articles by Anurag Tagat

Entertainment

With digital concerts picking up steam, a look at how new players in India’s livestream music space are faring

There’s been plenty at work on the technological as well as creative front on how the music experience can be moved from the festival to something that can keep fans glued to their screens.

Entertainment

Popular YouTube channel Last Cigarette’s suspension raises questions over copyright, monetisation

Active for more than two years, Last Cigarette was run anonymously, curating Indian and Pakistani rock and folk-pop songs by uploading the audio alongside photos, lyrics and poetry stories.

Entertainment

Inside Thaikkudam Bridge’s new album Namah, a collaboration-heavy tribute to their musical influences

The 12-member Thaikkudam Bridge say they let the song evolve itself and don’t force themselves on it.

Entertainment

Remembering Neil Peart: The genius mind who brought lyrical depth and drumming dexterity to Rush

People can joke how Neil Peart’s full drum kit would cost more than a house, but it was only fair considering the wizardry that would be on display at every Rush concert right up to 2015

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NH7 Weekender Pune 2019, featuring more Indian acts than international, trudges on despite allegations against OML

2019 marked a decade of Bacardi NH7 Weekender. Without a doubt, it operated like it had nothing to lose – if there were any specific amends they were making, it could also be seen as a general festival addition.

Life

ShiRock festival turns the spotlight on Manipur's lively culture, with performances by Nazareth, Extreme

ShiRock is a state-sponsored rock festival in Manipur, held as a part of an image-building exercise for the state that's been in the national headlines for insurgencies for years now. Started in 2017, ShiRock, in its third edition, has finally managed to find its place in the national and North East Indian music festival calendar.

Life

Jodhpur RIFF 2019 brings together Rajasthani folk legends and global artists in another winning festival

Jodhpur RIFF kept its promise of providing an experience like few others in the country and it's clearly going strong on the curation front.

Entertainment

Jacob Collier in Mumbai: The artist's gig proves his most powerful instrument is his voice 

Jacob Collier is a master in pitch control and voice modulation and even though he rushes excitedly to his circle of instruments — a grand piano, cello, bass, guitar, drum kit and synthesizers — during his set, the artist's voice remained the most fascinating component of his two-hour concert.

Entertainment

MTV Hustle: India's rap revolution gets a reality TV boost with Nucleya, Raja Kumari, Raftaar

Where Gully Boy pitched typical melodrama and fanfare around the lives of kids who picked up rapping, producing, b-boying and graffiti as a means of expression, Hustle expectedly brings the reality TV format to the same lot.

Life

Mad Dreams, Vidya Vox's new EP, is a celebration of the singer's identity, multiculturalism, and idea of home

When vocalist, composer, and YouTube star Vidya Vox, released her new collection of originals, Mad Dreams EP, on 26 July, it was out on every platform except her own channel, which has over six million subscribers. The move stems from Vidya's desire to explore more platforms as an artiste.

Entertainment

Emo band American Football plots new musical territory, 20 years after their breakout album

Illinois emo/indie veterans American Football released their debut self-titled record in 1999 and quit. For a band that was on a break for 15 years, they’ve now got two albums out in three years and LP3 was even more breathtaking.

Entertainment

From Azam Khan to Laisfita: Tracing the history of pop music in Bangladesh and where it stands today

While music from Bangladesh is historically seen to have grown from classical strains, Rabindra-sangeet and Baul folk music to Bangla rock and even a bit of film music, pop has also regularly had its time in the limelight.

Entertainment

Gully Life: Behind the scenes of the compelling new documentary that traces the rise of DIVINE

By the end of the 50-odd minute documentary, the parts that resonate most are those pertaining to DIVINE’s personal life

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Rolling Thunder Revue: Martin Scorsese's Bob Dylan anti-documentary chronicles famous 1970s concert tour

Rolling Thunder Revue feels more like an anti-documentary of sorts, as Martin Scorsese blends the real with the fake, leaving viewers to be as discerning as possible (or not).

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Sofar turns 10: With a decade of music under its belt, the living room gig series has big plans for the future

A decade since it was launched, Sofar — the "living room gig" — has turned into a global presence. "I never imagined that after the first show, with a bunch of friends in a small flat in North London, it would get to where it got to," says founder Rafe Offer.

India

Multiculturalism and its many tunes

The fear that comes with immigration and multiculturalism forms the core of Korwar’s album

Entertainment

Veins of the underground

Metalheads talk about crowd-funded donations, monetary help from fans and friends, and other things that keep a metal gig going

Entertainment

How Indian rap producers are becoming a sought-after bunch

The spotlight rarely falls on rap producers who pushed India’s current hip hop talents to the front

Entertainment

Control ALT Delete 2019: Inner Sanctum, Tadpatri Talkies perform at 11th edition of crowdfunded gig series

Crowdfunded gig series Control ALT Delete has raised Rs 5 lakh this year. Its line-up includes heavy-hitters, such as Inner Sanctum and Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café, as well as a lot of fresh talent

Entertainment

Indiegaga festival aims to bring together music and art in Kochi; to feature Dronningen, Anu Cheeran, Pavi Sankar

Indiegaga intends to be an annual travelling festival that kicks off on home ground at Kochi, and then moves to different cities in India, and even overseas to Dubai.