Hostess Club Weekender returns for second show

Following a successful debut in February, Hostess Entertainment has announced a second edition of the Hostess Club Weekender on our shores.

This time slated to be held at Infinite Studios, the line-up boasts indie darling Cat Power as headliner, along with an intriguing selection of acts which include Blonde Redhead, Perfume Genius, Sohn and Toy from the label’s expansive repertoire.

The first Weekender, which brought us the National and Mogwai along with rising up-starts King Krule, Asgeir, and Buke & Gase, launched to a massive crowd at Fort Canning Park earlier this year.

The adventurous line-up adds to what is becoming an increasingly saturated year for shows, with many fans likely to still be recovering financially from Laneway and the first Hostess Club Weekender and preparing for the slew of shows to hit us in July including Slowdive, The 1975, and Bombay Bicycle Club.

This latest announcement comes as part of Hostess Entertainment’s regional expansion, with shows also announced in Manila and Taipei. The Japanese independent music company opened its first Southeast Asian office in Singapore last year.

By Andrew Koay

Keep them coming! More acts announced for Music Matters

Last week we got our first taste of who to expect at this year’s instalment of Music Matters Live with HP. Now we can confirm the second batch of artists to be added to the already globe-spanning line-up.

Singapore locals wyd:syd and sub:shaman will be joining the line-up, as well as UK alt-rockers The Boxer Rebellion. They will be joined by a whole bunch of other bands from Singapore, Japan, Korea, Canada, Australia and many more.


Also announced, is the return of the festival’s country specific showcases including:
Korea’s K-Pop Night Out, Canadian Blast, The Aussie BBQ, JAPAN NIGHT, Bravo Taiwan and Singapore’s very own Made In Singapore featuring at six of the city’s finest. Sounds Australia will also be debuting Sound Gallery for the first time in Asia at Music Matters Live with HP, following success in SXSW (USA) and Canadian Music Week (Canada).

Check out the extended line-up and venue details below:

Music Matters Live with HP 2014:

Afgan (ID)
Art of Fresh (CA)*
Ash Grunwald (AUS)
Asian Chairshot (KR)*
Bamboo Star (HK)*
Bec Laughton (AUS)*
Buffalo Sunn (IR)
Bunkface (MY)
Cream (JP)*
Daybreak (KR)*
Dualist Inquiry (IN)
Dune Rats (AUS)
Empra (AUS)
Endah N Rhesa (ID)
Gareth Fernandez (SG)*
Gentle Bones (SG)
Hogan (IR)*
Jaurim (KR)*
Jeremy Neale (AUS)
Juveniles (FR)
Kyoto Protocol (MY)
Lim Kim (KR)*
Love X Stereo (KR)*
Lyon Apprentice (AUS)
Mad August (MY)
Mark Bonafide (SG)*
MC HotDog (TW)
Ming Bridges (SG)
Naoto Inti Rayami (JP)*
Oral Cigarettes (JP)*
Quarterback (TW)
Quest (PH)
Sezairi (SG)
Shining Bird (AUS)*
Sidney York (CA)*
Slapshock (PH)
Sophie Koh (AUS)*
Stars and Rabbit (ID)
sub:shaman (SG)*
Sultan of the Disco (KR)*
Take Two (SG)*
The 13 Band (TW)
The Boxer Rebellion (UK)*
The Family Cheese (IN)*
The Love Junkies (AUS)*
The Pinholes (SG)*
The StoneWolf Band (PT)
Tired Lion (AUS)*
Trick (SG)
Tully on Tully (AUS)
wyd:syd (SG)*
Ying Hao (SG)*

(* indicates new addition)

Music Matters Live with HP festival,
Wednesday to Saturday, 21-24 May 2014 Venues:

  • Aquanova, Beer Market, China One, Crazy Elephant, Fern & Kiwi, Kuro, Paulaner, Shuffle, Fountain Stage @Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road, S179024
  • Switch, 73 Bras Basah Rd, NTUC Trade Union House #01-01, S 189556
  • Barber Shop, 1 Old Parliament Lane #01-03, Singapore, S 179429
  • Timbré @ Substation, 45 Armenian Street, S 179936


By Ale Launech

Music Matters Live with HP announce globe-spanning line-up

Music Matters Live with HP have announced their line-up for this year’s festival, which features a roster of artists from around the world.

