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Clara Benin opens 2023 with ‘When Harry Met Sally’-inspired track, ‘different…’

2022 has been a great year for Clara Benin. Aside from getting featured on a Times Square billboard in New York ahead of International Women’s Day, the folk darling received two nominations at the recently concluded 8th Wish Music Awards and collaborated with international artists such as British singer-songwriter Lowswimmer. On top of her achievements, Benin also dropped a song called “Affable Dork,” which garnered rave reviews for “adopting a jazz-pop approach.”

REVISITING THE PAST | Ebe Dancel excited to perform alongside Sugarfree drummer Mitch

From the start, at the peak of Sugarfree in the early 2000s, lead vocalist Ebe Dancel never imagined celebrating a 20th anniversary of their first album. It was only when a friend reminded him of it that he realized “Sa Wakas” is going to be two decades old, which has now become an OPM classic that every generation—even the young ones—are familiar with.

Get ready to rock with timeless Filipino bands

Newport World Resorts opens the year with the ultimate jamming experience for OPM fans. Legendary bands are set to rock the stage for a two-night concert series dubbed “Musiko: Timeless Pinoy Bands” featuring back-to-back performances from Itchyworms and Rocksteddy on January 20 and South Border and Neocolours on January 21 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

SOUNDTRACK TO THE APOCALYPSE | Sludge metal band Basalt Shrine drops fiery debut

It is always with great anticipation that I look forward to the new work from the brothers Ronaldo and Ronnel Vivo. Theirs is such a fermentative creative mind that they are constantly producing music whether it be with the Insektlife Cycle (psychedelic), Dagtum (death metal), Abanglupa (hardcore punk), and Imperial Airwaves (post-punk). And all this music is wrapped in between arresting artwork designed by Ronaldo.

KPOPCON, the most prestigious K-POP gathering in PHL is back

After being postponed for two years, the Philippine KPop Convention Inc. (KPOPCONPH) is bringing you back the grandest, longest-running, and most prestigious K-POP gathering in the Philippines. Happening on December 30, 2022 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, KPOPCON 11 is definitely the gathering you would want to attend to end the year with a bang.

A rockin’ concert at the Heart of Manila

Last December 25, 2022 (Christmas Day), Sound Experience Manila (SX Manila) and the National Parks Development Committee organized the holiday concert, “Jingle Bell Rockin’!”, to cap the day of Christmas off. The event was attended by thousands of people, as the audience and fans filled the seats and crowded the Rizal Open-Air Auditorium with enthusiasm and passion for the artists’ performances. The lineup for the concert was comprised by artists and bands from different genres of music, sporting the talents of Blaster Silonga and the Celestial Klowns, Mojofly, Pseudo Red, Wolf Gypsies, Pseudo Red, Hazel with the Brothers De Leon, Chilla Manila, and Gin Rum and Truth.

‘The Sound of Music’ International Tour comes to Manila this March, 2023

Broadway International Group launched a multi-year international tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC in Singapore this Fall. This lavish and popular production of one of the world’s most beloved musicals of all time continues with multi-week stops throughout The Philippines, India, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, with other additional countries to be announced.  

Sibling alt-pop duo No Lore shines with ‘Outlines’ EP

After striking the indie scene with “Paumanhin” and “Papatungo”, together with having their songs featured in the iWantTFC series “Sleep with Me”, the sibling alt-pop duo finally paints us a collection of songs about their musical journey through their debut EP “Outlines”. 

Spotify Wrapped 2022: Zack Tabudlo, Ben&Ben among most streamed OPM artists

Spotify recently unveiled its 2022 Wrapped campaign — announcing the top artists, albums, songs, playlists, and podcasts that showcase the vibrant kaleidoscope of more than 456 million listeners around the world. Spotify users can also find their personalized Wrapped experience, with latest features that celebrate how they soundtracked their year.

A Pawer TM FunPasko Party for everyone? Dasurv!

Christmas is just around the corner again! Did you miss spending those loud and joyful parties with your friends and family in one place, complete with fun and competitive games, exciting raffle prizes, and memorable performances after two years of intimate celebrations at home because of the pandemic? It’s time to bring back the fun of being together and enjoy a well-deserved celebration at the upcoming TM FunPasko Party on December 10, 2022 at Provincial Oval, Kagawasan Freedom Park, Dumaguete City.

LAST SONG SYNDROME | Press Hit Play on making their presence felt in the P-Pop scene

Before they were known as “Press Hit Play,” the P-Pop group was called “PHP”in 2019  to attribute Philippine music. But later in 2020, the boy band announced a new name still maintaining the acronym “PHP” but emerging now as “Press Hit Play.” Lead vocalist Chrls said the reason behind this decision is they wanted to take the group “to a higher level.”

3-day Salo-Salo music festival happening at Enchanted Kingdom

From the creators of Wanderland Music & Arts Festival and concert series Karpos Live, Karpos Multimedia brings you a new Christmas tradition to make your holidays more special! Experience live music, thrilling rides, magical activities, and a jolly celebration for the whole family all wrapped together at the biggest and first theme park music festival in the Philippines—Salo-Salo Fest. Don’t miss this 3-day celebration on December 2, 3, and 4 at Enchanted Kingdom featuring a lineup of 40+ artists!

BANDING TOGETHER | As a duo and now as a band, Bajula ain’t no one and done

Initially, Bajula was supposed to be a duo composed of just Frazier and Vertigo. Despite being in the middle of the pandemic last year, the two worked together in terms of making music by just communicating virtually—a process in which some artists find hard to do. It was an exchange of ideas between the two, and as a result, they ended up making 12 demo tracks.

‘Yes, I Believe’ benefit concert and dinner to officially launch National Nutrition Program 

The Alliance for Healthy Children (AHC) which includes various civic organizations such as: Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees, Midwives and the World Vision and others in partnership with The Manila Hotel will hold a fund-raising concert and formally launch the massive nationwide nutrition program for children at the Tent City of The Manila Hotel on November 26, 2022 at 6:00 pm.

WHITE RAVEN | Jack White beguiles fans in first-ever Manila concert

Jack White first rose to mainstream popularity as the one-half of American punk/blues/garage rock duo The White Stripes, which he formed with his former wife, Meg White in 1997. They released six albums. The band’s chart-topping and award-winning single, “Seven Nation Army,” was lauded by critics as one of the best songs of the 2000s. It remains insanely popular to this day.

DPR: The Regime World Tour happening in Manila

Wake up, dreamers! DPR is officially bringing The Regime World Tour to the Philippines. After hinting Asia-Pacific dates in their tour announcement last April, the entire gang is prepped to take the stage and make their highly anticipated Manila debut on November 30 at The Festival Tent, Alabang.

Experience the most dynamic event happenings with Smart Live 

As live events return to the Philippines with a vengeance, Smart, the Philippines’ fastest and best mobile network, is making sure to bring the most dynamic event experiences as it launches ‘Smart Live,’ which gives subscribers first dibs, exclusive access, and perks in the country’s most epic happenings – from concerts, sports events, plus more.