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  1. The world's biggest boy band, BTS scripted history at the Billboard Music Awards 2019 last night, by becoming the first ever K-Pop group to win the Top Group award. 190502 ð BTS just wins Top Duo/Group at 2019 Billboard Music Awards!! ð­ð­ GUUUUUYYS @BTS_twt BIG CONGRATULATIONS!! #TopSocialArtistBTS #BTSistheTopGrouppic.twitter.com/NnUPW1oAj5 — BTS National (@BTS_National) May 2, 2019 They also won the Top Social Artist award for the third year in a row, thanks to their unbelievably powerful and devoted fan base called the ARMY. It goes without saying that the fans completely lost it, not only in South Korea but all over the world, as this was a very important moment for them. A Korean group, making Korean music, competing and winning against noted international artists, is nothing short of incredible, and BTS' fans are on cloud nine and beaming with pride. “I'd say after today's BBMAs win 'Team work makes the Dream work', is the right phrase suitable for BTS because they have come a long way by their sheer hard work and talent,” said Twinkle Choudhary, one of the administrators of BTSindiaofficial. BTS, who were nominated for the first time ever in this category, won the Top Group award by beating out Dan + Shay, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Panic! At The Disco. © Getty Images The 7 members consisting of RM (leader), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook walked up to the stage to collect the award amid the deafening cheers from their fans present there. “Thank you, ARMY. Still can't believe we're here on this stage with so many great artists, oh my God. ARMY, this is only possible because of the little things we shared together. The BTS and ARMY power, right? And we're still the same boys from six years ago. We still have the same dreams. We still have the same feelings; we still have the same thoughts. So let's keep dreaming the best dreams together. Thank you. I love you all," RM said in his acceptance speech. BTS also performed their latest single 'Boy With Luv' featuring Halsey at the BBMAs and it was incredible to see the sight of an American pop singer singing and dancing along with a K-Pop band on the prestigious stage. BTS & Halsey took the #BBMAs stage for a performance of "Boy With Luv" #BillboardNews pic.twitter.com/zvPpvvWCyv — billboard (@billboard) May 2, 2019 “I think a lot of people are really curious about the collaboration because obviously, the boys are from Korea and I'm from the States, but I think that we really show that despite what seems like a language barrier at first is really just kind of like unimportant when it comes down to a bunch of young people who really love music and who just love hanging out, and it really shows through," Halsey said at before the awards on the red carpet. © Getty Images BTS, looking dapper in Alexander McQueen, created a stir the second they landed at the awards and walked the red carpet, as besides fans, many celebrities began clamouring to take a selfie or just catch a glimpse of the boys. © Getty Images Now THAT's a photo.#UmusicBBMAs #Drake #BTS pic.twitter.com/KKaX7FEl7g — Universal Music CA (@umusic) May 2, 2019 Can they like... Collab????? @iamcardib @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/b7eQsdG7KB — D â (@epiphanyxstyles) May 2, 2019 Me, @BTS_twt, and someone's hand. ð I tried. ð#BTSArmy #BBMAs #AGTonMay28 pic.twitter.com/wj7f3lZPiE — Julianne Hough (@juliannehough) May 1, 2019 OMG!!! First person I see on the red carpet is @BTS_twt!! #BTSArmy #BBMAs #AGTonMAY28 pic.twitter.com/7bDccaGHxD — Julianne Hough (@juliannehough) May 1, 2019 TERRY LOVES BTS! TERRY LOVES AWARD SHOWS!#BBMAs #AGTonMAY28 #BTSArmy #AmericasGotTerry pic.twitter.com/tEOgIy9NOm — terry crews (@terrycrews) May 2, 2019 TERRY CREWS SAYING BEING BEHIND BTS FEELS LIKE BEING BEHIND THE BEATLES... THE OTHER GIRLS CAN'T EEM SPELL GLOBAL IMPACT pic.twitter.com/UkSugkhKx3 — anna with luv (@TRlVlAMONOS) May 1, 2019 The Jonas Brothers, who were making their first red carpet appearance as a band in 10 years, could barely contain their excitement at the prospect of meeting BTS and said their “main goal was to meet BTS.” ð¹ Jonas Brothers live stream on instagram moments ago! #BBMAs pic.twitter.com/KbWtdWHX0y — Jonas Brothers News (@jbrosnews) May 1, 2019 Joe Jonas actually managed a fist bump with V during a performance, to which a very disappointed Nick Jonas responded by posting a clip of the moment to Instagram story saying, “When your brother gets a fist bump during your performance from BTS but you don't.” joe jonas interacted with bts and got married,,, maybe today's joe jonas is living his best life pic.twitter.com/tuCG5wNu15 — jo (@kookooT__T) May 2, 2019
  2. Earphones come at various prices but often sacrifice something in order to keep the cost down. In fact, accurate sound reproduction needs multiple drivers to work in tandem to reproduce sound in a specific frequency range. Most speakers do this as it has a woofer driver for bass and tweeters for higher frequencies. Good speakers or earphones also have a mid-range driver to handle frequencies that come in between. 1More has managed to fit four drivers in earphones which is something very rare. Fitting multiple drivers in earphones is a huge challenge simply because there isn't much space. Most earphones just use one driver to handle all of these frequencies which often ruins the sound experience. That's why you can buy earphones for a few hundred rupees. Which is fine for casual listening but utter garbage for audiophiles. © 1More 1More Quad Driver earphones are probably my favourite pair of earphones right now. I thought the triple driver variant was quite impressive but the Quad driver version takes the cake. These earphones have four small drivers in each of the earbuds. Two armature drivers, a single driver for ultra-high frequencies and a dynamic driver that take cares of bass and mid-range frequencies. This results in crystal clear sound with much details and with a frequency response of 20 - 40,000Hz. That beats most headphones you can buy in the market right now. It's Not Only About the Sound © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Today, premium earphones don't only need to sound amazing, they also need to look the part. 1More earbuds are built with premium material that also gives flexing rights to the owner. The earbuds are made of aluminium and are as durable it could be. It has red trims with tungsten accents and are very comfortable to wear. The cable is also built with Kevlar, which is tangle-free and reduces noise (when obstructed with objects or clothing) when being used for making phone calls. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to fit, 1More has given 8 extra pair of tips that will ensure you a perfect fit for your type of ear. The included tips come with a selection of silicon or foam which is always neat to have. The packing also comes with a travel adapter which you can use on planes and a 1/4" male plug. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla You can store all these accessories with the supplied premium leather case which is most useful when you are always on the move. Overall, the earphones come in ultra-luxurious packaging which you can't find anywhere else. Listening Experience The listening experience on the 1More Quad Driver earphones was nothing short of impressive. We listened to different genres and even used it to play games on our PC. The bast was solid and not overwhelming and the highs were on point. The sound had incredible detail and crystal clear. It proved that having multiple drivers significantly improved the listening experience. To notice details, our go-to test track is Michale Jackson's “Thriller” as it has the balance required in a song. The kicks sounded crystal clear while the bassline was not too overwhelming. The main pads and chords sound spectacular as we could pick out each instrument individually. We noticed a real difference when we plugged in our earphones to our Dolby 7.1 amp on our gaming PC. With surround sound enabled, the 1More Quad Driver could handle sound with great detail. While reviewing Mortal Kombat 11, we could hear sounds in the background and sounds that would fly right over the head. We could also notice birds chirping at the back of the head which is unheard of on earphones. It's probably because these earphones are also THX certified which means watching movies with these earphones is a dream. The Final Say The earphones cost Rs 13,499 in India but should be priced at least double for everything it has on offer. It's got great sound, luxurious packaging and great accessories. It can even handle AAA games like 'Mortal Kombat' to deliver the required surround sound experience. If you are looking for premium earphones, the buck stops here.
  3. Earlier this week, the Powerbeats Pro were spotted in an iOS update and has now been made official by Apple. The company's Beats division is now making its mark in the true wireless earphones market and will be available to buy from this May. The Powerbeats Pro is going to be more expensive than the AirPods i.e. $250 (Rs 17,200 Approx) and reportedly offers better sound quality. The Powerbeats Pro is also expected to last longer than before and comes with Apple's new H1 chip that can also be found on the new AirPods. The H1 Chip enables the new AirPods to fire up Siri by simply saying the command “Hey Siri”. The wireless earbuds also offer a more secure and comfortable fit as compared to the AirPods. © Apple Beats This reduces sound leakage which has been the only known issue with AirPods. It works similar to the AirPods with the ability to control volume and tracks with any of the two earbuds. The earbuds also automatically play/pause when they are removed from your ear. © Apple The Powebeats Pro is expected to last for up to nine hours or up to 24 hours of playback time with the charging case. The charging case also has a fast-charging feature that can give the earbuds an additional 1.5 hours of usage after five minutes of charge. As of now, there is no word whether we will get to see the Powerbeats Pro launch in India.
