If discovering exciting new music is your thing (and it should be), then you must check out Music Matters Live 2015 to be held at Clarke Quay from 20th to 23rd May.
Here are Power of Pop’s recommendations.
Instrumental rock quartet Sphaeras releases its debut album Moirai this Saturday 2nd May at The Substation.
Tickets available from http://peatix.com/event/79667.
Kyoto based alternative rock band tricot announces their Hip Step “A N D” Jump Asia Trip 2015, returning to Singapore for a one-night-only show at The Substation on Sunday 31 May.
All-girl math-rock outfit consisting of three diminutive Japanese ladies sounds like an unusual proposition but tricot is indeed the real deal. A concept that sounds like its worth the price of admission already.
Get your tickets: http://tricotsingapore.peatix.com/
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On 6 June, House of Riot – home to Singapore’s well-loved independent acts, Charlie Lim, iNCH, and The Great Spy Experiment – presents an ambitious live show in homage to made-in-Singapore music, at The Esplanade’s grande dame The Concert Hall.
#sgindie music at the Esplanade Concert Hall? Somewhat unprecedented but surely the potentially record-breaking triple bill stands perfectly placed to do the deed.
Tickets for the Riot show are now on sale at SISTIC, and priced at S$50 for normal admission; S$40 for students and NSFs.
I know when this exhibition was first announced, there was some criticism about the ’50 years’ bit, considering that: –
1. The Quests‘ “Shanty”, the first ever local pop hit, was released in 1964 (!) and
2. when you subtract most of the 70s and the early 80s (when rock music was suppressed by the authorities) fifty years become a stretch
BUT you will appreciate that in order for the exhibition to get the appropriate funding some concessions needed to be made towards the whole SG5o business. Whatever it was called, the fact remains that the funding has allowed the organisers to put together a fitting tribute to Singapore rock, such as it is. Well, this is Singapore so the ends will justify the means.
In any case, the exhibition opens tomorrow (8th April) at the Substation Theatre with three S-ROCK bands viz. The Oddfellows, THE PINHOLES and Riot !n Magenta performing from 8pm.
I first came across Deon Toh as the drummer for Singapore indie rock band Flybar. But when the band split, Deon decided to get up from behind the drums and become a singer-songwriter. I had the privilege of spending time with Deon when he was a finalist in the NAC Noise-Timbre singer-songwriter programme, and I was the designated songwriting mentor. He passed me Letters, an EP of sorts which he rather humbly described as a ‘demo’, although it sounded very good to these ears.
Since then, Deon has gone from strength to strength, releasing a well received debut album, Antiphonic, and impressing overseas audiences at music festivals in Canada and the UK. Deon is in the process of completing the recording of his sophomore effort and will be heading to Canadian Music Week once more in May. But before then, local music fans will get a chance to give Deon a proper send-off at Originals Sing @ Artistry this Thursday 9th April. $10 cover.
Ariane Deborah will kick off proceedings at 8.30pm.
Singapore indie music fans know Esther Lowless as an iconoclastic and talented artist but may be less aware that Esther is also an accomplished and versatile actress as well! Besides appearing in Mediacorp dramas, TVCs and theatre plays, Esther is also going to try her hand at comedy in Singapore Stripped (at Paulenar Clarke Quay) where she plays opposite Crispy, the Talking Cock as they strip away Singapore’s artificial, shiny façade to reveal its comical dark side (not our words)!
We understand that the first two shows (tonight and Saturday night) are sold out but you can get tickets from the remaining shows from SISTIC.
The folks at Symmetry Entertainment are bringing back This Will Destroy You, who were last on our shores in a sold-out show in 2013. The post-rock band is in demand with music supervisors of Hollywood films as well as award ceremonies like the Golden Globes and a TWDY show always promises fun, inspiration and intensity.
Event details: –
Venue: Substation Theatre
Tickets: 60SGD (Standard)
70SGD (At the door)
Here’s an update from The Grizzle Grind Crew!
CONFESSTIVAL X #2ndGGC Anniversary [A *SCAPEmusic Programme]
Venue: *SCAPE The Ground Theatre (2 Orchard Link Singapore 237978)
Date: Sunday 5 April 2015
Doors open at 6:00pm
Indie folk-pop act Gentle Bones will be celebrating with us on stage. Malaysia-crossover pop sensation Sleeq will make a special appearance! Malaysia’s biggest rapper Joe Flizzow will be throwing down his jams while Los Angeles’ top underground rapper Dumbfoundead will be rocking the stage as well!
Yeah, the 200 moshpit spots are redeemed. BUT you still should register cause we are giving out totebags with goodies from our partners JUICE, Nando’s and Fleshimp. The totebags are for the first 500 registered pax who showed up at the show.
