Music

Five-year plan

Musician, actor, and animal rights champion Bree Sharp discusses her band’s recent album, the primacy of lyrics, becoming vegan, and life as learning process.

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Inside the dream world of the experimental Elephant

Jessica Bianchi traces the long evolution of this London-based band’s floating, ethereal songs — from all-night parties-turned-musical-birthing sessions to strained relationships and equally strained bank accounts.

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Ups and downs, louds and softs

At the forefront of South Africa’s emerging psychedelic rock movement marches The Very Wicked, a band that wants rock and roll to recapture its sense of story — and even, dare we say it, subtlety. And as a driving force behind Cape Town’s monthly “Psych Nights”, they’re bringing a lot of other bands along for the journey.

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Growls and falsettos

From Australian Idol contestant to ARIA Song of the Year award-winner — twice — and having released four EPs already and soon a full-length album, it’s been a busy six years for singer-songwriter Matt Corby. The next six are likely to be busier.

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The King’s Speech

King Krule’s skinny-kid looks may seem to belie his name, but his striking voice and unique approach to song-writing are what holds the attention. With a debut album coming out later this month, he’s one to watch.

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Touch the lightning

How to describe the California band He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister? As a combination of several things, really. A sound that’s part blues and part folk and — not by definition — draws on rockabilly too. A visual style

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Songs and the square

Although we last touched base with the 2011 Egyptian revolution only three months ago (see “A revolutionary/counter-revolutionary phrase book“, January 24), French broadcast services RFI and France 24 recently unveiled a remarkable web documentary on the music and musicians of

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Getting out the vote

We’re big fans around here of doing our bit to promote SCOPE contributors, but since we haven’t yet featured this particular band in the magazine or blog, consider this a garden-variety inverse post hoc contributor promo. In other words, we

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Before the curtain

Readers in or visiting Tel Aviv between now and December 13th will want to consider dropping by The Israeli Opera to see “A Momentary Lapse of Reason“: an exhibition of Maya Hed’s photographs of eminent jazz musicians playing the opera

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Any instrument will do

It is standard operating procedure for media to discuss a musician only when there’s a “hook”; in other words, when an album has been released, a tour begun, or a scandal broken. Here at SCOPE we watch for hooks too,

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Ragamuffin en pointe

Belgium-born Selah Sue grew up wanting to be a ballerina, studied psychology in university, and ended up composing and singing songs heavily-influenced by reggae, funk, and soul. She sings a duet with Cee-Lo Green (“Please”) on his latest album; attention

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Didgeridoo and friends

Japanese jam-band Dachambo pulls off the rather unlikely feat of using a six-person ensemble and a range of instruments that includes a didgeridoo (along with a more typical guitar/drum mix) to produce an intense live sound incorporating elements from psychedelia,

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