unsurprisingly sold-out. If you were lucky enough to get tickets the show starts at 8PM and the doors open at 7pm. Make sure you get there on time to catch fellow Australian musician Josh Cashman open the show.

Listen to both artists and check out more tour dates for their US tour below!

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xx Cher

afternoon jam: THE BLACK ANGELS “Currency”

8 Feb

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Yesterday, The Black Angels dropped a gritty, slaying new track “Currency” off their forthcoming album Death Song due out April 21st! Death Song is available to pre-order right now here. The band also announced they will be heading out on their first leg of tour April 26th following the release of the album. The Black Angels are one of the best live bands you will ever see so make sure you get tickets to a city near you for you and everyone you love.

The Black Angels will be playing Union Transfer in Philly on May 4th with A Place To Bury Strangers! Pre-sale tickets are available now here if you are an American Express card member. Not in Philly? Check out a full list of tour dates via The Black Angels website here!

 

 

xx Cher

#WCW: PINS “Shoot You / Eleventh Hour feat. Maxine Peake” + “Come Back”

8 Feb

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Yesterday PINS released visuals for tracks “Shoot You / Eleventh Hour feat. Maxine Peake” which was released as a limited edition heart-shaped vinyl for record store day 2014 as well as “Come Back” released for cassette store day 2014 via Bella Union. Check out both videos below and be on the lookout for PINS upcoming EP release Bad Thing due out March 24th!

 

xx Cher

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