  4. A normal day in the life of Ranveer Singh would look something like this: waking up, brushing teeth, planning a bizarre outfit for the day, have pictures clicked, work for brilliant films, come back home and repeat the next day. That is the kind of reputation Ranveer Singh has set for himself after wearing the most unthinkable and the wackiest outfits of all times. Ranveer Singh's prime weapon in promoting a film is the way he dresses for promotions. These outfits are out of the ordinary and no one can imagine wearing these outfits in the restricting space of Bollywood. The fact that someone mainstream like himself wears these outfits makes all the more headlines in the mainstream media. For the recent awards, Ranveer Singh wore a yellow pant suit from the Dior homme, SS19. To complete the look, he groomed a perfect pornstar moustache to go with it and futuristic space-age sun glasses. Take a look: © Instagram/ @ranveersingh © Instagram/ @ranveersingh After the launch of his music label INCINK, Ranveer Singh is venturing out in the music industry with his fellow gully boy rappers. Given that he had already created a desi rapper aesthetic for himself, the rapper will most definitely will be dressing like one in the coming days. And here's the thing: we got to know about the music label recently. He's been planning this for quite some time now. And new responsibilities sometimes changes the way people dress. Look at him sport some sharp outfits. © Instagram/ @ranveersingh © Instagram/ @ranveersingh We can't wait for the crazy outfits that Ranveer Singh is going to throw at us.
  5. Alright! So, it's over. PewDiePie's fierce battle against T-Series has finally come to an end as the latter has gained a significant lead in terms of the subscriber count. In fact, Pewds knows that there's no coming back for him, and he has acknowledged his defeat in by releasing a new music video called 'Congratulations'. But you know what? The music video is not just PewDiePie conceding his defeat to T-Series. It's more about him taking a jab at the Bollywood music label and India, in general. To begin with, PewDiePie made it a point to accuse T-Series' executives by pulling out an old dirt on them. In the video, as you can see, he shows a Times Of India article from last year, which says that T-Series chairman Bhushan Kumar being investigated for tax evasion. He also noted how T-Series started its business by selling pirated songs. Pewds also revealed that T-Series sent him a cease and desist letter following the release of his original diss track called 'Bitch Lasagna'. He then used the video to pull out things which people usually regard as defamatory. He even took a racist-jab at Indians by saying, “Indians are poo-poo in their brains'. Felix then went on to talk about India's caste system, crippling poverty, and more. That being said, the video is not just about accusations, and poop slurs. Towards the end of the video, PewDiePie also took a moment to thank his fans for all the support. He said, “So this is it, thanks for sticking with my channel. Ever since I was a nobody, screaming at barrels. This is it, it's been an adventure. It's the end of the reign of Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg. Through all the change and controversy you've been by my side, there's no army in the world I would rather give me watch time. It's been a wild ride, so while I can still be heard, here's one last bro fist, from the number one in the world.” © Pewds - YouTube So unlike Bitch Lasagna, Congratulations is not essentially just a diss track for T-Series. It's just Pewds' way of showing his grievances with T-Series' cease and desist letter, and thanking his fans at the same time for all the support. It's a typical PewDiePie move. The music video has been watched over 10 million times in just 13 hours, and it's currently trending on the platform.
  6. Since yesterday morning, the entire Jonas clan - Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra, Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner - have been giving everyone vacation goals and also making everyone jealous by relentlessly posting videos and pictures partying on a yacht in Miami. Before, there was a sneak-peek of them drunk dancing to Bollywood songs towards the end of Nick's video when 'Mera Wala Dance' started playing for like 4 seconds. That was enough for desi people to latch on to and be excited. Sucker vibes in Miami. pic.twitter.com/uTTARhpudg — Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) March 25, 2019 Now, it looks like Priyanka saw that and decided to give everyone something more - a full video with everyone dancing to 'Tareefan' from 'Veere Di Wedding'. View this post on Instagram When Bollywood music kicks in.. #tareefan #kareenakapoor @sonamkapoor @badboyshah â¤ï¸ @nickjonas @joejonas @sophiet A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Mar 26, 2019 at 8:45am PDT You can take the desi girl out of India, but apparently, you can't take India out of the desi girl. Also, now we for sure know PeeCee was responsible for making the playlist. I would honestly just like a video of Nick, Joe, and Sophie trying to pronounce 'Tareefan', it would be hilarious. Everyone was excited in comments, you know how Indians get when there's something desi somewhere. Nick jiju has spoken. Sonam and Rhea Kapoor are also excited. Yes, the perfect time for that. Nick is lost in the music. The biggest takeaway! Yes, it's time, they need to go.
  7. Facebook and Instagram users in India can now use licensed Indian music in their posts and videos, as the company has signed licensing deals with three of India's top music labels including T-Series, Zee Music Company and Yash Raj Films. Licensed music from these labels can be used in social experiences such as videos, messages, stories and other creative content on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook noted that the posts and videos, which users choose to share on the platform, can be made more meaningful and personal with music. © Instagram Thanks to this partnership, users can include their favorite tracks from popular Bollywood films including the latest hits like Apna Time Aayega from 'Gully Boy', Aankh Marey from 'Simmba', Swag Se Swagat from 'Tiger Zinda Hai', as well as regional hits like Lahore by Guru Randhawa, Zingaat from 'Sairat' plus old classics like Bas Ek Sanam Chaahiye from 'Aashiqui'. Commenting on the partnership, Facebook India's Director and Head of Partnerships, Manish Chopra said, “Music has always been a powerful medium of expression. We are excited about partnering with the music industry in India and the idea that people here will be now be able to include music in their videos on Facebook and Instagram, opening up more options for more ways to express and sharing memories with friends and family.” Facebook signed its first ever music label deal in December of 2017 with Universal Music Group, and the company now has licensing partnerships with different labels across 40 countries.
  8. Google has finally launched its music streaming service in the form of YouTube Music and YouTube Premium for users who like a seamless video content experience. YouTube already has a vast catalogue of music that also includes radio channels, live performances and user-generated content. © Twitter YouTube has also introduced YouTube Premium that basically lets users consume content without any interruptions from advertisements. The Premium subscription also lets users play videos in the background even when users lock a smartphone or switch apps. YouTube Music Premium will also let users download songs in order to play when offline. YouTube Premium will be available for Rs 129 a month, will include membership to YouTube Music Premium, and access to all YouTube Originals. YouTube Music Premium is available at a monthly rental of Rs 99 and as part of the introductory offer, YouTube is offering a three-month subscription of YouTube Music Premium for free. Announcing the launch of YouTube Music in India, Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music, YouTube said, “India is where the multi-lingual music scene thrives. It's interesting to note how Indian artists have consistently claimed top spots over the last few months in the Global YouTube Top Artists chart. With YouTube Music, we are hoping to bring the best in global and Indian music to millions of fans across India, and give them an immersive music experience, with the magic of music on YouTube.” T.Jay Fowler, Director of Product Management, Music Products, YouTube said, “We know that India loves watching music videos on YouTube -- be it the vibrancy, choreography, stars and glamour. Music from India has always been so much more than just the audio. Therefore for us, with the launch of YouTube Music, all the emphasis is on the familiar and to make every user experience richer as they start using the service. From recommended music videos, live performances, covers, to new videos -- it's all here, and only here." YouTube has been a popular platform for streaming music with access to thousands of playlists across various genres.
