The superhero TV shows have returned, by and large, and we hope to bring you our thoughts about how the various series are doing, week in week out. Spoilers, duh!
The Besnard Lakes are a Canadian indie rock band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Formed in 2003 by the husband and wife team of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, the band also includes Kevin Laing (drums), Richard White (guitar), Sheenah Ko (keyboards) and Robbie MacArthur (guitar).
Oops! Time sure snuck up on this, with Laneway Singapore 2016 now a week away. So here’s the rest of the acts, duly assessed by us with our recommendations for your ease of use.
Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.
Here are videos of new music you should be listening to that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!
The psychedelic rockers turned dance pop sensations make their first headlining appearance in Singapore on Thursday, 21st April 2016 at the Star Theatre.
To be honest, have never quite been able to connect with the music of Mystery Jets, for one reason or another. However, one has to admire the manner in which this English band has stuck to their guns and followed the pop-rock muse, wherever it might have led them.
Yes, this is a fantastic trailer. BUT even the Fantastic Four reboot had a fantastic trailer! So who knows?
All I know is that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is going to steal the show. And combined with Jared Leto’s Joker? Surely a Joker-Harley movie cannot be far behind…
Hope DC has enough Harley Quinn toys ready for the inevitable demand.
Opening in Singapore August 4th!
Laneway Festival Singapore has announced the instalment of a fourth stage at this year’s event. Set up with local collective Syndicate, the stage brings together a new genre of local and international electronic DJs and visual artists, including Australia’s JPS, Singapore’s Mean, and visual artist Brandon Tay accompanying duo Kiat & Kane on stage.
If this doesn’t signal the death of rock ‘n’ roll, I don’t know what does then. Clearly, the Laneway Singapore organisers found it commercially viable to install a fourth stage and then feature electronic artists rather than rock acts. Whilst I am pleased for Syndicate and how this is a feather in their cap, it’s certainly sad to see that one of the biggest festivals in Singapore (and an Aussie one at that) will barely feature any rock ‘n’ roll music.
It seems Weezer forgot to read the ‘Rock is Dead” memo – what the fuck are they doing still playing electric guitars & real drums?!?!
Since the late 80s, there have been numerous pronouncements of the death of rock ’n’ roll. Each time, the prophets of doom have been proven wrong – the 1990s with the rise of Nirvana and the 2000s with the Strokes and the post-punk revival. But I sincerely fear that 2016 might be the year that time is called on the former institution known as rock ’n’ roll.
Perhaps it is the death of David Bowie that has depressed me to such an extent that this doomsday scenario now becomes a reality. But just look at the Billboard Top 20 singles and you will realise that rock ’n’ roll is completely absent. I have also been analysing the acts on Laneway Singapore 2016 and bar the rare exception (like Cashew Chemists), again there are no bands playing rock ’n’ roll!
This realisation has also aided in my decision to quit as a solo performer, whether live or in the studio – and focus on other aspects in my life. My main pre-occupation in music will be as a journalist and hopefully, as a curator and mentor. That is the only way I can see myself making a contribution. My music as a solo artist has no fucking significance whatsoever. Time to move on then.
… still there’s more …
Thankfully, the flood of made-in-Singapore releases continues unabated even though we have uncomfortably transitioned to 2016. Here is a sampling of what is to come in the coming year for Singapore music fans. Reviews to come.
Laneway Singapore 2016 is now less than two weeks away and Power of Pop gives you the lowdown on the TWENTY-ONE artists who will grace the occasion on 30th January (in alphabetical order).
By now, the two major comic book companies viz. Marvel and DC are virtually indistinguishable. Secret Wars = Convergence. Same story, same consequences. Endless reboots.
Laneway Singapore 2016 is now 15 days away and Power of Pop gives you the lowdown on the TWENTY-ONE artists who will grace the occasion on 30th January (in alphabetical order).
One of the pioneering indie rock concerts in Singapore took place way back in January 2009, when a gobsmacked STARS played a sold out concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall. That concert established firmly that there was a strong market in Singapore for indie rock and the rest is history…
Bowie in his element – as captured by his 1977 hit single – and as usual, in full control of what he wants his audience to see and hear.
What can I say about David Bowie that thousands of others have not already said? The fact that on my social media it has been non-stop reflection on his death is testament enough of how much people loved him and his music.
At the launch of the seventh edition of Troy Chin’s The Resident Tourist held at Books Kinokuniya, the author himself mentioned to me that my reviews of his books are ‘biased’. Meaning that my glowing assessments of his work are somehow less than objective due to the fact that I appreciated their intrinsic value as art.
Soylent Green on Energy Use, Pollution, and Overpopulation
1973’s Soylent Green may be best known for being people, but this classic of dystopian science fiction is much more than a catchphrase. At its heart, Soylent Green is a story of an overtaxed world, class disparity, and the trade-offs that humanity finds itself making in the name of survival. As a vision of the future it proved ahead of its time, envisioning what could happen if consumption were to continue unchecked.
With the new year beckoning, Laneway Singapore 2016 is weeks away and Power of Pop gives you the lowdown on the TWENTY-ONE artists who will grace the occasion on 30th January (in alphabetical order).
If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear that The Brothers Grimsby (starring Sacha Baron Cohen & Mark Strong as the titular characters) is a pisstake of every Mark Millar movie adaptation!
In the last couple of years, we have seen various initiatives to develop the young music talent in Singapore, notably NOISE Singapore (via National Arts Council) and Baybeats Festival (via The Esplanade) and the various NAC music grants.
Now we have Level Up! – a private joint venture (between Roland Lim & Cross Ratio Entertainment) to groom young music artistes.