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Moving on to things worth talking about, we're residing in Orchard Central again! We've invited some of our friends overseas to come join us this time around, like the Philippines' beloved December Avenue or Malaysia's Enterprise, who visited us earlier this year at Laneway. If you couldn't wake up in time for them or you were too busy eating cheesesteaks to watch their set, an intimate showcase in a shopping mall should provide a better setting for you. We're even staying past Orchard Central's usual closing time to host Gema, so if you feel downtempo music goes hand in hand with an empty shopping mall, join us!
There are many great gigs happening this month — many special ones too, like experimental rock band The Observatory doing a one-off show for their Gamelan-themed upcoming album Continuum, Jaime Wong performing in a cat cafe, a beloved US folk-pop act playing in Serangoon Gardens, local bands launching albums at SingJazz Club. Take a look, mark down the ones you want to catch, and remember to get tickets fast!
Following the previous session of live music at Orchard Central, we're back this month with a line-up encompassing our neighbouring countries, featuring some of our favorites from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines..
Catch indie rock band December Avenue, captivating electronica trio Homogenic and Malaysia's Enterprise, who we got to see earlier this year at Laneway. There’s also going to be an exciting lineup of performances from local acts ANECHOIS, Gema, The Good Life Project and The Pinholes. Check out our short feature of what to expect this weekend.
FFO: James Blake, Foals, toe, Au Revoir Simone, The Kinks (there's really something for everybody)
It seems we’ll be seeing more of the Getai series every month now. Following the previous editions that started earlier this year, the folks from Lepark are presenting Getai Underground in the month of July! Expect throbbing bass and groovy breaks with stronger, heavier beats for this series, as producers and beatmakers from Good Times and Darker Than Wax will take over music duties at Lepark this month. Free admission.
For Fans Of: adventurous electronic and hip-hop music
As the event title suggests, Lithe Paralogue will be undergoing some maintenance works, thus lying low and running inactive for the next two months. But before they go, they’ll be giving the place a last blast before the break with seven hard-hitting local bands (Iman’s League, Forests, Xingfoo&Roy, Windtree, Hauste, Travelog and Widower’s Palms). The great mix of bands is gonna make it a worthwhile show on your Saturday night.
FFO: raw, heavy hardcore and punk rock with a dash of DIY
The endearing folk-pop couple that form Us The Duo are back in again this month for an exclusive, acoustic rooftop performance for local fans. Best known for their six-second covers on Vine, Michael and Carissa will be joining beloved local artistes, Gentle Bones and ShiGGa Shay, where they will be bringing you their latest release at the rooftop of Serangoon Gardens for a night of intimate music showcase.
FFO: Tiffany Alvord, Against the Current, Jason Chen
As we’ve previously talked about the increase of bands performing at SingJazz Club, alt-country group Cheating Sons will be celebrating the launch of their latest full-length album on vinyl at the luxurious venue. Get your hands on a copy before they're released for retail, as they’ll be up for a special price on the event day. Enjoy a self-styled "rock n roll performance" from the band up close in the cozy setting with happy hour drink deals.
FFO: My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Wilco
A week after Cheating Sons, The Steve McQueens will take over the stage at SingJazz Club for the launch of their second album, Seamonster. Back from playing at London, the band returns with a set of refined jazz tunes with an ingenious mix of neo-soul and funky beats for local fans.
FFO: Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Snarky Puppy
The Australian producer dropped his well-received debut single 'On & On' earlier this year and is now going on an Asia DJ tour, making Singapore his second stop. This Soft Machine (aka Timothy Sullivan) is a one-man band and DJ is ready with to treat our local audience to his arsenal of tunes that has won dancefloor revellers all over the world. Get ready to groove on a Saturday night with his great disco edits and mixes at OverEasy this month.
FFO: Nicolas Jaar, Aeroplane, Panama
We’ll be seeing the cellist duo this month in our island again for more sensational performances in their On The Road Tour concert. Playing with a revered classic instrument, expect to hear boundary breaking music from 2CELLOS, as they crossover from classical and film music to pop and rock sounds. You might recognise them from their cover of Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal'.
FFO: The Piano Guys, Dallas String Quartet, Break of Reality
Guess many fans would’ve already have got their tickets to the Blurryface tour. Otherwise, don’t miss this golden opportunity to catch the phenomenal US genre-bending duo Twenty One Pilots in their first-ever live concert in Singapore. Thanks to Live Nation Lushington, we’ll be able to witness an exhilarating and energetic show with a setlist of their hit songs by these alternative Billboard darlings.
FFO: Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, AWOLNATION
It’s yet another SG50 initiative – building up to our nation’s 50th birthday, from now till 9 August, there’s gonna be a series of party celebrating the best of Singapore’s underground musicians. This month, there’ll be more drum and bass bangers as notable individuals from Darker Than Wax (Funk Bast*rd, Kaye and FZPZ), Kiat from Syndicate SG, Nez, Anomy, Jaydah and RozakMC will be playing over various locations around the island.
FFO: more adventurous electronic and hip-hop music
Moonbeats Asia will be bringing in the much anticipated indie band BRAIDS. The Canadian label mates of Grimes and Magical Cloudz will be performing at Kilo Lounge this month, showcasing new tracks off their latest record Deep in the Iris. The band’s lead singer Raphaelle Standell saccharine yet powerful vocals adds a dimension to their music that's worth seeing live.
FFO: Jenny Hval, Blue Hawaii, Grimes
To celebrate the The Observatory’s launch of their latest album, Continuum, they’ll be preparing a special concert at The Substation. They’ve sampled exotic sounds from Southeast Asian music, using instruments such as jegogan, pemade, cengceng, reyong set along with acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, synths, drums and vocals, which will all add to a mesmerizing display when the band assembles a set of handpicked musicians for the event.
FFO: La Monte Young, Popul Vuh, Ash Ra Tempel
After their well-received collaboration for our Music Market last year, these two local rock bands will be putting up their show and we expect more stunning collaborative performances from the sibling bands. A fusion between the complex math rock tunes from Sphaeras and the more emotive rock music from Two Seas, it’s going be an exciting collaborative show to check out this month. Highly, highly recommended.
FFO: toe, Circa Survive, Town Portal
Jaime Wong + cats = me-wow! The singer-songwriter will be performing tracks from her self-titled EP while you'll be able to hang around with the cats in the café at The Company of Cats. Cat lovers will not want to miss this show, as you get to enjoy acoustic tracks with the company of kittens in the first cat café located in Chinatown. Also, cats.
Australian Christian worship band, Planetshakers will be bringing their highly-demanded show to Singapore for many church-goers here. Formed in 1997, they have been touring internationally from USA, UK, Australia and several places in Asia. Join them as they deliver passionate worship songs with conviction this month in Singapore.
FFO: Hillsongs United, MercyMe, Casting Crowns
For those who’ve waited months after the postponement of his show in February, Johnny Marr’s concert is finally happening at the end of this month. The founding member of The Smiths, Johnny Marr is here for his first-ever solo concert in Singapore, following from ex-bandmate Morrissey's successful solo concert here in 2012. Apart from his modern rock tracks, hit songs from The Smiths will surely evoke nostalgic feelings for some people. Don't forget the tissues, we're pretty sure he'll play 'There's a Light That Never Goes Out'.
FFO: The Smiths, Oasis, The Courteeners