ALBUM REVIEW: THE OBSERVATORY – AUGUST IS THE CRUELLEST

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“… we wanted the music to embody the extremities of our current realities. Conflict, pain, anguish, heartbreak, discrimination together with moments of loneliness, gentleness, helplessness and melancholy. A perspective that is not just solely Singaporean, but human.Leslie Low, The Observatory.

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PoPTV: THE POP UNDERGROUND – THE PIONEERS

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“Melodic guitar pop-rock inspired by the 60s/70s” is probably the best definition I can come up with of ‘The Pop Underground’. Personally, I believe this ‘genre’ encapsulates several pop-rock styles like Rock ’n’ Roll, Power Pop, Chamber Pop, Orchestral Pop, Glam, Punk, Mod, Merseybeat, Psychedelic Rock, Garage, Alt-Country and the like. Simply put, this is retro rock music that thrived initially in the 90s but has been truly under the radar since 2000 and continues to struggle to gain prominence, dismissed as ‘irrelevant’ by the hip and the cool. Fuck ‘em, cuz GOOD music is GOOD music. Some jumping on points from way in the beginning.

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ALBUM REVIEW: WILD NOTHING – LIFE OF PAUSE

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Pretty amazed at how much influence the music of the 80s post-punk/new wave bands continue to have on modern rock. Regular visitors would be familiar with my disdain for the Joy Division clones that continue to rear their ugly heads but it’s fair to say that there are legitimate artists out there who are doing great things with 80s music.

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ALBUM REVIEW: RICK SPRINGFIELD – ROCKET SCIENCE

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Well well well, what do you know – here’s some old-time rock ’n’ roll from Rick Springfield himself in 2016. The years simply melt away and it feels like 1981 again! It is certainly refreshing to listen to something that might have been made 35 years ago in this day and age.

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LIVE REVIEW: FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND – LAST CHANCE TO DANCE

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Though regrettably it would be the last chance that Singapore would get to experience Funeral for a Friend, their farewell gig at the Scape Ground Theatre was a fitting closure to their 15 year long journey in our history.

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ALBUM REVIEW: MOTORPSYCHO – HERE BE MONSTERS

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“Nothing new under the sun” could be the concluding mantra for every single new album review in 2016. BUT that should not be the guiding principle. It’s not a question of “new” anymore but simply a case of how the artist assembles the work from disparate influential elements to create a “new” original piece of art.

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GEEK OUT! BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – THE BEGINNING OR THE END OF THE DC FILM UNIVERSE?

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Once upon a time, movies based on DC Comics characters were the most high profile and successful comic book adaptations, viz. Batman and Superman. Then, Marvel got their act together and a billion-dollar franchise (without the X-Men, Spider-Man or the Fantastic Four, mind you) was developed!

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POWER OF POP INTERVIEW: TUFF LOVE

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One of the most refreshing discoveries of this year for Power of Pop has to be Glasgow-based indie band, Tuff Love.

Their new album Resort – a compilation of three previously released EPs is the perfect jumping on point for anybody who has not heard of this amazing band yet.

Best part of all this is that based on the answers from Julie and Suse, Tuff Love is as charming, witty and down to earth as their heartfelt music suggests. Enjoy!

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PoPTV – THE NEW ROCK ’N’ ROLL

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.

Here are videos of new music you should be listening to that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

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ALBUM REVIEW: TUFF LOVE – RESORT

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Scottish indie pop has a rich history going way back to Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Altered Images, The Bluebells and Lloyd Cole & The Commotions back in the heady days of the 80s. Say hello to Glasgow’s Tuff Love, who carry on this tradition with sunny, tuneful guitar pop that recalls a special time.

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GEEK OUT! DEADPOOL

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Alright, let me get it out there right off the bat. I have never liked Deadpool. Mainly because… Rob Liefeld. Same reason I never liked Cable. Gimmicky characters without substance. Breaking the fourth wall by itself isn’t enough to mask the fact that Deadpool is a poor rip-off of Slade Wilson a.k.a. Deathstroke.

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PoPTV – THE NEW ROCK ’N’ ROLL

The New Rock N Roll

Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.

Here are videos of new music you should be listening to that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

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ALBUM REVIEW: CLOUD CULT – THE SEEKER

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The joy of music discovery is never limited to merely new artists but even artists that have been around for quite a long while. Fact is, this is the first time I’ve even heard of Cloud Cult and the band has been in existence for over two decades! The Seeker is the band’s 10th album in that time and it is probably the ultimate hipster concept album, despite itself.

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ALBUM REVIEW: RIGHT HAND LEFT HAND – S/T

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Right Hand Left Hand is a two-piece band: Andrew Plain (drums/guitars) and Rhodri Viney (guitars/ vocals/ drums) from Cardiff, Wales. “2 members playing 2 guitars, 2 drum kits, centred around a loop station”, as their official bio informs us.

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POPTV – THE NEW ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

The New Rock N Roll

Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.

Here are videos of new music you should be listening to that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

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