Mana Tapu: The Maltese Road to Zion

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A review of the debut EP, Timpana, ahead of the band’s summer gig schedule. First published on the Sunday Times of Malta. It’s difficult to categorise and label Mana Tapu’s EP, amusingly named Timpana. This band’s music might be rooted in reggae and ska, but it also draws inspiration from a host of other sounds […]


Rock the South 2015: bigger & better


A review of the Friday and Saturday performances from this year’s Rock the South. With many thanks for the cover photo of RAS & other photos that were used on the Sunday Times of Malta to Sarah Falzon.  To read reviews from Thursday click here and from Sunday here.  Now in its fourth edition, Rock the […]


How the South was won


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 […]


Kantilena at the Oratorju San Ġużepp


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 […]


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 […]


Review: Three Stops to China and The Violent Violets at Coach & Horses


High-octane sounds and raucous riffs were the order of the night during a recent double-bill featuring these two bands, and I found myself yelling for more, more, more (sorry). With summer behind us and a new events season at ‘alternative’ performance venue Coach & Horses just launched, it was to be expected that the schedule […]


Music review: Hesitation Marks

Trent Reznor of music group Nine Inch Nails performs at the Voodoo Music Experience concert held at Riverview Park in New Orleans, Louisiana October 29, 2005. The New Orleans date for the event was held as a benefit for police, firefighters, National Guard, military and others who have aided in the city's recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

  Nine Inch Nails wonderboy Trent Reznor is back after a self-imposed hiatus. Judging by new album Hesitation Marks, the man’s still got it.   The news that Trent Reznor was returning to the studio was greeted with mixed emotions by die-hard fans. The fear that that their hero might, after all, have feet of […]


Xtruppożitorju & Radio On reviewed


Just a shout-out to watch out for the review from last Saturday’s Xtruppaw Lonċ Konsert  and Areola Treat’s Radio On EP  (launch is tonight guys! for details click here) on the next issue of the Sunday Times…The reviews will also be uploaded here later. In the meantime, enjoy the  infamous Frutsalad video from the launch […]


Cable 35: The boys are back in town


Making a name for yourself away from Maltese shores is certainly no mean feat that is achieved by the mediocre. For the talented few who do achieve it, the temptation to forget all about the tiny audience back home must be pretty irresistible. Which is why I have a lot of respect for those musicians […]


Rock the South: Explosions in the Sky


 With apologies to the Texan post-rock band for nicking their name for my header, this happens to be the perfect way of describing the Rock the South festival that, as it were, rocked the south last weekend.  I’m talking musical explosions, of course, with some 17 bands coming together on two stages at Zion Reggae […]