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Bands in Bars #1: Jerry and the Bandits

From the moment they gear up to take the stage with their guitars, tambourine, saxophone, and harmonica, till the closing melody of the final song, Jerry and the Bandits (JATB), emit this vibe that is lively and confident.

If you like the sound of The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons (2007), and The Head and the Heart (2011), but desire a little more frisk to your folk, then JATB is your local choice.

Jeanne Lloyd

Jeanne hates to refer to herself in third person. Because before you know it, she gets lordly and demand you tell her fantastic stories fit for the delicate ears of kings and queens only.

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Taxi Violence release Shape and Form I

Taxi Violence really shouldn’t need an introduction – this Capetonian band has been making music together since 2004, and their first studio album, Untie Yourself, was released more than a decade ago, in 2006. Since then they’ve been touring up and down and played all of the major local festivals. Most recently Taxi Violence had released Tenfold to celebrate the decade of making music together. This album garnered the band’s fourth SAMA nomination, to go along with their three MK Music Awards nominations.

At the beginning of 2017, the band announced plans to release a handful of shorter EP’s throughout the year. The first of these EP’s, Shape and Form I, was released on the 13th of February, and the 3 tracks are classic Taxi Violence.

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.

Alt-J Music news

Music News Highlights: 13 March 2017

BANG BANG! It’s the Music News gun! This week: New albums announced by Erasure, Alt-J, Goldie, and JHB locals Adventure Man. Plus videos by Adventure Man, Michael Lowman, and Goldie. PLUS songs by Kahn Morbee and Karen Zoid, and Loui Lvndn featuring Emamkay. So much music you might get a music-headache.

TheFlow.co.za is an entertainment blog run from Gauteng, South Africa.

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Josh Kempen puts on The Morning Show: A revealing rock ‘n roll record

Josh Kempen sped onto my radar pretty quickly. In the last year or two, I saw him play a solo show, heard he released an EP, saw his name on all sorts of festival line-ups around the country, saw him again and again with a three-piece band, got wind that he’s signed with Warner Music, and now he’s released a debut album, The Morning Show: an intimate blend of electric guitar folk and 50’s rock ‘n roll.

Floris Groenewald

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

Stoker

Stoked about Stoker

Good old fashioned rock and roll

Stoker released their self-titled album recently, and it’s a good one. This Cape Town band wastes no time in making their intentions clear, as the album opens with a driving riff and catchy chorus. With sounds reminiscent of garage rock bands like the The Strokes (I think the similar names are coincidental), Franz Ferdinand, and Arctic Monkeys, the album establishes a tempo and tone within the first handful of tracks that doesn’t let up.

But, then again, I didn’t want it to, not for one second.

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.

Francois van Coke - Hierdie is die lewe

Hierdie is die Lewe, meen Francois van Coke oor ouer raak

Francois Van Coke se nuwe album, Hierdie is Die Lewe, is intiem maar openbarend. Dis in-your-face, maar staan ook terug sodat jy die groter prentjie kan sien. Dit laat jou wonder of Van Coke dalk sy Converse ingeruil het vir pa tekkies, maar andersins, om dit in een woord op te som: passievol.

Jeanne Lloyd

Jeanne hates to refer to herself in third person. Because before you know it, she gets lordly and demand you tell her fantastic stories fit for the delicate ears of kings and queens only.

Radio Kalahari Orkes - Mamba

Radio Kalahari Orkes se Ian Roberts gesels oor Mamba!

Ian Roberts, verteenwoordiger en leier van Radio Kalahari Orkes, is ‘n soort enigma. Buite die orkes ken mens hom as akteur en draaiboekskrywer, maar dalk hoofsaaklik as “Boet” – een van die karakters van ‘n populêre reeks Castrol televisieadvertensies. Op die vooraand van die bekendstelling van Radio Kalahari Orkes se nuutste album, Mamba!, het ek die geleentheid aangegryp om met Roberts te praat, en hopelik die mens agter die orkes te leer ken.

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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Music News Highlights: 27 February 2017

Music news! Music news! Read all about it! Especially since we’ve got a wide variety this week: Everything from Die Heuwels fantasties releasing on vinyl, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s new festival date, newbie Deemo, collaborations from Laco & Lara Gear, Michael Lowman & Khuli Chana, and Muzi, Yanga Madlala & Tiro, new albums by Josh Kempen & Michael Lowman, and even The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay!

TheFlow.co.za is an entertainment blog run from Gauteng, South Africa.

PHFAT

PHFAT speaks about Mieliepop, splitting up, and meeting a new girlfriend’s parents.

PHFAT has always been a relatively hard-to-describe group. Bassy beat-driven electro hip-hop, I think. Though their Facebook page simply says “RAP MUSIC” – in all caps like that.  Then last year the duo split, with Narch Beats carrying on as an independent producer while Smooth Mike carries on as PHFAT. It’s pretty well established that they/he/it is from Cape Town, at least. And that they’ll be performing at The Republic of Mieliepop this year.

Floris Groenewald

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