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Laura Marling stuns fans at The TLA// Tour Heading to Australia

22 May

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Our writer and photographer Sarah went to see Laura Marling and may or may not have cried. Okay, spoiler alert she did cry, and that’s because Laura Marling is a goddess and one of the best songwriters and performers of our time. Touring in support of her breathtaking new album Semper Femina, Marling stopped in Philly last Friday to perform at the TLA. Laura Marling is currently heading to Australia to continue her tour before heading back to the U.K. to play multiple festivals this summer. Read Sarah’s review of the show below and get your tickets to the rest of Laura Marling’s tour and to get your copy of the new album, click here.


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The microphones and stage at the TLA were adorned with blue silk flowers and greenery when Laura Marling walked out into the spotlights on Friday night.  She appeared to be small and pixie-like in stature, completely unassuming, in a flower print dress. She and her backing band went immediately into, “Soothing,” and I was swaying back and forth.

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I did not expect the magic that was to come next. This was my first experience with Laura Marling’s music. Her vibe is a country-folk sound, with beautiful melodies and powerful lyrics. She tricked me, I was ready for a lighthearted type jam. She began singing “Wild Fire,” and I was able to fight back tears until her lyrics sang, “Is there something on your mind? Something you need to get by? Do you cry sometimes? Do you cry sometimes?.” I cried. Terrifyingly relatable emotional truths and complicated but beautiful relationships between friends always hits home.

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“You always say you love me most
But I don’t know I’m being seen
Maybe someday when God takes me away
I’ll understand what the fuck that means…”

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She sings those lines in such a deadpan way- the power of it can be elusive, almost inviting you to push away the idea that it’s a song about emotional pains. By the time she got to her song “The Valley,” I was fully invested in hearing what she had to say. I trusted her, because she was singing about humans I felt I knew. What a beautiful feeling! Overwhelmed with emotion, I watched on to see her bare little pieces of soul.

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A truly gifted song-crafter, Marling had me in her unassuming vices.  She is a voice for the emotions of the female relationship, ever-complicated, but powerful. A beautiful night- with running mascara, due to music moving my soul. Success!

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xx Sarah

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Philly Show Not To Be Missed: SOLD-OUT Diet Cig show at Boot & Saddle TONIGHT!!!!

6 Apr

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One of our favorite duos Diet Cig are in town celebrating the release of their debut album Swear I’m Good At This tomorrow, April 7th! The powerful pop-punk instrumentals mixed with the heart-wrenching story-telling lyrics this band pours into every song will have your heart beating, blood-pumping and body moving. Be ready to get your dance workout in tonight if you got tickets to their sold-out show at Boot & Saddle. Don’t miss Daddy Issues and hello shark as support!

 

 

 

 

 

xx Cher

Your New Favorite Band: Death By Unga Bunga

3 Mar
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Death By Unga Bunga put on one of the best live shows I’ve seen in recent memory at Underground Arts in Philadelphia

 

Norwegian Band Death By Unga Bunga came to Philly to play Underground Arts on a Thursday night and truly rocked us into next year. It was love at first listen when I first heard Death By Unga Bunga, so I expected the show to be good… but this was next level. The band blasted through their hits, and seeing them all sing separately, harmonize and slay on their instruments with so much raw energy they absolutely infected the crowd, was one of the best live music experiences of my life. They played with so much personality I couldn’t help but laugh at how good the show was. Sebastian Ulstad Olsen joined the crowd several times, even leaving the room while singing at one point, still sounding perfect while gone.

Like an epic house party show, the band only got better as they took shots and shotgunned beers offered from their Philly fans. The show went by so fast we thought they were kidding when they said it was their last song. The crowd collectively screamed, “Nooooo”, seriously, I’m not exaggerating. Luckily, they played an epically long version of “Wish I Didn’t Know” as their last song, including a  Jimi Hendrix-style moment covering Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back In Town” playing their guitars behind their heads. When they left the stage everyone thought the show must be over, it doesn’t get better than that. But to our surprise and jubilation, they came back out to play “Young Girls”, and ended the show by bowing together, kissing each other on the mouth and lip-syncing to the sounds of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”. I couldn’t have asked for a better Thursday night and am offering myself up to go on tour with this epic band. Let me know if you need a merch girl, boys. I can happily watch that show every night of the week.

