Thursday, February 26, 2015
Bear Culture - comprising Nur Amira Khairil Anuar (vocals), Jayme Lim (lead guitar), Muhammad Shahrin Syazwan (guitar), Muhammad Khair Safaruan (bass) and Niki Koh (drums) - are releasing their self-titled debut album on 21 March 2015.
Armed with a burly flair for the fanciful, riotous sense of humour, and diverse technical specializations, Bear Culture was formed with five members united over a common love for using rock instrumentation for more than just rock music.
The quintet’s sound have roots in alternative rock, with elements of 1980s rock, metal, and modern pop sensibilities thrown in, which results in a modern, pummeling, eclectic concoction which is sure to reverberate with listeners.
Fresh from the completion of their eponymous debut album, Bear Culture is itching to release the fruits of their labour. Driven by smooth, soaring vocal melodies and velocious guitar solos, the release includes the debut single ‘Premonition’, and crowd favourites ‘Valkyrie’ and ‘Cheesecake’.
Set to be released digitally on iTunes and Bandcamp on the 21 March and physical copies available on the following day at the launch party at the Esplanade Theatre Studio, the band is excited to share the results of their hopes and dreams. Driving the debut, self titled release is their debut single, ‘Premonition’, which a music video was shot for.
Bear Culture - "Premonition" music video
Filled with both aggressive, hard-hitting bouts and melodically powerful passages, the 11-track release promises to take the listener on a trip through the vast creative capabilities of the band. The various styles of songwriting reflect this, with tracks like the funky, upbeat ‘Cheesecake’ drawing a stark contrast to the epics that are ‘Valkyrie’ and ‘Mannequin’.
Produced and recorded over a period of three years and a few lineup changes along the way, the album is a result of fortitude and sheer willpower not to let anything get in the way of producing the album. “It was tough, and many times I felt like giving up. But we were stubborn and it paid off,” said lead guitarist and co-producer Jayme Lim. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mark Spencer with co-producers Jayme Lim, Utha Kumanan and Eugene Yip, the album is assured to be aurally pleasant.
Singapore’s biggest hip-hop collective, Grizzle Grind Crew (GGC) turns TWO in March 2015.
To mark this occasion, the Crew is partnering with Singapore’s leading youth hub *SCAPE to throw a big party. The boys will be performing their previous hits and tunes from their upcoming individual albums. As with their debut show in 2013 and the #1stGGC Anniversary show in 2014, they have invited a few guests to celebrate the occasion.
Indie folk-pop act Gentle Bones and Singapore’s Malaysia-crossover pop sensation Sleeq will make a special appearance as well. Malaysia’s biggest rapper Joe Flizzow will be throwing down his jams and the Crew will be announcing their final international guest within the next 2 weeks!
In conjunction with SGMUSO and *SCAPEmusic (the music programming pillar of *SCAPE), the Crew will be putting together a series of workshops where youths are able to learn from the Crew about Rapping, DJ-ing and Music Video-making. There will also be a panel ‘On My Grind’ where international guests will share how they have built their Hip-Hop careers and what inspires them to pursue their passions.
The party series Grizzle Grind Loose Juice will be making its return on Thursday 2 April (eve of Good Friday) at Phuture @ Zouk Singapore. Expect a night of Hip-Hop, Trap and Moobathon mayhem as the boys and their guests throw down party tunes the whole night!
CONFESSTIVAL X #2ndGGC Anniversary [A *SCAPEmusic Programme]
Venue: *SCAPE The Ground Theatre (2 Orchard Link Singapore 237978)
Date: Sunday 5 April 2015
DJ, Rap & Music Video Production Workshops [A *SCAPEmusic Programme]
Venue: *SCAPE (Various Venues)
Date: Sunday 5 April 2015
egistration: 1:30pm (Admission by registration on *SCAPERS portal)
Behind The Scenes: On My Grind [A *SCAPEmusic Programme]
Venue: *SCAPE The Colony, Level 4
Date: Sunday 5 April 2015
Registration: 3:30pm (Admission by registration on *SCAPERS portal)
Zouk X GGC presents Loose Juice - #2ndGGC Anniversary pre-party
With DJ Ghetto (feat. DJ NashD & DJ LeNERD)
Venue: Phuture @ Zouk Singapore (17 Jiak Kim Street, Singapore 169420)
Date: Thursday 2 April 2015
Admission: Cover charges apply
Malaysian math rock outfit Dirgahayu will be performing at The Lithe Paralogue Studio this Saturday, 28 February. They will be supported by three awesome bands - the Psalms, ANECHOIS and sub:shaman.
Dirgahayu first emerged in July 2013 as a three-piece instrumental math rock outfit. The band hit the scene with a single release "Bahawasa-nya" - four minutes of organised chaos, robust guitar attacks, and exuberant drum beats punctuated by intense abrupt transitions.
