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

Taking Back Sunday stream new album, ‘Happiness Is’

Following a show to a packed out audience in Singapore last week, Taking Back Sunday have just announced that fans can now hear a pre-release stream of their new album, Happiness Is on YouTube.

The album is set to drop on 18 March via Hopeless Records, following the single and video release for ‘Stood A Chance’.

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Happiness Is was produced by Marc Jacob Hudson and Mike Sapone, and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer.

With the spirit of resilience and innovation dripping all over the band’s sixth full-length, the album addresses some heady concepts, but it simultaneously showcases a new musical and conceptual leap for this band of mainstream misfits that’s sure to endear them to fans both new and old.

Pre-order Happiness Is here. ‘Stood A Chance’ is available for purchase on iTunes.

By Cindy Tan

Lyon Apprentice releases digital EP and tour dates

Indie folk duo Lyon Apprentice has just announced the digital release of their debut EP, Be Honest, Be Wild, Be Free.

The brothers have also announced seven shows, including gigs at home in Australia as well as in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. They have previously supported bands including Bear’s Den, Big Scary and Cub Sport, and headlined their first international show at Singapore’s own Lowercase earlier this year.

The five-track EP was co-produced by Mark Myers (The Middle East, Emma Louise) and mixed by Catherine Marks (Foals, Death Cab For Cutie), and will be released on Friday, 4 April via Canvas Sounds.

Two singles, ‘Beautiful Thought’ and ‘I Will Find You’, have already been released. Check out the video for ‘I Will Find You’ below:

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By Eleanor Turnbull

Amaya Laucirica releases double A-side single ahead of new album

Melbourne artist Amaya Laucirica, known for her restrained and ethereal sound which encompasses the folk, pop, rock and psychedelia genres, has been steadily building up a solid fanbase since her 2008 debut.

She’s now got two EPs and two albums under her belt, and has just released a double A-side single titled ‘Prettier Than The Sound | On The Air’. Both tracks are taken from her upcoming album, Sway.

Amaya Laucirica releases double A-side single ahead of new album

Diverging from her earlier work musically, the release retains Laucirica’s penchant for inventive and abstract lyrics, whilst showcasing her haunting vocals.

Sway features the work of Dave McCluney (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds), Victor Van Vugt (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave) and Ray Staff (Spiritualized, David Bowie) and will be released on Friday, 18 April via MGM.

Listen to ‘Prettier Than The Sound’ and ‘On The Air’ here:

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[spacer height=”10px”]By Eleanor Turnbull

DMA’s sign to I Oh You and release killer track ‘Delete’

Australian independent record label (and Other Sounds favourites) I Oh You have just announced the signing of upcoming Sydney act DMA’s.

A music video for the trio’s debut track ‘Delete has also been released to accompany the announcement, and features shots of the band in black and white against their charged and acoustic number.

The band have seemingly come out of nowhere and if this track is any evidence of what is to come, then big things are expected from the lads, who, discovered in September last year, are yet to even play their first show.

I Oh You founder Johann Ponniah says, “Instead of some lengthy description about the band’s history and quoting what someone said about them that one time in an effort to convince you that you have the same opinion… I’m just going to tell you that I really love the songs they write”.

With their self-titled debut EP scheduled for release on 28 March 2014, we here are holding our breaths for more.

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[spacer height=”10px”]‘Delete’ and a pre-order of the EP are available now via iTunes.

By Ale Launech

Courtney Barnett signs to Remote Control Records, announces new album

After 12 months of breakthrough success internationally, Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has signed with Australian label Remote Control Records for the release of her debut album later this year, as well as the re-release of her stunning EP, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.

She will join Remote Control’s ever-growing Australian roster which includes King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Teeth & Tongue, Sunbeam Sound Machine, Dirty Three, Mick Turner, Midnight Juggernauts, Miami Horror, and many more.

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[spacer height=”10px”]Barnett’s killer year has seen her compared to an ‘early Bob Dylan’ (The Rolling Stone) and the Velvet Underground (New York Times), and she’s now traversing the UK and US on an impressive sold out tour, with slots at major international festivals including SasquatchPrimavera and Coachella.

The debut album will be released later this year on Barnett’s own imprint label, Milk! Records, backed by the team at Remote Control. More immediately, her The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas will be available in store on CD format in March with a limited edition vinyl to follow.

By Eleanor Turnbull

Jagwar Ma cancels Laneway Festival Singapore appearance due to injury

At the eleventh hour, Sydney-based electronic duo Jagwar Ma has cancelled their appearance at Laneway Festival Singapore.

Organisers were informed that the last-minute cancellation is due to an unfortunate injury suffered by lead vocalist and guitarist Gabriel Winterfield, who was informed by doctors not to take the long-haul flight here.

