Even as the SDP announced that they would not be contesting in the by-election, word came round that the foursome known as Miss A, best known for songs such as Breathe, Good Bye Baby, I Don’t Need A Man and Touch, would be in town for their ‘Independent Showcase’ tour.
They’ll be here on Feb 16, at The Star Performing Arts Centre at 8pm.
Tickets are priced at S$148 (includes Meet & Greet), S$118, S$88 and S$58 and are available at all authorised SISTIC outlets.
There’s no stemming the tide for 2013…
Gareth Nicholas Fernandez. He’s the vocalist of the band known as Monogramme. And he performs for your entertainment. Jan 18 to 20, various timings, Esplanade Concourse. Free.
Michael Veerapen Trio with Rani Singam. A collaboration of Malaysia’s premier jazz trio led by the eminent Michael Veerapen together with Singapore’s sensational Rani Singam on vocals. Jan 18 and 19, 9.30pm, Sultan Jazz Club. Tickets at S$20. Reservations recommended.
Live Lounge. Atlas and Patriot kick of this year’s Live Lounge series at the National University of Singapore. Jan 18, 7.30pm, Plaza at Yusof Ishak House, National University of Singapore. Free.
Bass Freq-Out. Featuring three of Singapore’s most notable bass players – Colin Yong, Melvin Wong and Shaun Seow – this is actually a bass workshop for those who prefer four strings instead of six. Jan 19, 2.30pm to 5.30pm, Barber Shop (next to Timbre @ The Arts House). Tickets at S$10 at the door (includes one drink).
Sally Yeh: Intimately Yours. After a seven-year absence from the touring circuit, the powerhouse singer is all ready to rock. Jan 19, 7.30pm, The Max Pavilion@Singapore Expo Hall 10. Tickets at S$168, S$138, S$118 and S$88 from Sistic.
Wanting Qu. The Canada-based English-Mandarin singer-songwriter is back on our shores with her first full-length concert here, on the back of her debut album, Everything In The World. Jan 19, 8pm, The Star Theatre: The Star Performing Arts Centre. Tickets at S$128 and S$98 from Sistic.
Ungu: Yang Terbaik Untuk Mu. It means “Ungu: The Best To You” and seeing as how they’re razing a storm in Indonesia, we’re probably going to agree that the rockers will definitely put their best foot forward, their shoulder to the wheel, pedal to the metal and all those lovely idioms. Jan 19, 8.30pm, Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets at S$188, S$148, S$118, S$88 and S$68 from Sistic.
Audrey Sings. That’s Audrey Tang, by the way (yes, the drummer for Tessera), showing that she has an impressive set of pipes. She performs with pianist Mario Serio and saxophonist Terrence Francisco. Jan 19, 8pm, Astor Bar, St Regis Hotel. Free entry.
True Love Forever. Does true love really last forever? Singers Yu Tian and Li Ya Ping will answer that question while singing the songs that made them household names. Jan 20, 8pm, Esplanade Theatre. Tickets at S$138, S$118, S$98, S$68 and S$48 from Sistic.
Sean Harrison. A regular on the nightspot circuit, he performs for everybody’s entertainment. Jan 21 and 22, 7.15pm & 8.15pm, Esplanade Concourse. Free.
The Ataris. The band was formed in 1991, two decades after the Atari company developed their first computer video game (although they went by a different name back then – the company, not the band). And now they’ll be here. Jan 22, 7pm, The Boiler Room @ St. James Power Station. Tickets at S$75 from Sistic.
Godzilla. Not the giant monster that flattened Tokyo, but a foursome formed early in 2011 who’ve been making some noise since then. Definitely an up-and-coming to watch. Jan 23, 7.15pm & 8.15pm, Esplanade Concourse. Free.
Marcel Lee Pereira. He is a singer-songwriter from Singapore. He is one half of indie band The Glad Stones. He will be performing for the entertainment of everybody present. Jan 24 and 25, 7.15pm & 8.15pm, Esplanade Concourse. Free.
Seyra. A local quartet who appear to keep going from strength to strength. They’ve recently released their new EP, Send Me On + Jauh. Jan 26 and 27, 5.15pm, 6.15pm & 7.15pm, Esplanade Concourse. Free.
Laneway Festival. It’s more fun in the sun (or rain) at Gardens By The Bay as bands like Alt J, Bat For Lashes, Gotye, Kimbra, Kings Of Convenience, Of Monsters & Men, Real Estate and Tame Impala take to the stage. Jan 26, noon onwards, The Meadow @ Gardens By The Bay. Tickets at S$145 from Sistic.
