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Local lineup includes acts from a variety of genres. Old favourites Springbok Nude Girls are set to perform as well as the winners of this year’s Best Rock Album Sama, Van Coke Kartel. Albert Frost and Dan Patlansky will play a special collaboration. 20 years after their first Oppikoppi performance, Durban rockers Urban Creep will return to mark the momentous occasion. Other rock favourites include Zebra and Giraffe, Newtown Knife Gang, Stoker, Boargazm, City of Heros, aKing, Valiant Swart and Gangs of Ballet.

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MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Oppikoppi has released a portion of this year’s festival local lineup as well as announced four international acts.

Rivals Sons is a blues rock band from California, USA. Formed in 2009, they have opened for rock legends such as AC/DC and Kid Rock. Drawing heavy influence from Led Zeppelin, their classic rock sound will please anyone that enjoys rock from the 70s. Their latest album Great Western Valkyrie is set for release in June this year.

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ELMARIE KRUGER: After more than 20 years of producing no new material, the Pixies have released a new album, resulting in mixed reactions from fans and critics alike. One thing is certain, though: the Pixies are not what they used to be. Much has changed in the 23 years since they released their last album Trompe Le Monde in 1991. One of these changes is the departure of founding member, backing vocalist and bassist Kim Deal, and her presence on the album is sorely missed.

In reality, Indie Cindy is an amalgamation of three earlier extended plays (unoriginally entitled EP1, EP2 and EP3), which means that the majority of the album’s material had already been heard by fans in September 2013, when the first of these extended plays was released.

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JOHAN SAAYMAN: With three extended plays and two studio albums behind Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li’s name, her third studio album should come as no effort. This time Li seems to have delved back into her underground poignant cultist to create an album filled with a soul-wrenching set of ballads.

I Never Learn is different from 2011’s Wounded Rhymes in that the pace has been kept consistently and strictly slow. While this tempo means that the album is unlikely to be a go-to choice for listeners, it makes it a perfect match to a sorrowful day.

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You were nominated in multiple Sama categories. What does winning mean to you?
I could answer this with the typical: “Just being nominated was enough for me, winning would just be a bonus,” which as I think about it now is actually true. Clichés are cliché because they’re true. I didn’t expect to be nominated at all, and winning for “Best Alternative” was a blessing for me. That’s the one I really wanted. That’s the outsider’s award.

To answer your question simply: winning is nice, it makes you feel all warm inside. Once you’re nominated your mind goes straight to the possible win, which can be dangerous because there are more chances you’ll lose than win.

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MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Local blues legend Dan Patlansky headed back to the studio at the beginning of this year to record his latest offering Dear Silence Thieves. With Patlansky embarking on his album launch tour, Perdeby spoke to him exclusively about his seventh album and his plans for the rest of the year.

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MAXINE TWADDLE: Asking Alexandria may not be a name you’re familiar with, especially if you’re not a metal fan. After the short South African leg of the British band’s From Death to Destiny tour, however, local music fans won’t easily forget Asking Alexandria. 

The band performed in Stellenbosch on 2 May and in Johannesburg on 3 May. They were supported at both gigs by local metal band Facing the Gallows.

Facing the Gallows proved to be a great choice for a support act. They did what any good support act should do and got the crowd – which had previously been somewhat disinterested – amped up. The band’s short set was well-received and was clearly influenced by Asking Alexendria. They matched the international band’s standard and were confident in their performance.

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Chelsea Haith: On their third tour to Cape Town, Grahamstown local hard rock act Shackles and Bones are looking forward to three days in the Mother City. The tour runs from 1-5 May and will comprise of two gigs, one at  Zula Bar, the other at Obviouzly Armchair on 2 and 3 May respectively as the band will be travelling on 1 and 5 May.

LIZL LOMBAARD: Like all music festival lovers know, the only bad part of attending a music festival is the post festival depression which hits you like a very bad hangover once you have returned to reality. It’s a bittersweet feeling infused with a hint of nostalgia and anticipation for next year's festival.

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Greg Roxburgh & Tayla Sellschop: Students everywhere are always looking for new music, many turning online. But which sites are the most legitimate and give the best quality of searchable and downloadable audio? Here’s a look at the top sites taking over.

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