October 2, 2014

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

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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!  

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Prateek Kuhad, has released a live video of a new song he wrote recently titled ‘Tonight.’ The video was shot in New York while he was recording his upcoming album and features Melanie Rothman on keys. Check it out!  

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Rock music lovers can rejoice as Harley Rock Riders – Season V returns this year, on November 15-16 in Mumbai, with a power-packed line-up of some of the biggest names in Indian rock music. With the sheer number of different genre music festivalsin the country, rock music fans have lately been left wanting for a festival that centers only on rock music. Harley-Davidson India and Only Much Louder will bring to fans India’s most definitive rock music festival over two days featuring 20 bands on two live stages along with…

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The Great Indian Octoberfest that started way back in 2005 is now in its 10th year. Inspired by the German festival Oktoberfest, TGIOF - India’s biggest annual beer and music festival committed to celebrating music, beer and the love of a good time is all set to bring three days of live performances, endless beer, exciting stalls, fun games and delicious food. Designed as an experience for the whole family, the festival has grown over the last decade to become an anticipated event for beer lovers of all ages. TGIOF claims to have something for everyone and…

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Reptilian Death have offered a free download of their debut album Total Annihilation to mark it’s 10 year anniversary. The album which was released in 2004 is now a decade old and speaking about it, Sahil Makhija says ”It’s not a great album but it’s an important one given that it was released in a time where most bands in India were still playing cover music and those who played their own songs were almost at logger heads with the audience to get them to accept their own music. So for…

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Singer-Songwriter Dilpreet Bhatia has been announced as the first Indian Grand Prize winner in the World Music category of the coveted John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his original song ‘Tere Bin Dil’. The song was selected to win the grand prize by an Executive Judges Panel, consisting of Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Natasha Bedingfield, George Clinton, Prince Royce, Matthew Koma, Sean Paul among others. The song was chosen based on melody, composition, originality, and lyrics. As Grand Prize winner, Dilpreet Bhatia won an Epiphone John Lennon Casino guitar in addition to…

September 12, 2014

Tides from Nebula to tour India

By - on 12/09/2014 at 5:45 pm

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Polish intrumental rock band Tides from Nebula are set to perform in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, at the third edition of Shiva Squad Festival on September 27th, followed by shows in Pune, New Delhi and Bangalore in October. Tour Dates September 27th – Shiva Squad Festival, Morpheus Valley Resort, Manali October 1st – Indigo Live, Bengaluru October 3rd – High Spirits, Pune October 9th – TBC, New Delhi  

September 12, 2014

Enchanted Valley Carnival returns this December!

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Enchanted Valley Carnival, also known as EVC, returns this December on 19th, 20th and 21st of December 2014. The first day of EVC will be headlined by Grammy award-winning electro dance David Guetta on the 20th of December and trance warriors Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz as New World Punx will perform on 21st December. Some of the foreign acts this year include include Aly and Fila, SolarStone and Aruna while the homegrown local acts include Alien Chutney (Vir Das), Anish Sood, Dualist Inquiry, Lost Stories, Nucleya, Ash Roy, Reggae Rajahs,…

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Singer/actor Monica Dogra (and one half of electro-rock act Shaa’ir + Func) recently released her first ever single ‘Rise Up and Run’ and first music video, from her solo record  that was exclusively premiered on redbull.in. ‘Rise Up And Run’ was released by fans who unlocked the videos by tweeting with #RiseUpAndRun. Watch the video here

September 1, 2014

Diabolus Arcanium to release album Spellbound

By - on 01/09/2014 at 5:06 pm

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Indian Symphonic Black Metal Band, Diabolus Arcanium are all set to release their full length album ‘Spellbound- The Path of Ascension.’ The band released a demo album digitally worldwide via ‘Haught Records’ (USA) earlier this year and now the album has been re-recorded with a real orchestra, producing a massive sound the band was looking for. The re-recorded version has eleven tracks and the release can be expected by late October/ November. The band is currently producing their coming up cover album, ‘Kings of Black Metal’ and their next full length (due…

August 30, 2014

Grey Shack heads to Austria

By - on 30/08/2014 at 1:38 pm

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Chennai’s Grey Shack goes international this year! After emerging as winners at the Harley Rock Riders Tour in Mumbai last year, Grey Shack will be performing at the European Bike Week in Faaker See, Austria, on September 5th 2014. Grey Shack, featuring Rohan Sen on vocals, Vikram Vivekanand on guitar, Conrad Simmons on bass and Ramkumar Kanakarajan on drums, will be performing their first ever international gig as Harley Davidson’s ‘Band of the Year’. Joining the band on stage will be their former bassist Madhav Ravindranath, who will be taking over…

August 22, 2014

NH7 Weekender Line Up Announced

By - on 22/08/2014 at 7:51 am

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This year, the “Happiest music festival” will see performances by some of the most exciting artists from India and around the world. The fifth edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender returns this November with a huge lineup of some incredible artists from India and around the world. This year, over 100 artists will play on six different stages at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender’s four editions - November 1-2 in Kolkata, November 8-9 in Bangalore, November 21-23 in Pune and November 29-30 in Delhi. Speaking about this year’s Bacardi NH7 Weekender lineup, Only Much Louder’s CEO Vijay Nair says, “Preparing the lineup of the Bacardi…

August 15, 2014

‘Winds of Samsara’ tops Billboard!

