by Shazwan Zulkiffli

Music For Cars by The 1975

The 1975  cemented their place in the indie rock hierarchy when their second record I Love It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of remedied with contemporary music fans worldwide. That record is one beast to beat, but we are confident that Matt Healy is able to come up with something as tragic and heartbreaking as his previous works – or better.

Combat Sports by The Vaccines

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Once lauded as one of the best alternative bands during the Britpop decline, The Vaccines impressed with back to back hit albums What Do You Expect From The Vaccines and Come of Age. Sadly, their last album English Graffiti didn’t live up to the hype that the previous two promised, but after releasing two Come of Age-sounding singles in ‘I Can’t Quit’ and ‘Nightclub’, The Vaccines are back at putting fans at the edge of their seats.

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TBA by Arctic Monkeys

There’s three types of Arctic Monkeys fans: pre-AM fans, AM fans, and fans who can enjoy both eras without making a fuss. Regardless of the obvious split in their fanbase, news that the Coolest Monkeys in the Arctic will be coming back with a new album excites us all. Will they bring their ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ sound back? Maybe more of coffee shop rock n roll like AM? Or will Alex Turner break his own heart again and write something like ‘Suck It And See?’ We’ll know very soon.

Mitsubishi Macchiato by Vampire Weekend

It’s been 5 years since our favorite campus Vampires released a record suitable for our daily commute. Speaking of commute, this time Vampire Weekend might just bring a Mitsubishi to the show. In the wake of Rostam Batmanjig’s departure, Ezra Koenig has announced that they’re busy conjuring something in the Vampire lair somewhere, and the only thing that’s certain is that it will be called Mitsubishi Macchiato.

Boarding House Reach by Jack White

Lazaretto helped Jack White reached heights he has never been before with The White Stripes/ The Dead Weather/ The Raconteurs, but he has gone to space and beyond to produce his new album, Boarding House Reach. If you put aside ‘Connected by Love’, Jack White has gone full on bass and bongos for this new album, that has divided his fans. But let’s be a bit positive, because Jack never disappoints right?

Little Dark Age by MGMT

The most celebrated duo in 2007 has returned with new material, starting with the ‘Little Dark Age’. But from the two new songs, what we’re sure of is that Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser have been smoking some seriously exotic designer stuff off late, because they are ridiculously amazing and original. We can’t wait for the whole ‘experience’ to be out.

Always Ascending by Franz Ferdinand

One of the sexiest British alternative band of the post-Britpop era has turned into a whole different band entirely. Naming your album Always Ascending may be a tad bit ambitious, but as the Godfathers of foot-tapping indie pop in Glasgow, you can practically do anything at this point. Let’s just hope the album isn’t a start of a descend yeah?

Resistance is Futile by Manic Street Preachers

As one of the last true British rock bands, it was unlikely to hear anything from the Manic Boys. But you can never write off the Welsh, because with Resistance is Futile, it seems like Manic Street Preachers will be giving the world another catchy, hard-wired rock album.  

TBA by My Bloody Valentine

If the Welsh has Manic Street Preachers, God blessed the Irish with a proper shoegaze legend in My Bloody Valentine. Their Loveless album is the holy grail of British shoegaze and as a fan of shoegaze, how can one forget the iconic intro to ‘When You Sleep’. After decades, My Bloody Valentine will finally give their fans another album, and according to rumors, may be their last.

TBA by Julian Casablancas & The Voidz

The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas is finally  part of The Voidz after the band posted an official skit video in celebration of his induction. As much as we miss The Strokes, Chief Julian has been making good music with The Voidz, and their song ‘Wink’ is a promise that this album will be a good one.

Upfront X Original Matters Presents: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Live in KL

By Salihin Rizal This is for all of you indie-psych heads! Made possible by Upfront and Original Matters, Unknown Mortal Orchestra will be holding their first ever KL live show this 25th of September at The Bee, Publika. Haven’t heard of them? Well it’s...

