Indian Music

add news feed

tweet a story

You’ve found a reason for real / To change what you want to see / A reason to go to The Great Indian Octoberfest / And the reason is… Hoobastank. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, US rockers Hoobastank are to head...
You’ve found a reason for real / To change what you want to see / A reason to go to The Great Indian Octoberfest / And the reason is… Hoobastank. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, US rockers Hoobastank are to headline The Great Indian Octoberfest this year, so that gives you… another reason to go (sorry). ‘The Reason’ punnery aside, The Great Indian Octoberfest is set to hit Bangalore from October 18 to 20, at the venerated Jayamahal Palace. Now in its ninth edition, the festival is not just an excuse to adapt the long-standing German tradition of drinking excellent beer and getting hopelessly plastered, it’s also become a way to get together for three days of music. The festival has grown volumes since its inception in 2005 and has also had to shift from the iconic Palace Grounds (here’s why) to Jayamahal Palace, on the garden city’s outskirts. In past years, TGIOF has seen a varied selection of acts from all over the country play at the multiple stage festival, including Demonic Resurrection, Soulmate, Live Banned, Lou Majaw, Bhayanak Maut and so many more. This time around, the festival will have three music stages, including the King’s Land stage (probably not a Game Of Thrones Reference) dedicated to some of the country’s best acts, the Common Colours World Stage and the Nocturnal Cell stage, which will see a host of electronica acts play. Check out what went down at previous editions of the festival here and here. Festival managing director and founder Vilas G V says, “In the ninth edition of the festival, we’ve got around 45 bands playing, with five international acts. It’s a multi-genre festival, and since the country is heavy on Bollywood music, we’ve got representation from there as well.” He explains further, “This year we have Mika Singh representing Bollywood. He’ll be playing on the third day of the festival, and we have Arijit Singh performing on the first day.” Vilas reminisces that the debut edition of the festival saw 12,000 people attend over the course of the three days, a number that shot up to a claimed 50,000 in the next year. “We’ve taken the experience to the next level every year,” he says, “It’s not just a culmination of beer and music, but many different things including art. This year, 15 renowned artists will participate in the festival and paint and sculpt over the course of three days.” Explaining the choice of headliners, he says, “We had Children Of Bodom headline last year because there are a lot of metal fans and metal festivals in Banngalore and that culture has been here for so many years. This year we wanted to have someone who was more universally acceptable, and so we got Hoobastank.” Previous editions of the festival have seen formidable headliners including Finnish metal act Children Of Bodom, Poets Of The Fall, Italian band Lacuna Coil and more, and one can count on Hoobastank to make an equally good impression on the country. The band are also slated to perform at IIT Delhi’s festival Rendezvous on October 18, a day before their headlining set at the Bangalore festival. A partial lineup for the festival has been rolled out, check it out below. More from The Great Indian Octoberfest as we hear it. Lineup Hoobastank Mika Singh All The Fat Children Core 304 Point Of View Arijit Singh Inner Sanctum Exist Immortal Scar Symmetry One Nite Stand Indus Creed Slapdash Tavern Skrat Shankar Tucker Avial Beat Gurus Aabha Hanjura Lagori The Raghu Dixit Project Baiju Dharmajan DJ Clement DJ Rohan Kapoor DJ Inferno DJ NDS and Blue DJ Jasmeet DJ Jochen Miller
about 6 hours ago
The King of Romance http://dhin.ag/19h8tSz ?
The King of Romance http://dhin.ag/19h8tSz ?
about 6 hours ago
There’s a lot happening in the world of Indian indie music and culture every day. Here’s our pick of the daily news, served up in one handy spot. This is your Quick Fix. Axwell to headline Sunburn Goa 2013 In its seventh season, Sunburn ...
