Indonesian band lightcraft who played Singapore’s Baybeats Music Festival and Indonesia’s Java Soundsfair in 2014, will start the new year with a trip to Chennai, India, where they will be making their debut on Indian shores at IIT Madras’ annual Saarang 2015.
Running from January 7-12, lightcraft is set to represent Indonesia on Sunday, January 11 at 2pm at the cultural festival’s World Fest segment, where they will be performing a one-hour set at.
World Fest will also be featuring the likes of Human Folk (The Philippines), Inca Babies (UK), Tiny Fingers (Israel), Mark Bonafide (Singapore), The Amsterdams (Romania), We Singing Colors (Romania) and freestyle footballer Pawel Skora (Poland).
Saarang is the annual cultural festival organised by IIT Madras, a renowned public engineering and research institution. The festival was initially known as Mardi Gras when it was first held in the 1970s, and it was only renamed Saarang in 1996. Saarang is known for featuring a diverse line-up of acts from India and abroad. Saarang 2015 is set to feature around 50 events, and is expected to attract more than 50,000 people.
Once upon a time, there was a music industry that existed where music fans had to actually buy records, cassettes or compact discs if they wanted to listen to their favorite music anytime they wanted. And whilst the bands & artists did not see much of the money generated from the purchases, they were often given the funds to record ambitious sounding music that the bands & artists had percolating in their talented little minds.
Got a review request from someone who remembered Power of Pop from our Tripod days! That felt very good. In fact, that was in the early Noughties as is evident from this screenshot of a Oddfellows review from November 2001 (more than a decade ago).
For purely nostalgic reasons and to remind everyone how long Power of Pop has actually been around, stay tuned for more flashbacks like this one!
Written & Directed by Rowan Joffe Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth & Mark Strong.
When the film begins, you might be forgiven to think that Before I Go To Sleep is a rip-off of Christopher Nolan’s ground-breaking Memento. After all, the protagonist Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman) is an amnesiac and wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards.
However, whereas Memento starts at the end and the story is presented backwards, the story telling in Before I Go To Sleep – barring the odd flashback – is mostly linear. Expect numerous twists and turns along the way as Christine attempts to piece together the truth from her shattered memories.
As much as the premise is interesting (based on the novel of the same name), there is something missing in the execution of this adaptation. Colin Firth is somewhat unconvincing and Kidman herself seems to be in a constant haze. Presumably that is what the script called for but it is difficult to empathize with her character as played.
The plot – without spoiling it for you, dear reader – has quite a few gaps: with the main one being the illogical manner in which the antagonist is allowed to manipulate Christine’s life for such a long time, without anyone being the wiser. But if one is able to ignore these holes, then Before I Go To Sleep is a passable thriller – especially if you are a fan of Ms Kidman.
In celebration of The King, Spotify has created The Elvis Influence, a web app that connects any artist to Elvis based on artistic influence, as well as an Elvisulization audiographic that maps his influence to famous artists of today. By entering any name into the web app, you can see and hear how they have been influenced by Elvis, directly or through other artists.
Some may say that Singapore does not have a music industry but that it only has a music scene. But even that may not be wholly accurate. Step into any bar or pub with live music and chances are that you will hear a cover band playing Top 40 hits. That’s not a music scene, that’s an entertainment circuit. Singapore needs at least 50% (or more) of its live venues hosting original music but that would take a paradigm shift. Platforms like StageFright @ Artistry is a tiny step in the right direction.
So come on down on 21st January, when you can watch aspiring singer-songwriter Ashlyn Julia in action.
“Drummer turned songwriter. A poet since her teens, she’s wondered a lot about life, love and humanity. One day, Ashlyn Julia discovered a newfound joy when she started to turn her poetry into tunes. From translating expression into beats, she now story-tells in rhyme and voice. Taking inspiration from the little and big things around her, her songs are tales of ups and downs in life. Some say she is too emotional, take a listen, and judge for yourself” is how Ashlyn Julia describes herself.
So if you want a Singapore music scene that can emulate the 70s New York punk scene or the 90s Seattle grunge scene, support your local artists!