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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:47

5 Albums That Will Turn 10 In October!

If you're in the mood to walk down memory lane and into the streets of nostalgia, then this post is definitely for you.

In the month of October, these five albums will be turning 10 years old. Yes, that's the typical age of a Primary 4 kid.

These five albums are made up of some of the biggest hits of 2007 too. Let's see if you still remember the lyrics to the songs:

 

1. We The Kings - We The Kings

Other than the classic Mr Brightside by The Killers, We The Kings' Check Yes Juliet is one of the other few songs that would never fail to bring major #throwback feels. We The Kings' self-titled debut album was released on 2 October 2007. Feel old yet?

 

2. Matchbox Twenty - Exile on Mainstream

After coming out of a 4-year hiatus in 2007, pop-rock band Matchbox Twenty reunited and released Exile on Mainstream on 2 October 2007, the same day We The Kings debuted their first album. Shortly after the band finished touring in 2008, they went into yet another hiatus.

 

3. Cobra Starship - ¡Viva la Cobra!

Before the iconic purple hoodie was associated to Justin Bieber, it was Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta's thing. ¡Viva la Cobra! is Cobra Starship's second studio album and was produced by Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump.

 

4. Britney Spears - Blackout

Released on 25 October 2007, Blackout is Britney Spear's fifth studio album. The album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, and consists of some of Britney's most memorable singles, such as Gimme More, Break The Ice and Piece Of Me, all of which she performed during her concert in Singapore back in June.

 

5. Soulja Boy Tell'em - Souljaboytellem.com

Before there was the Whip/Nae Nae, there was the Soulja Boy. Only a true 90's kid would remember the dance.

This September, we're in for a treat for not just one, but TWO unexpected collaborations. These collaborations are particularly exciting as both go beyond genre and even language! Let's take a look:

 

1. Chainsmokers x BTS

Pop-EDM duo The Chainsmokers are no strangers to K-pop, having  previously revealed themselves as fans of K-pop groups such as 2NE1 and Big Bang. They also previously announced that they were looking to collaborate with a K-pop artist that "shares the same vision" as them. It looks like they have found the one they have been looking for in boy group, BTS.

It was recently confirmed by The Chainsmokers' management that one-half of the duo, Andrew Taggart, worked with the rappers of BTS and will be credited as a co-writer on the song, Best Of Me, which will be part of BTS'sforthcoming album, Love Yourself: Her which will be released on 18 September.

What thrilling news for fans of both groups! We're sure that it's gonna be a big hit and a chart-topper for sure.

 

2. Foo Fighters x Justin Timberlake

As unlikely as it is, it's a funny story how this collaboration came to be: Justin Timberlake dropped by while Foo Fighters were recording in the studio and liked what he heard. After hanging out with Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl, a couple of times, Justin one day drunkenly asked if he could sing on the band's upcoming record, Concrete and Gold.

"I'm telling you - this guy's going somewhere," Dave jokingly commented on the experience. However, before we expect a whole chorus of Justin's smooth vocals, the rock band revealed that the pop star only has a part in the "la la la's" in one of their tracks, which Dave noted that he "nailed it".

Well, no matter how small Justin's part was, we're still just as stoked to listen to it! Concrete and Gold will be released on 15 September and we can't wait to see what this unlikely pair has in store for us!

 

Photo credits: Koreaboo, Kevin Mazur/AMA2013/WireImage

Monday, 04 September 2017 06:32

Concert Review: Mew "LIVE" in Singapore!

Just one day after fellow countrymen Michael Learns To Rock performed at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Danish alternative rock band, Mew, took the stage at the School of the Arts (SOTA) Concert Hall on 3 September.

The SOTA Concert Hall, although considerably smaller than the Indoor Stadium, provided an intimate setting that was perfect for a band such as Mew. However, while tickets in the circles were sold out, the unoccupied seats littered across the stalls area made it fairly obvious in a space with a mere capacity of 600.

By a quarter past 8, the band was up on stage playing In A Better Place. Special, which followed after, was crowd and the intro of the track had a few popped up from their seats to dance along to the upbeat tempo. As earlier promised in a video greeting to fans in Singapore, the band played a good mix of music from their latest album, Visuals, such as Twist Quest and Nothingness And No Regrets, alongside their older tracks Am I Wry? No and Satellites.

