DJ Ian Carey, Utah Jazz, Gordon-Levitt, your choice
COMPILED BY OLIVIA LEE
Selamat Hari Raya to our Muslim readers! It's going to be a long, happy weekend for everyone as we get four days off for the holidays. There's going to be four amazing music gigs coming our way in the next seven days—two here, two down south—and a sexy Joseph Gordon-Levitt in tight pants in an action/thriller that opens Thursday.
KC & Friends Pool Party with Ian Carey
The folks who sent us Steve Aoki are back with Miami-based house music producer and DJ Ian Carey, who you should know for his 2008 anthem Get Shaky, which was a massive hit in the UK and nabbed MTV Australia's Best Dance Video Award. Last year, he collaborated with Snoop Dogg and Bobby Anthony for Last Night, and he also worked with Timbaland on Amnesia.
The Pool, 346 Jalan Ampang, KL
Sunday 19th August
RM35 (pre-event), RM50 (door)
Garbage, Live in Singapore
Hands up if Shirley Manson means something to you. Now hands up if you're over 30. Shirley's band Garbage enjoyed much chart success in the '90s with Stupid Girl, Milk and #1 Crush. The Grammy-winning alt-rock band did go on hiatus from 2003 to 2007, but released their comeback—and fifth—album three months ago. Shirley hasn't lost that sexy swagger that made her a poster girl for horny boys and riot girls back then, so you shouldn't miss this chance to see her live—even if you have to go across the causeway.
Fort Canning Park, Singapore
Tuesday 21st August, 8pm
New Order, Live in Singapore
Since the '80s, New Order has broken up, patched up, split up again, switched members, gone solo and gotten back together so many times, you'd think they were keeping up with the Kardashians. But what's important is that they're back with more Brit electro-rock missives from their eight-track outtakes album, Lost Sirens, due out later this year. Meanwhile, no harm listening to their classic genre-definiting moments like Blue Monday, Bizarre Love Triangle and True Faith.
Fort Canning Park, Singapore
Wednesday 22nd August, 8pm
DNB Xtra featuring Utah Jazz
Drum 'n' bass fans, rejoice—Luke Wilson returns to KL after four years! Under the moniker Utah Jazz, and inspired by LTJ Bukem and Alex Reece, he released his 2008 debut album It's A Jazz Thing, which has since become the second highest ranked recording in Mixmag's D&B poll. His latest album Groove Therapy, his third, was also Mixmag's album of the month in May. How much do the reviewers and editors there love him? The Brit dance music mag described his album as "awash with dusky sax thrills, lilting piano rolls and shuffling breaks that have become his smile-inducing signature".
Bianco @ Vertigo, The Gardens, Mid-Valley City, KL
Thursday 23rd August, 10pm
Brave move for Sony Pictures, going ahead with the movie despite the ongoing "idea theft" lawsuit. Author Joe Quirk has claimed that the action/thriller is based on his 1998 novel Ultimate Rush, and is suing the studio, the producer, director David Koepp and co-screenwriter John Kamps for "breaching an implied agreement in developing a film that he believes is derived from his novel". Never mind that, because two hours of Joseph Gordon-Levitt—the next Robin, perhaps?—as a bike messenger whizzing around Manhattan, trying to escape from dirty cops who want to gett their hands on his package, that's time and money well spent. Joseph did most of his own stunts, too.
All major cinemas nationwide
Thursday 23rd August
Published: 16th August 2012