Catching Up with Taken by Cars in San Francisco

Last Saturday, we flew up to San Francisco and watched Taken by Cars’ first state-side performance. Man, they sounded good. I could hear the hours they put into rehearsing their set. I even spotted folks, who have never heard them before, dancing to “December 2 Chapter VII”. Check out video from the show.

Taken by Cars: Abduction Tour L.A.

One of the most rewarding aspects of writing a book on popular music is that checking out gigs becomes a form of field research. And while I’ve enjoyed every moment of “research” that’s brought me to the far-flung sides of Makati (Saguijo, B-Side), Kati Ave. (Route 169), and even up the mountains into Baguio (R.I.P. Ayuyang Bar), it’s been even more exciting to be able to help bring a little bit of the Manila indie rock scene’s energy back home to the U.S., to share with stateside friends, musicians, and audiences.

Vex Ruffin

My wife turned me onto this Filipino brother straight out of Chino Hills, CA. His name is Vex Ruffin. I recently checked out a live performance at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles.

The Excursion Tour Baguio

On September 17th 2011 bands from Manila & Baguio got together and produced The Excursion Tour show at Ayuyang Bar in Baguio City, Philippines. Fueled with a disregard for the need to earn money or obtain sponsorships to pay for expenses, The Excursion Tour was…

Joel Torre: Cool na Cool

Not many actors would travel halfway across the world and embark upon a multi-city tour to promote a film that they did not also write or direct. But, then again, Joel Torre is not like most actors.

RAKENROL NYC Screening After Party 8/13

RAKENROL NYC Screening After Party 8/13 9:30PM @ Lucky Jack’s 129 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002 No Cover 21 & Over If you all missed the screenings of RAKENROL in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Director Quark Henares will be screening RAKENROL at the…

Joe Bataan Talking Story

When I was a kid I thought the coolest Filipino dude I knew from 70s was Uncle Ramon. He worked on a battleship, drove a baby blue BMW 320i, had a stack of Playboys and numerous girlfriends or “Aunties” as I was told to call…

RAKENROL LA Screening After Party

RAKENROL LA Screening After Party @ Far Bar 347 E 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 No Cover 21 & Over After checking out the LAAPFF screening of RAKENROL, come to the after party, hang with the filmmakers and listen to the sounds of OPM…


Friday May 13th, 2011 10pm The Official RAKENROL SF Screening After-Party Featuring A live performance by The Skyflakes An all-Pinoy indie-rock set by DJ Un-G (P.I.C, The Jack Lords Orchestra) and Diego Castillo (guitarist for Sandwich + Rakenrol co-writer) $10 at the door 21 and…