Blog Posts by Ces Rodriguez

  • ‘We felt valued and respected,’ says Turbo Goth of their SXSW experience

    Being invited to play what is possibly the biggest music festival of its kind in the world is probably akin to winning the musical lotto.

    But for Paolo Peralta and Sarah Gaugler of Turbo Goth, who played this year at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, the experience was more than that.

    “It was magical, nothing like we had ever experienced anywhere, ever,” they told Yahoo Celebrity Music.


    On the SXSW website


    Tens of thousands

    The indie electronic rock duo is only the second Pinoy act to have been invited to play SXSW, which was held in March. In 2012, Taken By Cars became the first Pinoys to perform in the fest.

    Sarah and Paolo were floored by how massive the festival was.

    “There were tens of thousands of people in the area,” they recounted. “The streets where filled with music lovers, artists and musicians from all over the world.”

    The bigger league (Contributed photo)In the company of Gaga and Coldplay

    Then they were appropriately starstruck for having their names in a roster that included the world’s biggest acts.

    “There were

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  • London calls the Eraserheads

    In what’s becoming a yearly tradition, Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro are getting together and playing as the well-loved and dearly missed Eraserheads.

    But only outside the Philippines.

    This year's venue: LondonThis year (or, this early in the year), our local Fab Four are set to take London.


    Tix cost as much as P8000

    They’re due to play the Eventim Apollo on Friday, April 4. Formerly named the Hammersmith Odeon, it’s where The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley once played.

    The venue has the capacity to seat 3,500 people and 5,000 standing guests. It just reopened around September 2013 after a ₤5 million renovation.

    Tickets to the concert begin at ₤73.75 (nearly P5,500) to ₤108.5 (P8078).


    Meet & greet fans in UK

    The band is also scheduled to meet and greet their fans the day before at a Brazilian restaurant in London.

    Session guitarist Sancho Sanchez will beef up the sound of Eheads in London. As before, some family members are accompanying the band on the trip.

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  • Gloc-9, Parokya ni Edgar steal the show at MYX Music Awards

    Gloc-9 was the big winner at the 2014 MYX Music Awards, held Wednesday evening, March 26, at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura in Taguig.

    The rapper took home 4 of the silver TV trophies for his song “Magda”: for favorite music video, song, urban video and collaboration.

    All four times, he was accompanied onstage by Rico Blanco, who got his own trophy for being the guest vocalist on the song and on the video.


    Shared with ‘kapatid na rappers’

    Gloc-9 brought his 9-year-old twins. (Photo by EPA/Ritchie Tongo)“Salamat sa Panginoon,” Gloc-9 repeatedly mentioned during his acceptance speeches.

    Receiving the Favorite Urban Video award, he said he was sharing his award with “kapatid na rappers and urban artists—alam ko ang tindi ng hirap niyo.”

    He was especially pleased that since he won in the Favorite Song category in 2013 for his song “Sirena,” he saw how the genres of OPM have expanded.


    Parokya ni Edgar are hall of famers

    Parokya ni Edgar provided the other highlight of the two-hour awards show, which was aired live on TV and streamed online.



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  • Are you ready to get your mind blown, all you 90s kids?

    Backstreet Boys--as they were. (Getty Images)

    MTV UK is reporting that two of the decade’s biggest acts are in possible talks to reunite and embark on a world tour together.

    Yes, boys and girls, you may yet see the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys…TOGETHER…in your lifetime.

    According to reports, Backstreet Boys’ lead vocalist Brian Littrell are in talks with the girls to make this happen.


    Sans Posh

    “We are actually in early talks about maybe doing a world tour together with the Spice Girls,” he told The Sun newspaper.

    In this case, he means just four of the Spice Girls without Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham, who has said she won’t be part of the group.

    The Spice Girls last performed as a group during the 2012 Olympics in London.


    Another ‘Wannabe’ reunion?

    Victoria Beckham told Vanity Fair that their Olympic reunion was “perfect time to say, ‘That’s great. Thank you to everybody, but no more.’”

    Nevertheless, Sporty Spice has hinted that the (Posh-less) Spice Girls may reunite in 2016, when their song “Wannabe” turns

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  • Java Jazz experience inspires SinoSikat? to ‘raise the bar’ on their music

    They’re still swooning.

    Starry-eyed, on a high and, in Kat Agarrado’s words, feeling “like a volcano waiting to explode!”

    It was enough of an honor to be invited to open the 2014 International Java Jazz Festival, especially since the fest was celebrating its 10th year. But for that to have been SinoSikat?’s first international gig had an even more profound effect.


    Were made to feel important

    Reli de Vera with Natalie Cole. (Contributed photo)Said drummer Reli de Vera, “For me it was a dream come true to play in Java Jazz, at the same time honored because they chose us to represent Philippines. I will never forget the experience because I met musicians I look up to, who play an important role in my music life, and to actually have the chance to jam with them.”

    This year’s lineup included India Arie, Jamie Cullum, Natalie Cole, Tania Maria, Incognito, Ivan Lins, Snarky Puppy, Dave Koz, Roy Ayers, Sadao Watanabe, Earth Wind and Fire Experience, Magnus Lindgren, James Taylor Quartet, Timo Lassy, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Jeff Lorber,

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