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Jul 242014
 

Two for the price of one, you might say. This coming National Day, Nelson Tan and Amanda Tee will be holding a joint launch for their new respective EPs at Hood Bar. CDs will be on sale at the door; $20 for both EPs or $15 each.

Listen to Nelson’s latest single “Time” (ft. Amanda Tee)

Listen to Amanda’s new single “I Can Feel You”

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Jul 212014
 
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Pic by Stevie Da Canay

Regular visitors to PoP will know how much I dig Deap Vally. Made up of Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards – guitar, drumkit and two wild voices – it is no exaggeration to suggest that Deap Vally’s sound is a “breed of visceral, heart-churning rock ‘n’ roll”. So imagine my excitement at discovering that the ladies will be playing in Singapore on Friday, 22nd August courtesy of Doc Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING event at Beep Studios.

Craziest part of all? It’s FREE. All you need to do is simply visit Dr. Martens stores to pick up a complimentary pair of tickets* to see Deap Vally. (*While stocks last, limited to 2 tickets per person; no purchase necessary; 18 and above only.) Don’t miss this!

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Jul 202014
 

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Art-rockers The Observatory return with a new line-up and a new album. Founding members Leslie Low, Vivian Wang and Dharma are joined by SA’s Cheryl Ong on drums and Yuen Chee Wai on electronics/synths for this latest chapter of the band’s amazing journey.

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Oscilla will be released in various formats - a limited colour vinyl release alongside regular black vinyl LPs, CDs and for the very first time, a limited run of cassettes with free download – on 15th August, which will be supported by two performances on 15th and 16th at The Substation.

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Jul 202014
 

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“I aim to satisfy myself musically and if it happens to relate to the masses I cannot be more than ecstatic. because nothing is more fulfilling than to have people adore the songs that you first came to fall in love with.”

Gentle Bones has come a long way since releasing his debut single “Until I Die” in mid-December last year. Steadily building up a loyal fan base through a subsequent follow-up single “Elusive”, well-received music videos, maturing live performances and genuine grass-root buzz, the affable young singer-songwriter has made his mark on the Singapore music scene.

And there’s more to come, as Gentle Bones launches his debut EP at TAB Singapore on 30th August supported by Samantha Rui and Gareth Fernandez. Tickets now available at http://gentlebones.peatix.com/

The EP will be on sale via iTunes on the 19th of August 2014 and limited autographed physical copies will be available online at http://gentlebones.bigcartel.com.

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Jul 062014
 

[Poster] Spartak in Singapore

Canberra / Sydney outfit Spartak has launched their brand new record Five Points, out now on the esteemed Sydney label Feral Media. DUNCE. and The Lithe Paralogue, are hosting their album launch in Singapore, this coming Saturday, 12th July, at 7pm.

Spartak will be supported by 3 well-loved local acts, comprising of both veteran and up-and-coming artists:

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Jul 012014
 

Nineties alt-rock fans will be thrilled by the news that Scottish band Travis return to Singapore on 1st August at the Star Performing Arts Centre. The band released their comeback album – Where You Stand – last year after a five year hiatus and this concert promises to be a highlight of 2014!

Tickets are priced from SGD58 (excludes booking fee) and are available via SISTIC.

Listen to our playlist of a possible Travis setlist. Enjoy…

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Jul 012014
 

The latest UK indie sensations? Glass Animals have so far released a couple of singles and EPs but it is their excellent debut LP – ZABA – that their tremendous potential is revealed. Again, for me what makes the Oxford quartet distinctive is their ‘classic’ songwriting. Stylistically, the songs might be indie electro-centric but the strong melodies recalls 80s era Depeche Mode and Sting.

For contemporary references, one might think of Bombay Bicycle Club or perhaps Alt-J but the over-arching emphasis on ‘classic’ pop tunes is the clincher for me! I am thoroughly enjoying the eclectic music inflections in the songs like jazz-soul (“Cocoa Hooves”), world music (“Wala Wala”) and straight-up R&B (“Gooey”) – all enveloped with a knowing contemporary indie pop sheen that will have the indie kids grooving in the aisles.

And… thanks to Nick Whitcomb (Light Organ Records), I will have the opportunity to catch Glass Animals live (!) in Vancouver. More info here! Hopefully, someone brings them to Singapore soon as well!

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Jun 292014
 

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Inevitably for me, Day Three of most year’s Baybeats tend to be a little anti-climatic. After the hustle and bustle of the first two days, fatigue sets in and it has not been uncommon for me to sometimes entirely miss Day Three. So with that in mind, I decided to focus on the performances going on at the Chillout Stage (the Concourse) and found the experience thoroughly enlightening!