  9. Samsung recently announced its new true wireless earbuds with the Galaxy S10 and is a competitor with the AirPods. We've been using the Galaxy Buds for a week and it's been a good experience so far. At the same time, we've been using the AirPods ever since it was launched and you can read our full review here. We pit the two wireless earbuds against each other to find out which one is best for music lovers. Sound Quality Regardless of the features, earbuds need to sound good and if it doesn't fit the bill, it completely defeats the purpose. The AirPods generally sound awesome especially for something with small drivers. It delivers clean vocals, has balanced lows and great highs. The overall sound is quite impressive —until I heard the Galaxy Buds. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy Buds sound a tad bit better than the AirPods simply because it is clearer and louder. Sound quality is almost at par; however, the lows were a bit muffled. You can adjust it from the gear app; however, it still isn't as good as the AirPods. Winner: Galaxy Buds for delivering cleaner and louder sounds. Design © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of design, Apple has made the true wireless earbuds iconic which has resulted in companies copying the design. It has a glossy white finish on the case and has that distinctive design on the actual earbuds. Having said that, the AirPods are not sweat resistant and can slip out with ease. The Galaxy Buds, on the other hand, follows a refined design from the Gear Icon X and is also sweat resistant. It isn't as slippery as the AirPods and will not fall out as easily. The charging case is a bit bigger than its competitor but also supports wireless charging. If you a smartphone that supports reverse wireless charging, you can keep it charged on the go or use a Qi-certified wireless mat. AirPods, on the other hand, does not support wireless charging and needs to be charged using the lightning cable. Winner: Galaxy Buds for having sweat resistance and a wireless charging case. Connectivity © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy Buds supports Bluetooth 5 connectivity whereas the AirPods use Apple's W1 chip. Both devices connect to an iPhone/Galaxy S10 seamless the moment you open the charging case. Having said that, the story is a bit different when it comes to connectivity and range. The Galaxy Buds have a very poor range even when the Galaxy S10 would be in our pocket. It would often disconnect or is unable to transfer enough data for seamless music experience. AirPods, on the other hand, can play music up to 5 feet without any loss of data or music. Winner: AirPods for better connectivity. Control and Call Quality © MensXP The Galaxy Buds have a touchpad in the triangular shell and can be used to control music and make or answer calls. You can tap once to play/pause music, double tap to skip to the next track or tap thrice to go to the previous song. The touch on the Galaxy Buds is a bit sensitive however it was not that hard to operate. AirPods, on the other hand, have similar controls but are divided amongst the two earbuds. You can map it according to your own liking and even summon Siri by double tapping on the earbuds. It works perfectly with Apple Music and Spotify. Having said that, call quality is better on the AirPods as audio on the Galaxy Buds were a bit muddy. AirPods has clearer sound and mic quality which gives it the extra edge over the Galaxy Buds. Winner: AirPods for better call quality and better integration with Apple Music. Battery Life © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy Buds can last up to 6 hours on a single charge whereas the average battery life on the AirPods is 4.5 hours. The Galaxy Buds come with 68-mAh battery and can even be charged on the go via wireless charging (provided you have the Galaxy S10 or the Huawei Mate 20 Pro). Winner: Galaxy Buds for longer battery life and wireless charging Overall Winner Even though it's a close fight, the Galaxy Buds deliver a better experience and offers more features than the AirPods. It sounds better and is more comfortable to use. It fits snug as a bug and won't fall out as easily as Apple's AirPods. The Galaxy Buds are also cheaper than Apple's AirPods which makes it even more superior than the AirPods.
  10. Spotify's silent launch in India last week sent out waves around the music industry, and the streaming app has already added more than 1 million users in the country. It's a remarkable number, but there's no denying that the service already has stiff competition from the existing streaming platforms, especially Apple Music. As an Apple Music user myself, I was really excited about Spotify's India launch and I instantly pulled the trigger on Spotify. Having used Spotify as my primary music streaming app this past week, I have a few observations. So, just how good is Spotify when compared with Apple Music, one of its biggest competitors in the country? Here's a quick look at the points that matter: Pricing Pricing is honestly one of the first and most important factors while picking any service in general. In this case, I would say Spotify has an upper hand, mainly because of the varied subscription packages. Unlike other music streaming services, Spotify gives its users an option to opt for either the daily, weekly, half-yearly or yearly packages, in addition to the monthly subscription. Essentially, you can avail all the premium Spotify subscription for as low as Rs. 13/ day to see if you like the service and all the features that it offers. Apple Music, on the other hand, offers only one option, i.e. Rs. 120/ month. You'll effectively be shelling out Rs. 360 for three months, Rs.600 for six months and so on. So, Spotify is the clear winner here. You can just sign up for a single day and check out the app and all its features which we'll be discussing below. Music Selection & Beyond As soon as you start using Spotify in India, it won't be too long until you realize that a lot of your favourite music isn't there. Yes, it's really a bummer. It's like the Netflix debacle all over again, when a lot of binge-worthy shows like 'House of Cards' wasn't available at launch in India. Of course, things will get better over time (hopefully), but if you love your Iron Maiden or Led Zeppelin playlist, then Apple Music is a no brainer. © Spotify The native-language song selection, on the other hand, isn't bad on either service. Both Apple Music and Spotify will ask you for your preference in music to suggest similar kinds of tracks, artists, and more. If you are into local Indian music, however, I think you'd be better off using services like Gaana.com and JioSaavn. They have partnerships with better record companies under their belt and therefore you'll get to enjoy more comprehensive libraries. Again, Spotify may end up signing better labels, but for now, it is safe to say that they're barely scratching the surface with T-series. Both platforms also suggest curated playlist, but I found myself spending more time on Spotify's curated playlist than Apple Music. Apple has its own way of doing things, and the curated lists are based on the genres you select, as opposed to the songs you listen the most as Spotify does. It comes down to personal preference, but I found Spotify's 'Your Daily Mix 1' or 'Your Daily Mix 2' etc. to be more appealing than Apple Music's 'Friends Mix', and 'Chill Mix' playlists. Lastly, it is worth pointing out that Apple Music gives you a lot of options like podcasts, music videos, short films, etc., whereas Spotify only gives the option of listening to podcasts apart from songs. Music Sharing & Platform support Both platforms let you follow your friends and family members using the service. You can share, say, a playlist or keep a track of what others are listening to. The sharing features, however, are much better on Spotify. Besides connecting to your friends, you can also share your tracks via mediums like Instagram Stories, which is where most people are spending their time these days anyway. © Spotify Coming to platforms, both Spotify and Apple Music are available on Android, iOS, Windows and macOS. But if I was to switch back to Apple Music again, I'll definitely be missing the web player. It's effortless to pull up a web browser and switch over seamlessly from your phone, tablet, etc. Just a convenience that I am not ready to give up anytime soon. Final Thoughts Both streaming services in their current state have caveats of their own. While Spotify has better algorithms in place giving it an upper hand on the music discovery over the others, Apple Music has a strong music selection and has its own ecosystem with deep Siri integration. I personally won't be switching to Apple Music again, because I am not particularly bothered by lack of artists. I am also quite optimistic about Spotify's growth in India. If it's not a major a concern for you too, then I highly recommend checking out Spotify's premium subscribing at least for a day.
  11. Yes, you read it right. If things do go right, ace musician Bappi Lahiri soon might be the sound master for one of the Marvel movies in the near future. He is already in conversation with the production team and things are looking good for him. © Instagram Well, if you remember, his song 'Jhoom Jhoom Baba' was used for 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' back in 2017 and even Chris Pratt was taken by surprise. "I am currently in talks with Marvel Studios. They had used my song Jhoom Jhoom Jhoom baba. Chris Pratt, the hero of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, had really liked the song. So maybe a song (by me) will be used in their next film. I will go to Hollywood in April," Bappi told IANS in a telephonic interview. Bappi Lahiri will also be seen in a fantastic collaboration with rappers Snoop Dogg and Akon as well. Bappi Lahiri is already making a movie this year titled 'Ek Adhura Sangeet' © Instagram If you're wondering about a possible biopic on the interesting man, well, he has had the same thought. There is nothing in the pipeline yet but he wants Ranveer Singh to play his role, if at all this happens. The man has a career that expands over 4 decades, so well, are you ready to listen to some Bappi Da in the next Marvel adventure?
