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October 5, 2009 The four members of the South African rock band BLK JKS (pronounced "Black Jacks") grew up in different parts of the country, speaking different tribal languages. And they listened to a great range of music — everything from local rhythms to Sonic Youth to Duke Ellington. Those influences converge in a totally original sound on the group's full-length debut, After Robots.
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March 19, 2009 The Johannesburg natives in BLK JKS brew an impressive blend of punk, metal, dub, soul and Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar explosions. The group made its first trip to SXSW this year.
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March 16, 2009 Avant-garde in the best sense of the word, BLK JKS' chaotic sound calls to mind psychedelic rock, jazz, blues, metal and reggae. Last month, the Johannesburg natives put out an EP called Mystery, which often pushes its genre blend to the brink, but never quite spills over the edge.
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March 2, 2009 The brooding dub-rock of South Africa's BLK JKS (pronounced Black Jacks) is a formidable addition to the musical landscape of indie-rock, with potential to appeal to the audiences enchanted by the likes of Vampire Weekend and TV on the Radio. "Lakeside" takes BLK JKS to a shadowy musical place that sounds as dangerous as it is inviting.
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