There’s a lot happening in the world of Indian indie music and culture every day. Here’s our pick of the daily news, served up in one handy spot. This is your Quick Fix. Axwell to headline Sunburn Goa 2013 In its seventh season, Sunburn has been off to a pretty good start with a Sunburn Arena tour featuring Hardwell, and the recently concluded Sunburn Noida. Their flagship festival, Sunburn Goa, takes place this year from December 27 to 29, and a headliner has just been announced. Swedish DJ Axwell (pictured outside) is set to headline the festival this year, just as he did at the first ever edition of Sunburn Goa in 2007. Phase two of early bird tickets for the festival go on sale at the festival’s website at noon on October 10. The first phase of tickets went on sale last month, and were promptly sold out within about 20 minutes of release. More information on the lineup of Sunburn Goa as we hear it. Meanwhile, check out a poster below. #Axburn Scribe to headline Strawberry Fields 2013 Bangalore institution National Law School of India University’s legendary Strawberry Fields competition takes place this year from November 8 to 10. Now in its 17th edition, the event recently shut registrations a couple of weeks ago, and bands such as Delhi’s Alien Sky Cult and Run! It’s The Kid are registered to compete, along with several other young bands from around the country. Headlining Strawberry Fields this time around are Mumbai hardcore act Scribe, who will play a stop there on their ongoing Hail Mogambo tour. Stay tuned for more details as we get ‘em. Colossal Figures release new single Delhi prog-metal act Colossal Figures (pictured) have just released a new single. ‘Lost’ comes off their upcoming debut album, Clockwork Dilation, which is set to release later this month. The single is now available for free download on the band’s SoundCloud page, and you can stream it below. Stay tuned for more details on the release of Clockwork Dilation. Also check out some album art below. Clockwork Dilution Off The Record, Hyderabad, announced The second edition of Hyderabad’s Off The Record gig series takes place on October 11 at Marakesh Durgam Cheruvu. This time around, the lineup features Delhi producer Dualist Inquiry, Mumbai singer-songwriter Alisha Pais and Chennai alt-rockers The F16s. Gates for the gig open at 6pm, and the entry charge is Rs 200. Check out a poster below. Off The Record IndiEarth On Screen sessions announced IndiEarth‘s film screening events, titled IndiEarth On Screen, have been taking place in Chennai for a while. The next edition of the event takes place at Chennai’s Amethyst Cafe on October 9. A Bangalore edition of the screenings is set to take place at The Humming Tree on October 10. The sessions screen independent films and documentaries, and this time around, attendees can watch ‘Our Friend Junaid’, a short film by Aniket Dasgupta, and ‘This Is Not Funny’, an English/Bengali film by Sounak Kar. The event is free to all, and begins at 7.00pm in both cities. Check out a trailer of ‘Our Friend Junaid’ below. Now Delhi TV features The Vinyl Records Delhi website/Internet channel Now Delhi TV records various aspects of the city’s subculture, including graffiti crews and the city’s bands. Their newest short features Delhi band The Vinyl Records, who not only perform their track ‘Apocryphal’, but also talk about the treatment of women in public spaces in the city. YOU For Uttarakhand @ Counter Culture announced YOU for Uttarakhand is a series of charity gigs that contributes all profits towards the aid of flood victims in Uttarakhand. The series kicked off in Mumbai a few months ago and is now moving to Bangalore, taking place on October 12 at Counter Culture. The lineup includes Bangalore post rockers Until We Last, local alt-rock band Solder, Girish And The Chronicles, Moon Arra, and Ban
about 7 hours ago
Holy shit, we’re already at the sixth edition of this excellent new gig! When Udups and Shadaab first discussed with me the idea of putting together a gig that regularly showcased only new bands from around the country, the only un...
Holy shit, we’re already at the sixth edition of this excellent new gig! When Udups and Shadaab first discussed with me the idea of putting together a gig that regularly showcased only new bands from around the country, the only uncertainty in our minds was would people show up? Would scenesters turn up midweek to check out a lineup that only had acts that had been around for a few months, in many cases, acts that were playing their first ever gigs at the event? But we shouldn’t have worried. Every single edition of The Scene so far has been packed with music fans who want to watch young bands cut their teeth on the now-legendary Blue Frog stage. And that, for all of us, is I think the most rewarding part of this gig – the fact that we’ve come to a point where there’s so much great young talent coming out of our country, and that music fans care enough