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    Dutch ballad bookies' favourite for Eurovision

    AFP, Published on 18/05/2019

    » TEL AVIV: Holland, Sweden and Australia are the bookmakers' favourites going into Saturday's Eurovision song contest finals, as last year's winner and current host Israel battles to emerge with the biggest brand boost.

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    Creating a buzz

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Some years ago, I reviewed Colin McPhee's marvellous book, A House In Bali, about life and gamelan music (traditional Balinese music -- mainly percussive and driven by metallophones or gongs) in Bali during the 1930s. Published in 1947, the book details how a young man, after hearing some rare gamelan music on old records, journeys to Bali in 1929 to seek the music that will change his life. It is an enchanting book, well worth reading.

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    The Art of Growing Old

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 03/02/2019

    » "Attending an unplanned party/ Never ready, didn't really wanna come/ Saying 'hello' to acquaintances/ Gotta be careful not to smile too much/ It just wouldn't be appropriate," without knowing the track's title, the opening verse of The Charapaabs' debut single, Sala Kon Sao (Funeral Party), reads like something of a typical introvert's diary. As the second verse arrives, it becomes clear that the aforementioned "party" is actually a funeral where "the host refrains from making an appearance" (worth noting a clever wordplay here -- ook long, literally "out of coffin", is used instead of ook rong, which is a Thai expression meaning to make an appearance).

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    Bigger and better

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/10/2018

    » Spectacular sets. A big line-up of the country's hottest artists. The cool evening air of Khao Yai. Omelette rice. Cows.

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    Spin the world some more

    Life, Published on 03/10/2018

    » Inside the sound control room of Chon Buri's Karma Sound Studio, the three members of Thai alternative rock band Slot Machine were standing in a corner, bobbing up and down in excitement as a line of journalists stepped through the door. One by one, we were greeted by the band's latest record producer Brandon Darner -- a former Slipknot drummer whose list of credits also include chart topping hits with Imagine Dragons.

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    Beatles' Indian hideaway comes together, 50 years on

    AFP, Published on 13/08/2018

    » RISHIKESH, India: Fifty years after the Beatles came to India, the bungalows where the Fab Four lived, the post office where John Lennon sent Yoko Ono postcards and the giggling guru's house are all ruins.

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    Lady Gaga heads to Vegas with dual shows

    AFP, Published on 08/08/2018

    » NEW YORK: Pop star Lady Gaga on Tuesday announced a residency in Las Vegas with twin shows to display her two sides -- extravagant and glitzy, and stripped back and jazzy.

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    Jazz on the beach

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 18/05/2018

    » Today and tomorrow, music lovers should not miss the opportunity to enjoy the "Hua Hin International Jazz Festival 2018: Open To The New Shades" on Hua Hin beach, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, from 5pm-midnight. Entry is free.

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    As we were

    Life, Published on 16/01/2018

    » 'Are you havin a good time?" Liam Gallagher asked the crowd somewhat uncertainly midway through his set.

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    James Bond in Thailand

    Life, Published on 24/10/2017

    » The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) will present the very best from the venerable James Bond song book during the "Music From James Bond Movies 007" concert at Thailand Cultural Centre's Main Hall, Ratchadaphisek Road, on Nov 4 starting at 8pm.

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