So how does it feel? Just like that, the first month of 2015 whizzed past without hesitation. We had a dance festival in an abandoned Changi complex, a math-rock extravaganza, an album launch show by a perennial underground favourite and more. Oh yes, there was Laneway too. Who could forget that?
As we enter the prosperous month of February, where our Chinese brothers and sisters usher in the year of the goat, we present a fine selection of dance events, pop concerts, art-infused cultural gigs, total moshfests and The Gathering — probably the best way to spend your Valentine's Day.
Never lose that feeling! Our favourite dance party Poptart sneaks back into the clubs this month. You know you can expect your favourite pop, punk, alternative, postrock, twee, electro, rock and Britpop tunes - basically anything you can dance along to.
FFO (for fans of): indie rock you can dance to at 2am.
All you BIGBANG fangirls, more specifically Taeyang fans, it’s time to come out and pack out the stadium again! Back for a solo show this time, the charismatic Taeyang will be embarking on a world tour for his solo album.
FFO: BIGBANG, T.O.P., basically any and all forms of K-pop
Pop-punk veterans New Found Glory always put on a great show live. Expect a great mix of old anthems and material off their new album at the gig. Also, if you’re thinking of scoring some passes, we might have the solution.
FFO: Taking Back Sunday, Alexisonfire, Four Year Strong
Creative collective WeJungle will be running a series of shows as part of a demolition party for venue, The Mill. Art, music, and other exhibits, it’ll be a good idea to check out the place while it’s still standing.
FFO: an enriched learning experience about the relationship between music and visual art.
As their gift to us, the good guys at Upsurge Productions are holding a free gig with acoustic pop-punk duo This Wild Life at Timbre @ The Substation. Enjoy an intimate evening with Upsurge - there’s gonna be food, music, and great company as well!
FFO: Real Friends, Dashboard Confessional, The Gaslight Anthem
House music legend, Daft Punk collaborator, and Grammy winner Todd Edwards is known for his hypnotic collage of cut-up samples over swung beats and lively disco-flavored baselines. Happening on V-day eve, so bring a date. Or not.
FFO: Joy Orbison, John Talabot, My Nu Leng
A day after Paint The Sky Red’s album launch, our local experimental rock outfit, Calvaire, is finally releasing their debut EP, On The Heights of Despair, at The Lithe Paralogue Studio together with False Plaintiff, ANA, Kaji and Forests. You can stream it on their Bandcamp.
FFO: Rosetta, La Dispute, This Will Destroy You
Fresh after Urbanscapes Festival, Malaysia’s math rock heroes, Dirgahayu will be touring their new album in Japan. Come down to their last show at The Lithe Paralogue Studio before they fly off to the Land of the Rising Sun. With local darlings, The Psalms, A N E C H O I S and sub:shaman playing together, it will be a massive show!
FFO: And So I Watch You From Afar, Tortoise, The Mars Volta
Local post rock band Paint The Sky Red will be launching their album on the 6th of February. Opening the set will be Cut Out Heroes and fresh dark jazz-rock band, Sleeveless.
FFO: Explosions in the Sky, Yndi Halda, Caspian
We’ve already written about it so you know you should go! Located right in the heart of Chinatown in the aged open-air carpark of People’s Park Complex, expect great Singaporean music with the scenic view of one of Singapore’s historical cultural hubs. With a power-packed lineup that includes heady psych-rock (Spacedays), danceable electro-funk (Disco Hue), future-jazz trio TAJ and perennial favourites .gif, we can’t think of a better way to kick off Chinese New’s Year in advance.
FFO: Badbadnotgood, The Robert Glasper Project, Telepopmusik
Speaking of holiday celebrations, The Gathering is opening a call to arms for all couples and single ones alike with refined music tastes on Valentine’s Day with their first eponymous festival. While the lineup includes acts that will provide the perfect soundtrack to a romantic Valentine’s evening, expect an eclectic mix of international artists with our own Charlie Lim and Pleasantry added in as well.
FFO: a well-curated and thoughtful festival lineup
Everyone’s favourite street name-inspired group is back! Having had very successful shows here in the past few years, the YouTube sensations will be performing once again at The Coliseum with their signature brand of pitch-perfect harmonies. Covering contemporary hit after another, they also sport an arsenal of original material that will appeal to fans.
FFO: Against the Current, Jayesslee, David Choi
Well, there’s no more waiting a thousand years for her. Singer-songwriter Christina Perri is coming back as well. While her first show at the Kallang Theatre here three years ago already saw a big crowd, looks like a bigger one is expected as she plays The Coliseum this time. She’ll perform her heartfelt songs like ‘A Thousand Years’ and ‘Jar of Hearts’ and, hopefully, a little new material as well.
FFO: Carly Rae Jepsen, Kelly Clarkson, Birdy
Dubbed as one of the leading figures of the DnB movement, UK musician Goldie has also established himself as the life of the party — playing sets that are vibrant, explosive and full of energy. Expect nothing less. Check out our interview with supporting act Kiat where he names Goldie's Timeless as one of his favorites.
FFO: London Elektricity, Alex Reece, Rudimental
FFO: Have Heart, Expire, Backtrack
FFO: underground local music