Music Picks: Demi Lovato's new album, The Oddfellows' album launch, Red Dot August gigs

American singer Demi Lovato (left) and Singaporean alternative R&B singer and songwriter Chriskris. PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/DEMI LOVATO, COURTESY OF CHRISKRIS

Album launch

The Oddfellows - What's Yours And Mine Album Launch

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Singapore's pioneer indie band The Oddfellows released their third album, What's Yours And Mine, on streaming services in 2021.

You can now get a physical copy of the comeback album, which came out almost three decades after their sophomore release, Carnival (1992).

They are launching the vinyl and CD versions of the album at B Side Records in Haji Lane. The vinyl costs $45 while the CD is $18.

The quartet - made up of frontman Patrick Chng, guitarist-singer Kelvin Tan, bassist-singer Vincent Lee and drummer Johnny Ong - will play an acoustic set and hold an autograph-signing session.

They recently released a new music video for It's Not Easy, a song from the album. You can watch it here.

Where: B Side Records, 4A Haji Lane
MRT: Bugis/Nicoll Highway
When: Aug 26, 6.30pm
Admission: Free

Concerts

Red Dot August

Singaporean alternative R&B singer and songwriter Chriskris. PHOTO: COURTESY OF CHRISKRIS

This is the Esplanade's series of free concerts held during the National Day month. There are a few more shows left - all by local musicians of various genres and backgrounds.

The shows include performances by alternative R&B singer ChrisKris, who will play acoustic versions of his songs. Keroncong Bayu will play classic tunes by artistes such as Singaporean singer Kartina Dahari and Taiwanese songbird Teresa Teng in the style of keroncong, a type of traditional Malay orchestra.

Also on the line-up are joint performances by flute player Jasper Goh and pianist, cellist and singer Tommy Peh, who will tell stories of their experiences playing music in the United States, France and China.

Where: Various locations at the Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive and online
MRT: Esplanade
When: Until Aug 31, various times
Admission: Free
Info: Visit this website.

Pop Rock / Pop Punk

HOLY FV**

Demi Lovato

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Holy Fv** is the eighth studio album by American singer Demi Lovato. PHOTO: ISLAND

Demi Lovato's life is the stuff of tabloids. The former Barney & Friends and Disney girl found pop superstardom, but later fell prey to fame's worst excesses as a young adult.

In her eighth album Holy Fv**, Lovato, now 30, reminds listeners that she is very aware of how much her life had gone off the rails. The lyrics contain vivid references to her struggles with addiction and the trauma of having to deal with the whole world judging.

Lovato also alludes to her controversial past relationship with actor Wilmer Valderrama on the song 29. She was then 17 while he was 29.

Musically, the album sees her ditch pop for a dramatic brand of rock, with over-the-top guitar riffs and thundering drums providing a fitting backdrop to her visceral lyrics and soaring, powerful voice.

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