Author: Radio Heatwave
Chicago opened in Singapore on the night of the 8th of February at the MasterCard Theatres for its latest international tour. For this production, Chicago had an overall stage setting that was sophisticated; comprising of elevated platforms in the middle of the stage that featured an 11-piece orchestra and a rousing conductor. The platforms function as entrances and exits of various locations in the musical, with most of the action taking place on the forestage. Having watched musicals such as Wicked and Hairspray, which boasted elaborate, colourful and continually-changing sets, the set of Chicago may look dull at first glance. However, as the musical progresses, the set is brought alive by the effervescent characters and vaudeville dancers.
Dubbed “the singing cop” and even “Asian Ed Sheeran”, singer-songwriter Lewis Loh, otherwise known as LEW went viral when the SPF uploaded a video of him singing a National Day theme song on their Facebook page. The video became so popular that even the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong himself took to his own Facebook page to share it, commenting that it was a “beautiful rendition”.
In need of a break? Don’t fret! The groovy tracks (an adventurous and exceptional harmony of Bossa Nova and shoegaze) from band, Specific Islander, will definitely take you on a vacation, even if it is just for a while.
Despite citing “disappointment” as their main influence, emo/math rock band Forests does anything but disappoint. While the three-piece band, consisting of members Darell (bassist and vocalist), Adam (guitarist and vocalist) and Niki (drummer), might seem carefree and jovial through their fun and quirky social media posts, a different side of them is reflected in their music. The quartet released their first EP, “worst beach vacation ever, circa 1997”, in July 2015. The debut EP came with three songs, “who cares really”, “cirrus clouds” and “dakota”.
Canvas Conversations is bound to start conversations with their creative and colourful music style. Much like a skilled artist painting across a canvas in many colours, the band explores and experiments with all types of sounds and textures under the electronic genre. The quartet consists of Bings, Jeff, Namie and Vick.
Previously the front man of ‘JJ and The Paperplanes’, JJ Ong, decided that it was not the end of his music career after the band disbanded in 2015. He rose back as a solo artiste, now calling himself Falling Feathers.
Three shows, nine sets, and ten hours of local music was celebrated at * ScapeTheInvasion 2016 at the *SCAPE Singapore’s Ground Theatre on Dec 17, 2016.
Japanese music blasted throughout the convention centre as photographers ran around trying to snap pictures of cosplayers dressed as various characters from their favourite animes and mangas. Fans squealed at the sight of their favourite characters and the sound of the favourite music. These are the various activities that usually go on at the annual Anime Festival Asia (AFA). For the eighth year running, AFA was held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre from 26 November to 28 November 2016.
The words ‘dream’ and ‘angst’ aren’t often paired up, but one would be surprised to see (or hear, rather) how perfectly they go together after listening to the whimsical music of Subsonic Eye, accompanied by cryptic lyrics laced with distress.