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From Something Relevant to Baycity Lights: 10 Conclusions about the Name Change

Something Relevant is dead, long live Something Relevant. The guys from Mumbai's happiest, most energetic jam band have rechristened themselves Baycity Lights. That's not all - they have a new sound, a new single (called 'Glued'; stream below), and a new tour (details below). Here are some early thoughts about the name change.

Oct 30, 2013

The Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2013 - Pune, October 18-20

Buckets of alcohol, crumbling ATM machines inside old, old vans, bands playing on top of a bus, the curious incident of the missing bread, "All Star" jams - The Pune edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2013 had it all, or most of it, really. Akhil Sood writes. 

Oct 23, 2013

Odds and Ends - Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2013, Pune

Naturally, a three-day music festival will have a lot of things happening, not all of which can be crammed into a review. So we thought we'd have this special section for stray observations made at the Pune edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender festival, held on Oct 18-20. Read on for Scribe vs. a heckler, the perils of drinking buckets, the Red Bull Tour Bus, dogs, sugar rushes, and more. Click here to read our complete review of the festival.

Oct 23, 2013

Introducing: The Dreamy, Experimental Pop Musings of Nischay Parekh and the Ocean Orchestra

Nischay Parekh has quickly garnered a large fanbase following the release of his debut record, Ocean, an optimistic and pleasant collection of delightful pop tunes driven forth by a perceptive aesthetic of melody, dynamics, and progression. We caught up with the singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer for a short chat about his songwriting, the process of setting up a tent in his room during recording, and current and future plans.  

 

Oct 21, 2013

The Scene feat. Until We Last, Pinocchio's Moment of Clarity, and Space Behind the Yellow Room at Blue Frog, Mumbai

Minus its pedestrian name, The Scene – a series of monthly gigs organized by NH7 and Blue Frog – is a great initiative that not only helps young bands by putting them up on the big stage at the Blue Frog, Mumbai early in their lives as performing musicians, but also allows us wastrels and wanderers the opportunity to check out new music. V 6.0 featured three bands which had unusually long and weird names, so Akhil Sood, who calls himself quite the post-rock enthusiast, went to check out the gig. Here are his numbered thoughts:

Oct 17, 2013

Lucky 7: Stupid Ditties - An Ennui.Bomb Compilation

A review of Lucky 7: Stupid Ditties, an Ennui.Bomb Compilation.

Oct 10, 2013

SundogProject - Hex 1/Visions

(Artwork by Rahul Das) AKHIL SOOD Forget about the novelty for a second here – yes, it’s

Oct 07, 2013

Bombay Sounds - A Mumbai Boss Compilation

A review of Bombay Sounds, a Mumbai Boss compilation.

Sep 24, 2013

Siddharth Basrur - Chasing Rain - Chapter Two

A review of Chasing Rain - Chapter Two by Siddharth Basrur.

Sep 11, 2013

How to be a Cool and Successful DJ/Producer in 12 Simple Steps

Using our finest powers of stereotyping and generalizing, we've managed to handpick some of the most glaring traits that we think today's DJs and producers tend to have, and we've put them down in words for you. So yes, now you too can be a cool and successful DJ if you follow these simple steps. And remember, these are guidelines, not rules.

Sep 05, 2013

FuzzCulture - Indulge.Divulge

A review of Indulge.Divulge by FuzzCulture.

Sep 04, 2013

The Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2013

To use a cliche, there are two kinds of people - people who like metal and non-homeless people. There, now that the customary dig at metalheads is out of the way, let's talk about the Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2013 that took place at Blue Frog, Mumbai on June 23. The short version: It was a fantastic gig. The long version is below:

Jun 25, 2013

BOMB Thursdays at KINO 108!

Akhil Sood re-visited Kino 108 again for the latest Bomb Thursdays. We present to you, his observations on the same.

Jun 12, 2013

A Letter to the Generic Lokhandwala Bollywood Upstart: BOMB Thursdays at Kino 108

Akhil Sood is the kinda guy who'll call a spade a spade or a piece of shit, if he feels he owes you the truth. We sent him to Andheri for the 2nd edition of Bomb Thursdays; he carried back an inexplicable smile on his face and left this in the mail....

Apr 15, 2013

The Circus - Bats

A review of Bats by The Circus.

Mar 12, 2013

Lifafa - Lifafa I

A review of Lifafa I by Lifafa.

Mar 07, 2013

Workshop - Made Love to the Dragon

A review of Made Love to the Dragon by Akhil Sood.

Mar 05, 2013

The JD Rock Awards 2013

Sure, the rock music awards thing wasn't open to the average rock music patron - Entry by Invitation Only - which is kind of divisive, but here’s a review of a fun evening at this year’s JD Rock Awards, honouring indie musicians for releases in 2012.

Feb 25, 2013

10 Thoughts on the New Peter Cat Recording Co. Video: 'Love Demons'

The bizarre nature of the new video released by Delhi’s Peter Cat Recording Co., of their song ‘Love Demons’, makes it difficult to have any properly formulated opinions on it. Nevertheless, it’s a weird visual experience, and one that compelled Akhil Sood to jot down a few thoughts on it. 

Feb 15, 2013

My Bloody Valentine - m b v

A review of m b v by My Bloody Valentine.

Feb 04, 2013

Lucky Seven Thoughts on the 'Nirvana Reunion'

So Paul McCartney decided to play a gig with the surviving members of Nirvana. They called it a reunion. We call shenanigans. Read our thoughts on the fake reunion. 

Dec 13, 2012

Seven Made-Up Reasons Why Festivals Suck

Ah.music festivals, those (usually) weekend getaways that lead to extended wastage and extended music listening and extended socializing and so much more. Bliss. Well, here's a contrarian view. Read our seven completely made-up reasons why music festivals actually suck. 

Oct 28, 2012

5 Professions That Priyanka Chopra Should Explore Instead of Music

Akhil Sood turns all good Samaritan and stuff and suggests five alternative career options for Priyanka Chopra to pursue after hearing her song 'In My City' featuring Will.I.Am.

Oct 01, 2012

10 Thoughts on the New Ska Vengers Video

Akhil Sood dons his viewing goggles and his top hat and pops a batch of corn before sitting down to critically dissect the new Ska Vengers video. You do have the option of skipping his thoughts and viewing the video at the bottom of the page. Don't tell us we didn't warn you.

Sep 18, 2012

The Rolling Stone Metal Awards: A 'Review'

Despite his whole pretentious ‘all music is one’ psychobabble, our self-professed metal hater, or anti-metalhead, as he likes to say, Akhil Sood, was forcefully dispatched to Blue Frog, Mumbai, to attend the annual Rolling Stone Metal Awards. He didn’t bother with the music much, but here’s what he had to say.

Jul 12, 2012

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