They came, they saw, they slayed, and I feel truly blessed I witnessed.

Death By Unga Bunga continue their tour in Portland on Sunday, and Seattle on Monday before heading to California. For tickets and tour information click here, you do not want to miss this band live.

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xx Cher

 

Philly Show NOT to be missed: Jamie Isaac at Boot & Saddle TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!

1 Mar

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South East London’s Jamie Isaac is taking bedroom music to a whole new level worthy of changing ‘Netflix and Chill’ to ‘[Listening to] Jamie Isaac and Chill’. His lush new sound of hauntingly mesmerizing and romantic electronic ballads, tinged with jazz and hip hop throughout makes this brilliant debut, Couch Baby, one of our absolute favorites. Jamie Isaac will be doing his first tour of the US in support of the record, playing several dates including SXSW and Boot and Saddle in Philadelphia tomorrow night, March 2nd. To coincide with the tour, Marathon Artists will be releasing a revisited version of the album including new tracks,  remixes, and even a cover of Alicia Keys’ “Un-thinkable”.

Don’t miss catching this amazing artist live in Philly tomorrow night. Tickets are $10 and available here or at the venue ($12 day of show). Doors are at 7:30 and the show starts at 8PM with Olukara and J U S T P R O C E S S as support. Boot & Saddle has great happy hour specials and food so get their early to get your grub on and don’t miss the opening acts.

Jamie Isaac will continuing his tour to NY, CA, and to SXSW Music Festival in Texas! For more tour information click here.

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xx Cher

Philly show NOT to be missed: Vincent John + Lee Fields & The Expressions at Union Transfer TONIGHT!!!!

17 Feb
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Vincent John by Louie Kovatch. Vincent John will be opening the show tonight at Union Transfer before playing guitar in Lee Fields & The Expressions!

Philly favorite Vincent John will be playing double duty tonight at Union Transfer and you do not want to miss this show! First, Vincent John will be opening the show as a solo artist and then playing guitar for the legendary soul artist Lee Fields & The Expressions.

Vincent John is a multifaceted artist, songwriter and producer who has contributed several songs to Lee Fields & The Expressions and releasing his own EP Never Go Back. The classic 80s pop and R&B tinged EP shows Vincent John’s versatility to weave several genres he is influenced by throughout his music to create a heartbreakingly honest yet danceable collection of songs. Never Go Back is available for purchase on cassette now here and iTunes here!

Don’t miss The Shacks and  Vincent John open for (then play with) Lee Fields & The Expressions tonight at Union Transfer! Tickets are $15 and on sale now here and at the door. Doors open at 7:30PM and the show starts at 8:30PM so make sure you get there on time to see these incredible artists live and Vincent John open the show!

Not from Philly? To find more tour dates and ticket information for when Lee Fields & The Expressions are coming to a city near you, click here.

 

 

xx Cher

late night listen: FKJ “Skyline”

13 Feb

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I am obsessed with this new slow jam from Parisian multi-instrumentalist FKJ, “Skyline”.

The track is from his upcoming album aptly named French Kiwi Juice due out March 3rd on Roche Musique. You can stream/buy the track now here, and pre-order your copy of the new album here!

FKJ will be heading out on a US tour beginning March 13th in Atlanta and stopping in Philly on March 19th at Union Transfer! Get your tickets for the Philly show now here. Not in Philly? Check out the full list of tour dates so below!

 

DON’T MISS FKJ LIVE:
2/18 – Las Estacias, Morelos, MEX – Bahidora
3/3 – Okeechobee, FL – Okeechobee Festival
3/13 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
3/17 – Washington DC – A.I.
3/19 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
3/20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
3/23 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
3/24 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
3/25 – Montreal, QC – SAT
3/26 – Boston, MA – Middle East
3/29 – Detroit, MI – El Club
3/30 – Chicago, IL – Concorde Music Hall
3/31 – Madison, WI – Majestic
4/1 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
4/5 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
4/7 – Austin, TX – Euphoria Festival
4/11 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
4/12 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4/14 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
5/18 – San Diego, CA – Observatory
5/19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo
5/20 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
5/27 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
+ more TBA
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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

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