Slowly but surely, Laneway Festival Singapore has been losing its guitar rock roots. When you consider that perhaps the most exciting year was 2012, when it was possible to enjoy the likes of The Horrors, Laura Marling, Feist and M83 all in one night, the 2017 line-up demonstrated how music trends had changed in four short years.
Hailing from Iceland, Lucy in Blue channels the 70s progressive rock vibe of Pink Floyd, Van Der Graaf Generator and Camel so effortlessly authentic that it’s almost hard to believe that this eponymous album was released last December!
Another new year, another new feature as we highlight new albums to discover on the wonderful Bandcamp platform. As always our focus will be on rock n roll, pop-rock and pop with power! This time out, The Four Chords!!
Dream pop merchants Lightcraft maintain their life-affirming joyous indie rock ministrations with a new EP that fulfils all the promise expressed in 2013 album, Colours of Joy.
The last time a scifi movie moved us as much as Arrival was Predestination (2014), the Spierig brothers’ adaptation of Robert A Heinlein’s 1959 short story, -All You Zombies-.
The best music, in our humble opinion, is able to take the listener out of himself or herself and into that special place where music does what it does best. To create a magical world where the music is complete in itself and does not require anything else to embellish the sheer pleasure, be it aural, sensual or intellectual.
As we begin a new year of music, Don Shiau shares his biggest concert experience of 2016. And possibly his entire life. Because really, how do you top rock’s biggest royalty?
In 1977, Star Wars made the scifi movie highly bankable, taking the concepts of the pulp serials of the 30s and the B-movies of the 50s into the commercial stratosphere. Almost 40 years later, Star Wars still reigns supreme in the form of The Force Awakens and Rogue One – massive worldwide blockbusters which have captured the imagination of the casual movie-goer.
Has social media been taken over by Disney press-bots? It gets very distressing when twentysomethings declare the standalone Star Wars film, Rogue One as “the best Star Wars movie ever”!
The year-end has witnessed a slew of new releases from classic rockers eager to demonstrate that rock ’n’ roll is still as vital as ever. Or to show their fans that they’re still alive (!)
This post contains spoilers!
Serialised story-telling in science-fiction TV really took off – we would suggest – in the early 1990s with Star Trek: The Next Generation and Babylon 5. The success of these space operas resulted in a flurry of similar type series, including two from the Star Trek franchise viz. Deep Space Nine and Voyager and the successful re-imagining of the Battlestar Galactica (BSG) movie franchise into a edgy, thought-provoking drama that reflected the times succinctly.
On the edge of tomorrow’s musical imaginings, rock ‘n’ roll continues to be re-invented phrase by phrase. Discover why we need to constantly look back to move forward.
FOUR new releases chock full of #THENEWROCKNROLL. Enjoy!!
Two years, Chrissie Hynde released an unprecedented solo album – Stockholm – but has returned to her original vehicle, Pretenders, for the legendary rock band’s 11th studio album, Alone.
Consolidating our scifi TV reviews. Spoilers, doh!
Fear not TRUE BELIEVERS cuz we have new music to affirm our faith in #THENEWROCKNROLL!
Are you tired of superhero movies?
Considering that 2016 had the most superhero movies to date (SIX!) – a valid concern would be creeping fatigue – would the sheer volume of such movies turn people against superhero movies in general?
As promised, we continue to hold fast to an eclectic mix of new releases for your discovery.
It’s a retro-pop extravaganza right here right now and that’s the best place to be. Dive in!
Got to hand it to everyone involved with Timeless, the show is slowly but surely finding its rhythm. More depth has been revealed in the main characters and the actions they take are consistent with people unfortunate enough to be in this complicated situation.
Curiouser and curiouser. As more revelations are brought to light, we begin to understand why the Hosts are beginning to ‘malfunction’ on a regular basis. The fact is that Bernard Lowe has been having clandestine meetings with Host Dolores Abernathy and stimulating her evolution towards sentience – whether intentional or not. Dr. Robert Ford also provides backstory as we are introduced to ‘Arnold’ – his former partner, who may have introduced the coding that is causing the problems experienced at Westworld. Of course, Dr. Ford has his own mysterious agenda as well.
These insights are provided alongside a prolonged look at a plot line involving Dolores and her ‘love-interest’ Teddy Flood which now includes a new dark sub-plot with Wyatt, a former army colleague of Teddy’s who has gone all psychotic (if Hosts are not real, why should we care?). In addition, two Westworld staffers (Ashley Stubbs and Shannon Woodward) encounter a stray Host (hence the title) which predictably goes crazy on them, with consequences surely to ripple throughout the series.
It’s all rather ponderous and stretched out but at least the story is being developed at a deliberate pace rather than being rushed through to the inevitable moment when the Hosts rebel against their makers. And what about the Man in Black??
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… still there’s more …
Diversity in rock n roll is what will save it! Here are four brilliant instances how beautiful eclecticism can be! Enjoy!!
“Signal & Noise”
Improbably, of all the many shows featuring time travel of some kind, Frequency might be the most promising of them all, thus far.
Spoilers, doh?!? Read this only after watching the shows!