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Sleeper Agent grows up right on second record

When I first wrote about Sleeper Agent three years ago, I loved them because they matched the loud, energetic, and somewhat runaway noise in my head. "Get It Daddy" is still one of my most-played songs, all this time later. That opening riff is just insanely infectious! But, in my Sleeper Agent relationship, something ...

Green Thursdays: 9 tips for Zero Waste entertaining

Story from Treehugger: Promo image Simply Straws Summer is the season for outdoor entertaining. Unfortunately, this can result in excessive amounts of waste, as many hosts set out piles of Styrofoam plates, plastic cutlery, and plastic cups in order to reduce the amount of cleanup and broken glasses in the backyard. ...

Stream: Bad Suns – Language & Perspective

Man, it's been cool to watch this band arc towards stardom. I'm just going to say it once more - I was their at their very first gig. But since then, thousands of fans have been there at many more gigs, and Los Angeles' Bad Suns have finally released their full-length debut album. From Billboard: Christo Bowman ...

38 Free downloads for you ft. Beast, Manicanparty, Pixies & The National

It's been a while since we refreshed your playlist, so here we go. I counted quite fast - it might not be exactly 38 free songs, but it's a lot and they're all free, legal, and great, so don't hold Maths against me. Beast - Cat Lady They Might Be Giants - Tesla Rodrigo Y Gabriela - The Soundmaker EP The ...

Kaiser Chiefs and BLK JKS confirmed as Foo Fighters opening acts in SA

If you were in a band, would you like to come and open for another act that pretty much every rock fan in the country has been waiting for ages to see, knowing the fans were wishing you'd hurry up and bring on the main act already? Yes, you probably would. So give a cheer for Kaiser Chiefs and BLK JKS who'll be ...

ICYMI: Laura Burhenn from Postal Service/Bright Eyes in SA this July

[Press Release] “A Hypnotizing mix of siren-like voice and melody.” – Washington Post. Laura will be collaborating with homegrown songbirds Inge Beckmann, Shotgun Tori and Lucy Kruger and also facilitate a mentorship program: two singers from disadvantaged communities will be joining Laura, as well as ...

Gigs: Natasha Meister EP launch party – 19 June

[Press release] WHAT GOES AROUND OFFICIAL LAUNCH: 19 JUNE, ACES N SPADES BAR, CAPE TOWN. “She has great talent and a long career ahead of her” – Ard Matthews. “She is, simply put, the complete package.” – David Foster (The Month) “I believe Natasha is destined for greatness” – Jimmy Thomas ...

Stream Fairchild’s Burning Feet EP

Oh you Aussies and your good music-making skizillz! About a year ago, we told you about Fairchild, a synthfully catchy Aussie five piece who were gearing up to release a new EP - I read that they’d been drawing comparisons to Temper Trap. Perhaps it’s mainly the Aussie reason, but there is a similarity in the ...

WIN: The Get Out Of The Garage Top 10 album

One of our favourite finding new talent competitions, Converse's Get Out Of The Garage band search, is gearing up for this year's run (btw: you can still enter until the end of this week. Details are here.) To remind you what great things this competition accomplishes, we're giving away a compilation album of last ...

This song is really goddamn great

It's on NEEDTOBREATHE's new album, and I thought you might like it. That is ...

Band of the week: Poor Remy

Poor Remy is a group of three gentlemen who will tell you they "live in Queens...remember Ohio...and yell about their feelings...there's room for you." They sound like my ideal band. I like to yell about my feelings too. Luckily, they do it a lot more tunefully than I ever could. And then they include a banjo, ...

Green Thursdays: the statistically representative debate on climate change

If you spend any average amount of time on the internet, you'll have seen this already, but a couple of people I spoke to last week hadn't come across it yet, so I wanted to repost it just so we're all clear on what we should really be discussing on this topic -- John Oliver doesn’t think one-on-one debates over ...

Interview: A little bit of Kid Robot

We're super amped for Park Acoustics this weekend and stopped to have a quick chat to DJ Kid Robot before he shares the stage this Sunday: What kind of music did you hear around the house growing up? Mostly rock like, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and Mike and the Mechanics What was the first album you ...

Pretty Reckless and pretty awesome

When you front a chart-topping international hard rock band and you're 20 years old, people probably underestimate you or are confused by you. When you do these things and you're a lady, you sadly probably get written off even more. I was guilty of these prejudices when it came to thinking of Taylor Momsen, once Gossip ...

Calling all indie bands and future rockstars!

[Press Release] Converse Get Out Of The Garage is back for its third year in a row. This unique competition encourages artists from all across South Africa to upload their demos to SoundCloud or YouTube and then submit them to Converse via http://www.myssl.co.za/converse/ In 2012, Matthew Mole was crowned the ...

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