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SxSW: finding inspiration from the original thick-framed glasses wearing hipster, Jarvis Cocker

There's a chance that I only came to hear Jarvis Cocker speak for two reasons - to see if he still wears the same glasses, and to hear if anyone asks him if he does, in fact, want to live like common people. He does still wear the glasses. I don't know about the common people, but he's pretty awesome either way. ...

SxSW Band To Watch: Air Traffic Controller

I'm not a fan of the military (or navy or whatever) because we're lovers not fighters here, but Boston's Dave Munro's stint in the navy led to his current stint (hopefully not just a stint though) in the indie band Air Traffic Controller. So because of that, we'll concede that the military had a point here. With the ...

SxSW: Neil Young on the state of modern music, and his solution to it

Today, I went to go and listen to Neil Young speak. My dad, someone who's followed Young's career a lot longer than I have, warned me that I might have to get very stoned to be on the same level as Young. Luckily, I didn't prepare accordingly and arrived (mostly) sober and ready to listen, because Young had a lot to ...

7 Bands We’re Excited To See At SxSW

Leftover Cuties Shirli McAllen (lead vocals, ukulele), Austin Nicholsen (bass, vocals), Mike Bolger (brass, keys, accordion, vocals ) and Stuart Johnson (drums, percussion, vocals) – have sparked a fire with music lovers with a timeless jazz-tinged sound, combining sultry vocals, pop-perfect songwriting, and seasoned ...

The Road to SxSW: New Orleans

It's three days to SxSW, what is about to be the indie music pinnacle of possibly my whole life. Do I save myself and go quietly and calmly through the Big Easy, or do I start drinking at 10:30 in the morning? Door number two, please. The good news is that that decision led me to discover the world's greatest bloody ...

The Road to SxSW: Nashville

And then there was Music City. What a glorious, historical, beautiful, slightly annoying city - almost always at the same time. I learned three things here: I know nothing about country music. I maybe thought I might have a vague idea about the layout of the country scene. I don't, I know nothing. Luckily, when going ...

Green Thursdays: One Million Signatures to Rid Bali of Plastic Bags

Story from Magic Seaweed: "The sheer volume of plastic is unprecedented. The scary thing is that it’s getting worse every year." Jason Childs, surf photographer. © 2014 Jason Childs Every off season, as the monsoon rains arrive and the onshore winds strengthen, Bali’s western beaches are ...

SXSW Band to hear: Lime Cordiale

Fronted by brothers Oli and Louis Leimback, Lime Cordiale leads the way in Australian surf rock in our books, with their rollicking indie sound. I imagine them hanging out on Bondi Beach with slightly weirdly printed surf shirts on and acoustic guitars alongside as they work out the perfect hook. Yeah, I give in to ...

The Road to SXSW: New York

What a city. It's the perfect place to start an 'anything goes' adventure. Well, it's the perfect place to start anything - yes, I think every recipe should have a bit of New York City thrown in. But New York's special because it's not really a place - it's like a ride you get on, it's a being on its own. It's ...

WIN: Tickets to watch Francois van Coke at the Backsberg Concert Series

Just because it's cool to give you free stuff, Backsberg has given us more free tickets to give away. All you have to do is drop your name and e-mail address in the comments below and we'll give you one of 5 double tickets to watch Francois van Coke next week Wednesday. Simple as that! Winners are drawn on ...

Interview: Georgia Fair talk American influences and Bieber hairstyles

One of our recent favourite things here at A Thousand Guitars is uncovering how many good bands Australia has floating around. As much as we like to poke fun at them for, well, being Australian, they're giving us a lot of good listening too. We chatted to Melbourne's folk rock duo, Georgia Fair recently about life ...

All the Ramfest 2014 news you need to know

CAPE TOWN:       6 – 9 March: Elandskloof, Villiersdorp. JOHANNESBURG: 6 – 9 March: Witfontein, JR 512, Bronkhorstspruit More than 50 bands and DJ`s, including 5 International Acts! Now most would say that they hardly remember their 8th birthday, but RAMfans, this is all going to change right here, right ...

The February Mix: 15 free songs and albums

Hooray, it's free music time again! We have 3 albums and 12 tracks of awesomeness for you - a couple of live sessions and some really interesting covers. As always, remember to support these artists if you dig 'em - stalk them online, buy more of their music or definitely get out to one of their shows. Rock ...

Donavon Frankenreiter, KT Tunstall and Frank Turner to headline PARKLIFE FESTIVAL in March

Press release: Breakout Management and DStv in association with 94.7 Highveld Stereo, are excited to announce the International headliners and line-up for the next PARKLIFE FESTIVAL in March! Donavon Frankenreiter, KT Tunstall and Frank Turner will be headlining PARKLIFE FESTIVAL on 21 March in Johannesburg, ...

Interview: MonArk talk Potch and positivity

Towards the middle of last year, Potchefstroom did something none of us hideously prejudiced Joburgers expected it to do - produced a very very good band. MonArk's first single, "Smiling" made us all start looking outside the city to see what this new five-piece could do. And they've been doing it right because ...

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