Docdef Celebrates 100th gig with IN D’ FLOW

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Get splashed in fun, rocking fashion as Docdef Productions kicks off its 100th gig with a three-part event called IN D’ FLOW. The live gig shindig has already started with an initial leg at The Brewery last November 5, and will head on for another round at Route 196 on November 21.

The celebration will end on a grander, more exciting scale on November 28 at Flowhouse MNL in Bacoor, Cavite. A collaboration with Flow House Manila, Docdef’s much-anticipated out-of-town gig will be held in one of the country’s top water amusement resorts, bringing a new dimension to what a music show should be: fun, innovative, and engaging.

Experience a day of flow riding, skateboarding, DJ sets, independent music acts, and live art with this upcoming lifestyle event! At the heart of this fun-filled, one-day celebration are the music performances from some of the finest independent acts this side of the globe. There’s room for everyone who enjoys headline-worthy indie stars (Autotelic, Farewell Fair Weather, Jensen and the Flips, Oh Flamingo, She’s Only Sixteen, and Sud), who wants to bask in rowdier, noisier spectrum of rock (Lions and Acrobats, Mr. Bones and The Boneyard Circus, Tonight We Sleep), who wants to see eclectic rookies (Dayaw, Fools and Foes, Graceson, Miles Experience, Run Dorothy, The SunManager, and Tom’s Story), and who wants to wrap their ears with groovy joints (Banna Harbera, Five-Story Fire, Gabe Piolo, MilesExperience, Ube and more). There will also be DJ sets from Bass Relief, Ize, 199x, FXXXYBlnt, The BGNR and live art with DocDef resident artist Myk Galido a.k.a. Cinos, with BVDOT, FRANK and Doom.


DocDef Productions started out as a bucket list item for JB Balaquit a.k.a Doc. The opportunity to cross it out came when he was asked to do a production for a friend’s surprise birthday party in December of 2012.  Three years and 99 gigs later, DocDef is now one of the most well attended monthly productions, garnering the Best Production title from the Jack Daniel’s Indie Awards. It has since helped launch the careers of several bands including Autotelic and Farewell Fair Weather, and provided opportunities for promising upcoming acts.

IN D’ FLOW is a play of words between “indie” (the soul subject of the music scene Docdef is promoting), “in the” (signifying that the indie music scene is ‘in the flow’ and that it’s fluid, timeless and universal), and “D” (simply representing Docdef). Docdef100: In D’ Flow follows DocDef’s successful Tagaytay Art Beat, a special art and music event produced in partnership with Museo Orlina. Presented by Cons MNL, this lifestyle event is a celebration of artists and music enthusiasts to prove that the independent music scene is fluid and that music talents in the Philippines are overflowing.

Keep updated via the DocDef  IN D’ FLOW event page on Facebook   Tickets are available at DocDef gigs or via meet-ups. A regular ticket at P350 gets you in with two free beers, a concert pass and a an all-day skate pass. VIP tickets at P850 will get you an hour-long flow pass, an all-day skate pass, a concert pass, and two free beers. Tickets are available now! For reservations, fill up this form and follow the instructions therein.

 “Na-DocDef ka na ba?” Come to IN D’ FLOW and answer with a resounding “YES!”



REVIEW: Read Between The Lions – “Pride” (2015)

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Read Between The Lions are one of my favorite bands right now. They’re a hoot to watch live, from their stage banter to their anthemic take on indie rock complete with catchy melodies and beautiful harmonies. I’ve been waiting with bated breath for their debut EP, and now it’s finally here. After several listens, it’s clear that “Pride” is contender for EP of the year. It’s a strong debut for a band who are only going to get better, and I must say I’m pretty excited with what comes next from this band.

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FILM REVIEW: “Cobain: Montage of Heck” (2015)


Montage Of Heck

Kurt Cobain is a tragic figure. And that seems to be the whole gist of “Montage of Heck”.

With the consent of Cobain’s family, filmmaker Brett Morgen made this “warts and all” look into the life and time of the Nirvana frontman. Covering everything from Cobain’s childhood, his troubled family life, his eventual success with Nirvana, and his untimely death, “Montage of Heck” doesn’t really say anything new. However, thanks to Morgen’s directing style, the film still managed to keep things interesting.

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LISTEN: Beast Jesus – “Scoliosis Backbrace”

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Last week, punk band Beast Jesus released their first single called “Scoliosis Backbrace”. Full disclosure, I know the people in the band so I was aware of their existence even before they released the song. With that said, I was still left utterly surprised by “Scoliosis Backbrace” and how the band managed to blend disparate genres together into something that is ultimately enjoyable despite its nihilism.

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SPLINTR PLAYLIST: Ourselves the Elves

Ourselves the Elves

Last month, we reviewed the two EPs from Ourselves the Elves. Listening to those two records back to back, it’s pretty clear that the band has a pretty clear vision musically. So we decided to ask Aly Cabrla, Akira Medina, Paula Castillo, and Ponch Salvador to curate a special video playlist so they can share with us some of the music that they like, and maybe give us a little insight into what influences them musically. Enjoy!

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LISTEN: The Charmes – “Dangerous Girl”

The Charmes

The Charmes are known for their charming (pun intended) take on Britpop and indie rock. However, last week they sent me a copy of their latest track “Dangerous Girl”. And I must say, I am pleasantly surprised. The track, produced by Ean Mayor of Up Dharma Down is something you wouldn’t expect based on the sensibilities of both band and producer. Clocking in at about 3 minutes, “Dangerous Girl” is a short burst of gritty garage rock complete with organs, loud guitars, and pounding bass lines. This is The Charmes channelling their inner 60s rock revivalists.

“Dangerous Girl” is taken from the band’s upcoming second album, which will hopefully see the light of day soon. And if it’s any indication from the single, it’s going to be worth the wait.