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Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard a good song in public only to leave the place not knowing the artist or even the title!

While a show in itself is an undeniable highlight of a concert, there are some of us who treasure pre-show moments where we’d try to make sense of the crowd we’re going to be spending the rest of the evening with.

It also happens that these moments involve sudden music discoveries that set the mood before the actual show, which leads me to the "epiphany" that concert promoters should start pre-show playlists!

Why would you need a playlist if you can just Shazam songs you like, you may ask?

Well, while it’s arguable that music discovery should remain unplanned, it is almost always a better experience to jam along with a song that I am familiar with. Plus, it's never a bad idea to get your adrenaline running as warm up before show.  

I understand that my obsession with documentation and organization is one that is not shared by everyone, but isn’t just nice to have a collective set of songs you can easily refer to in the future?

If you’re ever wondering what triggered this "realization," LAMC Productions had a good set of songs prior to Foster The People's show just less than a couple of weeks ago.

Here are some songs I’ve discovered at the gig:

 
 

 

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It’s easy to judge a band by a single that wildly took off in 2010. But if there’s anything that reinforces Foster The People’s undeniable talent, it’s beyond that song’s existence. Yes, I’m talking about the indie-turned-mainstream hit Pumped Up Kicks.

The evening started with much apprehension for most who were not drawn to Zepp@BIGBOX’s ability to host bands of the genre. I, myself, wasn’t one of them. After all, a deafening sound system can be easily ignored with last night’s trippy visuals that could potentially transcend one’s soul to another dimension. I’m not even kidding.

The band opened with Pay The Man that welcomed the crowd to a kaleidoscopic stage set up and frontman Mark Foster’s dad dance moves (one of the highlights of the show, to be honest).

The set then took on a steady throttle of energy with Helena Beat, sending a surge of adrenaline to audience members who were just warming up. But there was this particular lady standing right beside me who did not move a single inch since the show started. Not even a head bob of approval. Was she just completely stunned by the fact that the band was playing music live right in front of her to express any emotions? Who knows? She did remain that way the entire show. To each his own, I guess. 

Though the lack of movement beside me was a bit of a concern, Foster The People delivered a variety of songs like Waste, Doing It For The Money, and Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls) that set just the right mood for an internal frenzy. Couple that with, again, the blend of multiple colored hues on stage and you’ve got yourself a cinematic moment.

The flawless transition from Lotus Eater to a cover of Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Bop also proved that the band is more than just their breakthrough hit.

Foster The People has always been criticized for their unclassified genre, almost being forced by critics to find a certain identifying sound. But that would be unfounded for a band that has the talented multi-instrumentalist Isom Innis who calls himself “Jack of all trades” and Mark Foster whose vocals captivatingly reverberated off the room – even making an audience member shout, “WHO BROKE YOUR HEART, BRO?” after belting out the ballad Ruby.

With incarnations like Torches and Sacred Hearts Club, Foster The People continuously reclaim their position as a band that can’t be defined by a single genre. We’ve got moments of raving and aggressive headbanging for “avant-garde” songs like Pseugologia Fantastica and several slow dancing bits with Sit Next To Me.

One would quickly expect the band’s infectious energy to last until after the encore, but the set didn’t exactly end with a bang despite the sing-along that was during Pumped Up Kicks. Is it perhaps time to retire the song as part of the encore? Maybe.

While the show undoubtedly lifted the crowd’s spirits, it’s inevitable not to gain mad respect for the quartet who took the time to meet everyone behind the barrier after the show. This is in addition to Mark Foster’s inspirational speech prior to the encore, leaving everyone with the words, “Love should be our mantra.”

 

 

Setlist

Pay the Man
Helena Beat
Life On The Nickel
Doing It for the Money
Waste
Are You What You Want to Be?
Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)
Lotus Eater
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)
Pseudologia Fantastica
Houdini
Call It What You Want
Coming of Age
Ruby
Sit Next To Me
Miss You

Encore:

Loyal Like Sid & Nancy
Pumped Up Kicks

 

Photo credit: Alvin Ho and Aloysius Lim for LAMC Productions

Ask and you shall receive, eh?

Just a year after introducing New Hope Club as a rising boyband to watch out for, we’ve already got to experience an exclusive fan session with the pop rock trio!

Comprising of George Smith, Blake Richardson, and Reese Bibby, the band treated 60 lucky fans to an intimate showcase in Singapore.

Prior to the show, the British lads delved into a light-hearted conversation about not being a fan of durian and their respective Hogwarts houses (they’re all Gryffindors except for George who’s a Slytherin).

Aside from their comedic antics, the band also opened up about having Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and Harry Styles as their dream collaborations. This, of course, triggered an instant scream fest from the audience that didn’t die down until the end of their set.

The trio gave an authentic performance of songs like Perfume, Good Day, and Fixed. While there might have been a few stumbles here and there, NHC proved that they’re more than just their apparent charm with their swoon-worthy harmonies.

Watch some of the highlights from New Hope Club’s exclusive fan session below:

 

Setlist

Medicine
Perfume
Good Day
Water
Two Ghosts (Harry Styles cover)
Fixed

 

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The End of the F***ing World is the latest Netflix series to hit our screens and, god, are we obsessed with it.

The show’s originally based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel of the same title. But its undeniable appeal stems from its gruesome yet paradoxically light-hearted storyline coupled with its nostalgic soundtrack.

There’s nothing like the brilliant mix of sadistic scenes and feel-good old school music that fills the void that is my heart.

