Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tonstartssbandht 'Live' in Singapore

Tonstartssbandht (pronounced tahn - starts - bandit ) will bring their prodigious musicianship to Asia, Australia, and New Zealand this December and January!

Brothers Andy and Edwin White are notable musicians in their own right. Andy, for some, is better known as Mac DeMarco’s new guitarist or his solo project Andy Boay, while Edwin is also known for his solo project Eola.

However together, the Floridian brothers are Tonstartssbandht, producing self-proclaimed “psychedelic boogie rock” . Their sound inevitably grows in a live setting as the two brothers blaze through super tight long-form jams. Edwin’s driving percussion never drops a beat , while Andy creates luscious and expansive sounds on his 12-string Danelectro, melding perfectly with the duo’s angelic vocal harmonies.

They navigate their souls and psyches on stage, embracing the sense of urgency, pain, and ecstasy in the human experience and impulsiveness too

The duo will perform in Singapore on 6 December.

Tonstartssbandht (USA) live in Singapore with EOLA and Chardonnay Saturday
Date: Saturday, 6 December 2014
Venue: BluJaz Upstairs 
Doors open: 8pm
Tickets: $20 (pre-sale), $25 (door)   

Friday 5 December - Findars , Kuala Lumpur
Saturday, 6 December - BluJaz, Singapore
Sunday, 7 December - Jaya Pub, Jakarta
Wednesday, 10 December - Play Yard, Bangkok
Friday, 11 December - CAMA ATK, Hanoi

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Where Were You Fest This Saturday

The gathering of '90s bands in a gig called Where Were You Fest is happening this Saturday at the Substation Theatre. The schedule (correct as of now) is:

3:30pm Telecast!
3:45pm Unvisual 
4:15pm 7 Pound Vein
4:45pm Stampede
5:15pm United By Fate
5:45pm Turning Against
6:05pm Minus
6:25pm Generation 69
6:45pm Heremod
7:05pm The Pink Elephants
7:35pm  LC93
8:05pm Desecrate
8:35pm The Dongs
9:05pm The Ordinary People
9:35pm The Oddfellows
10:05pm Obscure
10:35pm The Jabs
11:05pm United Blood
11:35pm Kindread
12:00am Iman's League
12:20am The Bois

Date: 8 November 2014
Time: 3pm till late
Venue: The Substation Theatre
Entry: $12 (advance available from Roxy Records and The Substation box office) or $15 at the door

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Awaken The Dragon 2014 Concert

Awaken the Dragon is a community art project surrounding the last two remaining Dragon Kilns in Singapore. The project aims to invite 3000 members of the public to participate in making a collective sculpture made from clay and fired in the Dragon Kiln.

The concert is part of the Awaken the Dragon Festival that's happening from 17-23 November.
There will also be demos and workshops by local ceramic artists, arts & crafts stalls, food and drink vendors.

The Observatory, Obedient Wives Club, Stopgap, Lost Weekend and The White Trip Movement will be performing on 22 Novembe.

Date: 22 November 2014
Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln Pottery Jungle, 85 Lorong Tawas
Time: 6:30pm - 11pm

Entry: Free 

For more details on the Festival, visit:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Electrico At The Sub

Electrico is playing a special show at The Substation Theatre this Sunday.

The Substation has been a sanctuary to Singapore's indie arts scene, and it needs moolah for repairs now. So all entrance fees and bar sales for our show will be PAY-AS-YOU-WISH, and will all go towards helping fix up the iconic venue for more years of experimental and groundbreaking arts.

So come rock with Electrico, and show some Love at The Sub.

Date: Sunday, 19 October 2014
Time: Doors open 6PM
Venue: The Substation Theatre

Entry: Donate-As-You-Wish

Taragana Pyjarama Performing At Life Is Beautiful

Copenhagen-based DJ, producer and remixer Taragana Pyjarama will hit Singapore this Thursday for a live set at Life Is Beautiful Kitchen & Bar.

Having released his first tracks in 2010 (under previous moniker ‘Eim Ick’), Taragana Pyjarama (aka Nick Eriksen) has been steadily gaining impressive momentum – and adulation – as both a producer and remixer. Having already remixed singles for the likes of Delorean, Polock, and Delphic, he was invited to join John Talabot's much-admired Hivern Discs stable in 2011 where in the same year, he released his first breakthrough EP under his current alias for Fluo Kid’s excellent FOOL HOUSE imprint.

2012 saw the release of his critically-aclaimed full debut album 'Tipped Bowls' with Cologne-based music institution Kompakt Records; to have been able to experiment and discover with such panache on his first LP arguably set Eriksen apart as one of the producers to watch, and his most recent output 'Nothing Hype' (2013) already has us waiting for his next full-length LP. 

Date: Thursday, 16 October 2014
Venue: Life Is Beautiful (99 Duxton Rd)
Doors open: 9:30pm
Entry: $20

Taragana Pyjarama - "Lo Ng" (Live at Distortion, Copenhagen 2012)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dropbeat Heartbeat Reborn As Sign Of Five

Sign of Five is the rebirth of Dropbeat Heartbeat, a Punk-Pop/Alternative band based in Singapore. Dropbeat Heartbeat has been making huge (sound)waves in the local music scene with their debut EP, “Gettin’ Outta Here".

