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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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GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: THE RESIDENT TOURIST (PART 7)

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At the launch of the seventh edition of Troy Chin’s The Resident Tourist held at Books Kinokuniya, the author himself mentioned to me that my reviews of his books are ‘biased’. Meaning that my glowing assessments of his work are somehow less than objective due to the fact that I appreciated their intrinsic value as art.

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MUSIC REVIEW: 3 SINGAPORE INSTRUMENTAL RELEASES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IN 2015

2015 is almost done and dusted but there are still a couple of loose ends to tie up. Here’s a couple of Singapore instrumental albums released this year that you might want to examine a little closer.

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2015: TOP TEN SINGAPORE RELEASES

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The amount of new music releases in 2015 is staggering. And it’s basically impossible to be able to listen to everything out there. But when it comes to Singapore Rock, well then it is possible to almost do just that.

Thus, a justification for this list – our recommendations for those of you who have recently come aboard the S-ROCK train. Welcome to the rest of your life!

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LIVE NEWS: MARGARET CHO – THE PSYCHO TOUR – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

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“I can’t believe I’ve never done a show in Asia – it’s really insane. Please join me on my first foray into Asia. I promise to make it a show we never ever forget!” – Margaret Cho. 

The three time Grammy and Emmy nominated comedian Margaret Cho will take the Kallang Theatre stage on Saturday, March 5, 2016 on her new “THE PSYCHO TOUR!”

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LIVE REVIEW: NEON LIGHTS FESTIVAL — MIND THE (GENERATION) GAP

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The new kid on the block, Neon Lights sought to cover as much ground as possible in terms of appealing to the broadest demographics. Presumably, this was deemed necessary by Neon Lights to distinguish itself from the other big-scale music festivals in Singapore viz. Laneway and The Gathering (formerly Hostess Club Weekender).

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To that end, Neon Lights featured comedy, arts and children entertainment, possibly in an attempt to encourage families to make it a day (or two) out for the weekend.

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EP REVIEW: iNCH – LETTERS TO UBIN

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I am listening to the Letters to Ubin EP and smiling to myself because I am thinking of how a critic/observer of the local scene slammed iNCH’s music for being ‘soft’ and ‘not edgy’. Fact is that could not be further from the truth. Perhaps that critic was fooled by iNCH’s public persona! Certainly, there are numerous elements of Letters to Ubin that most casual listeners would consider too arty and indulgent — definitely ‘edgy’!

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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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LIVE REVIEW: CADENCE – HEIGHTS EP LAUNCH

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Cadence formed a year ago & in that one year, they have already played at Baybeats Festival as a Budding Band! Well, that is quite often the ‘be all and end all’ for a local indie-alternative rock band. But at the launch of its debut EP – Heights – at Hood Bar last night, there was evidence that the band might just have the potential to truly make a name for itself, not just in our indie music scene but even beyond our shores.

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FILM NEWS: INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN FOR UNBELYEEVABLE THE MUSICAL

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Well, it was inevitable! A spoof on Amos Yee!!

Some background – in September 2015, the parody sketch show Chestnuts was asked to remove the entire sketch called “Amos Yee The Musical” from its programme, in order to be granted the performing arts license by the Media Development Authority.

So, the troupe decided to make a mini-movie based on the sketch and also to get crowdfunding for the production.

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