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May 20, 2021

South African art rock band BLK JKS made waves in the late 2000s as one of the most exciting and experimental bands coming out of Africa. Their debut album After Robots won effusive praise from rock royalty like Dave Grohl and established the band as fearless genre blurrers. Yet, their quick ascent was met with an equally quick disappearing act, with the band staying dormant over a large portion of the next decade. More

Apr 01, 2010

Johannesburg-based quartet BLK JKS is continuing to crank out the party tunes with their new EP, ZOL!, out June 8th on Secretly Canadian. We have the details. More

Pygmalion Music Festival Announces Lineup and Schedule

From September 16th to 19th, Illinois is the Place to Be for Iron & Wine, The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond, Low, etc.

Aug 13, 2009

Longing for one last summer-ish experience? Well, if you’re in Champaign-Urbana Illinois, the fifth annual Pygmalion Music Festival has you covered. A mere $60 dollars gets you four days of music, including such notable indie bands as Iron & Wine, The Books, My Brightest Diamond, The Antlers, Headlights, Wavves, BLK JKS, Autolux, Low, Japandroids, YACHT, and Ra Ra Riot. We have the full lineup and schedule. More

BLK JKS Drop Full-Length After Robots September 8th

Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis Returns As Producer

Jun 09, 2009

What happened before the robots? That’s the question some may have for South Africa’s futuristic rock group BLK JKS when they drop their full-length debut, After Robots. Led by childhood BFFs Lindani Buthelezi and Mpumi Mcata, the Johannesburg duo taught themselves guitar. Bassist Molefi Makananise and drummer Tshepang Ramoba, both of Soweto, joined for the group’s promising Mystery EP from earlier this year. The new disc will still feature Secret Machines knob-twiddler Brandon Curtis but will add some horns with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. More


Dec 17, 2009

Under the Radar‘s Best of the Decade/Year-End Issue features our Best of the Decade Artist Survey. For Under the Radar‘s 7th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last decade and asked them for a list of their best albums of the decade. Some of the surveys didn’t make it in the issue and some answers from surveys that did make it in the issue had to be trimmed for space. Those surveys and answers are posted on our website. Here is a web-exclusive survey from Mpumelelo Mcata of BLK JKS.


Jun 24, 2010

BLK JKS’ 2009 debut After Robots was a confounding album; bombastic and full of potential, but with too much unfocused energy to deliver any amazing songs or live up to the hype. More

Mar 31, 2009

Day two of SXSW for us began where day one ended, at the Central Presbyterian Church. The night before we had seen there the appealing trio of Department of Eagles, St. Vincent, and Camera Obscura. This night we also saw three bands at the venue, but only one was great. As we had missed M. Ward the night before at the same venue by not allowing enough time to navigate the long line, we were determined to arrive in plenty of time for Grizzly Bear’s 8:30 P.M. slot at the eMusic showcase. That meant that we had to sit through two other bands we had no interest in seeing, including one we’d never even heard of before. More