New Video from The Animal Parade

New Video from The Animal Parade

New Video from The Animal Parade

The Singapore music scene is thriving in ways that contradict the idea that all bands need to get signed by a big label if they are to get their name known. One of the reasons behind this is the influence of social media on youth culture today. Ever since the advent of the internet sharing with people has become easier. Now social networks have replaced word of mouth and kids share their new music on this platform more than anything else, particularly on sites like Myspace. One video that has captured the zeitgeist perfectly is a new music video by The Animal Parade, called A Family Line, a Chinese New Year.

The song is a sweet sounding social commentary about the way girls feel pressured to get hitched before it is too late and they miss their opportunity, as if that is everything there is to life. The 24 year old Tan Siling got the idea for the song when it occurred to her that many girls felt the same way she did about these issues. Specifically, that people were focusing too much on getting a boyfriend and settling down into family life before their time. The song took two days to compose and in the hilarious video she performs with her fellow Singaporean band mates in a range of costumes.

Siling said: "CNY is looming for most girls out there, and it's a topic that often surfaces during conversations with family and friends.

The video opens with some dialogue between the vocalist Tan Siling and her real father in which he tries to convince her getting a husband should be her number 1 priority. She said: "The storyline was very impromptu, totally spontaneous.”

Then it cuts to the boy members of the group who are dressed in drag and singing with their guitars. One even dresses up like a gorilla later in the piece and Siling was obviously impressed with their comedic skills, saying: “The boys are hilarious to watch on a regular basis, so make-up and wigs really upped it 10 notches. I struggled to keep a straight face while filming.”

The video has received rave reviews and the comments box on YouTube has been in overdrive as people seek to congratulate the band on their innovative sound which skirts on some quite serious issues for young girls. Siling said: "We're quite overwhelmed by the support we've received.”

Big Night Out 2013

Big Night Out 2013

Big Night Out 2013

What happens when you combine the forces of two of America's biggest Indie rock bands, Vampire Weekend and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The pair are set to join forces to headline LAMC productions Big Night Out in Singapore, and who would want to miss that? The blend of style and substance in this line-up promises an unforgettable night of ferocious guitar music for everyone who attends. And last but not least, these two juggernauts of popular music will be joined on the stage by Seattle's very own Band Of Horses.

This showcase is now in its fourth year and this year's programme is expected to be the best yet, so purchase your tickets now and get to Fort Canning Park on January 30 for a massive party. Singapore has been establishing itself as something of an oasis for alternative rockers and with headliners like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and Band of Horses, this is one music festival that can't be brushed aside.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are an American indie rock of some repute and whenever they roll up in town you know the atmosphere is going to be electric. Karen O is one of the most expressive performers in the business and if you have not seen her with your own two eyes and ears, you haven't lived! The band have such a varied and distinctive sound for a three piece and they will be performing hits from their three studio albums Fever to Tell, Show Your Bones, and It's Blitz!

Vampire Weekend are a little newer to the Indie scene than veterans YYYs but they still have a number of hits that have been celebrated in all of the important Indie magazines, particularly NME. 2008 was a watershed year for the band as they released their first album Vampire Weekend, which spawned feel-good tunes like "Mansard Roof", "A-Punk", "Oxford Comma" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa".

Tickets here:

Adam Lambert back in Singapore

Adam Lambert back in Singapore

Adam Lambert back in Singapore. Like much of the world, Singapore has become obsessed with TV talent shows like American Idol. It seems that reality TV has the drama and suspense that transcends any language or cultural divides across the world. Everybody loves the surprises and the shocks that come along the way, and they travel on the journey with their favourite artists through the weeks of competition.

Everybody who enters the show knows that this huge level of interest across the globe can be a great springboard for a career in popular music, and you only have to look at previous winners like Kelly Clarkson and Jordin Sparks for inspiration. Another contestant who has who has really translated his public profile on the show into huge success internationally is Adam Lambert.

Lambert is known for his stint on the American Idol programme in Season 8 where he finished runner up to Kris Allen in an extremely close match-up. Ever since he completed the show he has had a great affinity with his fans in Singapore. The American crooner is particularly known for his flamboyant dress sense and his voice which has an impressive multi-octave range. One accolade which stands out in his career so far is his 2011 nomination for a Grammy Award, in the category of Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Sadly, he fell just short of the winner's podium once more.

The glam-rock singer first visited Singapore in 2010 for an exclusive, invitation-only Fan Event which was held in the warm and welcoming destination of Resorts World Sentosa. Around this time he had just released his debut album which was received positively in multiple countries. The biggest hits from the album were the tracks "For Your Entertainment", "Whataya Want from Me" and "If I Had You".

In 2013 Adam Lambert will return to Singapore for the third time having previously participated in the live concert before the F1 Grand Prix in 2010. But what makes this return special is that this is the first time you will be able to see him in concert in a stand-alone show in The Star Theatre, March 8th.

Tickets here:

Tune in to Tunes

Tune in to Tunes

Singapore has 19 radio stations which cater to a large variety music tastes and content specifically for different demographics of its population. Here is a comprehensive guide to all 19 stations and a brief outline of the content they provide (listed in order of transmission frequency; lowest to highest).

883JiaFM Chinese and English language, news, traffic, pop music and weather.

88.9 BBC World Service English Language, News and Discussions.

Ria 89.7FM Malay, English and Arab content, music, news, contemporary.

Gold 90.5FM English language, plays hit songs from the 1960s - current music trends.

HOTFM91.3 English language, music charts, contemporary content and discussions.

Kiss 92FM English language, plays hits ranging from the 1980s to modern day songs.

Symphony 92.4FM English language, currently the only Singaporean radio station dedicated exclusively to classical music

Y.E.S 93.3FM Chinese Language, Chinese pop music, broadcasts 24 hours a day

938 LIVE English language, news and discussions

Class 95FM English Language, best of charts from 1980 - present

Capital 95.8FM Chinese Language, news, music, discussions and entertainment

XFM 96.3FM Mixed Language - Japanese, Hindi, French, German and Korean content.

Love 97.2FM English and Chinese Language, music from the 80s and 90s

Power 98FM English Language, pop music, classic hits and news

987FM English Language, contemporary music

Lush 99.5 FM English Language, chill out, easy listening, house, vocal jazz music

UFM 1003 Chinese Language, news.

Warna 94.2FM Malaysian Language, Islamic content, music and discussions