Secret Sounds Asia presents award-winning indie outfit alt-J live in Singapore on Sunday, 17 May 2015 at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa.
Debra Khng launches her debut EP Wolves In The Night – a 5-track chronicle of love, loss, and youth – 6th December, 8pm, Hood Bar. Also featuring up and coming alternative rock singer-songwriter Wei Chiang and his band, as well as indie-folk darling Vanessa Faith, entry is free and physical copies of Debra’s debut EP will be available for sale.
“If you build it, they will come”
How to improve the local music scene? By building fan base. Once the numbers are there, then the promoters will come to you. Case in point: Gentle Bones (aka Joel Tan). Ever-increasing fan support has now had promoters looking to add to their audience numbers by having the popular artist open for foreign acts.
Thus, on 10th December, Gentle Bones will open for Us the Duo at Kallang Theatre and on 27th February 2015, Joel will support Christina Perri at The Coliseum. This is exciting news and signs of a developing local music scene.
Get your tickets from SISTIC.
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Singer-songwriter Daphne Khoo will be performing at KEEPERS on Saturday, 29th November. Tickets are priced at $25 (with the Wonderland EP) & $20 and can be purchased from deetalk.peatix.com. All proceeds will go to the Singapore Cancer Society.
Also featuring guests Dee Kosh, Gareth Fernandez, Gayle Nerva and Nathan Hartono.
A fabulous double bill awaits rock fans when Jagwar Ma joins The Flaming Lips on 1st December at The Coliseum. So here’s an email interview we did with the former’s Gabriel Winterfield and the results were good fun, as you will soon discover.
PoP: Last time out, you had to cancel a performance at Laneway Singapore – could you share with us what happened?
Gabriel: I tore a ligament in my knee, and was unable to perform or travel. Very sad. I’ve been waiting to get another chance to play Singapore ever since.
This just in…
Secret Sounds Asia presents Julian Casablancas (vocalist of The Strokes) with his latest side project JULIAN CASABLANCAS+THE VOIDZ, live in Singapore on Saturday, 10 January 2015 at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa.
Tickets available from SISTIC on Monday 24 Nov, 9am.
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Groove to the show-stopping gigs by five spectacular local act and welcome 2015 at the airport this New Year’s Eve.
4-piece pop-rock band ORANGECOVE, Marc X Hashy of the Final One Fame, up-and-coming pop-punk band JJ and The Paperplanes, finalist for ‘SG50 The Gift of Song’ competition Ciao Turtle and acoustic act The Jaywalkers, will take to the stage with punchy made-in Singapore numbers and covers of familiar favourites to end your year on a high note.
Also hosted by Singaporean blogger and a familiar face to the hosting circuit, Mint Leong will keep the crowd entertained through the night with her effervescent personality and entertainment segments.
The Loco Local 2015 Countdown Party will be held at the Lobby Lounge of Crowne Plaza Changi Airport from 31 December 2015, 9:00pm to 1 January 2015, 1:30am.
Sure is a exciting time to be a #sgindie lover, ain’t it?
The Singapore music scene is growing! There is little doubt about that. Songwriter-producers Tat Tong and Roland Lim are two individuals that I have been following for some time now. These gents are talented, committed and fun to be around with – they started with the same tools as everybody else but by sheer determination (with relentless belief) have managed to carve out successful music careers. The collective experience they have amassed so far merits closer examination and in December the pair offer this opportunity to fellow musos in Singapore with the Gamechangers: How To Produce and Release #1 Hits workshop. Don’t miss this!
More details here.
I love the early Squeeze records but my favourite is probably Sweets from a Stranger (1982). Although lumped together with all the other 80s ‘new wave’ bands, Squeeze were/are basically 60s pop revivalists with erudite lyrics/sophisticated melodies being the main emphasis. Check out a video of the band playing “Points of View” below.
Formed around the songwriting nucleus of Chris Difford (lyrics) & Glenn Tilbrook (tunes), the duo were hailed as the Lennon-McCartney of their era and deservedly as well. Following Squeeze’s second breakup in 1999, Tilbrook embarked on an acclaimed solo career. Tilbrook will be performing in Singapore at Hero’s on 29th November and I caught up with him via a short phone interview.
KittyWu Records has announced that Caracal has launched the pre-order for their forthcoming studio album Welcome The Ironists at iTunes. Listeners can pre-order the digital album on iTunes and receive an early download of the exciting new single “Welcome The Ironists”.
The new album was recorded and produced together with the band’s longstanding collaborator and dear friend – Singapore’s leading music producer and sound engineer, Leonard Soosay of Snakeweed Studios (The Great Spy Experiment, I Am David Sparkle). The album was mastered in Canada with João Carvalho of João Carvalho Mastering (Sloan, Buck 65, The Weakerthans, Death From Above 1979).
The full album is slated for release on 18 December 2014 and will be available in both physical and digital formats. Caracal will launch the album at The Substation on that night. Look out for the music video on 5th December at the band’s YouTube Channel.
Always an exciting prospect to catch some of the brightest indie rock talents in Singapore but when the event also serves to raise awareness of an important cause then, the reasons to attend increase! With a fairly varied lineup as well, Rethink: AIDS promises to be an exciting #sgindie day out. We got in touch with organizer Jared Rezel to find out more.
PoP: How does a music event raise awareness for a cause?
Jared: Music fans tend to connect to their favourite artists via their music. The bond between the audience and performer is hence strengthened through their attendance at live music events. As the bands perform at this event, they will be constantly promoting our cause through their songs and shoutouts, strongly conveying our message to the audience and ultimately succeeding in raising awareness for our cause.
