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The Wake Up: Albert Frost talks about turning over a new leaf

Albert Frost woke up.

For such a prolific performer, his new album, The Wake Up, comes a surprising seven years after his last solo release, Devils and Gods. And for someone who’s spent 21 years as one of the Blues Broers before quitting the band last year, The Wake Up isn’t quite as bluesy as one might expect. “I’ve been slightly pigeon-holed as a blues guitarist,” Albert Frost explains – which is just how the music business works. But actually, my influences are very wide and range way further than just the blues. And I’ve never had a vehicle to explore that or felt that my voice is ready for this.”

Until now. The Wake Up, while firmly rooted in the blues [“I can’t escape it, I love it so much,” says Frost], is varied, eclectic, and certainly very different.

Floris Groenewald

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

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Scarlotte Will launches EP, Things Unseen

Scarlotte Will, a young local band, has launched their latest EP, Things Unseen. This five track mini-album promises to whet appetites for the accompanying tour, taking them all over South Africa.

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.

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DJ Billy Killer van de Sandton – From BMX to Xai Xai

DJ Billy Killer van de Sandton is the only person I know of whose journey into music started with BMXing. “I started racing BMX and then turned to freestyle BMX. I met some really cool dudes like Brad and Greg Illingworth and after a good riding session they used to take me to live shows at places like the original Bohemian and London Calling in Troyville.”

On one of these occasions, he discovered The Slashdogs“From there I fell in love with the whole idea of Rock ‘n roll, Punk and live music.”

And he still has a punk edge to him.

Floris Groenewald

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

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Die kind is nog jonger: 36 liefdesbriewe aan Ingrid Jonker

Het jy al Ingrid Jonker se gedigte gelees en gewens jou gunsteling alternatiewe band wil dit toonset? Het jy al na Chris Chameleon se bekende Ingrid Jonker-albums geluister en gewonder hoekom meer mense dit nie doen nie? Dan is dit hoogtyd vir Die kind is nog jonger – ‘n dubbel CD met 36 verwerkings van Ingrid Jonker gedigte, deur onder andere Inge Beckmann, Kalahari Surfers, Somerfaan, Jim Neversink, Francois Breytenbach Blom, Mavis Vermaak en Victor Wolf (destyds Riku Lätti).

Floris Groenewald

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

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Mieliepop 2016 – what every festival should be

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the term “music festival”? If you’re from Gauteng, it’s most likely dust. And crowds. And drunk youths. But then there’s Mieliepop.

Beforehand, it looked like bad weather might intrude on the weekend. But the sunshine arrived just on time. A simple, 270 km/3 hour drive from Pretoria leads you to the beautiful Tolderia Resort – a real majestic, beautiful, peaceful, green hilly area in the middle of nowhere. The trek into the resort was slightly rough after the rain, and arriving there in the dark isn’t recommended – though that really applies to any festival.

Floris Groenewald

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

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Dan Patlansky launches new album: Introvertigo

Dan Patlanksy is introverted.

That might seem obvious, seeing as his new album is called Introvertigo, but it doesn’t quite gel with being a performing musician and performing in front of thousands of people. “It does seem like a silly career choice if you’re an introvert,” he says, “but I think the whole point of this album is to maybe explain what an introvert actually is.”

Introvertigo is built on songs from the mind of an introvert. “I don’t think any of them are about being an introvert, but it’s almost like the memoirs of an introvert, or the thoughts of an introvert, or the way an introvert sees the world.”

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.

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Pollinator’s Honeyeaters – As audacious as their live shows?

The Johannesburg-based rock group Pollinator is relatively new on the scene, but has been making tongues wag as a live act with immense chutzpah. The energy that Evert Snyman (vocals, guitar), Louise Eksteen (vocals, bass) and Tim Edwards (vocals, drums) eject has set many venues alight. The question is whether their debut album, Honeyeaters, will ignite the same fire in the hearts of music lovers.

Dee Theart

Dee is a Jack of many trades and perhaps a master of some: writing, MC’ing, presenting, acting and the occasional afternoon nap.

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Who is OH ROXY? #ThisIsMe

Oh Roxy, the 21-year-old “Retro siren” is David Gresham Records’ newest alternative pop act from Cape Town, and she is releasing her debut single, This Is Me, today.  She is originally from Durban, but moved to Cape Town to pursue her dreams in music, and majored in vocals at COPA (Campus of Performing Arts).

We asked her a few quick questions to get to the bottom of it.

Floris Groenewald

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

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December Streets: Returning to Mieliepop, reinvigorated

You’re already familiar with December Streets. Especially if phrases like “Won’t you put your feet back on today, love” or “Stay by me – everybody else can leave” sound familiar, or the homegrown, ska and reggae influenced, trumpet-featuring, infectious earworm Indie pop rings a bell. I spoke to the lead singer of the band, Tristan Coetzee, ahead of their return to Mieliepop Festival this year.

“I think that is definitely something that was a natural thing back when we started,” says Tristan of the foot-stomping, singalong kind of gigs they are well known for, where a rapport with the audience is a crucial part of the show. “That kind of music lent itself to the audience getting involved and everyone jamming and having a good time and partying. It is a very important thing for any musician at a live show to get crowd interaction, because that is the foundation of a good performance – not actually how good you sound.”

Floris Groenewald

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

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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.

Floris Groenewald

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