Whether you’re feeling like slow-dancing alone in your room or jamming to a jukebox hit, these are some songs to put on repeat.

 

Keep On Running

 

At Seventeen

 

Why Can’t I Touch It?

 

Come Back

 

Never

 
 
 
*****

Bonus: Walking All Day

Blur’s Graham Coxon is set to release his original soundtrack for the show later this month. You know it’s going to be good!

 

Photo credit: Netflix

If you still haven’t heard, indie pop band Foster The People will be back in Singapore on 30th January!

While we’re all looking forward to hearing Pumped Up Kicks (our ultimate Secondary School jam) again live, songs from Sacred Hearts Club are ones that you wouldn’t want to miss.

One could do a quick Google search for the setlist, but aside from the usual hits, there’s no harm in hoping for the band to play some underrated gems at their Singapore show, right?

With that, here are 3 Foster The People songs we wish they’d play live (because there’s no harm in wishful thinking):

 

I Love My Friends

This bass-driven track would undeniably be the perfect dance anthem for those in the chill zone.

 

Ruby

The band might have already played this melodic single the last time they were here, but it seems like they took it out their recent setlists.

 

Nevermind

You can’t go wrong with this underrated gem, especially with its high cinematic, “slow-dance” potential.

 

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2017 might not have been the best year for some of us – concerts got cancelled, pop icons released seemingly disappointing singles, and lastly, we lost American musician Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

But since we’re approaching the year of the dog this coming Chinese New Year, it’s high time to reflect on music legends who were born in the year of this Chinese zodiac.

Known for their good character and ability to empathize with human emotions, like all dogs do, these music legends have made their mark in the music industry during the past few decades. Certainly, music that we’re listening to now would not be the same if not for these icons.

Let’s listen to some overlooked songs by these 5 music legends born in the year of the dog.

 

Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935) – A Mess of Blues

The King of Rock and Roll proves that he also got the chops for the blues in this mellow underrated song.

 

Freddie Mercury (September 5, 1946) – Let Me Live

This underrated Queen track opens with hair-raising harmonies and leads the listener to an awe-inspiring adventure from start to finish.

 

David Bowie (January 8, 1947) – Moonage Daydream

I first discovered this song in the film Frances Ha and it has been my one of my go-to dance anthems, despite its dark lyrics.

 

Prince (June 7, 1958) – Darling Nikki

The song might not have topped the charts allegedly because of its sexual lyrical content, but Darling Nikki remains to be a well-loved track with Rihanna even covering the song during her 2011 Loud tour.

 

Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958) – Speechless

Give this sentimental ballad the listen it deserves this year and indulge yourself in a stirring 3-minute wonder.

 

Photo credit: Richard E. Aaron & Peter Still (Getty), Reuters, Roger Marshutz (MPTV) & DAGMAR

In case you needed something uplifting this new year, just remember that an EDM version of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On exists.

The Canadian singer and DJ teamed up at a benefit show for Omnia Nightclub’s Las Vegas Victims Fund in the US last November and blessed everyone with this gem.

We can’t deny that the remix is indeed a banger, but what caught most people’s attention is Dion’s entertaining “Mom dance moves” – a far cry her gracious demeanour.

 

Watch the video here:

Photo credit: Denise Truscell

It’s not everyday that you get to hear a mixtape solely dedicated to the legendary Beatles. But thanks to the World Wide Web, a 52-year-old Christmas disc by Paul McCartney himself is available online for us to devour.

Paul McCartney wittingly made his fellow Beatles bandmates a Christmas mixtape in 1965 called Unforgettable.

There were reportedly only three copies made, one for each of The Beatles.

In the tape, McCartney plays a jolly and enthusiastic DJ as he introduces a list of songs by the likes of The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and Nat King Cole.

"It was a very free, formless time for me... So I would sit around all day, creating little tapes,” McCartney told author Barry Miles.

Indeed, what McCartney deemed as an experimental hobby turned out to be a rare treasure for Beatles fans.

Listen to the 18-minute wonder here:

 

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In case everyone has forgotten, Taylor Swift started out as a country-pop singer famous for her seemingly fake Southern American accent mostly noticeable on her debut album.

But did you know that the former country pop star released a Christmas EP entitled The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection?

The 6-track EP was released in 2007 during the advent of her popularity and includes 2 original songs.

If you’re in for a nostalgic treat, listen to our top 3 picks from the EP here:

 

Last Christmas

 

Santa Baby

 

Christmas Must Be Something More (Original Song)

Photo credit: Big Machine Records

Heart-breaking ballads might have gotten Sam Smith his well-deserved fame, but the 25-year-old is FINALLY going to ditch the genre to focus on more upbeat songs.

The reason? Well, your homeboy just found himself some new love with boyfriend, 13 Reasons Why actor Brandon Flynn.

“I might be starting to write some happy songs. I’m just so sick of being dreary,” he shared with The Sun.

“I want to challenge myself as a writer and have some really strong — not positive because I don’t like the word positive — but strong and empowering songs.”

Don’t get us wrong. Smith’s ballads are perfect for melancholic afternoons when we all just need a little background music to complement our bleak mood. However, it does get a bit tiresome listening to irresistibly good yet depressing music.

“For the first time I’ve realized how much the whole second album thing affected me. I thought it was too dark sometimes."

“I’m ready to turn into BEYONCE. I’m going to be writing the third album on tour.”

I don't know about you guys, but we can’t wait!

 

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