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It’s not everyday that you get to see two of the most iconic pop singers in this generation with none other than Jack Antonoff.

The Bleachers frontman recently had Lorde and Carly Rae Jepsen join his band onstage for an MTV Unplugged performance of Hate That You Know Me, a song that originally features Jepsen.

The trio is known to have been longtime collaborators and real-life buddies - much evident in Lorde and Jepsen's comfortable stage presence with Antonoff. Talk about an expensive pair of backup singers, eh?

Listening to these three artists jam to a song live while belting out incredibly high notes is indeed a breath of fresh air.

Watch the video here:

 

Watch the rest of Bleachers' MTV Unplugged performances here.

 

Photo Credit: MTV

Catching Ariana Grande’s Singapore debut next week, but not a full-fledged Arianator? We’ve got you covered!

Ariana Grande has been dominating the pop scene ever since her breakthrough on the Nickelodeon show, Victorious.

What the 24-year-old is mostly famous for is her Mariah Carey-esque whistle tones that often dominate public spaces in Singapore – an infectious virus that leaves you with no choice but to eventually be familiar with some of her top hits.

But we’re not even complaining! Grande is one of today’s most talented artists who can effortlessly deliver stunning vocal quality and at the same time bop along to her catchy melodies.

So, almost everyone can hum to at least one Ariana Grande song by now. But the question is, can you sing along?

If you’re one of those people who need to know the lyrics to get the full concert experience, you’ve come to the right place.

We know it’s a challenge to even try to match Grande’s vocal prowess, but one can try.

Here are 5 Ariana Grande songs you need to memorize before her Singapore debut!*

*If you're attempting to practice these songs in your room, please inform your family members beforehand. Loud squealing might occur.

 

1. One Last Time

 

2. Into You

 

3. Break Free

 

4. Dangerous Woman

 

5. Problem

Photo credit: Ethan Miller

5 Game of Thrones Actors Who Are Also Musicians

By Thursday, 07 September 2017 15:00

It’s always endearing to discover actors’ side hustles, or even hobbies, that they immerse themselves in apart from the well-beloved (or hated) characters they play on TV.

Game of Thrones actors are undoubtedly a talented bunch, so it wasn’t at all surprising finding out that they also engage in other creative platforms.

Here are 5 Game of Thrones actors who are also talented musicians.

 

1. Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm)

The commander of the Unsullied is not as mysterious in real life as he is in the show. Jacob Anderson goes by stage name Raleigh Ritchie and has a diverse range of R&B tracks that one can easily swoon over. Grey Worm drops his Valyrian accent for his real, raspy and soulful voice in his album, You’re a Man Now and I must say that Cowards is definitely a track you should pay attention to.

 

 

2. Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton)

Far from his terrifying character as Ramsay Bolton, Iwan Rheon gives out a melodramatic vibe as he serenades us in indie folk songs like Dinard.

 

 

3. Jerome Flynn (Bronn)

It was certainly kind of a shock to find out that jolly ol’ Bronn was part of an English singing duo in the ‘90s, but life does surprise you sometimes. Jerome Flynn was half of Robson & Jerome, a duo that gain a bit of popularity for their covers. Here's one that might ring a bell.

 

 

4. Kristian Nairn (Hodor)

Yes, Hodor is a DJ. Having already played a gig in Singapore some time ago, Kristian Nairn confessed that music "felt more natural" to him despite studying both acting and music in college. Don't judge Nairn's mute character on the show as DJ HODOR knows how to get the party started in real life.

 

 

5. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)

We’ve seen him effortlessly sing in Coldplay’s Game of Thrones: The Musical. But it seems like there’s more where that attitude came from. It recently has just been reported that Tyrion Lannister himself used to be the frontman of a punk-rock band called Whizzy… and there are several pictures to prove it.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, HBO

Taylor Swift might have been on the down low for the past couple of months, but the pop singer sure does know how to tease a major comeback.

Swift recently deleted all her posts from social media and came back with cryptic videos followed by an announcement of new music - a newly released single and an upcoming album entitled Reputation.

As expected, fans are more than willing to see the move as groundbreaking, even making sense of the symbolisms in her comeback posts.

However, her sudden disappearance from social media as a publicity tactic does not necessarily fall under the category of “breaking the internet,” as she’s not really the first artist who’s done it.

Though, discussing her lack of originality does not seem to interest the public these days. What are they talking about, you may ask? Well, let’s just say people on social media are constantly mocking her poorly designed album art for Reputation.

Here are a few posts about the album art that made us chuckle:

Perhaps the terrible design is a metaphor for her "damaged" reputation? Who knows?

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How To Be Less Annoying At Concerts

By Sunday, 06 August 2017 15:00

We’ve all been amongst their presence. People who just won’t let you enjoy your favorite band in peace.

If you’re an avid concertgoer, you’ve probably noticed annoying habits in the mosh pit that are just difficult to ignore. It’s as though these habits are just screaming for your attention. That despite your persistent effort to remain ~chill~, you just have to live with the fact that some people are just going to piss you off.

But oftentimes we also become unaware of our own behavior and end up being one of those annoying people.

