Listen now: Local bands release a Christmas compilation, 'A City Without Snow'
Local record label Middle Class Cigars has dropped a compilation album for the season. The aptly titled A City Without Snow features nine homegrown musicians putting their spin on traditional carols and yuletide standards, with a few even penning originals themed around the holidays
Upcoming concerts in Singapore
Be prepared to empty your pockets because you're gonna want to book tickets to these concerts happening this year
Get ready all you party people, because the annual beach blowout is back and it's bringing well-known international DJs such as Hardwell and Zedd to grace the decks. Advance two-day tickets are already sold out, so get your hands on on what’s available before they’re all snapped up. Stay tuned as the full music line-up will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Best live music venues in Singapore
Whether you’re singin’ the blues or cruising for some bruising rock ’n’ roll, check out these music bars in town for a dose of live music
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore 2017
It's time to pencil in the date, as St Jerome's Laneway Festival will be back in Singapore for its seventh year. The popular Australian festival returns to The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay for a day's worth of Pitchfork-endorsed indie rock, spread across four stages. 2017's eclectic roster includes British indie pop outfit Glass Animals, the youthful electropop Norwegian songstress AURORA, ambient music project Tycho and Australian acts Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker) and Gang of Youths. The line-up also has a handful of R&B and hip hop names thrown into the mix, featuring the likes of producer Clams Casino, American rapper Mick Jenkins and British soul singer NAO. And proudly representing the Lion City are rising homegrown artists Sam Rui and progressive three-piece T-Rex.
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Best live music venues
Montreux Jazz Café
Deep in the heart of Orchard, a speakeasy-harking den devoted to jazz and blues has risen. Its name will be familiar to fans of the genre: Montreux Jazz Café. Yes, of the jazz festival fame. The intimate space in Pan Pacific Orchard, racked with memorabilia and vintage posters, is only the sixth of its kind in the world, and the first in the region. But on to the music. The Café plays host to a roster of local and international cats, as well as the odd DJ or two, in gigs that go on until the bar closes, ’round about midnight. Expect blues, fusion, smooth jazz and a healthy dose of standards – already, the likes of local jazz legend Jeremy Monteiro and British soul sensation Omar have taken the venue’s stage. Don’t let its name fool you, though. This is not a café so much as a restaurant and bar. An exhaustive list of cocktails ($16-$26) ranges from your classic Manhattans to the signature The Girl from Ipanema that, true to its bossa nova-inspired name, mixes Cachaca 51 with lemon juice, orange juice and passion fruit. The food, on the other hand, takes cues from hearty European fare: think Croque Madames ($18) and pan-roasted sea bass fillets ($22).
You know a place is serious about its music when its tiny stage is dominated by a grand piano. Yeah, a legit Yamaha C2 is the backbone upon which this red-slathered bar in Boat Quay is founded – and it has even roped in Bon Goût Music, founded by the fearless jazz pianist Aya Sekine, to run the music programme. There isn’t a house band here, so you’ll have to keep tabs on Club L’Opera’s Facebook page to find out when its twice-monthly gigs (from 7.30 to 10.30pm) are held. Given Sekine’s eclectic style – she used to play at Blu Jaz Cafe alongside DJs, beatboxers and other jazz musicians – the music at Club L’Opera ranges from bebop and swing to free improv and vocal jazz. The gigs are all ticketed ($15-$30), and you’ll also need to order at least one drink.
The Singapore Jazz Club
The name says it all, really. This high-ceilinged joint, draped in red curtains, is all about old-school jazz, R&B and Motown. Resident pianist Mario Serio hits the keys every Thursday, hosting the venue’s VOX series of shows: a pairing of pianist and vocalist. Also pop by every Sunday, when these cats take the stage for a no-holds-barred jam session. There’s no cover charge for the latter, but tickets for the other gigs range from $15 to $20.
Switch by Timbre
Mandopop/rock doesn’t get its due credit among the Pitchfork faithful here, but there’s no denying the genre is the most commercially successful Singaporean music. Enter this bar and restaurant by the Timbre group that sets its sights on fledgling musos who can rock their Beyond and Wu Bai. Three resident bands and musicians – The Switch Gang, Tay Kexin and Too Much Drama – rotate every day of the week, sans Sunday, with tunes ranging from Jay Chou tearjerkers to harder numbers. Tuesdays are gentler acoustic nights, so if you’re in the mood for love, head over to Switch then.
Barber Shop by Timbre
The baby of the Timbre family swung open in 2014 with one mission in mind: to put live music front and centre. True to the group’s calling card, it’s mostly blues, classic rock, funk and other barn-storming genres that ring out at this den in The Arts House. Wednesdays see house band Raw Earth stamp the stage with their blood-and-guts blues, Thursday’s an open mic session (from 8 to 11.30pm), Friday is reserved for the Barber Shop Quartet’s swing and roots rock, and Saturday is a double-bill: a special artist showcase from 7pm, followed by a classic rock jam by Good Question.
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