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The Arrows
Submitted by capdog on Monday, February 4, 2008 - 10:42

The Arrows are a spellbinding trio from Durbs that, for lack of a more inventive phrase, are seriously awesome. They bring a fresh sound and incredible talent to the stage in a very unassuming and fun-loving manner. I remember during their set at Burn, the lead singer and bassist transitioned into a little dance routine that had them jamming together like two characters from a musical.

It's this attitude that really shines through their songs: a happy, friendly and uninhibited vibe that infects the audience like a care-bear stare.


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Umshini Wami
Submitted by capdog on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 14:39

Jacob Zuma has lost his machine gun, and he sings about it at every opportunity. Until now you may have only caught snippets of the song "Umshini Wami" on the news, and felt that you were missing out on a crucial part of history by not knowing this fine composition.

Luckily, I've managed to trace down the words and an MP3 of Umshini Wami, so you can sing along when they incorporate it into our national anthem next year! It goes a little something like this:


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Dan Patlansky Rocks Catalina
Submitted by capdog on Monday, August 27, 2007 - 08:14 |

The master is back by popular demand, playing to a full house crowd at Catalina Theatre on Wilson's Wharf. He's still doing some amazing guitar magic, but with a slightly different twist to his set - it's more accessible, with a few extra upbeat numbers, including a new track called "D.I.Y." that is a major play into more easy-listening blues style.


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Friends, Freeloaders and the Free-party pioneer!
Submitted by one track mike on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 16:58 |

Nasty, urban techno with a smear of street filth: that's the sound of Liberator! Kicked into life in 1996 by underground free party addicts, the liberator dj's and Paul Harding have gone on to exemplify everything modern techno should be - twisted, hard, gritty, punchy and alive with the noise and feel of the city. Consistently gut-wrenching, never less than mind-bending. Techno is the dirty underbelly Liberator sound. All hail the new scum!

Friday night at the Bat Centre was nothing short of that - a perfect flow of electronic mayhem. A live performance by Seake was a great start to the evening as their beats take on quite the minimal feel, and towards the end had many a toe tapping and head twitching. The change in dancefloor set-up led many to observe from behind in the early part of the night, but by the end of Seake's set enough alcohol had been absorbed by the wriggling tummies of those who had been the brave few to occupy the floor! A big thank you goes out to Luke and Malcolm for doing a benefit set in light of the high event costs for the hosting of Chris Liberator!


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Insert Liberation Cliche Here
Submitted by kliktrak on Monday, July 30, 2007 - 18:53 |

I decided that this review would not resort to the cheap tactic of throw-away cliche lines, like "Durban's liberation at the hands of techno legend dj" or "A liberating experience techno style"...nah that would be cheap and nasty...

So the Bat Centre Friday the 27th, saw another Trip Hazard party mission going down eThekweni style, with a slightly different flavour. Durban is most known for supporting breaks, hip-hop and house, so how was this world renowned techno DJ going to be received...


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Uprising Prelims At The Winston
Submitted by capdog on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 17:16

I really thought the 'ol Winnie had fallen off the map after Burn moved to Stamford Hill. Turns out, it's still rocking hard in the next couple of weeks for The Uprisings Festival preliminary competition. Twenty-four bands are taking each other on for the privilege of being one of the five chosen to play at Uprisings.

We went to check out a heat with Lowprofile, Black Die Grace, Go Go Bronco and Mea. Like always, I missed a couple of sets due to being out in the carpark or generally involved somewhere else, but managed to grab a complete song by Lowprofile, which is here for your perusal.


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PowerUp - Console Gaming Soundtracks
Submitted by kliktrak on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 19:11

In the changing landscape of the music recording and publishing industry which in the last decade has been revolutionised by the vast array of digital media [hardware, software and transient online media], one aspect that hasn't received alot of attention in South Africa is soundtracks for PC and console games.


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Splashy Fen 2007 Preview
Submitted by capdog on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 15:18 |

You're NOT going to Splashy Fen? What the hell is wrong with you? God, you make me sick. Get out of my sight.


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Radar Complex Review, Snap Wine Bar
Submitted by kliktrak on Monday, February 12, 2007 - 20:42

Well here we go again, this is my second review of a Radar Complex live performance, the first being at Glass Magic Castle a few weeks ago.

Far from being predictable (except for the superlatives I will use to describe their music) this gig had some differences.

Firstly the venue, Snap Wine Bar, on a Tuesday night hosts a range of artists, organised by Wicked Rock. The emphasis seems to be on providing more "unplugged"/acoustic or just plain chilled music, especially from some of the more well known and "louder" rock acts from Durbs.


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Glass Magic Weaves A Sonic Web
Submitted by kliktrak on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 14:25

Well this review is slightly delayed, probably a good thing, as this last weekend saw a couple of awesome events going down in Durbs [see General MIDI article]. To paraphrase a famous quote: "something magical this way comes", as 2007 in Ethekwini is starting to take shape as a monster year of note for all things musical-entertainment!

So lets rewind to Friday 19 Jan, Glass Magic Castle, Hillcrest...


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