to check them out on creative merit alone and not some misplaced sense of, well, supporting the scene. Chennai alt-rockers Skrat at the first edition of The Scene The first edition of The Scene, for example, was the first time young Chennai alt-rock trio Skrat played in Mumbai (read an interview with them in the Zine). “Nikhil shared their ‘In the Shed’ video with me proposing them for The Scene gig,” says Shadaab. “Less than a minute in the video and I was sold. Skrat delivered an explosive set on that night. Over 500 people were screaming after every single song. They sounded HUGE for a three-piece band and I enjoyed their entire set. They are currently one of my favourite Indian bands.” I watched Skrat at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Bangalore last year and that brand of balls-to-the-wall alt-rock was always going to have an audience in Mumbai. Like Skrat, The Scene has featured a bunch of out-of-towners who have played in the Bay city for the first time. Another such act was Bangalore comedy-alt-mashup-pop-dubstep?-rock act Live Banned (interviewed in the Zine here). “I was in touch with Amrit Rao (frontman) for a while about a gig at the Blue Frog,” explains Shadaab. “I also remember having a conversation with one of their members around a year and a half ago and telling them that their music might not work here. I was so wrong! Live Banned ‘Put it’ at the Frog like no one has. Under the disguise of funny hair styles and clothes are some extremely underrated and talented musicians. One of the most unique acts that have performed at The Scene.” He’s right. Live Banned absolutely blew everyone away with their unique take on pop music, and their own tunes that one couldn’t help but move to. Live Banned are definitely one of the most exciting live acts to have taken the stage at the Frog. Udups and Shadaab ensure that every edition of The Scene features at least one out-of-town act, often times going on the strength of demos they’ve heard and videos they’ve watched alone. “I wasn’t entirely sure how the Bombay crowd would react to them,” says Udups about Kolkata rock act Ganesh Talkies, who played the fourth edition of The Scene (their Zine interview), “but they totally got everyone grooving and moving. This one’s special because we had some non-scenesters in the crowd who had absolutely no idea or affinity to the indie music movement here, and were totally rocking out to them. As someone recently pointed out to me, it’s always great to see rockers dance and thats exactly what Ganesh Talkies made the Blue Frog crowd do.” We were a bit apprehensive that the band’s live getup (gleaming gold pants and jackets) would perhaps take away from their music, but the band proved us wrong and their set has been one of the highlights of the series so far. Ganesh Talkies were this entertaining. The sixth edition of The Scene, at the Blue Frog, Mumbai on Wednesday, October 16 will see performances by Delhi newbies (litera
about 9 hours ago
Srihari passes away, at Leelavati Hospital, Mumbai. The ‘Real Star’ was suffering from liver problem.
Srihari passes away, at Leelavati Hospital, Mumbai. The ‘Real Star’ was suffering from liver problem.
about 10 hours ago
#FirstLook: #MMLP2
#FirstLook: #MMLP2
about 10 hours ago
MC Wide’s on the decks today. Tune the fuck in. 1. YG – ‘I’m a Real 1′ Who’s this guy YG? Who cares? This beat is perfect for making your neighbor’s cutlery rumble. ps. You’ll recognize thi...
MC Wide’s on the decks today. Tune the fuck in. 1. YG – ‘I’m a Real 1′ Who’s this guy YG? Who cares? This beat is perfect for making your neighbor’s cutlery rumble. ps. You’ll recognize this if you’ve been visiting Los Santos lately. 2. Deltron 3030 – ‘The Agony’ The return of Deltron Zero and Automator doesn’t quite cut it. For starters, the mastering is kinda off. Maybe they did it on purpose to stick with the steampunk theme but it just sounds underdeveloped. Del’s rhymes, however, are just as tight as they were in the year 2000. This track is case in point. 3. Danny Brown – ‘Smokin’ and Drinkin” Critics love Danny Brown. Danny Brown loves critics. The Detroit rapper has frequently gone on record saying he cuts records to get good reviews. Say what you want, that’s definitely a good thing if it means more tracks of this caliber. 4. Drake – ‘Tuscan Leather’ Nothing Was the Same can get quite gloomy at times, but the first two minutes of the opener are anything but. 1:40 signals the beginning of the single best moment on the album. cl 5. clipping. – ‘guns.up’ In the future, this might just become our robot overlords’ favorite drinking song. Check out previous editions of the Indiecision Five at 5 here.
about 10 hours ago
This month, Carnatic singer Jayashri Ramnath will perform two concerts in the US, one at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York (on October 20) and the other at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in California (on October 26). ...
