Music is what feelings sound like 

This page on Yours Is The Earth is dedicated to the bands I've seen while here


A Danish indie/art rock band, this, strangely enough, was the first band I saw in this country.

Bowery Ballroom, NYC (2009)


Nouvelle Vague

A French musical collective, this incredibly sultry group cover well-known songs in a French New Wave, arty kind of style. Someone introduced them to me back in SA, I never thought I'd actually see them live.

Bowery Ballroom, NYC (2009)


30 Seconds To Mars

Jared Leto's progressive, hard rock outfit need no further introduction. Needless to say, this show rocked my face off, with Leto a consumate crowd-pleaser throughout. 

Roseland Ballroom, NYC (2009)


The Dan Band

A comedy band From LA, you'll probably recognise this guy from movies like Old School and The Hangover. 

BB King's Blues Club, NYC (2009)


Green Day

The punk rockers have been at it since 1987. Billy Joe, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool killed a marathon set in an outdoor amphitheatre one sweaty summer. 

PNC Bank Arts Centre, Holmdel, NJ (2010)


Kermit Ruffins

This cool cat is a jazz man from New Orleans. Influenced by Louis Armstrong among others, he is probably the pre-eminent jazz trumpeter and singer in NOLA at the moment. 

Balcony Music Club, New Orleans, LA (2010)


Lee 'Scratch' Perry

One of the most influential musicians in the development of reggae music, this groovy grandfather of dub proved he's still The Upsetter on a night filled with the smell of sweet smoke. 

Highline Ballroom, NYC (2010)


Die Antwoord

Absolutely blowing up here in the States, Ninja, Yolandi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek were unstoppable that hot and sweaty day back in July. Recently named as a hot breakout act by Rolling Stone, the Zef Crew are continuing to own it! 

Governor's Island, NYC (2010) and Irving Plaza, NYC (Feb 2012)



I was stoked to hear she was headlining HARDFest this year after 'Paper Planes', but she really disappointed. Actually to be honest, she fucking sucked.

Governor's Island, NYC (2010)


Miike Snow

We saw this moody, atmospheric Swedish group at a club on 6th St in Austin before the festival the following day. Very cool live and funny too - "ve vont to make it clear there is no von called Mike in zis band"

The Belmont, Austin, TX (2010)


Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

You have got to hear this sexy foot-stomper wail. She's like a modern Janis Joplin who says her first acid trip was at age 12. Damn! This was the perfect way to kick-start ACL 2010.

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX (2010) and Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (2011)


Pete Yorn

This New Jersey singer-songwriter was mellow-yellow to Grace Potter's bellow. He's cool though and got the crowd going eventually. Check out his song with Scarlett Johannson in the clip on the right.

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX (2010)


Manchester Orchestra

Raw, unhinged and led by the wild frontman Andy Hull, this young band from Atlanta tore the afternoon to shreds with some high energy indie rock and scream. Hull looks like Alan from the Hangover too. Legend.

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX (2010)


Gogol Bordello

A gypsy punk band from NY's Lower East Side, this crazy collective was all about chaotic fun - the undiscovered highlight of Day 1 at ACL. Reminded me a lot of Balkanology back home in SA. So much energy!

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX (2010)



Progressive house DJ deadmau5 had thousands of mad-hatters heaving to his mixes. His signature mouse head was only visible on the big screens, we were that far back. Sick set though.

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX (2010)



Headlining ACL 2010, Britain's superband tore holes in the Austin night sky, playing songs from all their albums, complete with a light spectacular. Really hard to believe that all that sound comes from three guys.

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX (2010)


Devendra Banhart

Weird, eccentric, trippy-hippy, avant-garde - so many ways to describe the happy clapping sways of Devendra Banhart. His ACL performance was suitably off-the-wall.

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX (2010)


Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

If you have not heard of this band yet, seriously, go check them out! Undoubted highlight of ACL 2010 for me - the way music is meant to be...look how much fun they're having!

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX (2010)



A welcome surprise for me that Steve wanted to see. Straight-up rockers, these guys brought energy and presence in true rock style. I dare you to move.