Much to the contrary of his seemingly quiet demeanour, Frontman Jonas Bjerre's falsetto was on point the entire night and especially shone in the likes of Snow Brigade and Waterslides. As each song went by, more and more members of the audience started to get on their feet. By the time the band played Carry Me To Safety, every single person in the concert hall had moved on from crossing their arms and slightly nodding to full-on head banging. It's also worth noting how instead of the band prompting audience members to get up and dance, it was the fans themselves who got those around them to stand by shouting: "Eh, stand leh!"

In the atmosphere that dabbled between the extreme polars of intense and chill, the kaleidoscopic visuals and psychedelic stage lightings were also impeccable that night.

Following in the footsteps of Radiohead, the band performed a second encore with Comforting Sounds, their arguably most defining and awaited track on the setlist. After a mesmerizing extended outro, Jonas took the time to thank and shake the hands of those who were standing in front. His genuine and humble disposition ended the short yet sweet, 1 hour 15 minute concert on a sweet and heartwarming note for both concertgoers and the band who would be embarking on the rest of their Asian and Australian tour.

Photo credits: Jazrel Rezed, @Mewofficial @Rueventan.photo on Instagram

Suspense filled the Singapore Indoor Stadium as the house lights went dimmed. All eyes were glued to the stage for the next 5 minutes, waiting for the stars of the night, Michael Learns To Rock. Yet, all that could be seen were the alphabets "MLTR" flashing on the screens on the left and right.

The last time the Danish pop-rock band played in Singapore was 2 years ago at The Star Performing Arts Centre. Moving back into the Singapore Indoor Stadium is a testament of how well-loved MLTR still is even today. As highlighted by frontman Jascha Ritcher, the last time they played in the same venue was in 1995, which was also their first concert in Asia.

Alas, donned in matching colours of black and red, the band finally came up on stage and catapulted into their timeless classics, Complicated Heart and Sleeping Child

The first half of the concert went like a breeze. Despite a slight misshap with the sound system during Final Destination, the band transitioned from song to song quickly, barely making banter with the crowd. 

It wasn't until the band introductions when things started to get a little exciting. As frontman Jascha introduced his bandmates, it turned out that they had already left the stage. "It's quite scary to be alone on stage like this," he quipped. "I quit, I go home." Fans who were seated along the isles were in for a treat as Jascha walked through the crowd to get to the second stage, located in the middle of the stadium. The rest of the band later joined Jascha and prompted the audience to take out their cellphones. The stadium was transformed into a beautiful spectacle as thousands waved their lighted cellphones.

With screenings of their old music videos playing behind them, the now-middle-aged MLTR still looked just as suave, if not even more so. As if looking into our souls, Jascha winked and made cheeky glances and into the cameras, all while making teasing remarks.

While Jascha remained behind the keyboard most of the time, it was guitarist Mikkel Lentz who walked around the stage to work up the crowd. His gelled-up salt and pepper hair had ladies swooning all around.

In the last quarter of the concert, the band played another set of favourites such as 25 Minutes and Paint My Love. The night ended with an encore performance of That's Why (You Go Away) with a confetti surprise. 

The magic about MLTR is in their music that is able to invoke the nostalgia in the hearts of the old and young alike; those who witnessed the band at its prime in the 90's and those who grew up listening to their music played on their parents' car radio. The band put on a world-class performance that night that will remain in many of our hearts.

 

Photo credits: @iamalextan @mrderektan @aliciacyt90 on Instagram

When you are one of the world's biggest surviving rock band and your return to a country has taken more than 20 years, there is going to be a certain level of expectation set on you.

So when Foo Fighters finally made their highly-anticipated return to our shores at the National Stadium, meeting the expectations of a 20,000-strong crowd was not going to be an easy feat.

It was 8:05pm when the lights dimmed and the sound of electric guitars echoed across the stadium. As if fans were expecting the band to be late, it wasn't until frontman Dave Grohl appeared on the big screen when unprepared fans quickly got onto their feet and erupted in applause to welcome the rock legends on stage.

The night began with I'll Stick Around before diving into the band's greatest hits such as All My Life, Learn To Fly and The Pretender. A friend who was standing in Pen A described her experience in the first few rows as a "gas chamber" and was subjected to "involuntary vertical bodysurfing and moshing", which should've been expected, in my opinion.