The festival will run from 21-24 May and will feature a heap of showcases over the four days. In its fourth year, Music Matters Live with HP has become one of the highlights of Singapore’s music calendar, as one of the largest music festivals in the region.

With the addition of an extra night, we can see the festival slowly but surely expanding.

The promoters have stated that this year’s festival takes “a giant step upwards”. With the announcement of more bands and venues, they’ll be flying their “super-music-discovery flag even higher”.

Festival-goers will be able to catch the acts more than once over the four nights at different outdoor and indoor venues.

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The bands playing include Other Sounds favourites Dune Rats, French synth-pop band Juveniles, Australian lo-fi musician Jeremy Neale, Melbourne indie-pop darlings Tully on Tully, and Singapore local chart-topper Gentle Bones, plus many more.

Check out the full list of artists below:

Music Matters Live with HP 2014:

Afgan (ID)
Ash Grunwald (AUS)
Buffalo Sunn (IR)
Bunkface (MY)
Dualist Inquiry (IN)
Dune Rats (AUS)
Empra (AUS)
Endah N Rhesa (ID)
Gentle Bones (SG)
Jeremy Neale (AUS)
Juveniles (FR)
Kyoto Protocol (MY)
Lyon Apprentice (AUS)
Mad August (MY)
MC HotDog (TW)
Ming Bridges (SG)
Quarterback (TW)
Quest (PH)
Sezairi (SG)
Slapshock (PH)
Stars and Rabbit (ID)
The 13 Band (TW)
The StoneWolf Band (PT)
Trick (SG)
Tully on Tully (AUS)

Music Matters Live with HP 2014
21-24 May 2014
Clarke Quay (various venues TBA)

By Ale Launech

Re-united Slowdive announces first ever Singapore show

Just months after bringing in genre leaders Foals and Explosions in the Sky, Symmetry Entertainment has announced its latest show – Slowdive, live at *SCAPE, The Ground Theatre, on 31 July 2014.

Slowdive, the acclaimed band behind the immaculately paced, fuzzy tremolo-infused pop sound of the early ‘90s, has reformed with the full line-up from its Souvlaki days. Twenty years after releasing Pygmalion, the band has resumed “making some noise back in Reading together.” And with its somewhat small but fervent population of shoegaze devotees that have attracted the likes of Yo La Tengo and Deafheaven (playing here in May), Singapore seems a more than befitting stop in Southeast Asia.

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Peculiarly, or coincidental as it may be, Slowdive’s reunion materialises at a time when several of their ‘90s peers have staged returns to music making. Will they follow the lead of Neutral Milk Hotel and bank on worn classics? (Not that anyone attending the upcoming gigs will mind.) Or will the band step into the spotlight again with an impeccable new record à la My Bloody Valentine? Only time will tell, but all fingers will be crossed for a release bearing the aesthetic and mythological mantle Pygmalion shares with the similarly named George Bernard Shaw play.

Another interesting question that arises is whether Slowdive’s new shows would inadvertently draw those who link them to their ‘cool’ ‘90s contemporaries. ‘90s dream pop bands, even those at the denser end of spectrum, have seen their sepia icons splashed across way too many blogs parading hazy lyrics, amalgamating any band with the slightest hint of daydream guitar. There is, however, no reason to be all that pessimistic. After all, modern communication enabled a good number of fans to find Slowdive long after its 1994 closing act.

There will be expectations to realise and Slowdive has much to catch up on with its members rejoining from their various diverse projects. The band, though, has a solid catalogue of articulate pieces of music that will certainly be a pleasing and cathartic return to. Surely they won’t go wrong playing those.

*SCAPE, The Ground Theatre
Thursday, 31 July
$75 (early bird), $90 (standard), $100 (at the door)
Tickets available 16 April at EventClique.

