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LIVE NEWS : CITY65 MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 – AN INTERVIEW WITH MIKE SPINKSLIVE NEWS : CITY65 MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 – AN INTERVIEW WITH MIKE SPINKS

Singapore musicians would be familiar with Mike Spinks, as Spinks has in recent years been instrumental in organising several open mics across the island, most significantly at the Hard Rock Cafe. Now, Spinks has taken the logical step of harnessing the online local music community to initiate the City65 Music Festival to be held on Saturday 15 April 2017 from 2pm. With City65 coming up very soon, we got Spinks to share with us his thoughts about the local music scene, his involvement and of course, the festival itself.

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POWER OF POP INTERVIEW: NELSON TAN DARES TO BELIEVE WITH NEW ALBUMPOWER OF POP INTERVIEW: NELSON TAN DARES TO BELIEVE WITH NEW ALBUM

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When it comes to sharing his opinion about the local music scene, singer-songwriter Nelson Tan does not mince his words.

“The local media, be it TV, radio or print, needs to get out there and feature more local content and talent, instead of the same old few over and over and over again,” Tan declared, “we have many many good songs and great bands made in Singapore that deserve airplay and I feel that we have to give ourselves a chance to appreciate what we have here, not just the familiar names.”

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POWER OF POP INTERVIEW: MARK BACINOPOWER OF POP INTERVIEW: MARK BACINO

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Mark Bacino is a Pop Underground favourite whose music (featured in three albums – Pop Job, The Million Dollar Milkshake and Queens English) gets mentioned whenever rock journalists need to define the best power pop music out there. We talked to Bacino about the past (his acclaimed music), the present (his new single, “Not That Guy”) and the future…

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Power of Pop Interview – essence.Power of Pop Interview – essence.

Essence photographed in San Francisco, CA December 23, 2015©Jay Blakesberg

Essence photographed in San Francisco, CA December 23, 2015©Jay Blakesberg

Art is life. Certainly a truth that singer-songwriter essence (her real name) adheres to. On her new album – Black Wings – essence digs deep into her personal experience to create emotionally resonating material. Intriguing, no? We thought so and thus, via email, we endeavoured to find out more. 

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POWER OF POP INTERVIEW: TUFF LOVEPOWER 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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NEON LIGHTS SPECIAL: MERCURY REV — MUSIC FOR MUSIC’S SAKENEON LIGHTS SPECIAL: MERCURY REV — MUSIC FOR MUSIC’S SAKE

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And then just for a moment/You’re lost in the jukebox glow/Hypnotized you make your selections/Psychedelic rock and blue eyed soul (“Are You Ready?”)

For the first time in forever/I lay the needle down inside the groove/And for the first time in forever/I’m hearing bands like they’re all brand new (“Rainy Day Record”)

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Two songs that caught my ear on The Light in You, the first Mercury Rev LP since 2008. Which is about the length of time since I saw the band in concert (at Baybeats 2007 at the Esplanade Concert Hall). The hiatus seems to have invigorated Jonathan Donahue & Grasshopper (aka Sean Mackowiak) – the prime movers behind these veteran psychedelic-folk-rockers – as evident on the new album as well as their electrifying performance at the Neon Lights Festival on 29th November at Fort Canning Park.

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POWER OF POP INTERVIEW: THE FIELD AT NEON LIGHTS FESTIVALPOWER OF POP INTERVIEW: THE FIELD AT NEON LIGHTS FESTIVAL

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A good song is a good song!

People often think that pop music needs to divided into different genres and generations and never the twain shall meet. But artists never think that way. It would be fair to describe Swedish-born Berlin-based electronic music producer and DJ Axel Willner (aka The Field) as part of the modern day pop scene & fail to appreciate the fact that Willner is inspired and influenced by music from all genres and all generations. Critics may have labelled The Field under the ‘minimal techno’ genre but throughout his career he has resisted been pigeonholed to such an extent that he has utilised different monikers (Eg. Cordouan, James Larsson, Loops of Your Heart, Porte and Hands) to escape the straightjacket of critics’ and fans’ limited expectations.

As part of the effort to promote The Field’s performance at Neon Lights Festival at 6.15pm, we had an email exchange with the forward-thinking artist.

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