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    The old becoming new

    Life, Published on 04/09/2018

    » You know you're at a Scrubb concert when the majority of the audience shows up in striped tops with khaki or olive-green cargo pants. This look is part of the package of the faces of the band, Ball and Muay, along with the addition of old-age jokes that they now crack willingly. But it's not just the 40-something duo who feel the gravity of ageing, as throughout Saturday evening you also hear the audience themselves muttering under their breath: "I'm getting too old for this" or "I don't think my body is cut out for this anymore" after a string of pumping hits.

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    The music of James Bond

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 02/11/2017

    » If you want to win a sure-fire bet, just ask any moviegoer, any fan of the James Bond films: "Who composed the theme that goes through every single James Bond movie? The one that goes dum di-di dum dum dum?

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    Top 20 Singles of 2016

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Whew! What an overwhelmingly eventful year 2016 has been. Much like Bob Dylan's ambivalence towards his Nobel Prize win, we too can't fully wrap our head around what went down these past 12 months -- what with all the monumental changes in politics worldwide and a number of musical greats we've lost from David Bowie and Prince, to Leonard Cohen and Sharon Jones. Despite everything that transpired, this year has seen some great, sonically diverse releases. Here, we present to you this year's top 20 singles, a good handful of which are brimming with a political urgency that brilliantly reflects the tumultuous times we're all living in. (Note that these are not in any particular order).

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    Third Time's a Charm

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 18/12/2016

    » On her latest EP as Stoondio, indie-folk darling Chotika Kamwongpin trades her usual airy acoustics for a punchier production.

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    The man who put the funk into Congolese music

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 07/07/2015

    » Congolese music is one of the cornerstones of African popular music. This irresistible dance music is loved across the African continent, and its biggest stars, like the late great icons Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau, were mobbed wherever they played. Musically, the genres that have emerged from the Congo region, including Congolese rumba and all the various dance style from soukous to ndambolo, have been hugely influential on the popular styles in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe and many other African countries.

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    Tremendous trombone

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 30/01/2018

    » 'Never look directly at a trombone player," said the great composer Richard Strauss. "It only encourages them." Then again, the German composer was hardly being honest about an instrument which Felix Mendelssohn called "the most sacred and noble instrument in the orchestra".

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    Triumphant resurrection of Mahler's masterpiece

    Life, Published on 03/03/2015

    » With the crash of the opening notes from the first movement of the Siam Philharmonic's performance of Mahler's Symphony No.2, it was evident we were in for a gigantic 85-minute ride.

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    Footloose and fancy-free

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 17/03/2019

    » Over the past decade, Beirut's Zach Condon has been a go-to guy for what I like to refer to as "speciality indie rock". This is just a fancy way of saying that the music is unlike your typical indie sound. Beirut are masters when it comes to injecting world music elements into their repertoire, which has accumulated into a sizeable discography since their 2006 debut Gulag Orkestar. And although the boys may have faltered somewhat with previous effort No No No, they're back stronger than ever with their latest, Gallipoli.

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    Tomorrow Starts Today

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 24/02/2019

    » From returning to college, starring in the Netflix series The OA and getting pregnant, New York-based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten has had a busy few years prior to the arrival of her fifth studio outing, Remind Me Tomorrow. The record, helmed by indie rock's go-to producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Future Islands, Unknown Mortal Orchestra), reflects those changes in her life via a stylistic shift that emphasises less on the guitars, but more on other instruments like synths, pianos and even occasional drones.

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    Three is the magic number

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 30/01/2018

    » This week World Beat considers three stringed instruments from Africa: the valiha from Madagascar, kora from West Africa and oud from North Africa (which may have originated in what was Persia). All these instruments are plucked and 10 years ago, a bright spark in the music business thought it would be a good idea to bring together three master pluckers of these three instruments to see what music they might create. The result was the 3MA project release back in 2008.

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