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Interview: BCUC on great audiences and musical legacies

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) is a collective of life-like musicians hailing from the suburbs of Soweto. They believe in the narrative of music, playing with their ancestors on stage and are all for the age of authenticity. I managed to find some time before their set at Oppikoppi to sit down with them. ...

Interview: Cat Power talks getting rid of belongings and finding good songs

She steps towards a group of us. We are all eager to get some intimate down time with the musician. The set she played an hour earlier has left me feeling a bit absent. What felt like a 30 minute preview with a string of technical hiccups and apologies, I left the gig wanting so much more from her. As I showed up for ...

Interview: Five minutes with John Wizards

© www.facebook.com/dejidadaphotography The South African band that pleased Pitchfork. Few local hipsters have that honour, but John Wizards is one of them, and the duo is pleasing more than just the tastemakers. We had a quick check-in recently with John Withers, the face of the eclectic duo: Was music an industry ...

Interview: Gangs Of Ballet talk summer tours and music with a message

© Tink Photography Gangs Of Ballet have been one of the most spoken-about bands in SA over the past year or so, and for very good reason -- their brand of honest, driving rock music has been climbing up charts, and garnering them fans nationwide. Their debut album, Yes/No/Grey, is getting nominated for every set of ...

Interview: This Routine Is Hell on how to make punk music in Europe

“A big difference, for example, between Holland…and let’s say Portugal, which I really love and I love their Punk scene, is that in Holland everything is a bit easier in some way, like financially, there are less problems here. Anyone can go to University, you get money for it, life is really easy…but to be ...

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 ...

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 ...

Interview: Shaun Jacobs on finding epic hooks and dream collaborations

We've made it our 2014 mission here at A Thousand Guitars to really get to know these bands we love (and tell you to love too). So we're going to do more interviews, features and check-ins with the people who are making our indie worlds move. And the first of those is Johannesburg singer-songwriter, Shaun ...

Interview: FTTW singer puts on her electro-pop shoes and strikes out solo

© Hanro Havenga Meet P e t, the electro-pop alter-ego of Sinead De La Querra, co-founder and vocalist for indie-rock band, Fire Through The Window. Born out of the songstress’s desire to explore her creativity outside the realm of Fire Through The Window, p e t is De La Querra’s solo musical incarnation. P e t is ...

Interview: Ava Luna – Art-Funk for a Different Kind of Soul

New York has always been a significant melting-pot for challenging boundary pushing music, acts such as Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch and the late Lou Reed have all developed and extended their testing sounds through the back alleys of bars and clubs around the harsh city’s landscape. Ava Luna can easily fit into the ...

Interview: Guards of May on the Oz music scene, George R. R. Martin characters, and their new single

Here at A Thousand Guitars we love up and coming bands that we believe everyone should be aware of. And with DLC playing South Africa last month we thought, hey lets go down under and see what else that island has to offer lovers of rock. So today we bring you an interview with Australian rockers Guards of May, ...

Interview: Desmond & The Tutus on bromances and novel names

We had a quick chat with the owners of my mom's favourite band name of all time before they play Park Acoustics this weekend 'Holy crap! It's Desmond & The Tutus' is one of the best tour posters we've ever seen. How important is designing a good poster to the success of a gig? Or do you just print out the first ...

Interview: Labelling the unlabelable with Savage Lucy

We sat down with Joburg's instrumental, experimental trio, Savage Lucy recently to get the low down on what's been going on with the band lately. We chatted to Austen Lewis (guitar) and Richard Becker (bass): Where did the idea of prog/experimental/rock come from? Was it challenging to find a 'label' that ...

Interview: Christian Tiger School on the layers of music, and approaching the US

As I am about to sit down with the casual duo of the acutely Capetonian boys, Christian Tiger School, I remember the day a close buddy of mine pointed them in my direction. Finally, someone has added substance to electronic music. It was then that I started a preaching trial to fellow music lovers who crossed my path ...

Bye Beneco on harmonies and hipster approaches to the music biz

Bye Beneco is a harmonious entity who feed off the enthusiasm and production of making music. Layered with different compositions of jazz, blues and gypsy folk, their attitude to being a band is presented by their raw organic processes of song-making in the only way that speaks true:  spontaneous, and creative with a ...

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