Bright like a supernova

Thunderous applause. That's how the grand final of the popular singing contest for Hong Kong secondary school students, Supernova 2012, ended on Wednesday at Star Hall, Kitec, in Kowloon Bay.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:30pm

Flying solo for success

The White Stripes found fame in the 2000s before disbanding last year. Frontman Jack White - on vocals, guitar and keyboards - is considered one of the seminal musicians of the past decade or so. Yet despite his efforts with the band, and his subsequent work with The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, he never had a number one album in the US.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Scale the heights

MC Gold Mountain has the gift of the gab. The moment we sit down at Frenzi Music, the North Point studio where he works as a producer, he immediately starts. His voice has a lovely tone - you expect him to be a good singer just from hearing him speak - so perhaps he was always destined to become one of Hong Kong's top rappers.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

ALBUM (1993)

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Wu-Tang Clan Loud Records

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Quiet man has much to shout about

There is a quietness and a natural ease with which the best horsemen in the world approach their craft, and master French trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre may be the most unassuming of all.

11 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Guitar legend will rock HK

Hot on the heels of his new album, guitar great Eric Clapton is set to once again thrill Hong Kong audiences in a one-night concert on February 18 at the AsiaWorld-Arena. His 2011 world tour will also include a concert on February 14 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

18 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

A Clapton classic

Eric Clapton is one of those rare musicians where you remember your first encounter with their music. The music becomes part of a certain event. You recall the setting and occasion, as if it's part of the song.

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Blue notes

The blues have been the creative golden thread throughout Eric Clapton's long and intermittently distinguished career.

Often they have had to share space on his albums with a dispiriting quantity of soft rock, as well as more satisfying excursions into country, reggae and jazz.

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Jay Foss-Cole, designer and founder of design studio ChinaStylus

1. Right in Two - TOOL

An epic track by undeniably one of the greatest rock bands on earth. Moody, broody, angry and immaculate - this will be played at my funeral.

2. Sound of Confusion - Spacemen 3

27 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Q: So you think you know pop culture...

1. Which actor has died most on film: a) Robert De Niro; b) Brad Pitt; c) Al Pacino; d) Jack Nicholson?

2. Bernard Shakey is the pseudonym of which Canadian rock star?

3. On the sitcom Seinfeld, what was Elaine's (right) preferred method of birth control?

26 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Eric Clapton: The Autobiography

by Eric Clapton with Christopher Simon Sykes Arrow Books, HK$136

Obsession is a favourite word of Eric Clapton and one he uses liberally when describing his feelings for the women in his life. They include Carla Bruni (now Mrs Nicolas Sarkozy), who dumped him for Mick Jagger, and Pattie Boyd, for whom he fell while she was the wife of good friend George Harrison.

16 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


Tabla virtuoso rolling in

The tabla holds a particular fascination for many musicians. The Indian drums, played with a complex technique, provide the percussive backbone to a lot of the music from the subcontinent.

It's an ancient instrument, with its ancestors seen in temple paintings dating back to the 6th century.

16 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Live Earth - The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis (CD)

On July 7 last year, 150 musical acts played for a total of 22 hours in 11 locations to raise the world's awareness of climate change. This CD and two-DVD collection features the best performances from the London, New Jersey and Makahuri Messe gigs.

8 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Loud and proud, Ho breaks sound barrier at Causeway Bay opening

Josie Ho Chiu-yee was overjoyed to be able to finish her raucous dinner-time music performance on a Causeway Bay balcony on Tuesday. The occasion was for sportswear Quiksilver's new Pak Sha Road shop, and the rocker did her ear-splitting best to bring noise to the opening celebration.

20 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

From the Vault: 1977


Out of the Blue


Either the 'cool factor' is forever in perpetual motion, or I'm too old to care what's hip and what's not.

Whatever the case may be, the recent re-release of this 30th-anniversary edition of Out of the Blue, containing the kind of

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am