Indie / Alternative

by / on June 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Releases, Rock

Maximo Park Rocks England, And More

England, land of indie rock and pop – not surprising that Maximo Park are from Newcastle! Instead of producing any old kind of generic rock, they’ve crystallize the need of action in today’s chaotic world. All this can be found in their new album, The National Health (V2 / Cooperative Music / distribution by Love Da Records), forceful and rip-roaring […]

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by / on June 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Events, Indie / Alternative, Live Reviews

Exploring the Soundscape

Last Friday night, the cosy yet atmospheric top floor of Singapore’s Blu Jaz Cafe played host to Soundscape, an event boasting an eclectic line-up of five homegrown bands – Pep Talk, The Sets Band, ANECHOIS, Amnesia Haze and Pleasantry. Music Services Asia sneakily pays an incognito visit to the gig to check out two of the bands taking part in […]

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by / on June 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Live Reviews

Astreal Live @ The Court

Myself, Revisited: Music and Memory, Astreal Live @ The Court The italics suggest that whatever follows the title will be grounded in the insidious subject of biography. No one can be blamed for thinking so. Yet, the immediacy and impact of the experience I had at Astreal’s performance overrides any self-indulgence that one might want to read into it. Maybe […]

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by / on June 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Releases

The Power of ∆

Alt-J (∆) is a folk-electro quartet from England. Their mind-blowing debut album An Awesome Wave has just been released, distributed by Love Da Records. Be watchful: each track is catchy enough to be instantaneously adopted by your ears and mind! The inventive and surprising compositions, and the mix of music genres (folk, pop, dubstep and more) give a real ‘awesome […]

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by / on May 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Dance / Electro, Indie / Alternative, Releases

Here We Are Citizens!

CITIZENS! have announced details of the release of their debut album. “Here We Are” will be released through Kitsuné (distribution by Love Da Records for South-East Asia) on Monday, May 28th 2012.   The 11-track album was recorded in Scotland in the autumn of 2011 and produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand. The band released their debut single, True […]

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by / on May 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Events, Indie / Alternative, Live Reviews

Just Like Candy

The Jesus and Mary Chain Live in Singapore, 26 May 2012, Esplanade Concert Hall “It was perfect timing because there weren’t any guitar bands. Everybody was making this electronic pop music,” That was how William Reid, guitarist and one half of the songwriting partnership of the Jesus and Mary Chain (JMAC), described the character of the music scene in the […]

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by / on May 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Dance / Electro, Events, Hip Hop, Indie / Alternative, Rock

Who Else Will Rock Clarke Quay?

This weekend, Singapore’s Clarke Quay will play host to Music Matters Live, showcasing over 40 bands in various venues scattered throughout the popular nightspot. Last week, we picked out 7 must-see acts – but you didn’t think we would stop there, did you? Here’s 7 more of our favourite bands from the line-up, be sure to catch them and perhaps […]

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by / on May 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm / in Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Releases

Beauty in Refraction — MUON’s ‘The Shape of Shapes to Come’

Whether as a calculated nod to self-reflexivity or as a result of plain coincidence, MUON have titled a song “Apophenia” on their latest LP. The term denotes the experience of forging meaning from random and disparate streams of data. There are a great many things to be said about the towering edifice of aural wonders that the band has erected […]

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by / on April 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm / in Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Releases

The Hell You Want

The Observatory, “Catacombs” Album Launch, The Substation, 21 April 2012 “FOLLOW THE HEADWORM HOLE TO THE HEAD / FIXATIONS / OBSESSIONS / BLOOD/ PHLEGM / YELLOW BILE / BLACK BILE / IMMOBILE / HEADWORM” (“Headworm”) Heavy metal tries to be this good: to transport listeners to the murky, cavernous depths of their psyche by sound. Sometimes the genre delivers, sometimes […]

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by / on April 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Releases