Now here’s the fun part! In the 500 totebags, there will be the following:
a. 28 x Bronze Totebags (GGC T-shirt)
b. 20 x Silver Totebags (GGC T-shirt + GGC poster)
c. 1 x Gold Totebag (GGC T-shirt + GGC Poster + 1 Pioneer DDJ Wego MIDI Controller)
d. 2 x Platinum Totebags (GGC T-shirt + GGC Poster + 1 pair of stage view passes – where you and your friends get to watch the entire at the side of the stage!)
For exclusive entry into the moshpit/Meet & Greet session, Workshops and merch giveaways (#2ndGGC totebag), register at: www.scapers.sg/confesstival.
Here’s another Singapore rock album launch fans need to take note of! Bear Culture launches its eponymous debut at the Esplanade Theatre Studio on 22nd March 2015.
Tickets exclusively available from http://bearculture.peatix.com/
Tickets available at SISTIC.
Another great opportunity for artists to get their originals heard is the SGMUSO Songwriters Night. Now a monthly event, the re-launch kicks off on Saturday, 28th February at The Barbershop by Timbre. Featured artist will be Tim De Cotta X The Warriors with the open mic segment to showcase Fym Summer, JAWN, Hell Low and Ciao Turtle.
See you there!
Katy Perry has announced today that she will bring THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR to Singapore on 11 May 2015 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This tour is presented by AEG Live. She will be touring in support of her album PRISM.
Tickets for the show go on sale from 10 Feb 2015 through Sports Hub Tix, and are priced at $328, $248, $228, $188 and $128. Tickets will be available through www.sportshubtix.sg, booking hotline +65 3158 7888 and Sports Hub Tix Box Office and Singapore Post outlets.
As part of her 2015 Brutal Romantic World Tour, Brooke Fraser will be making her Asian debut in Singapore on 20 March at the Kallang Theatre.
Ticket sales will commence on 27 January 2015, and are priced from $58 to $148. Limited VIP Meet and Greet Passes are available at $40.
Fans can subscribe to Sprout Entertainment’s online newsletter at www.Facebook.com/SproutEntertainment for instant ticketing discounts.
What was my day like at Laneway SG 2015? Really good fun actually, meeting loads of cool music people (you know who you are!), boozin’ and enjoying pretty useful festival food as well. The people watching was fruitful – looking at the sweet young things in their hipster outfits made me feel like an anthropologist (okay, not really).
I was so comfortable and chilled out that I wasn’t even bothered by the fact that most of the music was average at best. Also, rock bands were showcased in the afternoon (where the audience was smaller) but it all felt like an afterthought.
Aussie punk rockers Cambridge to open for New Found Glory in Singapore. Listen to “Head Over Heels” and “Hit and Run” below.
Event Title: New Found Glory Live in Singapore 2015
Date: Thursday 12th February 2015
Venue: SCAPE The Ground Theatre
Event Hashtag: #NFGSG
VIP: $118 (Meet & Greet / Photo Opp with NFG)
Early Bird: $68 (until 31 December 2359hrs, or until sold-out)
At Door (12 Feb): $98
*All ticket prices includes ticket fee. All prices in SG$
“I’m really disappointed to not be able to play these shows. The touring has been so enjoyable for me and the band and the audiences have been great everywhere. If it was about just me just being unwell I would have found a way to continue as I did when I broke my hand last year, but to not be there for one of my family is not right. Thank you to everyone for the kind messages. See you soon. Johnny. X”
All tickets purchased for February 9th show in Singapore are transferable to the new date on July 30th.
A full refund will be made through Sistic for those who cannot attend rescheduled on July 30th.
“Easy Money” indeed…
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— Press release —
Without music, Dr. Martens would have remained a workwear boot. As part of its deep-rooted relationship with music, subcultures and music icons, Dr. Martens is proud to partner with Laneway Festival for the third time this January 24th, 2015 at The Meadow, Gardens by The Bay.
Dr. Martens not only offers the perfect rain-and-muck-proof boots for stomping festival grounds, it will also provide fun/survival essentials to Laneway Festival 2015.
Here are the highlights:
Dr. Martens Laneway Festival Kit
Dr. Martens Vending Machine of Quintessentially English Snacks: Parma Violets, Marmite Crisps, Walkers Worchester Sauce Crisps, and the like.
Hello Stranger Photo Booth: It didn’t happen if there weren’t photos.
The Best Punk Portaloo This Land Has Seen: for a culturally immersive lavatory experience.
— End of Press Release —
Yes! See you all at Laneway Singapore 2015 this coming Saturday.
