I could not contain my curiosity when I heard that there’s a local band called Terima Kost Putri—a usual Indonesian tagline in advertisements where landlords are looking to rent out their rooms for women. Turns out, they are more than just their name, and they’re here to prove it.
Hailing from the city of Yogyakarta, the band Scenario brought the theme of morale empowerment about living in urban cities with “Merancang Peradaban”.
Chamber pop is not a common genre in the local music scene. Karsha, a newcomer in the industry, proceeds to reintroduce the genre to the scene.
A newcomer act in the Jakarta’s music scene, the duo Lunar Motel is certainly bringing a breath of fresh air with their out of the ordinary concept.
Introducing Black Canvas, a Melbourne-based duo formed in 2014 by Louis Pyo and Syena Radityatama. With Louis’ background in metal and Syena’s past works with his solo blue project, together Black Canvas formed a solid guitar-based unit, with strong blues elements in their music.
Kanina is an aspiring singer, lyricist, and producer based in Semarang. She is a part of Hip-Hop trio Foolish Commander, which is under HILLS collective. She recently released her debut single “LUST” on April 28, 2019.
If you’re familiar with Riot Grrrl or feminist punk bands like Hole or Bikini Kill, you should check out this heavy, fuzz-driven, punk rock trio from Bandung named Bánanách.
Up-and-coming Indonesian alternative pop singer Jove Satara has recently released his digital double single “Aim Above, Bound Below”. Filled with metaphorical lyrics and intense, well-produced synth drops, the single makes for an intriguing, existential crisis-inducing first release.
SHINee’s Jonghyun, born Kim Jonghyun on April 8, 1990 was a lovable man. No one would have thought that his life would end that fast—died by the age of 27 on December 18, 2017, from carbon monoxide poisoning, left fellow friends and fans in grief. The hashtags #StrayStrongShawol and #YouDidWellJonghyun even trended worldwide on Twitter when the news broke.