Music picks: JJ Lin's virtual concert, Esplanade's Jazz In July, Call Me If You Get Lost

JJ Lin also launched a Sanctuary mobile app for the concert. PHOTO: JJ LIN/FACEBOOK

JJ Lin Sanctuary finale virtual concert

Singaporean Mandopop star JJ Lin caps off his extensive Sanctuary World Tour with a final show that will take place online.

He kicked off the tour in March 2018 and played 66 shows in 43 cities, including Singapore, before it was halted by the pandemic.

Touted as a four-dimensional experience, the virtual gig features a customised stage design and high-tech visual effects.

Lin also launched a Sanctuary mobile app for the concert. Certain ticket packages also come with an interactive luminous wristband.

The show was scheduled to take place on June 6, but was moved to Saturday (July 10) after the pandemic escalated in Taiwan, where the show is being produced.

Where: Online
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: From $38 via BookMyShow and Sistic

Jazz In July

Unlike last year, when all the shows that were part of the Esplanade's annual Jazz In July event took place online, a limited number of fans can catch some of the brightest local jazz talents live this year.

Seats are booked on a first-come, first-served basis, but those who miss out can catch the performances online via the Esplanade's Offstage platform.

The daily shows include one by Cincinnati-born singer Richard Jackson, who will sing romantic tunes on Friday (July 9).

Also performing on the same night are Exile Quartet, made up of Tunisian drummer Malek Lakhoua, Italian saxophonist Andreas Marinello, Indian pianist Sharik Hasan and American bassist Christy Smith.

Among the home-grown acts is pianist Tan Weixiang, who performs on Saturday.

Where: Various venues at the Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive; online at this link
When: Till July 19
Admission: Free
Info: Click here


Call me if you get lost
Tyler, The Creator
4 stars

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American rapper and producer Tyler, The Creator cements his reputation as one of hip-hop's most compelling artistes today with his sixth album.

The multifarious record blends the irreverence that marked his earlier works with the emotional breadth of his last two albums, Flower Boy (2017) and Igor (2019).

The album, which shot straight to No. 1 on the United States album charts, is his most personal record yet. He has said that, unlike previous albums, every line is based on real-life experiences.

The track Manifesto doubles down on his refusal to conform to others' standards, while the vulnerable Wilshire is a regretful look back on a failed relationship.

The lovelorn Sweet / I Thought You Wanted To Dance shows off his vocal range, featuring both his rough voice and sweet falsetto.

From psychedelic swirls and bossa nova beats to reggae rhythms and soulful samples, there is plenty to savour in this album.

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