Lets Swing It Family Picnic

Let’s Swing It Family Picnic – Win tickets!

It’s time to Swing It again – the Let’s Swing It Family Picnic is coming to Carfax on 9 April 2016.

Here’s all the info you need to know:

This time, Let’s Swing It will be taking over one of Jozi’s hottest inner city venues: the iconic Carfax! The side street (Main Stage) will be transformed into a picnic setting complete with astro turf, picnic baskets (pre-booked), gourmet street and market food, arts and crafts, and a secure kids play area with loads to keep the little ones busy including face painting, jumping castles, puppet shows and sand art. Continue reading “Let’s Swing It Family Picnic – Win tickets!”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
The Plastics

The Plastics – An interview with South African teen royalty

Lindsay Lohan starred in a movie in 2004 as a homeschooled girl, who comes to an American high school after having lived in Africa for 15 years. Her character, Cady, semi-relucantly joins the clique of popular girls called The Plastics. We spoke to Pascal Righini of The Plastics (the band) about Lindsay’s career. Continue reading “The Plastics – An interview with South African teen royalty”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Cherry Vynil - Busking Cape Town

Cherry Vinyl is Busking Cape Town

Cherry Vinyl’s debut album, Busking Cape Town, is a fun and energetic, melodic folk-rock offering. In a nutshell, this sounds like an album made by lovers of music. Everything sounds bright and light, with a positive attitude and hopeful lyrics beaming from the speakers. It’s also evident that these musicians know what they’re doing – when it comes to skilled use of their individual instruments, but also the production and arrangement involved in crafting each song, these songs are top class. Continue reading “Cherry Vinyl is Busking Cape Town”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
The Shabeen

The Shabeen opens its doors to Mpumalanga and Mieliepop

No, you won’t be able to buy a beer from them. However, says Ryan McArthur of Capetonian folk-punk duo The Shabeen, if they did sell alcohol, the beers would be “as cheap as they could be, you know… so we could all just have a good party together.” Ryan accompanies previously established solo folk-punker Jon Shaban on upright bass and additional vocals, and I spoke to him about folk-punk as a genre, the launch of their new album, and folk music’s appropriation into pop.

While the band was formed in 2012 as an extension of Jon’s solo act, it has since evolved into a legitimate duo, where even the songwriting involves both members. “We both work on songs for The Shabeen,” Ryan explains. “Whoever brings an initial idea, we’ll work on that together. Jon is obviously more of the songwriter, so more of the initial ideas come from Jon, but we definitely work on the ideas together.” Continue reading “The Shabeen opens its doors to Mpumalanga and Mieliepop”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Lancifer Go Big or Go homeless cover

Lancifer’s bringing his new album to South Africa

Usually when Nashville is discussed in relation to music, it is due to the city’s reputation as the “home of country music”. There are often also related genres being exported – things like blues, jazz, and southern rock. But Lancifer is something completely different. Continue reading “Lancifer’s bringing his new album to South Africa”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Mumford and Sons at the Voortrekker Monument - Photo by Christelle Duvenage

Mumford and Sons at the Voortrekker Monument

What a show.

Mumford and Sons need no introduction. They brought the banjo into modern pop-rock, and cemented their place on the charts with good harmonies, writing, and lyrics. And we’ve all been told excitedly by a teenage girl at a party how the band members can each play all the instruments, ever. We all recognize the opening riff to The Cave, and will automatically sing along to Little Lion Man, albeit without quite hitting all the notes and harmonies. Continue reading “Mumford and Sons at the Voortrekker Monument”

Nardus Groenewald
Nardus Groenewald is a geek for music, computer games, tech, gadgets, and those chocolate eggs with jelly in them that Woolies sells at the tills. In his spare time he grows a decent beard and holds down a full time job.
Lost & Found - Photo by Gillian Coetzee

Meet Lost&Found (or: Can you still call it a supergroup if they only have two people?)

The Parlotones have a bit of a reputation. What exactly that reputation is, I’m not sure. There was a degree of unspecified backlash when they were announced to play at Oppikoppi 2015. But maybe that makes this the perfect time for a side-project. Introducing…

Lost&Found

Lost&Found is a new Alternative Country/Rock music project consisting of Glen Hodgson from The Parlotones & Jason Oosthuizen (Black Cat Bones drummer). Continue reading “Meet Lost&Found (or: Can you still call it a supergroup if they only have two people?)”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Thieve_3_Jaco S. Venter- MR

Thieve is back! Here’s their new single, Wild Western Cape

I remember the launch of Thieve‘s first single. I remember the feeling of something distinct and different coming from Cape Town, just when the Bellville music scene’s exports seemed to dry up. And now, after a long silence, they’ve announced their sophomore album, and launched the first single: Wild Western Cape. Continue reading “Thieve is back! Here’s their new single, Wild Western Cape”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.