Rico Blanco: “Wag Mong Aminin”

“Wag Mong Aminin” is as good a testament to Blanco tunesmithery as any: a universal experience filtered through alt-pop lens; experienced studio personnel, underplayers all; and a tear-jerking RA Rivera-helmed montage of sad-bastard vignettes in tow.  

August 23, 2016

Ely Buendia x The Itchyworms: “Pariwara”

You don’t need to be told the new Ely Buendia x Itchyworms collab is awesome. But okay, here you go: it is awesome. Stream it now. And several times thereafter.

August 17, 2016

Peryodiko Unveil New Single “Headrush,” Crowdfunding Campaign

Our advance review of new Peryodiko single “Headrush,” which launches tonight (and will be available as *gasp* free download) via Jam 88.3. They’re also crowdfunding their forthcoming third record. All here.

August 11, 2016

The Riot Act: “Amnesia”

The Riot Act may teeter too close to At The Drive-In sonic territory, but “Amnesia” captures their uproarious energy and immense musicality live. 

August 11, 2016

Truefaith: “The Rain”

“The Rain,” a dance-floor-worthy paean to second chances, is vintage Truefaith: harmless, fun, just right. Not a bad thing to be. 

August 5, 2016

Call and Response: The Summer State

Both basking in the glory and enduring the requisite challenges and trials the touring life has to offer, The Summer State—one of Singapore’s finest and most accomplished bands—is just about ready to do it all over again. This time, they have experience on their side.

July 28, 2016

Run Dorothy to Launch Debut EP Sanguine on July 30

The much-anticipated debut from math rock quintet Run Dorothy launches July 30. Details (support lineup, EP pre-order) here.

July 27, 2016

Cubism Family Marks Ten Years with Cubism10

Cubism Family celebrates a decade of existence through mammoth show featuring Peryodiko, Autotelic, and Up Dharma Down, among others. July 29 show deets here.  

July 26, 2016
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Itchyworms: “‘Di Na Muli”

Jazz Nicolas’ PhilPop-winning “‘Di Na Muli,” ably interpreted by (who else?) the Itchyworms, is the textbook definition of good, engaging modern pop.  

July 25, 2016

We are Imaginary: “Press Play”

Like all good things, the new single from We are Imaginary is quick, painless, with no promise of astounding depth, but otherwise sinfully enjoyable.

July 22, 2016

Olympia Maru: Surfacing

Olympia Maru, a new band populated by key players from Taken by Cars, Gaijin, and We are Imaginary, is a sum-of-its parts proposition but also something else, something more.   

July 19, 2016

Apartel: “Is It Hip?”

On “Is It Hip?” it’s apparent that the constraints Apartel set for themselves only made them work harder, and the bounds they’ve erected only made them wriggle around more creatively. Northside launch happens tomorrow at Craft.

July 15, 2016

July XIV: “Revelations I”

“Revelations I,” July XIV’s debut single, has its fair share of silence and noise, of stark nakedness and distortion-riddled bombast, and more.

July 14, 2016

Squid 9 Drops New Album Weld on July 13

And from out of nowhere, boom, a new Squid 9 album. That guy Marasigan sure does get things done. Weld launches on Wednesday. Details here.

July 11, 2016

Sour Cheeks: “Anymore”

The new Sour Cheeks single is fresh and with a naïve sincerity, like a younger Ciudad but no.  

July 7, 2016