It was evident that Singapore's humidity was getting to Dave Grohl when he doused an entire bottle of water on himself, before leading the stadium with My Hero. What a surreal and goosebump-inducing experience it was to listen as the entire stadium sang back its chorus in unison to their heroes on stage.

The entertaining and extended band introductions that came halfway through the set included snippets of Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees and Another One Bites The Dust by Queen, all of which came to abrupt endings. "Wrong band," Dave reminded.

Drummer Taylor Hawkins then took over vocals in Cold Day in the Sun, bringing our attention to the photo of a young Chris Cornell that was on his drum set - the band's tribute to the late Soundgarden frontman.

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One of the highlights of the night was the trio from their 2011 Wasting Light album, which included Walk, These Days and Rope. Throughout the two-hour set, the veteran performers were able to kept spirits high and show how a real concert should really be. All around the stadium, fans could be seen dancing, jumping and even running around.

However, as energetic and engaging as it was, Foo Fighters' concert was far from perfect. One of the most obvious drawbacks was the setlist that was shorter than many other stops in their Concrete and Gold tour. Compared to their shows in Europe or the one in Bangkok that took place just two days prior, their show here was cut by at least three songs, including Wheels and Skin and Bones which just so happened to be two of the songs that I was personally eager to watch.

All in all, the band put on a solid show that was in their best ability. Many would guess that there was a strict time limit imposed on the show, so it comes with a sigh of relief that audience interaction was not compromised that night. Despite the shorter setlist, Dave's friendly banter and flying kisses were a good trade-off. "Next time, it won't take 20 years, because I'll be 68 then," he said of the band's next return. We'll hold him to his word.

 

(Photo credits: UnUsUal Entertainment, @gavinlsh, @dodytsepotakuc and @eddyyjh on Instagram)

When it comes to Singapore's National Day Parade, one of its biggest and most anticipated highlights is the NDP theme song of the year.

If you haven't heard this year's theme song, Because It's Singapore!, here you go:

 

And... yep. Let's just say that we hope to hear better for NDP 2018.

Yes, we know we'd never get another Home, but before you lose hope in local music, you shouldn't.

In fact, the local music scene has been flourishing as of late. So, to celebrate Singapore's 52nd birthday, here are 5+2 (or 7) of our favourite songs released by local musicians in 2017!

 

1) The Façade - White

 

2) Jean Tan - Crowns

 

3) M1LDL1FE - Distraction

 

4) TOMGIRL - Heartbeats

 

5) Bakers In Space - Mute

 

6) The Sam Willows - Keep Me Jealous

 

7) LEW - Loved You So

Photo credits: LEW, Yak

"Due to unforeseen circumstances..."

We all know how it goes. No exciting news would ever begin with that line.

If you'd ask me, the words "cancelled" and "concert" should never be in the same sentence. Alas, life happens and sometimes things just don't work out as they should.

Here are four highly-anticipated concerts of 2017 that had been unfortunately cancelled:

 

1. Justin Bieber

The most recent concert cancellation goes to Justin Bieber, who cancelled his remaining Purpose tour just 18 days after it was announced that he would be performing in Singapore in October this year.

"Sorry for anybody who feels disappointed or betrayed," he apologised. "Have a blessed day."

Before you hate on Justin, it should not be ignored that the singer had been on tour for the past 16 months and performed at 150 shows. Give him a break.

 

2. Banks

After performing in Singapore for the first time at Laneway 2015, we were all excited for Banks' return in July 2017.

Unfortunately, in March, the alt-R&B songstress had cancelled her Singapore show. However, it does seem that both Banks and concert organizer, Secret Sounds Asia, are keen to work out a concert at a later date.

We're crossing our fingers on that!

 

3. Pitbull

Due to scheduling conflicts, Mr Worldwide a.k.a. Pitbull, could not go worldwide this year. Much to the disappointment of his fans, he cancelled the entire asian leg of his Climate Change world tour.

 

4. Colbie Caillat

Just two days before she was slated to take the stage at The MAX Pavillion, fans were shocked to find out that they would have to make other plans for that night.

When will her fans in Singapore finally be able to watch her sing Try and Bubbly live? Soon, we hope.

 

Photo credits: Getty Images, LA Times

In today's music scene where critics lash out at artistes for producing songs that lack substance, British rock band, Catfish And The Bottlemen are one of the few who stand out.

