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REMEMBERING DAVID BOWIE – THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH – TALK BY KEVIN MATHEWS

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I will be giving a 90 mins talk on the late great David Bowie on February 11th. In this talk, I will be covering three main areas viz. A summary of the highlights of Bowie’s musical career with emphasis on the 70s, a quick look into Bowie’s work in movies and TV & Bowie’s legacy.

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LIVE NEWS: LANEWAY SINGAPORE 2016 ADDING FOURTH STAGE!

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Laneway Festival Singapore has announced the instalment of a fourth stage at this year’s event. Set up with local collective Syndicate, the stage brings together a new genre of local and international electronic DJs and visual artists, including Australia’s JPS, Singapore’s Mean, and visual artist Brandon Tay accompanying duo Kiat & Kane on stage.

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If this doesn’t signal the death of rock ‘n’ roll, I don’t know what does then. Clearly, the Laneway Singapore organisers found it commercially viable to install a fourth stage and then feature electronic artists rather than rock acts. Whilst I am pleased for Syndicate and how this is a feather in their cap, it’s certainly sad to see that one of the biggest festivals in Singapore (and an Aussie one at that) will barely feature any rock ‘n’ roll music. 

LIVE NEWS: STARS – LIVE IN SINGAPORE ON VALENTINE’S DAY

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One of the pioneering indie rock concerts in Singapore took place way back in January 2009, when a gobsmacked STARS played a sold out concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall. That concert established firmly that there was a strong market in Singapore for indie rock and the rest is history…

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MUSIC NEWS: DR. MARTENS ANNOUNCE HOME-CITY BANDS FOR STAND FOR SOMETHING TOUR – S.E.A 2015

Photo credit: Teck Io

(Photo credit: Teck Io)

Dr. Martens has announced the homegrown bands in its first South East Asia edition of the Stand For Something Tour 2015. Headlined by British indie-rock band CIRCA WAVES, the Stand For Something Tour will be joined by respective home-city bands: Riot !n Magenta in Singapore, Elephant Kind in Jakarta, and Up Dharma Down in Manila.

I love R!M to death but it does seem like an odd choice to me. After all, CIRCA WAVES isn’t an electro-pop outfit and in fact, are quite possibly the opposite spectrum seeing how they play retro Britpop music. To me, it would make more sense to get Cashew Chemists or Stopgap to open… but that’s just me.

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NO NEED TO PRETEND – GAYLE NERVA IS BUZZ-WORTHY TALENT YOU SHOULD NOT IGNORE!

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I will be honest (when am I not?) – I first noticed Gayle Nerva in a tour video of I Hate This Place in Japan  sometime ago and was struck by her effervescent personality. Then, it was her lovely voice and then her heartfelt ballads that got my firm attention. I have always believe that given a chance, her music would appeal to a mainstream pop audience home and abroad.

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Well, glad to say that her new single “Pretend” is out – it’s a dark electro-pop number produced by Trick’s Marc Lian – and Gayle will be performing at the Esplanade Recital Studio on Saturday, September 5th. Tickets available from SISTIC. Check out the music video below.

Connect with Gayle at Facebook & Twitter.

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THE GARDEN TO PLAY IN THE GARDEN CITY

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Identical twins Wyatt and Fletcher Shears make up eccentric garage punk duo The Garden. The pair specialises in micro-songs that seldom to never reach the two minute mark. In fact, their last album – The Life and Times of a Paperclip – had a duration of 19 minutes. That said, the hauntingly jaunty new single “All Smiles Over Here” is almost three minutes! Whoa! New direction!

Kudos to Other Sounds for promoting these quirky and unique sounding little bands. Sleepwalker, is a brand new series of shows Other Sounds is organising in Singapore to bring a fresh and challenging new band to our shores every month this year from October to December. Sounds like fun!

Details, yo.

Sleepwalker: THE GARDEN (USA) live in Singapore
with supports TBA
50 Lorong 17 Geylang
Sunday, 11 October 2015
Doors open: 8pm
$35 pre-sale / $40 door / $100 series bundle

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW:
thegarden.peatix.com

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PoPTV: THE LITTLE GIANT – YOU GOT SOME (LYRIC VIDEO)

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So The Little Giant (aka Hilary Yang) was one of my last NAC Noise mentees last year and the problem with listening to a song in its embryonic form is sometimes it’s hard to accept a radically different version. Thus it’s the case with “You Got Some” which in typical Hilary fashion has something to do with the male obsession with sex. This first single from Hilary’s debut EP – “Let’s Just Be Honest” is now a bit of a rockabilly number which I have an issue with – Hilary’s vocal delivery becomes quite garbled with the increased tempo and God knows it’s all about her lyrics. But the saving grace is this wonderful lyric video (by Annie Hung – well done with the male sexual metaphors!) which sets out the lyrics before your very eyes whilst you hear the song and voila! Problem solved.

Event details

The Little Giant “Let’s Just be Honest” EP Launch

Friday, 4th September 7pm

BluJaz Cafe (3rd Floor) 11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam, Singapore 189848

(With special guests, The MadHatter Project & Anise SG!)

