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The best gigs and parties in KL this week
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The best gigs and parties in KL this week

Whether you’re an avid music fan or just need a live music fix, we have you covered. This week’s picks include Tandang Records' showcase, Daedelus and a Nirvana tribute party.

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Why the ice matters as much as the liquor and cocktail
Bars and pubs

Why the ice matters as much as the liquor and cocktail

Some of the bartenders in KL (and around the world) are beginning to make and cut their own ice. So we talk to these bars to find out how ice and its shape affect your drink

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Third Eye Blind interview
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Third Eye Blind interview

‘A lot of bands who’ve been going on for ages end up in competition with their earlier work,’ says Third Eye Blind guitarist Kryz Reid

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KL's best bars for live bands
Bars and pubs

KL's best bars for live bands

Toast to the music! Energise your nights with great live music and good drinks. We’ve got the lowdown on where to get both.

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Introducing: alextbh
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Introducing: alextbh

'For now I think I'm just going to capitalise on my heartbreak' – meet young, honest, Alex and his electronic and R&B sadboi tunes

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The best gigs in KL this week

Stubapp Music Series

Stubapp Music Series

A collaboration between ATAS by Bijan FX and ticketing app Stubapp, this edition features local talents The Venopian Solitude and Juno and Hanna. Tickets purchased online includes a free drink.

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Tiga live in KL
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Tiga live in KL

Jiro KL and FWD brings in Canadian DJ Tiga most famously known for ‘Sunglasses at Night’ and has worked with musicians and producers such as Stuart Price, 2manyDJs, The xx, Depeche Mode and Coldcut so expect a lot of dancing. Cover charge is inclusive of one drink. Xu and Alan Tand opens the show.

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If Walls Could Talk
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If Walls Could Talk

Gaslight’s monthly poetry night is back with headliners Sheena Baharudin and Endee Ahmad. Cover charge is inclusive of one drink. Those interested to join the next session can email iwctpoetry@gmail.com to register.

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Gaslight Shed Sessions
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Gaslight Shed Sessions

Gaslight presents a ‘mixed bag’ night by showcasing musicians of different styles and genres. The lineup for this edition are Ian Tai, Fadhil Zulkifri and Fikri Fadzil aka Bayangan. Don't forget to support the venue by purchasing drinks.

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New bars in KL

Lavo
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Lavo

The M Group kicked off earlier this year with CHAZE, a modern lounge that offers tasty cocktails, good music and a homey space. Lavo, however, is the opposite of its older sibling. This resto-lounge is your go-to spot for a quiet night to wine and dine. The main focus here is wine, and the lounge is outfitted with shelves filled with bottles of wine from both new and old worlds, but more on that later. The look is clean and simple with big windows framing the space, allowing plenty of natural light to come through in the day time. There are two seating options to choose from, both offering distinctive vibes. The main dining area is where you can tuck into dishes from the fusion menu of Western and Italian favourites; while the sofas are tucked towards the back of Lavo, offering a cool chill-out spot perfect for enjoying a glass of wine. Now, back to that wine bar. Here is where you can take your pick from over 600 different labels of wine from all corners of the globe including Argentina, France, Germany, Spain and more. If that isn’t enough, the bar plans to add to the stock every quarter of the year.

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The Berlin KL
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The Berlin KL

To be a hidden bar (note: not a speakeasy), you need to be a well-kept secret with no ostentatious indication of your whereabouts. Roll in The Berlin KL, the coolest and edgiest hidden bar in KL today. Located in Chinatown, The Berlin KL would be easy to miss if it weren’t for its plain red door. Push to open and you’ll be greeted with a bright neon red sign that reads ‘Ich Bin Ein Berliner’. Berlin is known as one of the largest party cities in Europe, and the trio behind this establishment wanted to bring a part of that to the folks in KL. This dark bar is also lit up with another red neon sign of the city’s name just above the bar, which showcases the hefty liquor collection. In line with the theme, the walls are covered in graffiti tags along with photos of Berlin’s past. Also keeping things very European, The Berlin KL has a ‘back alley’ that doubles as the smoking area, but you can always sit inside to stay closer to the music; DJs spin every weekend with music ranging from urban, hip hop, R&B and more. If you plan on drinking, take your pick from the four signature cocktails, all named after famous landmarks in Berlin: The Brandenburg, JFK, Lustgarten and The Berlin Wall. Lustgarten – a famous park in Berlin – is the bestseller; a mild and fruity drink with a punch of sourness from the freshly squeezed lime. It’s pretty too, with its garnishes of fresh and edible flowers. Pair the cocktails with bar snacks (available until 10pm) such as hot dogs and bite-sized sirloin

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Fatty Boom Boom
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Fatty Boom Boom

