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MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: This past week saw the release of GoodLuck’s third single from their popular second album Creatures of the Night.

The song, entitled “What would we be without each other”, was written with a social message in mind which fostered GoodLuck’s new social campaign. The campaign hopes to promote the idea of thanking those around you that play a role in making your life by creating a video message dedicated to that person and posting it online.

LIZL LOMBAARD: The fourth instalment in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, starts off spectacularly, especially if you get a chance to see it in 3D.

Set four years after the battle in Chicago, the movie revolves around the CIA, who are now trying to track down all forms of robots, regardless if they’re Autobots or Decepticons. The Autobots are aided by their human alliances and an intense action plot follows in a struggle to restore balance to the world.

LIZL LOMBAARD: The Grove Mall recently celebrated the return of the Imax screen to Pretoria.

The latest Transformers: Age of Extinction movie preview, which was shown in 3D on the new Imax screen, was - the first feature film ever to use the new Imax 3D digital camera.  

ELMARIE KRUGER: In 2012, Lucy Kruger sent her debut album out into the risky world of South African music, captivating audiences with expressive songs such as “Heart of stone”. Now, nearly two years later, she has returned with a stellar band to back her wistful vocals on their new self-titled five-track EP. 

ELMARIE KRUGER: Jack White’s second solo album Lazarettois a treasure chest filled with angry guitar solos and jagged vocals, with some quieter tracks thrown in for contrast’s sake. Lazaretto is a musical odyssey guaranteed to both enchant and bewilder its listeners.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Capital Craft Beer Festival marked its second anniversary on Saturday 14 June at the Voortrekker Monument. The tickets to the event sold out early, resulting in swarms of people eager to enjoy good music and homemade beer.

ELMARIE KRUGER: Following the astounding success of her debut album Born to Die, Lana Del Rey returns with her soothing sophomore album Ultraviolence. The album draws its title from Anthony Burgess’s novel A Clockwork Orange. Despite what the title suggests, the album is a collection of slow tracks with lyrics that are very much in the same vein as those on Born to Die.

MAGGIE ROODT: There are many art forms through which you can express yourself. Poetry has always been been a form of expression and most recently has given rise to the voice of spoken word art. 

On Saturday 7 June, the Unmasked poetry event was held at Tuks.The intimate spoken word session hosted by the editor-in-chief of In His Steps magazine featured American poet Chiccy Baritone along with South African poets Given Illustrative Masilela and Thabang Tlaka. Ulrich Fobian opened the event with a Bob Dylan-inspired musical piece.

LISA KAHIMBAARA: Iso recently released their first ever EP, PassagesPerdeby chatted to lead singer and guitarist Richard Brokensha about the EP’s production, the ideas behind it and the bands plans for the future. 

Why choose to release an EP instead a full album?
We have never released an EP before and we just felt like experimenting a little. We wanted our fans to focus on the 5 songs instead of a full album since these days people seem to struggle to listen to a full album.

ELMARIE KRUGER: Zef rave-rap daredevils Die Antwoord aim to shock with their third studio albumDonker Mag. Unfortunately, after releasing two previous albums rife with shocking content, the newest addition to the band’s discography is a bit of a let-down.

Tracks like “Ugly boy” and “Rat trap 666” (which samples the unsettling rhyme from the Nightmare on Elm Street film series) sound like watered-down versions of Die Antwoord’s earlier work. The tracks come across as repetitive and tedious and only pick up speed once the listener has already grown tired of the song.

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