MANILA, Philippines — OPM is far from dead!
Legends such as The Dawn continue to wow audiences with energetic sets, while new bands continue the legacy of OPM with fresh takes on production and musicality.
Haven’t been to a gig in a while? Here are just some of the best up-and-coming local artists you shouldn't miss.
Photo by Nukie Timtiman, color graded by Marilen Magsaysay
Munimuni ponders on the intricacies of love and life. Don’t listen to them unless you can make it through the day without breaking down due to raw vocals and aching lyrics which stay with you long after the song has ended.
Three of Us
Photo by Merphi Panaguiton
Cover band Three of Us takes pop songs on an acoustic spin. The all-female trio lends extra sweetness to popular ballads by Elvis Presley and Alicia Keys, and EDM tracks by The Chainsmokers and DJ Snake.
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Music is a universal language, and Tom’s Story doesn’t need words to convey their, well, story. The instrumental band shreds electric guitars over dynamic rhythms in lieu of lyrics, which are nevertheless just as effective in eliciting all the #feels.
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Coeli’s take on the kundiman is a modern harana to romantic partners, family and friends, herself, and ultimately, life. The folk-pop singer’s vocals is a soothing lullaby, set off by acoustic guitar and cello.
Lions and Acrobats
Photo by Elle Paragas
What happens when you put a sextet of music production students together? The band name sounds like a circus, but even with 3 guitarists, Lions and Acrobats is anything but— their version of indie rock is clean and cohesive.
Leanne and Naara
Photo by John Marcelo
Busy day at work? Soothe your frazzled nerves and defry your brain with Leanne and Naara’s feel-good acoustic tunes. The duo covers classics such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Someday,” but shines in their own right with original songs.
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Carousel Casualties manages to inject different genres into their songs, from blues, funk, jazz, even pop. Their irresistibly catchy hooks make for a memorable listen.
I Belong To The Zoo
Photo by Paolo Tabuena
I Belong To The Zoo’s songs go hand in hand with rainy days and beer. This solo act’s heartrending lyrics and gentle guitar strums have the ability to make listeners feel like it's their heart strings being plucked.
Photo from Keiko Necesariou2019s Facebook page
If you’re picking yourself up after a horrendous breakup, give indie singer-songwriter Keiko Necesario a listen. Her acoustic songs weave stories of pain, but leave listeners on a hopeful note.
She’s Only Sixteen
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She’s Only Sixteen boasts of beautiful vocals — reminiscent of Britpop outfits — and pretty solid guitar work. The band can get crowds dancing with catchy riffs, but isn't afraid to go experimental, or slow down with introspective lyrics.
Bringing new flavor to Pinoy music
With new artists passionate about sharing their music, the local music scene is thriving, packing gigs full to the brim with yuppies and college students.
This October, celebrate local talents! Bring your pals to the San Miguel Oktoberfest to catch these OPM artists.
Which artist are you looking forward to watching live? — Rappler.com
The San Miguel Oktoberfest is known for being the season of Samahang Walang Katulad with friends and family.
To celebrate this tradition, San Miguel Oktoberfest brings a buy 1 take 1 on all San Miguel Beers that happens every Friday (all Fridays of September and October) across 2,000 bars and restaurants nationwide. See outlet list here.