[Ruth Cooper] It's been almost two years since likeable Cape Town comedian Nik Rabinowitz has performed at the Baxter Theatre and, as he mentioned, two years away from the stage equals a helluva lot of material - especially if you just so happen to live in this colourfully crazy country of ours.
[Ruth Cooper] Our #SpierNewJourney experience started off on rather a damp note - and by damp I mean torrential rain, coal-coloured clouds and significant flooding were in the mix.
[Ruth Cooper] How about a little local rock n' roll fairy tale? Once upon a time, a small somewhat obscure band managed to win backstage passes to an event that featured one of their favourite international bands. Cue an encounter and handover of EP to a member of said band and the offer to come to record a debut album in his studio.
[Ruth Cooper] American rock band Red Jump Suit Apparatus will be making their South African debut as the headline act at both the Cape Town and Joburg Synergy Live festivals this year. We chatted to singer Ronnie Winter who, among other things, set the record straight about their Cokefest no show back in 2009.
[Ruth Cooper] You might not have heard of Michael Lowman yet, but with his debut album "Crayon Boxes" hot off the press and plans to conquer the States, Michael Lowman might just become a name that will start sounding much more familiar. We phoned the singer/songwriter last week to find out more about his musical journey thus far and his future plans.
[Ruth Cooper] Mix n Blend have just released "Mother City", their brand spanking new EP and it's just so happens to be available for free download so all you lovelies can get your hands on their latest afrolicious beats. We interviewed founding member Kevin Ribbans to find out more about this fresh new EP as well as chat creative collaborations and mzanzi musical flavour.
[Ruth Cooper] With a hot-off-the-press debut album flying up the charts and a national tour currently underway we jumped at the chance to book a few minutes with popular Durban band Gangs of Ballet during their Cape Town stopover last week to talk dedication, figuring things out and embracing uncertainty.
[Ruth Cooper] What comes to mind when thinking of the sexiest most manly hero archetype? Brain surgeon? Sure. Fire-fighter? Of course. Air force pilot? Oh yeah (gotta love a man in uniform), but an astronaut - now that's just on another level. Or so the marketing team at Axe would like us to think, an astronaut trumps all in making the girls swoon.
[Ruth Cooper] "I got shook right out of my shoes." Oh, indeed, and then some - apt lyrics from Taxi Violence's George van der Spuy who, with fellow band mates, shook up their summoned soul shakers upon Assembly's unholy dance floor for their album launch last Saturday.
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