Their rise to prominence can pointed to their music that effortlessly resonate with the teens of today.

Here are 5 of their most relevant songs about modern romance:

 

1. Soundcheck

 

"I raced through soundcheck

Just to meet you on your fag break

And you convinced me

To put life aside and want you"

 

There's nothing quite like a love song about the relationship of a musician who skips soundcheck to meet his lover during her smoke break. 

 

2. Business

"I wanna make it my business

I wanna tolerate drunk you, honey

I wanna make it my problem"

 

You know what they say: "If you can't accept me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best". Business is basically that quote elongated into a 3-minute song. In the second verse, frontman Van McCann sings about finding "a lover who can in peace with my mother and I won't ever let her go", just like the mama's boy that he is.

 

3. Kathleen

Instead you call me up with a head full of filth

And yes, I know

That I'll never acquiesce anything you're thinking

But, let me know when I'm needed home

And I'll come

You can leather me with your lips.

Kathleen tells a story of the push and pull of a toxic relationship that everyone of us are all too well-aware of. 

 

4. Cocoon

Fuck it if they talk

Fuck it if they try and get to us

Cause I'd rather go blind

Than let you down.

Cocoon highlights the challenges of being in a relationship that is everyone else is against of. So what is Van's solution to the disapproval of friends and family? "Fuck it," he says.

 

5. Hourglass

"'Cause I wanna carry all of your children

And I wanna call them stupid shit"

 

Aside from Ewan McGregor, what makes Hourglass so good is how crude it is. I remember the first time listening to it and not being able to believe my ears; how could a song that sounded so sweet on the surface be actually this vulgar? Love it.

TV series Game Of Thrones is finally back for its 7th season.

Even from its first episode, fans have already been divided: those who enjoyed Ed Sheeran's cameo, and those who don't. While some say that Ed's acting was believable and his character was appropriate, others claim that his appearance threw them off. No matter which side you're taking, fans of the TV series can all agree on one thing: its epic theme song. While we tend to skip the intro for other TV series, doing the same for GOT is unthinkable. 

It comes with no surprise that the GOT theme song has its own league of fans who have made their own versions of it. From metal to acoustic, these 5 cover versions of the GOT theme track is sure to bring you into the magical world of dragons and direwolves.

 
 
 
 
 
 

It felt like any other day; our alarms rang as it did every morning and we clicked on the snooze button only to be rudely awaken for the second time that morning five minutes later.

Little did we expect to be shaken wide awake by yet another alarm that day: the news of Linkin Park's lead singer Chester Bennington's death.

Of all recent celebrity deaths, Chester's suicides hits particularly close to home as he is the first singer whose music accompanied most of us through our adolescence. Many of us have the lyrics from their Meteora and Hybrid Theory albums at the back of our fingers and would not hesistate to sing (or scream) along to the songs whenever we come across one.

Chester's death is undeniably heartbreaking and our thoughts go out to his family and the rest of Linkin Park. His suicide comes as a reminder of the importance of mental health and how depression should never be taken lightly. 

As the world mourns the passing of yet another talented rock star, here are 5 live performances that we would like to remember Chester by.

 

1) Crawling (ft Chris Cornell)

It's hard to believe that we lost both Chester and Chris Cornell in a span of a few months. It's even harder to digest the fact that Chester's death came on what-would-have-been Chris' 53rd birthday. In this performance of Crawling, the voices of these two close friends complements each other perfectly. 

 

2) Rolling In The Deep

Many who have attempted to cover Adele's songs tend to butcher them, but Chester's amazing rendition of Adele's Rolling In The Deep puts his raw vocals in the limelight and it is one to behold.

 

3) Burn It Down (ft Kiiara)

Whether you like Linkin Park's latest album, One More Light, or not, this is the last that we would hear from Chester. In a way, the lyrics are like Chester's last words to all of us.

 

4) Numb/Encore (feat Jay-Z)

The collaboration between Linkin Park and Jay-Z in Collision Course was iconic, to say the least. 

 

4) Hallelujah

Less than two months ago, Chester performed a heartwrenching cover of Hallelujah for Chris's funeral. Chris' widow, Vicky, tweeted this upon hearing the news of Chester's death: "Just when I thought my heart couldn’t break any more…..I love you T.

RIP Chester Bennington. You are missed dearly. 

 

Photo credits: Variety

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