By - on 15/08/2014 at 4:57 pm

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“It’s a dream come true. I feel like I’ve attained something unachievable!” That was Ricky Kej’s response to topping the billboard charts for New Age music with his album Winds of Samsara in collaboration with Wouter Kellerman. Kej made history being the first Indian artist to top the Billboard charts. The album features 14 tracks with Kej and Kellerman composing the tracks and working with their respective influences to add that unique touch to each track. On breaking into the US music scene, Kej says he tried his best not…

August 8, 2014

Peepal Tree all set for their debut gig at BFlat

By - on 08/08/2014 at 2:46 pm

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Bangalore-based band Peepal Tree  is all set for their debut gig at The BFlat Bar today. The band comprises Sujay Harthi on vocals, Tony Das on guitars, Praveen Biligiri on bass and Willy Demoz on drums and percussions. They describe their music as “Indian melodies sitting on funk grooves with overtones of electronica, and sung in Indian languages.” Each musician in the band has been part of some of the most successful bands from India. Guitarist Tony Das is also a part of the heavy metal band Bhoomi and used to play with…

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They have one of the most distinguishable sounds emerging from the indie music scene in the land, and to top it if, they decide to lace their music with a generous helping of Urdu and Kashmiri lyrics which turn the Parvaaz album experience into a sort of bass-plated, high-octane guitar encrusted qawwali-esque pantomime. Don’t get us wrong, they are incredible, and certainly not stereotypical. Commonly categorised as Sufi rock, they are clearly influenced by psychedelic  overtones, and a very serious attention to lock-and-loop groove, especially in songs like ‘Itne Arsey…

July 4, 2014

Bangalore Open Air Returns

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After two successful editions, Bangalore’s biggest metal fest returns! Bangalore Open Air is set to take the city by storm on the 13th of September, 2014 at Counterculture. In a bid to keep metal alive in India, BOA brings some of the best metal bands together to spread happiness among ardent metalheads. BOA 2012 and 2013 saw bands like Kreator, Iced Earth, Dark Tranquility and Demonic Resurrection taking the stage. Founder, Salman Syed, says this year will see bands from Germany, Italy and Greece along with a few Indian bands. “The…

July 3, 2014

Euphoria releases new single ‘Walk On’

By - on 03/07/2014 at 10:06 am

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Delhi-based band Euphoria has released a new single ‘Walk On’ which inspires people to chose a healthier lifestyle. Released on Universal Music, ‘Walk On’ was created especially for Nasscom’s Active Commuting initiative. The song advocates a simple thought of avoiding motorized transport and switching to alternate travelling options like walking, cycling or using public transport. The song speaks about how we should look at the brighter side of things and walk on through this beautiful journey called life. The video for the single was directed by Dr. Palash Sen, frontman and vocalist of the…

June 12, 2014

Skyharbor releases new single ‘Evolution’

By - on 12/06/2014 at 7:51 pm

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Skyharbor have released their brand new single ‘Evolution‘ from their latest album – the follow-up to Blinding White Noise, which hasn’t been named yet. Speaking about the single Skyharbor says, “Evolution pretty much sums up the journey we’ve been on. We feel it’s the perfect introduction to our second album and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it.” The band is currently crowdfunding for the launch of their new album. You can join the band’s crowdfunding campaign here. A free download of this song in HD is available for those…

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The dates for the much-awaited Enchanted Valley Carnival are out! This year, the festival is scheduled for 19th, 20th and 21st of December 2014. EVC is a 3-day music festival held at Aamby Valley City. A first of its kind music festival which took place on an air-strip with 60+ artists performing, EVC 2013 paid ode to music and various artists in the world of cutting edge electronic dance and world music with genres like House, Techno, Trance, D&B (Drum and Bass), Pop, Fusion, Folk, Rock, Dubstep, Experimental music. The festival…

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Delhi-based singer/songwriter Shantanu 
Pandit will be releasing his first EP titled ‘Skunk In The Cellar’
 on 18th June 2014. The EP is a collection of five love songs and is a result of three years of songwriting. Shantanu 
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 poetic
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 captivating
 performances,
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June 10, 2014