By Edward Eng

The Cairos return to Asia

Brisbane boys The Cairos will once again be gracing the shores of Singapore when they play Home Club this May as the first stop of their six-date tour of Asia.

The Cairos

The last time the band were in the region, they were set to play CAMA Festival in Hanoi back in 2013. And athough the festival was cancelled, they still made their way over and played alongside Singapore’s own The Pinholes.

Now, not so long after playing the same venue back in October last year, the boys have decided to return, this time with an upcoming new album to showcase.

Dream of Reason features the band’s airy new track ‘Desire’ and last year’s saccharine, laced single ‘Obsession’.

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The band has really been putting in the hard-yards as of late and are touring extensively throughout Australia and Asia in the coming months, including dates in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. 

Vocalist Alistar Richardson doesn’t like sitting still, and says that a few weeks after a tour, the band “start getting that niggle [to tour again] and just want to jump in the car and go for a drive.”

It’s good to see bands like this returning to play in the region so quickly. Let’s keep building this culture and seeing bands come back time and time again. Definitely get out and see the lads when they tour in a city near you!

The Cairos ‘Good Days‘ Asia tour

7/5 Singapore – Home Club
9/5 Hong Kong (Kowloon) – Hidden Agenda
10/5 Hong Kong – HK Brew House
15/5 Shanghai – Yuyintang
16/5 Bangkok – Cosmic Cafe
17/5 Ho Chi Minh City – Cargo Bar

By Ale Launech

The Caulfield Cult to play THE FEST in Florida

Locally grown rockers The Caulfield Cult have been added to the line-up of THE FEST, a massive punk/emo festival in Florida, featuring the likes of legendary names in the punk scene such as The Descendants, and Strike Anywhere.

The band will also be sharing the stage with acts such as The Flatliners, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Old Gray and Candy Hearts.

The announcement comes as a well-timed surprise following the commencement of their Japan tour with Melbourne punks Up And Atom, and their upcoming European tour in the summer, which will span a total of fourteen countries over a period of five weeks.

“Haha yea, I’m ORDing in style, flying to Europe the day I get my IC,” frontman Nick Prasat Kumar said about the start of the tour, which coincides with the end of his stint in Singapore’s mandatory army training programme.

The Caulfield Cult are currently touring Japan. They will begin their European tour on 23 May in London, and will play THE FEST in Gainesville, Florida, on 31 October, 1 and 2 November later this year.

By Louis Foo

Euro-tour and new music from The Caulfield Cult

Less than a month after the announcement of their tour of Japan, local boys The Caulfielf Cult have announced that they will now be gracing Europe with their presence as they run through their month long tour with UK band Godard.


This news is also accompanied by the announcement of a new split EP with their fellow tour mates. The new split will be available on 7″ vinyl and will be released in late may. It will feature a new track from both bands. The Caulfield Cult’s new one, “Seagulls Over Me” is both hard-hitting and mellow throughout and goes through these changes in just under two minutes. Check it out below.

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Having released a split EP with Australian band Up and Atom only a month ago, things are moving along nicely for the Singaporean four-piece.

The Caulfield Cult/Godard 2014 European Summer Tour

23/5 London, UK – Urban Bar
24/5 Cheltenham, UK – Secret Show
25/5 Leeds, UK – The Fenton
26/5 Glasgow, UK – 13th Note
27/5 Aberdeen, UK – Cellar 35
28/5 Dundee, UK – Kage
29/5 Bristol, UK – The Hatchet
30/5 Newport, UK – Le Pub
31/5 Portsmouth, UK – Edge of the Wedge
1/6 Cornwall, UK*
2/6 Brighton, UK*
3/6 Lille, France – Monk’s
5/6 Hengelo, Netherlands – Innocent
6/6 Hanover, Germany – Ujz Korn
7/6 Copenhagen, Denmark – Underwerket
8/6 Stockholm, Sweden*
9/6 Oslo, Norway – Club 37
10/6 Gothenburg, Sweden – Skriket
12/6 Berlin, Germany – Scherer8
13/6 Leipzig, Germany – The Atari
14/6 Wurzberg, Germany – Die Kellerperle (Shivery Fest)
15/6 Prague, Czech Republic – Na Pul Cesty
16/6 Vienna, Austria – Venster99
17/6 Venice, Italy*
18/6 Freiberg, Germany – KTS
19/6 Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 52 Neustadt
20/6 Milan, Italy*
21/6 Lyon, France*
22/6 Bordeaux, France – L’Oukaze
23/6 Angers, France*
24/6 TBA, Belgium*