  12. The Jonas Fam is perhaps the most wholesome family right now, internationally. ' Ever since our desi girl PC became a member of the family, they all started hanging out a whole lot more, so much so, that the Jonas Brothers just went ahead and made a full-on reunion video with their better halves, called 'Sucker'. © Twitter/Jonas Brothers Now, as excited as everyone is about it, the desi folks couldn't help but wonder where have they seen this before. Three brothers with their three loving spouses, singing and dancing and cycling and eating sweets - where indeed? © Rajshri 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' is a cult classic, and it was just proved once again. You know you thought of it too. © Youtube/Jonas Brothers However, 'Sucker' is fashion forward to the T. It is avant-garde, yes, but what's wrong in that? If Priyanka wants to cycle in a pink gown and elaborate, heavy-ass ear accessories, and Sophie Turner wants to enjoy a deadly match of fencing between the brothers in her feather boa, they should be able to do that without any judgment whatsoever (as they do). Weird? Yes. Fun? YES! © YouTube/Jonas Brothers © YouTube/Jonas Brothers We're also digging Nick's red band outfit, and the bright colours the other bros are pulling off. © Instagram/Jonasbrohers © Twitter/Jonas Brothers All we can say is that we're loving this brand new avatar of the group, and we hope they come up with more videos. Take a look at the video here.
  13. A year ago, Spotify officially announced its plans of expanding to India, and the company has finally made its way here. While Netflix is the most popular video streaming platform worldwide, Spotify holds the same title in the music streaming segment. The company has the highest number of paying subscribers in the world and India is the 79th where Spotify has launched. It operates on a "freemium" model, meaning users can access all songs for free, but they're streamed at a lower quality and the app has ads to monetize the consumption. The motto is to convert free users to a paid subscription and in return offer more features like high-quality playback and no ads. © Spotify The service in India will come with more than four crore songs and 300 crore playlists offering Indian and international music, across moods and moments. The company has already partnered with T-Series and Sony for local licensing and is currently fighting in court against the Warner Music Group (WMG). The app has built-in multilingual recommendations and specially curated playlists for listeners in India and new users can avail a 30-day trial of the Premium offering. To access, you can either visit the website or download the Android. © Reuters In terms of pricing, the simple one month plan costs just Rs 119 (US$ 1.67), compared to US$ 9.99 (Rs 700) in the United States. Spotify is offering a wide array of flexible subscription options, including a yearly plan that costs Rs 1,189. If you don't want a recurring subscription, a top-up can be availed and it costs Rs 13 per day and can go up till Rs 719 for six months. The platform has also integrated local payment options like UPI and PayTM, in addition to debit and credit cards. © Reuters In comparison, Apple Music costs Rs 120 per month, JioSaavn is free for Jio users (limited period), and Google Play Music charges Rs 99 per month. Amazon Music comes bundled with Prime and costs Rs 1,000 per year (includes Prime Video). While the platform is popular for its music collection and suggestive algorithm, it'll require a ton of local content to succeed in India. And Spotify says plans to solve this in a mutual way. "India has an incredibly rich music culture, and to best serve this market, we're launching a custom-built experience. Not only will Spotify bring Indian artists to the world, we will also bring the world's music to fans across India,” said Daniel Ek, Spotify's Founder and CEO.
  14. Audio gurus will always prefer a wired connection thanks to the native analogue output. While wireless headphones have drastically caught up in the last few years, they're still not as good as its wired counterparts. We've compiled a list of the best-wired headphones one can buy in India, considering all budget segments. Multiple factors like comfort, sound quality, added features, and usage has been contemplated for the selections. 1. Audio Technica ATH MSR7 (Rs 29,999) © Audio Technica These are made for people who solely want to enjoy music. The bass is fast and controlled, meaning it's well articulated and at no point does it overpower the rest of the music. The mids are lush and extended, while the highs are extremely detailed and effortless. DM does sound very good and you get very tight controlled thumps. They are built of aluminium and plastic, decorated with tasteful colour highlights. It looks elegant and simple. Though, over a long period of use, they do tend to get a little uncomfortable. 2. Pioneer Pro DJ HDJ-C70 (Rs 39,999) © YouTube Pioneer is known for its high-quality products, and a majority of its fans are often professionals. It has become the de facto first choice of many, and these headphones continue the tradition of trust. They have no distortion, the bass output is crystal clear, and the mid frequencies are strong. The HDJ-C70 offers a frequency range of 7 to 32,000 Hz via 40mm drivers. The ear pads can be rotated by 90 degrees in either direction making it possible to monitor with one ear while wearing the headphones. 3. Bose QuietComfort 25 (Rs 20,000) © Bose Bose is known for its noise cancellation technology, and these are the best-wired headphones if you're looking to get a good night's sleep onboard an aeroplane. The best part is, they work without an external power source, hence all you need to do is connect the 3.5mm jack and enjoy. If you need ANC, just pop-in a few AAA batteries. The sound quality is top-notch and these are a perfect combo for travellers. Bose opted to use fabric instead of leather for this variant and it definitely has paid off well. 4. Sennheiser HD 429 (Rs 5,000) © YouTube The build quality of the HD 429 is quite nice considering the price point and the headband is flexible. The ear cups and headband provide padding with a leatherette material, making it exceedingly comfortable for long use. The HD 429 is definitely on the lower-to-mid level of the Sennheiser product line, and the bass is well balanced. Sennheiser products are known to have a long life span and these are perfect for content creation and work. It also includes a 10-feet long cable for you to move around easily. 5. AKG K92 (Rs 5,000) © YouTube These are near perfect over-the-ear headphones that aren't heavy on the pocket. The body is built out of plastic and as far as sound quality goes, they can surely kick some ass. They're dynamic, expressive and there's no distortion while hearing individual instruments. Most users prefer them for in-house use due to their size but being lightweight, portability is feasible. The slightly large size means they are extremely comfortable to wear, indoors as well as on the move. 6. Sony MDR-XB550AP (Rs 3,000) © YouTube The least expensive on our list, these headphones are built for bass lovers. Sony's "Extra Bass" is no joke, though they offer excellent noise isolation and are significantly lighter. Just plug and play! Given the price point, it also has a mic for calling and the sound clarity is optimal. The swivel design makes them perfect for travelling and the build quality is pretty sturdy.
  15. “India's music festival scene seems to have taken a leaf out of the big fat Indian wedding booklet. They keep getting grander,” I overheard a fellow attendee who was attending her first major music festival in India. First of all, let's establish that I'm no expert on the subject. But music fest regulars keep telling me about amplified audiences and improved logistical arrangements in the last few years. These efforts have definitely put India on the world map of parties and merrymaking in the name of music. I assume that most of you reading this are at least aware of the Fyre documentary on Netflix; so we know how bad things can get. My friends from the PR industry insist that Budweiser, especially with its vertical Budweiser Experiences (BE), has had a critical impact in this space. To be honest, it's hard to ignore the good things that have happened in electronic music via BE fests like Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Sensation. In India, it has also introduced 'What's Brewing' – a global music platform where local and international artists perform exclusive sets and BUDx Boiler Room, which claims to be the first global electronic music lab in India. © Budweiser/MensXp Budweiser Experiences calls itself an innovative platform curated with an aim to shape youth culture in India and provide world-class experiences for our consumers across the passion points of music, art, sport and lifestyle. And going by our experience at Sensation, when they invited us over for arguably India's most well-known dance music festival Magnetic Fields, we had to answer the call. It was my first trip to the magical land of musical experiences in the North West corner of Rajasthan, Jhunjhunu. The festival takes over the ostentatious Alsisar Mahal every December to bring together the most regal rave in India. Around 4,000 partygoers gather to freely glamp in the sand, meander across sunbaked roofs, and enjoy the fluid nature of the festival's structure (you aren't given the Festival Guidebook until you arrive at the venue) across three days. Plot twist: I was sober throughout the rave. I'm not averse to experiments, but ingesting psychedelics didn't feel as inviting at that point in time. It's easy to feel like a misfit in that sea of 3,999-odd others in that situation but I got through and had a lot of fun in the process. With the party season is in full swing right now, you might also find yourself in similar situations. That's why your saviour has made you a proper guide to stay sober and yet make the most of India's big fat music festivals. And it goes like this: Immerse in the travels © Budweiser/MensXp