AMeiZing Encore. Surely one of the top pop vocalists from Asia, A-Mei is back with her encore concert, although I wouldn’t expect it to be the same concert she did the last time she was here. But you’re guaranteed a good time. Jan 26, 8pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets at S$228, S$198, S$168, S$138, S$98, S$88 and S$38 from Sistic.
F.I.R. It’s been three years since their last big tour and Faye, Ian and Real promise to pull no punches for this gig. Jan 26, 8pm, The Max Pavilion @ The Singapore Expo. Tickets at S$158, S$138, S$118 and S$88 from Sistic.
Journey: Celebrating 20 Years of Music, Friendship & Community. No, not the band who sang songs like Faithfully and Open Arms. Rather, it’s symphonic outfit West Winds, which celebrates 20 years of journeying. Jan 27, 5pm, Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets at S$15 from Sistic.
Take Two. Take Two is actually made up for five people, which means, mathematically, that the whole is greater than the sum of its part. Jan 28 and 29, 7.15pm & 8.15pm, Esplanade Concourse. Free.
The Stars From The Commitments. Well, not all of them. Kevin McCluskey and Dick Massey are the only two stars featured in that marvellous movie adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s book, The Commitments. But if it’s good soul music yer lookin’ fer, then this is it. Jan 29, 7.30pm, Timbre @ The Arts House. Free (but one drink minimum).
Big Night Out. If you didn’t get your indie fix at Laneway, then you’ll like this one, featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and Band Of Horses. Jan 30, 7pm, Fort Canning Park. Tickets at S$125 (S$140 at the door) from Sistic.
Live Lounge. Part II of the music concert series see The Sam Willows and Dru Chen taking the stage. Jan 30, 7.30pm, Green @ U Town, National University of Singapore. Free.
The Huckleberry Friends. Deriving their name from the song, Moon River, the trio – Xue Yi, Marcus and Jonathan – will perform for the delectation of everyone. Jan 30 and 31, 7.15pm & 8.15pm, Esplanade Concourse. Free.
Sabbath, that is. Yes, Black Sabbath announced today that their new album will be coming out in June. Titled 13, the album will feature original Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, according to Rolling Stone.
Apparently, it’s the first studio album together since 1978′s Never Say Die!, although it’s not quite a full-on reunion: Bill Ward dropped out of Black Sabbath projects last May, and drummer Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine will step in.
The album was mostly recorded in Los Angeles, with renowned producer Rick Rubin. And the band is slated to go to New Zealand, Australia and Japan to tour in advance of the album.
The nonet known as Girls Generation released their album, I Got A Boy. In the album, there’s a track called Dancing Queen. Is it their bright and perky cover of that old Abba hit?
It’s their remake of Duffy’s hit, Mercy. The video for the album’s title track has now breached the 22 million mark, in just over a week. While the Dancing Queen video, which also employs a similar opening to the I Got A Boy video has just passed the 5 million mark, in under a month.
In the latter video, the Girls find a device that transports them back in time to a very ’50s looking milk bar (or as a colleague put it, Pop Tate’s Chock’lit Shoppe). The thing is, the date on the device states: “2008″.
Strange? Can’t they tell time? Or was 1950s furnishing a big thing in 2008 in South Korea?
No, it’s not like that at all. The Girls recorded the tune in 2008, intending to release it as a single to their mini-album then, but due to copyright issues, they couldn’t, and replaced it with Gee instead. In a couple of shots, the girls are decked out in the same white T/jeans combination as used in the Gee video.
So now you know.
In case you don’t know yet, the Singapore-Korean girl group SKarf, who were in town last week for the New Year’s Eve concert, have been chosen to be part of the line-up as ambassadors for Samsung’s Galaxy camera.
As part of the Samsung “I Was There” campaign, one lucky fan was chosen as a “Samsung reporter”, to enjoy a shopping spree with SKarf in Gangnam style. Okay, it was in Gangnam bit of Seoul last year.
Until Jan 28, Samsung fans can log onto Samsung Mobile Singapore Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SamsungMobileSingapore) to like, share and comment on photo highlights posted, to win two Samsung GALAXY Cameras.
Don’t say we didn’t tell you.
It’s David Bowie’s birthday today.
For those who still don’t know who he is, ask Yahoo! or Google for help.
The man turns 66 and what does he do? Instead of just receiving pressies, he’s given out one: In the form of a new single, Where Are We Now?
It’s done in Bowie’s inimitable style, produced by Tony Visconti, accompanied by an equally inimitable music video by Tony Oursler, and it’s the precursor to his album, The Next Day, which will drop in March.
Considering that he’s nary had a peep music-wise, this is surely a boon for fans everywhere.
“The moment you know, you know you know” he sings in the song. Well, we definitely know now. And we’re counting down the days.
(photo: Jimmy King)