Magnetic Fields Announces Dates & Pre-Party In London

By - on 10/06/2014 at 8:00 am

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A magical musical carnival where the festivities never ended – set within the historical and decadent Alsisar Mahal in Rajasthan, Magnetic Fields is all set to take place this year on 12, 13 and 14th December 2014. Thursday 3rd July 2014, will see the first of many international pre-parties for the festival take place at London’s iconic Proud Gallery. This year, the idea is pretty simple. They’re showcasing some of the finest Indian and South Asia music to the rest of the world. The diverse line up includes a “very special guest”, plus…

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Alternative-Funk-Rock band Junkyard Groove will be touring three cities this month and the band has worked on a very special set for their upcoming tour! The current line-up comprises of front man and founder of the band Ameeth Thomas on vocals and acoustic guitar, Joshua Mark Raj on guitars, Sajith Satya the bass prodigy from Chennai and Shashank Vijay a drummer that “makes a four piece band sound like 5.” Tour dates: 12th June : BlueFrog, Mumbai (Supporting band – Almost There) 13th June : Euriska, Pune 20th June : Opus, Bangalore (Supporting band –…

June 10, 2014

Refuge to embark on a 3-city tour

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Refuge is embarking on a 3-city tour, starting on the 12th of June 2014. Performed by a quartet and drawing on jazz, classical and folk music from various parts of the world, Refuge is a set of musical themes with unity at its focus. The music is composed and arranged by pianist Aman Mahajan. Written over the last decade, and equal parts structured and improvised, the music is imagined as an underscore to the journey we’re all making together. Coming from varying mixtures of musical backgrounds, the musicians all share a love of…

June 7, 2014

Alobo Naga and Band release new single and music video

By - on 07/06/2014 at 6:55 pm

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Winner of 2012 Best Indian Act MTV Europe Music Awards Alobo Naga and Band have released a music video for their new single ‘All We Have Is Now.’ You can download the song for free on www.indihut.com. Check it out!  

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Delhi-based Undying Inc. is all set to launch it’s latest EP titled ‘Ironclad.‘ The EP has been produced by Keshav Dhar and recorded, mixed and mastered at Illusion Audio. All music and lyrics are written by Undying Inc. (Shashank Bhatnagar, Biswarup Gupta, Reuben Bhattacharya, Nishant Hagjer) except ‘Beyond Trendkill’ which is a reworking of Great Southern Trendkill + Strength Beyond Strength, originally written by Dimebag Darrell Abbot, Phillip H. Anselmo, Rex Brown & Vinnie Paul, appearing on the Pantera albums ‘The Great Southern Trendkill ‘ 1996 and ‘Far Beyond Driven’ 1994. Details of the…

June 6, 2014

Prateek Kuhad releases live video of ‘Big Surprise’

By - on 06/06/2014 at 4:46 pm

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It has been hardly under a year since the release of Prateek Kuhad‘s EP Raat Raazi (read our review of the album here) and he is already working on his next release – this time an English album planned to be launched early next year. Prateek has released a live video of ‘Big Surprise,’ a track that will be on his upcoming English album. This video also features Nikhil Vasudevan on percussion and Nawa Lanzilotti on cello. Check it out!  

June 5, 2014

Taaqademy to open new centre in Whitefield

By - on 05/06/2014 at 6:11 pm

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Taaqademy is all set to open it’s second centre in Bangalore, this time in Whitefield. The new centre is slightly bigger than the existing one in Koramangala with more classroom spaces, bigger jam rooms, and it seems like the founders Bruce Lee Mani and Rajiv Rajagopal have, quite literally, dived headfirst into “making space for music.” Watch this!

June 4, 2014

Reptilian Death releases new play-through video

By - on 04/06/2014 at 9:48 pm

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Mumbai-based death metal band Reptilian Death have released a new play-through video for their song ‘Soaked With The Imperfections Of Pureile Blood’. The song is taken from the band’s sophomore album The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence which was released worldwide on Old School Metal Records in 2013.  

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The Burning Deck launches the first single from their upcoming album featuring Katie Mackay on trumpet and vocals and Bharath Kumar on synth. The band will launch their second album at The Humming Tree on the 13th of June 2014. https://www.facebook.com/TheBurningDeck https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBurningDeck http://theburningdecksays.tumblr.com/ http://theburningdeck.bandcamp.com/ https://soundcloud.com/the-burning-deck

May 22, 2014

Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2014 Nominees Announced

By - on 22/05/2014 at 1:13 pm

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Rolling Stone Metal Awards returns in its fifth edition this year. Among eight nominee categories, Mumbai death metal band Reptilian Death lead the tally with seven nominations, including Best Song, Best Band and Best Album. Top nominees this year also include Delhi-based metal band Undying Inc., thrash/groove metal band Zygnema, black metal band Cosmic Infusion, progressive/hardcore metal band Reverrse Polarity, death metal band Gutslit and folk metal band The Down Troddence, among others. The Down Troddence and Gutslit have six nominations each. RSMA, which has previously honored artists such as…