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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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This is one flu you won't mind catching.
After acoustic sets from Johnoy Danao and Clem Castro, we’re down for some funk, soul and R&B. Esquire Sessions Live’s next artist is Flu, a five-piece band that mixes old school soul music with a decidedly fun, youthful vibe. Bookmark this page as we welcome ...
 
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It’s a livestream for COVID-19 relief and against xenophobia.
Actor and singer James Reid is set to represent the Philippines and join dozens of other Asian artists from around the world in a major livestream music event on May 30. Streaming live on Amazon Music’s Twitch Channel, Our Identity: ProjectBlue Marble is ...
 
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The jocks we grew up with and loved are holding a virtual reunion.
For music fans who came of age in the late 80s and 90s, only one radio station served up rock music raw and loud. NU107 was the voice of a generation, with DJs playing “credible” rock music to an audience hungry for ...
 
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They hope to make it here and play for their Filipino fans soon.
One of the most popular TV series that has risen out of this long quarantine period isn’t from Hollywood or even locally produced, but a romantic drama series from Thailand. 2Gether The Series is a BL (Boys’ Love) series about two guys who ...
 
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It’s the headline item for a Music Icons event in June.
Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged is one of the band’s most well-known performances, which is why the guitar frontman Kurt Cobain used is garnering so much interest. The 1959 Martin D-18E featured in the November 1993 performance is going up for auction and experts say ...
 
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In these trying times, it pays to be practical.
When was the last time you attended a concert or a live music gig? By now the memory blurs. Livestreams are all well and good, but nothing beats the experience of watching a favorite band or artist play live, in the flesh. But ...
 
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Count on artists to produce some of their best work during times of crisis and tragedy. The Dixie Chicks went on to record a number-one selling album and win five Grammys after they faced severe backlash for comments made against former President ...
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