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Tuneful treats, off-kilter tricks from Darren, Kathryn and Aljur

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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 […]

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US rapper Bobby Shmurda faces gun, drug charges

FILE -- In this Oct. 30, 2014 file photo, Bobby Shmurda arrives at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Shmurda whose real name is Ackquille Pollard has been arrested in New York City in a gun and narcotics investigation. Authorities said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that he was apprehended after leaving a Manhattan recording studio. Several others were also taken into custody. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

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.

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Bastille’s ‘cinematic indie pop’ takes off

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(FROM left) William Farquarson, Kyle Simmons, Dan Smith, Chris Wood

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.

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Meet The Script

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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.

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Celebrating with my ‘Kapamilya’

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Pretty stars led by Jessy Mendiola (left), KC Concepcion (third from right) and Angeline Quinto (right), prep for a dance number. photo 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.

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