$15 advanced tickets available at : thelittlegiantEP.peatix.com

$20 tickets at the door (subject to availability)
$30 ticket + EP at the door (subject to availability)

Physical EP: $14

LISTENING BOOTH: THE HIGH LEARYS IGNITE THE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK REVIVAL WITH NEW SINGLE

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Nothing wrong with going all retrodelic like (as someone once described the music of Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians) if the music is as good as Perth band The High Leary’s new single “Letters to Alice”. Evoking the glorious mid-60s psych-rock majesty of bands like Pink Floyd, The Doors and Deep Purple, “Letters to Alice” will appeal to fans of modern day psych-rock revivalists like Temples and Tame Impala. “Letters to Alice” will be released on 4th September but you can preview the track now streaming at Soundcloud.

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THE UNEXPECTED BUT WELCOME RETURN OF ALLURA!

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Wow! This happened! Quite out of the blue and somewhat under the radar, Allura has dropped a new EP after disappearing for SIX years!

I won’t lie – listening to the 1832 EP is akin to a religious experience! The musical sophistication displayed in these new recordings is a wonder to behold certainly.

“Rain” is an interesting amalgam of pop with experimental musicality, “Loose Change” is an intensely emotional diatribe and “Cold*Player” is an intriguing piece that deserves a couple of plays to fully soak in.

Kudos to Aaron, Mark John, Inch, Matt and HQ for putting this wonderful gift together – it’s been too fucking long!

And that’s not all, Allura reunites for a live performance at this weekend’s 100bands festival on 8th August at 8pm!

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WRITING ABOUT ROCK MUSIC!

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Definitely something I’ve wanted to do for a long long time! This is my dream – to get remunerated for talking about rock music!! It’s going to be a blast.

Although targeted at music writers/bloggers, I believe that much of the content of this course will be relevant for anyone working or aspiring to work in the music industry.

So please write in to kamcomusic AT gmail DOT com to sign up. I will be waiting for you! Thanks in advance.

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LOST WEEKEND ALBUM LAUNCH

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You know the drill. Here comes an anecdote about the first time I experienced one of my favourite bands. That’s me, consistent!

A Baybeats audition a couple of years back at a room in Lasalle. One of the band members was very late. Jokes were circulating about him being ‘lost’…

Not very helpful when the name of the band is Lost Weekend. The band eventually did the audition but were naturally fairly rattled. But there was something inherently valuable in the songwriting that prompted me to check the band out online and I was sold based on the demos I heard online.

Since then, Lost Weekend have gone from strength to strength and the much-anticipated debut album is upon us. Produced by Roland Lim (Sync Studios), the new album (based on the 4 tracks previewed) sound exactly as classic indie pop should sound. Sophisticated ‘retro’ melodies and edgy instrumentation with attitude – presented with sympathetic production values.

The band have decided not to release the album in the physical CD format, and will instead focus the delivery of their music in a digital format. Working with local design firm fFurious, Lost Weekend will offer download codes for their music through their merchandise, including a t-shirt and a special pop-up card. Check out the music video for the infectious “Mornings” below.

Lost Weekend Launch Event Details
(with special guests, Obedient Wives Club)
Date: 2 August 2015
Time: 7.30 pm; Opening band at 8PM, Lost Weekend at 9PM
Address: SingJazz Club, 101 Jln Sultan, Singapore 199002
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/590235367782319/591116557694200/

Ticketing Information:
Pre-sale tickets ($15) available at http://lostweekendsg.peatix.com/
Limited tickets available at the door for $20

Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lostweekendsg
Instagram: https://instagram.com/lostweekendsg
Bandcamp: https://lostweekendsg.bandcamp.com/

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WILCO RELEASES NEW ALBUM STAR WARS FOR FREE!

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Yes, you read that right!

Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy explained the reason behind this move over at the band’s Facebook page.

“Why release an album this way and why make it free? Well, the biggest reason, and I’m not sure we even need any others, is that it felt like it would be fun. What’s more fun than a surprise?”

Indeed. This is boon for all rock ‘n’ roll fans. Go get it!

Review to come.

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GIG FAVE: THE STEVE MCQUEENS SEAMONSTER LAUNCH

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Another Saturday, another Singapore album launch!

Definitely, this is going to be the big one – by now The Steve McQueens are a well-oiled machine, having plied their trade in Europe already.

SingJazz Club also provides a suitable ambience for the band’s smooth soul-jazz-pop and Ginny Bloop’s on-stage antics, so a splendid time is guaranteed is all.

Not to mention that Seamonster is a stellar combination of instrumental virtuosity and Ginny’s indomitable aural attitude, so this gig practically recommends itself.

Don’t miss this. Tickets still available at the door.

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GIG FAVE: OCEANS ALBUM LAUNCH – DEON + THEODORA

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Tonight! DEON launches the superb album that is Oceans at The Substation. The lovely Theodora opens at 7.30pm!

It’s the perfect way to spend a Friday night!!

Peatix Ticket Prices: $25 for entry/ $45 for Physical CD Book & entry (Original Value $50)/ $60 for Physical CD Book, Lionheart T-Shirt & entry (Original Value $70)

Tickets at the Door: $30 for entry

Connect with DEON:
www.deontheband.com
www.facebook.com/deontheband
www.instagram.com/deontheband @deontheband
www.twitter.com/deontoh

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