So, here are some things to take note of on how to be less annoying at concerts.

 

1.     Don’t film the entire concert on your smartphone

This is a no-brainer. But unless you’re on a serious personal project to document every second of your life, please refrain from filming the whole show. You’re not only going to do yourself a favor by "living in the moment," but it is also going to be a huge relief for people whose view you’re potentially blocking. Keep ‘em in your pocket!

 

2.     Only smoke in designated smoking areas

If you want to smoke, please don’t do it in a crowded pit amongst the presence of potential non-smokers. A guy once did this in a Glass Animals show and from the looks of the people around us, it surely killed everyone’s vibe.

 

3.     Don’t put your bags on the floor during the show

I would suggest not bringing a bag at all to a mosh pit, but I know that some of us have personal/medical needs to attend to. If you’re going to bring a bag, bring a small one and please don’t leave them on the ground. People didn’t pay for concert tickets only to step and dance on a floor obstructed by your inability to carry the things you bought in the pit. Bring only what you can carry throughout the entire show!

 

4.     Check your personal hygiene

Mosh pits are usually a place of severe stuffiness and heat – especially in Singapore. You’re going to start perspiring the moment you secure that coveted spot. Hence, it goes without saying to put on some deodorant prior to the show. A wise friend once said, "Don't assault others with your B.O.”

 

5.     Tie your hair

I don’t know about you but there have been a few instances where I’ve been smacked in the face by some girl’s hair and god was it beyond unpleasant. If your hair is more than shoulder-length long, I would suggest tying them in a bun just so you and others around you can move freely without worrying about getting hit by someone’s hair in the face. You’re not in a music video nor are you Beyoncé. Get over yourself!

 

Photo Credit: Bandsintown, Giphy

If you only have to watch one cover of a song this week, make it HAIM’s take on That Don’t Impress Me Much.

The Shania Twain hit was given its due resurrection into the mainstream scene at triple J's Like A Version segment.

Covers are usually a hit or miss, especially in today's hard-to-impress generation. But rest assured that HAIM will continue to surpass our expectations - especially when you have both Este and Danielle on lead vocals.

We all know how it went down when HAIM covered Selena Gomez and had Alana on vocals... not that well-received.

But then, it doesn’t take much to be enthralled by HAIM, and this cover just proves that the trio is finally back to bless our ears. 

Be sure to be entertained by Este’s amusing side-eyes and Danielle’s effortless guitar solos in the video below.

 

Photo Credit: Getty

I’m not gonna lie.

I’ve laughed at all the memes and expressed my annoyance over Ed Sheeran’s cameo on Game of Thrones more times that I can count over the past two days.

People were hilarious, we can’t deny that fact.

Sheeran’s scene as a Lannister soldier certainly had an impact on my overall enjoyment of the episode, just like any other millennial who is eagerly following today’s pop culture scene.

Just when you thought you were fully immersed in the fantasy world of Westeros, a familiar face pops up, suddenly reminding you that the show is in fact fictional - way to ruin the sense of escapism there!

Unfortunately, this is not Hannah Montana meets The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. People these days don’t get excited about crossovers anymore.

But after hearing about his sudden disappearance from Twitter due to the mockery, I realized that Sheeran was just a normal fan who wanted to be on his favorite show. I mean, LET THE GUY LIVE!!!

Despite the backlash, Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa has Sheeran's back, even complimenting his performance – "In the world of the show, he did a lovely job, and he looks like he belongs in that world."

We also have other GoT fans who supported the scene, saying that it was an essential part of the storyline.

 

So, there you go! Please remember to be kind to one another, especially to Ed Sheeran. The lad tried, for goodness’ sake!

 

Photo Credit: HBO

I’ve recently noticed a commonality between all of the bands I’ve been listening to… and it’s their devotion to floral aesthetics.

Call me basic, but when I see something that has some sort of a flower on it, I immediately sense a feeling of calmness.

Somehow, there’s an unfathomable vibe being emitted by floral aesthetics that just appeals to the majority of the female population. This instant Sofia Coppola-esque feeling can be compared to the pixie dream-like aesthetic of teenage girls, which might just be the reason why bands are incorporating roses into their style.

We’ve got tour posters, merchandise, and even stage set-ups just begging to be instagrammed, and we’re not even complaining! We dig this shit!

Here are 3 bands you should check out (if you haven’t already) who are drowning in floral aesthetics.

 

The Maine

 

LANY

 

Whitney

 

 

Photo Credit: The Maine via Facebook, LANY via Instagram, Whitney via Instagram and Facebook, @_lupe via Instagram

5 Things That Really Piss Dave Grohl Off

By Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:00

Whenever something gets on his nerves, Dave Grohl is never one to hold back his opinion.

Over the years, the Foo Fighters frontman have voiced his distaste over many issues, on top of standing up for the principles that he believes in.

Here are a few examples:

 

1) Glee

Remember back in 2010 to 2013 when TV series Glee was at its peak and got us all excited with their covers? Many musicians lent the show their hit songs for MicKinley High School students such as Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson to sing along to them.

Along with Slash and Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters were one of the handful who were not as excited to jump on the bandwagon.

