Soundgarden’s ...

Soundgarden’s first album in almost 16 years is available in stores in the USA today – King Animal Incredible. The only track I’ve heard is the aptly named ‘Been Away Too Long’, whose music video was released on Soundgarden’s YouTube  channel 4 days ago...

Introducing SGT. PEPPER

If you take a walk down Glenwood streets; look into coffee shops; checkout the restaurants; hell even open the pages of the latest YOU magazine (true story), you’ll pick up a certain theme in top-button-done-up-apparel worn by the trendiest of the modern men. It’s a vibe inspired by the current kings that are on the verge of breaking the mould of SA’s gents style. Sergeant Pepper Clothing. If you haven’t heard of them or seen their inspiration being worn in the streets.. then for <insert choice cuss word here> sake move out of Poffadder and live a little. Founded by the uber-gent of chivalrous attire himself,...

Tonight is STORY Sessions #6!

This is everything you need to know about STORY Sessions #6 tonight: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that tonight is STORY Sessions #6 with Sean Wisedale, a man who likes to climb rocks… very big, very tall, rocks. Just to recap, tonight might be considered our ‘fanciest’ STORY Sessions yet with the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre jumping right on board and letting us user their facilities as if it were one of their very own shows. Can I get an, “I say, old chap!”. There’s no overflow in theatres, well, the nice ones like ours, so make sure you get there early to get your FREE...

We Got LARK and Coals of Juniper for you. #WINTICK...

Eccentric and operatic, electronic rock outfit LARK are coming to town and we got two sets of double tickets to give away. The gig, this Saturday, at LIVE the venue, sees Durban instrumentals Coals of Juniper (who share musical resource Jono Rich with Gangs of Ballet) supporting LARK on the night. The gig is the Durban leg of the ‘Gong is Struck’ national tour. If you don’t know LARK, yes, you’re missing out, but you definitely know on-stage siren Inge Beckmann… If not for her plethora of ‘feats’ with other artists then definitely for her Slayer T-Shirt wearing abilities in Jack Parow’s now...

The Killers Release ...

One of the memories I’m keenest to revisit when I feel like snuggling up with a tub of Rum ‘n Raisin ice-cream and taking a trip down Nostalgia Lane, is the one where I lose my voice while singing along with The Killers, to their rock-opera anthem Human, with my two mates Chris and...

WIN TICKETS: Isochro...

We’re giving away two sets of double tickets to the Isochronous gig on the 30 June.. It’s going to be musically mind-blowing as per the ridiculous Isochronous bar that they have set, on top of that it’s the Durban leg of their live DVD launch, of their tour in Germany. If you...

A 1000 Verbs: The Top Gear Festival Street Circuit

Here we go peeps: a huge collection of photos from the Street Circuit at #TopGearFest in our beautiful home town this year: Enjoy! (To see the image full-size, you’ll need to click through on it twice… ) Follow us on Twitter and Facebook if you don’t want to miss more epic content coming out during the week.

A 1000 Verbs: Top Gear Festival – A Review P...

It’s all over. We can hardly believe it but now that we have tasted of #topgearfest glory we’re already planning and psyching ourselves up for next year. Here’s the deal, we got a truck-load of content we want to show you if you missed it or if you want to relive the memories, so we’ll be pushing it out over the next few days. Some written reviews as well as our ‘A 1000 Verbs’ format, which most of you know is our photo-only type of post, like this one. This is just a quick teaser, of some teaser photos but within an hour of two we’ll have our first specific coverage post up: “A 1000 Verbs: The...

The Waitedian – Durban Comic Develops New Style of Comedy Jun19

The Waitedian –...

Jem Atkins (known only by that chick at Home Affairs as Jeremy) seems to be rather busy these days. The Durban comic who recently just finished the first leg of his first solo show, The Single Dad, (which received epic reviews, well, by us at least) is now seemingly the face of a new vibe...

Zim Zala Bim –...

Jussie ouens, Since Desmond released their teaser video for NMusic, I’ve been convinced that Illovo, Jozi must have recently been introduced to some new high-grade psychedelics. Well, this is their new music for ‘Zim Zala Bim’.. It seems that ‘The Mysterious’ is...