There's only one way to approach Alsisar Mahal i.e road transport. Most attendees chose to drive but our media junket was provided with our own bus from Delhi. The camp site was around 225km away and the landscapes after exiting the NCR confines were a huge relief from city life. More so for the music journalists who were travelling from Mumbai. There's only one midway restaurant on the way though. Cars had made a beeline and the costumes of their passengers were a definite giveaway about their destination. Do try their pakodas with chaai, and have a plate of the biryani if the hunger pangs are too intense. Pro tip: Carry your own cigarettes and carry your own snacks. Everything else you're too careful about, I'm sure. Make friends © Budweiser/MensXp I met a few familiar faces from my Mumbai circles, in Delhi. But little did I know about India's music journalist community. Some of them, just like the sports and auto sectors, are true nerds of their craft. And eventually, nothing beats a good old glass of rum to make new friends. The rest of the fest's audience was drawn from across the country, particularly the party-friendly cities of Mumbai and Bangalore. There were also expats from the Gulf and a number of Europeans, of the backpacking, hippy variety, who were climaxing on this orgasmic intersection of 'culture' and history. “Ek bottle paani,” I heard a white dude ask a local vendor. A few quick exchanges later we exchanged numbers and promised to host each other in Germany and Delhi respectively. Pro tip: Just go up to people and talk. Most fest goers don't bite. Eat well © Budweiser/MensXp Speaking of local vendors, don't fall into the trap of glamping restaurants; rather eat at the by lanes running along the palace's boundary walls. The entire village comes to life during Magnetic Fields and locals conjure up tiny eateries, extending from their patios. Try out all the local food and especially some of the desi chicken and mutton preparations. It was so cold I couldn't resist the Maggi and eggs either. Pro tip: Carry toilet rolls if anything goes wrong. You're in the middle of a fucking desert. Colder climates don't run a high risk of dehydration unless you're drinking. Alcohol can easily be obtained at one of these makeshift local shops. Prices are nearly double the standard rates, but that's the least you can pay for that convenience. Either way, stay hydrated under the day Sun (which can be scorching at times) and pee responsibly. Enjoy the countryside © Budweiser/MensXp Apart from satiating gastronomic requisites, the Rajasthani countryside also offers unique handloom shops and other surprises. It likes to pride itself in being a capsule illustrative if a time when the land was ruled by Rajput warriors. Look carefully and you'll find ancient frescos and carvings on the medieval era buildings. Lucky ones, like yours truly, also get guided tours from the palace's prince himself. He followed him around the maze-like gullies and arrived at a pop-up staged called Pukaar. No trip to Rajasthan is ever complete without a dose of folk music and Kutle Khan's group was just that glimpse of the region's melodic prowess. Pro tip: Talk to the locals, they're fascinated by everything that's happening around them. PS: The more orthodox ones might just be a little pissed Let the music guide you © Budweiser/MensXp And finally, the variety of musical experiences is a fitting exhibition of the festival's essence. There's a stage called Oasis, which is a cute little setup in the sand. DJs from Monica Dogra to Kristy Harper, and Delhi Sultanate played under the winter Sun here across the three days. Grab a six-pack from a nearby counter and you're sorted for a few hours. The sundown magic begins at the terrace party, where I discovered the effortless coolness of Lifafa and the nights then unfold at the North Stage, the South Stage and the BudxYard. Along with the likes of Daphin, Pangaea and Carista at these arenas, a Delhi band called Submarine in Space enthralled a niche crowd at Piano Man Jazz Club's 'The Peacock Club' stage. My personal favourite at the festival though was undoubtedly Tajdar Junaid. Before his participation was announced, big acts including Nabihah Iqbal were cancelled. Music journalists were especially bummed, but Junaid put a smile on everyone's face and a tear or two in a few eyes. Pro tip: Keep listening, there'll be a tune for you. So there you go. Next time you're feeling left out at Mag Fields or any other big fat Indian music fest, here's your tried and tested guide to merriment. Thank me later.
  16. Ranveer Singh was just spotted wearing, what we think, is the most interesting piece of clothing we have seen in a while. He wore a longline shirt (it's a shirt that's long - like a kurta with buttons all the way down) designed by the esteemed Rajesh Pratap Singh. What struck us was the print on that shirt. It was dotted with (well, they weren't exactly dots, much bigger, but that describes the pattern) Jimi Hendrix heads. Say what? Take a look. © Viral Bhayani Well, you probably can't see it here because of the angle, so here is a picture of him wearing it as a part of one of his airport looks a while back. © Viral Bhayani Staying true to his reputation of being the king of eccentric clothes, Ranveer chose to sport the king of Rock on his clothes this time. Any rock enthusiast will be thrilled to own that shirt, irrespective of whether they are a 'fashionista' or not. Even though the shirt is supremely eye-catching at first glance, it doesn't look or feel 'outrageous' - something Ranveer wouldn't have the slightest problem with, even if it were. Plus, looking at it fills you up with this vibe of quiet longing, and a rush of nostalgia. Perhaps that has to do with Jimi's expression. © Viral Bhayani Isn't that a dope piece of clothing? We bet every guitarist would kill to own that shirt, and for good reason. © Viral Bhayani Let's just say when it comes to Ranveer, it always goes like: another day, another outfit we're jealous of.
  17. It's quite rare to find earphones that offer superb balanced sound quality and offer accurate frequency response at the same time. Most earphones either offer one of the two or often compromise on build quality. However, 1More's triple driver earphones break that myth and offer all of these factors in one package. It's our favourite earphones to use at the moment and there's a good reason for it: nothing comes close to these earphones right now. We used it for casual podcast listening, music and gaming and it performed well in all scenarios apart from a few minor caveats. Here's our review of 1More's Triple Driver earphones: Packaging © MensXP Normally, we don't talk much about the packaging of an earphone as it's quite generic; even for high-end headphones. However, 1More gives you a box that is filled with accessories and overall justifies its premium aura. It comes with a hard faux-leather case for your earphones, a metal shirt clip, an adapter for planes and a set of 10 ear-tips. No other brand in India gives you so many ear-tips that cater to your personal liking. There are three pairs of foam tips and seven silicone tips giving you the freedom to use what suits you best. The box is also shaped and designed as a hard book. It has magnets that keep it closed and the interiors have sketches of the earphones. It's by far the most premium looking packaging we've ever seen and 1More deserves a point just for making that extra effort. Design © 1More 1More is a company that designs all the earphones for Xiaomi. In fact, you will see the same design language in some of Xiaomi's products today. The 1More triple driver has an aluminium shell that is shaped like a cone with an angle. Due to this design choice, it sits perfectly in the ear to give the best sound experience possible. The cable is also made of braided fabric that makes it easier to manage and does not get easily tangled. Overall, the build quality is top notch as it feels quite durable and sturdy. The cables will remain intact even if you use it quite roughly thanks to the braided fabric. The earbuds feel extra comfortable even when we used it for prolonged periods of time. We tested the earphones while gaming and the sheer comfort was able to add a few hours in game time. © MensXP The supplied pouch is also a handy thing to have as it makes it easier to commute with these headphones. You can easily store this headphone in the pouch to protect it from getting damaged in your pocket or bag. The pouch comes most handy when you are travelling on planes as you can store the adapter in the pouch as well. You can use the adapter on planes to watch content and have a far better experience than those lousy headphones you get in the flight. How Does It Sound? © YouTube The 1More Triple driver earphones consist of two armature driver and a dynamic driver in each earbud. These deliver a superior sound experience as the balanced armature drivers can host multiple drivers in a compact body. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the sound from the earphones and this pair also happen to be THX certified. So if you love to watch movies on the go, these earphones will also deliver a surround sound experience. In terms of sound, the 1More Triple Driver earphones deliver a very precise, clear and rich sound. The bass is not too heavy leaving enough room for the mids and highs to be balanced. This combination makes the sound a little less muddy even when you turn up the volume. The slight mid-bass bump also results in a very balanced and warm tone that is quite rare to find on in-ear headphones. Is It Worth It? In India, the 1More Triple Driver earphone costs Rs 7,349 on Amazon and is worth every single rupee. To be honest, these earphones should be priced way higher for what it offers in terms of sound and build quality. It's actually quite hard to think what other earphone sounds betters than the 1More Triple Driver at an unbelievable price like this. It's got luxury level packing, full accessories and a sound that is to die for. If you are serious about your music, just buy these earphones as soon as you can.
