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Slap, shock, off they go to conquer the world

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SLAPSHOCK members (from left) Lee Nadela, Chi Evora, Jamir Garcia, Lean Ansing and Jerry Basco. PHOTO COURTESY OF DICKIES

Rap-metal band Slapshock has been producing its own albums for the past 10 years or so, said frontman Jamir Garcia. As such, he added, the group controlled practically every aspect of the creative process—from songwriting down to the mixing.

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TV gig helps Itchyworms

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FROM left: Jazz Nicolas, Chino Singson, Jugs Jugueta and Kelvin Yu

Some people see Jugs Jugueta’s hosting stint in the noontime variety program “It’s Showtime” as a distraction from his duties with the band Itchyworms. The guitarist-vocalist begs to disagree. Being part of the show, he believes, has done the pop-rock group a lot of good.

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Fleetwood Mac to launch tour with both McVies

This April 8, 2013 file photo shows bassist John McVie performing during a Fleetwood Mac concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. AP

The McVies are going back on the road with Fleetwood Mac.

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Indie Showcase: Halik ni Gringo

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Halik ni Gringo is composed of (from left) Joaquin Acosta, Edu Ibazeta, Bid Pambid, Joey Santos, Joaqui Laurel, Rio Vargas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Joey Santos

It is high time the spotlight be focused also on our indie bands and acts. They form a deep well of diverse and amazing talents in the local scene. I will be showcasing once in a while an indie band or act that to my mind deserves a look and more attention. So below, let’s get to know Halik ni Gringo:

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Kjwan raises Filipino pride in 7107 international music festival

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A man of theatrics, Marc Abaya spews a spray of water during
Kjwan's performance on the first day of the 7017 International Music
Festival at Global Gateway Logistics City in Clark, Pampanga.  JILSON SECKLER TIU/Philippine Daily Inquirer

Kjwan sent out their “Invitation” and the crowd responded.

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Pussy Riot women vow to fight on after release

Feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Maria Alekhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia. Alekhina went on hunger strike Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in protest at not being allowed to attend her own parole hearing in Perm province. AP FILE PHOTO

The two jailed members of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot, whose imprisonment prompted a wave of global outrage, walked free on Monday and immediately vowed to fight injustice in Russian prisons.

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Pixies to perform in Israel

The Pixies in a recent show. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

An Israeli promoter for the Pixies says the American alternative rock band will perform in Israel next summer — four years after the band canceled a concert following a deadly Israeli raid on a pro-Palestinian Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza.

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Soul of Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, to turn 70

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform at Glastonbury, England on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Thousands are to enjoy the three day festival that started on Friday, June 28, 2013 with headliners Arctic Monkeys, the Rolling Stones and Mumford and Sons. AP

The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards hits 70 Wednesday with another tour on the horizon, and probably a smirk for everyone who would not have bet he would make it this far in a life of excess.

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Linkin Park: Remembered, Reinvented and ‘Recharged’

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LINKIN Park vocalists Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington drove the audience over the edge.  Magic Liwanag/Contributor

I will always hold Linkin Park in high regard. Even now when I listen to my old CD of ‘Hybrid Theory,’ I still find that debut album from the band to be very impressive even by today’s standards. But beyond the nostalgic hold that piece of music has on me, it is a reminder of how much the music of Linkin Park has changed through the years.

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The Killers release ‘Direct Hits’—a compilation of their best work

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How time flies… The Killers are at the pinnacle of their careers—so much so that a Greatest Hits album is definitely in order for them. While some may think it might be too soon for the band to do this, I don’t think it would have been a good idea either to wait another couple of years more to finally release one.

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After eating ‘adobo,’ ‘pancit canton,’ One Republic rocks Araneta

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FULL STOMACH Members of American alternative rock bank One Republic loves “adobo” and “pancit canton”. They also want to ride on top of a jeepney in the middle of traffic. MATIKAS SANTOS/Inquirer.net

The first time American alternative rock band OneRepublic—who is set to perform Wednesday night—visited the Republic of the Philippines they already made “adobo” and “pancit canton” their favorite foods and wanted to take a jeepney back home.

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Mom selling Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Washington

In this undated photo provided by Kim Cobain, a young Kurt Cobain plays piano in his childhood home in Aberdeen. AP

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final studio album, and fans aren’t just able to buy a new “super deluxe” box set to celebrate the occasion. They can also buy the childhood home of late frontman Kurt Cobain, complete with his mattress.

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