It’s Top Gear Weekend: All You Need To Know

It’s hard writing for the young and young-at-heart, it means you have to forego heaven-sent punning opportunities like: ‘Get Into Top Gear This Weekend!’ or ‘It’s Top Gear Weekend: Are You Revvy?’.. Oh well, The Mercury can use them for free. Anyway, so this weekend sees the debut of the annual Top Gear Festival in Durban, and we couldn’t be more excited. Here’s what you need to know: ‘Mobile’ Isn’t Just What A Car Makes You You might think that at the top of our information priority list is parking issues, show times and the exact GPS coordinates of the festival’s...

Wakaberry Is Putting On A Show Tonight!

It’s Wakaberry’s 1st birthday and they’re bring the presents! In chatting to the Wakaberry bigwigs and their desire to get involved in our humble little blog, it’s been amazing to see a company that’s so amped to support the local creative scene. I can tell you, Wakaberry loves local music and for that, the love is reciprocated. This brings us to their birthday present to us… Wakaberry are having a birthday party for the masses tonight and have put on a rad line-up of local acts to entertain. If you didn’t know what you were doing tonight, you do now. Make your way down the Florida Road Wakaberry...

Carrie On Preview May18

Carrie On Preview

Check this beauty of a little teaser out.. Hurley rider and local boy, Andy Carrie together with magician, Jared Hinde, have conjured up yet another video seemingly filled with spectacular optical illusion. Illusion it is not, Andy’s just got the goods. We weren’t involved with this vid, but by the looks of it that might be good thing because it’s looking like their finest work to date. Honestly, even just the trailer is epic. Excited for the full vibe, whenever it comes out. In other big news: Andy is about release his own range of pro boards so keep a look out for them. We’ll ask the man of the hour to give us more...

Woolworths Meet Van ...

I don’t know if some new agency has taken over the Woolworths RE: account or something but I never saw this coming. An unlikely partnership, indeed but who cares! Well done Woolworths, relevancy points earned! Not enough to make me buy a pair of chinos but still, well done! Check out...

The Story Behind STO...

This is really an important event for any water-loving Durbanite.. or, any Durban-loving person actually. The story of Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, a fixture on our beachfront’s promenade that we have all come to know, is an extraordinary one. Every new STORY Sessions fan, leaves with...

Goodluck Release ...

Try as we might, we tried to show you this video as soon as it was scheduled for release last night, but it seemed the Goodluck team were facing an army of internet gremlins and I eventually had to move on to other activities. Nevertheless, the gremlins were overpowered and their brand new...

Win Tickets: Goodluck and Pascal & Pearce at ...

We’ve got two sets of double tickets to give away to the weekend’s bossest party. Just tell us what you’re bringing to the party and you could be taking a friend with you to the Goodluck and Pascal & Pearce  Concert On The Beach, this weekend at Suncoast. If you need inspiration or motivation, just remember that both of these ‘Best Dance’ SAMA nominees, will be on one stage… in one night. It’s about to get wild. As always, we like to keep it in the family: so tell us on our Facebook page, through twitter or drop a comment below, telling us all about your party A-Game. Competition closes at noon...

Free Music: Hey! Hus...

So if you haven’t already got it.. Hey! Hustler’s ‘Have Beard, Will Sing For Love’ is now a permanent fixture at Zero31 and the newest guest at our Free Music party. After a successful stint at Splashy Fen, we think the tracks need to be on more people’s...

We Were Here, Cell C, BASA present: The Deep End

There is something magical about this city and Luke Pallet and Dave Fisher captured the feeling of being at the Gangs of Ballet EP launch perfectly. One of my favourite videos this year, so far. Watching the first few seconds of the video took me right back to that night. Waiting for people to come, sure that the rain would put them off. Positively certain that Durbanites would live up to their reputation of being fickle and unable to handle any of the elements, except pure sunshine, without whining like a group of school-girls having to crawl through mud on a Spirit of Adventure camp (those chicks used to rash the hemorrhoids right off...

Civili Twilight Zaff...

Check it, these good old Hout Bay boys have made us proud… Anyone who was the Bat Centre gig… ja, that band just played the Jimmy Kimmel show. I wonder, seeing since we’re talking all things SAMA lately, they’d still qualify as nominees right? Or, would Randall think...