All is not lost however, as one half of the duo, Jono Ma, will take over the band’s slot with a DJ set, which organisers say will be “a special treat because it is not something he is often seen doing”.

Laneway Festival co-founder Danny Rogers assures festival-goers that this year’s festival will continue to be a great show, adding, “To our Singapore fans, sorry for this inconvenience; we hope Gabriel will make a healthy, speedy recovery. I also want to thank Jono for offering to DJ as a replacement. I’ve seen him behind the decks, and you can definitely expect a laser-coloured melody of epic proportions.”

Check out the full line-up here, and the most recent addition of local acts here.

Laneway Festival Singapore 2014
The Meadow, Gardens By the Bay
Saturday, 25 January 2014

Tickets are available now at eventCliQue.com and SISTIC.

By Melissa Yong

Taking Back Sunday announces new album and first ever Singapore show

Scene kids across the island collectively wet their pants today when Upsurge Productions announced Taking Back Sunday’s first ever show in Singapore. For a band that was formed nearly 15 years ago, it is long overdue  — but better late than never right?

The tour also coincides with the Long Island band’s release of their latest album, Happiness Is, due for release on 18 March.

Taking Back Sunday announces new album and first ever Singapore show

The band will be playing on 2 March at SCAPE’s Ground Theatre. The venue is a slight surprise, but one must give Upsurge a thumbs up for continuing to keep costs low for concert go-ers. A $58 price tag for a ticket to see an international hit is pretty much unheard of in Singapore.

“There are quite a number of fans who have been waiting a long time for the band to play here, and we’re happy to have made that dream come true”, say promoters Mae Ng and Lizanne Teo.

Fans can likely expect old favourites as well as tracks off their fresh unreleased album, an exciting prospect, since this is the first album since 2002’s Tell All Your Friends with no involvement from a record label. With their reputation for breath-taking performances, it is a night not to be missed, for fans both old and new.

Taking Back Sunday
SCAPE – The Ground Theatre
Sunday, 2 March 2014
7pm
$58 (early bird), $68 (standard)
$98 (‘Happiness Is Fans’ package: includes Happiness Is album, poster, and access to an autograph session)

Tickets available now at ApeSnap. ‘Happiness Is Fans’ package available at Inokii (Far East Plaza #03-30).

By Joel Teo

Coachella 2014 line-up announced, massive as usual

Festival season is upon us and music festivals around the world are revealing their line-ups one by one, the first being the west coast, desert festival Coachella, whose massive bill is making its rounds on the Internet today.

Set to take place over two weekends, Outkast will reunite to headline Friday 11 & 18 April — their first performance since their hiatus in 2007. Muse and Arcade Fire will headline Saturday and Sunday respectively on both weekends.

Also taking the top billing spots are Chromeo, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, and Beck.

While these big names are sure to draw many fans who will be heading to the festival from all over the world, it’s usually the small print that really pushes you over the to-buy-or-not-to-buy-a-ticket decision with its roster of rapidly rising artists.

Not be ignored, these artists include BBC Sound of 2014 finalist and R&B songstress Banks, Nicolas Jaar’s side project DARKSIDE, and Blood Orange, whose show at Coachella could be a one-off as he is not touring this year.

And if you’re not going to be able to make the roughly 9,000 mile journey over, a number of acts on the bill will be hitting our shores over the next few weeks — Bonobo will be playing at Zouk on the 18 Jan; HAIM, Chvurches, and Jagwar Ma will be performing at Laneway; and Mogwai at Hostess Club Weekender.

By Cindy Tan

Sony Music to represent Warner catalogue in India

A significant new license deal means that Sony Music Entertainment will now represent Warner Music Group’s releases in India, Sri Lanka and other countries which are part of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

Warner Music has one of the biggest catalogs in the world including huge names like Led Zeppelin (pictured above), Pink FloydMadonnaEric Clapton, The Eagles, Johnny CashColdplay, The Doors and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Denis Handlin, Chairman and CEO (Australia and New Zealand), President (Asia), Sony Music said of the new deal, “We are delighted to represent Warner’s music catalogue for the Indian and SAARC market. This is one of the fastest growing and exciting music markets in the world and India in particular has huge digital market opportunities. We have great plans to ensure that Warner Music’s remarkable catalogue reaches out to the vast array of existing and emerging music fans in that region.”

India is home to more than 1.2 billion people. And that’s not even including the rest of the SAARC: all told, the population is over 1.6 billion. That’s the largest market in the world. Can you imagine? This opens up 1.6 billion new customers for Sony and Warner.

Indeed, President (India and Middle East), Sony Music, Shridhar Subramaniam made no secret of the multinational corporation’s plans for global domination. “We are committed to aggressively push Warner[‘s] catalogue and new releases… We look to becoming [the] largest player in international music.”

By Katherine Pollock