We’re trying something new: A collection of music news from the last week, featuring Alice Phoebe Lou’s forthcoming visit to South Africa, Park Acoustics and Dan Patlansky shows coming up, new music from Taxi Violence and Stoker, and WONDERboom’s latest music video.

This February, South African Alice Phoebe Lou returns to the country for 3 shows! This bluesy, folksy, Berlin Busker made YouTube waves with a TEDx performance, and is visiting her home country soon:

Alice will be performing at Cape Town Central Mehodist Church on 2 & 3 February, and The Good Luck Bar in Jhb on 5 February.

Alice Phoebe Lou. Picture by Jessica Grolik.
Picture by Jessica Grolik.

This Sunday sees the return of Park Acoustics for 2017.

The first event of the year is on 5 February, and will feature Francois van Coke, Rambling Bones, Boxer, Strait-Jackal, Gunshot Blue, and DJ Okapi. Tickets are available at R120 online, or R150 at the gate.

It’s been nearly three years since Taxi Violence released their 5th album, Tenfold, but in 2017 they plan to release multiple EPs throughout the year.

“To release music in smaller batches allow us to give our fans new material more regularly. In the end it is still going to come together to form a full album, it will just be released in instalments,” says Rian Zietsman, Taxi Violence guitarist

Shape And Form I

The first EP, Shape and Form I, as well as the music video for the first single, Fake It, will be released on 13 February, with, Fake It premiering on 5FM’s Hamman Time on Thursday morning, 26 January at 08:40.

Dan Patlansky will appear at Kirstenbosch Gardens next Sunday, 12 February at 17:30, in a special “Dan Patlansky… And Friends” show.

Dan Patlansky and Friends

Patlansky’s special guests are Jack Parow, Dave Ferguson and Sannie Fox. Tickets are available for R90-R125 online.

Stoker recently released their self-titled debut album – available on iTunes.

With their brand of honest, dirty rock ‘n roll, Stoker has made their presence known with heavily distorted guitars, bass and pounding drums that drive the melodic intensity of their songs.

Picture by Shaun van Wyngraadt

They be played a couple of album launch shows this past weekend, and will still be seen at Bohemia, Stellenbosch, on 9 March, at Aces and Spades in Cape Town on 16 March, and they plan to announce Gauteng shows soon.

WONDERboom released a music video for their latest single, Ooh La La (available on iTunes). Watch it here:

Ooh La La was an extremely fun video to shoot. It took some acting, some miming, some tomfoolery and serious imagination. We’ve really found a beautiful visual relationship with Roger Williams, that we haven’t had in a long time. He just totally gets our music, our personalities and our vision. So many times we take ourselves too seriously and then totally miss the boat, being ‘cool rockstars’. Ooh La La is us in touch with our childish selves.” – Wonderboom frontman, Cito

Ooh La La follows 2016’s Great Escape as the second track from WONDERboom’s forthcoming and 9th studio album due for release in April through Gallo Record Company.