But the ones I’m really excited about are the first timers, like The Beach Boys, New Order, Jo Hamilton, Walk Off The Earth, Snow Patrol and Passion Pit.
August also poses a difficult decision I will have to make as both The Beach Boys and New Order are playing on the same night!
PICK OF THE MONTH: The Beach Boys
In the mid ‘60s, one American band stood tall during the British Invasion led by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The Beach Boys, undoubtedly one of the greatest and most influential bands in pop history, have reunited for a 50th Anniversary Tour. They are the band that gave us classic hits such as ‘I Get Around’, ‘God Only Knows’, ‘Good Vibrations’, ‘Fun Fun Fun’, ‘Help Me Rhonda’ and many more. Their 1966 album, ‘Pet Sounds’, is widely regarded as one of pop music’s greatest albums of all time.
The Beach Boys - 'That's Why God Made The Radio'
Earlier this year, The Beach Boys performed at the Grammy Awards and they have also just released their new studio album, ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’, 50 years after their debut album, ‘Surfin’ Safari’. This is a rare and very probably the last chance to catch Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnston on stage together. For this reason alone, do not miss this concert. In years to come, you can tell your grandchildren about the time you saw The Beach Boys at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
When: 22 August 2012; 8pm
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium
How much: $350, $275, $225, $175, $100 from Sistic
It’s been a long time coming. The Irish/Scottish band Snow Patrol is finally making their way to Singapore. I’ve watched them in Bangkok some years ago and they are definitely worth catching. Singer Gary Lightbody has a beautiful voice that sounds even better live and the band is a lot more energetic and rocking in concert than what you hear on their albums.
Snow Patrol - 'In The End'
Formed in 1994, the band only got their breakthrough with their third album, ‘Final Straw’, in 2003. The album’s breakthrough hit, ‘Run’, is still my favourite Snow Patrol song. Leona Lewis covered it recently and I thought she utterly destroyed it. ‘Final Straw’ was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for Album of the Year and although Snow Patrol didn’t win, it helped propelled the band to a wider audience. The follow-up album, ‘Eyes Open’, gave them their biggest international hit to date, ‘Chasing Cars’. The current Snow Patrol tour is in support of their sixth album, ‘Fallen Empires’, released last year.
When: 6 Aug 2012; 7:45pm
Where: Fort Canning Park
How much: $110; at the door - $125; Group Package - Buy 3 or more at $98 per ticket; VIP - S$250 from Sistic
Formed in 2007, Passion Pit is an American electropop band that received positive reviews for their 2008 EP, ‘Chunk Of Change’ and 2009 debut album, ‘Manners’. Their second album, ‘Gossamer’, was recently released in late July 2012. I love the band’s infectious pop hooks and soaring melodies.
Passion Pit - 'Take A Walk'
Frontman Michael Angelakos certainly knows how to write catchy tunes in his own inimitable style. Passion Pit are a relatively new band who are on the up and garnering critical acclaim and a fan following. They are one of the few bands in the past three years that I’m excited about. Highly recommended!
When: 21 Aug 2012; 7.30pm
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall
How much: $98, $88, $68, $48 from Sistic
The legendary Brit band is playing Singapore for the first time. The only disappointment is that bassist Peter Hook won’t be here having left the band for good in 2007. New Order was formed from the ashes of Joy Division, one of UK’s most acclaimed bands in the late ‘70s. After frontman Ian Curtis’ suicide in 1980, the remaining members – Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Peter Hook - recruited keyboardist Gillian Gilbert and re-invented themselves as New Order.
New Order - 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' [Live in Glasgow]
The unique sound of New Order, fusing New Wave with electronic dance elements, was one of the freshest music coming out from the 1980s. They had a string of hits like “Blue Monday”, “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “Temptation”, “True Faith” and “Regret”. My favourite New Order album is their third, “Low-Life”, released in 1985, which contained “Love Vigilantes”, “The Perfect Kiss” and “Sunrise”. It’s been almost a year since New Order reunited and they’re following in the footsteps of other ‘80s UK indie acts – The Specials, The Stone Roses, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Morrissey - who have played in Singapore for the first time this year. A must-see concert unless you’re a big fan of The Beach Boys who are also playing the same night.
When: 22 August 2012; 8pm
Where: Fort Canning Park
How much: $110; at the door - $125; VIP - $250 from Sistic
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.