Trust the Aussies to get as close as anyone out there to get POP right. Melbourne trio KINGSWOOD (Fergus Linacre, Alexander Laska & Justin Debrincat) source liberally the deep well of old school soul-R&B to deliver sumptuous retro-pop.
Jeff Hue is an electronic musician and producer from Singapore.
“In Your Head” is the first single off of SKATERS upcoming album entitled, Rock And Roll Bye Bye out March 24th on Yonks Records.
2017 promises to be an exciting year for #THENEWROCKNROLL and the upcoming new album from Manchester’s Dutch Uncles provides more evidence for optimism!
Singer-songwriter Keith Soo-Tho, who goes by the moniker VVOLF, holds much promise for any music lover hoping for Singapore to throw up more proponents of #THENEWROCKNROLL!
Whether rock ‘n’ roll is dead or not becomes a moot point when you are enjoying the new music out there. Case in point – Snowdonia from Surfer Blood.
Sex sells. That’s a given. From an artistic perspective, is the sex the payoff or is the sex there to make you think?
Singapore band Astronauts shares with many of their contemporary Singaporean musicians a love for urban millennial pop music.
TOMGIRL (a.k.a Cherie Ko and Ted Doré) have dropped their garage-pop second single “Heartbeats” and music video.
Stark minimalist hip-hop from rapper Josh Sallee in collaboration with Jedidiah.
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.
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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Check out the music video of “7dB” off the EP The Astral Journey by TAJ. Buy now from iTunes.
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Good news for fans of Netflix’s Stranger Things as Season Two has been confirmed for 2017!
Check out the announcement video below.
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Finally, it’s showtime for DEON in Tokyo – share the experience!
Once upon a time, pop and rock came together and made a baby, and its name was Pop-Rock. Very strictly speaking, Pop-Rock is a fusion genre that mixes a catchy pop style and light lyrics in its (typically) guitar-based rock songs. Other genres that bear similar traits would be Powerpop, Melodic Rock, Soft Rock, Jangle Pop, Glam Rock, New Wave, Indie Pop and of course, Rock ’n’ Roll.
Fuck me! This might well be the best thing seen and heard so far in 2016.
It seems Weezer forgot to read the ‘Rock is Dead” memo – what the fuck are they doing still playing electric guitars & real drums?!?!
Back in the early 90s, when Nirvana were top of the charts, alternative rock became the ‘in-thing’ and suddenly, the so-called ‘corporate rock’ of the 80s was something to be disdained by the grunge generation. Despite being critically reviled, here are seven examples of great rock songs that deserve a revaluation.
The Beatles 1 album compiles all the #1 hits that the Fab Four issued during their career & always provides a concise history of the band’s popularity. The original compilation was released 15 years ago and this reissue pairs the 27 tracks with videos (it is the Youtube age, after all).
Indie rockers Stopgap have issued a music video for “Nervous” – a track off upcoming new album Totems. Not quite sure if it’s the strongest song the band have ever written but there you go.
It begins with a sharp intake of breath before it engages in an almost five minutes examination of arty minimalism. Not exactly a track that jumps out at it but more like a steady grower.
“I’m a Blackstar”
Two years ago, David Bowie returned to the spotlight with the release of The Next Day, his magnificent comeback album. On 8th January 2016, Bowie drops his new LP, Blackstar.
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.
It’s always intriguing to have two opposing ideas build up to a contrast in a music video. And this is why the music video for THELIONCITYBOY’s new single “All Night Feat Sezairi, Mr Boo” works despite the inevitable clunky acting.
The song itself is quite lightweight pop with local crooner Sezairi providing the sweetness but there is a edgy underbelly when you appreciate where THELIONCITYBOY’s lyrics are coming from. It’s a refreshing take on hip hop’s usual concerns about partying and hooking up with the opposite sex.
The video is altogether a different proposition. Ostensibly, it may seem corny and cliched to come up with a horror story before Halloween but it seems that the zombie motif is really a deep commentary on relationships and it resonates when the actress involved is THELIONCITYBOY’s own better half, Aarika Lee.
I mean, that scene where she’s asking her zombie partner why he’s so slow (riding his bicycle at the beach – what a twist on the cliche!) is hilarious. So when the ending comes, it makes so much sense and the viewer is nodding in a knowing agreement. Which is why I have always appreciated THELIONCITYBOY’s work – it lures you in with superficial hip hop tropes but then slays you with a meaningful thought-provoking message.
Punk trio Dirt Radicals began life as Pug Jelly and earned a reputation as Singapore favourite “pop punk ang mohs”, became Saw Loser and settled for The Dirt Radicals. Whatever. What matters is the music and in that department, The Dirt Radicals continue to deliver melodious, chirpy punk rock in spades. The Dirt Radicals are set to release their new EP “Duder.” on November 3rd, with pre-orders available now. The debut single “Your Heart” is already circulating on Lush 99.5fm. See music video below.
This October 17th, 2015 the band will be performing a free show at Hood Bar & Café at Bugis Junction, Singapore. Local heroes Caracal will be opening the show. Doors open at 6pm. For more information, log on to www.thedirtradicals.com.