LIVE NEWS : LANEWAY FESTIVAL SINGAPORE ANNOUNCES ASIAN ACTS FOR 2018, INCLUDING FIVE FROM SINGAPORE!

Laneway Festival Singapore is probably the biggest contemporary music festival in Singapore, bar none and it is exciting to see the organisers living up to their promise that more Asian and local acts would be added to the lineup each year.

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POWER OF POP INTERVIEW | S-ROCK UNDERGROUND : GILDED EDGE

Melodic rock bands with an alternative edge seem hard to come by in the Singapore music scene at the moment. So while other media outlets will be promoting artists specialising in urban music and electronic soul, S-ROCK lovers can trust in Power of Pop to help you discover new rock bands out there.

Thus, we welcome you to the S-ROCK UNDERGROUND (yes yet another hashtag!) where we hope you will find heavier and edgier sounds – that do not compromise on melody or grooves – in our own backyard.

Rock quartet Gilded Edge has been getting attention viz. as prizewinners after less than a year together at the Singapore finals of Global Battle of The Bands 2015, making it into the Noise Music Mentorship for 2016 and releasing their debut single “Lone Wolf” recently. We got together with the guys – Alan Francis (Guitar/Vocals), Melvin Lim (Guitar), Afiq Yusof (Bass) & Julian Stewart (Drums) – to find out more about Gilded Edge: past present and future.

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LIVE NEWS : CITY65 MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 – AN INTERVIEW WITH MIKE SPINKS

Singapore musicians would be familiar with Mike Spinks, as Spinks has in recent years been instrumental in organising several open mics across the island, most significantly at the Hard Rock Cafe. Now, Spinks has taken the logical step of harnessing the online local music community to initiate the City65 Music Festival to be held on Saturday 15 April 2017 from 2pm. With City65 coming up very soon, we got Spinks to share with us his thoughts about the local music scene, his involvement and of course, the festival itself.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT | POP POWER !!! – RANI SINGAM – MY MUSE

Jazz singer Rani Singam returns with a brand new single “My Muse”.

The song was featured on Singam’s previous album Contentment but now with a new arrangement from Chok Kerong.

It’s classy and smooth and one for the jazz purists out there.

Listen:

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT | POP POWER !!! : JASMINE SOKKO AND JEAN TAN RIDE THE ELECTRONIC POP WAVE WITH NEW MUSIC

Singapore music trendspotters would have observed the rise of female singer-songwriters paired with electronic music producers that have ignited serious interest on streaming platforms like Spotify.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC NEWS: AGING YOUTH PRESENTS MUSIC MANAGERS SHARING SESSION

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Get together with a bunch of Music Managers as they share how they develop and work with their music artists. They will give some insights on how artists can build their own brand and develop an audience. 

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: MARICELLE & FORBIDDEN PLANET

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MARICELLE – LUCKY ONES

2nd single release ahead of her EP launch in January, Maricelle’s “Lucky Ones” is a wondrously constructed track with a melody that will twist and turn right into your heart.

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FORBIDDEN PLANET – CAN I BORROW YOUR BASS

Animated video of “Can I Borrow Your Bass” from Forbidden Planet’s debut album, From the Bedroom to Oblivion: Two Decades of Obscurity (2015).

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LIFE ON THE ROAD: DEON @ INDIE WEEK CANADA 2016

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You have got to hand it to Deon Toh and his merry band DEON. For the last couple of years, the singer-songwriter has built a steady following at home and made a life for himself and his band as touring musicians. Read what Deon has to say about his latest adventure in Toronto.

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LIVE NEWS: Gallery Light to Night Festival – Come celebrate the Gallery’s first anniversary, Gallery Light to Night 2016 with music programming by Getai Group!

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Getai Group is back yet again with local music and art programming during these two weekends at the Padang Atrium and outdoors of National Gallery Singapore as part of their first anniversary!

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POWER OF POP INTERVIEW: SA – GOING WITH THE FLOW

Photography - Rebecca Toh Styling - ArmCollective
Photography – Rebecca Toh Styling – ArmCollective

It’s a brave new (music) world as far as SA is concerned. Founded in 2010, the band takes its name from Northern Chinese dialect, 仨, which means three, as a tribute to their traditional Chinese roots though all three are Singaporeans.

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POWER OF POP INTERVIEW: NELSON TAN DARES TO BELIEVE WITH NEW ALBUM

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When it comes to sharing his opinion about the local music scene, singer-songwriter Nelson Tan does not mince his words.

“The local media, be it TV, radio or print, needs to get out there and feature more local content and talent, instead of the same old few over and over and over again,” Tan declared, “we have many many good songs and great bands made in Singapore that deserve airplay and I feel that we have to give ourselves a chance to appreciate what we have here, not just the familiar names.”

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BIRTH OF THE NEW COOL: THE STEVE MCQUEENS SLAY AT THE ANNEXE SESSIONS

Photo credit: Beng Hui Eu
Photo credit: Beng Hui Eu

The Steve McQueens found time in between tours of Australia and South Korea to bring their magic jazz-soul-funk ride to home fans at the Annexe Sessions on Thursday, September 29th.

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MARICELLE: ATLAS TOUR DIARY 140816

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Dear Kevin,

Been overseas since June and missing home, especially with National day and SG51 and the patriotism for Singapore bleeding proudly all over Facebook and instagram, my methods of connecting back to my motherland. Also, all my friends going cray over Pokemon Go, I’m missing out on that. #CHILDHOOD.

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EP REVIEW: ANISE – INWARD

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It’s amazing to consider that a mere decade ago, bands dominated the local indie music landscape. Now, singer-songwriters release music with a frequency that suggests some kind of epoch is upon us. This is a natural development of a maturing music scene. After all, singer-songwriters can express themselves to an audience without a band and thus, in practical terms it’s easier for singer-songwriters to find performance opportunities.

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PoPTV: JAWN – CHASE AWAY THE DARK

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A heartbreaking music video for JAWN’s “Chase Away the Dark”. The story is rooted in the fantastical & the real, simultaneously. Seriously, this is a powerful short film in its own right.

JAWN’s debut EP is available on streaming on both Spotify and Apple Music, and if you want to support him, it’s also available for purchase on iTunes for $6.98.

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