On My Playlist: Top 5 Set Your Goals songs

Set Your Goals has always enjoyed a distinct profile among their pop-punk fans with the six-piece’s honest lyrics and energetic songs creating a buzz whenever they play. The band gained popularity in the late 2000s with their album This Will Be The Death of Us and has enjoyed a steady profile ever since. The band…
Our Last Night are ready for their second trip to South African shores

Our Last Night will make it a November to remember in SA

American post-hardcore giants, Our Last Night are returning to South Africa in November for three epic shows in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. These shows proudly brought to you by Jam Packed Productions, promise to be ever bigger and better than the previous time this band was in SA. Potchefstroom Herald’s Wouter Pienaar had a…

South Africa hits a recession – what now?

Stats SA announced on Tuesday that the country’s real gross domestic product contracted by 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018. This follows a revised fall of 2.6% in the first quarter of the year.
Texas in July

On My Playlist: Top 5 Texas in July songs

One of the best and, in my opinion, the most underrated metalcore bands on the scene were Texas in July – a now defunct band that brought some epic heaviness to their music and certainly turned up the heat with all their albums. The breakdowns are absolutely pulsating and the screams and instruments are downright…

On My Playlist: Top 5 Fireflight songs

Fireflight is one of the most successful female-fronted rock bands in the Christian rock genre. Together with other bands like Skillet, Thousand Foot Krutch and Flyleaf, it has created a musical landscape that is both refreshing and viscerally emotive in the same breath. Dawn Michele has been the lead vocalist since the band’s inception in…
Tuck O'Leary, lead singer of Off Road Minivan. Photo: Wouter Pienaar

On My Playlist: Top 4 Off Road Minivan songs

For the first time in this music review series, I only review four songs, as Off Road Minivan has only released a selection of four songs in their short career. Less could well be more in this case, as the band has a distinct indie-rock sound that attracted my attention. Off Road Minivan is one…

On My Playlist: Top 5 Good Charlotte songs

Good Charlotte is one of the most experienced bands on the pop-punk/rock scene, having performed for two decades and produced countless radio hits during the 2000’s rock radio era. Good Charlotte is still banging out some great music and has, in a sense, matured their music while keeping their major sound. The Madden brothers, Benji…
Dream State

On My Playlist: Top 5 Dream State songs

One of the more exciting bands to arrive on the hard rock landscape from the UK this year is the female fronted band, Dream State. Dream State is a 5-piece alternative rock/post-hardcore band from Wales. They have taken the scene by storm with their infectious and catchy but truthful lyrics on a variety of modern…
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International left-handers day: A day in the life of a lefty

Today (13 August) is international left-handers day. With only 10% of the world’s population that are left-handers you can safely say that we are a unique bunch. I am a left-hander and I experience a multitude of problems each day. The reason for this is that most appliances and even social situations are designed for…
Relient K

On My Playlist: Top 5 Relient K songs

One of the hidden gems of the 2000s pop-punk/rock scene was Relient K, whose positive, real and emotive music gained a large following. Under lead singer and guitarist Matt Thiessen’s guidance, the band rose to great heights with imaginative lyrics and songs that captured the events of the time. Most of the songs also have…

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