Pitch Feather delivered high gloss renditions of its excellent debut album – Mountains and Tides – singer Alberta Leong has an appealing voice that embellishes the band’s luscious take on 70s folk music that very quickly endeared them to the rapt audience. Considering this was the band’s very first live performance, there were nerves and a couple of errors but nothing fatal. Would love to see Pitch Feather develop further in the local indie scene.

.gif provide a polar opposite to Pitch Feather’s rustic warm tones with an electro-pop set that once again showcased the vocal talents of Weish. It was instructional as usual to see Weish construct ambient sounds from her vocals to utilize backings for the songs. Far from being cold constructs, the songs seemed vaguely personal as colours and shapes filled the room (figuratively, of course).

Pixel Apartment (aka Jordan Chia) was a sheer delight – both soulfully and intellectually. Operating his one man band (complete with video!) with the main focus on grand piano, Jordan provided a pleasing set which showcased his skills with electronics as well as songwriting. That said, perhaps the high point was Jordan’s wonderful cover of “What Sarah Said” (Death Cab for Cutie) sympathetically played on the piano. Yet another local musician with loads of talent!

And that was Day Three for me. Well satisfied with the slate of promising local musicians enough to believe that the future of the Singapore indie music scene is indeed bright! Thanks again to all the cool people I ran into today and once again to the Esplanade for putting together another first rate Baybeats Festival!

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Jun 212014
 

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The Grizzle Grind Crew just released its debut mixtape Leaders Of The New Skool on Thursday 19 June via Spotify. The album will be free for download on 30 June via the GGC website.

The Grizzle Grind Crew will be headlining the YFest, a youth festival tonight at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. Check ‘em out!

Jun 192014
 
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Nothing quite compares to an intimate club show where one is able to get up close to the artist. In the past, such gigs were fairly scarce in Singapore as promoters tended to favor artists who could draw upwards of a thousand fans. But thankfully of late, these kinds of gigs are becoming more and more common in the live music scene here with recent examples being And So I Watch You From Afar at Zouk, Dirty Beaches at Pink Noize, Deafheaven at Beep Studios and Music Matters Live at various Clarke Quay outlets.

Spanish artist Russian Red (born Lourdes Hernandez) has played on our shores twice before in close quartered environments and it was pretty much the same on her third visit, this time at TAB. Thus, it was easy to make out Hernandez’s fine outfit of the night – a black frilly dress, shiny golden heels and bangs tied up in a bun – which when combined with a stylish Gretsch electric guitar (whom Hernandez referred to as ‘Gretchen’), provided a somewhat incongruous image of the dainty female rocker.

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Jun 172014
 

The intriguing duo of Sean Patrick Maylone & DeAnthony Nelson Jr. (aka Ssighborggg) answers FIVE questions about Baybeats 2014.

Why should fans check out your performance at Baybeats?

DeAnthony: They don’t want to miss these beats..
Sean: It’s a pretty, fruity ruckus.

Why are you excited about playing at Baybeats?

DeAnthony :We want to see just how wild Singapore can get into our set. “Let it gooooo!”

Why do you think you were selected to play for Baybeats?

Sean: Sexual favors.

If you had to choose just three bands to watch at Baybeats, which bands would they be and why?

Sean: Two Million Thanks. .gif, to be fair these are two that I got to give a solid listen to — Two Million Thanks actually I heard a few months ago and it seemed so quirky and playful as a take on math rock.

When and where are you playing at Baybeats?

Sean: We will be talking, and playing here:

28 JUN, SAT
Lecture 3.30PM – 3.50PM
OBSERVATION DECK (LIBRARY @ ESPLANADE)

28 JUN, SAT
Performance 8.15PM – 8.45PM
ARENA (ESPLANADE OUTDOOR THEATRE)

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Jun 172014
 

To get us all ready for Baybeats 2014, we posed FIVE questions to various bands playing at the upcoming festival. First up, Thailand’s Two Million Thanks!

Why should fans check out your performance at Baybeats?

We think if it’s possible people should watch every band performs as well as our band because we are the only band from Thailand and we have our own characteristics and uniqueness.

Why are you excited about playing at Baybeats?

We are very excited. It is a great opportunity that we do not get often to play abroad. Especially in Singapore where there are many indy music fans. We prepared for the show and would make it best.

Why do you think you were selected to play for Baybeats?

It could be about the uniquenss of our music. And some of our music might sound strength , new , creative but still easy to listen.

