July 16, 2016

New band, newer tales : Ek Bangalir Upakhyan

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There is always much to be rejoiced about when an interesting new musical venture rears its head, we’re talking about the Pop/RnB fusion band with a healthy sprinkle of the jazz sensibility called Ek Bangalir Upakhyan.  Created as the result of collaboration between musical veterans Mainak ‘Bumpy’ Nag Chowdhury ( Kendraka ), Bodhisattwa Ghosh (The Bodhisattwa Trio) and Ratul Shankar Ghosh, the triumvirate coalesced their talents to give free reign to the songs in their head. The name which translates to “Tales of a Bengali Bloke” (according to Mainak Chowdhury)…

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Mumbai-based reggae and urban music outfit Bombay Bassment known for their high-energy performances are releasing an equally energetic album, produced in collaboration with Pentagram and Shaa’ir + Func guitarist Randolph Correia aka FUNC. Bombay Bassment x FUNC VIP is the electronic avatar of the band’s self-titled debut album, Bombay Bassment released in 2014, as imagined by Randolph/FUNC. This album presents Bombay Bassment in a new light, and sound. FUNC has used sounds from electronica and infused subtle urban, Bombay influences to embellish the energy that Bombay Bassment brings to the stage. “VIP is an album that might just…

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Jazz Rock is a rather welcoming genre that promises a relentless potential for experimentation. Which is why when one has to recommend a band that goes well with the moniker of jazz rock, The Bodhisattwa Trio springs to mind. The band applies the term to the nature of their music for the lack of a better word, or so they say : “We couldn’t find a term that would explain the music that we are doing…. jazz and rock are the two pillars or backgrounds that we are heavily banking…

April 22, 2016

Steve Angello To Headline Don’t Let Daddy Know India

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After debuting at Privilege in Ibiza 4 years ago, Don’t Let Daddy Know, a one-day dance extravaganza has swept away audiences across Europe and is now making its debut in India. The first edition of DLDK in India will feature the much awaited headliner, former Swedish House Mafia 1/3rd, Steve Angello who makes his return after #OneLastTour. Steve Angello was inducted into the BBC Radio Hall Of Fame, a select group of producers who have made a significant mark on the history of electronic music. Fans in India will get the…

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Shaa’ir + Func and The F16’s will headline the season two finale of Road to Converse Rubber Tracks in Mumbai on Friday, 1st April, 2016 at blueFROG, Mumbai. The Road to Converse Rubber Tracks saw its regional rounds in five cities across India – Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Guwahati where the five most voted bands in each city went head to head to earn a slot in the season finale. Over 350 emerging bands from around the country applied for this opportunity. And now the final five finalists from…

January 8, 2016

METROPOLIS: Guwahati Urban Winter Festival 2016

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METROPOLIS: Guwahati Urban Winter Festival 2016 (8-10 January) is being hailed as a tribute to the city of Guwahati that has brought many like-minded creative folks together – an effort towards creating a first of its kind multicultural event targeting at bringing together more than 1000 artists from the North-Eastern states, Mainland India and the rest of the world comprising of musicians, photographers, painters, filmmakers, craftsmen, folk artists, cyclists and bikers! Various Skill Development and Art, Tourism and Culture based workshops and colorful activities will be organised through the course of…

December 1, 2015

What’s The Scene goes International!

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Big news from What’s The Scene? - we’ve gone international! After 5 years of operating across 9 cities in India, we are elated to announce that we have set up our first international team in the UK! We’ve got some really talented and enthusiastic folks at the University of Oxford spearheading this, and they are sure to get us more than acquainted with the local live music in the UK. This is a big step for WTS, we look forward to bringing together music lovers from both countries to their respective independent music scenes…

September 18, 2015

Lucid Recess announces new album ‘Alive and Aware’

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Alternative/Progressive Rock band Lucid Recess has announced the release of their third album Alive and Aware. Alive and Aware which is a follow up to their 2010 album Engraved Invitation, will feature 11 tracks and will be released in India on 17th October 2015. The album is recorded, mixed and mastered at Lucid Recess Studio and produced by Siddharth Barooa. Speaking about the album, the band says, “We are truly delighted to finally announce our long awaited third album ‘Alive and Aware’. It’s been five years since we released our last album and we…

August 12, 2015

Escape back with new avatar – The Ladakh experience

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Escape is back with a new avatar where “an experiential concept meets music and travel.” The makers of the popular Escape Festival of Arts and Music have announced their new initiative titled The Escape Sessions, with a Ladakh debut this August. The Escape Festival of Art and Music started in May 2009 when a few musicians and like-minded people decided to get away from New Delhi for a few days. They chose a picturesque resort at Naukuchiatal, at the foothills of The Himalayas. Ever since its inception, the Escape Festival has…

August 7, 2015

Wooden Wisdom’s First Ever India Tour!