  18. Yes, it's a music festival and the number one reason to visit Sunburn is for the music. But sometimes, just sometimes, it can get a little too much, right? Don't worry, you won't have to leave the festival if you want a little break. There is a bunch of other stuff you can do there too. Here are a few of the activities you can partake in if you're looking for a break from the music: The Monster Remember how much fun we used to have jumping around a bouncy castle when we were kids? Too bad we grew up and aren't allowed to get on the bouncy castle anymore. Luckily for us though Sunburn is introducing us to the Monster. Source: Sunburn Festival A 300-meter castle with 40 obstacles that would be every kid's and even every adults dream. If you ever wanted to feel like a kid again, this is the perfect opportunity. Aqua Roller So what if it's winter. There's never a bad time for a quick dip in the pool. The days are quite pleasant even in December in Pune and you may come across multiple opportunities to enjoy a quick dip. Source: Sunburn Festival Not just any dip, a dip in the Aqua roller. The inflatable rollers make this pool all the more better. Kick Consider yourself to be as good as David Beckham? Think you have the precision to score a free kick from anywhere in the attacking third? Well, with Kick, you get a chance to prove your mettle. Source: Sunburn Festival This amazing game combines darts with football for a unique opportunity to have some fun. If your legs haven't started shaking to the music yet, perhaps you could get them moving here? Hot Air Baloon How many of us have actually been in a hot air balloon? We've certainly seen people flying in hot air balloons on the television. But, being in one yourself is a completely different experience we're sure. There's nothing like seeing the entire Sunburn Festival from high up in the sky. If you are an adventure seeker, be sure to give this one a shot. Twin Cycle There will eventually come a point when you're tired of walking. This is where the twin cycle comes into play. If everyone got regular cycles, it would have been fun too. But, with the twin cycle you and a friend get to cycle around together. Source: Sunburn Festival And if you're worried about looking good while cycling around the festival, don't. The LED lights have got you covered. It will be a ride to remember. We promise.
  19. 2018 is coming to a close and honestly, this has been one the most musically rich years and giving rides around the sun in recent memory. Making a year end list for anything is always a tricky affair because there is just waaaay too much to consume. I honestly haven't even scratched the surface of the sheer volume of amazing albums that have come out this year. One thing's for certain though: the future is exciting, the album format isn't going anywhere and the best things come from the quietest places. Anyway here we go: 15. Tierra Whack - Whack World No other album that came out this year is more tailor-made for the internet age as Tierra Whack's 'Whack World'. 15 songs, 15 minutes and 1 absolutely delightful music video. Check this one out if you like your listening experiences to be bite-sized, or if you tend to get distracted easily. 14. Rosalia - El Mar Querer Seamlessly blending traditional Spanish Flamenco music with modern RnB, Pop, and Neo Soul, Rosalia's sophomore album further cements her place as a leader of the Spanish new wave by breaking through language barriers with a stunning and emotionally charged vocal performance. 13. Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar The Edinburgh trio continue their unique take on hip hop, punk, noise, pop and RnB while still keeping their songwriting abilities fresh as ever. 'Cocoa Sugar' keeps the emotional quotient high while surrounding it with a blend of a myriad of musical styles. 12. Julia Holter - Aviary One of the longer albums on this list, but an absolutely essential listen for fans of chamber pop, experimental jazz, and modern orchestral music. Julia Holter weaves a beautiful tapestry of sounds that deal with themes of memory, the nature and importance of art, love and natural beauty. 11. Yves Tumor - Safe In The Hands Of Love The enigmatic Turin-based experimentalist returns with what in my opinion is his most honest and accessible record till date. It is deep, complex and melancholic but never has a dull moment and is still pretty much a straight up pop record when broken down to its elements. 10. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs 'Some Rap Songs' marks the elusive Earl Sweatshirt's return to his lyrical and experimental best. This is not an album for traditional hip hop or 'trap rap' heads. Expect lo fi, stuttering and heavily sampled time signature fluid beats accompanied by Earl's meditative, buried and self reflective flow. A short listen, but one that requires your full attention. 9. Kelman Duran - 13th Month 13th Month is an idiosyncratic deconstruction of reggaeton and west coast hip hop inter spliced with choir vocals, interview snippets and protest speeches. One of the most apocalyptic yet club adjacent releases this year. 8. Low - Double Negative It's hard to believe a band as late into its career as 'Low' can still come out with one of the year's most relevant and surprising albums. The slowcore veterans create a brooding, atmospheric and austere environment on 'Double Negative' that is at once heavy with emotion and weightless in its movement. 7. Westside Gunn - Supreme Blientele Griselda records figurehead Westside Gunn has one of the most unique voices in modern day hip hop. The Buffalo natives high pitched, raw, snarly delivery packs more punch than a baseball bat to the face. On 'Supreme Blientele', Gunn gives us what Griselda records is best known for, grimey East Coast loops, posse cuts and all the street talk we can handle (which is a lot). 6. Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want The Rhode Island Post Hardcore misanthropes return after nearly a decade to deliver one of the most psychotic, chaotic and blistering noise / no wave / post hardcore albums of the past 5 years. Warning: this is not an easy experience. 5. Death Grips - Year Of The Snitch Probably the Sacramento trio's least hip hop inspired album yet. This time around the guys embrace the sounds of hard rock and punk to unnaturally combine with their mutant take on electronica, free form jazz freak outs, harsh noise and power electronics. 4. Hermit And The Recluse - Orpheus Vs. The Sirens I'll say it right here right now - Ka is one of the most criminally underrated artists of the 21st century. He is easily the best rapper out there and as a producer he conjures some of the most rich, complex and meditative soundscapes that work so perfectly with his voice that it's hard to imagine him rapping over anything else. However on 'Hermit and the Recluse', Ka teams up with producer Animoss and this time takes on the Greek Epic of Orpheus. 3. Kids See Ghosts - Self Titled Everybody's favourite celebrity to hate and the legendary hip hop crooner come together to give us one of the year's most beautiful, life affirming and experimental hip hop records. Kanye and Kid Cudi are a veritable powerhouse, both seemingly back in tip top creative shape, traversing everything from grunge, hard rock and soul to give us an album that literally nobody expected to be THIS good. 2. Sophie - Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides We can easily call it the defining pop album of the decade. This is emotionally tense, cathartic, calming and life affirmingly beautiful all in one. Sophie has cemented herself as one of the brightest stars of our generation and the future of pop production. 1. Playboi Carti - Die Lit This brings me to my favourite album of 2018 and by no means is it the “best” album or anything idiotic like that. This goes way beyond that. What we have here is an infectious, psychedelic, minimalistic, hypnotic almost hymn like take on the sound that is nearing its peak in 2018, i.e. mumble rap. Across these tracks Carti, squeaks, squirms and yelps with childlike mischievousness, repeating the same phrase sometimes through the entire verse; but that doesn't matter. What we get here is an overall effect that drowns you with harshly bright synths, subterranean thuds and trap hi hats that spitter and spatter on top of the concoction, almost going toe to toe with Carti's infectious adlibs and singular phrases. This is the most avant garde mumble rap will ever get and I'm not even entirely sure Carti intended for it to be like that, but oh my god is this thing highly, highly addictive. What were your favourite albums of 2018?
  20. Year-end festivities are around the corner as we approach the last few days of 2018. RED FM's Riders Music Festival kick-starts the party season for merrymakers at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi from December 22. The two-day festival identifies itself as a one-stop destination for both the biking and the non-biking community. After last year's shenanigan's, the set is even bigger than the previous edition. The Weekender promises to be an action-packed event with multiple stage setups that offer high-quality live music, food, beverages, adventure, motorcycles and much more. As for the music aficionados, here's what they can look forward to: Mame Khan © YouTube Mame Khan is known for his traditional folk and Sufi songs. His Coke Studio hit Chaudhary is especially popular among young fans. Burudu © Facebook/Official_Burudu It is powered by a two-man army, Nakul Sharma, and Sahil Bhatia. They got together in early 2013 to create a sound that brings together their influences from deep house and chill out music and combining them with the space of more post-rock and ambient sounds. Raja Kumari © YouTube She is an Indian-American songwriter, rapper and recording artist from Claremont, California. Kumari is best known for her collaboration with notable artists including Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Knife Party, and Fall Out Boy. Lucky Ali © YouTube Lucky Ali is a well-known Indian celebrity – an actor and singer. He has a cult following from the 90s via albums like 'Aks' and 'Sifar.' Bhuvan Bam © YouTube The MensXP December cover star is an Indian comedian and YouTube personality from New Delhi. He is known for his YouTube comedy channel BB Ki Vines and works in 'The Bachelors' produced by The Viral Fever and in HappiFi's Bro Court Divine © YouTube Vivian Fernandes, better known by his stage name Divine, is a rapper from Mumbai. He went to St John the Evangelist High School in Marol and RD National college. He began his career as an underground rapper in 2011 and gained popularity after his single 'Yeh Mera Bombay'. Nucleya © Twitter/Official_Nucleya Nucleya is an Indian electronic music producer. His unique usage of Indian street sounds has made him a countrywide phenomenon, and he's managed to bridge the gap between indie and mainstream in a way that few artists have.
