The Esplanade’s spanking new venue The Annexe got off to a flying start earlier this month with scintillating performances from the Chok Kerong Trio and In Each Hand a Cutlass.
Millian – a new club at St. James PowerStation – was the exciting venue that launched All That Matters 2016 with showcases from some of the foreign bands/artists to be seen at the Music Matters Festival from 13 – 15 September.
Chances are if you are a fan of music made in Singapore, you would probably gravitate towards either one of two opposites poles – mainstream pop (that includes jazz-soul, indie-folk, pop-punk, hip-hop & indie-pop) or heavy rock (which includes various hardcore punk & metal sub-genres) – therefore, the unlikeliest middle ground remains the pop-rock/rock ’n’ roll arena.
But who are the artists toiling in this ‘neutral zone’ of melodic tunes and rock groove? Let’s find out!
Seeing is believing.
It’s only September but the folks behind the very popular Laneway Festival Singapore are already selling tickets for its 2017 edition.
Photo credit: Cherlynn Lian
The live debut of TOMGIRL – Cherie Ko and Ted Doré – and assorted backing musicians will take to the stage at the Esplanade Recital Studio tonight at 7.30pm. Get your tickets from SISTIC.
Exciting news for fans of live Singapore music as the Esplanade opens up a new venue, The Annexe with the launch of the Annexe Sessions.
This takes place in early September with two top notch instrumental outfits viz. the Chok Kerong Trio (8pm, 1st)) and In Each Hand a Cutlass (11pm, 2nd).
Both gigs are priced at $15 (inclusive of 1 drink). Cash only, tickets at the door.
More info at www.esplanade.com.
In a one-night-only special showcase, funk/soul poster bands What Is Hip and Quantum Kid will be coming together on 29th August at Aliwal Arts Centre for a dynamic evening of soul, jazz, hip-hop and funk display.
Yuck returns to our shores, courtesy of Songs for Children, supported by rising local indie popsters Subsonic Eye. The perfect opportunity for an intimate indie-alternative pop-rock show. Not to be missed.
Event Date: 13th September 2016
Event Venue: Hood Bar and Cafe, Bugis Plus, #5- 07, 201 Victoria Street
Tickets: 40 SGD (Early Bird while stocks last) 38 SGD Students and NS, 55 SGD Advance from peatix.com
… still there’s more …
Last time around, Morrissey wowed an enthusiastic audience at the Fort Canning Green back in 2012. Well, the indie pop icon is coming back to our shores on Saturday 15th October at the Marina Barrage.
Don’t miss out!
Before the rock underground can thrive, one must first have a successful pop mainstream. So the sheer amount of Singapore pop music getting traction amongst the young in 2016 is cause for optimism. So check out the new S-POP darlings with new releases.
The legendary singer-songwriter Elvis Costello returns to Singapore for his third solo performance as he brings his Detour (UK) to our shores.
Singer-songwriter Maricelle is currently on a tour of North Asia and she kindly agreed to keep us posted on her adventures with the Atlas Tour Diary. Here’s the latest update.
Fronted by Cherie Ko and Ted Dore, TOMGIRL is a dark-noir rock duo based in Singapore/Melbourne. The band has been working on the album for the past one year and it’s finally done! The first single “Darker Now” was released July 1 together with a music video. And there’s more.
All things must pass. But this is not the end of the journey. Deon Toh shares with us his final thoughts on his Tokyo tour.
The tour is done but there are still one or two updates coming in from Deon Toh.
Breaking News: GigOut! is an official partner for Summersonic Festival 2016!
Latest update from Deon Toh in Tokyo.
Thus far, we’ve played at three different venues in Tokyo. It has been a real eye opener. Each venue brings a different vibe, and they specialise in different genres. We are lucky to carry the indie rock/pop flag; which has been suitable for the venues so far.
Day Two of Baybeats Open Stage was just as thrilling and satisfying as Day One as eight more artists demonstrated that there is immense promise and potential within the Singapore music scene.
Another day, another update from Deon Toh from Japan!
Deon Toh is back with more thoughts about his time in the Land of the Rising Sun…
Support. When touring, my group tries our best to research on Singaporean music acts performing within our vicinity. We’ve played to venues packed with strangers cheering for encores; and also played quieter shows in venues with a little less than 10 people. Singaporean support remains valuable in foreign territory – whether it is to assist other acts with their merchandise sales, transport, loaning and sharing of equipment, or just to add warm bodies to the crowd; having a touch of home can make or break performances, and have a drastic effect on tours.
One day away! Two more artists you should check out!!
Missives from Deon Toh, now on tour in Tokyo. Here’s the first one …
There’s a myriad of reasons why music acts choose to tour; there are also reasons why music acts choose to tour for longer or shorter periods. I’m not going to pretend to know all of them, but what I can share with you are the unique experiences that my band and I soak in.