Fresh from Pupil's win at the International Film Festival Manhattan for "20/20," topnotch manager Diane Ventura is slated to debut her film "TheRapist" (itself an IFFM prize-winner from the previous year) online December 6.
People are strange when you're a stranger, so don't be (er, a stranger) this Friday (November 29) at Craft. Hello Strange is up next at JD On Stage, with a strangely compelling lineup. Eric Strange talks to Jason Caballa about his young but already-rock-solid prod.
Kat Tapang reports on last week's Attraction! Reaction!, the hippest party on the block that night, lights or no: nine bands, a surprise set by Dave Elkins (yes, in the dark), and an over-all warm vibe.
Songwriting is a means of self-expression, sure, but it doesn't mean it can't be a potent tool for screwing with people as well. Gabe Lynch talks about tunes by Ben Folds, Randy Newman, John Lennon, and (gasp!) Joseph Haydn, and why they're like the audio equivalent of a raised middle finger.
Seventeen-year-old Korean guitarist, composer, and all-around musical genius Sungha Jung proved to his legions of screaming K-pop fans (and, well, skeptics like myself) that he is not just some boy noodling on the six-string. Seriously.
"To all the jazz-heads, if you feel that jazz is your music, fight for it, die for it and don't be sorry because the rewards will be great." Legendary pianist Bel Cruz, Jr. speaks at length with top jazz scribe Richie Quirino.
By Katrina Stuart Santiago on Tuesday, November 26 2013
"The public and Sarah Geronimo would choose Klarisse de Guzman. The narrative, after all, that surrounds the contestant is intertwined with that of her coach." Ina Santiago talks about The Voice's second-placer in this mini-series of critiques over Rice Radio.
"I have to find the middle ground between flash and substance because the primary goal in my band is to make a great song." The Itchyworms' Chino Singson speaks of his guitar-playing history, a road paved with 'songhits,' chord charts, restringing right-handed guitars to left, and "Enter Sandman" by Metallica.
By Katrina Stuart Santiago on Tuesday, November 19 2013
"This young man," Ina Santiago writes, "proved that he was no mere copy of [Bamboo,] his mentor, and just might be the only [one of the lot] who's on the right track to an all-original album." Our mini-series of postscripts on The Voice continues, with this entry on guitar-toting performer Myk Perez.
By Katrina Stuart Santiago on Thursday, October 31 2013
Think "birit" is all there is to it? Well, Ina Santiago tells you to beat it. Okay, not really. Ina argues against artifice and for soul in this mini-series of "The Voice" postscripts, the first installment of which is on Janice Javier.
By Katrina Stuart Santiago on Tuesday, October 8 2013
Where Ina Santiago rounds up her comprehensive critique of the PhilPop 2013 winners, from novelty songs with depth (yes, they can have that, too) to the standard (and not-so-standard) love song. Tracks by Joey Ayala, Johnoy Danao, and others slid under the microscope, yes.