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Now playing: Irvine

I think I was a little apprehensive when someone told me Irvine was from Cape Town. I've lost faith in Cape Town rock music since the Dirty Skirts went from awesome to crazy. Maybe all that sea air gets to the bands eventually. But it hasn't got to Irvine yet, because they've still got a firm hold on the energetic rock ...

Now playing: Hotel Of The Laughing Tree

I'm not even kidding - that's really the name of this band! How awesome.Hotel Of The Laughing Tree, may, I think, be the indiest band I've come across so far. I say this because no one else we've featured yet have ever won an award for Best Music On Campus. But this Long Island sextet did back in 2009. Despite that ...

Now playing: The Young International

Nashville's The Young International is an interesting band. They've been playing together for five years in music city itself, but only released their debut EP in February. And how did they release the EP? Through fan-funding, of course. 108 of their fans donated a total of $3,530 to help them make the 5-track, self-titled ...

Catlike Thieves – Maybe Baby

Who knew Durban had such great untapped talent?! Increasingly, jaw-dropping bands emerge out of there to be totally excellent and great for the local music scene. The latest bunch of Durbanites to be passed onto us are Catlike Thieves, an indie four piece.I like how their Facebook bio says they sound like The December ...

Now playing: Only Son

You might remember this catchy tune from the little-movie-that-could, a couple of years ago:The lead guitarist behind that band, The Moldy Peaches, is now doing this:- making music under the musical moniker of Only Son.If you judge Only Son's music on the video above alone, how freakin' good is it!? Music, after all, is ...

Now playing: Silver Planet

I always get very excited when people on the local music scene aim for something different. While I obviously love it, every time I stumble on another monotonous rock band, I think 'really? Why should I listen to you instead of the other monotonous rock band I already love?' But thankfully, Silver Planet aims for nothing ...

Discovering Jesse Stone’s jangly tunes

For such a young-looking chickita, Jesse Thomas sure has a acquired a lovely, relaxed sound that it usually takes singers a few more years to find. On her song "You I Want", she sounds like Sheryl Crow, The Bangles and The Beach Boys would if they spent a lazy afternoon on a Californian beach making a record ...

Now playing: The City Is The Desert (In Disguise)

Long band names are often a good trick. You throw a name like The City Is The Desert (In Disguise) out into a crowd and you can play them three songs' worth of nonsense before they've stopped trying to figure out the meaning of the name and started listening to what you're playing. Luckily, the aforementioned City, as ...

Now playing: Young The Giant

When you first hear Young The Giant's new single, "My Body", you wouldn't be mistaken for thinking it was a synth-pop tune akin to Adam Lambert's "Strut" about to take off. But then that synth segues into a happy pop-rock beat, which then segues into what I would imagine Coldplay would sound like if they ever made happy ...

Now playing: Eureka Stockade

I have a new band for you (well, duh!) that have to be marked in the up-and-coming column, because I like their sound, but it's still slightly raw. I think that a few more plays down the line, with a bit more tequila-fuelled, fervent passion, there music will be close to incendiary.But it still merits a listen now:It's ...

Now playing: Finding Noah

Ah, I do love me some radio-friendly melodic rock, and Finding Noah is the newest of the folks on my dulcet radar.They're a rock trio from Johannesburg whose tunes are ever pleasing on the ear. Their first single, "This Is Your Moment" went to the top of 94.7's local chart, as well as being playlisted on station across the ...

Now playing: Thea Ford

Would ya look at that! My Marketing Manager actually did something useful - she recommended I take a listen to the lovely tunes of Brit songstress, Thea Ford.Thea has the grace of a folk singer played out to the beat of an acoustic pop tune. While the video here has quite a stripped down sound, we really recommend you ...

Now playing: Phosphorescent

Image via Boston.com One wouldn't expect to find a Brooklyn hipster who hails from Georgia playing sly Southern rock on the David Letterman show. But occasionally Dave shows his cool colours and this is where I found Phosphorescent and the song "It's Hard To Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)".It's not as submerged ...

Now playing: Ruby Gill

Ruby Gill's music was recommended to me by a friend, and I think you should listen to this before I tell you why it deserves to be featured here:   Breathing In C Minor by user8142757 Ruby is 15. As in three years into teenage-hood and three years away from being a legal adult. Just listen to the subtle beauty in her ...

Now playing: City Movie Scene

Y'know every time you log onto Facebook and you have a page suggestion from a friend who's formed his (because it's almost always guys that do this to me) own 'side-project' band called something like "The Dirty Albatross" or "Hot Mess", your heart drops because here's another project you're going to have to show interest ...

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