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Desert Noises: old school California rock for the new age

I did a fair bit of double checking when I found this picture of Desert Noises. After listening to their latest EP, I Won't See You for quite a while, I had them pegged as a throwback to the hazy '70s rock of southern California. I expected at least one of them to look like a young Jackson Browne. I did not expect ...

Now Playing: Look Out Kid

It's fitting that I started writing this review on a lazy Sunday afternoon that was welcoming in just a tinge of fresh autumn air, because that's just what Look Out Kid's recent EP would be if it could be bottled in a feeling - that stretch you do when you're waking up from an impromptu but incredibly satisfying Sunday ...

Now Playing: Cub Scouts

I had never seen what Cub Scouts, the young five-piece from Brisbane looked like before I started writing this article, and I was rather surprised to see how young the band members look. (They could all be in their thirties for how good I am at guessing ages, but they look younger than me.) The surprise comes because ...

Now Playing: Ali Ingle

"Honest music for a generation of dreamers" is the first thing Ali Ingle's Facebook page will tell you about him. And the next thing you hear might be "Think I felt love/I've sure felt pain" over some daydreamy acoustic guitar playing, from his recent single, "Tornado". And with that, you'll know the crux of Ingle's ...

Now Playing: My Fiction

I've picked up a fair few Australian friends through my travels, and they're all pretty patriotic about how Melbourne/Sydney/Adelaide/whatevs is the best place to be, but they all agree on one thing - nothing good ever comes out of Brisbane. Even the people I know who live in Brisbane tell me not to really bother ...

Now Playing: Briscoe.

Oh no, the Australians are making good music again. This is seriously messing with my world view. But, if they continue making it like Briscoe. makes music, we'll allow it. Because Briscoe., a six piece, punctuated band from lovely Sydney, makes music that evokes a jam between the musical spirits of the late ...

Now Playing: Tristan Prettyman

Tristan Prettyman has a very fitting surname. The California native makes music that is folkily delicate, elegant, and very very pretty. Although new to this blog, Prettyman has been making music for ten years now, and brought her fifth album, Cedar + Gold into the world last month. Cedar and Gold (whose title ...

Black Bird White Sky: edgy, electro rock

As you know, I'm not a champion of almost anything electro. But I'm a lifelong champion of music with a bit of an edge. Not loud or crazy stuff, just the type of rock that's got a dark undercurrent, laced with emotions that are trying to find a way out. And that's why I like Black Bird White Sky. ...an ...

Now Playing: Shout Timber

In many post-colonial situations, it's hard to know where British culture ends and Indian culture starts. The young group of gents above, Shout Timber, have capitalised on this melange of societies and produced a really quite enchanting new single called "East India Trading Company". The single, the first of Shout ...

Now Playing: Kate Borthwick

If you like Regina Spektor, you need to become a fan of the ethereally voiced Kate Borthwick. Done it? Okay, let's discuss. Borthwick comes to music-making from a rich history in the South African arts industry - both parents are accomplished stage and screen actors, and Borthwick received her honours in Music ...

Now Playing: Heyward Howkins

Songs, by most popular definitions, need music, and they need lyrics, right? And those are more often than not, two entirely separate entities thrown together with the vocals taking precedence over the music. But, what if someone just married the two? Using vocals to portray subtle emotional vibes and using instruments ...

The British IBM – Animal

[caption id="attachment_17666" align="aligncenter" width="300"] © thebritishibm.com[/caption] I like crazy band names. But I also like band names that I can figure out. And I can't really figure out The British IBM's name. I'm going with the fact that IBM has also been known to stand for 'International Brotherhood of ...

Now Playing: Ed Sheeran

I will always have a place in my heart for Ed Sheeran because at this year's Brit Awards, when people wore idiotic sparkles and heels of all sorts, he got up and performed in... a t-shirt and jeans. Hells yeah! And then he silenced any and everyone with this tune: This meek-looking strummer is a powerhouse of ...

Now playing: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

It's snice to mellow out from time to time. And when I think of mellow artists, I think of Cape Tonians and Brits. We can't all be Farryl Purkiss, so this time we'll turn to York's Benjamin Francis Leftwich. I can't find who told the young singer-songwriter to keep a stage name that is both long and slightly confusing ...

Now playing: Newtown Knife Gang

Those awesome, and slightly scarily named hard rockers from Joburg, Newtown Knife Gang are about to release their debut album, so we thought it was time for another foray their way. Before I heard them, I presumed Newtown Knife Gang would be some deliciously local kwaito or rap that I wouldn't be interested in. Instead, ...

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