Asian-American YouTube sweetheart Kina Grannis has recently announced that she will be holding a showcase in Singapore on the 18th of June at Hood bar and cafe at 7pm.
The last time she was supposed to come to Singapore on tour, she along with Singaporean singer-songwriter Gentle Bones and several others were held in Jakarta due to issues with their performance permit.
This time, she'll be in Singapore filming for the upcoming film adaptation of the novel Crazy Rich Asians, and decided to make up for lost time with a gig here while she was at it!
During the performance Kina will be playing some of her new songs as well as old favourites such as Valentine, and will be headlining alongside opening acts such as Imaginary Future and The Facade.
Doors open at 7pm, and tickets are going for $68 a pop. See you there!
Find out more about Kina's Singapore performance on her website, and get tickets here.
Kina's message to Singapore fans!
Listen to Kina's new single "When will I learn"
Attention all music lovers in Singapore! Remember the notion of those headbanging, indie rock concerts that used to exist before all this K-Pop nonsense started? Well in fact, they do still exist, and the band that does it best in my opinion is coming right to your doorstep to ensure you a night of rocking tunes and a hell of a lot of headbanging.
Taiwanese indie rock band Gigantic Roar although young entries into a thriving and competitive independent music scene, have snowballed critical acclaim since the release of their first official EP “Climbing up the birdy tower” in 2014. Upon entering the scene, the newcomers were even nominated for ‘Best Live Performance’ that year at the prestigious Golden Indie Music Awards, before clinching the title the following year when they were nominated once again.
Speaking from experience, I was absolutely amazed at how these four guys were able to get the crowd going with nothing more than their wits about them and a deep, striking passion for music. I’ve been to many concerts, and none have rivalled the electricity their live performances generate; something that comes from pure, unadulterated good music.
They’ll be performing in Singapore on the 14th of December at Switch by Timbre and will also be featuring guest performers Felix Felicis. The latter is a band consisting of an eclectic yet talented mix of musicians from other well known indie bands such as Elephant Gym, Chocolate Tiger, Come on! Bay Bay! as well as one member from Gigantic Roar. The talented quartet have already released their own debut album “A Bunch of Assholes” only six months into their debut as a band, a mean feat in itself. They call themselves a "special project" that may be wrapping up their act soon, so this may be your last chance to experience their unique chemistry in person.
Special guest: Felix Felicis
Certainly, in my opinion any show of Gigantic Roar's is well worth watching; a bunch of young go-getters who have been fed on a diet of some of the best and most creative music that Taiwan has to offer, what more could you want?
With it being their first time in Singapore, show them some love and come support these passionate and dedicated musicians, won’t you?
<em>Gigantic Roar will be performing at Switch! By Timbre in Singapore on the 14th of December at 7pm to 8.30pm. Entrance is free and they will be flanked by guest performers Felix Felicis. </em>
By Jocelle Koh
It was a cool evening as I hurried to Tan Quee Lan street to check out the homecoming stop of SG MUSO’s exhibition Singapore: Inside Out featuring some of the nation’s notable artists and creative types. My friend, an architect by trade strolled lazily through the maze of art instalments in admiration, iPhone at the ready while I scurried ahead with just one aim on my mind: Charlie Lim.
As most readers may be well aware, my expertise clearly lies within music of the Chinese persuasion, so what’s the big deal about this Charlie Lim? The singer-songwriter initially caught my attention with his physical semblance to Hong Kong muso Khalil Fong (Note: VERY much my type), but managed to retain it with his eclectic yet seamless fusion of electro-pop, R&B, soul and rock. But it was in fact his poetic and beautiful lyrics that dealt the final blow, winning me over completely. Intrigued also by his Singaporean-Australian background, seeing him perform live for the first time was definitely on my to-do list for my end-of-year trip back to Singapore.
And Lim certainly did not disappoint. Accompanied by a band of four, he breezed his way through a six-piece set during which he maintained a remarkable equilibrium between technical consistency and musical showmanship that few can master. Between songs, Charlie took the time to interact with the audience, throwing out fast, awkward quips and anecdotes about nothing much in particular which usually tailed off into an undecipherable mumble. Frankly, he doesn’t seem one for small talk, but his efforts certainly endeared him to the audience nonetheless. Though not much of a sweet talker, his vocals and body language albeit subtly yet strongly command the presence of the venue, rendering it that much more intimate.
Kicking off the set with “Pedestal”, a funky and jazz-influenced piece from his debut EP, the performance was off to a festive start. With vocals pumped full of Adam Levine-style masculine sass and band improvs that were hard-hitting and full of bite, the song certainly created a groove that just kept going, leaving audiences on a high long after the song had finished. After somewhat entertaining the crowd with the exploits of his absent band members, Lim jumped into one of the tracks from his latest album Time/Space, “Conspiracy”, which featured his electronically-altered vocals against the backdrop of a rock arrangement, blending the grounded, fast-paced feeling of rock with an ethereal quality in a way that explores the dichotomies of time and space in a simple yet clever way.
His third song, a jazz-soul piece called “What can I do” saw Charlie’s versatile vocals taking the lead, unleashing a more soulful, passionate and spontaneous side to the slight singer that I didn’t know he had. Transforming in an instant from sensitive soft crooner to rough-throated powerhouse, Lim proved to audiences that he was as much a talented and charismatic vocalist as he was a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Nicknamed “The Airplane Song”, Charlie went on to perform his first single from his latest Time/Space album “I only tell the truth”, transitioning smoothly back into his cool and collected image. A little pitchy on the high notes at the beginning, I wasn’t too fussed given the amazing crescendo Charlie had pulled off in the previous song. He soon got back into the rhythm of things, backed by an abstract, electronic-themed arrangement that created points of revelation amidst a reflective, timeless yet almost tangible atmosphere.
Nearing the end of his set, Lim performed crowd favourite “Bitter”, a tune with a folky, John Mayer-esque melody, and an arrangement with elements of Jazz, experimental electronica and rock. I especially loved the abrupt slowing down of tempos within the second half of the song which eked emotions out of every single note; entertaining indulgence by seemingly slowing down time. Lim ended the set on a personal favourite of mine, a single from his latest album called “Knots”, bringing his performance to an even more perfect closure. One of the more rock-influenced tracks on his album, its no surprise to those who know me why this was one of my favourites. With a rhythm that never lets up and Charlie’s throaty vocals that are absolutely to die for, what’s not to love?
One of the most important things that I look out for when critiquing any performance is confidence. Not merely how confident the performer is, but how much confidence the audience has in their ability to pull off a successful performance. Music at its core is a form of entertainment, a way for audiences to seek pleasure and relaxation. If the audience feels nervous for the performer, and anticipate their mistakes then in my opinion the performer has failed at their task. With the advent of recording technology, it is now rare to see performers who truly instill confidence in me. However, Charlie Lim is certainly one of the rare few. Cool, calm and collected, Lim radiates a kind of introverted confidence that stems from an unwavering focus and dedication to his music. And that’s enough to keep me coming back for more.
Charlie Lim-I only tell the truth (Music Video)
Charlie Lim will be guesting at Lenka’s Singapore show on the 1st of December. Check out his Facebook for upcoming events and updates. His latest album “Time/Space” is now available on iTunes, Bandcamp and Spotify.
SG Muso's Singapore: Inside Out Live Showcase is on in Singapore now until the 6th of December. Go to their Facebook for more information.
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