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Byte on some secret gigs

MySpace is bringing its 'Secret Shows' property to India, starting with a show in Mumbai today with Motherjane, Scribe and Black.Malvika Nanda gets musically clandestine.

music Updated: May 29, 2009 19:39 IST
Gig-a-byte | Malvika Nanda

Here they’ll be some things known and some things unknown... and we’re not talking about

Doors

live-in-action. Though I feel it’s tough to pull off a

Doors

show live, unless Morrison comes back from the dead or wherever he’s been hiding, this is about clandestine shows.

Online wonders


One of the better music and social networking sites — MySpace is bringing its three-year-old Secret Shows property to India, starting with a show in Mumbai today with

Motherjane

,

Scribe

and

Black

. The shows will be exclusive and free for MySpace members with only the venue and time disclosed.

The first such international show was launched in UK with a gig by Primal Scream and subsequently saw a whole lot of artists like Lilly Allen, U2, Gnarls Barkley and Slayer, among others. The concept is about ‘disclosed locations and undisclosed artists’, and is dedicated to non-mainstream music, which is anyway bursting from its seams in India.
MySpace users could be a part of these shows simply by enrolling online at: http://www.myspace.com/secretshowsindia.

I like the suspense that comes with this, you know it’ll be music but you won’t know what or who exactly. I think it’s a cool way to let the audiences acquaint themselves with newer artists, without the danger of any prejudices creeping in their head. The good thing is they aren’t limited to just two popular genres (Rock, Electronica) but also other alterative genres.



Incidentally, MySpace has also tied up with the Mumbai music club BlueFrog to promote some more fringe music on dedicated nights. But for Delhiites too, the music isn’t too far. Secret Shows will be coming to town soon as our dear Pub Rock Fest starts in July sometime. Till then, there are several one-offs keeping the show going here.

Single’s fun


Them Clones

released their single at F Bar last night. I wonder why they choose places without thinking about what genre is associated with what place.

Moving on, History Rocks, (Fox History and Entertainment) has come up with the third part of History Rocks classic rock collection, (Sony/Rs 399). The CD has ten decent tracks, and can be bought in case you’re an ardent collector. At least they don’t have all obvious beaten-to-death ‘Rock anthems’!