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Bruno Mars arrives for MOA Arena concert

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Pop superstar Bruno Mars quietly slipped into Manila today for his concert tomorrow night, March 22, at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City.

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Firsthand look: 7107 music fest grounds

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Photo by Ellen von Unwerth

Assuming that you have secured your tickets and booked a hotel, there are three more essentials you need to do to enjoy the biggest outdoor concert to be held in the Philippines in recent years: bring a mat; withdraw enough cash for food and drinks; and pray hard that it doesn’t rain, unless you’re ready to rough it up just like people do in other countries.

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Jack Jones, at 76, still making lovers swoon

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JACK JONES

American jazz and pop singer Jack Jones is 76, and still singing the tunes that make lovers swoon.

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K-pop group Infinite: No lip-synching at tonight’s concert

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No lip-synching, no vocal enhancements either—this was the promise made by the Korean pop group Infinite, whose concert will be held tonight (Sunday) at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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MOA Arena manager confirms Aerosmith’s Manila concert

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Rock this way, Aerosmith is finally coming over in May. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Aerosmith Facebook account

The bad boys from Boston, otherwise known as Aerosmith, will finally perform in Manila, on May 8 at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena—concert promoter Pulp Live Productions announced Tuesday night, March 5, on its YouTube channel.

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There’s still time to catch the PIJazz fest

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There’s not much buzz about it, perhaps because the organizers have their hands too full to publicize the event. But the 2013 Philippine International Jazz Festival or Pijazz has been quietly ongoing since kicking off on Feb. 1, with an almost nightly schedule of performances at bars, malls and hotels—the idea of which is to make the music accessible to where the people are.

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Jessica Sanchez faces Big Dome test in crowded Valentine’s scene

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Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez is in town for a solo concert on Feb. 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum—a deal that was negotiated in September 2012 when the American Idol 2012 runner-up first came here to perform with her co-finalists at the same venue.

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Jessica Sanchez concert up against dozens of Valentine shows

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JESSICA SANCHEZ on a 5-city tour in the Philippines. Contributed Photo

Jessica Sanchez is in town for a solo concert on Feb. 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum – a deal that was negotiated in September last year when the American Idol 2012 runner-up first came here to perform with her co-finalists at the same venue.

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Making sense out of K-pop madness

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GIRLS’ Generation, like Psy, has a worldwide hit. WILSON CHUA

When K-pop stars come to Manila, the world of their fans spin out of control. It’s madness, mass hysteria that defies logic.   How else to explain the sight of about 18,000 kids screaming their   lungs out, a few of them to the point of fainting, in a show that seemed to have overlooked musical [...]

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Leaving the world behind with Swedish House Mafia

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FERDIE Arquero

The way to enjoy electronic dance music (EDM) is to be like a child again—innocent, open to all sorts of stimuli, receptive to the pleasure principle.

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Filipino band to join Memphis contest

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KAT MAGIC Woman (from left): Louie Talan, Vic Mercado, Kat Agarrado, Sam Asuncion and Wowee Posadas

The music was hot and spicy at the Roadhouse Manila Bay recently, when the Philippine Blues Society (PBS) hosted a sendoff gig for Kat Magic Express—the local band that will compete at the 29th International Blues Challenge (IBC) set Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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New Journey tour has PH stop

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JOURNEY

Arnel Pineda sounded relaxed, even happy, while talking to the Inquirer by phone from his home in Quezon City last   Saturday. The Filipino frontman of American rock band Journey is enjoying the last few weeks of his holiday break before he flies to the United States on Jan. 30 to prepare for another grueling concert [...]

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