Inside the new Zouk KL
The new, RM38million Zouk KL finally opens along Jalan Tun Razak. Here's a look inside the superclub's 11 rooms
Soulfest 2015: Acts to watch
We break down the much-acclaimed Australian music festival debuting on Malaysian shores
The best clubs for dancing in KL
Check out the best clubs, rooftop party decks and underground DJ dens to bust out those slick moves without shame
The best karaoke joints in KL
We rank the city’s best in our list
Upcoming gigs and music events in KL
Pisco Live presents Mystery Tapes
From a stripped down acoustic night, Pisco Live has evolved to full bands performing live on stage. Come catch Zack Yusof perform his post-punk folk rock tunes.
Band Nights at Tujo
Treat your ears to acoustic tunes and urban grooves at Tujo. On Tuesday, catch Joven Goce, a singer-songwriter from the Philippines whose fun covers and...
Calavera Open Mic Nights
Gregory Ramanado hosts open mic nights at Calavera every Thursday from 9.30pm. There are happy hour specials, along with tacos and chicken wings plus free...
Club nights and parties in KL this week
Ladies night at La Bodega
La Bodega is offering ladies free flows of house wine, beer and sangria every Thursday from 8pm to 10pm. There's no catch here, just free alcohol.
W-Night at Marini's on 57
Ladies get the special treatment on Wednesdays with complimentary cocktail shooters at Marini's on 57. Dress to the nines and play up on colours to show if...
Open Wednesdays at M8 by Marini's
Every Wednesday, present your costumed self at M8 by Marini's for a night of outlandish garb and house music. It's a Tiki party this August, so wear anything...
Kuala Lumpur Pub Crawl
Always wanted to organise or join a pub crawl but have no idea where to start? You’re in luck. Happening every Thursday and Saturday at Changkat Bukit...
Mambo at Zouk
Sometimes all you need is the right mix of hip hop, R&B and popular '90s and early 2000s hits to get the party going. Lucky for you, the duo of Radzi and DJ...
Bars and pubs promotions in KL
Brotzeit 3L Challenge
Finish a three-litre beer within 15 minutes and you’ll get the beer for free, a Brotzeit t-shirt, and your name on the 3lit Hall of Fame. If you fail you’ll...
Beer o'clock at La Bodega
From 12noon to 8pm every day, it's RM20nett per pint for mugs of Stella Artois, Asahi, Hoegaarden, Erdinger Weissbeir and Erdinger Dunkel at all La Bodega...
Happy Hours at Aqua Restaurant & Bar
For after-work drinks and food with a view of the KL skyline, unwind at Mandarin Oriental's Aqua Restaurant & Bar. From 4pm to 7pm on weekdays, take your...
Latest album reviews
Julio Bashmore – ‘Knockin’ Boots’ album review
As well as New Labour, Jayne Middlemiss and Lynx Africa, the ’90s also introduced us to the concept of the Great British Dance Album. These were big, ballsy records that took rave music beyond the underground and gave the nation a soundtrack for a weekend of primo hedonism – from the giddy thrill of punching out of work on Friday to returning, spiritually altered and on an all-consuming comedown, on Monday.
Foals – ‘What Went Down’ album review
Yannis Philippakis was once the Napoleon Bonaparte of the British indie scene. As frontman for Foals, he was the little guy with big ambitions and the iron will to make them real. But now there’s a better parallel. Mocked for years and dismissed as a has-been, he’s attracting a new generation of adoring fans. The passion, the sincerity, the love of gardening, the beard – it’s all there. Yannis is the indie Jeremy Corbyn.
Years & Years – ‘Communion’ album review
Years & Years’ debut album arrives on a cresting wave of expectation. The London-based trio – singer Olly Alexander, bassist/keyboard player Mikey Goldsworthy and synth whizz Emre Turkmen – reached Number One in March with their irresistible single ‘King’, and recently attracted such a hefty crowd to their Glastonbury set that fans had to be turned away from the tent. When they topped the BBC’s Sound Of 2015 list earlier this year, Alexander noted shrewdly, “We’ve just got to not muck it up.”
The Chemical Brothers – ‘Born in the Echoes’ album review
Back in the ’90s, dance music was different. A lot of the era-defining beats and bleeps were made by artists who considered themselves more musician than DJ, and showcased their sound by releasing full-length albums rather than spinning tunes in a club. Few did this better than the Chemical Brothers: Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, a duo whose psychedelic breakbeats won over countless clubbers and indie kids alike.
KL's best music and nightlife
Best live music venues in KL
Indie rock, acoustic folk, jazz – think you can’t find them in KL? These top ten live music venues play all that and more.
Best bars in KL
Get into the spirit of KL’s vibrant nightlife scene as we round up the best bars for every occasion
Best free live music nights in KL
Forget cover charge. Here's where to go in KL for free live music gigs.
Best bars and clubs in KL
Rooftop bars, speakeasies and the best places to party. Here are the best bars and clubs in KL to blow off some steam
Best cocktails in KL
From the classic cocktails to the modern upgrades, here are the 10 best cocktails in KL
Best record stores in KL
Ditch your mp3s for an analogue music experience at these indie record stores.