This month, Carnatic singer Jayashri Ramnath will perform two concerts in the US, one at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York (on October 20) and the other at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in California (on October 26). In light of her upcoming US tour, Jayashri had a chat with NH7.in about her childhood, the loss of her guru and what’s she’s up to now. Bombay Jayashri, as she is more popularly known – her prefix is a Chennai practice of identifying musicians – was raised in Chembur, Mumbai. As a child, Jayashri has said she wasn’t allowed to read books. According to her mother, they were a distraction and all of her efforts had to be dedicated to one vocation, singing. “I always loved to sing, [but] like any child I didn’t like the rigour and discipline that I was forced into.” And as time passed, the then-teenaged singer became one of 25 singers from all over Mumbai that comprised the band Seven Colours, who performed everything from Asha Bhosle to Mehdi Hassan. But Carnatic music, at this point, wasn’t Jayashri’s world. As with many great musicians, it was one live performance that changed her life; when she saw her future guru, violinist Lalgudi G Jayaraman play at Chembur Fine Arts, Jayashri knew she had found her calling. Then 24, the vocalist had already been learning Carnatic music, but realised that a move to Chennai, where Jayaraman resided, was necessary. “My guru made me realise that it’s a passion, a lifetime’s vocation,” says Jayashri. “I need to adopt a style of living to be in it.” Practice and saadhna were never again drudgery. They, in fact, became an obsession, one that she’s still feeding. The singer is constantly looking for techniques and methods to hone her voice. For instance, a few years ago, Jayashri read Eckhart Tolle’s Stillness Speaks which emphasises the silence between sounds. The singer has incorporated the concept into her singing, puncturing the progression of notes of a raga with, yep, you guessed it, silence. The effect is not just a more stirring rendition of a kirti, but it allows listeners to understand the music better. Jayashri also trained in Hindustani classical music for seven years. “I have trained with Ajay Pohankar and Mahavir Jaipurvale in the Jaipur and Kirana gharana styles of music,” she said. “I was not trained to become a Hindustani musician, but I wanted to be able to appreciate a different genre.” Earlier this year, Lalgudi Jayaraman, 82, passed away, leaving a chasm within all his students. “Even if he’s not there physically watching over us, he has instilled a huge responsibility in us to further his dreams. I close my eyes and think deeply and I get all the answers,” says Jayashri. To this day, she follows the same routine and practice that her guru instilled in her all those years ago when she was in her early twenties –“six to eight hours of daily saadhna”. Jayashri has spent a lifetime absorbing different cultures, whether it was an addiction to The Beatles, Abba, Boney M and Lata Mangeshkar in Mumbai, or being possessed by Carnatic music in Chennai. “Everything that I learned came together,” she says about the opportunity to work with the multi-nationality cast and crew (Taiwanese Ang Lee, Canadian Michael Dynna and Indian actors) of Life of Pi. “It’s truly proof of the fact that art has reached a point where we’re really seeing a melting point of different genres, artists, ideas and processes.” But the cherry on the icing here is that ‘Pi’s Lullaby’, the intro song to the film which was sung by Jayashri, was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song, the first ever Tamil song to get an Academy nod. The award has put Jayashri amidst the gaze of the world. “People who have seen the movie are now turning up for Carnatic concerts, it’s a little shift from the regular concert-going audience.” But the vocalist maintains that despite its increasing popularity, Carnatic music can never be mainstream. “Classical music anywhere in the world is meant fo
about 11 hours ago
Haim. Nicole Scherzinger. Inna. And so much more! All fresh. All hits. All on one album! 9XO Fresh Hits, exclusively on iTunes ? http://bit.ly/1aqNnFk
Haim. Nicole Scherzinger. Inna. And so much more! All fresh. All hits. All on one album! 9XO Fresh Hits, exclusively on iTunes ? http://bit.ly/1aqNnFk
about 12 hours ago
Rob Garza, one half of of DC electronic music vets Thievery Corporation, will play a solo DJ show in Mumbai this November. Ever since his move to the Bay Area in 2010, Garza’s spent the last few years building up a solid fan base w...
Rob Garza, one half of of DC electronic music vets Thievery Corporation, will play a solo DJ show in Mumbai this November. Ever since his move to the Bay Area in 2010, Garza’s spent the last few years building up a solid fan base while touring solo, spinning deep house and nu-disco, and his last full release, the Remixes LP, features Garza remixing tracks by Blondie, Tycho, Miguel Migs, Gogol Bordello and more, picking them apart and adding to them a healthy amount of low-end groove and spaced-out rhythms (buy the album here). As part of DC-based duo Thievery Corporation, Garza and his main compadre Eric Hilton have been blurring the lines between electronica and left of mainstream genres like bossa nova, dub, jazz, trip-hop and more for almost two decades. They’ve busted out seven studio albums, multiple compilations, and a plethora of releases by other artists through their indie label Eighteenth Street Lounge Music (ESL Music). Most recently (yesterday), Homebreakin Records put out a really fine, five-track, deep house remix release of ‘Calle del Espiritu Santo’ an original collaboration between Garza and Canadian deep house DJ Neighbour. Check it out below. Garza’s own Malasana remix features on it too. Garza’s never toured the country before, and this show at the Blue Frog, Mumbai, on November 22 will be his first in Mumbai, followed by a slot at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Bangalore (tickets). There will be no opening acts on the night so get ready for a Garzathon, if you please, plenty of time for audiences to find all of their mojo on the dance floor on their night out. Check out Rob Garza’s recent Indian Summer mix below, aptly titled since the rain’s gone and we’ve been cursed with the insane heat once again. Garza’s solo DJ set will be your chance to catch him in the flesh, pushing out some deep dance grooves at the Blue Frog. For fans of nu-disco and the newly resurgent deep house, this will most likely the club gig to kick off the indie season. Check out the flyer for the show below, and stay tuned in to NH7 for more from Rob Garza.
about 13 hours ago