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Hey Violet Revives Early Pop-Punk Sound With 'Brand New Moves' EP
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With hooks similar to the soundtrack of early 2000s movie Freaky Friday and association with self-confessed punk rockers 5 Seconds of Summer, Hey Violet are on their way to the pop-punk scene. However, the newcomers are still in the process of a defining sound that would set them apart from the long-gone emo phase they seem to be going for - both aesthetically and musically. But their latest EP, Brand New Moves, is good enough for now.

The EP opens with Brand New Moves, a song that can certainly draw one’s attention through it’s playful basslines though still incomparable to the band’s most successful single, I Can Feel It.

The pop punk influence is evident in the whole five-track EP with songs like Fuqboi, which is a reminiscent of the aforementioned emo phase. Lead vocalist Rena Lovelis sings about fuckboys as “the stain on your heart's reputation.” - the new anthem for the young and “brokenhearted.”

Pure, a more synth-based song ends the short journey through Hey Violet’s new originals. The last two songs is a stripped version and a Nomekop remix of the first track Brand New Moves, which I think the EP would do better without.

With 3 original songs, Brand New Moves serves as a cliffhanger for new fans who have been captured by their slightly harsh teenage daydream style.

 

Photo Credit: Hi or Hey Records

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Pure genius?

Homegrown band The Sam Willows have just released their brand new mashup cover of Cold Water by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber & MØ and Same Old Love by Selena Gomez.

First of all, can we all just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the place that they filmed at? The quartet shot this cover when they were together on top of Wentworth Falls Blue Mountains in New South Wales. It turns out that they went to Sydney for a songwriting camp and decided to take a trip to the Blue Mountains to shoot this beautiful cover.

The mashup of the two songs is very interesting as it takes two very different perspectives and combines them together like a conversation. Cold Water talks about being there for someone even though this person has drifted apart while Same Old Love expresses the annoying feeling of the constant back and forth with someone.

And it just so happens that these two songs are sung by Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez respectively. Coincidence? If not for this cover, we wonder if we would have ever connected the dots...

 

Photo Credit: @thesamwillows on Instagram 

British band Bastille just can't stay away from hot, hot Singapore. 

After smashing it on stage on January last year, the quartet is soon returning to our shores to join the incredible list of acts playing in the highly anticipated Singapore Grand Prix 2016.

And what better way to impress fellow concert-goers and race fanatics - than to dress it all up?

Here are 5 gig-ready outfits Bastille would totally approve of!

 

5. Ol' School Plaid 

The black hairband, sneakers, top and bottom are safe choices to play by while raving to Bastille's hit track Pompeii in the pit. The plaid outerwear adds a refreshing splash of colour to your outfit!

 

4. To The Pit and Beyond 

If you're definitely the type to enjoy a rock concert with a drink in your hand (everytime without fail!), then this is the outfit for you. The inches-high boots and slick leather pants give you extra edge to withstand the hefty F1 crowd (and party places later on). Cheers!

 

3. The White Girl

Add a Starbucks cup in one hand, and you're all set. This outfit is so easy to match and blend in so even if you don't know the words to their underrated track Flaws, no one will know.

 

2. The Basic B*tch

This short-sleeved top and shorts combo is AMAZING for the insane humid weather on our sunny island. No bulky or swinging bags, just a mini wallet (with your F1 tickets safely stowed away) ready for easy entry!

 

1. Wardrobe Staples

This is pretty much a sweet combination of any item any guy/girl would have in their wardrobe. Even frontman Dan Smith would have them all, right? *wink wink*

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Bastille will perform at Singapore Grand Prix on September 17. For more details on the entertainment acts and prices, click here

 

Photo credit: MyFestivalWorld, Polyvore, Collegefashion, Pinterest

For some of you, you have just completed your first or second week as a university freshman. How has the experience been?

For me, daunting but filled with excitement.

This is how I would describe it.

Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus
“Welcome to the land of fame (brains), excess, whoa! Am I gonna fit in?”
“My tummy's turnin' and I'm feelin' kinda homesick”

Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots
“Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol' days,”
“When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out.”

Now on with the top 4 stories from this week!

 

1.     5 Amazing Years Of Little Mix

The girls of Little Mix celebrated their 5-year anniversary last week by pouring their hearts out on Instagram and Twitter. Their team even put together this throwback video, which may leave you in tears. In these 5 years, Jade, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jesy have topped many charts with their songs and took their tours around the world.

In conjunction with their anniversary, their team has created this playlist on Spotify with their top tracks from the past years. The playlist included Wings, which is their debut single from DNA and hits like Black Magic and Secret Love Song, which took the world by storm.


 

2.     Little Monsters Listen Up! Lady Gaga Announces New Single

A few days ago, Lady Gaga took to Instagram to post 12 individual pictures which when put together would depict her new single title, Perfect Illusion. Lady Gaga has not released a single for a while now; her last single Till It Happens To You was released last September.

Perfect Illusion will be out in September.

 

3.     Singapore Gets A Piece Of Kanye West

Kanye West surprised the world when this Tweet was posted.

The Famous singer was going to open up 21 pop-up stores selling his Life Of Pablo merchandise and Suntec City Tower 1 happened to be one of the locations chosen. According to The Straits Times, fans started queuing up as early as 2am on Friday morning even when the store only opens at noon.

For those who did not get a chance to enter the store, here is a look inside the store.

 

 

4.     American Rock Bands Take Over Singapore!

It has been a good week for Singaporean fans of Weezer and Panic! At The Disco, both bands took the stage at Suntec City Convention Centre on 15 and 16 August respectively. Find out what happened during the Weezer’s concert from Donwei and Panic! At The Disco’s concert from Teejay!

By the way, you can always refer to our gig guide to stay updated with all the concerts happening in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.


Picture Credits: Mirror, Telegraph, Lady Gaga on Instagram, Kanye West, Deadpress, Gigwise.

Did you miss Imagine Dragon’s Smoke + Mirrors in Singapore last year? Well, don’t fret! The lads are back to party with us in September at Singapore Grand Prix 2016!

Whether it’s making your heart jump with intense beats or giving you that fuzzy feeling with their sweet melodies, Imagine Dragons has it all.

So like any other show, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 5 songs you should play on repeat and a little taste of what they would sound like live before their Singapore gig next month!

 

Trouble

 

 

On Top of the World

 

 

Shots

 

 

Demons

 
 
 
It’s Time
 

 

Imagine Dragons will perform at Singapore Grand Prix on September 18. For more details on the entertainment acts and prices, click here

Photo Credit: abegmusic, billyssportsgrill