If you had to choose just three bands to watch at Baybeats, which bands would they be and why?

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Those are 3 bands that we would like to see because the chance to see foreigner’s band is quite rare. So we would like to watch the bands that really stand out by their styles. We might get inspired or new things to know about.

When and where are you playing at Baybeats?

We perform at Powerhouse on Friday 27 June , 9.30 PM

Check out Two Million Thanks online.

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Jun 132014
 

Those of you who follow Power of Pop will know the name Eileen Chai as belonging to the violinist of my backing band, The Groovy People. But there’s definitely more to Eileen than that! Not only is she an accomplished musician in her own right but she was an athlete that represented Singapore in three different sports viz gymnastics, diving and track & field! Now add author to her list of gifts! Eileen has penned a book chronicling her life journey in sports and music, called “Teach A Life, For Life” which represents her personal philosophy in life. Concurrently, Eileen will be releasing her three-track EP, Spread Your Wings, which includes a track co-written with yours truly (the title track).

Eileen will launch her book this Saturday (14th June) from 6pm – 8pm at Balaclava @ ION where she will perform the three songs from her EP as well as autograph her new book for you. If you haven’t got a copy yet, you can do so at http://www.eileenchai.com/buy-the-book.html.

BEERFEST 2014

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Jun 122014
 

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I love Timbre. It’s been amazing what Danny Loong and Edward Chia have been able to achieve in the last seven years or so. Beginning from the first outlet at Substation, the Timbre Group has expanded to more outlets across the island, organizing popular festivals like Rock & Roots and even providing the backline for the recent completed Music Matters Live.

I know personally that Danny has the best interest of Singapore music in his heart and has always wanted to link the music scenes of Singapore and Western Australia (where he also spent a significant part of his life) together and this weekend’s Beerfest 2014 sees the culmination of that dream with SWAM (Singapore-Western Australian Music Exchange) where three Aussie bands and two Singapore bands (see above) play at Beerfest 2014.

On Sunday 15th, I will be moderating a panel discussion amongst these bands where hopefully there will be a healthy exchange of ideas of how we can – in each respective music scene – help out the other, all for mutual benefit. Believe me, there’s nothing more magical than when musical people come together! So if you’re a local musician and SGMUSO member (natch!) make a date with Beerfest 2014 for Sunday, where the fun begins at 4pm. Please register your interest with SGMUSO at info@sgmuso.org and look forward to seeing you there!

100 FESTIVAL

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Jun 032014
 

Apart from the flood of local indie music that the 100 Festival promises to deliver, SGMUSO will also be involved in organizing three panel discussions relevant to the music scene. I will be part of a panel talking about legal aspects on 7th June from 4pm or so. Look out for details to be released soon. Heads up!

JPNSGRLS: OSHEAGA 2014

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May 282014
 

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JPNSGRLS have made it onto the shortlist for the chance to play on the Molson Canadian main stage at Osheaga 2014!! But the band needs your help to seal the deal!

What can you do to help?
1. go to http://molsoncanadian.ca/en/live/
2. scroll down to the shortlist
3. click on JPNSGRLS
4. Under the picture (see above) cheer for the band on either Facebook or Twitter

Well, what are you waiting for?

 

MUSIC MATTERS LIVE ’14

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May 222014
 

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Believe me, it’s not often a band that I actually dig plays in Singapore. Yep, I’m weird that way. But when I first realized JPNSGRLS (Japanese Girls) that were coming down to Singapore for Music Matters Live ’14, I was pretty stoked. I had loved the Vancouver band’s debut EP Sharkweek from one year ago and well, I was excited by the prospect. The combination of pop smarts, post-punk veneer and rock ‘n’ roll attitude made JPNSGRLS a top band in my opinion and a definite highlight of MML’14.

Once I had met up with Oliver Mann (guitar) and Charlie Kerr (vocals) at the Music Matters conference, watched the band’s thrilling set at Fern & Kiwi last night with Chris McClelland (bass)
Graham Serl (drums) and hung around with the boys post-show, I was pleased to confirm that my instincts about JPNSGRLS was spot-on! Down-to-earth and deeply passionate (and ambitious) about their music, the band deserves everything they have achieved so far and I believe that more is in store for them. Don’t miss any of their remaining gigs in Singapore!

And this awesome experience was only possible because of Music Matters Live. That first night, I managed to catch Buffalo Sunn from Ireland, who impressed with their folky melodicism and indie pop vibe, Aussie blues-rocker Ash Grunwald, French electro-rock outfit The Juveniles and my good friends Lyon Apprentice. So much good music. Best of all, the opportunity to connect with really cool music people – the best kind!

