Take a bow and rock out

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They break music taboos by reinterpreting classic rock anthems on their cellos, and now they are on their way here to perform at the Malta Arts Festival. Ramona Depares interviews Stjepan Hauser, one-half of the internet sensation that is 2CELLOS. An edited version of this interview was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. In […]

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Aes Dana & Cygna interviewed

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This interview was first published on The Sunday Times. Following a hypnotic experience at Ħaġar Qim two years ago, French DJ, composer and sound engineer Vincent Villius – better known as Aes Dana – is collaborating once again with Mario Sammut (artistically known as Cygna) for a second live performance in Malta. The two artists’ […]

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How the South was won

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Three days, 31 acts and two stages translated into one massive celebration of non-mainstream music – Rock the South 2014. All photos by Sarah Falzon. Once a year, the south comes alive with the sound of music. Only, it’s not the Julie Andrews kind, but a rollicking fusion of punk, rock, indie, ska, hip hop […]

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Kantilena at the Oratorju San Ġużepp

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A couple of weeks ago, Kantilena gave a beautifully intimate concert as part of the run-up to their album launch (details here). The location was nothing short of magical, the Oratorju ta’ San Ġużepp in Birgu. Kantilena’s particular type of music is wonderfully well-suited to locations that are small, but replete with character, and experiencing […]

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Areola Treat’s Walk into Nothing review

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An edited version of this review was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. If Björk, PJ Harvey and Siouxie Sioux were to have a love child (don’t ask, just go along with it) Walk into Nothing, the latest album from indie punksters Areola Treat, might be the result. There might also be some DNA […]

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The kids are all right

Clandestines. Photo by Matt Tomich.

An edited version of this review was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. It has been a long time coming, since their debut gig back in 2011 alongside The Areola Treat and Skimmed, to be exact. But when indie-punk outfit Clandestines released the first single, accompanied by video, off their debut album Saturday as […]

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Clandestines are back

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With a bang. And some lipstick. And one hell of a video for the first pumping track off the new album, Saturday as Usual. The video is pure fun, in typical Clandestines spirit. It is a hilarious send up of the usual teenage angst videos, with all the usual clichés of the misunderstood teenager, and […]

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Coach & Horses gig: Dave Rock’s Slam Poetry

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Tomorrow – Thursday, November 21 – there will be what promises to be an intriguing and truly alternative gig at Coach & Horses, as Dave Rock treats us to his debut gig in Malta. The genre? Slam poetry. What’s that, I hear you say…read on. How do you describe your music and what is slam […]

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And the Xtruppakawi winner is….

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  Had to close the competition 30 mins earlier than planned guys…but you had enough time so if you were thinking of commenting today suck it up! So, the winner is….BECKY (thanks Becks for always taking part, and thanks to all the others who also always support my blog, hope to have something for you […]

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Blog giveaway: Xtruppakawi tickets

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  What would you know, those charmers at Fakawi and Xtruppaw were so chuffed at having their endeavors at public service acknowledged (read all about how they defeated robots, cancer, inspired Quentin Tarantino and saved the world here) that they are offering 2 tickets to Saturday’s concert. Yup. One of you (plus BF/GF/Friend/Dog) gets to […]

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