By Rito P. Asilo
Darren Espanto’s solo album, “Darren,” deserves music lovers’ patronage because, even if a good number of its nine-song repertoire turn out to be melodically unsatisfying and thematically disposable, he manages to rise above the curiously underwhelming tunes he’s tasked to breathe musical life into. The 13-year-old’s voice sparkles and soars in Vehnee Saturno’s “In […]
An up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name of Bobby Shmurda will face gun and drug trafficking charges when an arraignment is unsealed in court.
By Allan Policarpio
The past two years have been quite a ride for new British band Bastille, whose infectious, electronic synth-laden tunes are steadily gaining traction in the international music scene. For instance, Bastille’s hit song “Pompeii,” lead-off track of its first studio album, “Bad Blood,” was a Top 10 single in more than 10 countries, including the United States.
Meet The Script: Danny O’Donoghue (vocals, piano), Mark Sheehan (vocals, guitar), Glen Power (vocals, drums), three Irish men who are as direct, as impassioned as their songs; the one-time studio whizzes that have stepped up to form a band, then, on their last album, stepped front and center. It was called #3 and featured the trio on the artwork. It did exactly what the no-nonsense cover and title intended.
By Lea Salonga
For the last few years, I’ve been a more-than-willing participant in the ABS-CBN Christmas Special. Every single artist affiliated with the network via its shows and movies get to sing and dance to celebrate the season. The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by my brother Gerard, this year’s musical director, is accompanying the artists in musical numbers.