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Lucid Productions is all set to present the first ever India tour of Wooden Wisdom featuring Elijah Wood, popularly known as Frodo Baggins from LOTR, who in addition to producing and acting is a popular underground DJ in the West.The 34-year-old Academy Award winner known for his films like The Lord of The Rings, Sin City and The Hobbit is all set to tour Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad from 3rd to 6th September 2015. Wood has been experimenting with electronic production since he was a teenager and began to take…

April 27, 2015

The Big Gig Mussoorie back with its Summer edition

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Music festival The Big Gig is back with its summer edition this year at Landour, Mussoorie. The festival is all set to happen at the picturesque Highlands at Rokeby Manor and will have two days of activities lined up to experience the Landour hillside community. The gates at Highlands, Rokeby Manor open at 3:00 pm on 3rd May 2015. The festival line-up includes Frisky Pints, The Circus, Raagleela, Jordan Johnson, and local acts from Mussoorie such as Bootleg Browns, The Okies, Woodstock School Jazz band and winners of the Big Gig Band Hunt summer…

April 25, 2015

IndiEarth launches Season 2 of IndiEarth Out There

By - on 25/04/2015 at 8:21 pm

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IndiEarth has released Season 2 of IndiEarth Out There – IndiEarth’s travelling gig property featuring a blend of the country’s most exciting independent artists shot outdoors in an acoustic atmosphere. Filmed in Bangalore and featuring a colourful array of the city’s artists, Season 2 debuted recently with folk/rock act Swarathma. Following the success of IndiEarth Out There Season 1: The Chennai Edition, Season 2 continues on its mission to provide a platform for the diverse soundscapes of the country’s rising independent music movement. Featuring a blend of artists from both…

April 8, 2015

Heathen Beast to release new EP ‘The Carnage Of Godhra’

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After a long gap of almost 3 years, Kolkata-based Black metal band  Heathen Beast is back with a brand new EP which they plan to release around the end of this month. The EP is titled The Carnage Of Godhra and will feature three songs – ‘The Carnage Of Godhra’, ‘Ab Ki Baar Atyachar’ and ‘Gaurav Yatra (The Aftermath)’. Speaking about the EP, the bands says “The whole EP speaks about the incident of Godhra, the burning of the train, the riots that followed and the aftermath. We talk about the incidents,…

April 6, 2015

Midival Punditz to release their fourth studio album

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Delhi-based duo Midival Punditz are all set to release their fourth studio album titled Light this month, with a multi-city tour, which will see performances in Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi. The album titled Light, is laden with rich folk influences and seeks to reinforce the signature Punditz feel, while taking the experience a notch higher. Over the span of their career, the duo has released 3 albums. In 2002 they released Midival Punditz, their debut album, their second album Midival Times was released in 2005 and their third release in…

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It’s party-time again for music enthusiasts as Sunburn, for the very first time brings a special conceptualized dance music show #SOA50 celebrating the 50th episode of popular online radio, Sunburn On Air. Launched in April 2014, Sunburn On Air recently crossed 1 million hits on iTunes making it the #1 dance music podcast in India. The show has featured biggest names of EDM like Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Paul Van Dyk, W&W and many more. For the first time, Sunburn will be executing a conceptualized dance music show…

March 17, 2015

Alt-J to return to Delhi this May

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English Indie Rock band Alt-J will be returning to Delhi this May to “make up” for cancelling their concert last minute at the Emerge Music Festival earlier this month. Following the cancellation, the band apologized on social media with the statement “Hey Delhi, we are really sorry not to be able to play tonight, but the weather has gone from bad to worse and we don’t want to risk our fans’ safety or anyone else’s.” The news of their return this May surely comes as a pleasant surprise to all the heartbroken fans in Delhi, many of…

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Kolkata-based alternative rock band GingerFeet​ have released their latest single ‘Empty Spaces’ which talks about “overcoming inner fear.” The single is produced by legendary producer Miti Adhikari. The band will be embarking on a massive tour soon, watch this space for more details!  

March 12, 2015

Jeepers Creepers​ release live version of ‘Oh Caesar!’

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Kolkata-based Jeepers Creepers​ have released the live version of their song ‘Oh Caesar!’ from their forthcoming EP In a Constant State of Crisis. Speaking about the video the band says, “This is a tribute to the 30th anniversary of We Are the World. Lets live in peace, adulation and benevolence for the human race.”

March 11, 2015

Austrian electronic duo HVOB to tour India

By - on 11/03/2015 at 8:47 pm

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Acclaimed electronic act HVOB (Her Voice Over Boys) will make its India debut with a two-city tour in March to promote their second album Trialog, which releases in April. The tour, which covers Delhi and Bangalore, has been put together by Wild City with support from the Austrian Cultural Forum. Delhi-based DJ Moniker and the collaborative project Nicholson x Fuzzy Logic will open for HVOB in Delhi on March 19 while Moniker will be the sole opening act in Bangalore on March 20. HVOB (Her Voice Over Boys) made its…

March 5, 2015

Switchfoot to tour India in March

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Grammy award winning American alternative rock band Switchfoot will be doing a 3-city tour in India this month as part of Micromax Vh1 Rock Rules presented by Micromax Mobile. Switchfoot will be performing on these dates at the following venues this month: 25th March: Mumbai – Hard Rock Cafe, Lower Parel 27th March: Pune – Hard Rock Cafe, Koregaon Park 28th March: Gurgaon – Hard Rock Cafe, Gurgaon

March 4, 2015

Begum releases new video for ‘Marry Me’

By - on 04/03/2015 at 3:23 am

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Delhi-based “dream pop” band Begum has released the video for their song ‘Marry Me’ from their latest album Bagh. As a follow up to the launch of their latest album, the band has a series of events lined up, the most prominent of which is a chain of monthly art-politics debate under the “Centre Se Left” startup. They will be launching music videos and singles till the release of their second album towards the second half of this year. Their latest album Bagh is now available on OKListen.  

