‘Queen of Emotions’ Moira dela Torre sings more than...

YOU know you have discovered a gem when someone’s songs have the power to pierce through your heart and embrace your being; when he...

Sadcore from Crushing Love, CRWN’s Orchid, and 3 ‘Fête’ fresh faces

CRWN Orchid THE years have been unkind to instrumental music. There’s still post-rock, which attracts indie kids, and lounge jazz that appeals to an older sparse...

New Era, Gloc-9 team up for Pinoy-themed cap collection

ONE of the leading names in street fashion and culture, New Era proudly unveiled their first-ever local collaboration with one of the country’s most...

Calebral launches 5th studio double-album

I WAS guzzling a few beers at my then-girlfriend’s gig in a dark, crammed bar in Mandaluyong City when I was first introduced to...

Best OPM bands + mobile app for Fête de la Musique...

FOR its 24th edition, Fête de la Musique will continue its tradition of producing several main performance stages on June 23, 29 and 30...

Gracenote gives love back to their fans

IT’S been 10 years since they first got together, but Gracenote still exudes the same impact to the fans. Every gig of the band...

A taste of Orange & Lemons, Kazaki, BuwanBuwan Collective and...

ORANGE & LEMONS Love In The Land Of Rubber Shoes & Dirty Ice Cream (15th Anniversary Edition) COMMON wisdom suggests that a debut album is a...

EXCLUSIVE: Rune Kristofferson talks about Fra Lippo Lippi’s newest release

IF you scour independent record stores or check the Facebook pages of online vinyl sellers in the Philippines, among the most sought-after records are...

One great ‘Fête’ for Pinoy music

FOURTEEN artists, 10 genres. Free admission at the Rizal Park. Everyone is invited to come together and celebrate music at the Rizal Park open-air...

Dream Poppin’ Megumi Acorda, Sunrise Chasin’ FlipMusic, “changing moods” with The...

MEGUMI ACORDA Unexpectedly SOMETIMES, heavy can be bent beautifully to channel softer impulses. On their four-track debut EP, five-piece OPM band Megumi Acorda summons the...

Earth Day Jam makes successful comeback

AS the longest-running music event for the environment, Earth Day Jam returned to Quezon City on April 28 as thousands of jammers took their...

The Black Vomits: At their crossroads

IT was past 9 p.m. on a hot and humid Friday, and the members of post-punk band The Black Vomits were getting ready to...

Bilinda Butchers light up MNL with their brand of dream pop

THE Bilinda Butchers’ vocalist and guitarist Michael Thomas Palmer stepped out of the 20:20 Bar in Makati and lit a cigarette. “We just got back...

New from Jethro Sandico, Prayer of Endurance; throwbacks from Joey Ayala, D’Sound

JETHRO SANDICO Isolation Coast Patterns, symmetry, calls and responses cohabit among the spaces of Jethro Sandico’s ambient explorations. Sandico tells SoundStrip his influences include dark ambient...

Pepe Smith Rockfest: It’s time

EVEN at a “ripe” 70 years of age, Joey “Pepe” Smith isn’t exactly going quietly into the night... “I got some rock and roll left...

Cowboy Grill pays it forward with [email protected]

IF  there is a resto-bar in the metro that most of us could relate to because of the unforgettable night-outs, gimmicks and entertainment with...

Rockin’ 60s, Jun Polistico serenade in charity concert

TWO of the country’s music industry gems—Rockin’ 60s band and Jun Polistico— sang their hearts out during the 14th Women with Disabilities-W.O.M.A.N.: A Concert For...

More than just drum beats

FILIPINO audiences were treated to a series of riveting shows from April 19 to 22 at the concert hall of the Kia Theatre in...

‘SarBay’ Festival: Southern sound-strip

IN an archipelago of more than 7,000 isles and an infinity of powdery beaches, good music enhances the island vibe and provides entertainment to the...

Obet Rivera: Life of a Pinoy musician in Singapore

We were sitting at the bar of the Hard Rock Café-Singapore with Obet Rivera, a Filipino musician who has called the island nation his...