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Your Playlist for the Much-Awaited Manila Concerts 2014

by Culture Team
31 Jul 2017 | 2:10 PM

The Killers and Explosions in the Sky graced us with their lively music and soothing symphonies in recent months, and the Closeup Summer Forever concert is close by. Rumors and loads of gut feel say there'd be more much-awaited international artists likely to set foot on our humble shores. Here are the big bands we expect to see in 2014:

Vampire Weekend
With the American rock band's recently released album, Modern Vampires of the City, it's more likely that Vampire Weekend will also visit the Philippines as part of their Asian promo tour. After Europe, avid fans hope they'll be touring Asia next.

What to Include in Your Playlist
Modern Vampires of the City is the band's first album not self-produced by Rostam Batmanglij, their producer and multi-instrumentalist. This time, they collaborated with record producer, Ariel Rechtshaid. They gave some of the songs a different feel and reworked the drums to make it sound more like Vampire Weekend.

Passion Pit
The speculations last year might be wrong, but this year, we think the predictions will transpire. With the Singapore Festival being a stone's throw away, why not take a detour here? This has been a persistent wish since the launch of their album, Manners. Now, could this finally become a reality?

What to Include in Your Playlist
Alcoholism, suicide attempts, mental illness, drugs, domestic abuse, and immigration are some of the subjects Passion Pit dealt with on their second album, Gossamer. The album begins with "Take a Walk", focused on human frailty and failure. The song "I'll Be Alright" that contains joy-buzzer synths and Michael Angelakos' falsetto follows it. On a lyrical level, the song is far more complex than anything the band has done to date.

The National
The year 2014 could be the time for the Filipino fans of The National, as there are rumors they'll finally step up on our stage. With a stable following in the Philippines, it's high time they make their way here.

What to Include in Your Playlist
The National's sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me, suggests a feeling of coherency, directness, and approachability that makes the band at their most confident. In its 14-year career, The National's sixth album is their aerodynamic and leanest record yet. The album focuses on the Bryan Devendorf's inventive drumming and Berninger's vocal power. His vocals are deeper, richer, more elegant, and more tuneful than ever. The album also features appearances from Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire.

Other than these three big names, there are also speculations that A$AP Rocky, Kanye West, Drake, and Youth Lagoon will visit the country soon. For now, update your playlist with their latest albums. Sifting through these rumors, one thing's for sure: Phoenix will make their way here on January 21st.