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BYE2020 is how we're ringing in the New Year.
Some of the brightest local and international names in music are coming together to say adios to the year that was and ring in 2021. Headlining BYE2020 are singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker (US), hitmaker Maximillian (DK), soul pop outfit Peach Tree Rascals (US), ...
 
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What pandemic?
In 2020, music was made, and, as always, some were better than others. Creativity blossomed while we were all forced to stay indoors for the better half of the year. Hereabouts, there were some pretty special releases, and the best were the ...
 
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The 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland is set to hit it big in 2021.
Something about music we universally agree on is the appeal of songs that speak to us. Or better yet, music that speaks for us. The ones about the ones that got away, those that we’d rather forget about but can’t, or love ...
 
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"The Unmaking of an Era"
UPDATE: It's a book.Offshore Music is coming out with a book called Alternate Endings: The Making of the Final Set and the Unmaking of an Era. Written by music writer Aldus Santos and designed by Gelo Lagasca, the book is a "limited ...
 
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The song forces you to ask yourself, "Am I a bad person?"
When two talented singer-songwriters come together, one can only expect great things. That’s exactly what happened with American artist Sarah Barrios and local indie darling syd hartha. Barrios is an American singer-songwriter who has built up quite an impressive resume over the years. ...
 
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The charismatic frontman will be sorely missed by his legions of fans.
Vladimir Garcia, more popularly known as Jamir and vocalist of the band Slapshock, has died. He was 42 years old. The news was reported by several media outlets, quoting a report by the Quezon City Police District Station 3.The police report said ...
 
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Workers seem to like Jason Mraz.
Some of us prefer a quiet workplace, but there are those who love to put on some tunes while we slave away at our desks. That got us wondering what the most popular songs are to listen to at work. Hitachi Capital parsed through ...
 
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Add the songs of this R&B and soul singer to your make-out playlist, stat.
Pink Sweat$ is in the middle of moving to a new home when Esquire Philippines caught up with him via Zoom. Moving is stressful for a lot of people, but Sweat$ doesn’t seem to mind.ALSO READ: MUSIC An Oral History of Mayric’s: “Where ...
 
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A version of the annual indie music festival will take place online.
Music fans felt the sting when this year’s Wanderland Music and Arts Festival was cancelled just days before it was to take place. No thanks to the pandemic, it may be a while before we get to experience a proper live music ...
 
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The band just released a tight, thoughtful EP.
Some of us turned to baking bread. Some, to tending plants. Some have even written entire books (although the quality is suspect, at best).ALSO READ: OPMTwo International Music Labels Are Setting Up Shop in the PhilippinesAn Oral History of Mayric’s: “Where All Great ...
 
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Gone, but not forgotten.
Maybe I’m remembering it wrong, but the first gig I ever made the effort to catch at Route 196 was Jimmy Bondoc in the mid-2000s. Of course, back then the place still went by the name Border Grill, and there may have ...
 
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The familiar music bar, home to many OPM bands, is ending a 15-year run.
Route 196, home of live music from some of the country’s best independent bands and artists, is closing its doors after 15 years. A tweet hinted at the bar’s closing, with a video of the words “All Roads Lead to Route 196” in ...
 
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Staying home doesn’t mean you can’t go watch a gig.
It’ll be a while before we can actually go out to festivals and gigs again, so until then, we’re going to have to get used to listening and watching our favorite artists online.Also read:  Jericho Rosales' Home Has the Perfect Laidback Beach VibesWhich ...
 
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88Rising and Island Records are now in the country.
If there were any doubts about the Philippines’s stature as home of some of the world’s best musical talents, this ought to dispel them. Two international music labels that have helped catapult artists to mainstream success are opening subsidiaries locally. 88Rising and Island ...
 
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If you’ve ever fancied yourself a songwriter, now’s the time to prove it.
The 2020 Philpop Songwriting Festival is looking for the next generation of songwriters, and organizers will turn the best one into an instant millionaire.P1 million will go to the grand champion of the songwriting tilt if your song is picked as the ...
 
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It’s a videoke on your phone.
What was missing on the global music behemoth that is Spotify? If you answered lyrics, you’re right. You may know a favorite song by heart, but it would’ve been nice to sing along to newer songs without having to Google their words. The ...
 
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The Canadian singer nearly has 100 million views of the hit song on YouTube.
Isaiah Faber is better known these days as Powfu, the Canadian singer and musician whose song “Death Bed” has become a massive hit worldwide. Sampling “Coffee For Your Head” by Filipino-British singer-songwriter beabadoobee (Beatric kristi Laus), “Death Bed” is currently nearing 100 ...
 
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The show must go on, and it will.
It looks like it’s going to be a while before you can enjoy concerts in person. The most we can do right now is watch our favorite artists perform online in the comfort and safety of our own homes. You can count the ...
 
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The singer enjoyed mainstream success before his life was cut short.
Before bands dominated OPM in the 90s, solo pop vocalists also lorded it over the airwaves. Singers like Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid—basically the lineup of a Sunday noontime variety show—churned out radio-friendly hits that have eventually become staples ...
 
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It’s called “Hurry Home.”
As we grow old, often our taste in music stagnates. I’m not speaking for everyone, of course, but, whether we care to admit it or not, for many of us, what we listened to during our formative years (pre-teens to maybe mid-20s) ...
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