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Now playing: The Olympic

If you live in Pretoria, you'll concur - wholly listenable bands that come from here are a little bit of a rare thing, so well done to The Olympic for surpassing all my local expectations from the start! The four-piece band - Charl, Freddie, Deon and Adriaan, are new to the music scene this year, but they're already ...

Now playing: Divided By Friday

The first time I turned on Divided By Friday's Prove It EP, I had to do a quick search to see if Patrick Stump or Pete Wentz had got bored of their grown-up lives and gone back to their emo pasttimes. I know you're looking at that picture above going 'you are loco, I say', but just take a listen to this:Yeah, do you concur ...

Now playing: Male Bonding

I was drawn to the music of Male Bonding not for their name, but because of their interesting sound. They're like indie kids who do loud pop-punk. They're like The Dashing Suns crossed with Drew And The Grand Spectacular. And the thing to point out is that they're not from some basement in Brooklyn - their from the ...

Now playing: Jack And White

Yeah, you probably did read that wrong - I'm not trying to feature Jack Awesomeness White as a new artist. I'm trying to feature Jack AND White. (That's either someone trying to be witty, or a very smart search engine marketing technique.)This Californian duo, made up of Jack Matranga and Brooke White are a sort of a ...

Now playing: Icon For Hire

The first time I heard Icon For Hire, thinking they sounded fairly similar to early Paramore, I thought it would be cool if they changed their vibe with every song and could emulate famous bands with their own original tunes. Like an actual icon for hire. Geddit?But life is not going my way on that because that is not Icon ...

Now playing: Sleeper Agent

Enough of this arty, introspective hipster trash (Iron & Wine, I'm looking at you). Bring on Sleeper Agent! A six-piece (yes, I know there are only five in the picture above) slice of musical fun, out of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Sleeper Agent plays loud, boisterous garage-pop tunes that are entirely ...

Now playing: Motopony

One of my favourite eras of rock and roll - even more favourite than the year in which Bon Jovi was formed, surprisingly enough, is the '70s. More specifically, the era of excess that drips with a glittering, drunk life in the fast lane. It's why I continually find Hollywood so interesting and why Vegas is my nemesis. And ...

Now playing: Voxhaul Broadcast

David Dennis, Anthony Aguiar, Phil Munsey and Kurt Allen make my kind of electro-rock. They're not indie to the point of it being annoying (I'm talking to you, Arcade Fire), but they're not electro to the point of it being a whole different genre either. They're atmospheric, and it's lush! See what I'm talking about with ...

Now playing: Brett Dennen

Oh I'm still laughing at this ginger kid we've got to feature today. I'm not even sorry for playing the ginger card here. Unless you're a member of the Weasley family, there's no need for your hair to glow.But luckily, said ginger kid strums some sweet-ass tunes, so we'll just turn up his music and thank the stars that the ...

Now playing: Rival Sons

Oh I do love it when new bands just light your iTunes on fire.Rival Sons, out of Los Angeles, are the newest quarter to get my feet tapping. They are the melodic lovechild of The Black Crowes and The Raconteurs. And they have the coolest album art - couldn't you just get lost in that picture up there?The band's second ...

Now playing: The Belle Brigade

The first time I heard The Belle Brigade, I thought they sounded like The Bangles would if they moved to Nashville and started taking heavy doses of mescaline. Part of me even hoped it was a Bangle-filled new venture. Research has killed those dreams of mine - The Belle Brigade is made up of siblings Barbara Gruska (born ...

Now playing: Bibio

I love musical first impressions. This is the cover art for Brit producer, Bibio's latest single (and album):I just about regurgitate the grating synth sound I heard from every other hipster last week, every time I see that picture. So I automatically skipped the song the first few times it came up after I'd got it for ...

Now playing: City Of Heroes

 The perfect homecoming for us: I kind of giggled to myself when I found out that this next band, City Of Heroes, was from Pretoria. It's my hometown, so I'm allowed to judge it, and let me tell you - we are not a city of heroes. Perhaps Karl, jean, Bernard and Stephen are fans of irony. Or perhaps it's what occurred ...

Now playing: The Violet Lights

Joel Nass and Amber Garvey make up the rock duo, The Violet Lights. The two originally hail from Wisconsin. I'm not even from America and I already have a whole lot of Wisconsin jokes coming to mind, so we'll move swiftly on to the fact that Nass and Garvey currently reside in the City Of Angels. And from Wisconsin or not, ...

Now playing: The Civil Wars

To be honest, as I write this, I'm not 100% decided on the provocatively-named southern duo, The Civil Wars. I'm pretty sure I like them. Really like them. But maybe only about 5 songs at a time. Let me explain:The Civil Wars is the vocal collaboration of John Paul White and Joy Williams, who have both worked as solo ...

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