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Because of him: The life, hits and death of Keith Martin

This is the story of a song that was not supposed to be a hit, a surprise life in a different country and a death no one expected.In 2004, American singer-songwriter-producer Keith Martin’s song “Because of You” was everywhere. You heard it on the radio. People were covering it on TV. Singers were recording and …

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Abanglupa swings their musical weapons against the tyrannical powers-that-be

Grindcore has never been an easy genre to get into, one must approach it sideways like a angry ghost or a beast with sight blinders. No sudden movements or the idea of it may disintegrate, sometimes it may just pounce and overwhelm. Likewise, Abanglupa is something that you dip your toes in in increments. The …

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Dagtum assults death metal with inventive and dissonant riffs

I have a soft spot for heavy, atmospheric metal music that’s so confidently itself it deserves to be pushed from its shadowy hiding place into the spotlight. The metal supergroup Dagtum and their debut full-length album is one such unique monstrosity that you must hear.  The international metal community has already laid down laurels and …

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Manic Mundane is full of soul

I am always hesitant to dig into new electronica. Usually, it’s an anemic listening experience where some dude in pajamas with an audio library subscription collages together parts until something sticks. Plenty of it, at least to me, is just artful bleep bloops with synthy chord samples cleansed of organic soul. Which is to say …

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Super Random revisits the dance revolution of the ’80s and the ’90s

Dance is something that has long been identified with Filipino women. The only dance exclusively identified with men, for good or ill, was something we had to learn for cultural or field demonstrations. Yes, this is the bane of grade school or high school experience involving coconut husks and being half-naked, the maglalatik. Cut to …

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The Pinoys’ fave foreign tunes play on ‘Super Random’

“Super Random,” the Inquirer Podcast powered by PumaPodcast on Pinoy pop culture hosted by Super associate editor and obsessive fanboy supreme Ruel S. De Vera takes a spin on music this time–on those songs that found a lasting home on Philippine radio and in Filipino ears—even if they were made by foreign artists and were …

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Jose Mari Chan on his songs, the memes, and why he doesn’t think he should be Mr. Christmas

Jose Mari Chan has become an ubiquitous symbol of the Filipino yuletide season, thanks to his holiday hit “Christmas in Our Hearts” and the countless memes counting down to September, the very early start of Pinoy Christmas. The singer-songwriter spent Sept. 1 with us on Zoom, talking and singing to us from his Makati home. …

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You Oughta Know that Alanis is coming to Manila

It’s official: seven-time Grammy winner Alanis Morissette will be back in Manila for the Alanis Morissette 2020 World Tour. The show, which will be a celebration of 25 years of the album “Jagged Little Pill,” will happen at the Mall of Asia Arena on April 6. “Jagged Little Pill,” which includes songs like “You Oughta …

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Billie Eilish made history at the Grammys tonight and you can watch her live in Manila on Sept. 5

Billie Eilish didn’t just win big at the Grammys tonight, she made history. The 18-year-old singer swept the top awards including best new artist, best pop vocal album, record of the year, album of the year and song of the year. She is the first female artist to win best new artist, record of the …

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