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Nine Inch Nails return with ‘impenetrable’ music

NEW YORK -- Industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails on Friday last week announced their first release in three years -- an EP that frontman...

2016: the beginning of the end of a rock era

NEW YORK — The year 2016 began with David Bowie releasing one of the most acclaimed albums of his vast career, a sign of...

A match made in music heaven

Concert Posporo(s) – Johnny Alegre Affinity and Mastretta Dec. 10, 2016. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., concerts start at 10 p.m. 19 East Bar and Grill, Km....

New Rolling Stones album rekindles Chicago-blues love affair

LONDON -- Eleven years after their last studio album, the forever Rolling Stones are back once again with Blue and Lonesome, a tribute to...

The Weeknd, smooth yet steamy, makes quick return

By Shaun Tandon NEW YORK -- Just one year after he catapulted into the ranks of top pop stars, The Weeknd has returned with a...

Back from hiatus, Metallica is still angry

PARIS — Back with its first album in eight years, Metallica has returned to its thrash metal roots, making it clear the band hasn’t...

Jim James shares the 6 albums that influenced him the most

FOR HIS second solo album, Eternally Even, My Morning Jacket (MJM) frontman Jim James eschews his band’s jammier tendencies and dives even deeper into...

Different strokes

Michelline and Maxine Syjuco. Sisters, artists. PHOTOGRAPHY  JONATHAN BALDONADO Michelline and Maxine Syjuco grew up in a house where it was normal to have furniture hanging...

Traveling for the music

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor Summer isn’t the best time to go to Japan — it’s hot, humid, and did I mention, scorching...

The next stage

Under a new musical director, a stronger PPO emerges. WORDS  JOHANNA POBLETE | PHOTOGRAPHY  JOJO MAMANGUN You could hear a pin drop, there was such a hushed...

Fitz and The Tantrums find pop not a ‘dirty word’

NEW YORK — Fitz and The Tantrums won acclaim with its brand of infectious retro soul but when it came time to write new...

Indie artists try to benefit from Spotify while keeping day jobs

by Julianne S. Ruizol It’s not easy being an independent Filipino musical artist. Most of the time fellow musicians, fans, and listeners argue about the intricacies...

Life of rock superstar Prince celebrated in new comic book

Prince, the innovative, Grammy-winning musician who died of an accidental, self-inflicted overdose of a powerful painkiller in April, is being honored with a comic...

Justin Timberlake returns with cheery pop

NEW YORK — Pop superstar Justin Timberlake returned Friday with his first new song in three years, a cheery pop number that will appear...

Radiohead inches back to rock roots on bleak new album

NEW YORK — Radiohead, the band for two decades synonymous with experimentation, has inched back to its rock roots on a long-awaited album that...

Rapper Drake releases long-awaited album Views

WASHINGTON -- Drake, one of the most successful rappers of the moment, last week released his long-awaited new album, Views -- an ode to...

Radiohead reveal new song ‘Burn The Witch’

LONDON -- Experimental British rockers Radiohead released a video for a song entitled “Burn The Witch” on Tuesday but kept fans hanging on for...

Electric Word Life: The Rapture of Prince

By Jessica Zafra I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray. I’ve been trying to write about Prince since the...

Concert focusing on the human voice

By Zsarlene B. Chua Concert AKAPELA Featuring Baihana and Pinopela April 23, 7:30 p.m. Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave. cor. Buendia Ave., Makati City TWO OF the country’s...

PJ Harvey, rock poet, turns journalist with eye on decay

LOS ANGELES — With a guitar in hand rather than a notebook, rocker PJ Harvey has taken on the role of a journalist on a...

Night at the museum: will.i.am bigs up the Louvre

PARIS -- He is after all rap’s renaissance man. The singer will.i.am revealed to the world, on Tuesday, the results of his most unlikely collaboration...

Sidebar | Francisco Feliciano’s silent soul

Francisco Feliciano’s "Silence My Soul: Eternal Echo" begins with the metallic ring of a ching chap, a Thai percussion instrument. A hushed male voice...

Meat Loaf back with album, tour

NEW YORK — Hard rock chart-topper Meat Loaf has announced a release date for a new album and an extensive tour of Canada, returning...

Last Motorhead recordings to become live album

NEW YORK — Motorhead’s last live recordings before the death of the hard-charging metal band’s frontman Lemmy are being turned into a live album. Clean...

From ninja to elder statesman: Japan techno king Ken Ishii

TOKYO — Japan’s techno trail-blazer Ken Ishii rocks huge crowds the world over and leads a glamorous, jet-set life — but the superstar DJ...

Jeff Buckley legend builds with new posthumous album

PARIS -- Jeff Buckley put out only one album before his death in 1997 but his legend has since steadily grown thanks to posthumous...

NASA releases strange ‘music’ heard by 1969 astronauts

WASHINGTON -- NASA has made public a recording of strange “music” that astronauts reported hearing in 1969 while on the far side of the...

Reliving EDSA with the music of a gladiator-king

By Zsarlene B. Chua Ballet Rebel Ballet Manila Feb. 25-27, 8:00 p.m. Feb. 28, 3:00 p.m. ALIW Theater Sotto St., CCP Complex, Pasay City BALLET MANILA celebrates the 30th anniversary of the...

Santana reunites lineup after 45 years

NEW YORK -- Carlos Santana, one of the pioneering Latin rockers in the United States, has reunited with his early band for its first...

Bowie: The 10 key tracks

PARIS -- David Bowie -- who died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last album, Blackstar --...

Launching album, Seal says honest songs of heartbreak ‘cathartic’

LOS ANGELES — Writing songs about love and heartbreak for his first album since divorcing model wife Heidi Klum was a “cathartic experience” for...

Bryan Adams goes retro with Get Up album

LOS ANGELES — It has been a long time coming. Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams says his new album, Get Up, is the ideal follow-up record...

Wake Up! album mixes Pope Francis speeches with spiced-up hymns

POPE FRANCIS is releasing an album of speeches set against a background of music ranging from rock to Gregorian chants. European music label Believe Digital...

Night of the power trio

By Juaniyo EY Arcellana The band is called Lagkitan and the last Friday night of August belonged to them at the Bar@1951 in Malate (at...