LUKE CHOW – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

Luke Chow is a singer-songwriter from Hong Kong, whose music recalls the post-punk revival earlier in the decade – Franz Ferdinand, Maximo Park and the like. Luke will be playing an acoustic show in Singapore. Do check him out.

When: Fri Nov 19 2010  8:00 PM

Where: Home Club, , SG, SG, SG

Details: Support from Nick Chim and Siti Zahidah

Official Site

LANEWAY FESTIVAL SINGAPORE 2011

Laneway Festival, one of the foremost indie rock festivals in the Asia-Pacific region will make its debut appearance in Asia in 2011. And in Singapore as well. The press con was held yesterday afternoon at the New Asia Bar where organizers Chugg Entertainment announced that bands like !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Beach House, Deerhunter, Foals, Holy Fuck, Ladyhawke, Warpaint and Yeasayer will be performing at the Fort Canning Park on 29 January 2011.

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OWEN PALLETT – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

FINAL FANTASY Heartland (For Great Justice)

Don’t be confused. Final Fantasy is the name singer-songwriter-multi-insturmentalist Owen Pallett chooses to record under. Yes, he is a big fan of the video game, naturally. Pallett’s music is not easily described or pigeon-holed but I guess if I had to, I would define his music as experimental, avant garde, neo-classical, electronic pop. Mostly, it is challenging songwriting and arrangements of the top artistic order.

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MTV EMA 2010

This morning I was holed up at the spanking new MTVAsia crib at Lorong Chuan to witness the MTV EMA 2010. Yes, the actual event was held in Madrid last night in the unholy early morning hours but a couple of select bloggers, including Power of Pop (i.e. Melissa Ng and yours truly) were invited to view a preview of the EMA before the telecast this evening.

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JAMIE DRAKE

JAMIE DRAKE When I Was Yours (Self-released)

This LA-based singer-songwriter reckons that music and songwriting is in her genes, bequeathed to her by her late father. Which probably accounts for Drake’s classicist country-folk-roots approaches. Her songs are deceptively simple but they do contain that mystical quality us music writers like to call “soul”. An indefinable sense to discern art from commerce.

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ROX

ROX Memoirs (Rough Trade)

It’s always incredible to me (in a good way) when I come across a young artist whose influences and inspirations lie in music that is not part of their generation. English singer-songwriter Rox (AKA Roxanne Tataei) has based most of her vibrant music on “old school” soul/R&B and in that way is akin to other English retro-soul singers like Amy Winehouse and Duffy.

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NOWHERE BOY

A teenager from Liverpool. Seemingly abandoned by his parents at a young age is cared for by his Uncle and Aunt. The Uncle dies. He discovers that his biological mother (whom he has not seen for years) is living only a stone’s throw away from his Aunt’s home. His mother is now remarried with two young children. They reunite and develop bonds again. She introduces him to rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley and the banjo. He is changed and forms a skiffle group (which later morphs into a rock ‘n’ roll band). He goes to art college. He discovers more about his childhood which leads to confrontation between his mother, aunt and himself. His mother is tragically killed in a motor accident. He reconciles with his aunt and leaves for Germany to perform with his band. End of story.

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4CHRISTMAS

I know that there are still 55 days to Christmas but being the kiasu (literally “afraid to lose” to non-Singaporeans) Singaporean that I have learned to become, I thought I’d get this done as soon as possible. “This” being a properly recorded version of my first proper Christmas song – 4Christmas. In actual actual the song was composed about a year ago on Garageband and more or less left collecting digital dust on the proverbial shelf.

Along comes Patrick Chng, who kindly offered to record 4Christmas on his new homestudio setup. As Pat is using Logic it was easy to convert my Garageband files into Logic files. So we did so, Pat added drums and bass and I redid the vocals and harmonies and did my best Paul Weller impression on rhythm guitar and voila! Thank you, Pat!

All was left was a cover design and I want to thank Rachael Teo for coming up with a cool design at very short notice. Thank you, Rach!

The result? You can listen to and/or download 4Christmas at http://kevinmathews.bandcamp.com/track/4christmas. If you’re not comfortable with Bandcamp for any reason, you can download the low res file at http://www.mediafire.com/?vcezet36a4zo2jm. Please share these links if you can, I would greatly appreciate this.

Like I said, it’s early but this is my gift to all the friends of Power of Pop. Thanks for your kind and generous support all these years.

“You are the only gift I want for Christmas”

…still there’s more…

VILLAGERS – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

Irish singer-songwriter Conor O’Brien is the brains behind Villagers, whose debut album – Becoming A Jackal – has been favorably compared to Bright Eyes, Sparklehorse, The Frames and Leonard Cohen and also nominated for a Mercury Prize! Not bad for a band that made their first live appearance only 2 years ago. Well, music fans are in for a treat as O’Brien makes his way to the intimate surroundings of the Esplanade Recital Studios on 31st January 2011 for a live performance that promises to be truly memorable (remember the Lloyd Cole and Patrick Watson gigs? Awesome!).

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VAMPIRE WEEKEND – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

Okay, do you want the good news or bad news first? Can’t decide? Well, let’s just say that if you hate NYC quartet Vampire Weekend and accuse the band of essentially having only two songs (Oxford Comma and A-Punk), then you’d be elated to know that Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij and Chris Tomson basically went down like gangbusters, as a packed Esplanade Concert Hall went apeshit from the moment the band stepped onto the stage and sustained hyped up levels of enthusiasm for the remainder of the concert. Or maybe not.

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