#JOMMALAYSIA: An All-Malaysian Carnival

By Salihin Rizal Hari Kebangsaan is just around the corner and I’m sure Patriotic Malaysians are feeling the ‘merdeka’ vibes already- I know I am! It is a new Malaysia, reform is in the process and back in May, Malaysians has experienced the power of...

Lawalah Familia Collaborates with Boston’s N.B.S for Lawalah Vets EP

by Maruxa Lynd Lawalah Vets EP Launch Party at Six Bangsar was a wild one filled with hard beats, fire bars and energetic crowd. The new songs performed for the first time by Lawalah Familia during the launch were greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm by...

JUST DROPPED: An Honest Mistake and Haziq ILTP cover Whitney Houston in a sweet 80s style MV

By Salihin Rizal Boys and girls gather round! An Honest Mistake has JUST RELEASED a brand new music video bringing their very own rendition of Whitney Houston’s famous “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. Not only that, it gets better- the song ALSO features...

Urbanscapes announces Khalid, Wolf Alice as headliners in Phase 1

by A.Akbar Urbanscapes, the longest-running creative arts festival, just announced their headliners for the first phase. Contemporary R&B star Khalid, popular for songs like ‘Location’ and ‘Young Dumb & Broke’, will be coming to Malaysia as part of...

Discover Dato’ Maw – Penang’s best kept secret

by Maruxa Lynd We have always patronized our Korean and Chinese counterparts when it comes to hip – hop but how much do we actually know about our scene when we miss out our own?  We applauded Higher Brothers for coming out with Chinese rap songs, but...

1 Utama’s community project spotlights Langkawi dolphins

by Maruxa Lynd   We tend to get excited with the idea of swimming with whales and dolphins when we mention our neighboring countries like Indonesia and Philippines but never really our homeland, Malaysia. Are there even dolphins in Malaysia? YES! You don’t...

Borneo X Semenanjung gig: Uniting Upcoming Bands

by A.Akbar If you’re an active gig-goer, you must notice how the crowd at each underground gig keeps increasing, well, not just underground gigs in particular - most music-related events nowadays do get amazing turnouts. Don’t believe me? Try attend one in...

NEW RELEASE: Julia Duclos – Further

By Aida Julia Duclos, a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Kuala Lumpur debuts her presence in the Malaysian music scene with her single ‘Further’. Signed to Sony Music Malaysia, she takes her music one step further today with the release of her ethereal,...

Good Vibes in the New Malaysia

by Aida Rashid In the midst of the child bride issue, #Undi18 campaign and the debate about debaters — the New Malaysia took a breather last weekend with a 2-day festival at Horse Ranch, Genting Highlands. The annual Good Vibes festival, which saw U Mobile...

16 Baris LIVE is BACK!

by Maruxa Lynd   If you missed out on the absolutely lit 16 Baris months back, get ready for the second wave next month which features the best rappers in the South East Asian Region! Presented by Tune Talk, the concert will be held at the National Tennis...

Borak Good Vibes: 10 Minutes With Albert Hammond Jr

by Aida Rashid Last Thursday we got the chance to meet Albert Hammond Jr. up close for an exclusive interview at Stripes KL Hotel. Since the release of Francis Trouble -- his 4th solo full-length album, he has been touring around Europe, America and also...

Hujan X Masdo Concert, It’s Really Happening!

By Salihin Rizal A concert like this does not come up regularly, as Hujan themselves stated in a tweet “bukan konsert biasa-biasa. Ini konsert rentap”. Hujan and Kugiran Masdo together in a concert?? Even I’m still digesting it to be honest. Happening on...

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LOVE WITH THE CARTERS

by Maruxa Lynd Make way for the hip – hop royalty cause they’re destined to conquer the chart with their collaborative album  ‘Everything Is Love” . The unstoppable power couple Beyoncé and Jay – Z a.k.a The Carters have recently released their new album...

Albert Hammond Jr rocked The Bee, Kuala Lumpur!

by Aida Rashid Albert Hammond Jr was in town on 18th of July for a one night only exclusive performance for U Mobile customers, a pre-show for the upcoming Good Vibes Festival (GVF) in Genting this 21 to 22 July, of which U Mobile is the official telco...