  21. Have you ever been on a journey without plugging your earphones in or turning your car stereo up to the maximum? Have you ever had a moment where your feet just start tapping to the rhythm of a song when you visited a local cafe, bar or restaurant? We all have! I am sure my questions will help you re-live those select experiences that left a resounding mark on your soul. Such is the magic of music and the very pulse of it that intensifies even more while on the go, as it seeps through and makes one lose themselves in the surroundings. Nobody can understand this better than bikers, who are modern nomads thriving on their love for adventure and seeking a quintessential wisdom through their journeys. Bikes and music fit like puzzle pieces and is therefore the chosen expression of rebels and game-changers since the 50s. Across the world, the trend didn't take much time to catch up, given that we all felt hypnotized with the edginess that the biking culture offers. There are some songs that complement the thrill of the road. From Steppenwolfe's 'Born to be wild' to Roger McGuinn's 'Easy Rider' to Jim Morrison's 'Riders on the storm', every song identifies the adventurous attitude of non-conformist bikers. There are many Bollywood songs too which are centred around travel and biking. It's a fact that music can either make or break your mood and if done right, it leaves you with a thirst for the unchartered territory. When we talk about biking, it is not just adventure that brings bikers closer, it is also about catching just a fleeting glimpse of what is beyond the horizon. Every biker swears by the thrill of unraveling the unknown, a road that brings them together and the ecstasy of blood pumping through their veins. So how about a platform for them to come together, connect and share their unique moments on the road with one another? A live music festival for bike riders is what exactly is on offer to fulfil this demand. The amount of passion shown by bikers last year at the Riders Music Festival sealed the deal and this year we are back with a bang. To be able to let out, relax, have some delicious food and listen to your favourite musicians and showcase your passion through breath-taking stunts, will make for a wholesome experience. There has been an upsurge of live music in India and today, people are increasingly showing interest in the joy that comes with attending live gigs. We all know that no road trip is done right without a ready playlist, a bunch of crazy friends and songs that bring the past to life and weave your future. Today, it has become extremely popular to travel in order to attend renowned music festivals in different parts of the world. People cherish these experiences for a life-time! A country like India which is vibrant and rich in a myriad of beautiful locations - the heritage, people and their culture needs to be cherished more often. As bikers criss-cross this enchanting land across places like Manali, Spiti, Leh-Ladakh and Srinagar, touring the deserts of Osian, exploring the foothills of Himalayas, as they go along. They take a part of this diversified culture with them, establishing unity and oneness amongst fellow aficionados. The biking community has also created awareness for various issues like drug abuse, organ donation, HIV, road safety, child abuse and much more through their motorbike rallies. Through Riders Music Festival, we too want to promote road safety and also make sure that such a bonding of oneness continues to flourish as we nurture it through our mutual love for music. This year RMF showcases a perfect line-up of contemporary musicians with different genres of music. From Nucleya's electronic numbers, Lucky Ali's husky Bollywood charm to Mame Khan's folk music, it's going to be a blast! Adding jazz to the line -up, we have Shirley Setia's filmy vocals with Divine's new-age rapping and a heavy dose of comedy with Bhuvan Bam. Strategically placed as the weekender before Christmas amidst Delhi's winter, RMF will bring the best of everything! From superbikes to custom bikes, fine dining restaurants to Delhi's lip smacking street food, there will be a confluence of music that is unparalleled. So, get ready to rock and roll and also watch some wheelies being popped by stuntmen on 22nd and 23rd of December at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. I hope you wheelie like it! When: 22nd and 23rd December, 2018 Time: 12:00 P.M. onwards Where: The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Cost: Rs. 750 - Rs. 1500 Book your tickets by clicking here
  22. While most people were busy exiting from their 123456th 'Let's Go Goa' WhatsApp group, or bailing out on that Saturday night plan because of a match; I was chilling In Pune at one of the coolest music festivals to ever take place in India in recent time. via GIPHY Yes, we're talking about the BACARDÍ NH 7 Weekender and in a recap of everything awesome that happened at the fest, here are 10 pictures that perfectly sum up the craziness. In all honesty, it took me a couple of days to recuperate from the madness that this event brought with it. Now that I have gotten over the hangover of this music festival, here I am to share my experience and all amazing things that happened there. ' If you too were in Pune for the music fest, then you will know exactly what I am talking about. © fleck media From comedians like Biswa Kalyan Ruth, Zakir Khan, Kaneez Surka and Sapan Verma tickling people's funny bones to artists like Ritviz, FKJ, Joe Satriani, God Is An Astronaut, Parvaaz and Salim-Sulaiman blowing our minds away; the killer line-up got the audience going 'bat' shit crazy (if you know what we *cough* BACARDÍ *cough* mean by bat.) © fleck media The fest was panned across 5 different stages - BACARDÍ Arena, The Doers Club (Dewar's), Breezer Vivid, BACARDÍ House Party Sessions, and Insider Other Stage. We don't know about your house party scenes, but for the rest of us, there can never be a better house party than the Bacardi House Party Sessions that pack some of the amazing party anthems to groove on. If your luck was anywhere close to mine, then no matter which stage you went to, you would have only spotted a couple of hands raised up in the air. © fleck media Talking about crazy, there were many who were living their Comic-Con dreams in Pune, by using funny props or dressing up weirdly. But, hey we're not complaining at all, we actually love this. © fleck media © fleck media Other interesting elements which deserve an honorary mention were the photo-op booths and, of course, the stages, which could easily give Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Rohit Shetty's movie sets a run for their money any given day. Just look at them. © fleck media © Instagram © fleck media Any music fest means great food and drinks and this one did not disappoint us at all. With food trucks and stalls like the Belgian Waffle, Mahlzheit, The Chimney Cone Project, Bombay Food Truck at our disposal to relish our taste buds; this was hands down any foodie's haven. © Instagram © fleck media In case, you feel we missed out on anything fun that you came across at the Weekender Pune, then let us know in the comments section below.
  23. Are you someone who loves listening to his favourite music as much as he loves riding his bikes? Well, if that's the case, then boy do we have some good news for you. The 2018 Riders Music Festival is just a few weeks away and if you've been wanting to attend a music festival recently that wasn't just a cliched assembly of those same-old artists, then Red FM's annual intellectual property is where you ought to be headed to on the 22nd and 23rd of December, 2018. There is a lot that makes this festival so special, and so if you weren't convinced already about this celebration of the spirit of bikes, music and brotherhood, read on to find out why the 2018 Riders Music Fest is absolutely unmissable! 1) You'll Get To Experience The Rap Sensation Raja Kumari Live In Concert Unless you've been living under a rock, you'd know that Raja Kumari is one of the most exciting and interesting rappers to have hit the hip-hop scene recently. Her collaborations with artists such as Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Knife Party, and Fall Out Boy, have already made her a rising star. But it were her own singles 'I Did It' and 'Believe In You' made many of us sit up and take notice. And as it turns out, you can experience her live at the 2018 Riders Music Fest! 2) You'll Get To See The 'Gully Boy' Up Close & Personal Vivian Fernandes, who is more widely known by his stage name Divine, is a rapping sensation who started grabbing people's attention as an underground rapper after his single 'Yeh Mera Bombay' hit the charts. His other songs like 'Roots', 'Mere Gully Mein', and 'Kaam 25' have only helped increase his popularity. So before you actually watch the Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt Starrer Gully Boy, why not experience the man up, close and live in concert? Well, that's exactly what you'll get to do at the 2018 Riders Music Festival. 3) Bikes, Bikes, and Bikes! Not surprisingly, the Riders Bike Festival is all about, well, bikes! So from seeing branded and customized bikes on display, to watching bikers perform thrilling and death-defying stunts, there is absolutely no excuse for any bike lover in the city to not attend this festival. Pro tip: If you are planning on entering the 'biker category' of the Rider Music Festival, you need to make sure you come riding your own bike (that has to be 350cc or above). 4) Relish The Spirit Of Bikes, Music And Brotherhood With Food & Drinks Finally, you can cap it all of by experiencing the spirit of bikes, music and brotherhood with good food and your favourite beer. As there will be plenty of stalls offering food and beverages, you can rest assured that you'll be having a great and memorable time, one that you won't be forgetting any time soon. When: 22nd and 23rd December, 2018 Time: 12:00 P.M. onwards Where: The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Cost: Early Bird 22nd: Rs. 750, Early Bird 23rd: Rs. 1000 Book your tickets by clicking here
  24. For many, Sensation Rise 2018 was going to be all about Nucleya. Yes, I love Nucleya but to say that the festival had nothing else going for it would not be true. Let's just say, from the time I reached the Hyderabad airport, I was in for one surprise after another. The big, red BudXSensation bus was just as I expected, constant, pulsating EDM that wouldn't let you sit still. When we reached the Bud Hotel, there were fridges stocked with beer in the lobby itself. After all, what's a party without some beer at 1 in the afternoon, right? © MensXP/Rhea Dabas In the evening, I made my way to the Gachibowli Stadium for Sensation Rise 2018. On arrival I was greeted with some amazing deep house courtesy Dutch DJ Sam Feldt. Now that's how you kick off a sensation-al show. The entire stadium was dressed in white. Yeah, that seems to be the theme for Sensation. While I wasn't too excited about wearing white at first, I warmed up to the idea eventually. Yeah, white is not the most flattering, but who cares when you're having so much fun? © MensXP/Rhea Dabas DJ Sander Van Doorn helped soften the mood with his set. It was pretty light and had major feel good vibes. But then, Robin Schulz raised the tempo and played super commercial hits like “God's Plan” by Drake and “Havana” by Camila Cabello. It's safe to say Robin managed to get everyone into the mood! For Dutch DJ Nicky Romero's set, I had to go right up to the stage because he is a personal favourite and it was totally worth it. The crowd was going mad, the drops were epic. He played an insane version of Zedd's clarity which blew my mind. Then we come to the headliner, Nucleya. No points for guessing the crowd's reaction when the Indian superstar came on stage. “Akkad Bakkad” wrapped up the event in one of the best endings to a music festival in India I've ever experienced. But, despite everything that happened at the event, it's the crowd that left the biggest impression on me. They were so polite. Yes, they were all for having fun. And the energy reached crazy levels on multiple occasions. But, none of them forgot their manners at any point. Also, you'd expect the ground to be littered with trash at the end of a huge event like this. I could hardly find any garbage on the floor. The people who were puking used the dustbins. Damnit, I wish the entire country were as civilized. So, the two things I learned from this experience? Nucleya sure knows how to end a show and as Harry Hart would say, 'manners maketh a man!'
