Ian Urrutia
Ian Urrutia
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The Crusade For Sound
by Ian Urrutia - December 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Fellow delegates at LUCfest Asia were amazed at how Filipinos could mobilize music-related initiatives despite the lack of support.
Queer Romance
by Ian Urrutia - November 3, 2018 - 12:00am
What made Rina Sawayama’s new single ‘Cherry’a cut above the rest is its insistence on presentingsame-sex expression as a beautiful gift, pairedwith a music video that blends camp aestheticswith...
Aching murmurs
by Ian Urrutia - September 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Kate Bush was 19 when she released “The Kick Inside,” an envelope-pushing debut album that set the template for pop music as an avant-garde expression.
We The Fest: A music mecca
by Ian Urrutia - August 18, 2018 - 12:00am
There’s more to Jakarta than the monuments of its semi-conservative past.
Beyond Borders
by Ian Urrutia - July 28, 2018 - 12:00am
What does it take for a local music act to amass a following outside of their home turf?
Sappy Together
by Ian Urrutia - May 26, 2018 - 12:00am
Local pop culture is littered with material that explores the dissolution of romantic relationships.
Love you so bad, Lany
by Ian Urrutia - April 21, 2018 - 12:00am
Radio is no longer the dominant medium that dictates the success of a recording artist.
Sandwich at 20
by Ian Urrutia - March 17, 2018 - 12:00am
With eight acclaimed albums and a successful music career spanning two decades, Sandwich has written enough history to secure their place in the pantheon of local rock greats.
Finding beauty in ruins
by Ian Urrutia - February 3, 2018 - 12:00am
There’s something whimsically poetic about lahar. It’s as though the ruins of mudflow and volcanic eruption have allowed towns nearby Mount Pinatubo to sprink up, geological edifices that peer far, far...
Euphoric State of Trance
by Ian Urrutia - December 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
Flume’s set at the Palace Pool Club pulled the audience into a state of euphoric trance, where everyone beamed with pride, bliss and desire.
Cheats: No Sophomore Slump
by Ian Urrutia - December 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
Their second album ‘Before The Babies’ tackles a more seasoned perspective on life, love, and adulthood. Gone are the days when they’d sulk into quarter-life crisis and aversion to change.
Dong Abay: Reflections of an outsider
by Ian Urrutia - October 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
When thinking about music icons who have transcended their legacy into close-to-home otherness, Dong Abay comes to mind. Over the past 25 years, the former Yano frontman has built an entire career challenging the...
Surviving Trends: Taken By Cars launches their third album
by Ian Urrutia - August 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
Gone are the gutsy disco-punk anthems that got us dancing to Taken By Cars; their third album, ‘Plagues,’ punches through the ceiling with sparse, dreamy textures and eclectic arrang ments.
COVER STORY:Joey Ayala: The consummate artist
by Ian Urrutia - June 23, 2017 - 4:00pm
Joey Ayala records songs using a variety of ethnic instruments, and through this mélange of the primitive and modern, we get to hear classics that address pressing issues that affect society, nature and communities...
FEATURE: Inside the dreamworld of Sound Architects
by Ian Urrutia - June 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
‘Our sound is medyo dark and nakaka-high — but not tokhang-high,’ says the young, post-rock band out of Katipunan.
FEATURE: The crossover appeal of the ransom collective
by Ian Urrutia - May 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
The Ransom Collective has seamlessly transitioned from an obscure act with a fair amount of hype to a self-sustaining indie icon capable of bringing huge crowds to their shows.
COVER STORY: The cult of Shirley
by Ian Urrutia - March 11, 2017 - 12:00am
Set to release their latest album, ‘Favorite’ on March 25, it doesn’t take a music genius to know Ang Bandang Shirley’s value in a sea of sound-alikes and one-trick ponies. They are the real...
COVER: Space oddities
by Ian Urrutia - February 25, 2017 - 12:00am
In the great rock tradition of Major Tom and Rocket Man, Pedicab is back with a new album about extraterrestrial beings, sci-fi flicks, Martian life, and otherworldly mysteries.
FEATURE: Let’s talk about Clem
by Ian Urrutia - February 4, 2017 - 12:00am
After four years on hiatus, dreamy indie pop band The Camerawalls is back with a concert and a new album. Supreme catches up with its mastermind, the brilliant and elusive Clem Castro.
ROUNDTABLE: Aia, Kitchie, and Barbie have a secret
by Ian Urrutia - November 5, 2016 - 12:00am
It was a tiring day at A Space Greenbelt. Before facilitating a roundtable interview in the afternoon with the girls, I had to wear my producer’s hat in the morning to make sure that the photo shoot for the...
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