The Hammers That Forge Heavy Metal (Part 3 of 3)

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan Photos by: Chris Quintana, Kimmy Baraoidan, and Bong Ranes. In this three-part series, Kimmy talks about some of the problems that plagued and continue to challenge metal bands and fans, her experiences as a former member of a metal band and her personal thoughts about the local metal scene and those…

UP Jammers’ Club celebrates its 24th in Freshmeat

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan Photos by: Chris Quintana In celebration of their 24th year, the UP Jammers' Club held its annual gig Freshmeat: Uncut last October 6, 2016 at Nesting Ground, LB Square in Los Baños, Laguna. Members got to showcase their musical prowess in one night of rock music. Despite the bad weather, members and…

Permit wins Bandemonium II

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan Photos by: Chris Quintana Permit from Pagsanjan, Laguna is this year's Bandemonium II: Screen to Stage champion, besting six other bands in the second installment of the UP Jammers' Club's battle of the bands held on October 5, 2016 at Nesting Ground, LB Square in Los Baños, Laguna. Los Baños-based hard-rock group…

Freshmeat: Uncut

UP Jammers Club presents FRESHMEAT: Uncut October 6, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. Nesting Ground, LB Square Los Baños, Laguna featuring Psychocyanide | Bamboo Jam | Gnarrate | Mr. Shly | Sunset Blvd | Spacelorns Jen Rogers Band | Embercore | Last Action Heroes | Random Wallflowers The Near Death Experience | Asylum Excursion

Bandemonium II: Screen to Stage

UP Jammers Club presents BANDEMONIUM II: Screen to Stage October 5, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. Nesting Ground, LB Square Los Baños, Laguna Competing bands: Lottie | blupoint | Nietta | Skygrid | Monaxials | The Neverheards | Permit With performances by Stage Flight | Nina Virgin | All Sudden Smiles

A day of fellowship and sacrifice

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan Photos by: Chris Quintana and Kimmy Baraoidan The adhan (call to prayer) echoes throughout the mosque and nearby houses in Los Baños, Laguna just before 6:00 a.m. While the town is still half-asleep, a hypnotic male voice chants over the loudspeakers, summoning members of the Muslim congregation to the mosque for…

Surreal realities in Manix Abrera’s News Hardcore

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan Comic strips courtesy of Manix Abrera “At dahil hindi natutulog ang balita, nakatutok kami beinte-kwatro oras (And because the news never sleeps, we are tuned in twenty-four hours),” goes the spiel of veteran news anchor Mike Enriquez of GMA Network–a mantra that everybody in the media would come to know as early…

Review: Lovecore’s “Funk n’ Roll” nails the fusion

Text by: Sheenah Tan Photos by: Chris Quintana and Kimmy Baraoidan Surely, funk is yet another common genre in the country’s indie music, but to fuse it with rock n’ roll? Now we’re talking. Enter Lovecore’s Funk n’ Roll, a 13-track album that was released just last month. The band further strengthened funk and rock…