Manila loves Lany 

AMERICAN indie-pop band LANY recently held not just one, but two sold-out shows at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on April 5 and 6. Considered a milestone...

Paying it forward with Midlife Crisis Band

Musicians are probably the most fervent human beings you would ever meet. They mostly operate by passion and create auditory masterpieces solely driven by...

‘Interactive’ Earth Day Jam 2018, returns to QC Memorial Circle

THE longest-running music event for the environment, Earth Day Jam 2018 returns to one of its original concert venues—the Quezon City Memorial Circle—on April...

A Sandwich (concert) to remember

Raymund MARASIGAN related an anecdote to the crowd that packed the Metrotent on April 13 for Sandwich’s twentieth anniversary concert, Under the Glow of...

The Republicats connect; Japsuki, Ruru sell sanctuary from the mundane

THE REPUBLICATS Disconnected Five million down-strokes removed from the Ramones’ first album and 10,000 miles away from Calypso’s birthplace, Pinoy band Republicats give punk and...

It’s Record Store Day Pilipinas on April 21

INDIE music fans and vinyl record collectors of all stripes are expected to troop to the UP Town Center along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon...

His album on the horizon

IT’S a quiet afternoon along Maginhawa Street inside Teachers Village in Diliman, Quezon City. Too early for a beer, or even an electric performance—never...

Two-day concert pays tribute to Murakami-inspired music

ON March 23 and 24, “Listen to” Murakami concerts brought to life the passion for music of novelist Haruki Murakami at the BGC Performing...

Reggae’s Lady I Returns, Fern Debuts with Downbeat Funk

LADY I Brave Ones Reggae isn’t the kind of musical force it was in the ‘70s when Bob Marley took it beyond the Caribbean to eventually...

PHL’s Legarda

FILIPINO band Legarda will come out in a split record with The Saddest Landscape (TSL), a group from Boston, USA. Along with Legarda, the...

‘Synesthetic’ Yeng Constantino; melodic punks Neverdie out soon

YENG CONSTANTINO Synesthesia THE title of this new album refers to a phenomenon when one’s senses like seeing or hearing triggers another separate sensation....

Presenting, Pinoy ska punk band: The Republicats

THE song Itaas Ang Kamao (Raise Your Fist) gained popularity during the 2016 national elections. Call it great timing or a lucky break, it...

The many surprises of a Scandal…live!

JUST like many other J-rock bands, Scandal was introduced to local audiences by way of original soundtracks carried by popular anime series such as...

Sandwich marks ‘XX’

WHEN Sandwich got together in 1998, the plan was that… there was no plan. The group was simply a bunch of like-minded music fans who...

What Easter means to our OPM musicians

SOUNDSTRIP asked music personalities the meaning of Easter to them and the way they celebrate that important day for Christianity. While we did not exactly...

Life and Times of Arthur Manuntag

MENTION the name of the late Arthur Manuntag—the tall, pony-tailed local crooner—and immediately, images of him as “the Tony Bennett of the Philippines” come...

‘Fusionesque’ Miles Experience; flame-throwing Slapshock

MILES EXPERIENCE Soberhaul THE second album from fusion/pop-jazz inclined Miles Experience is likely to draw comments of “diluted and shallow.” It’s easy to find fault in...

The trouble with ‘The Curve’

"OUR new album is going to be entitled Gardenero,” shared Dystocia Curve lead singer Bong Banal. “For those who harbor hate. ” The other members...

Haruki Murakami: Jazz, classical music and The Beatles

THE Japan Foundation- Manila is pleased to present the first-ever Haruki Murakami Festival in Manila: Experience his works through Music, Films and Talks that will run...

The Late Isabel’s post-goth debut; Cheats’ sophomore stunner

THE LATE ISABEL Imperial The reigning goths in the local indie scene are back—though not exactly with the cold embrace of the undead. Instead, there’s...