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November gig guide

By Patrick ChngEvents - 02 November 2012 12:00 AM

November gig guide

The concert scene usually winds down towards the tail end of the year. Still, there are gigs that get me all excited like a kid in a toy store.

Some people welcome the return of Air Supply and pianist Maksim to our shores. For me though, Sigur Ros leads this month’s picks.


Pick of the month

Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós – ‘Varðeldur’

Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós will perform in Singapore for the first time on 23 November. This band has inspired countless of post-rock outfits since their 1999 breakthrough second album, ‘Ágætis byrjun’. ‘

In May this year, Sigur Rós released their sixth studio album, ‘Valtari’. These guys can fart on their album and still be called genius. Such is their reputation and standing in the experimental and post-rock scene. Their music is atmospheric and ethereal sounding with classical influences.

Also read: Interview with Sigur Rós

Lead singer Jonsi has a haunting falsetto voice and sings unintelligible lyrics. The band has even said that the lyrics are gibberish but the sound of the “words” suits the music. Don’t miss this concert if you can help it.

23 Nov, 8pm | Venue: Fort Canning Park | Tickets: $110 (advance), $125 (at the door), $215 (VIP) from Sistic



Yuna – ‘Live Your Life’

Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna is returning to perform at the Kallang Theatre on 7 November. Since releasing her debut EP in 2008, she has gone on to win awards in Malaysia and then signed on with New York indie label, Fader, in 2010. 

She released the ‘Decorate’ EP in 2011 to positive reviews in the American press and in April this year, her self-titled debut album was out. She has performed the album’s single, ‘Live Your Life’, on late-night TV shows Last Call with Carson Daly and Conan.

What makes this concert so enticing as well is that ‘90s Singaporean band The Stoned Revivals, famous for their radio hit ‘Goodil’, are reuniting to perform as support act.

7 Nov, 8pm | Venue: Kallang Theatre | Tickets: $98, $68 from Sistic


The Analog Girl

The Analog Girl is one of Singapore’s best-kept secrets. Music fans know her but most people remain clueless even though she has performed at various festivals in Europe and America. Then again, most people are oblivious to Singapore original music.

The Analog Girl – ‘All Night’ (Filter Magazine's Culture Collide Festival 2011)

For this performance, The Analog Girl collaborates with Andy Yang, who music fans might know as the former bassist of Concave Scream and regular sessionist for Cheating Sons. This concert will also see the launch of The Analog Girl’s new album ‘Tonight Your Love’ on limited edition vinyl. I’ve heard the album and love it. Don’t miss this gig!

8 Nov, 9:30pm | Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio | Tickets: $25 from Sistic


Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Tony Macalpine, Derek Sherinian

These four virtuosos of rock have joined forces and are heading our way on 10 November. Drummer Mike Portnoy and keyboardists Derek Sherinian were from Dream Theatre, Billy Sheehan from Mr. Big while Tony Macalpine was in Planet X and has also played in Steve Vai’s touring band.

Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Tony MacAlpine and Derek Sherinian - Sabian Live NAMM 2012

The band was put together by Portnoy to perform at two drum events at the music product trade show NAMM last January. The guys enjoyed playing together so much that they’ve decided to do a tour after that. If you’re into prog-metal and instrumental rock, this is the gig for you.

10 Nov. 7pm | TAB, Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Rd. | Tel: 64936952 | Tickets: $85 (advance), $95 (at the door) from Sistic

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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.