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LIVE NEWS: SWERVEDRIVER – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

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Back in 2015, we reviewed the Swervedriver comeback album, I Wasn’t Born To Lose You.

“Yet another welcome 90s rock reunion. Though frontman Adam Franklin has been delivering competent 90s-channeling modern rock for some time now, it’s a pleasure to have the shoegaze pioneers back together and doing what they do best. Essential for all post-punk revivalist hipsters.”

After the appearances of British dream-pop rockers Slowdive and Ride to enthusiastic audiences, it makes sense for the reformed Swervedriver to come our way as well. Especially when today’s youngsters revere the modern-day post-punk revival bands you’d find at Laneway or Neon Lights.

Date: 15th May
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Hood Bar & Cafe

Our very own Cosmic Child provides the support.

Tickets available from http://peatix.com/event/169651

ALBUM REVIEW: MUDCRUTCH – 2

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Background
Tom Petty’s previous band (with guitarist Tom Leadon & drummer Randall Marsh) before forming Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. With Heartbreakers Mike Campbell (lead guitar) and Benmont Tench (keyboards) on board, the reformed Mudcrutch released an eponymous debut album in 2008. Thought to be a one-off, the band is back with a second album, appropriately entitled 2.

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LIVE NEWS: FRANK Presents: Bandwagon Riverboat II

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We loved Bandwagon Riverboat last time out! Great music in a unique setting. What’s more, the the boat rockin’ and rollin’ made it easy to groove naturally! Kudos!!

No surprise perhaps that the kind folks at Bandwagon have decided to expand the event to TWO days, with a cracking lineup to match!

So what are you waiting for? Book them tickets now before they are sold out!

http://riverboat2.peatix.com

See you there!!

ALBUM REVIEW: TRASHCAN SINATRAS – WILD PENDULUM

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Background
Veteran Scottish pop-rockers return with its sixth studio album since formation in the late 1980s.

Strengths
Very compelling, highly listenable traditional pop-rock. Lushly arranged with layered harmonies and orchestrated instrumentation on certain tracks. Memorable melodies will keep you humming along.

Highlights
“Let Me Inside (Or Let Me Out)”, “Best Days on Earth”, “Ain’t That Something”.

Sounds Like
Aztec Camera, The Go-Betweens, Lloyd Cole.

Bottom Line
Always refreshing to find pop music with unabashed leanings towards sophisticated textures and well crafted tunes. A thoroughly enjoyable album from start to finish.

Information
Official Website: http://trashcansinatras.com/

Buy now!

ALBUM REVIEW: FRUIT BATS – ABSOLUTE LOSER

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Background
Fruit Bats is an American rock band formed in 1997 in Chicago, Illinois. Noted as an early entrant into the folk-rock boom of the early 2000s, the group has had many personnel changes but revolves around singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson. Two years after announcing the demise of Fruit Bats, Johnson is back with a new Fruit Bats album.

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LIVE REVIEW: OF MONSTERS & MEN – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

Photo by Jazreel-Anne.
Photo by Jazreel-Anne.

Icelandic hipster band returned to Singapore for a full concert, having previously appeared at Laneway 2013. Considering the type of young fans OMAM attracts, the audience were mostly surprisingly laid back, dress-wise, with many fans donning OMAM t-shirts.

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ALBUM REVIEW: RADIOHEAD – A MOON SHAPED POOL

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Background
Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood (bass), Phil Selway (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals). A Moon Shaped Pool is the band’s ninth studio album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: B-LEAGUERS – DEATH OF A WESTERN HEART

Photo credit: Gary D Chapman
Photo credit: Gary D Chapman

Background
Hailing from Lincoln in the UK, B-Leaguers describe their energetic, crunchy guitar rock as ‘powerpoppunkrock’. Consisting of James Popdog – vocals, Ched Howard – guitars, Mikey Barraclough – bass & Mark Barrett – drums/percussion, the band have released its debut album, Death of a Western Heart.

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ALBUM REVIEW: A GIANT DOG – PILE

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Background
Forging their friendships in the crucible of their Houston, TX, high school, Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar), and Orville Neeley (drums) first got their start covering AC/DC, The Ramones, Joan Jett, and the finer points of the Back to the Future soundtrack at school dances under the band name Youth In Asia. Reuniting in Austin in 2008, they enlisted their pals Andy Bauer (guitar) and Graham Low (bass) and christened the act A Giant Dog.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE POSIES – SOLID STATES

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Background
It’s been six long years since The Posies’ released the warmly received Blood/Candy and much has changed since then. Most significantly, the deaths of two longtime band members, drummer Darius Minwalla and bassist Joe Skyward, which occurred in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The creative core of The Posies – Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow – reaffirm their commitment to good music-making and to each other with Solid States, the band’s eighth album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE JAYHAWKS – PAGING MR. PROUST

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Background
The Jayhawks are an American rock band that emerged from the Twin Cities music scene during the mid-1980s. Though stereotyped somewhat as an alt-country band, The Jayhawks’ music is finely balanced between country-folk and pop-rock. The new LP finds long term members Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg and Tim O’Reagan receiving stellar assistance from Mike Mills and Peter Buck from R.E.M.

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ALBUM REVIEW: BRIAN ENO – THE SHIP

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Background
One of popular music’s most influential and innovative figures, musician/composer/record producer/singer/writer Brian Eno has been responsible for some of the most cutting-edge music ever made. On The Ship, Eno once more develops the musical form he pioneered, ambient electronica.

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DVD REVIEW: ELVIS COSTELLO – DETOUR LIVE AT LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC HALL

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Background
A recording of Elvis Costello’s performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Part of his Detour Show tour where Costello plays solo acoustic versions of select songs from his immense discography, using the “Lupe-O-Tone” television set to tell the stories behind the songs.

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