Category: Music

What’s Happening to Malaysian Pop Punk?

By Shazwan Zulkiffli Malaysia has been blessed with good pop punk bands back in the day, with outfits like An Honest Mistake, Bunkface, Heart Meets Hurricane, One Buck Short decorating the Malaysian pop punk Christmas tree together with then-youngins Heart A Tack, on a weekly basis at Klang Valley gig halls. An Honest Mistake, once upon a time.  Slightly different than their punk counterparts, Malaysian pop punk can’t be mistaken with politically rebellious bands like Carburetor Dung who wrote ‘Hantu Putrajaya’ and Dum Dum Tak’s energetic call-to-action anthem ‘Turun Najib Turun’. Although pop punk legends One Buck Short once...

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Dua Lipa announces KL concert date this May

2017 breakout artist Dua Lipa has just announced her first ever solo show right here in Kuala Lumpur as part of her ‘Self-Titled Tour’! The singer, recently claiming the achievement of being the first female artist to clinch 5 Brit Award nominations at this year’s edition of the award show, is a perennial presence on Malaysian airwaves (and in girls’ Tinder bios) with her mega-hit, ‘New Rules’. Expect to hear her other hits like ‘IDGAF’, ‘Scared To Be Lonely’, and ‘Blow Your Mind’ as she takes the stage at KL Live. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, 14 February (Valentine’s...

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Paramore sing about a Rose-Colored Boy

The hard times have come and gone, and Paramore are ready to get down with their latest synth-laden single, Rose-Colored Boy. The latest single off their 5th studio album, After Laughter, Rose-Colored Boy comes complete with a totally 70’s vibes in the music video, which sees frontwoman Hayley Williams taking on the appearance of a newscaster from that time period, complete with big hair, and her bandmates in Mad Men-esque suits. The indie vibes of After Laughter are definitely still in play here, and the thumping beat may belie the darker overtones of the music video, but makes for...

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Rich Brian releases ‘Amen’

The rapper formerly known as Rich Chigga, Rich Brian, has finally released his full-length debut album, ‘Amen’. Rich Brian, real name Brian Imanuel, first took the world by storm with his viral hit ‘Dat $tick’ back in 2016 – at the age of 16. Now 18 and based in the United States of America, Indonesia’s hottest export has had fan clamouring for a full-length album for some time now, and the announcement late last year came at the most opportune time as Brian was truly beginning to take off. What’s more, you can actually listen to the whole album...

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INTERVIEW: Borak Petang with Midnight Fusic

by Shazwan Zulkiffli It’s not everyday that we are able to read about overnight successes, especially surrounding 17 year olds. But Midnight Fusic beat those odds, and during the heat of their anticipation for SPM, they delivered ‘Heart of May’, that was played more than 100,000 times on Spotify by fans worldwide. A day after the music video of their second single ‘Lovesick’ premiered, I got a chance to interview the boys at BOWERY Kitchen & Bar, where the band members were enjoying thin-crust pizzas, and everyone else was enjoying jumbo-sized hot dogs. Regretting that nasi lemak I had...

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