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Neilan is a journalist, writer and critic for print and online media as well as a music composer hear some of his music at

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The Way Way Back Review

‘The Way Way Back’ is a coming of age comedy drama. Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, screenwriters on the George Clooney film, ‘The Descendants’. Like ‘The Descendants’ ‘The Way Way Back’ unfolds in the context of family relations. Duncan (Liam James) 


Michael Bublé – To Be Loved Review

Doing covers of pop and jazz classics works well for Bublé but the danger in not having his own classics, may be that as time progresses his memory will fade into obscurity. Later generations, when looking back at big band artists, will look to the 


The Fifth Beatle Review

If you are a serious Beatles aficionado then the title ‘The Fifth Beatle’ will be a point of contention for you. As a fan you either fall into one of two camps, those who will agree with Paul McCartney and believe that if there was 


Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough Review

The Brits seem to be flying the neo soul flag. If Lauren Hill and Erykah Badu have let the soul baton fall then La Havas attempts to pick it up again, if Alicia Keys has not done so already. La Havas plays around genres even 


The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars Review

Indie, country and folk group The Civil Wars have released their second eponymous album to much acclaim, despite the fact that the duo consisting of Joy Williams and John Paul White seem to not be on speaking terms. What is the ‘Civil Wars’ if not 


Rocking the Daisies 3-6 October 2013

Rocking the Daises was a success once again. Though I have not been to festivals overseas I have a hunch that Daisies ranks up there with the best. The festival had a pleasant variety of musical acts ranging from rock, to hip hop and electronica 

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The Great Gatsby

The real staple food of the Cape is undoubtedly the gatsby. Originally this whale sized meal consisted of hot chips and polony but over time and to great acclaim, chicken, fish and steak was stuffed into a large French or Portuguese roll. Super Fisheries in 

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Goo Goo Dolls – Magnetic Review

Goo Goo Dolls are one of those bands who don’t make great artistic works but nevertheless have written endearing pop rock classics. Songs like ‘Iris’, ‘Name’ and ‘Slide’ are enough to make even the most crusty music lover have a soft spot for these Buffalo 

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Ciara – Ciara Review

In order to coax your attention and pique interest for Ciara’s new album let us, as one critic put it, have a dramatic reading of ‘I’m Out’… “The way I put it on you got you going trippy, trippy, you wanna come for it, wishin’ 


J. Cole – Born Sinner Review

‘Born Sinner’ is the sophomore album by J. Cole. Ardent hip hop fans will celebrate this well crafted release. Songs like ‘Villuminati’ pulsate with fresh beats and interesting musical accompaniments. ‘Power Trip’ features music industry starling, Miguel. The tune is soulful pop and casual listeners 

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Deftones Live in Cape Town 8 August 2013: Grand Arena Grandwest

When the organisers of Oppikoppi announced that Deftones would be headlining this year’s festival, metal and alternative rock fans leapt with joy. Slowly it dawned on those living outside of Gauteng and Limpopo that hey…the band is only booked for Oppikoppi. It was asked with 

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Man of Steel Novelization Review

I disdain, or thought I disdained, film novelizations. Why read a book based on a movie…what a cash-in. While I stand by these sentiments I have to admit ‘Man of Steel’ is a guilty pleasure that any lover of the film or bookworm would enjoy.