GIG ALERT: Way Hip Antelopes, November 24

Since my readership is spread pretty far and wide, I don’t do specific local gig alerts very often (although you can see my band The Upperhand at the Gershwin Room at the Espy this Saturday night, cough), but I have to make an exception for this one. The Way Hip Antelopes, an awesome band I used to see often when I lived in Canberra, are reuniting for a show at The Phoenix in Canberra on November 24. Awesome! More info here, and you can buy their album Everlasting Why on iTunes or Bandcamp.

CD REVIEW: Joe Matera – Slave To The Fingers

The tricky thing about making instrumental music is this: do you make it ultra technical for the musician crowd, or do you make it more accessible for the average punter? Every once in a while someone finds the perfect balance – Satch had it on Surfing With The Alien – and that’s what I dig about Joe Matera’s EP, Slave To The Fingers. Joe has captured that elusive middle ground where melody and musician-impressing meet.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: PlugBug iPad/iPhone charger

Argh! I totally need this. And before you say “But dude, you can just charge your iPad off your MacBook while that’s charging,” you and I both know it takes a loooong time to charge the iPad that way. And that’s a killer when you’re travelling.

Meet PlugBug, the iPad/iPhone travel charger that snaps onto your MacBook Power Adapter

Charleston, SC, November 1, 2011 – Twelve South is pleased to unveil PlugBug, an iPad/iPhone wall charger that piggybacks onto a MacBook Power Adapter, allowing you to charge a MacBook and an iPad/iPhone simultaneously from one power outlet. Made to fit all MacBook Power Adapters, PlugBug is available now at for $34.99.

The ingenious PlugBug connects to all MacBook Power Adapters. Simply snap PlugBug onto a MacBook Power Adapter, in place of the adapter’s AC plug, and you now have one handy device that charges MacBook and iPad or iPhone at the same time, using only one wall outlet. This can be a real lifesaver when you need to charge both before a meeting or – even more stressful – between connecting flights with only one outlet available.

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