Mention the word ‘cadence’ during a music theory class and chances are that panicked students will be racking their brains to recall what that term means (true story!). As highlighted in their bio, #sgindie rock band Cadence explains that it is “a section in a musical piece which creates a sense of resolution, or the measure of a cyclist’s pace”.
The bio goes on – “The band’s music runs either fast and loud, or slow and yearning. If it sounds desperate, that’s because it probably is. The sound of five, taking a shot in the dark, hoping to create something to believe in”.
The band consists of Seth Chiam (Vocals, Guitar); Angus Sham (Guitar); Nathan Huang (Guitar); Japheth Ng (Bass) and Dominic Goh (Drums). At StageFright, we have been quite blessed to experience many bands that have delivered stellar performances despite the space constraints at Artistry, using the limitations to their advantage (instead of sulking about them). Stopgap, Catalogue V, Doves & Ravens, Atlas, Enec.e and Sapporo Safaris are just a couple of great examples. So don’t miss Cadence as they open StageFright XVI @ Artistry on 21st January!
Artistry is located at 17 Jalan Pinang.
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She’s back! Rachael Yamagata returns to Singapore on 29 May for an intimate show at the Esplanade Concert Hall! Tickets at S48,$68,$88 and $98 will go on sale through Sistic on 20 Jan 2015.
Indonesian band lightcraft who played Singapore’s Baybeats Music Festival and Indonesia’s Java Soundsfair in 2014, will start the new year with a trip to Chennai, India, where they will be making their debut on Indian shores at IIT Madras’ annual Saarang 2015.
Running from January 7-12, lightcraft is set to represent Indonesia on Sunday, January 11 at 2pm at the cultural festival’s World Fest segment, where they will be performing a one-hour set at.
World Fest will also be featuring the likes of Human Folk (The Philippines), Inca Babies (UK), Tiny Fingers (Israel), Mark Bonafide (Singapore), The Amsterdams (Romania), We Singing Colors (Romania) and freestyle footballer Pawel Skora (Poland).
Saarang is the annual cultural festival organised by IIT Madras, a renowned public engineering and research institution. The festival was initially known as Mardi Gras when it was first held in the 1970s, and it was only renamed Saarang in 1996. Saarang is known for featuring a diverse line-up of acts from India and abroad. Saarang 2015 is set to feature around 50 events, and is expected to attract more than 50,000 people.
I have been fortunate enough to participate in two assessment panels for NAC’s EP grant thus far and it’s clear that there are more and more talented artists out there in Singapore! And the fact that in the two years that I have been curating STAGEFRIGHT, I have never once repeated a performer means that the critical mass of singer-songwriters/bands is definitely expanding.
Fym Summer is a very promising singer-songwriter and I am happy to have her perform at STAGEFRIGHT XIV. Her bio is short but succinct.
“A bathroom singer-songwriter since 2004, Fym Summer, known for her raw, mezzo vocals and honest, narrative lyrics, is set to drop off her debut acoustic-based mini EP titled “Heart” (stylised as “Hevrt”) in January 2015.”
So get an advance preview of her upcoming EP on 21st January at Artistry (17, Jalan Pinang). Support made-in-Singapore original music!
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Nothing wrong with playing covers per se but original music is critical for the growth and development of a music scene we can properly call our very own. This is where platforms like STAGEFRIGHT @ Artistry comes in – to provide aspiring songwriters with an opportunity to showcase their own songs. So if you value culture and artistic endeavour, support our songwriters at Artistry Cafe on 21st January from 8pm, where you can see Tiffany…
Having a passion for music since young, Tiffany likes to spend her time writing songs in her free time with her guitar on lazy afternoons. Inspired by artists such as Allen Stone, Nikki Yanofsky, Alicia Keys and many more, she likes to explore different genres such as blues, indie and alternative music when writing new songs.
She currently plays at Zsofi Tapas Bar under the moniker Lazy Susan’s Blueprints every Thursday evening.
An aspiring singer-songwriter in the making, she hopes to share her life in lyrics and drawings that she does as a side hobby alongside music.
Artistry Cafe is located at 17 Jalan Pinang.
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The legendary Crosby, Stills & Nash – one of the biggest bands of the early 70s gets to finally play in Singapore, forty years later. Not much else to add to that, really. Except for the concert details.
CSN perform live in Singapore on Thursday March 19, 2015 at The Star Theatre.
Standard tickets priced at S$98, S$128, S$158, $188 and S$228 goes on sale 9:00 am Friday 9 January, 2015 at SISTIC.com.sg and 10:00 am via all other SISTIC channels. (Excluding Sistic booking fee)
For VIP packages, please call LAMC Productions at +65 6324-0764.
Not to be missed.