theW+ Top 5 Bands To Watch at Clockenflap 2013 (From My Personal Opinion)

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Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s Biggest and longest running Music & Arts festival is just getting bigger and bigger each year, now that it has moved out of its Cyberport site, and upgraded unto the super scenic West Kowloon Cultural District. I mean really… How many people get to enjoy a view of Victoria Harbour, like this while seeing act after act? (Check out my post on last year’s Festival!… I mean seriously, seeing Azealia Banks in front of the Hong Kong skyline just blew my mind.)

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And as of four days ago, the line up just keeps getting bigger and better. With more Artists from across Asia, Europe, and the Americas signed on to converge on this epic three day musical feast. Check out my Top 5 Acts i’m totally excited about:

+ TFVSJS / Hong Kong

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Hong Kong’s freshmen band is already making a name a name for themselves playing in various gigs around the city for independent shows and even some fashion labels like Converse. Their unique eclectic sounds are “intricately-formulated and cross-rhythmic” according to Time Out HK’s Mark Tjhung. The mysterious name, tfvsjs, is a Cantonese acronym for “decadence versus vitality”. I think they bring both to the table.

WATCH tfvsjs @ Clockenflap / Sunday, 13.Dec.01

+ FOUR TET / United Kingdom

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UK Musician, Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden), headlines opening night with Two Door Cinema Club and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. What tfvsjs is able to achieve with real instruments, Hebden interweaves sounds samples from various sources, to create new electro sounds that are great for the dancefloor, but even better with your earphones in bed at home. It will be interesting to see Four Tet in a festival environment for sure. The king of “folktronica” with a generally mid-tempo, yet melodically angelic beats is definitely a great way to start a 3-Day party weekend.

WATCH Four Tet @ Clockenflap / Friday 13.Nov.29

+ THE 1975 / United Kingdom

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The 1975, another Manchester-based band, makes its debut with radio ready beats fusing contemporary rock sounds with electro R’n’B in the mix. The four person group consists of Matthew Healy on Vocals, Adam Hann on guitar, George Daniel on Drums, and Ross MacDonald on the bass. Their first EP was released in 2012, and full self-titled debut album released last month. Their most recent claim to fame, headlining for the Rolling Stones this past summer. If they keep it up, they may be the next Coldplay or Maroon 5, and there’s definitely nothing wrong with creative longevity that pays.

WATCH The 1975 @ Clockenflap / Saturday 13.Nov.30

+ METRIC / Canada

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These last two bands are my favorite. The first time I saw Metric’s front woman, Emily Haines, she was performing with Toronto based super-band, Broken Social Scene in Ithaca. Since then, i’ve never seen her live again, except I did see her band perform… in a Maggie Cheung hipster-movie titled, Clean, directed by Olivier Assayas, where Emily and the band sing a few of their songs and have a bit of plot dialogue in the story. I was hooked. Ever since then i’ve purchased all the albums of this pretty cool New Wave band. My favorites are probably, Grow Up and Blow Away (2007), and their monster themed soundtrack, Fantasies (2009).

WATCH Metric @ Clockenflap / Saturday 13.Dec.01

+ TEGAN AND SARA / Canada

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Calgary based band, Tegan and Sara, are having plenty of fun, and come off as way more slick and professional than they were years ago in when they started their band in the late 90’s… I mean check their website, they’ve totally got their act together. The duo is made up of twin sisters (both openly gay), Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten, and they’re singer songwriters who sing a lot about relationships. My favorite album being their mostly acoustic and minimal electro album, So Jealous (2004), that’s as edible as a pack of really good M&M’s and Pop Rocks. With Heartthrob (2013) they go super radio friendly pop without going too overboard a-la Liz Phair’s latest fails… the difference is, the songwriting is still spot on and not lazy, and the pop is really a fun retro homage to the 80’s — in a new way, and actually non-regressive.

WATCH Tegan & Sara @ Clockenflap / Saturday 13.Dec.01

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JJ.