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KZ Tandingan: A bright rising star

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KZ Tandingan, in my eyes, is one of the best newcomers in OPM lately. Even though she came from a search reality show, in due time, I believe music aficionados would know her more for her singing ability rather than for how she initially got nationwide attention.

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Album Review: “iTre!” by Green Day

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I think Green Day has already earned the right a long time ago to do whatever they want when it comes to the direction of their sound, how they want to approach the song-writing process, and if they want to experiment/incorporate any genre/music influences into each album release. Afterall, it is their album and we are the listeners/fans who purchase it. I have always found it amusing if not down right ridiculous each time you have the older fans of Green Day feuding or criticizing the newer/modern fans of Green Day. I think if you were really a fan of the band, you wouldn’t pretend to know better than the band themselves or alienate/shun the younger fans.

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Spotlight on Cosmic Love

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Cosmic Love, the self-proclaimed “rude boys of funk” have been making music together for nearly a decade. Their style of music has often been described as groovy, trippy and infectious. These guys have been “blazing a trail” in popular venues and have performed even in off-key sites for years. But beyond that, Cosmic Love is one of the main reasons there was a Pinoy-soul movement in the early to late 2000′s.

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U2: Electrical Storm

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There are songs that take you on a journey, that play with your imagination and whose lyrics resonate with the listener in different ways. In my opinion, this is the way songs are supposed to be. Whether they are about love, social issues, personal conflict or anything else, if they are done right, they can effectively send a message to the listener and THAT message stays.

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Adele’s ‘Skyfall’

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Adele’s take on the latest James Bond theme song – ‘Skyfall’ of the same movie title—brings to my mind other artists who have also performed the theme songs of past Bond movies such as Shirley Bassey and Sheena Easton.

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The importance of Bamboo Mañalac

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There are individuals who possess so much presence, who are iconic in their own right and considered to be pillars of local rock. The individual I am referring to is none other than Bamboo Mañalac. I had the good fortune of having had two chance encounters with Bamboo. In those chance encounters–even though they were just for a few precious minutes–he gave his full attention to my queries. He was down-to-earth and gave straightforward replies without being terse, curt, or impatient but quite indulgent and smiling and rather amused toward a huge fan like myself.

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No Doubt: Back in form

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For a band that hasn’t released an album for a decade already, there is still great interest that remains about their status. “No Doubt” has one of the most charismatic female lead singers around in Gwen Stefani. Even though she is already in her 40’s, she retains her youthful image and her popularity is still up there when compared to some of her contemporaries.

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Dueling Divas

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Nicki Minaj, Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter and voice actress, performs with rapper Cam'ron at Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 in New York. AP FILE PHOTO

The video–gone viral and shown on numerous shows–of Nicki Minaj cursing and threatening violence against Mariah Carey confirms that the feud between the two divas is indeed true and happening.   However, there are still speculations whether that outburst from Nicki Minaj was staged by the producers for ratings? The thing is whether it is [...]

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OPM: Hearing it straight from our musicians

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Whoever said that OPM is dead or dying?! Then, he has to take a look around, to think really well first before speaking, and not rely only on what is available in the mainstream for information and ideas.

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Foreign music influx

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I don’t think I can recall a time in recent memory that we have had such a wide array of popular foreign bands coming over. In fact, it has become an exciting last two years of just being able to have the accessibility and convenience of being able to watch any musician you fancy. What [...]

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My top three rock songs from horror movies

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1)    “Pet Sematary” by The Ramones – Listening to the late Joey Ramone singing about skeletons, dying, and choosing to not live again his life if given the choice can send shivers down the spine of any serious fan of the Ramones. A song that was released way back in 1989, it captures the horror trends [...]

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Show us your mask!

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Slipknot, the veterans of the metal genre, and not only of nu-metal since that latter distinction is one the lead singer Corey Taylor has denounced numerous times in interviews, as he considers his band as a diverse and accomplished group of musicians and not mere products of a single movement only. Rightfully so, since they [...]

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