The conference (both Digital and Music Matters) provided food for thought on this fruitful first day and suffice to say, much of what I heard gave me pause to re-assess some of the things I am doing in all my areas of interest.

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MUSIC MATTERS LIVE ’14

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May 182014
 

Melbourne band EMPRA has a strong Lion City connection as their frontman Sanny Veloo is Singaporean and part of the legendary local indie rockers Boredphucks/The Suns. Fittingly, EMPRA will be town as part of the Music Matters Live 2014 lineup. Sanny graciously filled in our MML Q&A.

Why did you apply to play at Music Matters Live ’14?

Cos we needed an excuse to return to Singapore to eat more sambal kangkong! (Damn good reason – KM)

How do you think playing at the Festival will help you?

We’ve had some interest from Japan, India, China and Asia and we were hoping that we could perform at Music Matters and blow all these promoters away so they’ll book us into cool tours of Asia and Festivals with great Singapore food on our band riders.

What are your scheduled slots at MML’14?

We’re pretty busy… here’s what we have on at MML…

21 May
10 – 1030pm Crazy Elephant

22 May
830 – 855pm Beer Market

1130-1am Hard Rock Cafe, Orchard

23 May
8 – 830pm China One

24 May
1210 – 1240am Paulaner

25 May
1215 – 1245am Timbre @ Substation

How are you preparing for MML’14?

We’ve actually been doing heaps of shows in Australia, rehearsing heaps and having losta fun hanging out at live venues with all our mates who are in bands and planning an itinerary of places we wanna visit in Singapore including various food stops, touristy places like the Night Safari and cool clubs and bars!

Why should music lovers come and watch you at MML’14?

Cos we have been lifting people’s spirits since 2011 and I promise you that if you come to an EMPRA show you will leave feeling utterly amazing and you’ll wanna hang out with us after the show for beers!!!

 

MUSIC MATTERS LIVE ’14

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May 172014
 

Can you feel the anticipation? We have been covering bands/artists whom we’ve thought you ought to check out during next week’s mammoth Music Matters Live festival but of course, we simply cannot cover all the worthy bands/artists coming down. So… here’s a list of the best of the rest that we think you should consider when making that #MML checklist.

BOXER REBELLION (UK)

23rd May | 11:50pm | Fountain Stage
24th May | 11:30pm | Aqua Nova

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MUSIC MATTERS LIVE ’14

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May 162014
 

Continuing our series on bands you should really check out next week at Music Matters Live ’14. Ladies and gentlemen… The Pinholes!

Why did you apply to play at Music Matters Live ’14?

Since Music Matters Live is being held in Singapore, I will take the opportunity to showcase my group and represent my country to another audience or music moguls that will come from all over the world. It feels like the best time.

How do you think playing at the Festival will help you?

I guess playing in this Music Festival definitely bring connectivity. I will try and make as much contact as I can. As I think that this is really important cause you will never know who you will meet.

What are your scheduled slots at MML’14?

We will be playing on one date which is on 21 May at Paulaner from 9.40pm to 10.10.10pm. This is due to our short tour to Hanoi for another ASEAN Pride Festival the following day.

How are you preparing for MML’14?

We are definitely putting our best of what we can do. We just released our debut album and we are really excited to showcase that to a different audience. And we will try and give our best half n hour show like there’s no tomorrow. Its gonna be just Wham Bam no commercial set.

Why should music lovers come and watch you at MML’14?

Its a music festival, We are all about good vibes, songs and rock n roll. And the chain reaction will be perfect if the music lover are there to have a good time.

Thanks to Famie for the answers!

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May 152014
 

Hostess Asia have announced the addition of British outfit TOY (above) to the existing lineup of Cat Power, Blonde Redhead, Perfume Genius and Sohn. Hostess Asia have also confirmed the venue at Infinite Studios, 21 Media Circle. Tickets are now available from eventclique.com.

Check out the band’s latest album – Join the Dots – at Spotify below!

BAYBEATS 2014

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May 152014
 

There was a time when the Baybeats Festival was the only indie rock festival in town. But thankfully, times have changed to such an extent that it’s almost easy to lose sight of the festival’s significance. In that respect, it’s good to know that the Esplanade has pushed to include a big number of Singapore indie bands/artists in the line-up. Looking at the above list, it’s clear that the priority for Baybeats is to give our local bands/artist pride of place! Kudos to the organizers.

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