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX (2010)


The Eagles

The 70's rockers kept it real, bringing out all their big hits, entertaining the thousands of weary festival-goers during a country-influenced winding down of ACL.

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX (2010)


Bob Dylan

The greatest singer-songwriter of all time in my opinion, although heavily leaning on the second part of that conjunction. The poet laureate of rock croaked his way through some old hits and some new blues. Was a priviledge to be in the presence of this legend.

Terminal 5, NYC (2010)


Kings of Leon

The 'Southern Strokes' are at the top of their game. I only caught two of their songs and it was 7am after a long night of partying, but quite a unique experience to see the sun rise from inside the concrete jungle as the Kings belted out Radioactive and Use Somebody.

Rockefeller Plaza, NYC (2010)



Broken Bells

The collaboration between James Mercer (aka Kevin Spacey) from the Shins and Dangermouse is really starting to blow up here. I was fortunate enough to see them with my buddy Carel in an intimate venue, no more than a few meters from these artists. A band of eight brilliantly balanced their talents in a true symphony of sound.

Irving Plaza, NYC (2010)


Iron and Wine

Sam Beam's high-whispered poety filled the gigantic theatre's furthest spaces, making a massive venue feel small and intimate. He really grabs on to the audience so lightly, yet is pleasingly hypnotic. He plays really epic music too. A gifted artist.

Radio City, NYC (2011)


Two Door Cinema Club

Indie rockers from Northern Ireland,  they have the catchy tune "Something Good Can Work" among a reportoire of some pretty cool, pretty good get up on your feet tunes.

Terminal 5, NYC (2011)


The Strokes

Julian Casablancas' brand of cool didn't really appeal to me the first time I saw them at Madison Square Garden and only moved me slightly, late on the final afternoon at Bonnaroo. They've got some good tunes, but I don't really see the hype - bunch of posers to me .

Madison Square Garden, NYC (2010) and Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (2011)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ah man these guys really killed it. They were amazing. A choir of vocals blending beautiful complexity while flexing their golden pipes. They were brilliant in performance and excellent ambassadors of South Africa and our routes.  Woza! Take me back home :)

Brooklyn Academy of Arts, NY (2011)


Tibet House US Benefit Concert

A celebration of the Tibetan New Year, the annual  concert featured The Flaming Lips, Angelique Kidjo, Patti Smith, The Roots and Michael Stipe who played R.E.M's soon-to-be-released new single "Everyday Is Yours To Win" for the very first day. Monks opened and closed the celebration with traditional monastry singing, and every artist brought perfection to a passion for the spirit of the night.

Carnegie Hall, NYC (2011)


Band of Skulls

The first act of the epic four day festival in the Tennessee dust was the dual-vocaled Southampton, UK rockers with their groovy mix of male and female vocals. After an epic 20 hour or so RV drive down from New York we hit Thursday night head on in the heat.

Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (2011)


Florence + The Machine

The red-haired songbird from London scorched the dusk with her high-energy exquisite rock which she later repeated for some of us on the Central Park Summerstage, where we stood meters from her change room as she flexedher vocal ranges ahead of a powerful bare-footed performance.

Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN and Central Park Summerstage, NYC (2011)


Arcade Fire

My favourite show of the festival, this could possibly be the best live performance I've ever been to. This Montreal superband has very slowly grown on me, only recently I'll admit. Their latest album is a masterpiece and they supplemented that with some passionate performances of what is a catalogue of truly exceptional older stuff.

Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (2011)



Lil Wayne

Lil Weezy bounced around the stage high octane and belted out some tight raps and big boasts, giving the crowd exactly what they came for.

Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (2011)


Mumford and Sons

 The London kind of southern banjo boys played an awesome set of frenzied guitar and catchy vocals. Their closing with a rendition of Amazing Grace with members of Old Crow Medicine Show was stomping.

Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (2011)

The Black Keys

 The dudes from Ohio jammed out a groovy set on the main stage before Eminem which we caught snatches of while smashing some Southern fried food to fortify for the night. Spotless as always. Great vibe.

Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (2011)


Detroit's prodigal son put on a mind-blowing show tracing his intricate and angry rap from early in his career all the way to his triumphant comeback album Recovery. The man is truly gifted and the finest rapper I've ever heard. His live performance does not disappoint. 

Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (2011)

Scissor Sisters

The scuzzy gay New York nightlife inspires this party band but their music appeals across sexual preference as they put on a raunchy-fun, sweaty performance late on the Saturday night. Take Yo Momma Out tonight!

Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (2011) 

G Love & The Special Sauce

A chilled-out set of foot-tapping guitar strums from G. Love to start the Sunday... nice.

Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (2011)

Robert Plant & The Band of Joy

A grandfather of rock 'n roll, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant revels in his new incarnation as front man of The Band of Joy. Blissed out vibes and Southern bluesy sounds welcomed sunset on Sunday.

Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (2011)


Concert Photography by David Oppenheimer - Performance Impressions 

Noah and The Whale

This London indie folk group has become one of my favourite bands. Seen them twice and been moved every time. Check out L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N to see what I mean. Baby, she's a wild thing...

Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC (2011)

The Naked and Famous

New Zealand's best kept secret, this indie pop-rock band are one of the breakout sounds of 2011. We had the pleasure of watching them in an intimate setting at Piano's on the Lower East Side. We partied with them afterwards - great kids. Young band going places. Watch this space. 

Piano's and Webster Hall, NYC (2011)

Matt & Kim

 Brooklyn's dance punk duo played a high energy set to a crowd dominated by the kids, but their sound is unique and translates much better on stage. A live performance worth seeing. Great chemistry too. 

Terminal 5, NYC (2011)

The Airborne Toxic Event

This was a strange performance from the polished West Coast band. I love these guys and they bring back great memories of Joburg for me, but the New York crowd never really took to them. I still think they're awesome - check out 'Sometime Around Midnight' and 'Innocence' to see what I mean. 

Webster Hall, NYC (2011)

Rural Alberta Advantage

My friend Lanie was raving about this band and even convinced Dipps to buy their album. If you know Dipps, you'd know they must have something about them. So I finally saw the three-piece from Toronto with the big guy... And I was blown away. Unbelievable sound. One of my bands of 2011. The girl in the group is absolutely gorgeous too.

Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC (2011)


The Smashing Pumpkins

Billy is back and what an awesome brand of controlled mayhem he brings to the stage. I only recognised two songs from previous albums, but the new stuff is power. The girl on base also tears it up like D'Arcy used to. Killer set from one of rock's geniuses.

Terminal 5, NYC (2011)


I went batshit crazy at this gig. This guy is simply insane live. You should download the album Megalithic Symphony now,  pipe it into your ears, and be prepared to be completely blown away by two things - how different each song is from the next, it's impossible to classify this guy to one genre; and how absolutely awesome it is.

Webster Hall, NYC (2011)

The National

Too many words flow when I think of this concert. Mind-blowingly good - check out my thoughts here.

Beacon Theater, NYC (2011)

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

This was decent. I didn't particularly enjoy the music, but I did enjoy the lead singer. What a fox. 

Bowery Ballroom, NYC (2012)

Concert Photography by Phrazz

Gotye ft Kimbra

The ethereal tones of Gotye were an awesome way to end a Sunday Funday spent in Hell's Kitchen. He nailed a performance of 'Somebody That I Used To Know'  and had a plethora of other quality music to keep the party going. Kimbra was angelic in voice too.  

Terminal 5, NYC (2012)


The world's biggest DJ played a killer progressive house set that left us with deaf ears as we stumbled, stunned, back to our hotel room at 5am. His music always makes me think of rag-tag hippies and house-heads cutting shapes and stomping in the summer sun. Rows and rows of electric golden mmmmmmm....  

Atlantic City, NJ (2012)

Feed Me

A whole 'nother kind of electronica beast, literally. The side project of producer Jon Gooch, Feed Me is an electro house and dubstep monster that feeds on contorting bodies and twisting beats. Went bat-shit crazy at this show. 

Terminal 5, NYC (2012)

The Roots

A feel good stomper of a day watching the legendary Roots work the crowd into a frenzy with their uplifting brand of hip-hop funky blues. Jimmy Fallon's house band have a live energy that was as welcoming as it was inspiring. The South Philly crew jammed it out properly. 

Prospect Park, NYC (2012)

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