Para kay E/Heads

Filipino indie rockers, The Eraserheads, emerged during (and for) a Philippines-based generation growing up in the aftermath of martial law. Growing up under two decades of violent government-based suppression, some of these “martial law babies” sought respite for their cultural and political exhaustion and found…

Jorge Ignacio Cortinas’ BIRD IN THE HAND (review)

Suburbia and adolescence go hand in hand. Both suburban landscapes and teenagers work hard in cultivating surfaces of flatness — architecturally and emotionally — to hide conflicted interiors. It is precisely these inner worlds that Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas’ latest play, BIRD IN THE HAND, presents….

Sandwich in Los Angeles

After performing at Apl.de.Ap’s Celebration of Global Filipino Music at the Hollywood Bowl, Sandwich played two more shows in the Los Angeles area.

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.