The EP was a huge success for Dropbeat Heartbeat, achieving the runner-up position for the 'Best Rock Song 2013' category in the VIMA Asia Music Awards. The band also took the local music charts by storm with their radio-friendly hit song, 'Somebody Loved', which garnered 200,000 views in YouTube in less than a month.

However, the quintet has now discovered a more unique and mature tune with songs about adulthood and hard facts of life. Expect fist-pumping, anthemic melodies, and clever lyrical wordplay from Sign of Five.

MAAD Sounds! Returns This Friday

MAAD Sounds! return to the Red Dot Design Museum this Friday from 7:30pm with Spacedays, Ellipsis, The Psalms and MONSTER CAT. Admission is free.

Date: Friday, 10 October 2014
Time: 7:30pm - 12am
Venue: Red Dot Design Museum (Maxwell Road)
Entry: Free

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Yuki Kadokura Performing in Singapore For The First Time

Yuki Kadokura made her debut as a singer in 1994 with the song, "鴎…カモメ(Kamome)". She is celebrating 20 years in the music scene with her first concert in Singapore.

The concert here is an opportunity for Yuki to express her profound gratitude for Singaporeans and Singapore-based Japanese who cared for her hometown Fukushima after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Date: 10 October 2014
Venue: The Japanese Association, Singapore L3 Auditorium (120 Adam Rd, Singapore 289899)
Time: 8pm (doors open 7:30pm)
Tickets: S$40 available at the reception counter at the Japanese Association Singapore and at:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Inaugural Live Looping Festival In Singapore

Randolf Arriola

The inaugural Y2K14 International Live Loop Asia Festival Singapore will welcome 20 local and international live looping acts to the stage at Artistry from 25-27 September 2014. Performances will feature music created using live looping technology – equipment that records and plays back sound, to which other sounds can be added, overlaid, deleted, filtered and mixed to form an improvisational work on the spot and using no pre-recorded material. The technique can be applied across genres, including beat-box, singer/songwriter, ambient, electronic, performance art, soundtrack and experimental. The three-day event is a unique showcase for live looping talent in Asia and embraces professionals, amateurs, songwriters, experimentalists, musicians and sound artists.

"The idea is to create an all-inclusive platform for the exploration of live looping,” says Randolf Arriola, festival director, founder of the Live Loop Asia online community and a professional musician who uses live looping technology.

“We want to create a hub where people who share a common interest in live looping can gather to exchange ideas, support each other and discover new avenues in ground-breaking musical concepts and techniques.” says Arriola. “Performances will focus not just on a single genre of music or specific tools, but will encompass a wide range of concepts, techniques, craft, art, culture and lifestyle.”

The lineup features 13 Singaporean acts, including Bani Haykel, SA (), Randolf Arriola and Eileen Chai, and introduces four international acts who will perform in Singapore for the first time: Mandoman Hideki from Japan, and Stylish Nonsense, Jin Matutamtada and Kasemsmai Wongchayasilpa from Thailand. Asia-based international acts include Para Sabda from the United States, Thorsten Vieth from Germany, and Wil Kolen from the Netherlands.

On Saturday 27 September from 4:00 to 6:00pm selected performers will join Randolf Arriola for a workshop which will feature a round-table discussion and demonstrations of live looping concepts, techniques and gear.

Admission to all performances and the workshop is free, although donations will be accepted and merchandise will be available for sale with all profits used to offset event costs. Both the Singapore and Bangkok Y2K14 International Live Loop Asia Festivals are not-for-profit ventures.

The Y2K14 International Live Loop Asia Festivals in Singapore and Bangkok are supported by TC-Helicon, TC Electronic, Mackie, DiGiCo, Analysis Plus, Team 108 Solutions and Electronics & Engineering (E&E), in partnership with The Affiniti, Artistry and ZOO. 

Date: 25-27 September 2014
Venue: Artistry (17 Jalan Pinang)
Time: 7:30pm till closing time
Entry: Free (Donations are welcome)

Thursday 25 September - Day 1
1.Sean Goh (Singapore)
2.Wendy Phua (Singapore)
3.Edward Cheang (Singapore)
4.Roz Feroz (Singapore)
5.Ismahairie (Singapore)
6.Wil Kolen (Holland)
7. Live Loop Jam (Various Artists)

Friday 26 September - Day 2
1.Eileen Chai (Singapore)
2.Aryan Sani (Singapore)
3.Kasemsmai Wongchayasilpa (Thailand)
4.Jin Matutamtada (Thailand)
5.Riduan/Kailin (Singapore)
6.SA (Singapore)
7.Thorsten Vieth (Germany)

Saturday 27 September - Day 3
1.Kai (Singapore)
2.Weish (Singapore)
3.Para Sabda (USA)
4.Mandoman Hideki (Japan)
5.Randolf Arriola (Singapore)
6.Stylish Nonsense (Thailand)
7.Bani Hykal (Singapore)

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