In fact, Dave Grohl made known his dislike for the series' creator, Ryan Murphy, calling him a 'jerk' for slamming musicians who did not want to be on the show. As for the show itself, Dave admitted that he only watched about 10 minutes of it and that it wasn't his thing. 

 

2) TV Singing Competitions

While I'm personally not a fan of TV singing competitions such as X Factor, The Voice and American Idol, I have never felt that strongly against them before.

However, Dave, who blames these singing competitions for "destroying the next generation of musicians", once made an analogy about them that made so much sense: "Imagine Bob Dylan standing there singing 'Blowin' in the Wind' in front of those judges? 'Sorry, it's a little nasally and a little flat. Next.' "

The bitter truth is that as brilliant as Bob Dylan is, chances are is that he would not be able to make it through these singing competitions if he were to audition for any of them today. Chew on that. 

 

3) "Superficial" Pop Music

It's not fair to make a sweeping statement that Dave hates pop, as he has previously sung the praises of Lorde's Royals, Adele's 21 album and even Psy's Gangnam Style.

So to be exact, what really gets in Dave's luscious locks are sugar-sweet pop songs that hold no substance.

One artiste that he feels is guilty of churning out such 'superficial' tunes is none other than Katy Perry. He noted: "If the Number One song is about your butt, that's a problem." Ouch. 

 

4) Noise Restrictions

Last year, a teen metal band from England, Black Leaves Of Envy, were faced with noise restrictions from their town council following complaints that they were making too much noise in their garage during band rehearsals.

The band appealed to Dave for help and got more than what they hoped for when he responded with an open letter on Instagram, appealing for the council to "reconsider the restrictions put upon the volume of their private rehearsal space".

Read the full letter below:

When the band finally returns to Singapore, you can sure as hell bet that the band would not hold back and submit themselves to the country's tight noise restrictions at the National Stadium. Awesome! 

 

5) Concerts Shorter Than 2 Hours

There's nothing more frustrating than waiting in line for your favourite band for more than 5 hours, only to have them perform on stage for a little over an hour and a half. Back in 2015, Dave slammed new bands and their "little 2-hour concerts", as he continues to perform with his leg still in a cast from an injury earlier that year.

"Here’s our fucking problem. We’ve been a band for 20 fucking years, we have a lot of fucking songs, and then add my big mouth on top of that, and we’re going to be here all night."

So it's safe to say that you can expect a set longer than 2 hours with lots of fan interaction from Dave at the band's upcoming concert in Singapore. Get your tickets to see Foo Fighters on August 26 here!

 

Concert Details:

Date               : 26 August 2017, Saturday

Venue            : Singapore National Stadium

Ticket Prices : $238* (Standing), $168* (Standing), $238*, $198*, $168*, $128* (*excludes booking fee)

 

Tickets available now. Call 3158 7888 to book or log onto www.sportshubtix.sg.

Tickets also available at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets islandwide.

 

Spin or Bin Music is proud to be the official blog for Foo Fighters' tour in Singapore

 
 
(Photo credits: AP Photo, Giphy)

Over the past two decades, Foo Fighters have released 152 tracks. This means that from now till their concert on 26 August, you can listen to one Foo Fighters song a day and STILL have more than 50 songs left unheard! 

Wow. That does seem a little overwhelming, but we all gotta start somewhere!

So here are seven Foo Fighters songs carefully selected to help you get through each day of the week:

 

Monday: Walk 

 

Dave Grohl's character in the music video for Walk is exactly how we feel like every Monday - tired and very easily agitated. 

 

 

 

Tuesday: Learn To Fly

 

Now that we've started to walk again, it's time to pick up the pace and learn to fly on Tuesday!

 

 

Wednesday: The Neverending Sigh

 

Mid-weeks are a drag and there's no better song to represent Wednesdays than The Neverending Sigh

 

 

Thursday: Exhausted

 

After working or studying your ass off for the past three days, it is understandable to feel exhausted on Thursday!

 

 

Friday: Everlong

 

Oh Friday, how we've waited for you eeeee-verrrrr-longgg

 

 

Saturday: Times Like These

 

Saturday is truly the day where you learn to live again. Compared to other days when you dread waking up, Saturday morning is the only exception when you can wake up at 8am and still be in mood good enough to scream "I'm a new day rising, I'm a brand new sky". 

 

 

Sunday: Next Year

 

The mellowness of Next Year is how we like to spend our Sundays: slow and relaxed as we bid our goodbyes to our beloved weekends before rocketing back to the grind.

 

If you haven't bought your tickets to catch Foo Fighters yet, you better hurry because there are still limited seated tickets available! Get them now!

 

Concert Details:

Date               : 26 August 2017, Saturday

Venue            : Singapore National Stadium

Ticket Prices : $238* (Standing), $168* (Standing), $238*, $198*, $168*, $128* (*excludes booking fee)

 

Tickets available now. Call 3158 7888 to book or log onto www.sportshubtix.sg.

Tickets also available at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets islandwide.

 

Spin or Bin Music is proud to be the official blog for Foo Fighters' tour in Singapore

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