SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT | POP POWER !!! – RANI SINGAM – MY MUSE

Jazz singer Rani Singam returns with a brand new single “My Muse”.

The song was featured on Singam’s previous album Contentment but now with a new arrangement from Chok Kerong.

It’s classy and smooth and one for the jazz purists out there.

Listen:

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! : LINCOLN BARR – TREMBLING FRAMES

Pop music is more than modern day hipster folk or EDM or millennial neo-soul. It takes a brave artist in 2017 to reach back into pop history to find inspiration for true pop power. Like Lincoln Barr, perhaps.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT | POP POWER!!! : ASTRONAUTS – GET CLOSE

Singapore band Astronauts shares with many of their contemporary Singaporean musicians a love for urban millennial pop music.

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ROCK HISTORY : DAVID BOWIE – THE PLAN EP

The legendary David Bowie passed away on 10th January 2016, mourned by music lovers worldwide. On what would have been his 70th birthday (i.e. 8th January), the No Plan EP was released.

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BIRTH OF THE NEW COOL: THE STEVE MCQUEENS SLAY AT THE ANNEXE SESSIONS

Photo credit: Beng Hui Eu
Photo credit: Beng Hui Eu

The Steve McQueens found time in between tours of Australia and South Korea to bring their magic jazz-soul-funk ride to home fans at the Annexe Sessions on Thursday, September 29th.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT : TOMGIRL + LEO GOH

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Photo credit: Cherlynn Lian

The live debut of TOMGIRL – Cherie Ko and Ted Doré – and assorted backing musicians will take to the stage at the Esplanade Recital Studio tonight at 7.30pm. Get your tickets from SISTIC.

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LIVE NEWS: THE ANNEXE SESSIONS – CHOK KERONG TRIO & IN EACH HAND A CUTLASS!!

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Exciting news for fans of live Singapore music as the Esplanade opens up a new venue, The Annexe with the launch of the Annexe Sessions.

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This takes place in early September with two top notch instrumental outfits viz. the Chok Kerong Trio (8pm, 1st)) and In Each Hand a Cutlass (11pm, 2nd).

Both gigs are priced at $15 (inclusive of 1 drink). Cash only, tickets at the door.

More info at www.esplanade.com.

ALBUM REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE – BLACKSTAR

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The legendary David Bowie thrilled all his fans with his fabulous comeback album The Next Day back in 2013 and diehards have been hoping and praying that the LP was not a one-off. Thankfully, Bowie is back with a new album for 2016 – Blackstar!

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PoPTV – THIS IS ROCK!

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Rock music is a genre of popular music that originated as “rock and roll” in the United States in the 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. (W. E. Studwell and D. F. Lonergan, The Classic Rock and Roll Reader: Rock Music from its Beginnings to the mid-1970s)

So yeah, rock came from 40s/50s rock ‘n’ roll, which in turn is a form of pop music. So even The Carpenters or ABBA is rock, by that definition. So I am always comfortable to use the terms “pop” and “rock” fairly interchangeably, and get rather annoyed by the insane categorizations that is now so common.

In that light, let’s take a look at some of the different kinds of pop music, I am confident to label as ROCK!

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REEL TO REAL: WHIPLASH POSES THE QUESTION – IS MUSICAL GENIUS A PRODUCT OF OBSESSIVE BEHAVIOR OR CREATIVE INSPIRATION?

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Written & directed by Damien Chazelle
Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons & Paul Reiser.

Whiplash – the story of Andrew Neiman (Teller), a young jazz drummer who attends one of the best music schools in the country under the tutelage of Terence Fletcher (J. K. Simmons), the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz – has been the surprise package for the Academy Awards, garnering Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Simmons.

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ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY: CHARLIE LIM

Finally! Charlie Lim has released two new singles (viz. “Bitter” and “Conspiracy”) and both tracks can be downloaded for FREE from Bandwagon (limited to first 1000 signups) so HURRY!!!!

Suffice to say, “Bitter” is a heart-wrenchingly gorgeous jazz-pop piece with dynamism, virtuosity and dollops of soul that deserves to be a worldwide hit (whatever that means nowadays) – please don’t miss out! “Conspiracy” demonstrates a different side of Charlie as smooth R&B inflections, infectious funky beats and cool vibes make the song a hot dancefloor hit contender! Another essential track for your collection!

Find out more about Charlie Lim here.