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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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Little Dragon new album ‘Season High’ out tomorrow!!! New single “Celebrate” has us doing just that…

13 Apr

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Little Dragon, how I love thee! Let me count the ways…

Little Dragon is a band that has never let me down in all their years of existence. This band slays in every way, their songs will make you dance, pull at your heartstrings, empower you, and lead you on a rollercoaster of emotions sweetened with nostalgia. Their new single “Celebrate” will have you dancing around the room with no abandon… and Jesu Christe that guitar solo is giving me life!

 

Their new album Season High is out tomorrow digitally via Loma Vista Records! The album will be available to purchase on LP and CD in stores May 5th. This is the first album since their brilliant 2014 release Nabuma Rubberband. Little Dragon produced their new album with James Ford mixing in their hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. You can get your copy of the album via iTunesAmazon, and of course Little Dragon’s website here tomorrow!

 

Little Dragon will be kicking off their US tour tonight at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown, CA. You can also catch Little Dragon live from Coachella in the comfort of your own home at 6:35pm PST this Saturday via livestream! Check out all of Little Dragon’s tour dates below and make sure to see them when they come to a city near you, this is a live show you DO NOT want to miss. Promise, you’re welcome.

 

 

Little Dragon Tour:

4/13/17Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriets
4/14/17Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/16/17San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
4/18/17Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC**
4.20/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy (Album Release Show)
4/21/17Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/22/17Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl^^
4/23/17Scottsdale, AZ @ Live Wire
4/25/17Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater**
4/26/17Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater**
4/27/17Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall**
4/29/17Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/30/17St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant**
5/2/17Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall**
5/3/17Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre**
5/4/17Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall**
5/5-7/17Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Beats Festival
7/22/17Squaw Valley, CA @ Wanderlust Festival
7/26/17Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks^^
7/29/17Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang^^
7/31/17Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE^^
** with Goldlink
^^ with Glass Animals

 

 

 

 

**Texas fans!! Enter to win tickets to the Little Dragon show via Do512 here!**

xx Cher

 

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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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

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

WCW: Little Dragon “High”+ North American Tour!!!

15 Feb

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Happy Wednesday! One of the greatest bands of all time, Little Dragon, have just released their first piece of new music since their stunning 2014 release Nabuma Rubberband. The single called “High” is a silky, baby-making tune perfect for it’s Valentine’s Day release. Watch the new video for the track now here:

“High” is available for stream/purchase now on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Apple Music!

Little Dragon also announced they will be playing their first North American tour in two years. The shows kick off with Coachella Festival then continue with Glass Animals and Goldlink playing select shows along the tour! What an epic lineup either way. There are no current Philly dates on this tour but let’s all pray they add one. Either way, I’ll be checking them out at this year’s Bestival festival and you should too! Tickets for most dates on the tour go on sale this Friday and you get yours here.

 

Little Dragon Tour:

4/13/17Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriets
4/14/17Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/16/17San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
4/18/17Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC**
4/21/17Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/22/17Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl^^
4/23/17Scottsdale, AZ @ Live Wire
4/25/17Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater**
4/26/17Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater**
4/27/17Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall**
4/29/17Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/30/17St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant**
5/2/17Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall**
5/3/17Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre**
5/4/17Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall**
5/5-7/17Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Beats Festival
7/22/17Squaw Valley, CA @ Wanderlust Festival
7/26/17Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks^^
7/29/17Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang^^
7/31/17Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE^^
** with Goldlink
^^ with Glass Animals
xx Cher
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