MAROON 5

MAROON 5 Hands All Over (A&M/Universal)

Like the cover of its latest album, the music of Maroon 5 is sexy but delivered in a manner that can only be described as over-the-top. For a band that has already sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, it has upped the ante by bringing in renowned record producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange to polish an already blindingly shiny product.

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SPURS 4 FC TWENTE 1

After poor results against Arsenal and West Ham, Spurs looked underwhelming for the 1st 45 minutes against Dutch champions FC Twente in its first-ever home Champions League game. Harry Redknapp had opted for a 4-4-2 formation with Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko up front with Modric, Huddlestone, Van Der Vaart and Bale getting the nod in midfield. Rafael Van Der Vaart (who was Spurs’ player of the half) even had a penalty saved after some decidedly unsporting behavior from the FC Twente players.

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SARAH BLASKO – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

SARAH BLASKO As Day Follows Night (Universal)

Songs that transcend genre are the forte of singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko. Originally hailing from Sydney, Australia (and now transplanted in the United Kingdom), Blasko appears to mine the similar vein that fueled the imaginations of Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Bjork and Fiona Apple. Ethereal creatures that based their otherworldly songs on structures borrowed from jazz, classical, folk and music hall traditions.

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RUSH DVD

RUSH Classic Albums: 2112/Moving Pictures (Eagle Vision)

This is not the first time, the Classic Albums DVD series features two classic albums by one band/artist. Previously example would be Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe & Over-nite Sensation albums. Does that indicate that the band/artist in question cannot fill up an entire episode with one classic album and thus two is required? It does seem a little odd. On the other hand, for the consumer, it does mean a two-for-one deal, which is always good. Cup half empty or half full? Well, you decide.

Whatever.

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MELTGSNOW: BLACK PENANCE ALBUM LAUNCH

Heavy but light-hearted.

Metal is probably one of the most misunderstood rock genres. Associated with dark themes, metal often gets religious groups all riled up but really, a metal performance is no more “satanic” than a rendition of the Faust opera! Ultimately a metal concert is a show, with dark theatrics thrown in for good measure, with the contributors no more “satanic” than the Faust opera performers.

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PoPINIONS

BEFORE I GET OLD

For more than a decade I wrote for Before I Get Old (BigO) magazine. The magazine was set up by Michael and Philip Cheah (with Stephen Tan) who were formerly writers with the now long defunct Singapore Monitor. BigO set themselves up as the only independent rock magazine in Singapore and actively promoted the Singapore music scene. Some might say that they single-handedly kickstarted the 90s revival but perhaps it’s more accurate to say that they were major contributors.

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PoPTV – TALKIN’ THE LINE

PoPTV – Talkin’ the Line spoke to Linda Ong (Lunarin) about the new release Duae and the album launch coming up on 1st October at Playden, Arts House.

Details of album launch here.

Talkin’ the Line is presented jointly by Power of Pop and Walk On Music.

Interview conducted by Kevin Mathews, video produced and edited by Patrick Chng.

SUPERCHUNK

SUPERCHUNK Majesty Shredding (Merge)

Is Superchunk the quintessential indie rock band? It’s certainly difficult to argue otherwise. I mean, the geeky singer-songwriter, the female bass player, crunching guitars, the DIY approach and most of all, the infectious melodic edgy pop songs…

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PoPTV: TALKIN’ THE LINE

First in a new series of video interviews brought to you by Power of Pop and Walk On Music. We interviewed US singer-songwriter Dion Roy who is performing at TAB from 21st to 26th September 2010. Video produced and edited by Patrick Chng.

KR50 & NUS OMS present… Oktoberfest

There will  be an acoustic gig on Friday (24th September) from 7 – 11pm, at the KR50, at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, National University of Singapore, featuring performances by Edmund, Mike and Pengsing (E.M.P.), The Cockettes and more!!!

More information here.

POWER OF POP INTERVIEW – PARENTHESIS

(Answers by Roll Martinez)

Who are Parenthesis and how was it formed?

Parenthesis is composed of Roll Martinez (Vocals/Guitars/Piano/Synths/Ukulele), Jio Clavano (Guitars/Vocals), Poch Villalon (Bass/Vocals), Kaka Quisumbing (Drums/Percussion) and Chino David (Violin/Keyboards/Vocals). We were formed early this year when I started to write songs outside of my former band, Hale. I asked friends and fellow musicians for help to recorde the songs in the studio at my home. Thankfully, they obliged and one by one, the lineup was formed.

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