To the delight and shrieks of many toddlers and preschoolers, Australian children’s entertainment group Hi-5 made a colorful return to Jakarta for a series of shows at Gandaria City mall’s Skenoo Hall over the past weekend.
Jakarta-based musician Wing Narada Putra’s work under his Maverick moniker has always showcased a willingness to experiment with electronic sounds that are both retro and futuristic. It all creates an aural landscape of percussions and digital sounds that only few laptop musicians are able to achieve. On his newly released album, the 22-year-old perfects this sense of the personal with his most concise set of songs, resulting in perhaps the best abstract electronica ever released by a local artist.
The Java Jazz Festival continues to live up to its reputation as one of the world’s biggest jazz festivals. Thousands of music fans flocked to the Jakarta Fairground in Kemayoran during its 10th edition last weekend to get their fill of music from some of the world’s biggest jazz acts.
On his second release, Bandung-based soul singer Tulus continues his winning streak of delivering breezy pop targeted at mainstream consumption. Even when singing of broken hearts, the silky tenor of his voice still embraces a celebratory feel that makes the singer’s latest album, “Gajah” (“Elephant”), an undeniable feel-good experience.
This weekend’s Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2014 promises to be special as the event celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. With more than 1,000 local and 385 foreign performers taking the stage for 180 acts between Friday and Sunday, the festival will feature performances by world-renowned jazz artists as well as intimate gigs by new, up-and-coming talent.
The Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club Charity Jam returns for its fifth installment. Showcasing the talents of some of the country’s most talented, if underrated, bands, the JFCC Jam — as it is often known — has been one of the most consistent music events in the city. Unlike most similar events, the JFCC Jam continues to make time for bands to deliver full sets instead of truncated performances.
The underground music venue Rossi Musik Fatmawati will once again play host to an international touring act. American punk rock band Lemuria, will headline the event held on Feb. 23, and will also feature local indie names such as Barefood, Vague, Talking Coasty, Brave Heart and Saturday Night Karaoke.
A deaf composer dubbed Japan's Beethoven confessed Wednesday to hiring someone to write his most iconic works, leaving duped broadcaster NHK red-faced, and casting a cloud over a figure skater set to dance to his music in Sochi.
As one of Indonesia’s first experimental rock bands, Seek Six Sick garnered a reputation for serving up ear-piercing guitar freak-outs in between vocal yelps that owed as much to American noise rock — in particular underground stalwarts Sonic Youth — as it did the ’70s primal scream therapy movement in its harsh spontaneity. So it comes as no surprise that “Jalang,” the free-to-download debut solo album from Seek Six Sick vocalist and poet Handoyo Purwowijoyo, here using the pseudonym Pribumi, rests on a similar exploration of post punk-ish rawness and dissonant instrumentation. The focus here isn’t the songs, though, but Handoyo’s provocative poetry.