February 26, 2015

Against Evil releases debut single

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Born from the ashes of the hard rock cover band Echoes in Vishakapatnam, the brand new band Against Evil put together by band members Shasank (Guitars), Sravan (Guitars/Vocals), Siri Sri (Bass/Vocals) and Noble John (Drums), is focused on making a mark in the Indian metal scene by performing their own style of heavy metal music across the country. The band has releasing their first single titled ‘War Hero’ which can be streamed here. Speaking about the single, guitarist Shasank commented, “This song reminds us of a battlefield where the soldiers have to stand up and…

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After a long wait, the digital version of Ten Stories Up by Shillong-based blues band Soulmate is finally out! “There are ten songs in the album as the name of the album suggests. The album’s about ten years of Soulmate being together. We have played all of them on the road before recording them, so people are familiar with a lot of the songs already. We hope that they sing along,” said Rudy Wallang during our interview with the band at The Mahindra Blues Festival 2014 (read full interview here.) Ten Stories…

January 8, 2015

What’s festive for Kolkata this weekend?

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While Kolkata still lags a tad behind when it comes to attracting good acts to the city, it looks like The Festival is set to remedy that. Karnivool, the Australian prog rock band is geared to annihilate the acoustics atmosphere on 11th January at Nicco Park, and if that does not promise greatness, we’re not sure what will. The Festival usually does pretty phenomenal work, most notable among which was getting Finnish band Poets of the Fall to tear up Nazrul Mancha to a devoted crowd. Just in case you’re…

December 1, 2014

IndiEarth XChange 2014 gears to hit Chennai

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The third edition of the IndiEarth XChange 2014 - India’s trade event for international music, film, and media –gears up to hit Chennai this December 5th-7th 2014 at The Park Chennai, involving important members of the music, film and media industries from around the world and around India. The XChange’s film and music festival will showcase a colourful blend of independent music and film talent from around the world. “As India’s definitive trade event, the XChange – through a series of conferences, panel discussions, networking sessions, and programming opportunities, as well…

November 21, 2014

Global bass sensations Alo Wala embark on a seven-city tour

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The US/Denmark-based global bass sensations Alo Wala have released their debut EP, the five-track Cityboy, and will embark on a mammoth seven-city tour of India beginning on the 23rd of November. Comprising Chicago-based rapper Shivani Ahlowalia and Denmark-based tropical bass pioneers Copia Doble Systema, Alo Wala have taken the world by storm with their incredibly dance floor-friendly yet universal, bass-heavy sound since forming the band only a little over a year ago. Earlier this year, Alo Wala teamed up with the Indian bass superstar Nucleya, to create a massive track,…

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This festival season, Hyderabad is presenting its very own multi-genre eco music festival! Maruti Suzuki Windsong Festival – a two day weekend getaway music festival, will feature a wide choice of music genres including pop, rock, funk, folk, reggae & live electronica. It promises to be a holistic experience that offers enthusiasts a taste of quality music packaged with exhilarating adventure sports against the backdrop of the great outdoors. Featuring an eclectic line up of Indian indie acts from across the country, it promises to be a welcome addition to…

October 26, 2014

Parikrama celebrates 23rd anniversary with a 15-city tour

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Parikrama celebrates its 23rd anniversary with a 15-city tour, starting Oct 29th 2014 making it one of the few organized rock tours in the country.They kickstart the proceedings with their gig in Bangalore and the attendees in every city stand the chance of winning a brand new Fender guitar by taking part in the on-ground competition. The Fenders will be handed over to the winners at the venue at every gig. Just 3 days to go! Tour details: 29/10/2014 – Hard Rock Cafe, Bangalore 30/10/2014 – Hard Rock Cafe, Pune 31/10/2014 –…

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After making an impressive debut, Magnetic Fields returns to Alsisar Mahal, a 17th century palace, with the promise of the freshest sounds from India and around the world and an immersive experience for the music fan this December. The three-day music and arts festival – to be held over December 12, 13 and 14 later this year – with its blend of heritage arts mixed with contemporary culture was hailed for its curated approach to music, design and production and continues with that trend with the first wave of artist announcements….

October 2, 2014

Brodha V’s new video for single ‘Aigiri Nandini’

By - on 02/10/2014 at 10:54 pm

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Bengaluru based rapper Brodha V‘s new video for his single ‘Aigiri Nandini’  - a hiphop refix of the traditional durga chant – AIGIRI NANDINI was released recently. Check it out!