Desmond and the Tutu...

Durban’s favourite foreigners, Desmond and the Tutus, have released the audio for the first single off their new upcoming album, Mnusic, on YouTube. I say audio, because while their is a video, it’s not the actual music video… and the video that there is follows in the...

South African Music Awards 18: The Bar Is Raised. May02

South African Music Awards 18: The Bar Is Raised.

Watching the SAMA ceremony on Monday night, I realised the only complaint I really had about the concept is that it might be easier to start branding them after the year they take place in, instead of the amount of ceremonies that have already taken place. That’s about it, I guess. From the start, I was able to look past the weird Broadway-themed (on the back of a “South African music will never die” monologue) opening number taking place and sat amazed at the standard of staging, lighting and general production that had clearly taken place. A far, and I mean FAR, cry from SAMA 17 which was so dismal that rumours of the...

South African Music Awards: The First Winners Apr30

South African Music ...

The 18th annual MTN South African Music Awards awards started last night, with the main ceremony taking place tonight. Last night focused on technical excellence and sales, while tonight is focused on the awards that we’re all kind of interested in. That said, we wouldn’t have the...

The Anti Retro Vinyls Sign Label Deal! Apr28

The Anti Retro Vinyls Sign Label Deal!

We’ve been listening to and tweeting about and commenting on and status updating and propaganda dropping The Anti Retro Vinyls every chance we get lately… So imagine our stoke when we found out that they spent last week finalising and signing a label deal with Just Music SA. It turns out when advised to sign an organic veggie box full of sweet potato and cabbage from the local herbalist, Just Music made the much more logical and life-giving choice of signing Anti Retro Vinyls instead. Who wouldn’t?!   If you haven’t heard of them, imagine a band that’s put their own twist on The Cribs and The Wombats type...

Wakaberry Umhlanga: ...

Confession time. I have never had Wakaberry… not until last night. Never understood the fuss over frozen yoghurt with various toppings as it’s er, frozen yoghurt. But oh boy, was my ignorance my demise. Turns out, I’ve been missing out. TwoSlice and I attended the launch of...

The Plastics Release Music Video for ‘Stereo...

Cape Town band, The Plastics, have just released the new music video for their not-so-new single… Stereo Kids. The track has been sitting pretty on radio charts for a while now and doesn’t look like it is going anywhere soon. The song seems to be driven lyrically by a sense of nostalgia and we have to say that director Robert Smith has done an epic job at translating it visually. The Plastics are a hard-working bunch and one of the few bands I know that make their way to Durban gigs with smiles on their faces. Headlining Red Eye! 2010 was a highlight of the whole event and their following gig at Unit 11 showed even more growth....

Gangs of Ballet and ...

Local lifestyle and entertainment site, The Socialite, have put out their latest vid, together with zalebs, covering the recent Botanical Gardens gig where Gangs of Ballet opened for The Parlot Ones. To be honest, we’re probably only talking about this video because Gangs is in it. To...

‘Hot Problems&...

Every bit of me wanted to categorize this as ‘Humour’… alas, it’s a real attempt. Weary of Rebecca Black-esque whiplash, even the publishers of the song announce as a disclaimer: “Old Bailey Productions did not create any of the audio or lyrics for this video. We...

Opening Night Review: Basically, Go See ‘The Single Dad’! Apr20

Opening Night Review: Basically, Go See ‘The...

How it works is, if you’ve reviewed a comedy show before, you’ll get asked to do the next one, and then we’ll label you ‘The Comedy Girl’ and delegate all related responsibilities as such.. So, here’s Jil as ‘The Comedy Girl’ with her review on last night’s opening show for Jem Atkins’ The Single Dad. My quick two cents: It’s a great achievement and a great show. It runs tonight and tomorrow evening before it leaves Durban for its tour.. so catch it while you can. The time was upon us . The night had come. The dawn had broken. The moment had arrived on what would become the...

STORY Sessions #5...

Our favourite community jol has confirmed their next date.  STORY Sessions 5 is a go. Chat to someone who was at the last one has been to any of them, and you’ll know not to miss out on this. Entrance is free, as always, with food, bar, and good coffee available for sale. Check out...

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