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  • The story of jazz in Bangladesh

    While there is a constant growth within the cultural sector, the jazz scene in specific is currently experiencing a rapid growth of its audience base within the cities as well internationally.

  • EIDA: A new name in the Bangladeshi pop scene

    Sakib Manzur Zihan (lead guitar), Hassan Munhamanna (song-writing, vocals), M Samiul Haque (guitar, vocals), and Mohammad Raian Mahbub Rasha (drums, production), have all been doing metal or rock music for the most part of their musical careers.

  • Into the realm of Japanese indie music

    As opposed to the staggering popularity of anime and weird commercials, Japan has a fairly active indie music scene. While some of the artists might still be hard to access outside of Japan, artists that don't really abide by the conventions of major music labels have started to welcome the global audience.

  • The different processes of creation

    Even though creativity seeps into nearly every facet of life, one of the most prominent yet abstract pillars of it would be creating music. Music itself is not a tangible form of art and yet it impacts so many of us deeply.

  • Discovering music

    One of the laziest arguments on the internet, often followed by a humble request to like the opinion, would be “Real music is dead”, which can be found under any average music video of an early 2000s post-grunge song.

  • Everything wrong with music elitism

    Music elitism is basically the practice of viewing all forms of music that doesn't match one's taste as inferior and having a negative judgmental attitude towards people who are into the kind of music one doesn't like.

  • Jazz Night with Imran Ahmed Trio

    On October 11, 2018, Dhanmondi's 3rd Space was the venue for Jazz Night, with performances by Imran Ahmed Trio, with an opening act by students of Imran Ahmed.

  • Attic unveils music video for Echoes in Your Attic

    On August 31, 2018 “Attic: INTO the VOID” took place at Jatra Biroti, marking their second full-house show at the venue. This show was special for those who attended because the premise of the show was the unveiling of the upcoming music video for their unreleased single, “Echoes in Your Attic”.

  • Weird metal genres

    Metal music is like quicksand. If you don’t like it, you avoid it completely. If you enjoy some of it, then before you know it, you’re listening to bands whose names you can’t pronounce. Just like quicksand, by the time you’re done binging, you have sunk to the depths and are surrounded by the weirdest songs.

  • An evening of music and comedy with The Mic Peeps

    While Dhaka may seem to lack shows where people can go and socialise at, “The Mic Peeps” have been offering a great solution. Starting its journey on February 1, 2018 at Banani's Gourmet Bazar, The Mic Peeps aims to help people showcase their talents in music, comedy, and any other form of performing arts. So far they've collaborated with the venue to host seven shows, with the most recent one taking place on May 10. I got the chance to visit the event and see what it was all about.

  • The rising indie-rock band of Bangladesh

    Starting out like any other group, Attic was formed way back in 2012, with friends getting together to cover their favourite songs. The band consists of a sibling pair, one cousin, and two friends. Considering they have been playing music and growing up together for the last six years, it is easy to presume that this band is like a close knit family.

  • How to make a progressive Rock/Metal Song

    No, we're not talking about sentient rocks or metals that accept feminism and universal healthcare, but of technically advanced rock/metal music that is suited more for listening rather than dancing. With that being said, here's my documentation of how to make a song of this genre with which I hope to give you an insider's look on how it works.


    Let's get this out of the way first: what do you mean by a deep cut? A deep cut usually refers to non-radio singles by an artist (which tend to be often underplayed), and older songs. Usually fans who are really into the artist will know the tracks but not most casual listeners.

  • Pros & Cons of Listening to Music in Bulk

    “Yo dude, have you heard this *insert band name* song?” a friend asks you. You sweat nervously as you put a song on pause. It's a song of a band you've been listening to for a while. You hope no one ever finds out that 'a while' means the last one month because they have seven studio albums, five EPs, two live albums, four acoustic sessions and fifteen hidden singles. Sometimes you wonder why you bother

  • Bangladeshi bands

    6 young Bangladeshi bands you should check out

    The Morse Code took everyone by surprise when they released their album “Running in Circles”. They classify themselves as progressive funk – a genre they coined themselves. Give them a listen and you'll know why. The band continues to produce new music and their latest is the track and video of Jahajer Arohi which can be found on YouTube. I would recommend Lipstick and Nueve as your first listen, as

  • Living without music for a week

    My eyes fluttered open to hip hop beats unfamiliar to my ears. Like reflex, I got up and started dancing to the tunes until realisation

  • Mumble Rap - Either you love it or hate it

    Just recently, a certain young rapper's name and fame had blown up all over the internet, because of a song that uses a certain phrase 53 times.

  • Synthwave

    Synthwave - Robot sounds from the past

    Synthwave uses modern production techniques to bring you sounds from analogue synthesisers, electronic drums and bass lines, and artificial reverb. Oh yes, a lot of reverb.

  • Six hours of Lana Del Rey

    Am I going to discover myself in Lana Del Rey's fandom for a lifetime after six hours? Or will these six hours be the death of me?

  • How to avoid plagiarism in music

    Modern music has the tendency to sound like it's been influenced by older styles of music. It is improbable that you will come up with something unique. However, to downright plagiarise music is a crime.

  • Shining through the glaring faults

    With great releases this year from artists like Gorillaz, Blackfield, Pond, and so on, Foster the People's latest release “Sacred Hearts Club” brought with it a whole lot of expectations to live up to.

  • In The End

    2003 was the year which marked the start of all my troubles at school. I didn't belong with the bullies, or the studious ones.

  • SHOUT Remembers Chester Bennington

    My favourite is Numb. Mostly because it tells us that there will always be societal and familial pressure, but we've got to rise above it.

  • A millennial's tribute to Rabindra Sangeet

    Scientists are still trying to invent time machines. But it has been here for a while now, hidden in plain sight.

  • How to deal with music shaming

    Music Shaming: the act of criticizing someone's music taste just because it doesn't resonate with your own.

  • All aboard the Steampunk Train

    Ever heard of steampunk bands? Me neither, until very recently. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that is set in a historical period, usually featuring steam powered machines.

  • Living with a K-fan

    It all started one auspicious evening when my younger sister stumbled upon KBS World. She was feeling rather blue.


    There isn't much that hasn't been said about Pink Floyd. And yet, it's a story that still begs to be told again and again.

  • Music Albums to Look Forward to in 2017

    2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for music. Many iconic bands seem to be on the verge of releasing new material in the coming months, including a lot of bands that have left us waiting at the edge of our seats for ages.

  • 6 More Artists to Vibe With

    Breakout artists release several tracks before that one life changing single is out and they can brag - “started from the bottom, now we here”.