Coming to a venue near you are these scintillating ‘live’ acts, from the quirky, multi-instrumental Andrew Bird, to the radio-friendly hit machine, BoysLikeGirls, to the ever-popular Taiwanese megastar A*mei, who is performing under the persona of Amit, which is based on her aboriginal name.
Esplanade Concert Hall
Fans of experimental music listen up: you’d not want to miss Andrew Bird. Described as part gypsy-folk, part southern bluegrass, part swing jazz, part progressive rock and part overdubbed symphony, Bird’s music is a layered storm of multi-tracked violin cadenzas, fuzzed guitar chords, Looney Tunes-like riffs, sparkling glockenspiel, a background drone like that of the Indian tanpura, precision drums, unearthly falsetto, deadpan vocals and lots of whistling.
Expect a night of musical diversity with hits from albums such as Weather Systems, The Mysterious Production of Eggs, Armchair Apocrypha, and Bird’s latest, Noble Beast–with influences spanning Hungarian gypsy, Scottish folk, calypso, early jazz, swing, country blues and South Indian music. Fans can also expect plenty of that infamous whistling, smart, quirky lyrics that engage with their eccentric world view.
Compass Ballroom, Resorts World Sentosa
Backed by encouraging sales from their two albums, popular tween band BoysLikeGirls will be making a debut appearance in Singapore. Band members Martin Johnson (vocals/guitar), Paul DiGiovanni, (guitar), Bryan Donahue (bass), and John Keefe (drums) showcase their versatility with hits that range from the high octane, like Five Minutes to Midnight, Hero/Heroine, The Great Escape, Love Dunk to the necessary repertoire of ballads like Learning to Fall, Broken Man and Two Is Better Than One.
Singapore Indoor Stadium
If you were unable to get tickets for the original show, don’t fret–an additional slot has been added on 29 January due to overwhelming response. Taiwanese pop diva, Chang Huimei (张惠妹), better known as A*mei (阿妹), returns to Singapore after two sold-out performances in 2008. Concert-goers can expect to experience a very different side of the popular singer, who is now going by her aboriginal moniker Gulilai Amit (古历来. 阿密特) to show the darker and formerly repressed side of her personality.