Last Friday: Sampaguita Tribute Album/Miami in Manila, Part 1

So before I forget, let me tell the handful of you reading here what I did last Friday.

It was my off from work, and I had two gigs I intended to shoot: the Bagong Banda: Awit Ni Sampaguita Tribute Album Launch, and the Club Dredd of electro-jpop duo Miami. Both will be held in Eastwood City, literally around 50 steps away from each other.


I wasn’t all too familiar with the bands for the first gig, but seeing Paramita on the roster made up for it. However, after telling a friend I was going, he got me an update if Sampaguita will show up as promised: she wasn’t. This was apparent doom for the concert, but if a good number of people will be watching, I don’t think it would be an issue anyhow.

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Endings Of A New Kind

Taken By Cars
Taken By Cars

It has been a long time since I bought a real-deal audio cd, but I just did last Saturday.

It was the second leg of the Taken By Cars: Endings of a New Kind Bar Tour, at Route 196 in Katipunan Ave., QC, and I did intentionally plan ahead for the gig. Oh yeah, having Duster on the band roster surely helped.

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Dreddbanger’s Ball

As far as the local music scene is concerned, I’m up for those oufits just hovering around the mainstream circuit, like the Terno bands. Sadly, a good number of the younger bands sound the same, which does reflect the sort of sound coming out of the radio and the music video channels as well, anyway.

Since Club Dredd is pretty close, and I haven’t shot a gig for weeks, I went and shot a part of the scene I don’t think I was ever exposed to: the metal side of things.

Descant Gott
Descant Gott at Dreddbanger’s Ball, Club Dredd, Eastwood City, Libis, QC

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Three Gigs

This site needs some attention. Badly.

So here:

The Youth
Dodong Cruz of The Youth

December 8: Club Dredd, a gig with Ursa Minor and The Youth. Ursa Minor was interesting as they had heavy ‘grunge’ influences, though they had massive doses of that Hum influence, Hum being an all-time favorite American rock outfit of mine… OK and their drummer was gorgeous. The Youth did not disappoint, though Dodong Cruz’s sometime glare was menacing. Ah this was one of the biggest bands from the 90s, and their performance still reeked awesomeness. They finished the set with a cover of The Cure’s A Night Like This.


Anabel of Analog

December 9: It was my second chance to watch Rock The Riles, a Rock Ed Philippines project, and though I believe I was better prepared and ‘learned‘ photographically speaking from last year, I still think I did a very lousy personal coverage of the event. I consider myself lucky to have a handful of photos to show. Oddly, I liked the Boni photos best.

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