“No mouth was pursed and not a single eye willingly blinked. [...] A welcome respite from the slackerism of indie-rock gigs and the facetious excess of pop-star shows.” Aldus Santos on the onstage genius of Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme, and Dom Howard, collectively known as Muse.
“I think I’m finally fully in charge of my life. I succeed and I fail because of me.” Ebe Dancel opens up via our humble condo-bound web show. Catch a whiff of the performances as well and try not to weep. Story by new staff writer Yogi Pajarillo.
Though invariably pigeonholed as the country’s answer to Tony Bennett, Arthur Manuntag is, in reality and without paradox, a jazz-vocal original. Take a gander at Richie Quirino’s Q&A from a while back.
"[Acid jazz has come to mean music that tries] to get a little bit more funk, a little bit more edge, a little bit more acid, or corruption, inside the thing, that tries to mix this thing up and corrode it a little bit," Bluey Maunick and the rest of Incognito tell Planet Jazz. Read more here.
From “Big Girls Don’t Cry” to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” you can’t help but bop your head to these tunes and just feel uplifted. Karl R. de Mesa weighs in on the Frankie Valli-propelled OST for the Clint Eastwood-directed “Jersey Boys.”
Desplat’s “Budapest” OST has both the polish of an old-school gentleman’s shoes and the grime of gunpowder that presages its descent into filth. Echoes his work on “Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise” but with a definite, uncompromising edge.
“[Alexandre] Desplat was going for a brutish kind of direct aesthetic instead of continually beating around the bush,” Karl R. de Mesa writes about the score for “Godzilla,” which is “as stupidly big” as the beast in question.
"Henry Jackman's rousing score hits the bull's eye [and] provides an aptly paranoid and gloriously over-the-top accompaniment to the Captain's brave new world." Writer Karl R. de Mesa weighs in on the OST of the new Cap movie.
"For his ambition alone, [Nathan] Furst gets high marks as he tries to outdo his own previous B-movie efforts with his debut into the big screen's film-score elite." Our man Karl R. De Mesa on the music and score for "Need for Speed."