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Synthpop

There is power in a union

After 34 years, 13 albums, numerous line-up changes and a history of game-changing live shows and videos, Duran Duran might have seemed indestructible.

Sunday, 4 March, 2012, 12:00am

Defining discs

Duran Duran (1981): featuring the singles Planet Earth and Girls on Film, the latter of which came with a highly explicit video that overshadowed its message about the exploitation of models. The band's debut album propelled them to success and recognition in their native Britain. To go truly huge globally, however, they would have to wait for the release of ...

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Legend of the '80s still pulls fans

Legendary 1980s pop icon Duran Duran will appear in Hong Kong in March next year as part of the All You Need Is Now world tour.

It will be the band's first concert in Hong Kong since the 2008 Red Carpet Massacre tour.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The fast, the furious and the man on fire

The week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 Here And Now, Nickelback

2 Elevate, Big Time Rush

3 Break the Spell (Deluxe Version), Daughtry

4 My Life II ... The Journey Continues (Act 1) [Deluxe Version], Mary J. Blige

5 21, Adele

6 Christmas, Michael Buble

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Psychedelic band delights HK

Rock band MGMT's first appearance in Hong Kong played to a packed audience at Kitec Star Hall.

When the five-member band mounted the stage, the audience went wild. People of all ages rose to their feet to move in time to the beats of the band that was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance at the 2010 Grammys.

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

MGMT

In 2008, the world couldn't get enough of MGMT. They were the new indie darlings and soon found themselves with a clutch of crossover hits, such as the epic Kids (with that incessantly sticky refrain 'Control yourself ...') and Electric Feel.

16 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Underworld

Underworld Barking (Cooking Vinyl)

26 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Hurts finds happiness

Hurts, the new British pop duo from Manchester, consisting of vocalist Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson, is all set for the release of their debut album Happiness.

Their brand of what they call 'emotional pop music' seems to be attracting fans, and they have played sold-out live shows in Manchester and London this year.

29 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

A new man

Many words have been used to describe synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan over his 30-odd-year career, but human isn't one of them. Since the late 1970s Numan has been the epitome of the alien-robot fallen to earth, the emotionless android engulfed onstage in a haze of dry ice and whose mechanically dehumanised music speaks of isolation and paranoia.

1 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Congratulations MGMT (CD)

For Brooklyn duo MGMT, Oracular Spectacular was a groundbreaking debut that launched the band into the limelight. It led to their working with The Flaming Lips.

This year, they were nominated for two Grammys, but both came up empty.

Nevertheless, MGMT were on the map and their talent had been noticed.

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Night Train Keane (CD)

Keane's new EP, Night Train, is a few tracks short of a full train line. Like an unexplained MTR delay, it will leave you dissatisfied and disappointed.

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

A train ride worth avoiding

Keane's new EP, Night Train, is a few tracks short of a full train line, and like British Rail it will leave you dissatisfied and disappointed.

The opening track, Back in Time, is a throwback to the 1980s, featuring a Duran Duran style digital synth ballad that could easily be mistaken for one of the vintage pop group's less popular songs.

6 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

A little less spectacular

For Brooklyn duo MGMT, Oracular Spectacular was a groundbreaking debut that launched the band into the limelight. It resulted in them working with The Flaming Lips.

This year they were nominated for two Grammys, but both came up empty.

Nevertheless, MGMT were on the map and their talent had been noticed.

30 May 2010 - 12:00am

Boy 8-Bit

Volar, April 30, 11pm

Producer/DJ Boy 8-Bit has been making a lot of noise in the past year with his low-tech dance tunes influenced by vintage video-game soundtracks - as his name suggests - but his career might have turned out differently if it wasn't for the chance loan of a cassette from a friend in the early 1990s.

15 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Sounds of the Universe Depeche Mode (CD)

Depeche Mode's 12th album takes you back to the 1980s with 13 tracks of old-school digital synth pop. Far from being dated, the sound is still engaging.

Like the Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode made their name pioneering the digital sound of the decade fashion forgot, and has inspired many bands since.

24 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

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