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New Music Friday: Exit Kid releases new EP- Listen Now!!

9 Jun

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Emre Turkmen from Years & Years has released new music with his other band Exit Kid! You can listen to all four songs from their first EP now on  iTunes and Spotify! The self-titled EP starts off with their first two singles released “It’s Cool” and “Caesar”,  as well as new additions “Who You Fooling?” and “Simtheo”. Listen now!

 

xx Cher

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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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Soraia Tour Diary: End of Week 2- Chicago, Dayton and D.C.

6 Apr

Tour Diary: End of Week 2: Chicago, Dayton, and D.C.

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Well into week two of tour now, I’m feeling more in control of my voice thanks to some help with getting some rest on Saturday, and also learning how to manage the swelling. I’m feeling way better than I did, though Saturday was a wake-up call since I’ve been hanging on to this infection for a few weeks now. Learning how to sing with a sick voice isn’t ideal, but it’s a reality I have to accept and learn to manage for a successful tour. One of the things I’ve learned from this tour- and there’s always a lot to learn each time.
So here we are, Saturday night in Chicago, and I know a good friend and music blogger who hasn’t seen the band in a long time is coming to the show. I’m excited, but also a little worried about how I’ll perform. Still, I can’t wait to play. I live for it. I have to tell you, it’s a super painful thing in every way–emotionally, physically, and mentally–to not be able to do what your absolutely love when the opportunity is there.
I won’t forget to be grateful for the voice I have, in all its wounds and all its glory. I didn’t know how much it meant to me–how much I value it– until this tour. Honestly, I didn’t.
So we go to Township on Saturday night. Great show, I fell off the stage (I do this more often than I’d like to admit–or generally just fall), but I know I put it all out there that night.  Only thing is: the band and I were separate because the best sound was in front of the actual monitors. That being the case, I stood out in front of the band–which made me feel a little separate, but was necessary.
Still, I put it all into it, and my friends kill it always. In a burst of emotion and frustration, I spoke to the small audience that was there: “I got the best band in the world. I love them.” It was how I really felt, and I’d wanted to say it for a long time. It felt good to finally let it out.
Great show, a little bit of a struggle again for me, so when the guys said they were going for a “Metal Burger” after, I joined them. Now, I don’t normally eat like this. I don’t. But that night–I needed a god damn good burger. So off went to “Kuma’s Corner” in Chicago: The “…Bar and burger joint with a heavy metal attitude….”
Best damn burger I’ve ever had, and all metal music. And their fries are to die for. No lie.
Sunday, we headed to Dayton, OH to play Blind Bob’s Bar, another familiar place since last tour, and a great place to play on a Sunday definitely. Amazing energy from the crowd, and a show I much needed, being the last few days were such a struggle. Really needed that gig–and we played some Hangman to lighten the load before set time.
Seriously, enough people were so acknowledging after the show. Dude, for real, that makes a show for me. When people come up after to personally tell you how affected they were, or how much they loved the show–man–it makes it all so worthwhile for me. Nothing beats that for me ever. So Dayton=win win.
Monday was a travel day off for getting to DC. It was super long ride, but great conversation and always fun with my band. We were staying with our guitarist Mike’s mom in DC, and we’ve been here ever since. Great show in DC at Slash Run Tuesday night. And we had a photographer from The Washington Post out, as well as meeting Brendan from Fugazi who now — I believe — is a serious Soraia fan. He loved it! And –of course — he loved our drummer, Brianna Sig, too. Always so great to see my band getting the attention I know they both deserve, and have earned so hardcore. They’re a tough bunch of characters in their spirit. So glorious. So rare. So precious and valuable. I can’t say enough about these ones.
Anyway, the DC show was immense–so another great show and so fun, and surrounded by people who care about us.
 
With all this said, I still have to admit it’s been tough having the thing foremost on my mind being vocal health. But it is what it is–and it’s getting easier to deal with and accept. And I know it’s only this tour, and I know it’s not forever, but sometimes your brain focuses more on what’s wrong than on what’s right…and that downright sucks.
Next stop are our last three shows, starting in one of my favorite places ever to see a show (I saw The Detroit Cobras there last about a year ago), and I’m super honored to be making our Soraia debut at WFMU’s Monty Hall.
Can’t wait to tell you about it in our next entry….
Signing off and both excited and sad about these last three dates of tour—talk to you guys again soon!
xx ZouZou
PS–While in Washington DC, we stopped at The Zoo before our DC show Tuesday night. Here’s some pics below from our trip. Just so you know—we have a thing for llamas, snakes, octopus, and pandas. Along with every other creature on the face of the earth….

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Soraia tour + Tour Diary: Playing Milkboy in Philly TOMORROW!!!

24 Mar

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ZouZou the badass band-leading babe in Soraia (and our best friend) has started her tour with Kurt Baker Combo and will start a tour diary through us to give you the inside scoop of life on the road of rock. The tour, sponsored by Little Steven’s Underground Garage and Wicked Cool Records, stops in Philly tomorrow night to electrify your Saturday night at Milkboy, one of our favorite venues. Don’t miss this epic rock show in the band’s hometown! Tickets are $10 here and $12 at the door. The show starts at 8PM so make sure you are there on time to check out the opening bands…you do not want to miss this lineup!

 

xx Cher

Philly show NOT to be missed: UK’s finest SLAVES play Milkboy TONIGHT!!!!

10 Mar
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SLAVES head to Milkboy tonight to rock you into next week. Don’t miss this epic show!

 

U.K. Punk duo SLAVES are one of my favorite bands on record and off, putting on one of the best live shows you will ever see. They’re a band you will never get tired of seeing live, bringing so much raw energy and intensity to delivering their songs to a sweaty, body-thrashing crowd-because let’s face it, there’s no other reaction to their music. After releasing their new album Take Control Slaves are heading to Milkboy tonight, Boston tomorrow playing at Great Scott, and Rough Trade in NYC on Sunday before headlining a very sick lineup at Huw Stephen’s party via BBC Radio 1 Presents at Latitude 30 at 1AM on March 14th at SXSW. You don’t want to miss seeing Slaves perform this epic new album live.

 

Tickets to tonight’s show at Milkboy are $17 and available here or at the door while tickets last. The show kicks off at 8:30PM with Lion in the Mane as support, so make sure you get their on time to see both bands!

 

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

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

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