Apr 122014


Three years ago, I first met Deon Toh (second from left, above) when he was a participant in the Noise-Timbre Singer-Songwriter Program and I was the resident songwriting mentor. Since then, DEON has gone from strength to strength and has played all over the place, including last years’ Canada Music Week. This year, DEON has extended his overseas stint to include the UK (London and Liverpool) as well and will play at the International Pop Overthrow Festival. Backing him will be Lim Jie (guitar), Mindy Kon (Keyboards), Stasha Wong (bass), and Jovin Lim (drums). Before leaving our shores, DEON will also play a couple of local gigs (see poster below) so make a date with DEON in the next couple of weeks.

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Look out for DEON’s new album, Antiphobic, to be released in June 2014.

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Apr 062014


Quick news bites of new releases from the modern rock wasteland.


They Might Be GiantsIdlewild, a 10-Year Song Compilation. Release date: May 27.


Julian Fleisher - Finally. Release date: May 13 via Modern Records.


The Trewss/t. Release date: April 22 digitally viz Nettwerk Records.


Stumbleine (ft. Violet Skies)Dissolver. Release date: April 29th via Monotreme Records.

Lewis Watson

Lewis WatsonThe Morning. Release date: June 17 via Warner Bros. Records.


Dead StarsSlumber. Release date: June 17 via Old Flame Records.

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Apr 042014

Singapore electro-pop duo Cosmic Armchair has signed with Alfa Matrix, and has become the first Asian band to sign an album deal with Belgium-based in label. This collaboration with Alfa Matrix, home to international electro stars like Front 242, Recoil, Nitzer Ebb and supergroup Bruderschaft, gives the duo better access to audiences everywhere especially in Europe and America.

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Apr 032014

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Aussie troubadour Gabriel Lynch plays at Hood Bar on 24th April. It’s the first time that Lynch will be bringing a band to the region and he will be playing tunes from his forthcoming album, All of Us. The album was crowdfunded and many of the songs are based on titles and topics suggested by the people who helped Lynch fund the recording, including several from Singapore!

Doors at 7:30 – $15 entry (including free drink)

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Mar 242014

Electrico is back in the saddle and recently posted sneak peeks of new material over at their official Soundcloud page. Three songs – “With You”, “Live in the Night” and “Easy Go” – are reminiscent of the band’s early days, chock full of melodic hooks and powerpop vibes. The band has promised a new release later this year. Personally, I can’t wait. Check them out!

Mar 182014


Over at its Facebook page, US band La Dispute describes its genre as “Blues, Screamo, Soul, Progressive Rock” which basically means they don’t give a fuck! To these ears, the quintet is a raucous & lively bunch with enigmatic lyrics – sometimes hushed sometimes painfully hollered – delivered by singer Jordan Dreyer. Worth investigating.

Tickets available here.

Check out the band’s latest album on Spotify.

Mar 182014

Alarice releases her latest EP The Kingdom in Singapore. This is her second release since Sunday Afternoon was launched in 2011. The Kingdom was recorded and produced in Nashville Tennessee with producer Cody Norris and Executive Producer Ed Cash.

Doors Open 6PM , TAB
Tickets $20 early bird (ends 19th March), $25 standard
Purchase at

Check out the first single from The Kingdom below.

Mar 172014

There are very few music schools in town that can promise to teach you about having a career in writing hit songs for the Mandarin pop market. Funkie Munkies (FM) Pop Music School is definitely one of them! First off, the trainers viz Eric Ng, Xiaohan & Jim Lim are genuine hit songwriters with impressive track records and that is real-life experience for you, not mere theory. More importantly, their passion for the craft is highly infectious and they are wonderful people as well!

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Mar 032014


After the well-received inaugural The Gathering with Empire of the Sun, Forefront Asia has announced that the second edition will bring to our shores musical duo, DARKSIDE on Sunday, 6th April at *SCAPE (The Ground Theatre).

DARKSIDE is the collaboration of electronic musician Nicolas Jaar, and Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. The duo is known for the intense pulsing baseline beats and hollowed synthesizer accompaniments, coupled with supplementary notes contributed by instruments ranging from a guitar to Harrington’s falsetto.

Tickets priced at SGD65, are now available at Event Clique.

Check out DARKSIDE’s debut LP Psychic.

Feb 252014

Due to popular demand, LA Comedy Live, in association with Adrian Bohm Presents, has announced that An Evening With John Cleese will add a second night to the tour.

The first performance will take place on 4 May 2014, while the second will be on 5 May 2014. Both shows will be held at the University Cultural Centre (UCC), NUS at 8 pm.

Tickets for the second night go on sale this Thursday, 27 February 2014.