Date: 28 February 2015
Venue: The Lithe Paralogue (1B Aliwal Street, Singapore 199894)
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
|Old Kallang Airport (1960)|
Freeflow Productions, an awardee of Discovery Channel’s First Time Filmmakers Project, is leading a 22-minute documentary on the sleepy neighbourhood of Dakota Crescent.
The pioneering housing estate, with all the old school Singapore charm, is set to be redeveloped end 2016. The documentary hopes to showcase the unique community spirit that is present in Singaporean housing estates. It also aims to shed light on how people cope with change and trade-offs in modern-day Singapore.
The highlight of the documentary will be a block party “Remembering Dakota Crescent” at Blk 12, Dakota Crescent on Sunday 8 March 2015, organized with the help of Aging Youth.
There will be music, bazaar and a photo exhibition. Pop acappella group MICappella, rapper ShiGGa Shay, electronic duo .gif and rock band Cashew Chemists will dish out the entertainment.
Freeflow Productions’ documentary, (tentatively titled) "Café Hope" will be screened on Discovery Channel in August 2015. Here’s where they need your help! They are looking for old photos of Dakota Crescent and the Kallang area. Selected photos will be displayed at the photo exhibition. Photos of all sizes and colour (full colour/ B&W) will be accepted. Please contact Sarah Zoe at email@example.com if you would like to share your fondest memories with them.
What would be good:
- Photos of iconic buildings
- Photos of people and family members
- Photos of Dakota Crescent estate
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
|Photo by: Lisa Carletta|
French songbird, Emilie Simon will be performing her first ever concert in Singapore on 23 March 2015 at *SCAPE The Ground Theatre.
Born in Montpellier in Southern France, Emilie Simon is known for her bold, experimental blend of electronic and pop music, tied together with arresting vocals that draw comparison to musical legends such as Kate Bush and Björk. Throughout her musical career, Emilie Simon has won 3 awards at the prestigious Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent of the Grammy Awards), including Electronic/Groove/Dance album of the year in 2004 and 2007, and also Original Film or Television Soundtrack of the Year for her work on the soundtrack of the documentary ‘La marche de l'empereur’ (March of the Penguins).
As part of her Asian tour in 2015, this will be Emilie Simon’s first ever concert in Singapore, where she is set to captivate the audience with her signature sound.
Venue: *SCAPE The Ground Theatre, Singapore
Date: Monday 23 March 2015
Tickets: Early-Bird $60, At the Door $75
Tickets available via Peatix: http://emiliesimon.peatix.com/
Monday, January 5, 2015
The Psalms will be releasing their first full length, "People Eating People", on 10 January 2015 when they perform at the Esplanade outdoor theatre.
The Psalm's music has been described by France's Voxpop as “rhythmic potency in metal sounds with guitars blending both hardcore and noise and a voice, simliar to that of Camelia Jordana calling us into singing, shouting and story telling”.
The Jakarta Post's Ari Ernesto Purnama called them "Singapore' prog-rock jewel" and "Sun Ra with rock riffs and jazz improv ala Miles Davis".
Visceral and unrelenting, The Psalms are, in our book, one of the most invigorating live acts around on our island at the moment. Catch them on 10 January at the Esplanade outdoor theatre at 7:30pm, 8:45pm and 10pm. Each set is 45 minutes long and is free to the public.
Friday, December 26, 2014
New York-based Singaporean singer-songwriter, Tammy Ying, is releasing her debut EP, "Secrets", in January 2015.
The four-track pop EP is produced by New York-based Robbie J. Guariglia, who has had releases on Atlantic and Universal Records. All the songs are penned by Tammy. She also played all the keyboards on the record.
After completing high school at Raffles Junior College in Singapore, Tammy went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she dual majored in Piano Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production. She graduated Summa cum Laude in August 2013 armed with a Bachelor of Music, and moved to Virginia where she performed at Busch Gardens Williamsburg for the Howl-O-Scream season. Following that, she made the move to New York City, where she has been performing and teaching over the past year.
Throughout her musical career, Tammy has performed at many musical venues in Singapore and the USA, such as the Esplanade (Singapore), Pianos, Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End (New York). In addition to leading her own band, she has played keys for a number of singer-songwriters, such as Daphne Khoo and Laura Lee Bishop, and is currently the resident keyboardist for singer-songwriters Evan Nachimson, and Dottie Scharr.
"Secrets" is scheduled for release in January 2015 and will be available for purchase on iTunes and CDBaby, and available for streaming on Spotify.
For more information on Tammy Ying visit:
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Singapore rock band Caracal are launching their second album, "Welcome The Ironists", on 18 December at the Substation.
The music video for the title track, directed by Leonard Soosay, was released last week.
For tickets and more info about the album launch gig, visit: http://kittywurecords.wordpress.com/events/caracal-album-launch-2014/
Date: Thursday, 18 December 2014
Venue: The Substation, 45 Armenian Street
Time: Doors open at 7pm / Show starts at 7:30pm with support act Silhouette
Entry: $25 (online), $35 (show day), $40 (online + CD bundle)
Caracal - "Welcome The Ironists"