November is turning out to be an awesome month for live music. Several international class acts are heading our way and though it will hurt our wallets, missing The Flaming Lips in concert is not an option. The established Zouk and the newer TAB and *Scape The Warehouse are all bringing in diverse and exciting live acts.
Music magazine Q named The Flaming Lips one of the “50 bands to See Before You Die.” Their reputation as a live band has been spread far and wide since the late ‘90s. The band from Oklahoma was formed in the early ‘80s but it was during the 1990s that saw Wayne Coyne and gang hit their creative zenith with 1999’s critically acclaimed, “The Soft Bulletin”. As if watching The Flaming Lips alone isn’t worth the admission ticket, we are also getting Danish duo The Raveonettes as support act. Talk about a double treat for the discerning music fan!
Event: The Flaming Lips and The Raveonettes ‘Live’ in Singapore
Date: 11 November 2010
Venue: Sands Expo And Convention Center
Tickets: S$110 (excluding fee) available from SISTIC
Event Website: www.sistic.com.sg
For a taste of what they're capable of conjuring up, check out one of their smash hits, The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song:
Roxanne Tataei, better known as Rox, is only 21 and has been receiving good press for her recently released debut album, “Memoirs”. The half Jamaican and half-Iranian soul singer was nominated for Best UK & Ireland New Act in the MTV Europe Music Awards. She has the potential to follow in the footsteps of Leona Lewis and Corinne Bailey-Rae and become a really big star in the near future. Here’s your chance to catch a rising star. (Find out how you can win passes!)
Event: Rox ‘Live’ at TAB
Date: 5 November 2010
Venue: TAB (Orchard Hotel)
Back in the day when Brit bands like The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays were the rage with the indie music kids, one didn’t expect The Charlatans to last as long as they did. While the “Madchester” scene fizzled out by the mid ‘90s, The Charlatans continued to go from strength to strength with each album. Their 1995 self-titled fourth album was widely acclaimed as their best while 1997’s “Tellin’ Stories” became their biggest commercial success. To date, the band has had 11 studio albums. I’ve heard from a friend who has seen them that they’re a great band to experience live so don’t miss this one (Find out how you can win passes)!
Event: The Charlatans
Date: 23 November 2010
Venue: *SCAPE, The Warehouse (2 Orchard Link)
Event Website: www.sistic.com.sg
I know many discerning music fans are excited about this one. New York dream-pop band Asobi Seksu can crank it up with noisy guitars or go breezy with gorgeous melodies and chiming guitars. If you don’t believe me, just find their music videos on YouTube and check them out for yourself. I know I’ve said it more than once here, but trust me; this is another gig not to be missed!
Event: Asobi Seksu
Date: 27 November 2010
Tickets: S$65 (At ticketing outlets till 26 Nov, At door only on 27 Nov)
(both prices inclusive of one drink)
Event Website: http://4imaginaryboys.wordpress.com
About Patrick Chng
Forever young at heart, Patrick Chng loves going to gigs and checking out Singapore bands. He has also been playing in bands since the late 1980s, writing about music and being an important mover and shaker in the Singapore indie music scene. When he's not checking out or playing gigs, he's at home playing with his guitars and updating his Facebook.