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    Widescreen memories

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 20/01/2019

    » Ever since I embarked on this music-criticism journey some five years ago, it's always been a personal mission of mine to be as diverse as possible when it comes to the albums I choose to review. While I'd like to think that mainstream and independent/left-field artists are equally given a chance to shine in this column, there's still a whole world of music out there that needs its due recognition. Which brings me to drummer-turned-piano virtuoso Eiko Ishibashi, a celebrated Japanese musician who, thanks to US-based label Drag City, is getting her releases outside of her native Japan.

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    Block rockin' beats in bangkok

    Life, Published on 17/01/2019

    » This weekend three top shopping malls in central Bangkok will be taken over by an incredible event that promises great music and good vibrations.

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    No rest for the wicked

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 13/01/2019

    » Just when you thought shed put Rest to rest, the internationally renowned French chanteuse comes back strong with a five-track EP that brilliantly complements it

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    Infectious grooves, taste sensations and shadow puppets

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 08/01/2019

    » World Beat was in the field in Pak Thong Chai, Nakhon Ratchasima, this past weekend for the annual Jim Thompson Farm party, bringing to a close the six-week farm tour which is open to the public.

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    When good intentions backfire

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 06/01/2019

    » "Sometimes/ It falls upon a generation/ To be great/ I ask all humanity now/ To rise up/ Then we can all stand/ With our heads/ Held high," begins the Chris Martin-curated Global Citizen EP 1 with opener Rise Up featuring an excerpt from Nelson Mandela's now-iconic "Make Poverty History" speech. It's an apt start given the wholesome intentions of this EP, although it feels slightly jarring to hear one of the world's greatest speeches getting paired with the euphoric synths supplied here by the Norwegian production behemoth Stargate. The song is clearly engineered for a stadium/festival setting, so casual listening might not be the best way to approach what would otherwise be a stirring anthem.

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    Pet Shop Boys are Bangkok-bound yet again

    Life, Published on 03/01/2019

    » It's been nearly 17 years since the Pet Shop Boys' debut performance in Bangkok, but Thai fans can't get enough of the British iconic duo who will make a comeback with another full-scale concert in the next three months.

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    Major fifth for Maroon 5 in Bangkok

    Life, Published on 01/01/2019

    » Maroon 5 will take Bangkok by storm one more time with the "Maroon 5: Red Pill Blues Tour 2019" concert at Impact Challenger 1, Muang Thong Thani, on March 9 at 7pm.

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    Top 20 singles of 2018 (Part 2)

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 30/12/2018

    » As is tradition, we're wrapping up the year with a special two-part series featuring some of the best music to have come out locally and globally over the past 12 months. Culled from our 40-plus playlists stretching back to January, these tracks represent trends, cultural highlights and states of mind that reflect the times we're all living in (and trying to make some sense of). Without further ado, we're picking up right where we left off last week with our countdown to No.1. On that note, thank you for sticking with us until the very end -- here's to the new year of fewer whales choking on plastic bags, of nobody getting trapped in a cave, and maybe -- just maybe -- of an election.

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    Impressing with Tchaikovsky

    Life, Published on 27/12/2018

    » A fired-up Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) closed the 2018 season in intense fashion on Dec 15 at the Thailand Cultural Centre, with a programme entitled "The Russian Pieces" thrilling a packed, enthusiastic auditorium with performances full of drama. Young Thai concert pianist Poom Prommachart was the main attraction of the evening, performing Tchaikovsky's evergreen Piano Concerto No.1 In B-flat Minor with boundless verve and passion. Shostakovich's ebullient Festive Overture began the concert splendidly with explosive fanfare, then a sustained blaze of orchestral brilliance, while the second half consisted of Mussorgsky's turbulent A Night On The Bare Mountain and Stravinsky's magical Firebird Concert Suite For Orchestra No.2.

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    Joy to the world of music

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 25/12/2018

    » It's been a busy year for "World Music" fans. There have been some fabulous new releases from artists across the globe, and compilations of music that might easily have gone unnoticed. But while we are celebrating new music and golden hits from the past, some musical giants have left us for the great stage in the sky.

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