PoP: In what ways are you asking people to “Rethink AIDS”?
Jared: We never actually wondered what we would do if we found out our friend has AIDS and decided to think more about this issue. Most of us realised that we’d probably avoid these friends for fear of contracting this disease. However when we look at the facts, there is no risk at all unless we were planning to engage in some sexual activity with these friends. Hence we want people to rethink the facts they know or think they know in hope that they would ultimately rethink these subconscious stereotypes they place on the people suffering from AIDS. Most AIDS campaigns are all about the ‘safe sex’ aspect especially what we learnt back in sex ed classes in school, hence we felt that our event could influence youths to relate more to the social side of AIDS.
PoP: How should the public attitude towards AIDS change? What should it be instead?
Jared: Most people know the dangers of AIDS or rather HIV and they know that they want to avoid it as far as possible. However, it’s that avoidance and some misunderstanding that has led to stereotyping people with HIV/AIDS as well. We want people to know the facts & the dangers but at the same time, not treat the people with it any differently. Basically, we want people to remove the links between AIDS and friendship, since sex isn’t a requirement of friendship.
PoP: What do you hope attendees will take away from Rethink: AIDS?
Jared: Besides enjoying music and introducing more people to local music, we hope that they at least gain new perspectives towards AIDS. Ideally, we hope that they would change their attitudes towards people with AIDS and treat them as normal people.
PoP: Can you explain the process behind the selection of the bands?
Jared: We wanted to find bands who were rather current and had a pull with different groups of people hence reaching out to a variety of people. We were not so worried about the genre, for example, AVA. When people see a post hardcore band, they usually think like these guys are rebels. But seeing them standing for something good fights for our cause even more.
More info here.
Squeeze was without doubt one of the seminal bands of the 80s post-punk era, combining elements of pub-rock and Beatlesque pop-rock to produce a highly melodic and intelligent brand of pop music. Glenn Tilbrook – whose distinctive tenor graced almost all the best Squeeze songs – will be playing a “one-night-only” show at Hero’s (69 Circular Road #01-01, Boat Quay). Tickets available from www.dashtickets.sg now!
Tilbrook has a new album out called Happy Ending and its chock full of the well-constructed, sophisticated pop that Squeeze was legendary for. Check it out!
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I must confess that out of the all the bands that were slated to play at the last (sadly cancelled) Hostess Club Weekender, the one I was most looking forward to was Wild Beasts. But of course, the good news is that the English band will still be in Singapore tomorrow at Beep Studios.
Wild Beasts released one the best albums of 2014 – the sophisticated collection of groovy tunes known as Present Tense – and surely is one of the most important bands to come out of the UK in the last decade. So, don’t miss the chance to watch them in the intimate settings of Beep Studios.
Standard: 65 SGD
At The Door: 80 SGD
Look out for our review.
Midas Promotions has just announced that Christina Perri will perform in Singapore at The Coliseum on February 27 2015! Tickets will be available via sistic.com.sg on Nov 13 2014.
Wicked Aura – best known as that huge ass percussion group that plays at art fringe events is now a fully-fledged rock band! Check out the new-look Wicked Aura on 30th November at the Coliseum as the group opens for Hoobastank.
Tickets available from SISTIC.
Last but certainly not least, Verhaal!
Verhaal are a Rock Band formed in Singapore in 2014. Before joining the band, the members had already played on several bands , performing on numerous events/occasions. The band consist of Jeslynn (Vocals), Dominic (Bass), Dedry (Guitar), and Marcus (Drums). The band enjoys writing radio-friendly tunes, incorporating diverse style of Rock and Pop music to their works.
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We continue our look at the budding singer-songwriters featured in STAGEFRIGHT XV on 12th November with Keith Heng!
Keith’s first memory of music’s effect on him was when he was 10 years old sitting in his grand-aunt’s car and hearing The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for the first time. Enchanted by riffs and flowing song melodies, an addiction began where he sought after different genre’s of music and encountered different artists like Eric Clapton, SRV, Slash, The Beach Boys, John Mayer, and many others. Soon however, singing other’s songs wasn’t enough for him and the tunes he always hummed to himself and pictured in his mind could not be contained. Looking to find his own voice in music, Keith picked up the guitar in 2009, and hasn’t put it down since. Now Keith embarks on his own journey, and has started his solo project, KST Musical Sound, where he looks to tell stories of his own through music, just like that first time he heard the magic of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
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After a 4-year hiatus, The Decembrists have announced that its new album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, will be released on January 20, 2015. From the sounds of the preview track – “Make You Better”, it’s the sort of pleasing alt-folk-pop that the band is returning to, which is fine by me! Check it out!!
There’s much to admire on this new EP from Micah Olsan & the Many. According to his bio, “Micah has been an active performer in the Midwest music scene for the last seven years. His diverse songwriting takes folky storytelling, interlocking guitar parts, and passionate, soaring vocals and places them smoothly on top of a funky, jazz and world-infused rhythm section. Micah’s writing draws on influences from Paul Simon to Radiohead and the Talking Heads.”
Certainly, tracks like “Trouble” and “All Around” will appeal to the punters who love trawling blues-rock pubs with the songs’ authentic roots demeanor. One to consider. Check it out at Bandcamp.
Butch Walker is back with an exciting new album helmed by Ryan Adams, with help from Bob Mould and Johnny Depp (!) and promises to be a celebration of gritty folk, pop and rock. If the album is anything like the gorgeous country-folk tribute to the legendary Chrissie Hynde, then this is going to one of the most anticipated albums of next year. Listen to “Chrissie Hynde” now.