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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 ...

WIN: Tickets to Park Acoustics’ 4th birthday

This is a big 'un, you're not going to want to miss out. We're giving away one double ticket to Park Acoustics' fourth birthday bash on the 1st of June. Here are the details: Time: Gates Open at 10AM Venue: Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria Tickets: R250 Online at www.parkacoustics.co.za / R250 at Gate Free for ...

The band that Austin gave us

For me, South by Southwest 2014 in all its indie rock glory, mostly involved running from one venue to another to see some lesser-known bands I'd been stalking through this blog for years. But about half way through it, I managed to venture to a gig of someone whose music I'd never heard, but who I'd been following on ...

Green Thursdays: 30 of the Greenest Cities in the World

From The Cultureist: If you’ve had the opportunity to travel a bit, you probably know that Reykjavik is one of the greenest cities in the world, but New Delhi, on the other hand, may not have been an obvious contender. Other cities on this list, such as Chicago, are making extreme efforts to go green by implementing ...

Free Music magic this May: 2 albums + 10 songs

Monthly free music time. Hooray! Enjoy this rather brilliant playlist refresher: The Eels - Mistakes Of My Youth Perfect Pussy – “Candy’s Room” (Bruce Springsteen Cover) David Meulen - Remember Me Kaiser Chiefs - World Cafe - NoiseTrade EP Ozomatli - Brighter Bordeen - Broken Bones The Hold Steady - ...

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