Park Acoustics November 2016

GIVEAWAY: The last Park Acoustics of 2016

Park Acoustics is firmly established as Pretoria’s primary, regular must-attend one-day music festival. This November, they’re putting on a special Saturday end-of-year event on the 26th, featuring the usual music and comedy stages, but also the Griet 8th Birthday Stage and Bobbejaan Street Theatre in the evening, and a Movember Silent Disco. BONUS: We’re giving away a set of tickets (see below). Continue reading “GIVEAWAY: The last Park Acoustics of 2016”

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

CANCELLED: A Place In The Sun festival

It’s hard to organise a music festival. There are many obstacles in the way. But even the best-managed, with a good, experienced team behind it, fails sometimes. Unfortunately, we heard today that A Place In The Sun festival has been cancelled – for the time being, at least. Full details below… Continue reading “CANCELLED: A Place In The Sun 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.
Academie

Academie: or how to be in a band with your spouse

Though tempting, it’s hard to call Academie a side-project or spin-off band. Yes, husband-and-wife duo Jean-Louise and Alex Parker have been seen in bands as diverse as Dear Reader, Fulka, and ISO in the past, but their new band has practically nothing in common with those acts. We talked with Academie in anticipation of their set at the new festival just outside of Pretoria, A Place In The Sun. Continue reading “Academie: or how to be in a band with your spouse”

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

BCUC: Spreading Our Truth, concentrating on the solutions

BCUC burst onto stages in the same way that their music knocked down your heart’s door. They might not be the band South Africa deserves, but they’re the band we need right now. With their debut EP Our Truth just released, and their visit to The Good Luck Bar for OneSight Acoustics this Sunday, we asked them a few questions about why taking your time is important… Continue reading “BCUC: Spreading Our Truth, concentrating on the solutions”

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 Black Cat Bones

Black Cat Bones – Expressing cross-culturally as South Africans at A Place in the Sun

After scoring the well-deserved Best Live Act MK Award a few years back, The Black Cat Bones exploded. They’ve since become the must-book band for every major music festival around the country, so there’s nothing strange about their slot at the new outskirts-of-Pretoria festival, A Place In The Sun. Oh wait, there is something strange about it: They’ll be sharing the stage with the super energetic, Soweto-based, abstract African band BCUC.

We asked Bones guitarist Andre Kriel about their band, their albums, and what A Place In The Sun will bring. Continue reading “Black Cat Bones – Expressing cross-culturally as South Africans at A Place in the Sun”

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

Love In The Time Of The Robot Uprising – Kabaal klankbaan releases Robot Girlfriend

As we move further and further into the future of convenience and technology, new possibilities are arising to find love, be it scanning dating apps for the perfect partner, stalking the girl of your dreams online or building the perfect mechanical partner that passes the Turing test to keep you warm at night. The Stepford Wife generation.

Tuesday saw the release of the brand new single from the Pretoria based indie/folk act Kabaal klankbaan in which he explores the very real theme of building the perfect girlfriend. You know, one that would not break your heart.

World, meet ‘Robot Girlfriend’. Continue reading “Love In The Time Of The Robot Uprising – Kabaal klankbaan releases Robot Girlfriend”

Less Wes Anderson, more Wes Craven.
OneSight Acoustics #3

TICKET GIVEAWAY: OneSight Acoustics Volume 3!

THIRD TIME LUCKY because two amazing Sunday shows with OneSight Acoustics just isn’t enough. Next Sunday (13 November), The Good Luck Bar hosts the third in a series of four events – this time featuring Reason, December Streets, BCUC, and DJ Invizable. Continue reading “TICKET GIVEAWAY: OneSight Acoustics Volume 3!”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Crawling King Snake - Picture by Andre Badenhorst

Crawling King Snake and how George van der Spuy declared himself royalty

George van der Spuy, who’s mostly known as the frontman of Capetonian rock band Taxi Violence, has recently launched his career as a solo artist, under the name Crawling King Snake. Along with the announcement, he released a first single, Land of the Blind – apparently a “baptism” for the project, and a preview of a still-to-be-launched EP titled The Gospel According to George. All this is a predictable move that we’ve seen before by rock band frontmen, but there’s something fascinating about the way he’s doing it, and the imagery he uses. We asked George a few questions in an attempt to decipher Crawling King Snake. Continue reading “Crawling King Snake and how George van der Spuy declared himself 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.
MYMYMY Ons S'n Is Beter

MYMYMY – A Bilingual synthpop enigma

I was sligthly taken aback when I first heard about MYMYMY. Is that an Afrikaans or English name? They’re a Cape Town based synth-pop duo, and their recently released debut EP title, Ons S’n Is Beter, seems to answer my question. Then I listened to the tracks, and was taken aback all over again. Continue reading “MYMYMY – A Bilingual synthpop enigma”

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

Michael Lesar doesn’t need a dancing crowd to keep swinging

Michael Lesar is well-known around party scenes – popularly as “The King of Swing”. He’s a DJ from Johannesburg who’s developed a specialisation in swing sets, where he meshes old music with newer beats, and never fails to get a dance floor moving. But when I asked him about it, he told me that he really doesn’t mind if people are sitting down… Continue reading “Michael Lesar doesn’t need a dancing crowd to keep swinging”

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