*venues to be announced, (updates via The Caulfield Cult Facebook page)

By Ale Launech

Hostess Club Weekender Japan sparks rumours for a second Singapore edition

This afternoon, Hostess Entertainment announced Perfume Genius as the latest addition to the Hostess Club Weekender that will be happening in Tokyo on 21 and 22 June.

For the eighth instalment of the festival, one-man-band Mike Hadreas will be joining HighasaKite, SOHN, The Bohicas, Cloud Nothings, and Joan As Police Woman as part of a 10-band line up.

The last four acts will be announced in the coming weeks, the next being a duo, as indicated by the cartoon silhouettes on the poster.

HCW8_poster_Joan[spacer height=”10px”] The Hostess Club Weekender, presented by Ynos, a sister company of Hostess Entertainment (which set up shop in Southeast Asia in October last year), typically happens three times a year in Tokyo.

The most recent Weekender, held back in February, saw selected artists headed on the Hostess Club tour throughout Southeast Asia, and ended in our sunny island earlier this February.

The debut Singapore edition included five (The National, Mogwai, King Krule, Buke and Gase, Asgeir) out the the ten artists that played on the Japanese line-up, and drew a pretty massive crowd at Fort Canning Park.

With the exception of Perfume Genius and Cloud Nothings who have played here before, the rest of this upcoming June Weekender’s line-up is made up of a bunch of relatively new and unknown acts. Given the huge success of the inaugural Hostess Club Weekender in Singapore, could there be a possibility that there will be another festival in store for us? 

Any guesses who the last four mystery artists may be? 

By Maria Clare Khoo

Day 3 of Future uncertain after reports of drug-related deaths

We have just learnt that Day 3 of Future Music Festival Asia 2014 may indeed be cancelled after receiving word that police have arrived at the scene and begun blocking off entrances.

This is the result of an investigation taking place over the claims that around five people have been found dead due to drug overdoses last night at the festival’s A State Of Trance installment.

Today’s leg of the festival was set to be the event’s biggest day, with four stages playing host to the likes of Rudimental, Yuna and the man of the hour Pharrell. However, the likelihood of the event going forward has been diminished as the investigation continues.

At the time of writing, gates are being closed and roads to the festival are being blocked off.

Official word from festival organizers Livescape Asia and Future Music is expected within the hour.

Follow us on Twitter for live updates.

By Ale Launech

La Dispute announce exclusive Southeast Asian show in Singapore

Other Sounds are proud to present the first ever live performance in Asia for Michigan’s experimental post-hardcore group La Dispute, who will be showcasing their raw and emotive sounds in Singapore on Thursday, 5 June 2014 at The Substation Theatre.

La Dispute formed in 2004 and since then have released two albums, including their astonishing debut release Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair and the emotionally charged Wildlife.

Following a number of EPs and splits with bands such as California’s Touché Amoré and acoustic folk-punk songwriter Koji, the band are now gearing up to release their upcoming album Rooms of the House.

The new album, which is available to stream now via Noisey, has already garnered critical acclaim from the likes of Alternative Press, who have called it “a success on all levels” in their perfect 5-star review of the album.

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[spacer height=”10px”]La Dispute’s first show in Singapore will be supported by local post-hardcore act False Plaintiff who have recently been selected as one of the top-eight finalists for this years Baybeats Festival.

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La Dispute live in Singapore

with False Plaintiff
The Substation Theatre
Thursday, 5 June 2014
$45 (early bird (SOLD OUT)), $55 (standard)

Tickets are available now via Peatix.

By Ale Launech