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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: MARICELLE & FORBIDDEN PLANET

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MARICELLE – LUCKY ONES

2nd single release ahead of her EP launch in January, Maricelle’s “Lucky Ones” is a wondrously constructed track with a melody that will twist and turn right into your heart.

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FORBIDDEN PLANET – CAN I BORROW YOUR BASS

Animated video of “Can I Borrow Your Bass” from Forbidden Planet’s debut album, From the Bedroom to Oblivion: Two Decades of Obscurity (2015).

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LIVE NEWS: EDDIE IZZARD FORCE MAJEURE TOUR IN SINGAPORE!

Photo credit: Amanda Searle
Photo credit: Amanda Searle

One of the world’s most famous and respected comedians, Eddie Izzard, will bring his record breaking live comedy show, ‘FORCE MAJEURE’ to Singapore for the first time on 27 February, 2017 at the University Cultural Centre (UCC) Hall, NUS.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. SLOUCHER, HIGHLY SUSPECT, ERIC FRISCH & THE BLACK CLOUDS!!!

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep fighting the good fight.

Here are streams of new music that express the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Discover! Enjoy!

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ROCK HISTORY: IF NINETIES ROCK WAS SIXTIES POP

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In our humble opinion, the Nineties represented perhaps the final great rock decade before being utterly overwhelmed by hip-hop music as the defining modern cultural zeitgeist. But what is interesting to note is that in many ways, much of the rock music made in the Nineties reflected nostalgically the pop music of the Sixties. Here are some examples for your consideration.

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LIVE NEWS: ANTI FLAG (USA) – Live in Singapore

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Anti Flag was formed in 1988 in Pittsburgh by Justin Sane and Pat Thetic. This punk rock band is well known for political activism, focusing on anti-war activism, anti-imperialism, class struggle, human rights, and various sociopolitical sentiments. 

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LIFE ON THE ROAD: DEON @ INDIE WEEK CANADA 2016

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You have got to hand it to Deon Toh and his merry band DEON. For the last couple of years, the singer-songwriter has built a steady following at home and made a life for himself and his band as touring musicians. Read what Deon has to say about his latest adventure in Toronto.

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PoPTV – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. VAN HALST, NEGATIVE SKY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE & PUSSYCAT AND THE DIRTY JOHNSONS!!!

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep fighting the good fight.

Here are videos of new music that express the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Discover! Enjoy!

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BLURB-O-RAMA FT. TOBIN SPROUT, THE WEDDING PRESENT, DANIEL LAND AND WHOOP-SZO

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On the edge of tomorrow’s musical imaginings, rock ‘n’ roll continues to be re-invented phrase by phrase. Discover why we need to constantly look back to move forward. 

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LANEWAY SINGAPORE 2017 – SIX BANDS YOU CAN ROCK OUT TO!

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Contemporary indie music festivals can now boast of a wide range of musical styles and Laneway Singapore 2017 is no exception. If you need something different from what the electronic and hip-hop artists at Laneway Singapore 2017 can provide – though these are of course, excellent in their own way – then these are our ROCK recommendations.

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ROCK HISTORY: QUEEN – ON AIR

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Although the legendary British rock band Queen effectively ended with the tragic death of lead singer Freddie Mercury over 20 years ago, the legacy of the band remains vital and strong. Now, add this previously unreleased set of recordings to the must-have with list of every diehard Queen fan.

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GEEK OUT! ALIEN: COVENANT – PROMETHEUS SEQUEL REVEALED AS THE FIRST PART OF AN ALIEN PREQUEL TRILOGY. OH WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN?

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Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. THE WEDDING PRESENT, NICE MOTOR, FREDERICK THE YOUNGER AND GUTXI BIBANG!!!

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep fighting the good fight.

Here are streams of new music that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Discover! Enjoy!

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LIVE NEWS: Gallery Light to Night Festival – Come celebrate the Gallery’s first anniversary, Gallery Light to Night 2016 with music programming by Getai Group!

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Getai Group is back yet again with local music and art programming during these two weekends at the Padang Atrium and outdoors of National Gallery Singapore as part of their first anniversary!

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ROCK HISTORY: FROM SEVENTIES PROG TO EIGHTIES POP

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Punk. 1977. Ground zero.

The torn t-shirts, the spiky coloured short hair, the spitting and most of all the back-to-basics retro-pop caused a seismic shift in musical tastes and styles that was not fully felt till the early 80s. US bands like The Stooges and New York Dolls paved the way ultimately for British punks like The Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Damned. In the wake of punk, a new approach to pop-rock (variously labelled ‘post-punk’ or ‘new wave’) emerged making superstars of the likes of Blondie, The Cars, The Police et al.

But what about the 70s prog rockers? Well, they had to adapt to stay relevant. Here are examples of 80s pop songs made by progressive rockers.

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PoPTV – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. CHRISTINA RUBINO, THE CLASSIC KIDS, EQUIPMENT & LATE NIGHT FIGHTS!!!

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep fighting the good fight.

Here are videos of new music that express the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Discover! Enjoy!

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