Hannah Cohen – Child Bride

Raised in San Francisco in a family of artists, Hannah Cohen soon integrated with the New York photography and music scenes when she moved to the city as a model. She started learning the guitar and writing songs by herself, then worked with producer Thomas Bartlett/Doveman and blue-ribbon NY musicians to turn her musical experimentations into a well-produced album of […]

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by / on April 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Events, Indie / Alternative, Live Reviews

Charlie Was Here

Singaporean musician Charlie Lim, who is based in Melbourne, recently returned to the island city as part of his Asian Spring tour, and caused a pretty big wave of excitement in his wake. His last show of the tour took place on 11th April at The Pigeonhole, which also closed local label KittyWu’s ‘Return of the Kitty’ showcase at the […]

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by / on April 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Releases

“CRYBABY” a debut album by Crybaby (UK)

Love Da Records (HK) announces the release of CRYBABY (Helium Records), the self-titled debut album by English musician, Crybaby aka Danny Coughlan. Set up on the theme of the difficulty in human relationships, Crybaby leads the listener into a smooth landscape of sad but beautiful songs. “[‘I Cherish The Heartbreak More Than The Love That I Lost’ is] … a […]

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by / on April 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Interviews

The challenges of a Burmese band: Side Effect

The media has always portrayed Myanmar as an isolated country rife with political turmoil. One would least expect to hear of an indie rock band emerging from this country but that is what Side Effect is – a three piece indie rock band from Myanmar who tells us about the side effects they have experienced due to their unique situation. […]

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by / on April 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Interviews

Chatting up with the top cats: MONSTER CAT

Things are happening for 4-piece alternative folk rock band MONSTER CAT (Singapore). To start their year, the band shared the stage with Bombay Bicycle Club and The Naked and The Famous at The People’s Party. They’ve released their five-piece track, Mannequins, last year and now teamed up with Director Kristen Ong for their first official music video for “Underwater.” We […]

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by / on April 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Interviews

Koolastuffa presents L’Alphalpha merchandising

Fashion and music go together like cookies and milk, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs – one seems so much better with the other. So Koolastuffa, a young brand spearheaded by talented Indonesians Dedy and Widya Kurniawan,decided to team up with indie pop/rock band L’Alphalpha to create a magical bunch of pieces, inspired by the group’s songs. Clothes were […]

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by / on March 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Interviews

Future Music Festival: Zoom on They Will Kill Us All (MY)

What kept you busy these past months? I heard you’ve been recording an album, is it already finished? Well right now our working life is keeping us busy! We still jam from time to time, but what the band as a whole are trying to now is finishing the mixes for the 9 song album out soon. Its a slow […]

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by / on March 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative

Future Music Festival: Zoom on Kyoto Protocol (MY)

What’s the story of Kyoto Protocol? We’re just a bunch of guys who enjoy to play music, plain and simple. That I suppose is a complete contrast to the kind of music that we like to make. We’re big on the true meaning of punk, music without boundaries. You only get one shot at life; we’re trying to make the […]

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by / on February 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm / in Artists / Bands, Indie / Alternative, Releases, Videos

2102.2012: 1 single release + 2 new videoclips by L’Alphalpha

L’Alphalpha has just released their 2nd Single, “Comet’s Tail” and 2 video clips from their albums, “About a Friend” and “Fall Asleep”. The pop-post-rock Indonesian band features Music Services Asia’s SEA Absolute Indie Compilation with “About a Friend”.     Listen to “Comet’s Tail”: Watch “About a Friend”: About a Friend [Official Video Clip] from L’Alphalpha on Vimeo. Watch “Fall […]

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by / on November 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm / in Artists / Bands, Indie / Alternative, Interviews, Videos

Interview: Noughts and Exes (HK)

 A video interview for SEA Absolute Indie compilation, released on worldwide digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Ganxy. Check out Noughts and Exes’ website and YouTube channel!        

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm / in Artists / Bands, Indie / Alternative, Interviews, Releases, Videos

Interview: Deerhoof (US)

Deerhoof speaks about their projects and their upcoming tour in Singapore and South-East Asia. The band features SEA Absolute Indie compilation, available on almost all the digital platforms!  

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