Artists / Bands

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 7:15 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Releases, RnB / Soul

Michael Kiwanuka: the new Soul Master

Unique new British voice Michael Kiwanuka releases Home Again (Polydor Records / Universal Singapore), an album composed of the widespread praised debut EP Tell Me A Tale and the 3 songs of second EP I’m Getting Ready. Few records make such an instant impression as Home Again, the debut album by Michael Kiwanuka. Immersing the listener in a sound that […]

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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 Artists / Bands, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock, Releases, Rock

The Cult releases ‘Choice Of Weapon’

Heavy rock fans, be ready, The Cult is releasing its new album today! Formed in 1981, this English but Americanized outfit is, with Choice of Weapon, at its top level and embraces contemporary themes as materialism and excess vs. nature and spirituality. Discover the story behind this album, watch their videoclip “For The Animals” and download the first single “Lucifer”, […]

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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 May 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Dance / Electro, Releases

Simian Mobile Disco presents ‘Unpatterns’

Simian Mobile Disco is proud to announce the release of their brand new album Unpatterns on May 14 via Wichita Recordings (distribution in South-East Asia by Love Da Records). “It’s a record full of love, dedication, hard-earned experience, obvious understanding of decades of electronic music from across scenes and styles, and huge fun. It’s completely of the now, showing a […]

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by / on May 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Events

Music Services Asia’s Picks for Music Matters Live!

With over 50 acts in the span of 3 days, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the boundless amount of live music acts set to send you into sensory overdrive at Music Matters Live! Fear not, for us folks from Music Services Asia has scoured the entire line-up to present you our choice picks of acts you wouldn’t want to […]

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by / on May 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Interviews, Rock

Get Your Ears Ready for This Sanctuary

A load of artists from the all over the world are dropping by Singapore this month for Music Matters Live. Part of the line-up is the 5-piece Sydney-based pop rock band, This Sanctuary. While they have dabbled their feet once on the South-East Asian region, the band is ready and set to rock the Clarke Quay stage. But first, we […]

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by / on May 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Releases, Rock

Garbage returns from 7-year hiatus

With new album Not Your Kind Of People, Garbage’s unique sound is back, and back to basics. Released on May 14th through their own label STUNVOLUME (distribution in SEA by Love Da Records), this album smells freedom and youth, and that’s a pretty good omen after a 7-year break. Watch their mind-blowing Buñuel style videoclip for first single “Blood For […]

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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 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm / in Artists / Bands, Culture, Dance / Electro, Releases

Love Da’s Tiësto Release

Tiësto CLUB LIFE – Volume Two Miami Tiësto, the renowned House/Club DJ who, among other things, performed the first live-streamed concert on Twitter in 2012 and has his very own wax statue at Madame Tussauds. Collaborating with artists from various music genres (Kanye West, Katy Perry, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Goldfrapp), Tiësto is considered as the most hyperactive DJ in the […]

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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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