It’s a two-in-one at Fatty Boom Boom: Firstly, they’re a cocktail bar serving quirkily named drinks (like The Brave & The Bold and Creamy Cat) fused with local ingredients; secondly, it’s a show lounge featuring stand-up comedy, music and dancing. To get there, head towards the back of S.Wine in Tropicana City Mall and go up the flight of stairs. On weekdays, Fatty Boom Boom is a quiet bar for you to enjoy after-work drinks. Upon entering, a mural of the lady of Fatty Boom Boom greets you. There are hanging chandeliers and exposed light bulbs above the bar, and right smack in the middle of the space is a ping pong table, serving dual roles as a communal table for bigger groups or as an actual ping pong table where guests can play a game or two. The stage is just next to the bar. If you’re looking for privacy, there’s a little corridor at the back with seats (also the smoking area) that’s tucked away from the crowd. With cocktails, live music and stand-up comedy shows all under one roof, Fatty Boom Boom has established itself as an entertainment spot come Fridays and Saturdays. The lineup alternates every week; check their Facebook page to see who’s performing. We hear Madam Joanne Kam Po Po is a regular. Asian ingredients take centre stage here regarding the drinks and bar snacks situation, including chrysanthemum tea, sea coconut and kaya, to name a few. The menu is split into four sections: Go Home or Go Hoe is their bubble tea cocktail series (yes, it’s served like bubb

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Gold Bar
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Gold Bar

Gone are the nights when you and your friends have to pick between a wine bar and your favourite neighbourhood pub. At Gold Bar, you’ll get the best of both worlds, and more. The space is divided into a roomy dining area and the bar, where you’ll find fresh beers on tap. Craft beers primarily rule the drinks menu, but the wine list is something you shouldn’t turn away from either. The bar currently has seven beers on tap including pale ale, Goldie (lager) and wheat beer, with plans to expand their selection. If you’re not too sure what to order, the blackboard above the taps provides basic information like alcohol content and flavour profile; if you want a small tasting, the beer flight goes at RM50 for three different varieties. Bottled beers and ciders are also available. If you’re not up for a pint, Gold Bar has an attractive wine collection. The prices here are pretty affordable; the house red, white or rosé goes for only RM18 per glass. Other selections include champagne, sparkling wine and dessert wine. Don’t fret as non-alcoholic options are also available, including coffee, tea, handcrafted sodas and more. Gold Bar is looking to introduce a beer dining experience, where craft beer is paired with food specially made in-house. There will be tapas (skewers, and fries with truffle and parmesan), mains (like duck and fish dishes), appetisers (featuring ibérico pork sliders and confit onion tarts) as well as desserts. However, best leave the pairing to the experts. Do n

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Latest music interviews

Third Eye Blind
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Third Eye Blind

‘A lot of bands who’ve been going on for ages end up in competition with their earlier work,’ says Third Eye Blind guitarist Kryz Reid

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Taking Back Sunday
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Taking Back Sunday

Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday – yes, that seminal emo band – doesn’t care about your early-to-mid aughts pop punk nostalgia. After all, it’s been more than a decade under the influence of Taking Back Sunday, but make damn sure they’ve never stopped making new music, as evident by this year’s release, ‘Tidal Wave’. When Adam sings ‘I don't know how you did it other than you did / Cut your wrist and said come get you some’ on ‘You Can’t Look Back’ from the band’s seventh and latest record, it could be a line from one of their earlier releases. We speak to the frontman via email ahead of the band’s debut set in Malaysia for Rockaway Festival on Nov 19. There’s a whole generation of people who think of you as spearheading the emo movement, as the source of current emo nostalgia, as the soundtrack to their teenagehood and high school years. It’s hard to imagine we spearheaded any kind of movement. We've just been lucky enough to do our thing and though I appreciate that people have let our music into their lives, nostalgia is a tricky thing. Over the years, we have been able to grow with a lot of people and that is something I am very proud of, almost as if we've been going through life together. Still, I've never considered our band an emo band. You’re a bit of a wordy band – people have tattoos of your lyrics – and your songs have helped a whole generation of people through a ton of tough times. Do you ever think about how your songs affect your fans and listeners? One o

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Toko Kilat
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Toko Kilat

The creative motors of fast-rising Toko Kilat speak about starting over as old hands in a new band

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Ryan Hemsworth
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Ryan Hemsworth

Ahead of his set at Good Vibes Festival, we chat with the Canadian producer about his not-label label Secret Songs, the necessity of labels in the age of the internet, and durian

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Introducing...

alextbh
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alextbh

Meet young, honest Alex and his electronic-meets-R&B sadboi tunes

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RYÖT JONES
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RYÖT JONES

The all-male funk soul act is a big band with a big sound

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Ramayan
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Ramayan

Get to know the Sungai Buloh-based rock band

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Orang
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Orang

Get to know your average electronic-music-playing Orang

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The best bars for gin in KL

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Nightlife

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Nightlife

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