  25. If music is your much-needed dose for survival in this tough world, we have got you covered. Pack your bags and get ready to depart on a musical journey where melody will be your one true soul mate. Be it classical, jazz, or Kabir Vani, there is one such music festival for every mix. Near the Ganga Ghats, or near the beach or inside a beautiful fort, we have a list that can't be missed: 1. Mahindra Kabira Festival View this post on Instagram Be one with historic melodies, mystic music & the romance of the river with the Mahindra Kabira Festival . . . #MahindraKabiraFestival #MKF2018 #instapassport #thecreative #artofvisuals #aroundtheworldpix #ig_masterpiece #theprettycities #flashesofdelight #travelog #mytinyatlas #visualmobs #theglobewanderer #forahappymoment #exploringtheglobe #VaranasiDiaries #varanasiindia #Varanasi #incredibleindia #photographers_of_india #indiagram #storiesofindia #indiaclicks #everydayindia #indianphotography #streetsofindiað£ A post shared by Mahindra Kabira Festival (@mahindrakabirafestival) on Aug 9, 2018 at 8:09am PDT What's better than listening to Kabir's words near the ghats of Ganga? Well, the mere image of it gives us the most positive feeling. If this is your cup of tea, Mahindra Kabira Festival is the ultimate stop. Introducing music-lovers to an invigorating Morning and Evening Music Programme, this is the ultimate affair. Witness leading exponents of the Benares Gharana and folk traditions, Dadra, thumri, khayal gayaki styles, Sufiyana and ghazals, and pakhawaj and tabla players out and out in one festival. The Festival promises an experience that truly is 'Kabir in every sense'. Adding to the list is also some feature sessions on art and literature inspired by Kabir. Date: 16th – 18th Nov 2018 Venue: Varanasi, India Website: www.mahindrakabira.com 2. Jodhpur Riff View this post on Instagram Jodhpur RIFF is back this year from the 24th-28th of October! Experience one of India's most magical roots-music festivals under the light of the brightest full moon of the year amidst the magnificent environs of Mehrangarh Fort. Passes are available on www.jodhpurriff.org. Get a 15% discount if you buy passes by 21st Sept. Keep watching this space for sneek peeks into the incredible RIFF 2018 line up. #jodhpurriff #riff #worldmusic #worldmusicfestival #music #musicfestival #folkmusic #rajasthanifolk #jodhpur #rajasthan #india #JodhpurRIFF2018 A post shared by JodhpurRIFF (@jodhpurriff) on Sep 4, 2018 at 6:06am PDT Staying true to its name 'Jodhpur Riff', the festival offers a glimpse of rare musical forms and Rajasthani folk instruments. One also gets a chance to interact with folk experts and maestros of the folk traditions and top-notch international musicians. This festival gives a unique experience catering to the audience around the globe with amazing collaborations and a unique program mix of effortless synergies, leading us into a delightful musical realm. P.S. It's a music festival that happens inside the fort walls, making it an experience you will never forget. Date: 24-28 October 2018 Venue: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur Bookings: www.jodhpurriff.org 3. Jazz India Circuit View this post on Instagram Some songs are hard to forget, just like this one! .. . . .. . . Here is what the audience have to say about their experience today . . .. . . . #JazzIndiaCircuit #livemusic #Jazz #jazztime #jazzman #livejazz #jazzitup #jazzart #jazzmaster #jazzpiano #jazzconcert #jazztrio #jazzvinyl #jazzhouse #livemusic #rocknroll #newmusic #musiclife #audioloveofficial #concertjunkie #bestband #htbarp #incredibleindia #photographers_of_india #indiagram #storiesofindia #indiaclicks #everydayindia #jicdelhi2018 A post shared by Jazz India Circuit (@jazzindiacircuit) on Mar 17, 2018 at 9:44am PDT Jazz has always been a genre that has appealed to a niche group, but with changing time, this form of music is taking over. Jazz has always been about exploring freedom, going beyond boundaries and deconstructing your traditional roots to produce a contemporary piece that redefines the future of music. The 'Jazz India Circuit' (JIC) is like a modern-day speakeasy, bringing music loves and jazz aficionados experience music the way they would want to. The circuit brings the best of both- young talent from India and some world-renowned legends, whose pieces will blow your mind away. Date: December 1st and 2nd, 2018 Venue: International Centre Goa (ICG) Panjim Website: www.jazzindiacircuit.com 4. The Sacred: Pushkar View this post on Instagram We close this season of #TheSacred with a phenomenal performance by Mukhtiyar Ali. A big thanks to our audience for being equally phenomenal! . . . #Pushkar #EveningMusic #Rajasthan #RejuvenateInTimelessPushkar #Music #Yoga #Meditation @rajasthan_tourism @insta_pushkar A post shared by The Sacred (@thesacredfestival) on Dec 17, 2017 at 8:41am PST The Festival transports you to the world of sacred music, healing therapies, yoga, meditation, food trails, and curated heritage walks in the timeless Pushkar. 'The Sacred: Pushkar' brings together the elements of the spiritual and divine, taking you down the lanes of the ageless enchantment of music. The Festival gets on-board the most diverse mix of talent from India and around the globe. Date: 12-14 October 2018 Venue: Pushkar, India Website: www.thesacred.in 5. Ziro Music festival View this post on Instagram Pardon the bad sound, and the low quality video, BUT there is no way my miniature phone could have recorded the INCREDIBLE, high energy, insane set from these guys. @livesapta owned it. Big fat high fives all round! @tapassnaresh @martibharath #zfm2017 #zirofestivalofmagic Video @shaheenlubna A post shared by Ziro Festival Of Music (@zirofestival) on Oct 21, 2017 at 6:22am PDT Dance, music and an exquisite location, that's a total win-win. Camp for four days in the lush green valley in the Lower Subansiri District of Arunachal Pradesh and explore natural beauty like never before. If visiting this part of India has always been on your check-list, then look no further. 2 stages, 40 acts and 6000 people who get high on music just like you. Date: 27-30 September 2018 Venue: Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh. Website: www.zirofestival.com (c) MensXP
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