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Feb 242014

Don, Fauzo & Sophia

There may be no shortage of instrumental rock bands in the S-ROCK scene but it’s fair to say that Babushka has opted for a different path from your typical ‘Post-rock’ fare. The trio play a combination of jazz, folk and world music that one could imagine being utilized on the appropriate movie soundtrack. On its debut EP, Flights of Fancy, the styles range from Spanish flamenco inflections (“K2″), English folk cum shoegaze references (“Sherpa”), Space Age Bachelor Pad ambience (“Luxury Apartment”), easy listening jazz-folk (“Collide”) and even a Tex-Mex Mariachi vibe (“Pocket Rocket” – which film buffs might imagine in a Quentin Tarantino cowboy flick even!)

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Feb 212014



Latest update: Jason Newsted will not be appearing or performing on all scheduled February and March dates. These include Australia’s Soundwave Festival and the Singapore Rock Festival here on the 6th of March.

So there will be six bands performing over 2 nights at the festival: Korn, Rob Zombie, Black Veil Brides and Five Finger Death Punch will perform on the 5th of March while Alice in Chains and Alter Bridge will perform on the 6th.

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Feb 142014

Singer-songwriter Sam Page does a great job at evoking the alt-rock of the 80s with nods to The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr, Long Ryders and The Dream Syndicate evident in his country-folk-powerpop amalgam. This new single keeps the fires burnin’ for all of us who remember that era fondly.

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Feb 112014



Now for something completely different!


Comedian John Cleese comes to Singapore to do a stand-up comedy performance for one night only on 4 May 2014, 8 pm, at the University Cultural Centre, NUS.

Tickets go on sale Friday, 14 February 2014 at and all SISTIC outlets.


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Feb 042014

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What excites me about new music? When my expectations are surpassed and a smile is left on my face gawking at the sheer audacity that caught me by surprise! MONSTER CAT‘s new single – “Take Me to Love” fits the bill perfectly. From it’s atonal opening chord progressions to its funky (?) chorus, “Take Me to Love” comes from left field completely and might possibly be the fucking best new song I’ve heard in 2014 so far. Don’t believe me? Well, listen to the song at Deezer now!

Off the band’s upcoming new album – The Violet Hour – to be released on 3rd March and which you can pre-order now at iTunes. What are you waiting for?

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Jan 162014

Breaking news: Grunge rockers Alice in Chains will headline and close Singapore Rock Festival on 6th March 2014! The band completes the Thursday night lineup with Alter Bridge and Jason Newsted. Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and Black Veil Brides provide the metal entertainment on Wednesday 5th March.

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Jan 132014
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Pic by Kyle Dean Reinford

Forefront Asia is launching a new live music series, The Gathering, with their first act, Empire of the Sun. Scheduled to perform on February 21, 2014, at Fort Canning Green, this will be the award-winning Australian electronic music act’s first-ever headline show in Singapore.

Limited early bird tickets, priced at SGD85, are now available at Event Clique (

Details -
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Gates Open: 6:00 PM
Venue: Fort Canning Green, Fort Canning Road, Singapore 179618

More info at

Jan 112014

Suzanne Vega returns to Singapore in April. Only 245 tickets will be available for this special intimate performance. Vega is touring in support of her new album “Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles”, to be released on 2 Feb 2014.

Date : 1 April 2014
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets: $148 on sale at from 23 Jan 2014.

Jan 102014


Singer-songwriter Ming Bridges is a force to be reckoned with – don’t be fooled by her smoking good looks – this young lady has a serious-minded head on her (lovely) shoulders. At this press junket held at Hood Bar on Thursday, 9th January – it was clear that Ming knows how the game is played but without losing the sweetness of soul that is within her.

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Jan 092014

Here’s the schedule for St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore on 25th January. It’s heartening to see that Singapore acts have been given due respect and equal treatment as they should be.  Apart from The Observatory, Vandetta and Gema, I am looking forward to The Jezabels, Kurt Vile, Frightened Rabbit and Savages.

Get your tickets at or before its too late!


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Jan 082014

Goes without saying that local original music needs more exposure and so I am pleased that STAGEFRIGHT @ Artistry is now into its 10th edition. Tonight, the lineup is -

8.00pm to 8.15pm Che Cereza
8.20pm to 8.35pm Hiroki Sunayama
8.40pm to 8.55pm Richard Philip
9.00pm to 9.15pm The Winged Butter Cats

Come on down and enjoy some mid-week refreshment. I will be playing a couple of new tunes from the upcoming #alpacablues ep at the end. See you there!

More info.

Jan 072014

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Here’s a festival specially made for all you metalheads out there.



Tickets for the first night on March 5 is on sale now while tickets for the second night on March 6 goes on sale 9:00 AM on January 10 at

Early Bird Doubleshot Package: $198 (both nights)
Early Bird Single Shot: $118
Standard Single Shot: $128
At the door: $148

Sistic booking fee not included.

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